Blackpool 2 Newcastle 1 – Bubble Bursts

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We said this game could be dicey in our match preview this morning, and so it turned out, as an unlikely mid-table Blackpool side beat Newcastle 2-1 tonight at Bloomfield Road.

We were never going to win every game this season, but it is very sobering that we have lost our first game away to Blackpool

And Newcastle were never at their best in this game and after Blackpool were, if anything, the better side in the opening half, Andy Carroll put Newcastle ahead with a header on 40 minutes, and we may have thought, with the defense so strong, that was it.

Danny Guthrie on the right, put in a lovely cross and Andy got on the end of it to head home from two yards out. The Geordie striker was booked after the goal for his bizarre celebrations in front of the Newcastle crowd.

But then this Blackpool side came back (dam it) and equalized in injury time with a really important goal.

Charlie Adam’s initial effort, a stinging shot from just outside the area, was initially saved by Harper, but the former Southampton striker Brett Omerod was there quickly to bundle the ball home to end Newcastle’s amazing clean sheet run,

Conceding just before the break is never a good time to concede and maybe it showed that Blackpool, like many more sides we will face this season, will not be frightened by the pedigree of Newcastle’s over-paid stars.

The Blackpool winner on 65 minutes was a similar story to the first goal, when Harper somehow kept out Jason Euell’s point-blank strike, only for the captain to blast into the roof of the net at the second attempt.

Newcastle threw bodies forward in the closing stages and came within inches of levelling when Nile Ranger’s goal-bound header was hooked from the line by Stephen Crainey.

But it wasn’t to be, and now it will be a test of the players’ character on whether they can come back big time against a mediocre Plymouth side on Saturday.

And there will be questions as to how much Alan Smith was missed tonight, but it’s almost certain Alan will return against Plymouth.

Attitudes and spirits can turn very quickly in this game of football,  and the lads just have to get back on the winning track – but Blackpool have done it , and are the first team to defeat Newcastle this season, and they have the bragging rights – and well deserved.

And that will only give hope to other teams, especially on their home grounds – and make no mistake this will be big news in England if only because tiny Blackpool’s wage bill is probably a pittance compared to Newcastle’s  £40M figure.

We hope the Newcastle players will come to terms with this result,  because they haven’t got the job done tonight.

A very disappointing result, but we should not over-react too much.

Things are either feast or famine on Tyneside, and this will no doubt bring out the doom and gloom merchants and there are always plenty of those around, although they never do any good.

Perhaps we have to learn to not be too up when we win and too down when we lose.

We got the rub of the green on Sunday against Cardiff  City, and probably didn’t tonight, as young Nile Ranger almost scored right at the end.

The team will need to recover quickly, and hopefully get back on track with 3 points on Saturday, but if we cannot beat Plymouth at home on Saturday, we could be in trouble.

We are 3rd in the league now, one point behind WBA and level with Middlesbrough on points.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #1


  • Ashton

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Butt was sh*** as usual ! I personally blame him for this defeat

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #3

    We played this game just like the cardiff game. Keep on giving them the ball, time, space. After so many shots it was obvious they would eventually score. We creat absolutly NOTHING. Our MF totally sucks. We just cant keep posession of the ball for even 5 passes without giving it away, time and again. And when we do go forward, nobody seems to know what to do.
    We have been lucky upto tonight, but it is plain to see something is seriously wrong with our players.
    More of the same against plymouth on sat, probably same mf, same tactics (ha! do we have a game plan????) and same formation.
    Why play 4-5-1 and then keep lumping the ball forwards in the air? Carrol gets his head to the ball but there is no one pushing up from mf to help, so no point. We need to pass more to feet.
    Pretty pish poor performance by all I’m afraid.
    Rant over, sorry.

  • Dragonera

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I am very annoyed by this result. Simply because of the large slices of fortune in Blackpools goals. both came from rebounds that could have gone anyway, but they ended up at the feet of Blackpools p**s poor players. Ah well, let them have their moment, we will just have to smash them when they get over to SJP.

    People should try not to overreact. This was always going to be a tough game with Blackpools recent home form and our captain missing from the middle of the park (Just look at their first goal, no one closing down in the middle of the park. Smith anyone?)

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Butt and Geremi are Fkin Shit…..Hate them Both.

  • laurent32

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    butt is truely awful. i hope hes dropped when smith returns on sat… cant see it tho. hughton has been singing his praises for ages and wont have the balls to do it, especially with him being captain…

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Blackpool Created more Shots-Had far greater possession-Blackpool deserved the win…back to the drawing board CH….not good enough.

