Newcastle Must Show Best Form Against Lesser Sides

Peter Lovenkrands scored a great goal last night after 9 minutes, when all he did was poke the ball into the empty net after Edwin van der Sar, had made a terrible goalkeeping mess, by spilling a Gutierrez shot at the Dane’s feet.


Peter Lovenkrands – good goal last night

But how many times do you see goalkeepers get away with those mistakes?

But Peter was following up and in the right place at the right time, and scored what looked like an an easy goal for his second strike  for Newcastle, and it was in another vital game for the side.

Look for Peter to be in most of the starting line-ups, during the run-in, because this lad looks like a natural goalscorer.

And Oba Martins had a great chance to make it 2-0 before Sir Alex Ferguson’s side hit back to claim all three points, after a bad mistake from Steven Taylor let Berbatov in during the second half, for their winning goal, another thing we just cannot afford in these games.

Hughton is aware that the team has a tough run of fixtures ahead of them and the fact we have 6 points form our last 10 games means if we continue this form we’ll end up with 34 points and be relegated – that’s the simple mathematics of our current form, which just must get better.

But Hughton  insists:

“It’s vital that we put on that type of performance right through to the end of the season.”

“I was delighted with the performance. In the form that Manchester United are in, to be able in a lot of periods of the game to take the game to them, take the lead and go very close to getting a second speaks volumes for this group of players.

“We need to take that type of form and that type of quality into our next games to give us a good chance in what will be a very hard end to the season.”

“I’m sure most people will have felt that once they got back on level terms it was only a matter of time before they got the second, and arguably a third.”

“But we got ourselves straight back into the game and caused them a lot of problems, and unfortunately gave away a poor goal.”

It’s a very dangerous pastime to say how good we were last night and if we continue that form we’ll be OK.  This is no criticism at all of Chris, because that’s what he has to say , and stay positive with his players – and that’s vital our players stay up for the fight.

The truth of the matter however, is whether we played good or terrible last night, the likelihood was that we would have lost to a better side.  And next time out against Hull City will be be as good as we were last night?   Probably not, and that’s the big concern.

We cannot just give of our best form against the great sides, and sit back and wallow in how we could have got something out of the game.

What we should do is to look at the games we should be winning, against the lesser sides like Hull City, and ensure we play at our best in those games.

A case in point was last Sunday at Bolton, a game we could (should) have won, but for whatever reason, we were nowhere near as good as we were last night – if we had been we would have won.

Only then will we escape from relegation, and it’s usually a false dawn when we play very well against the top sides.

The players  just have to get themselves inspired to play well in the crunch games, and they are not against the Chelseas, Arsenals and Manchester Uniteds of this league – but are against teams like Hull and Stoke.

It’s not glamorous but that’s the truth, unfortunately.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    we need to make st james a fortress from now because were kack away from home

  • Darling27

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Ryan Taylor made the mistake!!!

  • This has been our problem for ages. We always up our performance against the top 4 but never do it against the teams we need to beat. Under Roeder it was always like this. Hopefully Chris and Colin can get this sorted for the Hull game.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4


  • geordie jock

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC R.I.P.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    is there any chance of kinnear being back for hull???

  • snaggletooth

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    for the first time i am having to admit that we really could go down……i hope Ashley understands how bad the desicion to let Keegan walk out was…….when the muppets are running NUFC silly things like that will happen….and ultimately cost us the status of the premiership….

  • hitman

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    And now, the end is near;
    And we face the final curtain.
    ashley did it his way

  • normag

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9

    That’s right Darlig27! It looked a lot like a Steven Taylor error though 🙁

    Think it’s a shame we let in two sloppy goals against manu… Jonas should have followed his man for their first, and Colo wasn’t aggressive enough.

    For their second… well, it speaks for it self!

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    If we play like we did against Man United then we could actually get 1 or 2 points from the Arsenal and Chelsea games. We had 1 point yesterday until the mistake was made and United gained all 3 point and left us with nothing.

    And if we play like this against Hull, Stoke, Pompey, Sperms, Smogs and Fulham, there are alot of points to pick up. Its now up to Chris Hughton to inspire the team to give displays like yesterday for the rest of the season. Relegation is not an option, we will stay in the premierleague!

  • Girth

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    said it two days ago, its an embarrassment as a professional to only raise your game for the big boys! Im personally not going to say “ahh we played well and deserved something out the game” or ” we were unlucky” as they are both excuses for professionals not doing their job. Instead of saying this, why dont they just give what they did last night in every game and we would be in a much higher position!
    Its a poor reflection on the managers and coaches we have had if we can only get motivated for the big games!
    We have done it for the past few seasons and what happens if you do that? Well the league tells the truth!

