Newcastle Relegation Nightmare Looks More Likely

The Shearer response from the Newcastle players yesterday just wasn’t good enough and the team went down at home for the 3rd time in a row, this time to Chelsea by 2-0.


No magic yesterday from our new management team

Newcastle played well in the first 45 minutes and at least held the Chelsea side to just a single chance.

But then after the London side got their first goal through Frank Lampard after 56 minutes, the game seemed so similar to the previous defeat against Arsenal, and the Newcastle side in all reality doesn’t look up to the task of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.

It was a poor goal to concede as was Chelsea’s second through Florent Malouda, and both times Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini seemed at fault, and will probably be dropped for the visit to Stoke City next Saturday.

And it was Stoke who won their first away game of the season at WBA, with a nice 2-0 win, and would you believe they are now 6 points clear of Newcastle, and have a rather awesome home record this season, so it will be very tough next Saturday, given the poor form and lack of guts our lads are showing right now.

If we are to stay up it looks like we will need to rely on the ineptitude of other teams, but Blackburn seemed dead and buried at 1-0 down at home to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, but then magically got all 3 points with 2 goals in the last 8 minutes.

So it looks like other teams are starting to wake up, and now all three North East teams are in the bottom four, with Sunderland 3 points ahead of Newcastle with a better goal difference, so we are essentially now 4 points from safety. We started the game 2 points from safety but of ocurse with each defeat our goal difference gets worse.

We just didn’t deserve anything out of the game yesterday, and if we cannot beat Stoke next Saturday things will start to look bleak indeed for Newcastle, and the nightmare of all nightmares is now looking more and more possible with each game.

When the team can only get 4 draws and a single win in the last 13 league games, you deserve to be relegated – it’s really as simple as that.

We need players with guts and pride, and not enough of them were on the field yesterday for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • stumpofthetoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    verry poor yesterday got to face it most players are just not good enough passing is terrible

  • batty

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    i think we will beat stoke next week and cant see the mackems and blackburn getting owt of man u and liverpool and that will put us in with a great chance the mackems have some hard home games left

  • batty

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    ED have you seen the mackems remaining home games and if we beat stoke and scumberland lose against man u the goal diff could be in our favor


    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    come on, it was chelsea, sod shearer, he aint no magician and you cant seriously expect to win, on current form, against a side of chelseas caliber.

    we all knew we’d most likely lose the arse and chel games, the proof will be against stoke, we’ve all being saying it Ed.

    were still only three points adrift, it could be worse, just.

    we beat stoke and its game on, simple as

    if we cant beat stoke then just through in the towel, atleast, thats what the lads will do, and they shall have the shame of having to go through the remainder of the season knowing what they’ve contributed to.

    my head is still high


    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    throw even

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    think your both right dmj and batty , we need to beat stoke and we will beat stoke , if we cant beat stoke we deserve to go down , but i think we will win

  • NorthernPaul

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    The damage was done a long time ago. I’ve been resigned to relegation since about September.

    If we stay up it will be a miracle, and if I’m being honest, I don’t think Mr Shearer has a good enough squad to do it.

    Thank you Mr Ashley. And there was me thinking we’d be challenging for the Champions League within 5 years.

  • Premiership Manager

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Stoke is a six pointer and a game we can’t afford to lose. If we lose that then we are in big trouble.

    Colo was ok in the first half and then lost the plot and was dreadful in the second half. Those who think he should be playing as a DM need to realise he’s too slow to play in midfield and to be honest he’ll struggle to hold a place in any premiership club unless he improves his awareness and reaction speed.

    Harper doesn’t look to0 assuring either and that is very worrying. he is a good keeper but like many players his confidence is low.

    Guterez ran all over the pitch, played reasonably well but yet again there was no end product. Nolan was very poor as was Taylor so in short we’re in big trouble.

    For me Guthrie needs to start against Stoke possibly alongside Butt so he has the freedom to go forward. I’d also start Carrol becasue he’s very physical and causes problems. I’d probably go for:


    Taylor Beye Bassong Enrique

    Duff Guthrie Butt Martins/Jonas

    Carrol Owen

    It would be hard to justify leaving Jonas on the bench but we are lacking goal scorers from midfield and we all know that Duff, Martins and Owen can all score.

    I dare say that Martins will play instead of Carrol but I’d like to see the big lad given a chance as he does offer something we don’t have and that is a physical presence or threat except when S. Taylor comes forward

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Butt is okay in tackling. Nonetheless, how many balls does he give cheaply to opponenets through poor passing? I rekon it is more than the possesion he wins.

  • ben-nufc

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10


    Beye S Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Jonas Guthrie Butt Lovenkrands

    Martins Owen

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    We are starting to clutch at straws lads..Let’s be honest the team is not premiership quality regardless of manager.

    We can’t beat teams,no home form (usually our saving grace),we can’t beat teams above,below or around us…we are looking pretty certain for the drop we are in relegation form and showing no signs of getting a few wins together any time soon.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    head says we will go down

    heart says we will just stay up

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #14


  • Sav

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #15

    We all knew it wasn’t going to be easy – certainly more than an arm around the shoulder or a couple of kicks up the backside to put us to rights. And to do it at Chelsea after just 2 days would almost have been insulting – if a winning performance could so easily be wrung from this group of players, we’d have to ask why they were holding out on the fans for so long this season.
    It starts against Stoke, hopefully with Stephen Taylor and Bass back alongside Beye and Enrique. Even that is not a 6 pointer. Stoke are a tough proposition at home. But we need a draw minimum to kick-start a revival, followed by 3 home wins.


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