Top Of The League And Newcastle Still Being Criticized

We could smash the players last night for their first half performance and some reports this morning have done just that – saying this is the worst Newcastle side for 20 years.

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Colin and Chris – so far so good – keep it up!

Well since we are now in the second division that may be true – but let’s give credit to the players and the coaches – after all the team is top of the league and 2 points clear – and we would all have taken that – in a heartbeat – last July.

And Newcastle get criticized even when they win – so what’s new?

We’ll support the coaches and players 100% this season and let’s dumbfound the so-called experts – and who by the way are they?

They are the ones who were telling us all in the summer that Newcastle would be bottom at this stage of the season –  and were insisting we would do a Leeds United.

Good job Chris Hughton took no dammed notice of those doom and gloom merchants – who are never worth much of anything if the truth be told -they just try to being people and the fans in particular, down to their level.

But enough of this, we don’t want to over-react about the nay-sayers,  and there are just far too many of them around for our liking, but that’s the way it is.

So far so good – is exactly where we are – and if we can strengthen the squad in January, with say 4 additional good players – transferred in or on loan – then success could indeed be ours this season – and those experts will be wrong – wrong again.

We want and need to get this club back in the Premier League – and then we will need to reinforce the squad massively in the summer – that’s also very true – but first things first.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed… the lads could win the world club championship and still be damned by the press.

    When will they learn to either say something constructive or shut up!

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    As football fans, we are all critical of our teams, that is the nature of the sport, as members of the public who pay for a ticket, it is our right to criticize what is placed in front of us. With regard to the press, it is a sign of lazy journalism that they would prefer to provoke a reaction from the public rather than give an objective view of the facts, we all know this, no doubt some people will bite at the press, but we all know that is precisely what they want, after all, when you are a journalist, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Let them say what they like, come on the toon.

  • tails

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    watched the game on tv last night. i was very impressed with the way the lads fought throughout the game. OK in the first half we werent sharp at all but that was because the home side were going all out (we try that with teams at home). but our lads stuck through it, shut the crowd up and then played a bit of football in the second half. i was a little nervous at the end, thought harper won us the game. I would take 1-0 wins like this all season if it means we go up. people can slate us all they like but if we win games then im happy. for too long newcastle havent had fight and desire in the team…i like this mentality we have got right now and i think with some clever signings we can do OK next year hopefully in the premiership.

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    The London press are just wounded because their favourite object of ridicule is doing well…..

    Maybe they’ll go and play with Liverpool for a while??

  • premier

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps Toon should have stuck with winning ugly under fat sam and not got relegated!!

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    You may have a point there premier, at the time it seemed silly to sack Fat Sam, although I have to say that at the time I was (briefly) delighted with his replacement.

  • shear-class

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    As a season ticket holder and a regular away game traveller like many others i am entitled to critisize the team especially when the team perform as they did last night especially 1st half but it is nothing new they havent played great all season and that in my opinion boils down to bad tactics its a bonus that our fellow league teams have inferior quality hence the reason we sit top of the table

  • mark_k1234

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I feel sorry for Chris, he gets slated on here whatever he does…. lets be honest we didn’t play great last night but we won. Sheff Utd are one of the better teams in the division. If we look at the positives Kadar was very solid, Enrique is playing his best football for us and Carrol hold up play was excellent, against 2 very hard centre halfs. I would like to see Butt dropped along with Gutteriz, he just has no end product. Get Ranger back in the starting line up on Sat and I think we will get another 3 points… Howay the Lads!!!!!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I have to say – it’s not just the press: a lot of the posters on here are ridiculously pessimistic too.

    Mind you, I’d have bet good money against the current situation! But can you imagine how depressing it would be right now with all the off-field rubbish if we were doing badly on it too?

    I’m just very, very concerned about January right now. What if Ashley just keeps selling the big earners without bringing anyone in? It’s what he’s done for 4 windows now…

    Sorry. Doom-mongering now.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Summed up well by Shear-Class.
    We our top of a steaming bowl of turds….once the crap has time to ferment it will slip further down the bowl.

