Leicester 0 Newcastle 0 – Two Points Lost – Hopeless


This was a very frustrating game for Newcastle fans to watch, as the referee seemed to gift the points to Newcastle,  when he sent off  Wellens after 29 minutes.

But Newcastle have hardly been an easy side to support over the years, and today they frustrated their supporters no end, with a complete lack of cutting edge in the last third of the field.

Indeed Leicester could have had an unlikely victory tonight, with a little bit more luck, such was the spirit with which they played when down to 10 men.

When Leicester were reduced to 10 men we would have expected Newcastle to immediately switch to an attacking 4-4-2 formation, but did they?  No they didn’t.

Instead,  amazingly, it seemed that Leicester had the spare man, as they continually picked up the stray ball in the middle of the park –  how come?

Wellens had received his second yellow card on 29 minutes, and while both yellows seemed to deserve the caution, you couldn’t help but think he was unlucky – two fouls – two yellow cards and out of the game

It never used to be that way.

When a team has 10 men you have to stretch them wide and use the wingers, but Guthrie’s natural instinct is to move inside, and we didn’t stretch the game enough tonight.

Danny’s a central midfielder, and could have been moved there after 30 minutes  to provide some creative forward running. Smith and Butt in the center of the park give Newcastle zero creativity, and should never be played together – never.

Newcastle passed the ball around aimlessly far too much, and they’ll pass the ball around 6 times and end up where they started. A complete lack of creativity meant they showed nothing much in the last third of the field – which is where it counts.

A very frustrating game for Newcastle – one in which which they were given a gilt-edged opportunity to go 6 points clear of Nottingham Forest , who lost today at Derby – but they basically failed pretty miserably.

You could also say Chris Hughton was completely out-coached by former Newcastle and England U21 coach Nigel Pearson.

One bright spot for Newcastle was van Aanhholt, who looked the most likely to score, so inept were Newcastle as an attacking force today. And of course the Newcastle defense is very hard to break down, but they had luck on their side several timnes in this game. He put in two terrific left foot shots in this game and both could have been goals.

Mike Williams continued to look the part at the back for the Magpies – what a great find this boy looks for Newcastle. He has great heading ability and his concentration levels are first class.

And hey, let’s not bank on promotion anytime soon, unless we can carve out chances, and when we get them – put the ball in the back of the net.

That part of Newcastle’s game today was just hopeless – where’s my boots.

As far as Leicester are concerned the opposite is true, as they increased their work-rate to make up for the man short, and it was hard to know which side was playing with 10 men.

Leicester City can be proud of their performance tonight, but Newcastle fans will be very frustrated at their team’s inept performance – we are.

For Newcastle, that’s the 4th draw in the last 5 league games, so 8 points lost and just 7 points from 5 games.

And if we are to gain promotion it’s just not good enough – we’d much rather lose and then win a couple than keep drawing – this unbeaten streak stuff means nothing when a win is worth 3 points.

We need more creativity and more of a killer instinct – and maybe Joey Barton’s return to training on Monday is a good thing.

And we hear that Wigan Athletic may have pipped us to Victor Moses – boy that would be really hard to take.

Looking on the bright side, it’s just one game we suppose, and we can make up for this with a win against Cardiff on Friday night at St. James’ Park.

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62 comments so far

  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #1

    CH is so poor tacticaly, when are fans going to realise that he isnt the man to take us forward. We had the chance to be positive after they were reduced to 10 men, but continued to play with Carroll (who was poor) up front.

    Bringing Smith off instead of Butt (who was even worse than Carroll) was a bad decision. And even bringing on Ranger I felt was the wrong choice, he should have brought an experienced striker on in Lovenkrands who is also in form

    But the worse decision was bringing on PANCRAP. He is the worst player we have signed since Rob McDonald. He has no skill to beat his marker, and even sent Routledge over to the other side of the field, instead of Routledge staying on the right and attacking Berna (who should have been sent off)

    You just know every time we play away from home we will play 4-5-1, its just so negative, espically when we have the 1st chance in many a year to go out and play with two wide men.

    Poor performance today from the team apart from Van Aanholt who looks a decent player.

