Newcastle Must Regain Their Fighting Spirit And Quickly

There very worst thing about yesterday’s rather devastating defeat at Blackburn was after the very dubious penalty Newcastle conceded, there was only going to be one winner in the game, and it wasn’t going to be Newcastle.


Jose Enrique – arguing with Barton after 3rd goal conceded

One of the things that Newcastle have always been so far been under Joe Kinnear is a good fighting team with lots of spirit, but that went missing in the second half yesterday.

And then after the 3rd goal Michael Owen and Shay Given had to drag Joey Barton off Jose Enrique, as the two of them were arguing about the goal. We’ll put that down to frustration but we really don’t want to see our players arguing on the pitch.

Shades of Lee Bowyer and Kieran Dyer under Graeme Souness, in an event that a few years back was shown on TV around the world, and hardly improved the image of the Newcastle United club.

Joey Barton made a surprisingly quick return to the team yesterday, which was some good news, but it was a disappointing result yesterday, to say the very least, especially after a good first half performance.

But we cannot start losing like this to the other relegation teams – a win would have seen us 8 points ahead of Blackburn Rovers, but now they are just 2 points behind us and improved their goal difference on us significantly.

We now have 10 days off before our next game at Eastlands, against an improved Manchester City side, and that’s good because we’ll be able to give some of our players a rest – apparently Gutierrez had picked up a tight hamstring during the week – and hopefully we’ll get some new players into the squad by then, starting early next week.

If Mike Ashley and company are not now convinced that we need at least 5 new players through the door in January, nothing will ever convince them that the squad is just not big enough, and right now – certainly not good enough for the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • valle

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Relegation looking more and more likely im afraid.

  • Dan_008

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Its still very depressing.. and the road is going to be even longer..

    there is no reason at all that NUFC should be in this state.. It just comes down to bad management on all levels..

    and having players everyweek whinging about how they want to leave, or be it agents trying to get more money for themselves doesn’t help.. especially the players that wnat o be there..

  • inselaffe

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Shame that we couldn’t have taken one of the first half chances – may have all been so different….

    We must – without a shadow of a doubt – be THE most frustrating team ever…


  • mikeygd

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s getting a bit worrying with the lack of players coming in. We need a creative midfielder that is just going to walk into the team a big target man up front to just walk into the team and a left back who can just walk into the team.
    I would also like to see us get rid of nzogs and replace him with mcgeady or park ji sung (if at all possible which is very unlikely) i would like to see bullard come in as a squad player and some more players to replace the ageing geremi and butt.
    Although i can see whats going to happen, sign the free agent get 2 loan signings (1 will get injured because our medical team are useless) and possibly 1 other signing who kinnear didnt want but wisey found him at a bargain which will turn out to be a gem or a flop.
    Man City has to be the place to buy this window and top of my list is Elano.
    Come on Mike seriosuly get some cash out you purchased a team with minimum ambitions of Euroupe and you have quickly turned them into a team with ambition of finishing mid table resulting in our players wanting to leave for so called bigger clubs!
    If mike doesn’t invest in this window and heavily in the summer then he confirms what we already know.

  • mikeygd

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #5


  • mikeygd

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I reckon we should create our own Club called the Real Newcastle United and work our way up the divisions. Fat freddy can invest lol

  • Antti

    Jan 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #7

    I was shocked to hear JK had been offered a multi year contract extension. JK’s done a decent job, but FFS he’s not the right person to nurture our young prospects with his old school methods.
    I hope we get relegated. In fact We NEED to get relegated -> Ashley and Lambiarse OUT

  • Ericles

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Everything points continually to the insincerity and sick cynicism of Coca Cola (Where he is taking us) Ashley, and the bunch of barrow boys he has got running the club. Joe has lost the plot, he is out of his depth, a temporary cash in hand manager whose body and oral language are not enough to run NUFC.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    There’s only ONE Joey Barton!

    ONE Joey Barton, ONE Joey Barton!

    If we need Fighting Spirit he’s the man that can deliver it to us.

    Lead from the front Joey, with or without the Captains Armband!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    JFK can bring that spirit back.

    Look at the games Against Everton, Chelski and Spurs there was spirit and determination.

    The injured players coming back will help, theirs a lot of character there in Barton and Oba, even Smith has that bite he only has to show the ability we all know he has !

  • DanToon

    Jan 18, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Barton was right, the rest of the players need a rocket up there arse!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Jose yesterday had a mixed bag, some good passing and then some crap defensive cock ups so in all he was not better or worse than anyone else on the pitch for us.

    I think the frustration has hit boiling point now.

    We went to pot after that goal, when we should have stepped up a gear and dont give me any of that no crowd behind the lads crap.

    Our away fans should be commended for getting behind the boys.

    As for Joey B – well he showed his passion as did Given at full time. His face said it all.

    That 3rd goal. Colo should have stayed on his feet and Bassong was just a statue – he should have done better to stop that one.

  • bobby_ollox

    Jan 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve been supporting this club for forty years now, and apart from one brief spell under a certain KK and BR , this is how it is and how it is going to be – loyal supporters, the occasional good player and shocking management throughout the club.

    Dont anybody expect it to change any time soon.


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