Bad News – Stoke City Home Form Surprisingly Good

Sky Sports has come out today and said that Newcastle have no plans to appoint El Tel as interim manager at Newcastle. And we’ve just looked up the home form of Stoke City, who Newcastle meet after the Chelsea game, and it’s surprisingly decent.


Chris Hughton – will take positives out of Arsenal defeat

But that of course wasn’t the news this morning – the news was that Newcastle players wanted the club to appoint Terry Venables as manager, and we were told last week that Newcastle didn’t have any plans to do that.

Whether that will now change, with Newcastle players seeming to lose confidence in the match day capabilities of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, we’ll just need to wait and see, but things are becoming a little desperate right now.

But Chris, who seems a lot more comfortable playing a back-up role at the club, is getting about the business of preparing the lads for the Chelsea game.

Let’s be clear that a win against Chelsea could re-ignite Newcastle United, but we just don’t see that happening – although we’d just love it –  love it!

Chris Hughton is a positive guy and he talked about the positives coming out of the Arsenal game:.

“There were lots of positives, albeit it from the opening hour,” “But that is the sort of form and spirit we have to take into the eight remaining games.”

“It’s going to be about a spirited group of players and it’s going to have to be about a determined group of players that will see us through this.”

“We are at the danger end of things. But we have to clear the Arsenal game this week and then work on a game plan for Chelsea.”

“We must approach the game the same as we did Arsenal but hopefully with a different result.” 

Of course last Saturday it wasn’t Chris’s fault that Oba missed the penalty which could have changed the game for Newcastle, not to mention the result.

We have to hope that the lads can get some kind of break-through at the Chelsea game, and then somehow get a win at Stoke City.

However, Stoke’s home form is surprisingly good, with only 3 defeats in 15 games, and Newcastle’s away form is awful, with only 2 wins from our 15 away games. In fact, Stoke have gained 28 of their 32 points at home.

When you look at it that way, a Newcastle win at Stoke doesn’t look too likely, does it?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘Of course last Saturday it wasn’t Chris’s fault that Oba missed the penalty’ – fair enough Ed but it was his fault that he and calderwood mucked about on the side line when Stevie Taylor went down injured – and that in effect is what finished us off. I read this morning on True-Faith that Ashley and Co are now like scared rabbits in the headlights – spot on in my opinion

  • big boomer

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    The day we are scared of beating stoke city really means we are not a premier league side. when they came to st james earlier this season they were one of the worst teams seen in recent years.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    What was our captain doing at the time? he could see what was happening ! Why didn’t he tell beye to move over to cover taylor and get Ryan Taylor to drop back into RB spot. It doesn’t take a genius to work that out? The players have to take their share of responsibility not just whinge that they need a manager

  • Ross

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I dont think we’ll beat stoke away from home if im honest. However i’ve heard Dragonera a few times say if we start the way we did against Man u/arsenal in our remaining home fixtures, we can definitly win them. The only problem is wondering what NUFC turns up? Its almost as if we think along the lines of

    “top four, no chance of beating them, just go out and attack them from the word go, nothing to lose” as opposed to “oh my god, its Hull, they’re in the same position cautious lads we cant afford to lose this one, be careful”

    ..why not just say “its (Whomever), we can beat them. Go out and do what you did against man u and get us out this bloody mess”?

    i, like many others i imagine just dont have a clue what goes on in the heads of hughton/calderwood/the players, for that matter.

  • Ross

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    i was meant to mention the fact that i agree with the statement of should we start our home games with the same attitude, we can definitly win them.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6


    “i, like many others i imagine just dont have a clue what goes on in the heads of hughton/calderwood/the players, for that matter.”

    They try to be too clever at what is a relatively simple game: rather than picking the best players and sending them out with an attacking mindset, getting them to get tackles in and cover their team mates

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I believe our captain was busy doing what he had to do on the pitch – It’s ridiculous to suggest that he should have been organising the team that’s where a manager comes into play and I’m sorry lovely guy as Hughton is his title is ‘caretaker manager’ he has to make the decisions not Nicky Butt – problem is he is not anywhere near good enough. The records don’t lie

  • bennytoon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Arsene Wenger could be in charge of the team and they would still be rubbish. I cant believe the players are speaking out against the manager behind his back. Cowards! They have been rubbish all season whoever was in charge. Its there fault they are in this mess, not hughtons. Hughton and Calderwood should walk away. The team is full of mediocre players who think they are better than they are. It will be interesting to see who signs them at the end of the season. Bassong is the only player i would take. I wouldnt want the rest on free transfers.

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s garbage benny and it’s a rubbish attempt to stir things up. Your lot were dreadful under Ramos and Poyet and heading down until Redknapp came in a galvanised them. It comes down to management and ours ain’t good enough (plus if you believe what you read in the Sun you’re a bigger muppett than I gave you credit for)


    Mar 24, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Ross – that spot on mate.

    Why oh why do we play well against the top four? then sit back and defend when we play teams around us? it’s pathetic. When we play stoke we want to hit the hard with attacking straight away!!! Why had arsenal pegged back for 45 minutes so surley we could peg them back and make them fear for their lives.

    This is why we need a new manager, chris isn’t going to change his game plan away to stoke or spurs etc..

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 24, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I read somewhere that 20 years ago we had 29 points with 9 games remaining and the results read played 9, drew 2 and lost 7.

    The great thing is that’s the form Hughton has.

  • hitman

    Mar 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    prince bassong,in 88/89 season we had 8 games left to play lost 6 drawed 2..we were relegated.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Its not suporising at all.

    Every man and his dog knows Stoke are brilliant a home and it is not a ‘must-win’ game it is a ‘must-not-lose’ game.

  • StanHardy

    Mar 24, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    The Pompey game could be even harder. The statistics over the past few seasons show that the Toon rarely win their home game when they have beaten their opponents away first.Strange but true usually a lose at best a draw.Virtually all doubles are when the home match comes first.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Saying that Stoke never even seem o play that well, even at home, maybe we could win there, who knows; anything can happen in football.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Stoke away? We’ll loose that match if we go there with the normal tactic. Or lack of tactic would be more right…

    Those teams we could swipe off the pitch if we really wanted to, but if we play their game that are as good or better.

    Now its 60/40 that we’ll go down, with 0p against Chelsea I’d say 70/30.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    The Chelsea game will not come into it.

  • clinta

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #18

    As i said yesterday and for the past few months, a new manager in now please, JK when/ if(?) he returns is not good enough to get us back into the PL.

    Everyone moans about Hughton etc… now, has he become the scapegoat?! Most were agreeing including you ed that it’d be best to have them run the show until JK had come back, consistencey and all that crap.

    well again mighty toon (best in the world) fans you got what you wished for hey? Okay lads now it’s time to start plotting the further demise of our beloved club.

    Get the bed sheets out, lets have a little protest about some bollocks the Sun makes up, keep booing the players everytime the touch the ball, and leave the ground early in disgust!!!

    sick to death of the pathetic fan base we have, yes big numbers, but hardly big hearts or support.

    MA, the coaching staff and luck are all to blame this season yeah, oh you missed one THE FANS!


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