    Im soo frustrated!!!! TWO huge points dropped in my opinion

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #2

    I didn’t mind hughton until today… that match has brought me outa blog retirement. Butt starting was ridiculous, i new from then we were on for a draw or a loss. I tallied all the players to see who gave away the ball the most and butt gave the ball away two thirds more than any one else on the pitch with guthrie in second. We played routledge out of the game as we played the left the entire time. The little touches routledge had he made an impact. SMITH OFF FOR PANCRATE instead of butt off, guthrie moved into center where he is at his best and Guitierrez on the left. Ranger should of started… no doubt the lack of a start will knock his development as a first team player. Nolan started up front with an instant chance and ten mins in moved back to mid field where he became non existent.

    We could of won today but awful tactics cost us a six point lead in the championship. I have lost all confidence in hughton, he doesn’t know how to attack unless bull and gutierez are playing where they pretty much play their own game. These are the first bad words I have had for hughton but his lack of risk taking may cost us…

    and Butt…RETIRE!!! RETIRE!!RETIRE!!

    sorry rant over, this game has ruined my day.

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  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    And if its true that Victor Moses is being sold to Wigan then that player has no ambition in my eyes. He will be playing at the poorest supported club in the Premier League.

    Who do Newcastle go for now, because in my eyes we are crying out for a pacey small striker…

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  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Christoon

    totally agree with you about Butt, he is more than a yard off the pace now and should not be in the team.

    RETIRE you fool!!!

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #5

    pretty much agree with u on all points thud and blunder! TBH I forgot about lovenkrands, which i cant believe he should of came on, he has match winning potential as he is pretty much our only poacher

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Nicky Butt instead of JONAS GUTIERREZ? R U SERIES CHRIS HUGHTON?

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #8

    haha im glad we agree though i wish it wasnt the case as we’d be a better team

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #9

    No, baro he isn’t.

    He’s serious.

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #10

    THUMP U LEG END! What a vid… and how apt

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Theres only ONE!!!

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #12

    We really have to step up our game, and sign a real type of striker of midfielder. Perhaps, Erik Husklepp , Per Ciljan Skjelbred. Both are Norwegian beasts. We have to step up our game because if we can’t beat these division 2 teams same as us, than how the hell do you expect us to beat premier league sides.

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  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Christoon

    its because he is still club captain. that the only reason I can give for Butt having a part to play in the team

    My team today would have been

    ——————–Harper

    Taylor—Wilko——–Colo—-Aanholt

    Routledge—-Smith–Guthrie—Jonas

    ————Ranger—Lovenkrands

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  • van-damn-bad-man

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #14

    One of the worst performances of the season. This keeps up we’re going down next season as well.

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  • BECKS

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m sooo mad that were not getting Moses Ashley needs to bid 4 million for moses or 3 million for beckford. Butt please retire now

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Chris sign Per Ciljan Skjelbred or Erik Huskelupp.

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    @Chris: haha, I was thinking of the vid throughout the second half.

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #18

    @baro: No – sign both 😉

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  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Butt was shocking today.

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  • van-damn-bad-man

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Sums up everything to the letter:

    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=186552

    PERFECTLY!!!!

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Chris @ comment 2 clap clap-spot on.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Left back looked decent, Williamson wasnt too bad and Ryan Taylor was our best player. Routledge also looked lively and seemed it always want the ball but in the second half he should have been at the berner at every chance and we didnt use him very well.

    We lack the killer pass! We cant rely on Taylor’s crossing all the time. Sooner Barton is back the better.

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  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #23

    @ Thump

    haha nice clip mate!! very true though

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  • BECKS

    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24
  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Van damb

    very good article. Ive always said Nolan was a poor player. As soon as he is droppe dback into midfield instead of behind the striker he vanishes!! He is starting to show the form of the player that helped us get relegated last season.

    If we do get promoted next season, im afraid its going to be another season of struggle in the Premier League

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  • toon in Wales

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Got to agree with many of the above – as soon as I saw that both Butt and Smith were starting I thought we wouldn’t win – just never works. What made him do it?

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  • thud and blunder

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #27

    @ toon in wales

    because CH is a poor tactician. He is tactically inept!!

    Ive said this from the start of the season, we have played dull, unadventurous football that wont be successful in the premier league

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  • Martin33

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I highly doubt the changes Chris made today!!!!!!

    Why kept Butt on the pitch and changed Smith???

    Why no Jonas???

