Newcastle Don’t Turn Up And Are Beaten At Blackpool

Last night was a game that Newcastle fans had feared, before the start of the season, that would be all too familiar in our first season in the Championship

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Andy Carroll – good goal in Newcastle’s poor display last night

That was a team, very reminiscent of last season, who just didn’t bother to turn up on the night, and were beaten by a side more committed to work their socks off,  than the overpaid Newcastle “stars.”

Newcastle will be a target this season in every game they play – especially away from home – and the team will start losing precious poiints if they perform like they did like last night too many times.

It’s just not good enough, and too much like the pathetic Newcastle opf last season, which we’d like to forget about.

Chris Hughton said after the game:

“We are massively disappointed, over 90 minutes we can have no complaints. Certainly in the first half they were better than us in most departments. It’s not what we’ve been used to seeing from our side in these previous games. “

“They played very well, they ran off us, scrapped and fought and we found it difficult to get close to them. We were better in the second half but we weren’t good enough.”

But Hughton also needs to keep things in perspective, since this is the first time the lads having  not got the job done this season.

Hughton  has rightly urged fans  not to become too despondent, as he insisted the players will bounce back against Plymouth on Saturday

Chris continued:

“We have to re-group, this is a setback. We were poor in the first half but we were better in the second half and finished strongly. The only thing we can do is regroup for Saturday and another big game.”

“We’ve spoken abut the position we are in. We’re there to be knocked down, we’re a big scalp wherever we go and we have to cope with that.”

“But we have to keep things in perspective. This is probably our only major down this season so far, so we can’t allow ourselves to get carried away.”

“We will analyse why it wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be. We got a response in the second half and we will expect another one against Plymouth.”

Plymouth are rock bottom of the League on just two points, with the worst goal difference in the league, so if we cannot win on Saturday and get right back on track, we’ll be in trouble.

We cannot help thinking that Alan Smith was crucial to last night’s defeat – simply because he didn’t play.

Smith served his one match ban for his sending off against Cardiff last Saturday, but Nicky Butt, starting his first game of the season,didn’t have a particularly influential game, and surely Smith is now the number one defensive midfielder at Newcastle this season.

We should also make Alan the permanent captain, so we don;t play too many games like last night, and it would be  surprise if Alan doesn’t start on Saturday.

By the way Cardiff beat Reading away last night, and are now just one place and 3 points behind Newcastle.

18 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    We were bullsh1t.

    Dust ourselves off and game on Saturday
    We seriously can’t let Butt play, especially not as captain.

    And why are we not playing Kaz???

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Sep 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree Butt is crap!

    It just shows we cannot play without our true captain.

    AND it shows we need someone in who can score, its a bad thing when we have to resort to bringing Geremi on!!!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I dont see why LuaLua or Vukic couldnt have been used in this match!

    Also, why did McLoven not start upfront with Carroll?

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    I like Hughton a lot and hope he stays at the club as soon as the whole sale farce comes to a close, but I knew it would begin to unravel sooner rather than later. He’s done a brilliant job so far, but we need a figurehead..

  • lesh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I listened to the whole game and got the distinct impression that Blackpool were all over us.

    They ran, they challenged, they probed and were it not for Harper, we could’ve beed 3 down before half time.

    The lads appeared to have no determination to score and seemed to want to play a game of containment but to their credit, Blackpool just perservered. Carrol’s goal was completely against the run of play and an equaliser was inevitable.

    It was interesting that having employed unsuccessful tactics in the first half that there was change in the second and apart from a couple of Prem standard moves, we were swamped….. again.

    Until the last few minutes when McLoven and Ranger came on, Blackpool really dominated the game.

    Blackpool didn’t win, Newcastle United lost and new blood and imagination is required urgently!

  • Brettoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Dunno.. Things decisions for the game were bad all round. Should have been a game for the kids and not Butt and Geremi.

    Not really sure what happened yesterday. Just truly poor. Oh well. Come on Toon on Saturday

  • Macas35

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s rather hilarious that this defeat has been put down purely to Butt playing instead of Smith, especially since those slagging him off probably never even saw the game. It was his first game back after injury so he was bound to be rusty, but I think we need to remember that there were 11 players on the pitch, not just Butt. Our main problem is the one we have had all season, we dont have any wingers, we are short on quality strikers and all our central midfielders lack creativity. We got away with a lack of invention against Cardiff but it cost us last night.