    Stadium Row reaches the Commons,
    A Tyneside MP has tabled a Commons motion calling for Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley to reconsider selling the naming rights to St James’ Park.
    The plans, designed to maximise the club’s commercial revenues, were announced last week.
    But David Clelland, MP for Tyne Bridge, said the name had been “an integral part of the city since 1892”.
    He said the stadium was symbolic of the game and its supporters’ loyalty. The club has declined to comment.
    Mr Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle, which he bought for £134m in 2007, has proved a turbulent period.
    His popular decision to hire Kevin Keegan for a second spell as manager ended badly when Keegan walked out after eight months in a disagreement over transfers.
    He was later awarded £2m damages at a constructive dismissal hearing.
    The 2008 season finished with the Magpies being relegated from the Premier League.
    Last week, Mr Ashley ended his attempt to sell the club when a deal with businessman Barry Moat fell through.

  • tails

    Nov 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11


    problem with fat sam is that we werent winning ugly, we were losing ugly!!!!

  • premier

    Nov 3, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    tails–Fat Sam had a better win ratio than any of last seasons managers surely!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    tails // Nov 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM


    problem with fat sam is that we werent winning ugly, we were losing ugly!!!!

    Very Funny 🙂

  • stevep

    Nov 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    To be fair that article is mostly slating Mike Ashley and his coherts.

    We were poor last night apart from a 10 min spell in the 2nd half, we were basically outfought in midfield with Smith, Butt, Guiterez and Nolan not having thier best games – thought the back four were good especially Enrique who is easily the best left back in the championship – in fact I’d be surprised if one of the bigger clubs didnt come in for him in Jan
    Good learning game for Kadar who played well enough
    Collocini was ok as was Simpson

    Carroll was a handful all night but often had no support, Ranger looked 0k when he came on but we reverted to defending to deeply
    Harewood was terrible, when put through he looked like he didnt have a clue what to do and gave the ball away – send him back in Jan

    Harper had a good game and kept us in it

    My MOM was Enrique if your interested 🙂

  • MacToon

    Nov 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #15

    We are poor but somehow top of the league!

    We just try to lump the ball forward, when we do start passing we do it well (for short periods) and when in the lead we start defending generally like headless chickens.

  • Solaidback

    Nov 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    On this seasons performance, I think Harper should get an England call up for the world cup next year!!!
    He’s way better than James & more experienced that the Green, so why shoudn’t he get a shot at playing for his country!!!
    I say we start a pertition to get him an England cap, what say you all 🙂

  • G

    Nov 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Whey aye Solaidback

  • derekm

    Nov 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    bloody hell fellas top of the league no matter what standard of opposition is still the top – and the best way to get out of it!
    Can I point out the fact that many so called pundits predicted we would be kicked off the park all season to stifle the fact that we still kept some high quality players? I for one looked at all the midfielders , steven taylor, carroll and others and knew the opposite would be the case if any team tried it on. Morgan got bossed by a young lad tougher than him for once, and the lad who tried to rile colo got a crafty couple of kicks for his trouble. Celebrate being top of whatever division we’re in for once , and realise we will play better, and we will have another blip, but the law of averages says we will be there or thereabouts in may, and that’s all that really matters!

  • Stevo

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Premier – Why do people like you keep saying that we should have kept ‘Big Sam’ and its the fans fault we got relegated because we sack managers. FFS Ashley bought the club and didn’t want him as a manager. Besides his football was atrocious.

  • listie

    Nov 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Fat Sam is really setting the EPL alight as the manager of Blackburn lol

    Thing is anything good or bad will sell newsapers as Newcastle is such a well supported club, easially the best in the country, and I dont say that lightly, but dropping down the fizzy pop league, and other so called big club would have had fans leaving by the bucket load.

  • tails

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #21


    does he have a better record than hughton?

    answer = no.

  • tails

    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #22

    listie – spot on mate.

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 4, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #23

    I watched game last night on record – too old to get up at 3:30am. Having read the reviews I was amazed. We were not shite in the first half, I thought we were at least as good as a team playing way above their normal game. In the second half we went out worthy winners. Don’t listen to the press, make you’re own mind up. And mine is this was a classic ’70’s Liverpool away performance of which Shankly would have been proud – George Graham would have done a lap of honour.


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