Nerwcastle In Dogfight Until End Of The Season


The difficulties Newcastle have had this season are now starting to manifest themselves in the Premier league.

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Oba Martins – badly missed a penalty then scored great opportunist goal 

After yesterday disappointing 3-1 defeat against Arsenal, who were the better side, especially in the second half, puts Newcastle in a precarious 3rd bottom of the league and 2 points from safety.

After the game, a much maligned Newcastle coach Chris Hughton said:

“I accept it’s going to be a dogfight through to the end of the season,”

“We are well aware of the position – we have eight games left.”

“We need to get enough results to stay in this division and we need to get results quickly,”

Newcastle have lurched into one of the worst runs in a long long time, getting just one win in their last 14 games, and in the league getting just one win and 4 draws out of their last 12 games.

We need a win,m and only then could we get on a run that could yet save the club.

It’s hard to fault the effort of the players yesterday, and until Arsenal scored their second goal Newcastle were in the the game, but after scoring 2 goals in just 3 minutes, it was Steve Harper who kept the score down, as Arsenal went rampant.

Steve protected our goal difference, which may yet make the difference in Newcastle staying up.

But Newcastle are not going to escape the relegation zone any time soon either, with Chelsea the next visitors to Newcastle in two weeks time, and if we were honest we’d expect a similar type of game as we had yesterday against Arsenal.

One good thing yesterday was the Newcastle crowd, who were as great as ever yesterday, and even at the end of a very disappointing game, there was no booing, as they knew the lads had given everything they had – they just weren’t good enough.

And that’s our problem, we just cannot seem to beat the sides we should beat, never mind the Arsenals of this world.

The game at Stoke City will now be crucial for Newcastle’s survival in 3 weeks time, because a loss there and we could be be set adrift and be relegated, as hard as that was to imagine at the beginning of this season.

If we do go down there will no doubt be regurgitations of why Kevin Keegan left the club after 3 games, and why did Mike Ashley, given the awful record of Chris Hughton in charge at Newcastle, not bring in an experienced manager in Joe’s absence.

But we don’t want to get into that now – we’re just too disappointed at the way things are positioned right now at the club. 🙁

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42 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    mk dons have a nice ground, look forward to going there next season

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  • hitman

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    ashley wake up and get a decent manager in before its to late,were in the soup big time..

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    What will happen to the club if we go down?

    Out:
    Owen
    Martins
    Smith
    Viduka
    Geremi
    Colocini
    Beye
    Bassong
    Nolan
    Gutierrez
    Duff
    Cacapa
    Enrique

    That’s one hell of a re-buliding job.

    That will leave us with:
    Ameobi
    Butt
    Harper
    Taylor S and R

    We could go down again!

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  • Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    And having watched the Stoke game yesterday, I cant seeing the players who lost yesterday to the Arse, beating Stoke at their own ground!!!

    Ashley should have strengthened the squad when he had a chance, but decided to make a nice little profit instead, yet again!!!!

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  • Purely Belter

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    can someone please explain to me why jonas didnt play against arsenal?

    steven taylor was brilliant.

    bassong was missed when he came off.

    colo looks so bad at the mo

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    The NOTW recons that our big earners dont have relegation clauses in their contracts and that we would be in financial meltdown

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme, agreed

    The fat greedy pig will suffer if the unthinkable happens and he is forced to sell at a huge loss

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    purely belter

    i was fuming with no jonas. hughton is clueless and with him in charge there is only one place were going. DOWN

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Yu can’t drink champagne on beer money!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Out:
    Owen
    Martins
    Smith
    Viduka
    Geremi
    Colocini
    Beye
    Bassong
    Nolan
    Gutierrez
    Duff
    Cacapa
    Enrique

    tbh stuart id like to see 7 of them go anyway but it gonna be a long road back when we get relegated

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    at least well see nile ranger and haris vuckic in the coca cola championship nexxt season

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart79

    The club won’t allow that many players to leave

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    lets face it there are five defo players gonna leave when we go down. owen,martins,bassong,coloccini and jonas. the others may have to stay

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  • hitman

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    wheres all the pro ashley MOB gone.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon_factor

    I don’t think the club would have any choice!

    They couldn’t afford to keep them and Ashley wouldn’t subsidise the wages.

    Also can you see them players wanting to stay? We have seen what the club do when someone wants to leave, They just sell them ie Milner and Given

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    hitman

    theyre all hiding, like stardust. there probbably mackems in disguise anyway. i hope they stay away from the club there poision

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Hitman

    Crawled back under their rocks!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    owen 0m
    martins 7m
    coloccini 5m
    bassong 8m
    jonas 8m

    to ashley thats 28m for him to gamble away

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  • Flan

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Having watched yesterday’s match the thing tht upset me most was that lovenkrands didn;t get a game against Hull, him and oba play well together. Also i might get shot for saying this but i thought Butt played v’well yesterday he made some important covering tackles and took on the entire Arsenal centre mid on his own cause god knows were Nolan was.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    We will go down because we only try and perform against the big clubs at home. We play Hull and Bolton ect and just don’t turn up!

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  • geordie jock

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    For gods sake Ashley bring somebody in to run the team now. Hughton is clueless and just regurgitates the same old crap again and again. We can’t wait for Kinnear, we havn’t got time. ffs you fat B*****d wake up.