  • chanty

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    I just hope CH doesn’t make room for Butt on sat by dropping a more create midfielder. We’ll put this game behind us, learn from the experience.

    They were sloppy goals we conceded last night, a more positive approach needed on sat, carroll and ranger/lovenkrands up front and take the game to plymouth

  • ginkoh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    i bet 100 euro, hughton don’t drop butt this saturday. He just not brave enough to do something risk. May be the krul’s words is true.

    Ok, it’s not the end of the world yesterday, not yet. Hope we can do a lot better this saturday. I don’t know what’ll happen but let it be. If we’re not good enough’ we are not good enough.

  • Darling27

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope Chris is strong enough and has the balls to drop Butt for Smith against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Two things. While I have a lot for respect for Butt’s achievements he is well past it and simply can’t keep up. It’s embarrassing. Secondly this is where we find out if Hooton has the balls to be a manager or not. He needs to be very clear that this performance was unacceptable, even once, and that there will be consequences. That means extra training at unsocial hours and drop someone from the squad and strip Butt of the captaincy. Limparse also needs to give Hooton the same message, any more of this tripe son and you are off.

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    @Ginkoh, I reckon CH will leave Butt on the bench. We can only realisticly play one CM. Smith has been the captain, and has done an outstanding job. Last night he was missed, the team as a whole performed a lot worse. I reckon he will have Smith & Guthrie in the centre, with Nolan in the advance role with Caroll or Ranger as a lone striker again. I reckon we will tear Plymouth a new backside come the weekend.

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    My last comment should read ‘Defensive Midfielder’ rather than one CM… d’oh

  • AshleysWok

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    I was sat last night watching the match in the North Stand behind the goal in amongst the Blackpool fans and they played us off the park from the off. Yes we should have had a penalty as I was sat 10 yards from the incident but Blackpool were brilliant and we were shit especially Nicky Fooking Butt who is absolutely crap. andy Carrol scored but again slow , sluggish poser who was arguing with enrique for 10 mins during the first half. So before you start slagging me off for having a go at Carrol and Butt i was at the match watching that shower and not listening to it on radio and they were terrible.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Macas35 – spot on.

    We were a good back 4 plus 5 central midfielders and a kid up front. I’m not really surprised at the result; more that we hadn’t seen it happen up to now.

    Let’s not get carried away; just acknowledge a good run which came to an end when our luck ran out.

    We desperately need specialist, quick wingers, and I never thought I’d be so keen to see Jonas come back. But we need 3 of him, not one.

    Kaz and Vukic can help, but they’re teenagers so not the answer. Guthrie is not a winger, Barton is just garbage, and Loverpants really isn’t a specialist.

    And yes, I think Smith is our skipper, not Butt. Butt needs to be a sub to hold a good score for the last 20 minutes when needed; no more. He’s a great lad, but not what we need in there.

    My starting line-up for Plymouth (and we have to win ‘cos I work with a load of people from Plymouth here in Devon):

    Simpson – Tayls – Colo – Enrique
    Lua Lua – Nolan – Guthrie – Loverpants
    ———Carroll — Ranger

  • Macas35

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Whumpie – Totally agree regards Jonas, he might not have much of an end product but at least he beats players and creates space for others, something we sadly lack.

  • lesh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    If Jonas doesn’t deliver the final ball, then encourage him to pas it early, go on an off-the-ball run and take defenders with him?

  • AshleysWok

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    I was at the match last night sat with the Blackpool fans behind the goal and we were terrible, Butt should not be in a Toon shirt as he is just crap and my fears were confirmed last night when he played . Andy Carroll spent 15 mins argueing with Enrique in the first half and even though he scored to be honest he was a lumbering ox with no pace. We should have had a penalty ( i was sat yards from the incident) but ref didnt give it but Blackpool just took the mick and totally played us off the park.
    Let’s just hope Butt gets dropped and he plays Ranger with carroll or instead of him and go back too our winning ways.


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