Can Newcastle’s Hapless Players Finally Win Tonight?

Today really is D day for Newcastle United, and we will find out by 10:00 pm tonight local time, whether our players really have the heart for the relegation battle we’ve be in all this season. 


Michael Owen – can he score goals?

We’ve had chances galore this year to get away from the relegation zone, as Manchester City, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Stoke, West Ham, Bolton and Portsmouth have all done, but we continue to lose or draw games, usually lose them. We’ve lost 6 of the last 10 and our last win was against bottom placed WBA in February.

So we don’t have high confidence in our players going in to tonight’s game against Middlesbrough, where a win would take us to 4th bottom and give us a very decent chance of surviving in the Premier League after the team has performed hopelessly and without much fight for most of the season if we are top be honest.

The club has just about run  out of excuses as to why we are so bad this season, and still in the drop zone, with just 3 games to go.

That’s the truth, so we will wait to see if the side that turns out tonight are a nervous set of overpaid and over-pampered stars, or they have been inspired by Alan Shearer, and really go for it. Nothing less will be good enough tonight. The time has now gone where more excuses will placate the Newcastle fans.

We couldn’t help thinking this game was somewhat similar to when Bobby Robson took over in early 1999-2000 when we were second bottom with just a few points form our first 7 games and Ruud Gullit had been sacked.

In Bobby’s first game in charge we lost narrowly to Chelsea 1-0, and then in his first home game we were playing Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park, who were in bottom place.

Bobby certainly had the lads ready for that game and we were 5-0 up at half time, and 8-0 up at the final whistle with a certain Alan Shearer equaling the Premier League scoring record with 5 goals.

But that’s when we had players with heart, and we have yet to be convinced of that this season, unfortunately.

Alan will try to inspire his players like Bobby did that day, and of course it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let Bobby Robson have 5 minutes with the team before they come out. There’s  a man with passion and fight for the Newcastle side.

And we are being told today that Shearer has urged his Newcastle United side to seize the initiative from the start in tonight’s game, and take yet another chance the Magpies have been handed with another inept display by Hull City on Saturday, when they went down 2-1 at home to Stoke City.

But the Newcastle record is just hopeless this season, and particularly this year.

We have one win in our last 19 games, have won6 games in total, less than any other Premier club, and have just 4 wins at home, and it was as long ago as last December against Spurs when we had our last home win.

It’s very depressing when you inspect the Newcastle record to any degree.

Can the lads do it tonight?  We don’t know, but we’ll be hoping like we always do – but we are looking forward to getting some of our players sent packing in the summer. Most of them have been little better than a disgrace for the last 5 months.

We’ll have more positive articles out this morning – but this one is a factual one, and a gut check – and therefore can hardly be too upbeat.

Three wins in our last three games will lift the mood on Tyneside big time, but do we have the players who can finally bring that about?  We are not convinced we do.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • stevep

    May 11, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve great faith in the strikers coming up with the goods tonight, we’ll win and then probably mess it up against Fulham who are a good tidy side.

    I see Collocini’s been whinging this morning saying that he was sold a club that would challenge in the top half and do well in the cups – errr curly mop, the reason we’re not is partly down to you and your useless teammates!

  • Stuart79

    May 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    This is going to be an unbelievably difficult game I think.

    Boro will sit deep and we just haven’t got the players to break them down.

    Our best chance will be a mistake.

    We need a early goal then Boro have to attack more and might leave gaps at the back.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    If the lads don’t win tonight I think that will be curtains to the premiership.
    Should we be relegated it will not be easy to return to the top flight.
    Most of the overpaid prima donnas would go the journey, and at least some of the up and coming kids would get their chance.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Stevep –

    I like the bit where Colo doesnt see why he was dropped. I could fill the back page with reasons why!

    I can see by Ed’s use of words that he is peeed off with the way the team has performed this season and can understand why and where he is coming from.

    I would like to see Tayls back in the back four and more so Viduka score against his old club.

    To all who are at SJP – be loud and proud – jeer the smoggs and boo where appropriate – lets recreate that atmosphere that welcomed pompey onto the pitch.

    For all those who cant be there and are watching on the tele over the world – permission to shout and scream at the screen in granted where ever you may be.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 11, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    WHEN we beat Boro and stay up, the following players are available for Shearer to bid on, ong with everyone else:-)

    Ryan Babel £10 million

    David Bentley £12 million

    Darren Bent £7 million

    Tom Huddlestone £6 million

    Tevez £34 million

    Peter Crouch £8 million

    Stewart Downing £8 million

    Deco £5 million

    Malouda £8 million

    English Players Worth Bidding For:

    Stephen Warnock (Blackburn) £7 million

    Clubs listening to bids for the following according to their Agents (for not making it into Europe)

    Diego (Werder Bremen) £20 million

    Maxi (Athletico Madrid) £14 million

    Siergo Aguerra (Athletico Madrid) £30 million

    Diego Forlan (Athletico Madrid) £15 million

    President of Valencia said at weekend they will listen to bids for any of their players due to cripling debts:

    Joaquin £15 million

    Hugo Vianna £5 million

  • Stuart79

    May 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6


    Where’s this money coming from?

    We won’t be spending more than 4m on a single player next season.

    Our owners skint and so too is the club.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Jamesthefirst –

    Nice list mate.

    A left back would be an excellent addition and maybe a creative attacking midfielder.

    I wonder (should we remain in the prem) what the NUFC transfer kitty is like.

    MO will go to Everton (speculation with no grounds) and be in Europe next season. Just watch the tw*t score loads! 🙂

  • stevep

    May 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    @james – mate that list of players is dreadful.

    Babel, Bentley, Huddlestone, Malouda are very overrated and can barely feature in the first teams of current teams
    Deco is chelseas Viduka – i.e. never plays
    Half of those foreigners have failed miserably in prem before
    Aguerra, Tevez, Diego, Maxi are way out of our price league (in fact the majority will be if we’re relegated)

  • stevep

    May 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    oh and Downing would never come to toon

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Calm down lads. Not saying Shearer would bid for these. Just saying that their Agents have confirmed they will be leaving their clubs if they get a good offer.

    One player not listed because I didn’t want to upset you all, but Shearer is a huge fan of is Dean Ashton. Great player but I think we’ve spent enough on medical bills in recent years.

    But Shearer said on MOTD last year that Ashton is his favourite English Striker

    And the reason for the list….is to try and take our minds off this nervous day 🙂

  • 51times

    May 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    stevep – Still better than the shite we have.

  • Stuart79

    May 11, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon Greame

    Llambias said in his interview with the local rags and I quote “we have 8m from the sales in January and that will be spent”

    8m! Tha will get us fck all!

    Relegation scrap next year too if we stay up!

  • 51times

    May 11, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Also, why is everyone having a go at Colo? I didn’t see anything wrong with his interview.

  • Chizzy_Toon

    May 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning All,
    Really looking forward to the match, and gutted I wont be there. If we can get a result tonight it should give the lads a huge confidence boost for the last two games.

  • bowburnmag

    May 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    51times – h’way……

    To be honest Collocini has a mountain of improving to do before he could criticise anything or anybody and I guess because of the reporting or interpretation, it’s implied that he’s not played a big part in our demise. Well he has, clearly. I would give him the benefit of the doubt but the fact he’s unaware why he was dropped suggests he’s not as willing to shoulder some of the blame as much as he probably should. Or that he’s slightly mental.
    I’m not sure which I’d prefer.


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