Let’s Never Play Smith And Butt Together Ever Again

We have some comments and insights on the game yesterday at Leicester City.

Danny Guthire – play this lad in central midfield

Her are some observations on yesterday’s game:

  • Newcastle looked like the Russian National sides of the 1970s and 1980s. They were well drilled, did everything right and by the book – but they had not the slightest bit of creativity in the side – and boy did it show yesterday.
  • The defense is good, and Harper comes up with the saves when it mattered – but what was he doing when he rolled the vall out to the right in the second half and gave Leicester a golden opportunity to score – which they missed badly.
  • Coloccini and Williamson looked good together once again, and Williamnson’s heading prowess combines well with Coloccini’s savvy reading of the game. They looked good and Williamson to us looks like a great signing for the club. His concentration yesterday was first class and he’s a big lad to be sure.
  • Didn’t Patrick van Aanholt look good as the game progressed? What a player this lad promises to be.
    And it’s a pity he’s at Chelsea, since they are never going to let him go anywhere – not yet anyway. We should hope that Patrick likes it at Newcastle, because in the future we may be able to attract the lad to Tyneside, if he doesn’t make it at the London club.
  • Chris should make it a rule never to play Smith and Butt in the same side. That’s taking defending to a new extreme, and neither player has any creative ability – that’s why they are defensive midfielders.
  • Chris could do a lot worse than start Danny Guthrie in central midfield, since in no way is this boy a winger. He instinctively moves inside once he gets the ball.
    It reminds us of how ineffectual Gary Speed was when he was played on the wing – when he first arrived at Newcastle in 1998.  Gary was never a winger and proved it – just like Danny is proving that now – play the lad in his real position.
  • Wayne Routledge only showed briefly yesterday, and in training this week there will need to be some working with the lad to see which balls he likes played to him.
    We have to use this lad’s  speed – which he undoubtedly has. We need to be patient with Wayne as he can acclimatize to the club and his confidence needs to remain high.
  • Up front we were awful yesterday – and we need another striker to give us some variation. Ameobi, Carroll and Ranger are much of a sameness, although Nile does have good speed – but we shouldn’t be relying on an 18 year-old to get us promoted.
    On current form and given their experience Ameobi and Lovenkrands look to be the best bet to start the games – Lovenkrands must start on Friday night against Cardiff City.

These are just some of our thoughts after yesterdfau’s game, but we are interested to hear from you.

What did you make of the game yesterday?

And what should Chris and our coaches have learned from the game?

Let us know your thoughts – we may need to set up a conference call with gaffer Hughton before Friday. 😀

Comments always welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Ashley Hole

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    1st Moses in! Ashley out!

  • mag180

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    just don’t play butt fullstop

  • Darling27

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Butt shouldn’t be playing at all!!!

  • Darling27

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie should be played along side Smith or Vuckic when he’s back from injury.

  • cesmag43

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    hughton totally tactless dreading premier league (if we go up) with hughton in charge

  • Darling27

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Totally agree that Lovenkrands must start on friday Ed.

  • shear-class

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    mag180- My sentiments exactly butt is not good enough even for the championship his passing yesterday and all season “when fit” has been awful to say the least he dwells on the ball to long and has done so for the last 2 and a half years unfortunately his legs have gone,Why bring in routledge as an out and out winger and then on the Left side put a central midfielder in guthrie it just shows hughton is inept tactically why not play guttierez if hes not fit to start he shouldnt be on the bench,in anycase lovenkrands could have played out there

  • JPM79

    Jan 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s never play Ryan Taylor again, an absolute joke every time he plays. Oh and lets reserve judgement on Williamson, he looked anything but a good centre half yesterday.

  • Strauss

    Jan 31, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    No pace, we were given the run around

  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    point 1, you oldy Ed, ha ha I remember the Russian team too though.

    2, Harpers throw was as poor as R Taylors reaction which was 2nd best most of the day. I think he was so poor that was where they dropped their missing player for most of the second half.

    3, Centre partnership did well and IMO were more pressurised due to the full backs and poor midfield, the passing by some Toon players was abysmal at times.

    4, Patrick van Aanholt had a good debut, looked good going forward but had little support most of the game. Not surprising with him just getting to training on Friday, that’s why I’d have gone with Kadar but we didn’t concede.

    5+6, midfield was bloody awful yesterday by Butt, Smith, Nolan and Guthrie…… where to start!

    7, Wayne Routledge did well again and will get better the more he plays and trains with the team. would be better with Loven and Jonas playing with him, more pace and will create more.

    8, you’d think we’d be ok for strikers but I agree we need something extra and different, even like a Harewood lol. (I know hes injured just an eg.)

  • pubcat

    Jan 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s clear Hughton’s thinking…”we’ll play our most attacking formation at home and play a defensive midfield away from home, grind out the game then bring some more attacking players on”…etc. But we don’t need to do that!

    Mind you, the volume of the moans on here yesterday about Hughton were just sulky and annoying. I do agree though, no Butt & Smith together!

  • jimiley

    Jan 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Butt and Smith guarantee no goals. Smith has gone 80 odd games and counting. Hoping he can get to a century of games which must be a world record. We play totally negative football. Apart from Ipswich away, when did we turn a team over? Does anybody enjoy watching this stuff. And we are top of the league for God’s sake. We all know Hughton is just waiting for his P45, whether at the end of this season if we do not get promoted or October time if we do. ASHLEE out. I see we lost out on Moses (like Beckford) because he would not pay a few hundred grand more. Skinflint. It almost appears he does not want to get promoted.

  • Philhou

    Jan 31, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree about Butt & Smith playing in the same team -NO. Re Hughton, I don’t like his defensive tactics, but we need stability here. No more changing just for the sake of it. We are top when everyone else expected us to be relegated again. He has players who WANT to play for the Toon, not just pick up wages for 1/2/ a shift. Get younger, hungry players in, like Simpson, Rotledge and Van Anholt and Guthrie and give them a chance. They will improve if they get the backing.

  • Sav

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #14

    W should now be buying players with potential to perform in the Prem. – that’s why the Moses deal is so disappointing. The same leaden-footed players who got us relegated now have us top of the Championship by a margin. Believe me, that has a lot more to do with the different standard of this league than any dressing room watershed after the Orient match or bonding in Kildare.
    Smith, Butt, Nolan, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor and Jonas haven’t suddenly got better. In fact, Ashley sold our best players from last season and we’re STILL top of the fizzy-pop.

    Its all well and good to say we’ll worry about the Prem when we get there, meanwhile buying up journeymen and failing to invest reasonable sums when real potential, like Moses, presents itself. Hughton (heaven help us) will have a tough enough job to build a side fit to survive in the Prem in the few weeks left to him after Ashley sells the club (please!). No doubt it will help that there’s a World Cup on because it will slow down the transfers until the back end of the summer. But if he has to clear the decks of some of the expensive deadwood we’re still carrying, it’ll be worse.
    I disagree about Ranger – we SHOULD be playing him – giving the lad a bit of experience – and not just the last 30 minutes. Its only the Championship – precisely why Chelsea have sent their RESERVE to get experience. And isn’t he just about Ranger’s age? Its shocking how good this kid looked yesterday, given that he is miles away from a start for his club.
    Can’t help feeling some of our targets have been more to do with crisis clubs Portsmouth and Palace having a fire sale than great advance planning.
    There’s still No Plan. No Policy. No Ambition. No Class. Mr. Ashley, please go.


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