As Many Wins As Possible Needed To Lessen Humiliation


As we would have expected, the morale at the club and with the players on Monday night was sky high, after the great 1-0 win against Leicester City.

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Danny Guthrie – we need more of this at Cardiff

But it seemed to us that throughout the first half,  it looked like only one team was going to score, and it wasn’t us.  So in terms of getting all 3 points from such a tough  close game was just great!

And would you believe that was Leicester’s first league defeat in six months?

Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:

“Morale is how you would expect it at the moment,”  “We knew it was a tough game, and that we would have to dig deep, and if morale can’t be high when you’ve won the games we have, it’ll never be high.”

“It’s nice for this group of lads. It’s a long time since most of them have put a run together like we have at the moment. It’s certainly a nice feeling.”

“We all know the disappointments of last season, and how it’s affected everybody, but the only way to do anything about it is to bounce back, and the only way to bounce back is to be putting in the performances we have been doing.”

We are starting to get a little concerned in case the lads start winning game too easily, and get too big for their boots.

But there’s an easy way to stop that.

Even if we win every one of our remaining league games (41) this season, in our view at least, that would not make up for the humiliation the club suffered last  May when it was relegated.

And it was a world wide event, because the Newcastle club is known all over the place, principally  because of  the Keegan years, and more recently the Bobby Robson years, when TV has started to beam the games live all over the world.

After all, this team was 4th, 3rd and 5th under Bobby Robson though 2004, and in 2006  we were 7th and in Europe the next season, when Glenn Roeder came in to rescue the club from Graeme Souness’  faltering tenure.

Our wage bill of £74M last year was one of the biggest in the Premier League, and people just couldn’t believe a club like Newcastle could get relegated with the top class players we had. Well we did, and on the performances the lads put inearlier this year – we deserved it.

Those players still at the club have an obligation to ensure they keep fighting like crazy, in every single game they play this season.

They should not forget just how much they still owe the Newcastle United club.

And we’re all in this together – rowing in the same direction hopefully this season in spite of Ashley’s antics – so no more demonstrations this season or anything similar that would be disruptive to the team.

The purpose of the Newcastle club this season has to be to get promoted at the very first attempt.

And together –  fans, players, coaches – we have to do everything we can to make that happen, and do nothing that gets in the way of  that.

Next step – 3 points at the Cardiff City Stadium – come hell or high water.

Howay The Lads!!



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86 comments so far

  • MDS

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think the shame of relegation will be too strong if we get back up this year. I think the entire football world recognizes that we are here because of a single man who destroyed our club. What I wcouldn’t take would be multiple seasons…

    Seriously, there is no reason why this can’t be a playoff team at a minimum. But God do I want the automatic promotion- could you imagine the stress in our lives if we had to survive a playoff? I wouldn’t sleep for weeks

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  • Purely Belter

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    good start by the boys so far.

    hughtons reputation is growing after each game, and i think would be an excellent number two to whatever manager that comes in (please be alan shearer)

    great atmosphere in st james as always, keep it up!

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #3

    The balance of the team is so fine that if we are using its resources in defending against a good team we simply will not have the extra resources necessary to be very effective in attack. Games like that will turn on an individual piece of skill or flair – like Guthries belter of a goal on Monday.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #4

    we should remember relegation for a long time and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again, its bad enough to get relegated, but finishing lower than mr orange, at hull, makes it harder to except.

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  • Bedale1892

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #5

    I pretty much agree, the lads can’t get too comfortable because we have a lot to make up for.
    I don’t think the club, nor some of the players should be embarassed by last season, we as fans, the club’s name and some of our squad have been tainted by some moronic ownership. They should want to prove a point, and not think they have a divine right to go straight up.
    For me, our biggest test is going to come after our first defeat, and how we react to that.
    For me, the

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #6

    it was not just an incompetent owner it goes back to the sacking of bobby, or more like his undermining when fat Freddy informed us that his contract would not be renewed, but since, we had loads of opportunities to get it right, the only one’s that carry no blame are the fans.

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  • havanaclue

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    yes ,we have huge problems off the pitch ,yes we have a small squad ……but credit where credit is due ….. the team look a class above anything else in the Fizzy Pop!!
    I said the team – if we can keep them fit is another question all together!!

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  • Alex

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #8

    The diffrence between this season and last is the lads are up for the fight . We have players that seem to be prepiarde to sweat blood for a win . You could not say that last season and our midfield will boss most other teams this season , we do have the quality to go straight back up and at last i think within the team thier is a belief that they can win .

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  • OHurley

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Ok, I know this is totally off subject, but Magpie6699 just told me in the last thread about a doctor in America named “Randy Plonka”. I think this is absolutely mint and HAD to mention it lol!!

    On the subject- I think automatic promotion this year is absolutely attainable

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  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    dave 1961 // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    “it was not just an incompetent owner it goes back to the sacking of bobby, or more like his undermining when fat Freddy informed us that his contract would not be renewed, but since, we had loads of opportunities to get it right, the only one’s that carry no blame are the fans.”

    The fans carry alot of the blame, dave, along with Ashley.

    While it’s true that they weren’t driving Ashley into making the stupid decision of appointing Keegan, they were cartainly instrumental in persuading Ashley to sell the club twice at the worst possible times.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    if we go about thinking we are miles above every other team, we will eventually get a good hiding the best way is to face each game with fire in our belly, well fight them on the beaches, lets have a siege mentality, and battle for everything, we are the biggest team to ever be in the coca cola, lets leave this league in shock, if we had of spent 12 million we could have walked the coca cola we should have tried to win every game, we should be as far away from coca cola teams as we are from menu, lets not loose a game we dont have to.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Alex

    Agreed. Our current squad, even with the youngsters in it, is good enough for automatic pomotion.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #13

    its all down to Llambias he has to much say in a topic he knows nothing about, Ashley is just being led by a donkey, wise & kinnear are friends of Llambias, not Ashleys

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  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #14

    dave 1961 // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    “Ashley is just being led by a donkey, wise & kinnear are friends of Llambias, not Ashleys”

    Where did you get that from, Dave? If I see Joe in ‘the Orange Tree’, I’ll ask him about that one.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #15

    outside of topic gazza was stotting drunk on a flight to Spain on Sunday night so its not looking to good for him don’t want anymore dead this year.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #16

    yes they are Llambias’s mates from his casino days.