    I think we are not brave enough today when we have one more players on the pitch since 27 mins. A little disappoint with the performance today and hopefully, we can beat Cadiff on Friday

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  • WheelchairSteve

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Once again, Hughton picked too defensive a team. Playing Nolan as second striker just doesn’t work for me.

    Was Gutierrez carrying an injury from Wednesday? If not, he should have been on to support Van Aanholt, who looked promising attacking and arguably had our two best efforts on goal. That says a lot about the quality of our strike force.

    Less than two days to go and quality striker is needed along with more ambition to attack teams away from home.

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  • Ashley Hole

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #30

    ….no matter…i just love this F*****club! So poor today….but..o-o-ooh!!!

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  • Ashley Hole

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Welcum Cardiff

    Loven

    Nolan——Barton———Sylvinho—–Gillet

    Gutiere…—Krull—-Butt—————-Gutherie

    Ameobi LuaLua

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  • Suthey

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Like most i am disapointed with the performance and desisions made by the management, but has any1 thought that jonas might not have been fully fit seen as he had to come off on wednesday, smith mite of taken a knock, and if there is any plus points then it has to be williamson and the new left back who looked very comfortable, and has anyone thought that this was the worst performance of the season yet we didnt lose and we didnt concede, look at the positives our bad is still to good for this league…… UP THE TOOOOON 😀

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #33

    if barton gets injured again not long after his return he may as well retire, injury prone and most hated player are tags that are hard to get rid of. Though I hope for a full recovery and the form of a few years ago without the personality.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Van dam bad man,

    Yes just saw that article – absolutely spot on. That was absolutely the worst pathetically clueless tactics I’ve seen adopted all seasson even before they were down to 10 men.

    Instead of going for the jugular, Butt stays on the pitch !! Our one tactic seems to be hoof it up to Carroll . We could have put Ranger, Loven krands and Jonas on when they went down to 10.

    CH makes Kinnear and Allardyce look like Brazil !

    Sooner or later we need to get rid of Butt, Pancrate, R Taylor, Nolan or we’re coming straight back down.

    Bobby Robson – if R Taylor was out best player, it just shows how god awful we were !

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Suthey, hope your right and the team was being nursed home without more damage… though on past tactical decisions i fear the worse. Hughton is comfortable when we score first but if its the other way round and we’re playing catch up he rarely makes the right call… but that’s just my opinion

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  • Christoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #36

    i shit a brick every time R Taylor is about to tackle some one… similar to my fear of S Taylor when a ball gets anywhere near his hand though not as much lately.

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  • Charlie

    Jan 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #37

    i thought r taylor had an awful first half but was our best in the 2nd half, we were poor all over the pitch tho, and butt and smith had poor games butt worse tho.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Well, I just got back from the game – as everyone has already said, what a shocker.

    Can’t blame too much on ALL of the players though. Guthrie did look better when he was eventually in the centre of the midfield.

    Hughton, lesson 1 – don’t play players out of position when you don’t need to, it doesn’t work.

    Butt is dreadful, really, really dreadful…i’ll leave it there.

    Hughton, lesson 2 – stop playing hasbeens.

    Leicester should have been comfortably beaten today but Hughton’s tactically lacking even the basics.

    If Joans was on the bench, then he was fit enough to play some part – Pancrate? Or Jonas?

    Carroll looked very ordinary today but then up there with Nolan – a midfielder – what did we expect from him?

    I could go on all night, Hughton is to blame for this alright, he got it spectacularly wrong tonight.

    But then if you play the likes of Butt and Guthrie on the left???? What the hell do you expect Hughton.

    Good points…

    Williamson does look very good, I’ve seen one comment to the opposite but I thought he was good.
    As was Routledge and the young left back looked ok.

    Everyone else was shite, even Harps, depsite a good save.

    Horrible match, £27 down the pan. 2 points dropped, Hughton shows his true tactical colours…and they aint black N white.

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  • Oba

    Jan 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #39

    It looked like the Nolan – Carroll partnership could work after 5 minutes when he got on the end of a flick on and almost fired in.

    Went tits up though after that, and Nolan wasn’t close to him.

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  • TORONTOON

    Jan 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #40

    jonas must have been hurt; CH did not take us to the top by not recognizing that jonas is our sharpest threat. what i can’t believe was that we were out played even though we had an extra man. butt is hopeless. he’s been hopeless for the last few seasons. smith and nolan didn’t get in there like they usually do. maybe a little complacency of being up top even if we had lost

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