Newcastle 1 Stoke 2 – Newcastle Contrive To Throw Game Away

Newcastle’s up and down topsy turvy season continued at St. James’ Park today, when they allowed two sloppy second half goals to Stoke City, after completely dominating Stoke in the first half,  when they were a goal ahead through a penalty from Kevin Nolan.

After dominating long periods of this game Newcastle somehow construed to give Stoke City a couple of goals in the second  half,  to register their second successive home defeat at St. James’ Park.

And it all looked so easy as Newcastle had completely dominated the play in the first half, and Stoke had looked second best in everything they did, and Newcastle had gone ahead at a perfect time with a penalty from Kevin Nolan after 43 minutes when Huth had fouled Carroll in the penalty box.

But in the second half Stoke had to change things around as they were being pummeled and they did exactly that. when Stoke manager Pulis brought on Fuller, Delap and Gudjohnsen and goals from Jones and an own goal from James Perch had Newcastle throw away another vital 3 points at St. James’ Park today – for the second home game running.

And Stoke did exactly what they did two years ago ago by scoring two unanswered goals in the second half, but this was almost a complete disaster for the Newcastle side – at home for the second game running and throwing away all 3 points.

We guess they just didn’t learn their lesson from the Blackpool game, and when you don’t learn from history –  history tends to repeat itself.

The game started so well for Newcastle, and on Stoke’s first corner, as expected, they put in an in-swinging corner into Tim Krul,  and the Dutchman caught it so cleanly and with confidence, and that brought an appreciative roar from the Geordie fans.

On 43 minutes Newcastle were awarded a penalty when Robert Huth brought down Andy Carroll in the area, when a left wing cross was coming over, and it was an obvious penalty.

Kevin Nolan, the captain was the player to take it and he sent Sorenson the wrong way as he notched his 3rd goal of the season to a tremendous roar from the home crowd – that was a vital goal for the Newcastle side.

But then within a minute Stoke could have themselves been given a penalty, as Joey Barton pushed a player in the back and we were juts a little lucky to get away with that one.

As the  first half came to an end, Newcastle had completely dominated the play in midfield, but hadn’t carved out a single good chance in open play, and they would have been happy with the penalty to go ahead, but Stoke had to do better in the second half, as Newcastle looked better in every department.

Newcastle had a huge let off after 59 minutes when a Kenwynne Jones header hit the upright and the rebound should have been put away by the substitute Fuller, but he put the ball wide of the post with an open goal staring him in the face,  as Stoke came back into the game.

And then Stoke were level on 67 minutes when a right wing free kick by Etherington was headed across goal by Huth and Kenwynne Jones, after hitting the post minutes  earlier,  headed the ball home.

Amazingly, after being so outplayed, Stoke City were level.

And Stoke kept coming and on 85 minutes went ahead when an Etherington left wing corner was headed home into his own net, courtesy of  James Perch, in a game the Potters were completely outplayed in that first half.

This is a very stern lesson for Newcastle,  that if they don’t put a game away when they are well on top – watch out – and there should be some hard looks at this game when a post mortem is done on how we managed to lose it.

It must have been a terrible disappointment, for the second game in a row, to Newcastle fans, especially after such a good professional display in the first half – but the hard truth is the team has again let their fans down big time.

We should forget about the Carling Cup and get those league points in the bag so we can survive this season in the Premier League.

The sad thing here is that in two home games we were hoping to win – we end up with no points.

The league has to be our only priority this season, and we shouldn’t forget that, and some players from our second team should now get a chance at Manchester City on Sunday, because the lads today just threw the game and the points away.

But if ever a team looked dead and buried it was Stoke City at half time – how wrong can you be.

And this game can be used in coaching classes, to show how poorly a team can play in the first half of a game,  get played off the field, and still end up with all 3 points – and in the process also hit the post twice in the second half.

