WBA Have Won 3 Of Their Last 4 Home League Games

Joe Kinnear has again come out today and said that injuries have killed the Newcastle side this season.


Joe Kinnear – injuries have killed us this season

And it turns out that in their last 4 home league games they have won 3, only losing to Manchester United by a 5-0 hammering, 11 days ago, which was their last home game.

With Michael Owen, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie and Habib Beye still on the long-term injured list, Newcastle are even  understrength today, even though we have Martins, Viduka and Smith back in the squad from injury.

Joe talked about the injuries again today:

“I don’t want to keep saying it because it looks like I’m making excuses,” “But it’s true to say that injuries have killed us since I got here.”

“We’ve lost big, important players with warrior spirit like Michael Owen, Joey Barton for weeks at a time and, of course, it’s had an effect on us.”

“We seemed to have clicked against Tottenham just before Christmas but then we got the injuries, and we’ve been battling against it since then.”

“Having Oba, Mark and Alan back is a huge bonus. And I think Joey and Danny will be back in time for maybe the last six games, so that is something to cling on to at least.”

The bad news for Newcastle today is that WBA’s survival will depend on their home form, and manager Tony Mowbray believes a win today, against another relegation fighting team, will be crucial to their survival.

In fact WBA have had some good wins recently at the Hawthorns, including a thumping 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on 17th January.

WBA manager Tony Mowbray. who was born 40 miles from Newcastle at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, and played 348 games for Middlebrough, said today:

Newcastle is a game which will ask different questions to Manchester United. We’ve shown in recent games we can be competitive,”

“A victory would put us above Newcastle. We can’t determine what happens elsewhere. It’s a big game for Newcastle and let’s see what happens.

“I don’t think we’re jittery. We are enjoying the challenge of trying to stay in this division. We need to keep the momentum we’ve had recently.”

We keep hearing about the injury crisis at Newcastle every season. Teams with a smaller squad than we have – like Aston Villa as one example, have performed very well this this season.

Villa are currently 4th top, where we all thought we could have been about now, some 18 months ago.

So why is it that Newcastle keep having massive injuries every season?

There’s got to be an answer to that, and it should be fixed. Then that’s another excuse that cannot be used by our managers for poor performance.   😀

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    danny 6 weeks? wat dates he back

  • Tom

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t want to keep saying it?

    Then stop saying it!!

  • Mags

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Well don’t keep mentioning it then Joe!!!

    Just do the job you are being paid to do and shut up.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Tom – you’re right he should shut up – it’s just another excuse.

  • Gilly

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    So tactics have cost us nothing then?

  • ginkoh

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Lucky Angel with Villa this season but we stuck with cursed again.

    55 just a joke. Sure that Westbrom will try the hardest they can to destroy us today. Depend on us to show we deserve to survive this season.

    Mowbray was wrong, not his team to match us but we have to match his team because this our away game and we have something to prove.

    Good psycho from him but I think they need to win the same as us because this is the relegation fight and he try to erase their pressure too.

    Football is simple, Who’s better will win. And it will be tonight.

  • valle

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Well, making subs in injury time when we’re loosing aint to bright either Joe… And here’s a hint, when things aint going our way, you might wanna look to your bench before the 80th minute… bit late

  • geordie jock

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Joe Kinnear will you please stop whinging about bloody injuries and concentrate on what you are paid to do and get the players playing for the shirt. All this negativity cannot be helping the players who are fit and is probably giving some players an excuse to get beat.

  • cashleyout

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    kinnear out

  • DanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Michael Owen, warrior spirit!! lolol yeah ok!

  • DanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    v WBA…


    S.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique

    — R.Taylor — Butt — Nolan — Duff

    ———– Ameobi —- Martins

    That will be the starting lineup 100%. I think we can all see that!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Lower wages and higher bonuses.

    Its the way forward.

    If you get a basic wage of 20k a week and the 5k for playing in the 1st team and another 10k for winning.

    Players could earn some top money!

    I bet you wouldnt get as many injuries either!

  • Fog-on-the-Tyne

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Please refrain from using these excuses…

    All teams this season have experienced injuries, sadly these teams are run as football clubs and NOT a money making scheme, therefore ensuring that their squads are large enough to cover for such losses!

    No ones fault except the NUFC regime, and certainly not the fans for rebellion against the ownership, as the way I see it, we’ve paid our 3year season tickets, we’ve purchased the shirts – wake up fans smell the coffee, MA and cohort will be gone in the summer, granted we will be in the championship with an inadequate squad!!

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14


  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Shut up JK you dinasaur

  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Looks like im in a bad mood today, and am determined to dissect everything Kinnear says,lol.

    “We’ve lost big, important players with warrior spirit like Michael Owen” – haha!

    Its also frightening to hear Mowbray comment on how if they beat us today, they go above us in the table. It was only a matter of weeks ago WBA were being touted as dead and buried, relegated, gone. It shows how shocking we have been for quite a while now when we come up against them and should they beat us, we drop into the position that they have been in for weeks now-the position that relegation is apparently a certainty.

  • Bill F

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    No one should underestimate WB, we were hanging on against them in the second half at our place. We have to take our chances and get at them from the off, even a draw would be a decent result just to keep them down below us. Being defensive against them would give them the initiative as they are a good passing team. Really though we have to win our home games.
    Is Carrol unavailable, I would start him before Shola although I thought Shola had a decent game against the Chavs.

  • Bill F

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry just caught up with previous thread, I see Carrol is out so it will have to be Shola. That will be ok if we have the good Shola and not the evil twin. 🙂

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    eMO a warrior aye right. We’ll beat WBA today with Martins back. A goal from nothing, defences are frightend of him.

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Same old excuses from Kinnear, he’s using the injury-card more and more now.

    Todays match is decisive for our season, if we win we’ll be fine. I read that Coloccini is out, so I guess we’ll se Ryan Taylor in defense and Lovenkrands in midfield. Hopefully S.Taylor don’t cause too much mess in the centre, he’s a liability when playing there.

  • magpies1

    Feb 7, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #21


    R.Taylor Bassong S.Taylor Enrique

    Duff Nolan Butt Loven

    Martins Ameobi

    Thats the team today I reckon

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #22



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