WBA Hit Newcastle For Four And Out Of The FA Cup

Newcastle conceded four goals today for the first time this season, and suffered their 5th defeat of the season, and a depressing run of just one win in their last 6 games, as WBA beat the Magpies 4-2 at the Hawthorns this afternoon.

The score-line was not a true representation of the game, but hey goals are what count, and WBA probably deservedly to go through to the next round, but Newcastle have a number of injuries and a suspension coming out of this game, to worry the Newcastle fans even more.

With Steven Taylor worryingly rumored to be out for the season, because of ruptured knee ligaments, the last thing we wanted is more injuries, and we got one today, as Shola Ameoi had to leave the field with a shoulder injury.

In the first half WBA took a two goal lead.

The first goal after 17 minutes was controversial, to say the least,  when Jonas Olsson hit a header towards goal from a corner, but Jose Enrique chested the ball to prevent the goal – but would you believe it, the linesman flagged for a goal – and it was given.  It certainly didn’t appear to have fully crossed the line.

And then on 31 minutes Tamas Kadar got on the wrong side of Roman Bednar and Bednar fell down, and yes the referee awarded a rather controversial penalty.   Graham Dorrans easily beat Tim Krul from the penalty spot,  and it was 2-0 to WBA.  This is the kind of mistake you make – and hopefully learn from – when you are playing your trade at just 19 years of age.

Newcastle came out fighting in the second half, and on 61 minutes Jonas Gutierrez put over a perfect cross and Andy Carroll, hit it on the volley from 12 yards out and into the net – a wonderful strike from the Gateshead-born striker.

It was game on at 2-1.

Then on 69 minutes, Newcastle could so easily have had a penalty when Shola Ameobi went down in the penalty area, for what looked like a penalty, but it wasn’t given.

But then play moved quickly to the other end of the field, with Ameobi still down injured,  and Jerome Thomas was tugged down by Ryan Taylor in the penalty area, and would you believe it  – the referee gave a penalty and sent  Taylor off.   Ouch!

The referee must have had a bet on WBA winning this game with two dubious penalties given against the Magpies.

The Newcastle players and management were furious, and rightly so,  but it was 3-1 with ten men and only 20 minutes to go – and it looked game over – and it was when WBA got their 4th goal when a deflected shot went right into the path of Jerome Thomas who easily stabbed the ball into the empty net, just 4 minutes later.

And to make matters worse, the shoulder injury sustained by Ameobi in the earlier incident, that led to Ryan Taylor being sent off, forced the Geordie striker to leave the pitch after 80 minutes, and young Nile Ranger came on as his replacement.

But then in added time, Andy Carroll burst through three WBA defenders and hit the ball beyond goalkeeper Scott Carson – for his second great goal of the game. What a strike!

There were no doubt a lot of hard luck stories for Newcastle in this game.

We had a man sent off, had Ameobi injured – we hope it’s not his the same shoulder he had surgery on a year or so ago – and we had two controversial penalties given against us – a dubious first goal conceded – and one appeal for a penalty denied.  Yes another run of the mill game for the Newcastle United Football club. 😀

And in the last 6 games we have one defeat, just a single win and 4 draws.

Let’s not get too upset about this game other than to get very serious in bringing in new players to our paper-thin squad. And funnily enough we expect the club to bring in new players within the next 7 days – we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.

But one thing is for certain – we must put this game behind us quyickly – and start with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night – and get back to our winning ways, and back on track for promotion – which after all, has always been job number one this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    CB, RB and RM all problem positions at the minute but I can’t see the owner doing the right thing and invest a little for the promotion push but hope he proves me wrong.

    Ref was an absolute disgrace today.

  • budmon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    A F******

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Many many time we had been lost by referee!!!!!!
    Why??? Can it be open to objection

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    the referee has a problem, what is his name?

  • Toonmania

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #5

    i think you can report them to the FA but it usually falls on deaf ears the FA tend to always side will the ref 🙁

  • magpie6699

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    At least it only happened in the Cup so let’s not get too despondent but we must bounce back against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
    What concerns me is if ST is out and RT suspended and Danny Simpson still injured, who are we going to put in at right back? Frightening!

  • Toonmania

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #7

    can’t hughton play right back?? needs must and all that, it make you think though as we are starting to look very thin for defencive options, hopefully with hughton being an ex-defender he might have a good eye for 1 or 2 cheap one’s

  • MacToon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Nobby 🙂

  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Our priority is promotion and not some cup we cannot win. Hughton was dead right in putting out a weakened team. The top teams all put out weakened sides. We couldn’t call ourselves a top team if we took the cup seriously.

  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think we are that bothered about the FACup because we know we cannot win it. Arsenal reserves would beat us easily. Things may be different if we had a good team. The evidence? 45K watch league games in the Championship and 15K watch an FA cup game at SJP. Unheard of until this season.

  • pdiddy

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #11

    The lack of quality, creativity in midfield is going to kill us in thsecond half of the season.
    Teams are aware now that we are all left sided and if they can stop Enriques and Jonas they can limit our chances to almost zero

  • listie

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Lets concentrate on getting promoted now that a pointless cup run has ended.

  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    We need some quality signings to guarantee promotion. Not cheap big lumps a la Wimbledon and Stoke or loan deals. Such players are short sighted and how do they prepare the team for the Prem? Simpson is Man Us fifth choice!!!!! Ashley is going to get us promoted on a shoestring, sell for tens of millions more in HIS pocket and then pull the plug. We should be signing Prem players NOW. What is the point of signing Championship players now with the intention that we get promoted? Where is the long term planning there? Well I suppose there is one. Its called relegation.