It could only happen to Newcastle, but this is a second massive disappointment for Newcastle United fans at St. James’ Park – make no mistake about that.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #1

    1) Perch is SHit

    2) Ryan Taylor can score and premierleague quality

    3) Ben Arfa shouldnt be replace

    4)Jonas is Shit

    5)Carroll look average

    6) 4-5-1 formation should change to 4-4-2 for home games

    7) Perch is still shit

  • Martin33

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Perch is not a premier league player, at least not yet!!!!! Why dont never consider Ryan Taylor to play right back.

    Ben Arfa should also play right middlefield as he used to play in France.

    Agree with you Brutooon, we should play 4-4-2 at home. Bring Lovenkrands on the pitch!!!!!!!

    We already lost 6 points on the team we expect to beat…..

    Howay the lads

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    @Brutooon you are very wrong… Raylor is not premierleague quality at all….

    Perch is a much more complete RB then Raylor but obviously Perch will loose his place now for the 5 cards and own goal. Raylor also deserves his chance for the Chelsea performance….BUT i really hope it won’t happen.

    Why didn’t Raylor become our first choice RB ? HE CAN’T DEFEND !! Van Arnhold skinned him every time he came forward….he might put in a few good crosses but he will get destroyed by every half decent Winger.

    Raylor needs to be the sub for Routledge in Right midfield, he’s no RB

  • neeraj

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    @Ed, wish the scoreline was same as you have mentioned

  • neeraj

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    And you changed it

  • Spuggy

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    The lads played poorly across the park today, with a few flashes.

    – Perch out
    – Raylor in (try him)
    – Arfa for Nolan (sorry put need pace to break teams down)
    – Keep the faith in Carroll – you can’t score without service.
    – 442 at home please, or at least 2 strikers up front – no one in box for us today.
    – Purchase a quality striker in Jan to play with Carroll up front at home.

    That said…..early days players still settling down. Afra was good in flashes today. Key point – the rest of the team are learning how to get the best out of Arfa, and anticipate his passes. It will take time.

    Keep the faith, we have enough, just need a few more games under our belt – just look at enrique today, I thought he was our best player.

  • Spuggy

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Forgot to say, try playing Jonas, Routledge and Arfa together at home, with Arfa in the hole in free role and players RUNNING past him. Not enough runs today, they were standing still waiting for the ball, no need to do that with the quality we have and players that can pick out a pass .

  • geordietilidie

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    ok- Where was lovenkrands?? He should have come in. Perch was poor, but ryan taylor is just as bad. Try raylor out too. Ben arfa was doing nothing in the game, taking him off was the right decision.

  • Sinner

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Infact Jonas was decent,created some couple of chances.
    The only thing i have to say we dont have PL striker,atleast not yet.
    Caroll is getting better and better but is not at the standard.
    Thats why we needed that opp to get a striker in the Transfer market but no we wasted that opportunity.
    If you look back at the everton game,had arfa not been here,we would be kickin the ball around nicely but no goal in the end product.
    Dont bring Ameobi,he is shit.
    Perch is so reckless,even could have cost us a penalty,would have to replace with taylor(Ryan for now and latter Steven)
    Routledge had a good day,but still stuggling for passes.
    Its a real let down for the fans

  • tdt

    Sep 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Buckled under the pressure in 2nd half. Stoke are designed for aerial play so it was obvious Jones was going to be their only outlet, which he was.

    We need to take our chances! We aren’t good enough to withstand the counter-attack for long periods of time, not without Tiote on the pitch anyway.

    I was disappointed in the subs today, turned out pretty bad. Hope CH learns from that because it cost us the points today.

    Carroll couldnt get into the game and Ben Afra didnt paly a big enough part, he could be key for us this season.

    Very disappointing today, but thats the toon for you: just as you think thy’re good, they do something crap. But lets not get too pissed off, we could and should have won today. That shows we are gooding in the right direction.

    Dont get me wrong: it was a bad result, disappointing performance all-in-all, but atleast we’re showing that have the ablitity, we just need to be more clinical in front of goal and not buckle under the pressure at the back.

    Like the Blackpool game, on another day we could have won 2 or 3 nil, just wasn’t our day.

  • MarkO

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Our problem today wasn’t players playing badly it was players not playing well, noone on our team apart from Enrique played anywhere near there best. If we are going to stay up we are going to have to play alot better than what we did today.

