Newcastle Look To Be In Trouble Now

Newcastle’s defeat yesterday at Bolton, where most fans were expecting at least a draw, and with other results having gone against us, the weekend results have left the Tyneside club just 2 points above second bottom place, with a tough home game against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.


Joe Kinnear – game and result couldn’t have helped Joe’s condition

A defeat in that game and Newcastle will have just 10 games remaining and owner Mike Ashley will need to make some decisions about whether he should bring in a short term manager to try to save the club from relegation, which is now a more than real possibility, sad to say.

While the performance yesterday wasn’t too bad, the result was, and other teams in the relegation zone gained on Newcastle.

Assistant coach Chris Hughton feels the Magpies had enough of the play to take something from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, since we had the better of the attacking possession and Oba Martins had a couple of chances to score in the first half.

But Newcastle were caught just two minutes into the second half, when Enrique was caught way upfield and a quick attack by Bolton down their right wing found Ricardo Gardner clear and he swept the ball first time over and beyond Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal to take all vital 3 points for Bolton.

From Bolton’s viewpoint it was a good goal, but not from Newcastle’s.

Hughton told nufcTV after the game:

“It was a bad goal to concede because at half-time we felt that we could certainly go on and win the game.” “I thought we got into some very good areas and had a lot of attacking possession.”

“Oba had a great chance to score before half-time and we then applied a lot of pressure late in the game.” “We also had a great shout for a penalty when Jlloyd Samuel handled from Fabricio Coloccini.”

“The lad’s hands were up and some referees give those and we thought it was a penalty.” “But to lose this game was bitterly disappointing. We came here looking to take a draw at the very least.”

“Now we have to pick ourselves up for Wednesday against Man United. It’s a tough, tough game, but our lads will need no motivating against the champions in front of our own fans.”

Chris can talk for the next 3 days about how we should have taken something from the game, but the fact is we have now let Bolton get 5 points away from us, while a win would have taken us above them in the league. That’s why they are called 6 pointers and the very last thing you want to do, is lose these games.

It will be almost the same, but only worse when we play Hull City away on 14th March, because they are 1 point above us, and almost every team have beaten them of late, including Blackburn Rovers yesterday. Anything but a win in that game will bring even more gloom and doom descending on Tyneside.

We have 28 points and with a fairly tough run-in it’s hard to see us getting much more than 40 points, which would be our worst points total ever in the Premier League. In fact it will make the last 3 seasons the three lowest points totals ever for us in the Premier League, that’s how low the club has fallen to of late.

Unless Newcastle can take something out of the tough game on Wednesday night, against the newly crowned Carling Cup winners, things will look dire indeed.

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18 comments so far

  • jim

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Well we can all argue til were blue in the face-we all have a different opinion and rightly so-but how about we try and put something usefull together from it all aand ask a head of each website and blog and the NUSC etc to take a vote on each site-a simple ” Would u welcome Kevin Keegan back as manager ? “vote, then we can get a bit of a better idea how many would and would not-that puts Ashley in the picture then the NUSC can show him the results from each one -just an idea -someone from here take it on, whoevers on the most and talks a bit sense etc ? or even Ed who runs the blog, that will look even better-Ed?

  • jim

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Well we can all argue til were blue in the face-we all have a different opinion and rightly so-but how about we try and put something usefull together from it all and ask a head of each website and blog and the NUSC etc to take a vote on each site-a simple “Would u welcome Kevin Keegan back as manager ?” vote, then we can get a bit of a better idea how many would and would not-that puts Ashley in the picture then the NUSC can show him the results from each one -just an idea -someone from here take it on, whoevers on the most and talks a bit sense etc ? or even Ed who runs the blog, that will look even better-Ed?

  • jim

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #3

    had to correct the quotation marks sorry lol

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #4

    If Hughton thinks that performance was good enough he needs to watch the match again. Spurned chances and little creativity.

    And what happened to Ryan Taylor’s delivery? He was useless yesterday.

    Don’t even mention the fact that Shola started ahead of Viduka.