  • dows

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Taylor being out is a huge blow, I think it’s unfair on Kadar to expect him to play every game for the rest of the season, he’s 19 and learning, we need someone else. Was Simpson injured?

    Our CM is awful, Smith has lost his form that was impressive at the start of the season and I don’t rate Nolan at all. Not particularly creative, too slow and lumbered. We have no real right winger.

  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I love Alan Smith to death because I cherish records. Alan Smith played striker for NUFC and now plays midfield (picking up 60K a week) and has not scored in some 70 games. In fact he has never scored in a competitive game for NUFC. That must be an all time record since 1892. Here’s to your century Alan. (On the plus side, he can really clatter into opponents.)

  • MacToon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    pdiddy, agree about being left sided and Pancrate isn’t really doing it, what about LuaLua, Hughton seems not to like him.We’ve not had much creativity since Emre left but Milner used to cause problems too.

    We can’t be the only ones to realise our right side is weak, thin on CB’s and no or little cover for Enrique (still).

  • DJG

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope this gives us the kick up the backside we need before Crystal Palace, who will be no pushovers.

    If it is true that Taylor is out for a considerable time then Ashley needs to fork out the extra 200,000 (as being quoted) for Williamson or a similar experienced championship Centre Half because no offense to Kadar and Tozer but I can’t see either of them firing us to promotion glory in all honesty.

    Where we are also severly lacking is Right Wing and some creativity, more so than getting in yet another CF IMO.

    Pancrate has proven to be a one hit wonder, and was again pants today, you pay peanuts……or in this case nothing. Likewise Guthrie is severely out of his depth there, which is a shame because he is a more than decent CM, in this league anyway.

    It is good to have finally landed Simpson, even though he looks now to be perma-crocked, I thought it was too good to be true to be signing another player within a few days.


    Surely could we not prise a young star from Arsenal, Chelsea ect with the promise of a right wing berth and first team matches till the end of the season. Come on Hughton what you doing.

    Will be there on wed, hope it’s not another slump coz we wont stay top for much longer.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 23, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Worrying about the injuries & supsension coming from this game but not bothered that we are out of the cup. We have to get promoted nad Fat Tw*t has to put his hand in his pocket and give Houghton the money to buy some DECENT players or this season could go pear shaped.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Just got back from the game and im fuming. Not because we are out or because we lost, tis because someone can get away with blatent biasism as that!!

    It wasnt just the odd decisons, it was every decision! I usually distance my self from mob mentalilty durin games by getting on the refs back but today was actualy ridiculous.

    Kadar and Bednar were tussling each other and the druggie falls to the ground over nothing…Tamas is the most distugtigndefender i have ever seen and othing goes against him.

    Ameobi got rugby tackled.red card penalty, 2-2, but no ends up red card for us and 3-1. Every time a newcastle got tackled late the ref didnt see it apparently.

    There is a difference between a few bad decisions and being blatently biased.

    Although credit goes to the players for keeping there cool relatively and sticking at it.

  • DJG

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley. If you dont give Hughton the dosh to buy a proper winger and centre half, we are screwed in our promotion push and yet again you will shoot yourself in the foot when you cannot sell. More than one season in the championship will DESTROY our club. And we’re not the sort of club that would win in the play-offs.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont no why people are on here about we need this and that and hope this shows the players that we need to improve.

    1st half, yer our system wasn’t working and we were getting outplayed, then in the second half with a 2nd striker we were playing some nice football and dominating.

    Our two goals were fantastic. We need to look at what we have got sometimes and that is a good enough team to win promotion. Sure it would be good to get a few in and improve quality but we do possess a strong team.

  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Robby Bobson
    We lost comfortably. Its knobs like you who said we would never get relegated.

  • Tooony

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    One problem that we still have from last season is that our midfield doesn’t score many goals (apart from Nolan sometimes) and create little

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Mature response there.

    Dont get me wrong the tram is f*cked the way it is when if we get promoted, but beginning of the second half we came out flying and were dominating until the red card. Dont no where you were sitting if you didnt see that.

    Anyway dont wanna debate with you seeing as your response to someone with a different view to you is call them a knob.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Mature response there.

    Don’t get me wrong if we get back up we are screwed, but in the second half we came out flying and were dominating and pushing for the equaliser until the red card, dont no where you were sitting if you didnt see that.

    Anyway im not going to debate with you as your response to someone with a different opinion to you is to call them a knob.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    NUFC.com match report says it all really

  • musicman

    Jan 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Shocking ref, absolutely shocking !!!! But even with such an appalling display of bias, it still doesn’t take away the fact that we are only at the top of the league due to the fact other teams can’t finish. I’m yet to see a display that tells me we’re a good team. If we we’re in the premiership we’d be in big big trouble. These are undeed worrying times for all Newcastle Fans. I really want to fire into Fat Ashley, but it’s pointless, I hope he heads on his merry way and piles trouble him for the rest of his days

  • curmon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Guess what

    NUFC have been riding their luck all season and now the reality kicks in. for a while i thought they would be promoted because the competition was crap. But guess what a few decent footballing teams have emerged, and I will bet any money that we will not get promoted this season. Wait and see and remember this in four months time.

    Ashley’s prevarication will bite him in the ass.

    You have been warned !

  • ziad

    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #29

    what has happened to our CM is shoking .
    Smith is becoming useless and Nolan is clearly not fit enough to be a footballer.
    ok so we are a team with no RM , no cover for CB and with big problem in every other area RB LB and CM and strikers
    We some cash ash . What an idiot

  • MacToon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    All just a gamble (again) for the owner.


You must log in to post a comment.