Smith And Williamson Must Be Having A Laugh

With all the news about the altercation between Smith and Williamson after Watford’s goal in injury time on Saturday, we’re sure the two of   them are having a quiet laugh at all the commotion it’s caused.

Captain and manager discuss stuff

Of course this is the club that made world-wide news in April of 2005, when Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer had a real fight when Bowyer wouldn’t pass the ball to Dyer, during a home game with Aston Villa, which we lost 3-0.

That was even news over here in the US, and it was a complete disgrace to the famous Newcastle club.

Nothing like that happened on Saturday, but it was rather the disappointment of letting in a goal so late in the game and losing the clean sheet. It also put  the team under unnecessary pressure so late in the game.

But the lads have real passion for Newcastle and the club these days, unlike it’s been since the great Bobby Robson managed the club.

Alan had to say something today about the incident and he did – to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:

“Emotions run high – everyone wants to see a team that wants to win.” “We were having a laugh about it afterwards.”

“It’s just one of those things – emotions run high. Kevin Nolan and Danny Guthrie were also having an argument.” “We didn’t want to throw away those points we had worked so hard for.”

“We had a laugh about it afterwards, and it’s done now.”  “I think it was a good performance – it was a total opposite to Swansea.”

“The pitch didn’t help us, but the early goal settled us down, and we looked in control, and a team at the top of the league.”

“We played with that air of confidence, and Coloccini was magnificent alongside Mike. It looked like we had another gear if we needed it.”

“In the last four minutes we put ourselves under pressure with a sloppy goal, but it was a good team performance. We’ve been waiting for an away win for a while.”

“Not just an away win – but a good away performance.”

“That was one of our most comfortable performances all season.” “We had that air of confidence, which we didn’t show against Swansea.

“We played some decent stuff at times on a difficult surface. Watford are a good team at home.”

There’s no doubt the lads have so far done us proud this season, but yes, we know, we’ve achieved nothing yet.

We just have to get 3 points at home to Barnsley this Saturday afternoon, and then it’s off to Middlesbrough the following Saturday, and we always like beating that lot.

We’re holding back on reporting players we could potentially sign this summer, so we don’t jump the gun, like we usually do – and nothing is ever certain in life or in football, we know that.

But if the club do indeed get promoted we look forward to seeing the game when they next play at St. James’ Park.

The players will really deserve the praise this year – they’ve done just great  ……..  so far.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Yep, they get too much stick too quickly when we have a couple of bad matches – somehow it translates into imminent catastrophe for many.

    I suppose that’s a bit understandable after last year, but I’m starting to get a feeling of maintained momentum now – for the first time in years. Even a run of bad games right now won’t necessarily translate into any sort of spiral; just another re-adjustment needed to get back to winning ways.

  • OHurley

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #2


    Just out of curiosity, and this is a PURELY hypothetical question, but realistically speaking, if we are promoted, where do you think we’ll finish in the premiership next season?

    Assuming we get a couple new signings, btw.

    I would expect us to finish mid-table. Somewhere between 14th and 8th. Probably 11th.


  • Widiculuss Wichard

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    “We’re holding back on reporting players we could potentially sign this summer, so we don’t jump the gun”

    You know this how?

  • Whumpie

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    If, as I expect, we spend about £10m on two or three new faces, I think mid-table. That may be a rose-tinted specs job, but I really think we’ve got some quality showing now.

    Also, remember how much financial trouble there is about, so a lot of teams will be shedding their talent and heading down past us. I hope.

    Or, in the case of Scumberland… shedding their overpaid wastes of space and plummetting like rocket-propelled turds.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Widiculuss Wichard (nice handle)

    I think he means that this site isn’t banging on about which players we could look at signing “once we’re promoted” because we haven’t got promoted yet.

    If only the press operated like that.

  • MacToon

    Mar 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    That was an “air of confidence” I witnessed on Saturday……… oh!

    Bottom half of prem if we only get a couple of players in.

    OHurley, I think someones used your name on Doocey’s blog last night…….. I had someone do it to me a while ago but Doocey sorted it out.

  • G

    Mar 1, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    I would agree with the mid-table statistic shown above, and I would take that, after all teams such as Wigan & Hull have shown it can be done on a budget, although given their current position, the latter is probs a bad example, but it does show that we don’t nescesarily have to spend 100mil on players to consolodate.

  • jimiley

    Mar 1, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    This team is bottom 6 Prem material because we would get overrun in midfield. We need some pace and creativity in central midfield. This is the same midfield we had last year, its just a year older and slower.

  • awesome_fumaca

    Mar 1, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #9

    These two are such good mates they’ve set up their own business!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    The Prem is not all Man U & Arsenal. In truth there are lot of Championship standard clubs that hang on in there simply by hitting 40+ points year in year out.

    Bolton, Burnley, Portsmouth, Wigan, Hull City, Stoke, Wolverhampton, Sunderland and even Blackburn are far from being anything but annual relegation fodder, and interchangeable with any of the the top 10 teams in the Championship. Arguably WBA, Swansea and Forest are more than a match for any of them. However, it’s the other games that we need to worry about.

    I think (with a suitably replenished squad) we will finish top half, simply because we have learned to play as team for 96 minutes (at least I thought so before Watford), while sourcing effective committed players who fight for points rather than thinking points come automatically with the pay packet. A few more scrappy wins and last minute draws last season and we would have been safe with six or seven games to spare.

    That team ethos is the difference, and it is what will work for us, but we can’t ignore the individual weaknesses identified by other bloggers. Without a supply of quality creative midfielders we will be overrun from game 1, and this defence (as solid as it has proven at Fizzy football) will not be anywhere near as effective against Rooney, Torres or Drogba!

    However, even with the present squad, and Chris’s total football ethic, I think we would still stay up (just…..). Nevertheless we need to aim a lot higher than that.


    Maybe, just maybe, we could be pushing for Europa League football by 2013.

  • Mr Books

    Mar 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #11

    The pace and movement in the Prem is light years ahead of the fizzy pop. The top 6 will run rings around us and without a significant improvement in our own pace and movement in the final third of the pitch, we will struggle against mid table sides. But if we can re-ignite a premiership level attacking threat, then that will provide some releif for the defence. I think Colo is an OK prem defender, we will see about Williamson and Taylor is a good prem defender, but unless the midfield can win a good amount of second phase, retain posession when we have it and put pressure on the ball when we dont, you are asking too much of even world class defenders. Last season we were utterly attrocious at those three things, and while we have a bit more balance and pace on the wings, we still look very static up front and dont have the pace in the middle of the park. We are showing some guts and determination which were lacking last year, but then we are sat at the top, not the bottom of the league we are in. I’m looking forward to being in the premiership next season, but not expecting anything more than a hard campaign with very worrying moments. Top 17 is ok, top 12 good, top 10 very good, top 6 disaster 😉 .


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