    Did think however that Krul could have done a bit better for the first he was running about everywhere

  • G

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I wish Danny Simpson would hurry up and get back to 100% again! Seriously though, James Perch has age on his side so he should get better. Here’s hoping he bounces back from this setback… preferably as far as Notts Forest?

  • norway84

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #13

    no guts today.. 41900 people at the game, with chance to go 5`th with victory. and after two good away games.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #14

    We outplayed Stoke City for the majority of the game, however Stoke took their chances and made the most of them.
    I cannot complain.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #15

    AND !!! James Perch should be sent to Siberia !!!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Or Sunderland

  • shearer4pm

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #17

    i was at work today during the game. i came home and watched the last 20 minutes or so. i could get a grasp of how the game had gone. but i noticed colocini looked very calm on the ball. very composed. he looked such a better player than two years ago. weather this was the case for the whole came. im not sure lol

  • DannyboyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Nolan needs to lose weight far too slow, Carroll was winning headers but had no one upfront with him thats where Lovenkrands should be with him. Williamson didnt play well this game the midfield wasn’t the same when Tiote was subbed. Ryan Taylor should play instead of Perch.

    Team for Man City:

    R.Taylor….Willo….Colo (C)……Enrique

    Routledge..Ben Arfa…Tiote……Guti


    Subs: Ranger, Campbell, Smith, Perch, Soderberg, Nolan and Barton

  • MykToonFan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Another poor decision to play 4-5-1 at home.

    It works when we’re away, but at home we have to be the pace-setters. It just means we create no chances and give the away team the initiative.

    I think Hughton needs to take a good look at Nolan and see if he really fits into our strongest team. He slows everything down, and is ultimately forcing Ben Arfa to play in a wide position at the moment. Ben Arfa had moments of excellence, but really was unable to get into the game because of the negative formation. I thought it was a poor decision to take him off though – it was right to bring on Jonas, but he came on for the wrong player.

    Jonas looked lively when he came on – he seems to be fighting for his place, and probably deserves it more than Routledge after that performance.

    I don’t rate Perch at all. His positional awareness is hopeless, and he often seems totally overwhelmed by opposition players.

    Not much we could do about their aerial threat if I’m honest, but it shouldn’t have been an issue – as the home side, 1-0 up, we should have been in total control of the game and we weren’t. We got very sloppy, and created very little.

    Very disappointing, and it’s becoming worrying that we are starting to look like a team that will have to pick up more points away from home because of our negativity in games at St. James’.

  • Spuggy

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #20

    We had 7 attempts on target to Stokes 2, and they scored 2.

    But they also had 2 of the post. We put too much pressure on ourselves second half – missed tiote. I would have stuck with Arfa and Tiote too. Plus they can only get better.

  • norway84

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #21

    why put barton on the bench? been one of our best players..

  • MykToonFan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh, and I think Tiote, Enrique and Coloccini were our best players today. Three defensive-minded players? I think that says a lot about how negative we were…

  • Spuggy

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #23

    It wall take hughton a few games to realise the best team I think, the early positive results against the good teams probably skewed his thinking which is fair enough.

    Two home loses – who would have thought.

  • Toon XI

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #24

    CH is a great guy. A quality manager and he’s earned the right to manage the club. I’ve said it before and I’m still saying it now, his tactics are lacking on matchdays when things aren’t rolling along for us. His substitutions were insane! What did he see on that pitch today that we didn’t? To pull HBA and Tiote made no sense to me. I thought Tiote was a stud and frustrating Stoke all day. I’m at a loss with CH. I want him to succeed, but he continues to undo on matchdays all the good will he has earned along the way. He still has my backing and I believe he still has time to correct these errors. I just wish he’d sort out his gameday substitutions sooner rather than later. He is killing us!

    This rollercoaster season is driving me insane!