  • big boomer

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Pons Aelius its all to easy to have a go at Shola. Please tell me a striker that would look good with that service. As for Viduka he was anoymous when he came on.
    Chris Hughton should not be allowed to pick another team. What were our tactics yesterday. What pattern did our game have. Absolutely nothing. Clueless.
    Hell he even had cacapa on the bench surely to god he wasn’t prepared to put him on it was bad enough he put geremi and viduka on.
    manure united will put as many as they like past us. It will just depend on them we will be powerless to stiop them.
    How embarassing

  • obamagic

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Hughton is deluded to think that our performance yesterday was good enough. Bolton too was atrocious. Ashley needs to think hard about leaving the relegation battle to Hughton and Calderwood. Both coaches looked tactically inept and the squad looks like it has ran out of Central Midfielders. It still amazes me how LuaLua has not be given the chance.
    If I were Ashley, I would seriously consider perhaps signing Stephen Appiah on a contract till the end of the season and getting a real manager on board. Perhaps a long term replacement to Kinnear. Can’t name many managers that are willing to coach in a relegation battle.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Smith should be given a chance instead of Shola, at least he should show some workrate..

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Well I have slept on yesterdays defeat and can tell you. Still peeeed off beyond all beleif. I thought I would have felt better but I dont.

  • big boomer

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #9

    obamagic glad to see we are on same wavelength.
    A saviour is needed or we are ruined and we will not return.
    TV hit it on the head Spidey has not scored all season and doesn’t have a great number of assists. Lovenkrands is a solo never links play with anyone. There must be young kids as good

  • richyg01

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Very poor team selection yesterday!
    Too many individual players!

    Ryan Taylor out of position in the middle? WHY

    Butt injured so bring on Geremi? WHY

    Take off Martins? WHY

    Leave Smith and Carroll on the Bench? WHY

    Leave it too late before switching to 4-3-3? WHY

    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    Smith was unsuprisingly pi$$ed off when he wasnt coming on for Butt. Come on, thats the passion we need, the lad WANTS to play for us. Sure he hasnt scored but he gives 110% on the field!

    Where was Lua Lua, he should have been on the bench. Cacapa? are you having a laugh!
    Doninger or Ranger should be on the bench well ahead of Cacapa. We had Edgar on the bench for defencive support, why 2 defenders on the bench?

    Well roll on a 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 vs United on wednesday (and thats being hopeful) I can easily see double figures after yesterdays performance!

  • d234350r

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    i actually think that we seriously look like going down, i was seriously depressed about how this season was going but a touch of realism has kicked in that we are not that big a club anymore. ive said all along that hull, stoke and west brom would go back but the way we are playing is embarrasing.
    ive got a wolves fan in my office who is barracking me saying he will wave on the way past, can deny it, i love my club and have done for the last 34 years but think this is dire.

    dont want to be defeatist but think that with the current run of games coming up things are very definitely bleak

  • richyg01

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Bring in Stephen Appiah and Henrik Larsson until the end of the season, we have no creativity anywhere on the park, not to mention a complete lack of experience now with Duffer and Butt both out.

  • coyote

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    I said on friday if bambi started we would get nothing from the game!!!!
    I hate to be proved right and I hate knocking our players cos they all need all the support we can give them but if he just showed some interest
    and effort everyone would love him to succeed.
    not a good weekend for the toon and the prospects are bleak for the coming weeks.
    it is to be hoped that fergie watched the highlights of the game and puts a very weakened team out cos thats our only hope.

  • Graeme

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    The team played without a clue. Sure, a few players ran and ran, but achieved nothing but flatten grass.

    There were no tactics, there was no direction, there was no passion. Basically, our team were going through the motions. We never looked like getting anything from this game but a goalless draw and then Bolton scored and we didnt know what to do.

    Completely inept, from the owner all the way down to the players on the pitch. It was not a good game to be at, believe me. They couldnt pass, they couldnt beat the man in front of them, they didnt work for each other. There is absolutely no desire on display at all.

    I dont know what the answer is, but what we have at NUFC will not last in the premier league playing like they did yesterday. Unless there are dramatic changes, we will be in the fizzy pop league, next season, if not this one!!!


    Mar 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I still can not understand why we did not appoint a real manager! I mean all the best to kinnear, but he’s out! He got serious health problems and he needs all his strength there…so newcastle has no manager currently! Appoint one! Quick!

  • Macedonia toon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Geremi was good substitute, far better then Butt.But i don’t understand why martins out and Viduka in.Shola Ameobi play the whole 90 min. that was a big mistake.He should be replased with Smith on the half time or even better Smith should have start.And where was Duff not even on the bench.Something stink:(:(:(:(

  • richyg01

    Mar 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Duffer was injured!

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #18

    I think even against ManU’s second team we’ll struggle. were in trouble for sure! I agree with someone here who sais bring in appiah and even larsson if ever we needed them it was now. Pay them what it takes but we need some creativity. I’ve seen more creativity in a tin of mushy peas… 🙁


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