  • magforlife

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    And then there was light, two pedestrian players out and the team is transformed with pace. I enjoyed the game last night as we took the game to them and gave a good account of ourselves and didnt get the predicted hammering, bit disappointed about the witch hunt of Steven Taylor, Collocini got wacked in the face first half but nowt said about that, but then again Golden Bollocks rent boy Ronaldo didnt get a kick all night and its our fault. If we play the same way and with Owen and co to come back im not as worried about the upcoming fixtures.

  • brownrob

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    I think with Oba and McLoven we have a deadly strikeforce… the amount of trouble they both caused Vidic and Ferdinand, 2 World Class CB

    Hull will look for the win, and are at home, so they will have to push forward, like MU last night, and we can hit them on the break.

    This could be a case of Hughton stumbling across a winning formation like KK did last year with the 3 pronged attack

    There is no way he cannot start Oba and Loven up front next game

    Smith looks well up for the battle and did well last night, after a long layoff

  • hitman

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14


  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Good point Girth about the management who seems to only inspires the team to raise there game for the big guns, I agree about that and eventhough it SHOULD be the managers job to that I would like to see the leaders at the pitch, Owen, Butt, Nolan, Barton, Smith and Beye when they are fit to provide inspire the team.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Errm… some really bad grammar there, should read my own post before I submit them.. 🙂

  • Stardust

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Nice to see in our time of need to be together Hitman you continue a hate campaign – every 1% or 2% should be going into supporting. Shame on you.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    There’s far too many deluded people on here!

    Results screwed us last night.

    the lads only performed last night as they played Manure!

    If we don’t beat Hull, WE ARE FCUKED!!!!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Lets have a vote, who here would like to risk Hughton in charge as caretaker for the Hull match, which is basically do or die?

    Bear in mind that Hughton has NEVER won a agme in charge!

  • Stardust

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Kash – Hissy Fitting a strong point – take it you wear yellow and pink – grow up – be a man

  • RyanToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #21

    kash you say reality



  • Flan

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    say what you like Stardust butKAsh is right if we don’t beat Hull we’re gone

  • Stardust

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Flan forgive me if I am not correct – but we are 4th bottom.

    If we get beat off Hull we are NOT relegated. There will be 9 games to grow. Its time some folks had a backbone – I will give my last breath until the seasons end – then I can look at myself and say I supported. Will you and Kash be able to say you gave 100% Flan – no becuase you are spending a %age on worry and complaining.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Reality is that we are staring down the barrell of a loaded gun, and i’m sh1tting myself.

    I’m moving home in 2 months time, and my chance to watch us play in the EPL is quickly fading.

    Reality is that we won’t get a manager in, which is to the detriment of our club. Reality is that we have a caretaker in charge who has no expereince of managing a relegation threatened club.

    Reality is that if we lose to Hull, then we are pretty much into the bottom 3.

    Reality was that we expected to go down, but we didn’t expect all the other clubs in the sh1t with us to win!

    the heavens have conspired against us, and we need to take drastic action! If the government can save the economy, then MA can save the club!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Shut up stardust, i’m not going to sit back and think (like you) that things are going to be peachy!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry in previosu post meant to say:

    Reality was that we expected to lose to MAure, but we didn’t expect all the other clubs in the sh1t with us to win!

  • Flan

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Forgive me for worrying and complaining about are league position i forgot that we are only 4th bottom!! and there was me thinkin we were in trouble!! Stardust i usually read your comments for a objective point of view on things at the toon but on this one i’m afraid your blinded by your own stubborness ,

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree with Flan, Stardust I completely agree with you on most things about MA and finaces etc etc. But blind hope is a terrible thing, ask Fred Goodwin and every other B(W)anker in the city!

    I can apologise for my negativity too, but having a whole morning of cockney tw@ts taking the p1ss about us going down is too much!

    even a lad from Boro was giving me grief, whats that about?!

  • Stardust

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Trouble is fellas – the position we are in is reality.

    Any energy spent complaining or twisting is a waste – every ounce of your being should be behind the team now. You have to accept you have no power to change anything short term – those decisions have been made by others – the only thing you can help with is getting behind the team for 10 games.

    Thats the simple reality folks.

  • Stardust

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Kash “even a lad from Boro was giving me grief, whats that about?!” Lol

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    This is our blog to vent, and venting I am.

    Luckily i’m leaving in a month, as i’m getting close to battering someone!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Work that is!

  • dobinhood

    Mar 5, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Hull City 0-1 Newcastle United

    Newcastle United 1-1 Arsenal

    Newcastle United 0-1 Chelsea

    Stoke City 1-1 Newcastle United

    Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

    Newcastle 2-1 Portsmouth

    Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United

    Newcastle United 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Newcastle United 2-0 Fulham

    Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle United

    14 pts so we would finish on 42 andI believe clear.


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