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Newcastle 0 Bristol City 0 – Unlucky But Not Good Enough

5:16 pm, Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 by Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

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In the last 4 days and two home games, where 6 points was the target, Newcastle have now dropped 4 points and it’s hardly good enough, and for the first time in the league this season Newcastle also failed to score.

But Newcastle were a little unlucky in the second half in that that Bristol goalkeeper Basso made a fantastic double save just before the hour mark.

Then referee Graham Salisbury failed to give a penalty on 74 minutes, which was obvious to everybody in the stadium but him. What was he thinking?

Jamie McCombe slid into Marlon Harewood and toppled the big Newcastle striker  - the City defender was nowhere near the ball and clearly caught the on loan striker.

Newcastle manager  Chris Hughton was completely beside himself,  and rightly so!

And on 59 minutes Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Basso pulled off a fantastic double save to thwart Newcastle.

From Marlon Harewood’s center, Danny Guthrie smashed a shot on target from just six yards out, only for the Brazilian keeper to somehow repel that effort.

The loose ball was then worked back to Ryan Taylor who swung over a cross onto the head of Kevin Nolan eight yards from goal.

The Liverpudlian steered his header towards the bottom corner but again Basso leaped through the air to fingertip the ball clear. With those two unbelievable saves it looked once again that today was not to be Newcastle’s their day.

But we must work out how to break down these teams that come to Newcastle just wanting a result and we have lost a great opportunity these last 2 games to open up a gap at the top of the Championship.

To get promotion this season we must be able to beat mid-table teams like Bristol City (and QPR),  and out failure to do so could come back to haunt us as this season progresses.

We drew 13 games last season, and they are not worth much these days, and certainly home draws against middle of the table sides in the Championship, will  not see us promoted this season.

Two poor results following last week’s 4-0 away win at Ipswich, is just not good enough, and doubts are starting to come up about our ability to keep the good start to the season going.

To be fair to the players, the performance today was OK, especially in the second half, and we did hit the bar a total of 3 times, and with any luck at all we would have got the lone goal that would have given us all 3 points.

But we still have to be more ruthless and professional in getting the results that we need – and those are wins and all 3 points.

After all in the last 2 home games a win and a defeat would have given us more points than we got with two draws.

While it might be nice to say we are unbeaten, if they are just draws they mean so very little these days, as we saw last season.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Match Preview · Newcastle News





27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Isaac Hunt // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Coolio. Where are youuuuuuu?

  • 2 Isaac Hunt // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Wow. Even Ed heard that blatent pen which was ‘obvious’ to everyone in the stadium of that famous football club!

  • 3 will die for the toon army // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Guys I cant believe you guys think this was a bad performance It was just not our day.

  • 4 AndyNUFC // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Yeah I guess it was, bad luck all over.

  • 5 ginkoh // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    No Luck = Not Good enough. Anything not always on our side, the same as QPR and this game.

    But we’re not really good enough to score only 1 goal for survive the same as we played and relegated last season. Maybe we lack of experience to be the leader and we let ourself down again.

    The chance to lead 7 points clear ! We lost it now and it’s not the last suffer we have to face this season. However we still be the leader of the league with 3 points clear.We should accept that and go on with it.

    Within 2 weeks rest I just hope we will hear some of good news about our take over situation. Howay the lads !

  • 6 Big Dave // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    I just dont think we should have to rely on the Ref we had enough chances to clean up. but we should have had a pen lol ;)

  • 7 Toon_Factor // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    We only had 5 shots on target throughout the game! This gives the referee the ABSOLUTE right to cheat us out of victory because we didn’t score the chances we had.

  • 8 ToonTonic // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    ED you made a mistake mate, BASSO the Brazilian keeper never actually played. He injured himself in the warm up. TBh though lads we did perform really well but were frustrated by both there keeper who was excellant and the woodwork.

    We also had 2 good penalty claims turned down which frustrates us. So dont slate the lads please because on another day we would have had 3 or 4 goals.

    Im glad this international break has come though, Small rest for the lads.

  • 9 Toon1978 // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Just got in from the game and tbh we were not good enough. I never thought i’d see the day we could not beat a Bristol City at home. What an oppertunity to have a decent gap at the top of the table and guess what NEWCASTLE UNITED f..ed it up big time. No pace,no width and a static team. The ref did not help what so ever he must be blind if i could of gettin on the pitch i could of quite happily chinned him. If we cannot break teams like Bristol down at home what bloody chance do we have in the EPL if we get promotion because what i have seen from the last two games tells me we are in for a long season. RUBBISH!!!!!!

