Newcastle Could Face Long Hard Slog This Season

Shola Ameobi today went joint top scorer at Newcastle, with his 4th goal of the season.

Shola congratulated by Carroll after scoring on 72 minutes

And Shola played his part well, when he came off the bench after an hour, after the Magpies had gone 2-0 down in the first 23 minutes.

Ameobi told Sky Sports after the game:

“It was quite a tense affair at half-time in the dressing room.””Obviously with the way they were playing and we weren’t doing what we had set out to do, we felt that they were tactically and technically better than us in the first half and we had to improve.”

“Thankfully we’ve done that the second half, the game’s about all 18 players, not just 11 on the field at the time and a couple of players have come on today and made a difference and we’ve managed to get that draw.”  “We’ve shown a grit and determination there – it would have been all too easy for us to just pack it in, but we didn’t,”

“We’ve got this fight in us at the moment, we make it hard for ourselves at times but its important that we keep on going to the very end and you saw what happened today.”

Shola is right when he says the lads put in a gutsy performance in that second half, when everything had looked lost, but we’re frustrated the lads keep putting themselves in a big hole, with the defensive mistakes they keep making on home soil.

Indeed it was in the 94th minute that Colo scored his first goal of the season, when he headed home well from about 5 yards, following a good corner from fellow Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, who also set up Shola’s goal.

And the relegation lot a couple of seasons ago would surely have just given up when they went 2-0 down – they could never be too bothered – so the lads can certainly show that grit and determination, but that’s never been in doubt since Chris Hughton took over the side, a year last summer.

Unless the players can start to get their act together at home, then we’ll likely be in a big relegation battle again this season, and right now it’s looking like it could be a long hard slog this season, just to stay in the Premier League.

We somehow have to improve at home, and  very soon too.

That late goal from Coloccini was so important for Newcastle today, because not only did it give Newcastle a hard earned point, but it stopped Wigan from gaining 3 points on the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #1

    you reckon

  • Toon XI

    Oct 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Could? That is an understatement.

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Hands down worst performance of the season!

    Perch was awful and I mean really awful. He was terrified of Charlie Insomnia from the start and yet again we conceded goals from just about the only 2 decent chances of the game for the opposing team.

    Terrile tactics from Hughton- as there was no leader on the pitch at all, 2 strikers but no supply, played out worst player against their best……

    What exactly have they been training and practicing for the last 2 weeks?

    Shocking display and more points not just thrown away they were shot clean out of a cannon!!!! Awful.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 16, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Well we are suppost to be the 3rd worst team in the league so its was gunna be tough for ANY team let alone a new promoted team like us, Carrol needs stability upfront he CANNOT play 4-5-1 he needs a guy to play week in week next to him and after today that can be (Maybe) Ameobi, i HOPE Haughton has balls to take off his guy he bought in Perch he needs dropping he should of been dropped after last 2 matches and this game he was even worse he can only cope when the winger he has has NO PACE.

  • leedodd

    Oct 16, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Hard Slog Jeezz if we play like we did today were down again !!!!!!!!! You cant mess about in this League – The Back 4 is ok apart from Right Back so need Either Ryan or Steven Taylor Danny Simpson In There. Andy Carroll Prooved Today He is Not Ready For England He was Very Quiet and Even Missed Nolan – We need a Leader On The Pitch not just looking at the Bench For Guidence – Tim Krul Apart from the 2 Goals had a Good Game He Kicked The Rest of them Up The Behind at Times – The Cup Game against Arsenal I just Hope we Pull Our Finger Out !!!!!!!!!

  • chuck

    Oct 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Well, well, surprised ?
    Did everyone think we were more or less guaranteed a win against Wigan?
    They just happen to be a good and still young side, with an excellent young manager and have surprised more than one side this season.
    Ed`s. right it`s gonna be a tough slog, with no gimmies.
    We have`nt done well against the Blackpools and were lucky to get the point to-day, the Villa game was an aberration and our reserves beating Chelsea`s reserves was just that !
    Hate to single out people but our right side of the back four needs strengthening, it`s our achilles heel, with neither Williamson or Perch
    looking up to standard, hopefully they can be replaced by Campbell and Simpson.
    Hey they have had the opportunity to prove they can play in this league, but the more i see of them the less they impress.
    N`Zogbia made them look awful all gamelong , ah well back to the drawing board.
    It`s well to note that most of those so called relegation threatened sides have spent wisely this summer and W/Brom looked good against Man. looking the better of the two sides, go figure !

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #7

    …long long season…..

  • Doocey

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh please.
    We’re up to avoid relegation. We do that, it’s a success.

    Giive the lads a break.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Chuck the team ahead of us have spend MILLIONS, Wigan for example spend over 6 Million on Boselli, we spent less than half of that on our team, even West Brom spent over that on Loan agreements and buys we spent the lowest out of the clubs in the relegation zone or even the promotion sides (maybe on par with Blackpool) we wanted to do better than a draw but end of the draw it shows we have fightback ability coming from 2-0 and nearly winning it, all we need to do is patch the RB uo with Taylor and KEEP the 4-4-2 with AMEOBI not Lovenkrants and we will be fine the signings we made Tiote has been the best midfielder we have an Arfa, hard to judge but looks a good buy. we need to stay up.

  • SirAlan

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #10

    To be quite honest we need a Manager, Chris Hughton is a Good bloke but not Premiership manager Material…..we could survive in this league quite easily with a Decent manager

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #11

    SirAlan, you’re a clown 🙂


    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #12

    This is rather stating the blooming obvious!

    Half the league have to battle not to be in a relegation fight every year. Thats what makes our competition one of the best in the world.

    Is this bloke Sir Alan for real! There is nothing wrong with Hughton,s management! Its taken us two years to get any sort of stability at the club. What a prat you are, Sir!

  • SirAlan

    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Howay The Lads and NEWEXPATMAGPIE obviously know very little about football if anything at all, to claim that HUGHTON is a Good Manager for the premiership says it all, a piar of fools possibly Mackems in disguise……as for the name calling your mother never called me a prat

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    “your mother never called me a prat”

    Ahhh, so you’re a child. I’ll forgive you, but, in future, don’t say such silly things as you’ll give Newcastle fans a bad name AND probably wreck the club.

  • chuck

    Oct 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Now now! children, it`s only opinion .


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