Why Is It So Difficult Supporting Newcastle United?


Yesterday’s home game at St. James’ Park in front of a disappointing crowd of just 41,915,  showed just why it is so difficult being a supporter of the Magpies.

The faithful Newcastle United supporters

At half time we thought we would easily win this game, although we did notice how few chances the team had created, after having the vast amount of possession and seemingly dominating  Stoke City in the first half.

We’re sure manager Tony Pulis blasted his players at half time – and they deserved it and and it worked.  Pulis rightly brought on Rory Delap for those long throw ins, and Stoke were able to do just what it took to win the game.

They out-played Newcastle in that second half in the only thing that really matters – scoring goals – and from a Newcastle fan’s viewpoint it looked like we again threw 3 points away.

Newcastle are having an up and down season, to say the very least, and we are getting sea-sickness during some of the games for heavens sakes. 😀

In one game they look like a very good side, and then in the next game  they seemingly contrive some way – any way – to lose the game – as has happened in our last two home games.   Maybe the best way to think about this is to realize the lads are currently adjusting to the much higher standards that exist in the English Premier League.

And yes, while it’s very difficult to watch some of the games  (but only of course when we don’t win!), hopefully the squad will be learning from every single game this season, and we even thought the way Chris Hughton described how and why the side was beaten yesterday, was close to what actually happened.

There were times in the second half when Newcastle didn’t defend properly, and in this league that can cost you big time – and it did yesterday,  as Stoke got the two goals they needed, and won the game.

For Stoke it was a great win and showed how they just never give up, but with just one shot on target how they got two goals is still rather amazing.

For Newcastle, the whole game will hopefully be used as a learning exercise by Chris and Colin Calderwood to further teach their players on what they did wrong, and how they must improve to be more competitive in the worlds’ top football league.

We know it’s difficult at times supporting the Newcastle club, well it has been for us in this lifetime – that’s for sure – but we have to hope the lads will turn it all around before too long.

But as Chris rightly says, we’ll lose more then we win this season, and that;s going to be fact

Comments welcome.


20 comments so far

  • jarnytoon

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I gotta admit, its never boring watching NUFC, n yesterday I was biting my nails all through the match! This team is good enough too stay up, and will stay up!

    My starting line up for man citeh would be:

    ************krul

    Collo***willo****campbell***enrique

    *******barton*****tiote

    Routledge****ben arfa*****jonas

    *************caroll

    Get bennie, wayne n jonas running at em, that’ll s@*t any team up! I do like nolan but sacrifices have to be made for the good of the team!

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  • vanderlee

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Shame Sol wasn’t fit for the game yesterday. We could have done with his strength and aerial ability to withstand Stoke’s set pieces.

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  • Toon1978

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I have defended Perch from people on here and among my mates but after five yellow card, giving a penalty away and scoring an own goal then maybe i have to put my hands up and agree with the people i have had debates with regarding Perch. He was out of his depth yesterday and maybe its time to get R.Taylor in that position and hopefully Simpson will not be to far away.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets forget last game, whatever we discuss, we still lose, but only result we lose, the game controlled by us and we have nice game last night, compare to game back a few year before.

    i can see our squads can push for place UEFA Cup, lets us pray. CH will work his magic again on MC match.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Put Peter Beardsley in charge!!!!!!!

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  • ThaiMag

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    agree with jarnytoon

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  • Birts

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Can see that attendance dropping next home game, because no one likes wasting that kind of money on watching their team lose.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    jarnytoon

    HE WILL NEVER DROP NOLAN

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    #

    The 4-5-1 formation (or 4-4-1-1) whatever it is, just is not suitable for all matches.

    Yesterday if we had 2 strikers in the first half we would have been more than 1 up at the end of the first half.

    Poor play all around yesterday, only decent looking player was Enrique, and so I dont get shouted down I will give reasoning for each player:

    KRUL – Looked very nervous, was very luck on 2 occasions where Jones hit the wood work.

    PERCH – Scored an own goal, poor positional play.

    COLLO – Played OK, but not helped by players around him.

    WILLO – Played OK, but had some shaky moments too.