  • 10 Mikey25 // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    The way I see it is if at the beginning of the season somebody had told me we’d be 3 points clear at the top going into mid October I would be delighted!! Think the big boys (aka us Boro, WBA) seem to be gettin found out a bit…dunno if we’ve all hit the ground running but last few games weve all looked a bit sluggish. Maybe the physical side of the league getting to us?

    One thing we desperately need is a pacey creative midfielder just to give us a bit of flair! If not I’d even be tempted to try 5-3-2 with wingbacks

    ……….Collo……Tayls…..Kishvinskiligtgty..
    R.Taylor……………………………………..Bull
    …………….Nolan…Smith….Barton………
    ………………Harewood….Ranger………..

    That way we get the crosses from seemingly the only ones who can cross, the 3 covering defenders all have the skill to cover the missing wingbacks. 3 holding midfielders to just spread the play and keep possession and get it out to the wings then Harewood and Ranger as both have pace, can hold up ball etc.

    On a complete tangent I dont like Lovenkrands, dunno why but the lad annoys me!! Think he needs to get fit and prove himself a bit before getting a starting role! Seemed a lot more clued up and eager last season and fitness shouldnt be an issue…he was going to join a club sooner or later surely he should have kept his own fitness up??!!

  • 11 ToonTonic // Oct 3, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    ^^ Fair enough!!

  • 12 TonyGreenSupreme // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Just got back from the match……..
    Marks out of 10.
    Harper 6
    Simpson 6
    R.Taylor 6
    Zurab 6
    Smith 7
    Guthrie 5
    Nolan 6
    Jonas 4
    Harewood 6
    Loverman 5
    Nothing new to report, no flair or pace in midfield.
    Guthrie and Jonas were awful.
    Going to me local for a few jars now.

  • 13 magpie6699 // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Again hard working by the lads – but should have won 4-0.
    Bristol man of the match:
    1. Keeper
    2. Referee
    3 Woodwork
    in that order.
    Did Harper have a save to make? Can’t think of one.

  • 14 Mongo // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    I disagree.

    Man of the Match.

    1. Referee
    2. Linesman
    3. Their Keeper
    4. The Crossbar

    We didn’t do ourselves an favours either like. Is it me or does Jonas look disinterested? I cannot believe the amount of ‘handball’s’ they got away with, the refereee needs taking out the back and shooting.

  • 15 chestnut // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Ed is spot on. It’s just not good at all. In the position we are in, every team see us as their biggest prize to boost team morale. We have to defend very well & score as many goals as we can. At season-end, goal difference could be the decider btwn us and West Brom, if we can’t win the easy games.

  • 16 Shot Bru // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    I reckon Jonas was saving himself for Argentina’s upcoming internationals.

  • 17 Rangerman // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    HUGHTON OUT!

    TAKE YOUR TWO MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS WITH YOU!

    TOP OF THE LEAGUE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, WE SHOULD WIN EVERY GAME!

    OH MY GOD!

  • 18 Big Dave // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Shot Bru I was thinking the same ;)

  • 19 Big Dave // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Rangerman @ 17 ????

  • 20 Shot Bru // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Big Dave he was the same in pre season, thinking that he was gonna be transferred and just wouldn’t go near a challenge or take anyone on incase he got hacked down and injured.

  • 21 woodsee // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Just got in from the match
    first half was awful apart from harewood hitting thepost.
    Stonewall penalty in second half,it was quite close to where i was sittin and couldnt believe the ref didnt give it,still they would have given it to Guthrie anyway,say no more.
    We are desperately slow in midfield and are cryin out for a player who can thread a pass,oh and can anyone please take a throw in apart from Danny Simpson,every single time he threw it to a Bristol player

  • 22 Shot Bru // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    I think Hughton missed a trick today, he should’ve played Kadar at left back against a team that came for the draw. It would have been good experience for the lad without being tested to much allowing him to find his feet. That would have allowed R Taylor to occupy the right midfield spot allowing him to deliver better service for the strikers from his crosses.

  • 23 komfort // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    GOOD POST RANGERMAN…..JUST WOT I WAS THINKING.

  • 24 batty // Oct 3, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    ragerman how sad are you give the man a chance lol

  • 25 batty // Oct 3, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Rangerman // Oct 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    HUGHTON OUT!

    TAKE YOUR TWO MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS WITH YOU!

    TOP OF THE LEAGUE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, WE SHOULD WIN EVERY GAME!<<<<most sensible thing you have ever wrote lol

  • 26 Lew Davies // Oct 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    FAF :D

  • 27 Bao Zheng // Oct 5, 2009 at 5:38 AM

    Unlucky but not good enough – correct. We hit the bar because we missed the goal. You have to expect the goalie to make some saves. You cannot rely on the random decisions of referees.We should not hand Hughton the poison chalice. And btw Forest are on a great run now so if we don’t turn up we will get stuffed.




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