  • Ross

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Dragonera-thank god mate,lol. Exactly what i said if you werent reading the previous thread.
    I do think we’re desperate for proven goalscorers though. We cant expect Carroll and Ranger to play alone up front and get us goals, (even though Carroll did tonight and Ranger had one cleared off the line).

    Geremi missed a sitter, as did Nolan. We need to strengthen up top. We also missed Smithy like a hole in the head. The most prominent thing for Blackpool first half was the time and space they had in the midfield. Smithy wouldnt have given them an inch infront of that back four.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Butt aint captain Material.

  • toon4life97

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #10

    A bad peformance again Cardiff bad peformance again Blackpool can’t you see that bad things are coming BYE BYE CHAMPIONSHIP HELLO LEAGUE 1

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #11

    How many times do we get caught off- side?
    Little Blackpool ran rings around us for best part of 80 mins tonight. Bloody embarrassing.
    Have to agree with SJT

  • toon4life97

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree with sjt

  • Dragonera

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #13


    Exactly, mate. Butt wasn’t able to fill Smith’s shoes tonight, but that doesn’t matter now as we have dropped 3 points. Now is the test, how do these players react to this? I personally feel Plymouth will feel the effects come Saturday. Especially if Smith returns. He really seems to drive the team forward when he plays.

    I am disappointed for Ranger. He deserves a goal and was very unfortunate tonight. However, very glad to see Carroll get on the score sheet, will do wonders for confidence.

    Good thing is at least we dont have to wait long for our next game eh lads? haha.
    Chins up

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Butt is past it,don’t want to start berating him-he is not even championship quality these days.

    Time is up Nicky…good professional I can’t knock your past achievements but if we be honest you would struggle in the conference.

    Geremi…should just be sacked he is useless.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera Agree-Chins Up.

    Blackpool created more-deserved the win…let’s move on.

    Night Fellas.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #16

    C.H needs to sort this lot out NOW im worried this lot think the title is already in the bag ,far from it

  • toon4life97

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Cheers dragonera uve cheered me up HOWAY THE TOON

  • Ross

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Dragonera-it sounds stupid, but i can almost see Smith being angry at himself for being suspended tonight and wanting to set the record straight come saturday. Butt was a mile away from the performances smith has put in thus far the night and i think he’ll have a point to prove when he returns on saturday.
    Hopefully being at home with a real determination will see us bolt out the blocks and give them a good stamping. Smoggies playing WBA is also a blessing

  • sith

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #19

    i think we can play 4-5-1…sure but we must have two good winger to support big andy,,,
    for me i prefer guthrie, nolan and smith in the middle and try out kazengga lualua and r.taylor on the wide to try run out out the defender and put those crosses in..
    hope jonas can recover A.S.A.P..
    realy miss smith in that game!!

  • Dragonera

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    No worries. Times like this everyone just needs to take a step back and realise all is not lost. We have only dropped 5 points out of 21 with two key first teamers out injured. Also, today the message, “We need strengthening and fast” was well and truly communicated to top management. Let us hope it’s a blessing in disguise.

  • OHurley

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21


    Were you BORN in 97 m8? Your attitude is about that childish…

  • Dragonera

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22


    Agree with everything you just said, mate.

  • OHurley

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Team against Plymouth:






  • OHurley

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Use Butt a sub only if NECESSARY. He’s old and his legs gave out years ago. Can’t string a pass along to save his life… should NOT be captain.

  • Thump

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #25

    @OHurley: Owen couldn’t score a goal to save his life last season – he was still captain unfortunately.

  • ziad

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Bad result. However it is expected , with the quality of players we are currently feilding, the unbeaten run ending was no surprise.

    We defo need to get one CF, and one CB (cover) as well as leaving BUTT and Geremi on the bench. They are past it.

    Let’s try to bounce back against Plymouth. We really need to stay at the top of the fizzy pop

  • peewee

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #27

    The donkey lashers played well. They did’nt look p ** poor from where I was sitin. Credit where deserved. They never f*** in shut up.

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 17, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Toon deserved to loose, they simply ran out of luck. If you look at the 5-in-a-row, there has been a fair amount of luck in those as well.

    To be honest, Newcastle haven’t been playing well all season, they are just playing so bad opponents that they have won anyway. The style of play is very defensive, the side lacks flair and there are no natural goalscorers in the squad.

  • batty

    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Jan Stavik // talking shit agen so west brom and cardiff arnt 2 of the better teams in this leauge then

  • bren32

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #30

    sack hughton , he he he


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