FT: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 – Relegation Now Looks Likely


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We have been hoping for a turn-around at Newcastle since we beat Spurs at home on December 21st, when Duff scored in the last minute. But since then we’ve gone 17 games with just one win, and today we suffered yet another defeat – without too much resistance – this time to Spurs at White Hart Lane.

To say we’re disappointed and saddened by today’s performance in London is just a massive under-statement, and it’s going to take us some time for us to realize, we’re probably not good enough now to survive this season.

But, hey, of course there’s always hope – which we have all kept alive for 40 blooming years, since we last won something, back in 1969.

One of the many frustrating things about this is we are not seeing any spirit at all from the players, and over the last three months, if they had shown just half the spirit that Stoke City players have shown, who are on way less than half their wages, then we wouldn’t be where we are.

We don’t mind the lads getting beat – if they show some spirit and fight, but when they don’t – and that’s completely unacceptable.

We’ll try to keep the party-line going, that it’s still possible to stay up, but after this showing today, we don’t believe it, and not only that, but we deserve to be relegated. Any team that can win once in 17 games deserves to go down, it’s as easy as that. Let’s hope we can win a few game sin the Championship next season.

If any Newcastle fans don’t want to hear that – hard cheese – because it’s the truth – and you know it – we are a team that deserves to go down – based on our performances this season.

How a squad who are the 3rd or 4th highest paid squad in the Premier League can be second-bottom of the league with 30 points and only 5 games to go – one of which we’ll lose big at Liverpool, is beyond us.

There have been a lot of mistakes made at the club this season, but the first and most important one, was to let Kevin Keegan go and at the same time support that 5’6″ cockney Dennis Wise, who doesn’t know one thing about Newcastle United, other than they pay good wages.

But even after that comedy of errors, we still think it’s the players who are principally responsible for the nightmare scenario we will reach completion on, when the last day of the season, May 24th,  rolls around – relegation from the Premier league will be ours, for the first time ever form the Premier league.

The 17 th richest club in the world will be relegated – what an utter disgrace to a once very proud club.

Yes, no doubt Alan will come out and say it’s still possible to survive, and mathematically of course he is right, but since Joe Kinnear had his heart problems on February 7th, and not counting the WBA win, we have 3 draws in our last 8 games – which is diabolical and absolutely pathetic – we hope we are making our point clear.

If the players don’t feel ashamed of themselves – they should do.

And now we are in all likelihood going down, we will look to get Coloccini, Enrique, Geremi, Barton, Duff, Gutierrez Viduka, Owen, Martins, Smith and Xisco to move out in the summer. Who of those will we really miss?  Not too many, that’s for sure, and yet we pay close to £30M a year in wages to that lot. We’ll not miss a single one of those players and Shearer, if he stays on, can start from scratch with a new squad.

And what has Ignacio Gonzalez from Uruguay done for us this season – warmed the injury room every day and that’s about it – what a complete waste of money for the club.

We had wanted to say before now, that we were losing hope before this game, but decided to hang on a little. But what we’ve seen in the last several games from the players, is that they just haven’t got the spirit that’s needed to get results when it really matters, and when the chips are down, like right now.

Today’s performance for us, was the last straw, and we have taken just 3 points from our last 8 league games, we should be able to get that number of points from 90 minutes and one game, for heaven’s sake.

No guts, no spirit, no goals and no points, just about sums up the game today.

Before we end this piece- which is about as positive as Newcastle were today – about the actual game today – we conceded a goal after just 23 minutes and Darren Bent scored the only goal Spurs had to score to get all 3 points.

But up to that point the defense had looked wide open, with just three at the back, and Harper could and probably should have done better, when he could only block the initial shot, although it was a good stop. But once the goal went in, we questioned whether the lads had the spirit to mount a fight-back – they hadn’t and didn’t.

But there again our players have never shown any guts or glory up to this point of the season – so why start now?

My dear father will be turning in his grave at the performances of our lot this afternoon.

So sad – to see good clubs go bad.



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157 comments so far

  • Gunners

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    There is no need to target Ignacio Gonzalez, who is he anyway? The rest of the squad should just learn to pass the ball, make proper short passes instead of pumping the ball upfront.