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Stuart79 nolan wont leave cos he,s shite m8 and how we could ov done with zogs yesterday think he would ov ripped arsenal apart with his pace

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  • Nick D

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Spurs ditch the DOF role and are flying, West ham quietly let Curbishley go and get a much better younger manager in Zola and are flying. What do we do ? – get Kinnear, Hughton & Calderwood and we are bombing down to the championship.

    I used to have some sympathy with Ashley and liked his ideas of the youth academy especially with the likes of Kadar, Adjei, Ranger, Spear, Vuksic, Tozer et al.

    However, Ashley jus seems to have surounded himself with clueless yes men and every decision he now makes seems to be flawed like investing and losing 300M in HBOS!

    Hughton seems to be shifting the blame to Kinnear by insisting he’s still calling the shots by phone!! So we can still blame him for the crap performances and results then.

    Kinnear is a media joke with his ranting and raving. He is a major embarrassment to the club all the while he stays. Could you imagine SBR, KK etc telling a reporter to f…off 51 times. Kinnear has absolutely no class and only a few adolescents would think his approach is funny in any way.

    People say he had guts to take us on. Give me a break. He was never going to turn down 50K a week when he was virtually unemployable, having largely been responsible for Luton and Forest getting relegated.

    As for tactics, anyone who puts on an extra defender on when they are 2-0 up at home at half time against Stoke needs shooting! Plus the guy hardly ever attends training. If his only strength is motivation, where is the evidence of that?, his record stinks!

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  • Nick D

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #24

    testing

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #25

    we going down with the boro down with the boro

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  • UTD111

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #26

    At the risk of repeating what I’ve been saying for months….

    United are run at Board level by a T-shirt salesman and a casino manager. Neither has a clue how to run a football club, and they haven’t brought in any football people to make up for that – arrogant sods. They have made some massive misjudgements – telling a manager of the stature of Sir Kev that he would be told what to do by a little reviled scumbag like Wise, then choosing to back Wise rather than Kev when things came to a head. Bringing in Jokin Here….who will never be a PL manager and already has the worst record of any manager in United’s history….oh and Jokin is the saviour who is gona come back and keep us up?? Aye right.

    Cashley has made a bad call on all the big decisions – he should stick to roulette where its only his wallet that gets torn apart, and not the geordie nation

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #27

    come on lads dont slag mikey boy the club would have been a right state if mike hadnt ov brought it dont forget he,s got a 5 year plan

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #28

    UTD111 its keegans fault were in this mess for walking out on us

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  • UTD111

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Batty – Sir Kev left after 3 games….we’ve played 27 since then….I think you’re deluded mate

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  • hitman

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #30

    batty,lol

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  • UTD111

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry Batty – didnt realise you were doing a Starprick impression lol

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    UTD111 only jokeing m8 love keegan me self just trying get a rise oot ov y

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  • repo

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #33

    face the facts..

    we are down..

    the players dont care as they get there wages regardless

    its the players to blame for this mess they get paid to play football and win games.

    we are gone..

    wake up.

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #34

    me fckin heads gone too pot man

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  • UTD111

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #35

    I’ll do my Starprick impression now if thats ok

    [cough]

    “You’re all the mob, you’re cowards, idiots and fools. None of you are as clever as wot I am (so mummy says) and I think Mike Aswhley has got a lovely bum”

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #36

    do you think the our tickets for chelsea will reach general sale???

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #37

    repo stop talking shite man its fattys fault for selling decent players and buying shite

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    UTD111 ha ha

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    i normally give my full support to whoever plays or represents newcastle in whatever capacity. however, that all changed last night. where to start………..

    Oba is a f******g disgrace – he should be fined maximum wages. who in thier right mind takes a penalty with thier weaker foot, especially such an important one like that. his arrogance has cost us dearly. if we went in one up at half time we would not have lost the game.

    Colo is a f******g clown and is getting worse as the games go on. every time he makes a mistake his hand goes up claiming a free kick rather than getting his head down and battling on.

    Duff is a conman who is reduced himself to diving around and punching the ground when the referee plays on

    too many players are not up for the fight and talk all week about putting things right but cant follow that up on the pitch. yes we played well for 45 mins but yet again nothing to show. arsenal were p1ss poor and were certainly there for the taking.

    and the biggest shambles goes to the coaching staff. what a bunch of f******g clowns. the team selection was woeful. i know guiterrez falls to bits around the box but at least he beats players and gives them huge problems. owen was poor against hull, fit or not he HAD to start yesterday. he would have scored the penalty and certainly tucked loverboys chance away. houghton and calderwood have lost the plot big time and the damage has been done. we now find ourselves cut adrift form the pack because of inept management. they are f*****g disraceful and i cant believe how far we have sunk. shame on you all. you dont deserve to be associated with this club

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    i also want to condem the a**eholes chanting for Bobby – the same idiots who booed his side off the pitch when we finished 5th – apparently not good enough for many of you, the same idiots who didnt bat an eyelid when fat freddie binned him. you werent singing for him then were you? look where he took us too and look how far we have fallen in 5 years? the great man deserves better than your patrenising chants.

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