Newcastle Mental Strength A Growing Concern


Putting in your best performance of the season and hitting 5 goals, and then losing by 3 goals just 4 days later, shows some signs that Newcastle’s mental strength is not what it needs to be.

Fabricio Coloccini – important player now at Newcastle

Those two performances have little to do with the capabilities of Newcastle, in that we showed we could take apart a good side playing well, Cardiff City.

Then we follow that by our biggest defeat of the season at Derby County, who are in the lower half of the Championship, and not even challenging for promotion.

That’s not good, and it’s especially worrying when we have brought new players into the squad, and that’s more than any other Championship side in January.

So the problem is hardly the capabilities of the players we have, and it has to be the lack of consistency and not enough mental strength.

Some of the inconsistency could be caused by the new lads bedding in, but we can hardly have too many more hiccups during the run-in.

It’s also a bad time for the team to start failing, as we are a short 16 games from the finish line, and after all are still 5 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, and with a superior goal difference.

It’s time for the players at Newcastle to stand up and be counted.

The players we would look to as examples of strength in the run-in are players like captain Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini, to name just three.

Given how well they have done so far this season, this is not the time to fold, and risk handing the Newcastle fans a second terrible season in a row.

No, we need to see the players rise above the fray, and start to play the way we know they are capable of – and if they do that, promotion will be ours.

Then we need to strengthen the side significantly in the summer.

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20 comments so far

  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    “a second terrible season in a row” ??

    What planet are you ? For Heaven’s sake. It was ONE DEFEAT ! We have lost only FOUR games in 30 for God’s sake, man !!

    You need a serious dose of therapy, my friend, if you consider one defeat is the signal for “a second terrible season in a row”. Your words are so mind-bogglingly ignorant and for you want of any other way to express it, brainless, that it is almost not worthy of comment. However, I couldn’t help myself.

    We won one game and played well, then we lost one and played badly. BIG DEAL ! Man Utd lost 3-0 to Fulham and 1-0 away to Burnley this season. Does that make their season “terrible”. Cheslea lost the other night. Is their season “in freefall”, “nosedving” etc and all the other cliches people like yourself are trotting out ?

    People such as yourself are becoming exactly like the Premiersip fans we used to despise so much – those big four fans who griped and moaned when they lost one game, or drew one, and demanded Fergie’s removal or the dropping of Lampard and so on.

    This seaso is a 46 game season. It is tiring both physically and mentally – not all results will go our way. DO YOU HONESTLY EXPECT US TO WIN EVERY GAME ???? If you do you are crazy. We have SIXTY points so far. Nobody else does as yet.

    Last season, Wolves drew 9 games and lost 10. Birmingham drew 14 and lost 9. Did they have “terrible seasons” ?

    I do not make any attempt to say that yesterday’s performance was a good one, but please, moan when we are sixth from bottom, or not where we should be, like Derby, or Sheff Weds, or Boro, or Sheff Utd.

    By the way, if our “mental strength” is on the wane. How is Forest’s looking ?

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I and most fans dont expect to win every game, not even in this league.

    What we do want is to watch the lads put in a performance. Whether we win or lose we want a performance and THATS what most fans have been disappointed with this season.

    My happiest times as a NUFC fan were the Keegan era. What did we win there ? NOTHING but thousands of fans qued to watch what we all knew, win, lose or draw it would be a spectacle!

    Whether its mental strength. desire, lack of fitness or down to pure lack of talent, something has been missing since Xmas. I’m not sure where our club is in the current ‘performance league’ but i bet its not top and thats worrying going into the most important part of the season!

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes the first Keegan era was fun, that’s for sure, but it also had its frustrations. I don’t think the trauma of 1995-96 will ever leave me.

    By the way, in 1992-93, Keegan’s promotion year, the team drew 9 and lost 8, which may surprise you, including “unacceptable” losses like Grimsby at home and Watford away.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    You keep refering to wins and losses. Yes these are inportant, but honestly if someone said to me now next season you can win the PL by winning every game 1-0 in a dull and eventless display, i’d tell him where to shove it.

    The Keegan era was far the greatest time as a NUFC supporter. Yes blowing the lead against Man Yoo was horrendus, but seriously you’d swap that season for this ?

    Performances are probabley more important for this supporter than trophies. I dont mind losing 4-3 to Liverpool every now and then when we can beat Leicester 5-4 at home! Great times, oh and a 5-1 win over Man Youu wouldnt go a miss now and then

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    You blithering idiot, Entertainer !

    We beat Leicester 4-3 you fool.

    If the Keegan era was so “unforgettable”, how is you have forgotten that we beat Man Utd 5-0 not 5-1.

    LOL, you numskull !!!

    2-0 to me I think.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #6

    It was 5-0 against Man U and Albert’s lob was the icing on the cake 🙂

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh and I’ve just forgotten to mention that the 4-3 win over Leicester was under Kenny “the entertainer” Dalglish !!!!!

    3-0 to me

    Entertainer, what’s the score ???? Ha ha ha.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    So gettin on a bit and having a failing memory makes you a “blithering idiot” ?

    I think not mate.

    Forgotten more than you’ll ever know 😆

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  • hitman

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    i couldnt give a shite how we win,just as long as the lads put in a decent shift,and thats been lacking a good few times this season.

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    “Getting on a bit” ??? I’m 51 for God’s sake. I’ll wager “The Entertainer” is young enough to be my f’n son !

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Surely any true supporter will never forget that 5-0 scoreline ?

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    lol psb, I can’t even remember the scores from last month and who we played ( well some) but I remember how we play over the season’s etc.

    Infact I’ve forgotten why I’m here …………. can’t be for the high standard of football we’re subjected to.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #13

    5-0 who was that against?

    lol

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #14

    PSB………

    I take my hat off to you on the incorrect scores.

    However after indicating that your 51 years old are you not in fact a dyslexic woman and your name should be PMS?

    Calm down man…..1-0, 2-0, 3-0 your almost moist!

    Yes i am young enough to be your son. Frightening thought that……….i can almost hear you at the conseption…!1-0, 2-0 3-0….oh i’m done, hope its a son!”

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  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #15

    and look what a son. I spawned an idiot !

    and a sexist.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Thats not a sexist comment. Its fact

    Thats because ‘men’ dont get PMS only women!

    and i’m the idiot?

    51 or not its never too late to learn about the difference between men and women. Just let me know if you need a hand, dad !

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Thought it was 5 0 not 5 1, make ur minds up, I’m confused.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    PBS……………later.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #19

    “mental-strength-a-growing-concern”

    and that’s just the fans.

    🙂

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  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Feb 14, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Definitely backing those slating the negative attacks on the squads ‘mental strength’. Other than the Derby blip, something we must be realistic about was that there are sides that simply play better football than us in this division. Cardiff, West Brom and Forest on their day have ripped teams apart, Swansea only separate from them in lacking that killer edge in front of goal.

    Despite this and I can honestly say other than a handful of games where we have run riot, what has kept us consistently above these teams is the ability to grind out a result, to not know when we are beaten. Without being spectacular our experienced players have mostly stepped up when its counted and looking at the squad that went down in the first place, desire was one thing i was worried would make us struggle in this division.

    I follow those than question our style of play at times, no doubt could be more attractive but that is not what this division is all about. Its about strong defensive displays and grinding out results, something we have been doing all season. We have played West Brom, Cardiff,
    Leicester and now Swansea both home and away with a game in hand against a 3rd placed rival on the slip.

    Remaining wary but optimistic.

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