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  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Very Sad. It’s really not looking good now, but as a Geordie – I have to have hope.. its all that is left!!

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  • Orion

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Well Said mate!

    I beleive some good things will come out of playing in the championship, no more high expectation from fans, the media circus that follows newcastle will hopefully sod off at last, and our overpaid “superstars” will get kicked out the door.

    Perhaps for Newcastle we have to start afresh, and getting rid of most of our squad and starting afresh can help, our manager can then build us a team around his tactics, rather than using what previous managers have bought and trying to manage with what he had.

    Thankfully there will be no more of this bullshit big club crap because we deserve to go down. The amount of injuries Newcastle gets is just stupid, the players must be faking some. Our transfers this past decade are beyond a joke, more money than sense i say. No use being a rich club if you spend all your money on vegetables instead of players.

    Either way i’ll still support Newcastle, even though they probably will give me a heart attack one of these days.

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  • TheToonKing

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Were down and out with this loss……horrible….we won’t be coming back up either anytime soon..

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  • beyethegreat

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #5

    gunners

    ignacio gonzales is a loan signing from valencia but hes ahrdly played

    howay the toon we can escape

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  • Ashley Hole

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Coca-Cola Championship 2009-2010 season, who stays, who leave, who Championship players we should try to buy?
    Players:
    —————–Harper—Krul————————-

    Beye——–S Taylor—– Kadar—– Edgar———
    ?????——–?????—–?????——- ?????————

    R -Taylor–Gutherie—– Butt—– ?????————
    LuaLua—–Godsmark—–????—– ????———–

    —————–Ranger—Carroll———————-
    —————–Ameobi– ?????———————-

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  • Toon Chicken

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    What a load of negative clap-trap. Save that crap for the end of the season please, if and when we are relegated. For now we must all stand loud and proud, together as one glorious Geordie nation! We MUST believe we can stay up and, until it is mathematically impossible, I ALWAYS will!!

    Howay the lads!

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  • Kanusti

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    only 1 man to blame for whis season and whis is MA.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Chicken – don’t expect any apology from me – I mean every single word of what I wrote. The players are a disgrace to this club – period – full stop. I stand by my clap -trap – as you put it – they’re hopeless with no guts – that’s the truth. Yes we can still stay up – but not with gutless performances like this one. This is a reality check – and it may not sound good – but it’s the absolute truth – as we said we are not singing the party line any more

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  • beyethegreat

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #10

    kanutsi

    lets not play the blame game at the minute lets concentrate on survival

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  • beyethegreat

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    ed

    i disagree i believe they worked very hard today

    besides even if we do go down the club will live on

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  • imdogk9

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m sorry but judging on today’s performance we have no chance on staying up, the players looked if they didn’t care, no fight, no spirit, no technique, no tactics.

    If we play Butt next year I’m afraid we will never get promoted back

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  • Rodzilla

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    …quiet in here

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  • blip

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #14

    @Ashley Hole –
    I think you’re being optimistic if you think Beye will stay for Championship football. He’s one of the top RB in the League.

    Anyway, bad result today. I wasn’t expecting anymore than a draw though so, realistically, it’s 1 point lost rather than 3. We’ll see soon how vital that point may/may not be.

    I now have no idea if we’ll stay up, but as far as I’m concerned the home games are still the important ones – no change there today.

    I just hope that criticism of Shearer is withheld. 3-5-2 initially may have beena mistake, but his subs so far in all games have been influential and well-timed. More than could ever be said for Kinnear and Hughton. He changes things when they need to be changed and is short of decent players to work with.

    Let’s just make sure everyone’s right behind the team for Pompey!

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  • tripp

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Sod this lot. This whole season has been a complete cluster. The staff and players have been rubbish… but that’s football. We have some decent players, but too many of them can’t be arsed. You don’t win football matches at this level with no passion… I can’t see us staying up, lads. Just can’t see it. If I’m honest, it may be for the best. We will unload a lot of dross and this will give the hungry, up and comers a chance to prove themselves.

