Newcastle 1 Arsenal 3 – Things Look Desperate Now


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Newcastle dropped a lot deeper into relegation trouble when they lost to Arsenal 3-1 this afternoon at St. James’ Park, and now have just a single win in their last 14 games. 

Newcastle were in the game in the first half, and after an opening 23 minutes in which nothing much happened, referee Mark Halsey did his best to help Newcastle as he gave a rather penalty to Newcastle, right out of the blue.

It seemed fairly tame stuff for a penalty after goalkeeper Almunia seemed to impede Ryan Taylor. It came out of nothing, but lo and behold Martins’ spot kick was just to the left of Alumnia, who saved with ease.

A gift was given to the team and we couldn’t even accept it, and it was a terrible miss by Martins, given the circumstances, and if  we couldn’t even score from a dubious penalty, we knew it was going to be a tough afternoon, and so it proved to be.

Things were OK for almost an hour, but then Arsenal scored their first goal when 21 year-old Bendtner rose high to head past a helpless Steve Harper and we were behind.

But within a minute Newcastle were level, and it was a bad mistake from Gallas that let in Martins, who scored from 12 yards out, for his first goal since coming back.

But then 2 goals from the Gunners in just 3 minutes saw Newcastle off. The first one was after 64 minutes when Abou Diaby easily went past the Newcastle defense, with the help of Robin Van Persie, and smashed the ball high into the roof of the net, from just 12 yards.

The just 3 minutes later, Van Persie again made the goal, as he played in Samir Nasri, who controlled the ball well before shooting home from just 10 yards out. During the last 25 minutes it was Arsenal if anybody, who were going to add to their lead.

This was another lethargic performance from Newcastle, which was just not good enough, and if there are not serious and frantic meetings going on at the Tyneside club thsi weekend, on how to arrest this unbelievable run of  poor form – there should be. We’re in extremely serious relegation trouble now, make no mistake about that.

We will likely also lose to Chelsea in 2 weeks, if something doesn’t happen soon, and then we’ll be in even more trouble – and it’s just not right to expect Joe Kinnear to come back into the hot oven, which is Newcastle right now, to try to fix it.

Mike Ashley needs to get in an experienced manager to inspire the players, because it’s obvious they cannot inspire themselves. They are hardly getting the job done, whatever positive interviews and the like they are giving to the press, before each game. 

It also looks like Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood just cannot hack it – and that’s the truth – you just have to look at the facts – in the 10 games Chris has been in charge of Newcastle this year we have lost 8 and drawn 2.

Facts don’t lie.

We are now 3rd bottom, and 2 points behind the 4th bottom placed side, Blackburn Rovers, and our goal difference is steadily getting worse.

On a day which saw Tottenham, Portsmouth and Tottenham gain 3 points, and Blackburn, Bolton and WBA get a point we got none, and things are looking bleak indeed, with just 8 games left.

Newcastle are in deep trouble and could even now be one of the favorites for the drop – and with just 7 points from our last 12 league games, what else should we expect?

We would like to see Ashley get in an experienced manager right now, so he can work with the players before the Chelsea game, because with Chris Hughton in charge of the last 5 games we have just 2 points, although that’s 2 points better than his first 5 games in charge at the beginning of the season, before Joe Kinnear came in.

Mike Ashley is playing with fire, and the club is starting to get badly burned.

And let’s not even discuss possible transfer targets in the summer, because if there’s no vast improvement very soon, we can expect Coloccini, Gutierrez, Martins, Owen and others to leave in the summer, and we’ll be building a squad for the Championship come the end of May. 

Comments welcome.

TEAMS:

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins
Subs: Tim Krul, Habib Beye, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Geremi

Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure (c), Samir Nasri, William Gallas, Robin Van Persie, Denilson, Gael Clichy, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner
Subs: Carlos Vela, Alexandre Song, Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski, Emmanuel Eboue, Eduardo, Kieran Gibbs



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295 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #1

    coca cola championship

    here we sadly come

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  • cooldj

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #2

    down with the baggies, we going down with baggies.

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry to say that, but if we lose Coloccini then we’ll be all gunning in the Championship.

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  • ELFER

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #4

    What do you expect from a team without a manager? Must be déjà vue for dennis wiise.

    I absolutely cannot understand it…and still they rely on joke-in-here…he will not be back on the line as a manager, no way. He had a too serious op and I don’t want to see him die on the line!! Get vennables inn now, better than nothign, but quick!

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  • obamagic

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    i still have a little tinge of hope but we need to win stoke, boro and all the other relegation strugglers.

