Lack Of Professionalism at Newcastle On Saturday

Marlon Harewood  seemed to be in a bit of a huff after he had been replaced by Nile Ranger in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game.

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Marlon Harewood – refused Chris’ handshake on Saturday

That incident unfortunately comes after a verbal exchange between Harewood and number two Colin Calderwood in the 0-0 draw with Bristol City two weeks ago, so we have to hope that Marlon is not starting to upset the apple cart at the club.

Let’s face it, Marlon was hopeless on Saturday, especially in the first half, when it looked like he couldn’t do anything right, and it may  be that the player was just upset at himself, more than anything else.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“What we had was a very disappointed changing room.” “There were people in there that were annoyed and upset that we lost.”

“They know that every set of points we drop are opportunities to stay at the top.” “It’s a good feeling being where we are.”

“But we weren’t good enough overall.” “The quality of this league is very good.” “Forest were a good side and we have to be able to compete with these sides.”

“We need to be able to make sure we don’t concede when we aren’t playing so well.” “I’m quite sure if we had gone in at half-time at 0-0 we would have gone on and won the game.” “This is what we’re up against.”

“I expect a very difficult game at Scunthorpe tomorrow night.” “It’s not only us who are finding out about the quality of the division – look at Middlesbrough, who lost at home to Watford.”

“Our retention was poor and we got into the players a little bit at half-time.” “Forest are a good side and we gave the ball away too cheaply.”

“We can’t take anything away from Forest, they’re a good side.” “We just couldn’t get close enough to them.”

“We weren’t good enough overall.” “In the second half we got the ball out wide and looked a threat, which we didn’t do first half.”

“We must show more of that on Tuesday.”

Good teams keep playing well, week in and week out, and that’s something we are finding difficult to do, even in England’s second division.

We don’t like the idea of playing our central midfield players on the wing – like Danny Guthrie – we need out and out wingers, but we should have Gutierrez starting tomorrow night, and maybe we can have Ryan Taylor on the other wing.

We think Ryan is much better up the pitch where his throws, shots and crosses cause danger in the opposing penalty area.

Nottingham Forest were good, much better than us, there’s no doubt about that, but Newcastle were just hopeless and spiritless, especially in that pathetic first half.

It reminded us far too much of last season, when lots of our players kept not turning up for the games.

That’s what it looked like on Saturday and they have to take the responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen too many times this season.

We expect the lads to be wide awake and ready to go, tomorrow night at Scunthorpe, and things will look a lot better if we can get back to our winning ways.

Wins always raise the morale at any club.

9 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree that Forest outplayed us. Over the whole 90 (94?) mins they looked the better side, and we did not deserve even a point. As for Harewood, I said before he joined that I didn’t rate him, perhaps he was having an off day to be fair, but I would expect much better from him at this level, he could still be a little ring rusty too, but I would rather see Ranger up front based on that performance.

  • G

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Just to add to my comments on post 1 though, again, to be fair to H/wood, he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch. For me, that was deffo Lovernkrands. Well done to Harper and Jose though who seemed to be the only players worth thier salt for the whole game.

  • Nobby_Long

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Because we were under pressure on Saturday, we needed our front men to try to keep the ball when it was played up to them. Harewood was particularly poor at that…….tbh he seemed more interested in playing for himself than playing for the team as a whole (which is a danger with loan signings such as him)

    But lets not fool ourselves, he wasn’t the only one poor in the first half….Guthrie was anonymous , but Lovenkrands continued his poor form…….yes, Ed thinks he is class….but if that’s so, why was he not snapped up by other teams after his contract ran out???

    We need some width & creativity, but at the minute we are relying on players out of position, especially right-side of midfield.

    Hopefully, we can get someone in at centre-half, then revert Danny Simpson to RB & Ryan Taylor to RM…….

    How far have we fallen when I hoping Ryan Taylor can be played RM….!!??!!???…lol

  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    what is happening now is our coach thinks he’s a manager and is tinkering with the team, twice with 1 game to an international break he fiddles, we loose, he says its to rest the players, well the break would do that, also we played this many games in the 80’s & not many fans felt the players were over worked and need a break, this squad rotations a joke, how many times do you hear of factory managers giving there staff a holiday because they have worked 6 days a month. get real players only work 2 days a week, so why do they need a break, honest players don’t want it, my biggest worry is shearer will manage another club successfully and we carry on sliding.

  • premier

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    they still think they are prem players and resent having to play so many games in the fizzy pop.
    Ashley has no morals and now the team is starting to lack morale!!

  • Paul141726

    Oct 19, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Could this be the beginning of the end of our run at returning to the prem? If players get upset and sulk in the dressing room, it doesn’t bode well for team togetherness. Boys–get your heads out of your a$$es and get back to work. Bitching and moaning won’t solve anything.

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 19, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Shoulda wore the proper away strip, it’s lucky!..

  • Macas35

    Oct 19, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Is Hughton having a laugh? The quality of this league is very good?? I don’t think so.

  • newalan9

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #9

    M.Harewood, should not show all these reactions, not good to keep a good teamwork.


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