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  • simon376

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed, I agree with you, there wasn’t much fight at all from them. I’m honest enough to say the better side won on the day, but I expect more fight from our boys. We need 110% from every player every game now. I just hope they realise whats at stake and pull their socks up

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed well said I watched the game in a social club in Yateley Hampshire near were I live amongst a load of Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal & Man U supporters. I was for the 1st timje in years embarressed to be a Toon fan. two words come to mind Clueless & Guttless. Apart from Steven Taylor who went off injured at half time the rest of the w*nkers who wore black & white should be throughly ashamed of themselves. I would rather play the kids in the lats 5 games 7 get hammered than play the f*ckin w*nkers who played today. As you can probably realise I’m rather upset. WHAT A LOAD OF SH*TS we have playing for us

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  • blip

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Also, mis-cued shot aside, was anyone else pleasantly surprised by Smithy?

    His passing put Butt’s to shame. Not that that’s hard.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19

    ED agreed I watched the game in a clube near were I live in hants with ab ucnh of spurs supporters. All I can say is I was embarressed to be aGEordiue for the 1st time since I moved south 29 years ago. APart form Steven Taylor the rest can F*uck off in the summer I’d rather play the kids for the last 5 games

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  • stk85

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #20

    sad. despite everything that has gone on this season you would expect professional footballers on 30k a week to beable to pass a ball, regardless of who their trainer or coach is. i did not understand why as soon as spurs had the ball, we back off, let them come at us, pointed at spaces where others should be, what the feck lads!!!! that was absolutely disgraceful, u have the guts to serve up that drivel.
    alan wont let them get away with that.

    if we do go down, my team for next season:

    krul
    beye s.taylor kadar tavenier
    lualua guthrie vuckic adjei
    ranger carroll

    at least they’ll show some balls.

    ryan taylor is a shambles

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  • tripp

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #21

    The problem is that at this point things are out of our control. Yes, we can and have to win matches, but that may or may not be enough. We’re completely dependent on other results for survival, barring some sort of great escape. There have been some, to be sure, but our players don’t see to have the heart, and it takes heart, to pull off such a feat.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    We deserve to go down we are complete sh*te & will struggle in the championship f*ck it I’m going to take up watching swimming

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  • jimiley

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #23

    The person responsible for this mess is MA. A Spud fan. He looked happy in the stands today.

    He gives the club no money to buy players.
    He pockets the transfer surplus.
    We are in relegation trouble so he decides to sell in Jan two of our best players (including the best goalie in the league) and replaces them with Nolan and Taylor. Enough said.
    He sacks KK.
    He appoints a sick passed it manager
    He leaves Hughton in charge for too long.
    He asks Shearer to do an impossible job with 8 games left. You were mad to take it on Alan.
    Worst of all, he sacks KK to keep Wise and then SIX MONTHS later he sacks Wise. A Fred Carno circus of a club and owner. I despise the man.
    Keep the faith. We are going down but we shall return fitter and stronger. ASHLEY has to go and we all have to make sure he is unwelcome on Tyneside. He has destroyed the club in two years. What was that about challenging Man u in three? Difficult in the fizzy league Mr Ashley!!!!!

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  • brownrob

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #24

    As I have said before… We have got progressively worse ever since Sir Bobby was unjustly sacked and Freddy Shepherd spent money he didnt have on a big ego trip

    I just feel for Sir Bobby as he has terminal cancer and has to see us go down. I hope he is around long enough to see us bounce back up again.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25

    WE ARE DOOMED and desreve to be relegated. What a load of crap, spurs didn’t even have top play well we wouldn’t ahve beaten a sunday league team

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  • Toon Chicken

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #26

    It really wasn’t that bad Ed. We got beat by a better team – simple as that.

    I did the Premiership Predictor on the beeb website before Shearer’s first game and I had us down to get 2 points from the first 3 games and stay up with 40 points. We’re 1 point off that right now – hardly the end of the world.

    If we win our home games we will almost certainly stay up. All those games are against much worse teams than Spurs. I still believe, if a few others start thinking the same way it could make a big difference.

