Newcastle 1 Stoke 2 – Video Highlights

Newcastle 1 Stoke City 2 – Video Lowlights

7 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t watch….

    … Sorry.

  • USGeordie

    Sep 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t voice my opinion very often but I feel this is something that needs to be said. I have read this blog for a couple years now and I can easily say that almost everyone on here, at least that posts comments, is a doom and gloom person. The minute we lose a game, whether we were supposed to win it or not, everyone just flat our turns on the team and the players. That is something that just cannot happen. Through thick and thin you need to support your team. The team feels everything that the fans feel and by saying the team is shite and the manager sucks helps no one.

    As for the team line up and tactics. I agree that we need to play a different formation at home than we have. The typical 4-4-2 with a more attacking side is imperative at home where we have the support. It worked wonders last season and I feel we should continue to do so. Against Stoke, Carrol didn’t do much, I wasn’t impressed with him. In a game against a tall strong defense such as Stoke, he is going to get overpowered and double marked. Which is what happened. He couldn’t do anything. There was no support. If CH had played a 4-4-2 and put Lovenkrands in there with him to make the runs and split the defense we would have had a much better shot. It’s always good to have a tall target man up front for the crosses but you also need someone that will make the defense scared of speed and splitting runs. Lovenkrands can do that. He is the perfect partner for Carroll up front. I don’t understand why CH doesn’t play him. Jonas is great, he is one of my favorite players on the team. BUT, he is an impact sub. Almost every time he starts a game is lack luster at best. Every time I have seen him come on as a sub he dramatically changes the game and gets the ball forward. I would continue to use Ben Arfa and Routledge to start on either wings. Perch is doing great for his first season in the PL. He has his shaky times but he is the best RB we have at the moment with Simpson and ST out. Ryan Taylor is more of a winger than a RB. He’s decent as a RB but I wouldn’t start him back there unless Perch is injured. He’s more of a sub for Routledge. I have been very impressed with Routledge this season. He takes the ball up the field, makes the runs, and takes on the defenders. Yes, he needs to attack the goal a little more but other than that I feel he is doing a great job. Barton has done wonderful. Against Stoke he was hanging too far back, I agree, but other than that he is making things happen in midfield and making those passes we need. Tiote is vital in a defensive formation. He is very good on the ball and tackles well. In an attacking formation I feel we might be able to drop him depending on who we are playing.

    My line up for Stoke would have been:
    Perch, williamson, colo, enrique
    Rout, Barton, Nolan, Ben Arfa
    Loven, Carroll

    Everyone needs to calm down a bit and get behind the team. One loss does not mean it’s the end of the world. It means they need more of our support. CH is doing a magnificent job. Everyone has their down days and Stoke was one of them for everyone on the field and sidelines. They already know that. They don’t need you to tell them that. Don’t abandon the players that have delivered for us before just because they had one bad game.

    On a plus, Perch didn’t get a card!!!

    Quit your whining and complaining and get on with it.

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #3

    I take it nobody else watched these either 🙁

  • Thump

    Sep 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    You’re right, USGeordie, but I honestly wouldn’t keep Perch in the line up. Whilst he did a decent job in the first half, the second half was littered with mistakes (even excluding the OG). I would much sooner see Taylor start in his place at home where we can go forward. I would have preferred to see:

    Taylor, Williamson, Collo, Enrique,
    Routledge, HBA
    Loven, Carroll

    In diamond formation, obviously.

    Definitely agree with the 4-4-2 at home. Teams are clocking onto us playing 4-5-1 and it just isn’t doing us any favours – we need to be a tactical surprise for when teams come to the Cathedral, it’s that simple.

  • toondra

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    ben arfa could be a excellent winger, but in a team who keep the ball and play technical football.
    otherwise, he will bue useless coz he won” have enough support from the other players.
    he must play in the center back to caroll and another one, with 3 midefiled much defensive.
    in marseille, the miedfiled was much more technical than newcastle, with lucho playing at the place of barton.
    this barton should know his limite and play defensive midefield and don’t think he is zidane.

  • Darling27

    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #6

    So he should be. The lad is constantly out of position. He had a poor game even before he scored the own goal. The sooner Simpson comes back the better.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    We should have had some goals with the pressure and posession in the first half, Stoke punished us for it second half where we were crap.


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