    ENRIQUE – His usual self, played very well, got forward well.

    ROUT – Barely involved in 2nd half

    TIOTE – Played some poor passes which caused problems for the defence.

    BARTON – VERY lucky not to give away a pen, poor setpiece play.

    BEN ARFA – Looked good but a bit too ball greedy – too busy trying to get in a position to recreate his Everton goal.

    NOLAN – Should have scored at the end, caused some problems.

    CARROLL – Played out of the game by Huth and Co, difficult job being up top on his own.

    – – –

    JONAS – Probably should have come on for Routledge rather than Ben Arfa, looked lively and brilliant cross for Nolan.

    SHOLA – Barely noticed he came on

    – – – –

    Another thing I dont understand is why Hoots did not use his last sub, we should have got McLoven involved

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  • NUFC HOPE

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #10

    @jarnytoon interesting putting colo on the right. I think his creativity on the ball would be better utilized on that side but do you think he has the finesse to cross good balls in consistently when overlapping wayne? Also does he have the pace to make it all the way back against speedy wingers from attacking positions?

    Also, I haven’t really pictured Barton as a defensive mid player since his early days. He always seems to be more of an asset when moving forward. That said I think we need to run a 4-4-2 such as this…

    ************krul

    Collo***willo****campbell***enrique

    Routledge**tiote**ben arfa*****jonas

    *****caroll*******Lovenkrands

    only prob I can see with this is that if tiote drops back into a more defensive role ben arfa will have to command the entire center of the feild if we get on the counter. does he have the vision?

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  • NUFC HOPE

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #11

    or even nolan instead of routledge and move ben arfa to the wing

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  • darthkir

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    “But as Chris rightly says, we’ll lose more then we win this season, and that;s going to be fact”

    Yes this fact is true, because CH has planned to lose more than he is able to win. That is why his tactic is plain for everybody to see…

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  • pearceet

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #13

    team for city

    ________Krul___________
    Raylor__Colo__Campbell__Enrique
    Jonas__Tiote__Barton____Ben Arfa
    _____Carroll____Lovenkrands

    Jonas used to be a right midfielder before after all, so why not use him there he looked like our most threatening player on sunday. Although Routledge has the pace to frighten defences, does he have the end product? I think not at this level.

    As for perch…. jeeze i cant describe how bad i think he is

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  • pearceet

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Nolan and Willo need a rest as does routledge and to be fair so does colo but i’d rather play him than willo….
    Perch deserves a rest as well…. a very long one!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #15

    ************* Krul
    Raylor ** Collo ** Willo ** Enrique

    ************ Tiote

    Jonas ****** Barton ******* Ben Arfa

    ************ Nolan
    ************ Carroll

    In keeping with Hoots’ system and ‘friends’.

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  • perch

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Can some one help pearceet wipe that shit from around his mouth please ,he,s dribbling agen,

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17

    darthkir, Strange think is, that games we expect to lose, we win and games we expect to win, we lose. Is this a new sort of strategy from Chris?

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  • darthkir

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    GeordieGerman,

    He tried to the best of his ability, but he was unable to loose against everton and chelsea. Not his fault 🙂

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  • jarnytoon

    Sep 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    @NUFC HOPE…..I’d put collo there not so much for getting forward but the calmness of the man. Yesterday I was so impressed by how….well….casual he played I suppose?! Calm n cool n picking some immense passes! N other reason would be because willo n big sol would provide the aerial battle that lee ‘the midget’ dixon was whinging on about us lacking (like he’s any taller).
    N barton I intended as an out n out box to box midfielder rather than defensive n leave tiote to hang back, 5 back 5 forward. I like that ratio meself. I’d do this coz as much as I’d want as much cover for defense at poss…..I love attacking football n would relish seeing ben arfa wayne n jonas running forward n all sides covered! N with that I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more cracks at goal from distance??

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  • branunited

    Sep 28, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #20

    KRUL

    COLOCCINI WILLO J.ENRIQUE

    R.TAYLOR. TIOTE NOLAN ARFA JONAS

    CARROL LOVENKRANDS

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