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  • OHurley

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #17

    dave1961

    To give Gazza the benefit of the doubt, I drink heavily on planes too. Can’t stand flyin’ haha. If I’m in the air, i’m pi55ed on straight whiskey every time 😀

    Of course, his situation is different…

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  • SirAlan

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok Oba’s back, nice try Geordie Gobbler, crying to Ed to get me banned…Coward

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #19

    yes but gazza has been warned that drinking would kill him, just like best was warned. just a shame that he has come down to this. i hope he can give it up soon.

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  • havanaclue

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #20

    bloody Gazza .. let alot of fans done tonight was supposed to be doing a talk in at the Clock in Hebburn tonight ,but stayed in Spain …….leavin alot of fans gutted !!!!

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  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #21

    dave 1961 // Sep 2, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    “yes they are Llambias’s mates from his casino days.”

    dave, it was Ashley who was a client of 50 St James’s. I think you’ve picked up another one of these incorrect rumours somewhere. Joe Kinnear certainly wasn’t a mate from Llambias’s casino.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #22

    well yes i was told, not being a member myself.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #23

    know it all..!

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  • Duffman

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Spitfire is spot on about this year’s team. When we play on the road or against quality teams, we sit back and don’t have the ability to do too much attacking. We can still win by outclassing those teams in the CCC, and Guthries goal is the perfect example.

    It seems when we play inferior opponents we may be able to attack and pour on the goals. I never would have imagined we would be missing Shola for his finishing!

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  • Thomas

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #25

    workyticket u probably need to go back a couple of threads to continue on a debate..

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  • Thomas

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    That is if ur still interested in 1..

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  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Duffman // Sep 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    “I think Spitfire is spot on about this year’s team. When we play on the road or against quality teams, we sit back and don’t have the ability to do too much attacking.”

    It seems to be after we score goals, Duffman. The players let themselves lose concentration and then end up on the back foot for a while. Hudderfield was the worst example.

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  • icedog

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #28

    workyticket
    i agree with some of your points,idont come on site as i would like the old lamp oil goes after a while,my heart bleeds for the fans,i was so lucky saw FA cup win in 1951,1955,fairs cup win some great players,greatfans i played a bit myself a couple of games for a team that won the world cup (not while i played for them mind) my dad chased the scouts that came to the door,told them i had to get trade,players then getting about £5a week,the only time i think clubs will be run right is when chairman of a club is a ex player ie the guy at wigan , but they have poor crowds less money if it could only at the toon ,one day i wish

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  • Duffman

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #29

    I didn’t mean it in a bad way. Good teams can absorb pressure and then strike back on the counter, which is why Loven might be a great signing.

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Eveneing all. Just been looking at the fixtures coming up after this break. 7 games in 20 days!!!! bloody hell thats some ask, especially with the size squad we’ve got.
    This kind of schedule is just prime for a bunch of injuries. We are defo gonna have to use every player available to us. No good bringing players on with 5 mins or less to go.
    Player rotation Ha Ha! Alot of pressure on the more experienced ones.
    At the end of the 7 games, we will know a lot more of how we will fair for the rest of the season. Some tough games in there as well.
    Fingers crossed eh?

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #31

    icedog,
    so you played for west aukland then, huh?..

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh yes, thats followed by 2 week break, then 6 more games in 20 days.
    punishing.

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  • sahil

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Lew Davies, good point.

    We need to start putting the youngsters in for the last 20 mins of games when legs start to tire.

    Anyway ……WE ARE, WE ARE, WE ARETOP OF THE LEAGUE!

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  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #34

    icedog // Sep 2, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    “i played a bit myself a couple of games for a team that won the world cup”

    The mighty West Auckland, I presume?

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  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Lads who do you think we’ll sign on frees?

    Here’s a possible list

    Michael Ball (Good back up for left back and can play in the centre only 29)

    Jan Venegoor of Hesselink (Bags the goals in but only if we use Lovenkrands on wings instead of upfront, he only 30 could do a job at this level)

    Moritz Volz (Only 26 can play anywhere across the defence could do a job)

    May sound like deadwood but we could offer them 1 year deals with option of another year or pay as you play deals. That way if we do get promoted we can get rid and not have the problem we had when in the EPL last.

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye Lew,
    good point!..
    …But this is what they do & if top, young athletes can’t hack it, they shouldn’t be there, should they?..
    …I know ya’ can’t get around injuries, it’s always gonna happen, but they’ve just gotta get on with it!..& the amount of games comin’ thick n’ fast will mean young’uns will have to be played!..
    …It will make or break some of ’em & i’m sure a few will make a name for themselves!..

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  • icedog

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #37

    punk skunk, workyticket you got it in one,old time outside right,ime also slow at typeing as you see

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  • Toon_Factor

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #38

    icedog

    and bad at spelling too

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  • Alanmc09

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Can nebody tell me a quick update on whats happnin with the takeova?cheers.

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  • OHurley

    Sep 2, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #40

    alanmc09

    Last I heard the Americans were asking for time to meet with Ashley in person. I haven’t heard anything after that. Ha, where’s Takeover News when ya need him like?

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