  • Toon XI

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    23 Spuggy // Sep 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Sadly those home losses were to Blackpool and Stoke.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #26

    We lose AGAIN at ST JAMES PARK. Lose or Win, we needs to accept it, everything can happen in football, this week, some strange result from all Team include big 4, to me, we look struggle, strong midfield but some careless and stoke lucky to win against us. If you all review the statistic the game, we have more big chance to win the game, but our defense especially james pearch to not have good quality.

    i rate high and good quality to colocini and williamson, jose is goodess cant imagine what happen to us without him, overall other player is good, attacking side is awesome, credit to Barton and Tiote.

    Carrol need partner and Nolan is not Carrol partner. i don’t like to critic our team because today they show us the quality we have, just we don’t have LUCK in front us.

    Keep going United, we can push for UEFA CUP for sure this season, time will make us strong. I not dreaming but from what i see from all our 6 games, we are strong. Hope we will keep improving and have some luck.

    May God bless us- from Geodie Malay. HWL

  • jimiley

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #27

    I stopped reading after you said we pummelled them. Stoke deserved to win. We had loads of possession but created nothing. Stoke gave us the penalty. They looked much more dangerous when they attacked us. They hit the woodwork twice. You cannot play an away set up at home against so called weaker teams. We got what we deserved for being timid. Dangerous times for yes man Hughton. We have Wigan and the Mackems up next at SJP. No wins against that lot and yes man or not, ruthless fat man will show him the door to save 50 million.

  • atom

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Not good enough today. For all that possession we need to do a better job of carving out some chances. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I saw us running at them. How do you expect to break down a premier league defense that way? Jonas did a good job once he came on at running at them, but it was too little too late.

    Routledge- if he is not going to run at the defense then why is he on the pitch as Raylor has much better delivery. Carroll needs someone to run off him to take some defenders off of him. Either Nolan/ the wingers have to play higher or we need a second forward on the pitch. Collo and Willo played fairly well but were pushed around a little to easily for my liking. Maybe Sol would have been a better choice for this game.

    Well this was a disappointing result to a team we thoroughly outplayed. Hopefully we can bounce back next week.

  • daneevz

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #29

    awfull lookede gr8 for 48 then fell apart. perch dont get me started r.taylor much better and m.williamson terrible compared to s.campbell.jonas gives the ball away why dont they try carrol and ameobi up front just cant get it

  • short trousers

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #30

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    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #31

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  • Obafan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Well I’m very disappointed with the result today. This outcome is erasing the victory at Everton last week, which would have been a 3 point bonus.

    Krul: nothing to blame IMO.

    Perch: Championship player

    Collo: the best today; he looked so calm

    Williamson: did nothing wrong

    Enrique: made the fault on Fuller which lead to 1-1. At that moment he defended very bad, but for the rest he had a fantastic game.

    Routledge: sorry but if you put Jonas on the bench for him; he should do better. He runs from the right side down to the left and cannot produce a good center.

    Tiote: outstanding

    Barton: good, but he needs to play a lot quicker

    Ben Arfa: was always closed down by 2 or 3, but had a few good moments. Should have done more with his 2 set pieces.

    Nolan: mixed feelings; he had a few good actions, but also had a lot bad actions. Should have scored the equalizer in the 90th minute.

    Carroll: hard working but not enough support by Nolan

    Ameobi: had one good action, but Perch ruined it

    Gutierrez: should replace Routledge, tried to open their defense and gave a few good passes

    Hughton: made a few vital errors today; his subs were crazy; Ben Arfa but esp Tiote should never been subbed today. And 4-5-1 at home is not doing us any favours.

    During the game I said a few times that our right side is not of EPL standard. They have to work so hard to make a fluent combination and deliver a good cross. Also the defending is not good on our right side.

    Why is Lovenkrands not getting his chance? After midweek Ameobi deserved his sub, but Loven could have caused their slow defence a lot of problems.

    Raylor is not the solution for our RB position at all.

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    Sep 26, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #33

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    Comment #34

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #35

    We’ve only had one match in six when we scored more than one goal.

    Gents, that is not playing well and having bad luck.

    That is a distrubing trend.

  • Obafan

    Sep 26, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #36

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    Comment #37

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    Comment #38

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    Sep 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40

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