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  • brownrob

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #27

    While I agree with some things you say… he has hardly “pocketed” the profits on Zog and Given… seeing that we made a loss of £20m this year or something to that effect

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  • brownrob

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh and is it just me who gets a headache when we lose… the cat better watch itself or it could get a boot to the head!!! 😀

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  • jimiley

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed,
    I believe the players tried. They did not surrender. The problem is that they are crap. NUFC manager does not know what he is doing. Sadly. He is still a hero. Changing formations Always playing Butt. Bringing on Smith when we need a goal etc etc.

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  • jimmymag

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t think we “surrendered” at all, we were just outclassed by a far better team, confident and in form. And for someone to suggest that we deserve to go down and that it might do some good, well we don’t need “supporters” like you!

    The hard work starts next week when we play Pompey in our first real must win match of the campaign. Keep the faith we can still do it!

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • simon376

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #31

    I know now isnt really the time to be blaming anybody, but I’d love to know where all the big Ashley fans are right now.

    As for making a loss this year, we never made a loss under the old ownership. I know our last chairman did many major things wrong, but when I used to get the accounts sent to me, we were always in profit. Strange the way things work out under such a ‘clever’ buisnesman

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  • stobbo

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    The worst thing about going down – FFS is going to love it. MA has made mistakes, no doubt about it, but I don’t think he deserves the abuse he gets here & elsewhere. The sales of Milner, Given and N’Zogbia did for us this season and MA and DW have to take some of the blame for that, but ultimately the buck stops with the 14 on the pitch for us today.

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  • Alanmc09

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Hail mary,
    Full of grace.
    The lord is with thee,blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thui womb jesus.
    Holy mary mother of god pray for our sinners now and at the hour of our death.
    AMEN.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    We had a chance. Martins.
    And a goal disallowed as well for a handball that he couldn’t do anything about.
    We are in serious, serious trouble and this is the first time I’ve said that.
    I still have hope that 3 wins could save us, but just.

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  • AmericanToon

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Despite the loss I think that the last 30 minutes were very good and we should be fine on staying up. The biggest key of the game was Martins not getting too banged up after that missed chance.

    I honestly think that if we can train hard for the next 8 days and start against Pompey with:

    -Harper-
    Beye – Bassong – Taylor – Enrique
    Duff – Barton – Jonas
    Owen
    Martins – Viduka

    We should pummel Pompey, stand a good chance for either a 1-0 loss at Liverpool, take out Fulham and Boro and maybe even nick 1 or even all 3 at Villa.

    It’s dire, but it’s not over. There is a lot to look forward to and having 8 days for Barton, Viduka, Enrique and Martins to get fitter is a huge plus.

    We’re not down yet. Let’s try and keep the faith.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #36

    simon – in profit, maybe but we still had crippling debts. I dread to think what would have happened if FFS had lead us into this credit crunch.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #37

    jimmymag // Apr 19, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    I don’t think we “surrendered” at all, we were just outclassed by a far better team, confident and in form. And for someone to suggest that we deserve to go down and that it might do some good, well we don’t need “supporters” like you!

    The hard work starts next week when we play Pompey in our first real must win match of the campaign. Keep the faith we can still do it!

    HOWAY THE LADS!

    Well said.

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  • Wigaz

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed 100% agree with you mate. What stuns me though is the attitude of the players. They just dont seem to care! Owen didn’t look interested at all like he’s already given up. I’m so sick of people saying how “Good” Jonas is too. How good can you be if yoy have NO end product? Butt was shocking today in comparrison to Huddlestone who can barely get in the spurs team, what other team would give butt as much game time? We have been on the slide for years now but this season we’re an absolute shambles! we simply dont deserve to be in the premiership. I hate to say it but it’s true. Our squad is not prem quality & we have suffered for that. I just hope Al can take us up next season. Or better yet keep us up this.

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  • darrowb1

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #39

    We didnt look that bad when we were playig our formation which KK had adopted for us the 4-3-3 with viduka martins and owen up front.

    If we do go down then we should try to keep hold of bassong,beye,jonas and maybe enrique becuase all of these players have soon that they could be good for the club. All the rest of the high paid people can go

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  • PaceOba

    Apr 19, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #40

    We will stay up. We lose with pride! Even we can’t except this result, the win will be come soon. I’m begging, think positive everybody, our patient will paid-off then.

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