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  • dcbashore

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Not entirely sure what you mean, Brazilian.

    I will say this: Coloccini has been rubbish for weeks, and today was piss poor. He needs dropped (unfortunately it looked like Bassong may be out for a while and who knows on Taylor’s ankle). Coloccini and Edgar to keep us up….haha no.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Where is Given? What s up…i have been out for a while…???? Was that Nolan from Bolton…same guy…..??

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    I said that losing Coloccini would be just something positive in case of we getting relagated.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Where is Given? What s up…i have been out for a while…???? Was that Nolan from Bolton…same guy…..??

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  • Anon 878

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope that these rumors of a new manager are true. Although I’d rather have a long term appointment than another short term lifesaver.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    all i can say is its now time for us to stand up and prove we are the best supporters to all those that doubt

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  • neeraj

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #12

    DAVID O LEARY tipped as new mgr

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Victory would have taken them within a point of United but Hiddink’s men were frustrated by a Tottenham side who have been transformed since Harry Redknapp’s arrival five months ago, with Modric striking the winner just after the interval.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Shut up Dennis Twice you TW4T

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #15

    ….Ashley didn`t do f***…..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #16

    A.O. Benny haha thought I recognized you xx

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #17

    RUMOUR

    DAVID O LEARY COMING IN

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Ya dirty cockney CNT

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    dennis twice

    is NOT a toon fan

    DO NOT BITE

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #20

    i just woke up and i wished that this is not true

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Haha O’leary is FKIN GASH

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Ryan it’s Benny…1st Class CNT

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  • sahota

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Guys, its been real bad week end. And same will be feeling till we play STOKE. In my opinion, that game will decide our fate. As I think WEST BROM, Boro and (STOKE or us) will go down. Sunderland might joins us again in fight, but if we win game at STOKE it will be much needed triger. Looking today , only positive was Martin and Pete…Loven Duff playing fairly well. Yes Yes they were not perfect but I can see them contributing more in coming games.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #25

    lol sirjasontoon

    let him have his moment mate

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Shearers not coming yet the rumour is probably Mike ashleys dad making it up

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Beye – just got back in from the match, well had a sandwich and cuppa etc. God knows how Im not on the booze, but the night is early.

    I thought the crowd were excellent today.

    The first time I EVER lost my voice was tonight. I simply couldnt get a word out my mouth at full time.

    I did manage to shout at Hughton & Calderwood. 88 mins 3 – 1 down, getting kicked all over and they are scribbling on a bloody clip board!!! “Write this on your clip board – were f****g sh*te!” Not that he heard us like.

    Why the HELL did Ameobi get booed? That was bang wrong like. I telt people around me. Yes he is rubbish (toned down) but we are in a relegation battle and he is wearing the black and white.

    Colo went to sh*te as soon as Taylor went off.

    I couldnt beleive that was the same team in the second half – yet again.

    I seriously crapping myself now about relegation!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Benny Bender that wants to Bum geordie Men
    HUCKLE !!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #29

    i remember oleary when he was at villa

    his famous quote

    ”we havent got enough money”

    well david, you will have fck all off ashley

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Leary

    Wise Colo Beye Enrique

    Ashley Butt Harper Limbiaz

    Ameobi Hughton

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    TOON GRAEME…
    Why are you crapping yourself we are gone

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon G cheer me up fella I am fkin depressed : (

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  • papalump

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    where was this attacking mentality at hull? outplayed arsenal first 30 minutes didnt wake up at hull for 35 mins absolute joke and another appearance for shola. textbook sh1te.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    toon graeme

    tbh mate to bring on ameobi is a joke, ok its not right to booo but how else can fans tell hughton, that he hasnt got clue??

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #35

    toon graeme

    gd to hear it mate i was in newcastle today and i could feel the atmosphere building up around the town

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  • dcbashore

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #36

    If Oba had buried that penalty I think it might have been a different story. That was the turning point in the match for me. How I wish Barton were back for that situation. At least he would have had a go rather than that pathetic mockery of a penalty attempt. I’m about fed up with the current squad, tbh.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Leary “just young boys on a journey”

    Used to say that all the time..proper Clown I hate O’Leary. TW4T

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #38

    just think who we WILL(providing they stay up) be playing next season

    plymouth
    blackpool
    watford
    barnsley
    ipswich
    qpr

    we should be able to get a few wins there surely???

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #39

    sirjasontoon

    id rather oleary than hughton

    100000000000000000% mate

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  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Why Martins took that penalty…HE IS NOT JUST WISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good player but taking penalties……..?????????

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