Home Form And Defense Are Two Problem Areas For Magpies

The two things that will be worrying the Newcastle fans early in this season is our home form and the Newcastle defense.

Sol Campbell – can Sol steady the ship at Newcastle?

The home form is almost the opposite of what it was last season when the lads managed to go 26 game at St. James’ Park unbeaten and in our first Premier League home game of the season, we hammered Aston Villa 6-0.

But since then the lads have been beaten by Blackpool and Stoke and but for an injury time equalizer by captain Fab Coloccini yesterday, just 40 seconds before added time was to expire, we would have also lost to Wigan Athletic.

A good question is if we cannot beat these mediocre sides at home, then how will we fare against the Man United, Arsenals and Chelseas of this world?

Of those four games Newcastle fans would have hoped Newcastle would have managed as many as three wins against Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan,  but instead we have just 4 points from those four home league games, with the only win coming against a good looking Aston Villa side.

And let’s face it, that does not auger well for the future, if we cannot beat the lesser teams of the league at home. So there are already warning signs this season for the Newcastle side.

While the defense started quite well this season, they have let themselves down in both the last two home games, and given away four sloppy goals, and you just cannot make those types of errors in the Premier League and not expect to be in deep trouble,  sooner rather than later.

Newcastle do have Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor returning from injury,   and Sol Campbell may also be able to settle the team down at the back, if only  because of his massive experience.

We have to think it’s time that Chris has a rethink about the defense, and it could well be the mistakes in the first half  yesterday have convinced the manager to draft in both Sol Campbell and Danny Simpson for the relegation match-up next Saturday afternoon at West Ham United.

Newcastle have done better away from home this season,  with 4 points form the three games, compared to a  meager 4 points from 4 games at St. James’ Park – who would have believed that before this season started?

Unless Newcastle can improve their home form, and start picking up some much needed points at St. James’ Park, this will prove to be a hard long slog for the side to remain in the Premier League this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Defence? right back is a problem i would say, hiopefully Stevie Tasylor can come back and play there and simpson comes back very soon.

    I think Colo and Williamson are very good together, both read the game well. Enrique needs to get out to the wingers abit more….no one will get round him but sometimes he needs to stop the cross or get the ball off them (left di santo about 5 yards of space to cross for zoggys 1st yesterday).

    Problem is at home we can break teams down so we need to be away from home to really be able to make our dominance in games pay as the other team need to come out.

    Id be worried if we werent playing well but I think we control games but cant do anything with it.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    *cant break teams down

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I think our main problem is we seem to have very have little alternative to only using the big ball up to Carroll all the time with route one stuff and hit and hope crosses. We are totally one dimensional and entirely predictable. There is no method whatsoever. No clever through balls or cutbacks for people to run on to, just the hoof ball.

  • darthkir

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s be more specific; our problems are Perch, Routledge & Nolan playing together.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Perch is a major problem!

  • munch27

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    i’ve said it b4 n i’ll say it again our back 4 should be L-R the bull sol willo colo , as we saw yesterday colo is quick got excellent skills with the ball at his feet and has a good eye for a pass and i reckon he can cross and he’s excellent defender.

  • branunited

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    the campbell place to play, would give us strength from their experience, but we become more immune because it has no speed, steven taylor prefer to wait and when to play him again next Coloccini or williamson. probematicas another is that the time to attack, attack only to carroll centers and makes us more predictable.
    I now realize that the problem is not just james perch.
    if is any guide, we have 3 points which we had in the season that went down, but I think that we can get ourselves in a competition in Europe, remember we have 8 points, but we are 6 in a European competition, (Stoke City and Blackpool have cost us dearly if those losses)

  • dave 1961

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it’s a shame but Chris Hughton & Colin Calderwood seem out of their depth in the premier league, they seen unable to get any sort of cohesion into our team, too many players in the wrong position, Guthrie can’t play as a winger Chris just does not seem to be able to pick a team for home games, it should be all out attack, we should start with the team that finished on Saturday. and for me I would start with ranger every game. and I would drop Williamson for sol too as Williamsons made a few mistakes lately.

  • MacToon

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9


    I can’t believe the slating our manager and team are getting.

    Our defence is much better than of recent times.
    Mistakes will still be made and I think Williamson made a few mistakes yesterday but overall he’s been good. perch is the doubt though.

    We have not been hoofing the ball up the field that much (just an option now) and generally the play has been pretty good, unfortunately some of our results haven’t been that good. Barton did misplace quite a few passes yesterday.

    Instead of lambasting the team or manager think how we got it together and got the draw, well done to Shola and Colo for that. Shame we had to give 2 goals awat first though!

  • munch27

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #10

    MacToon i’m not dancing with the team or the manager wot you think this is strictly ?

  • gokk

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Think we shouldn’t be too harsh with our critizism of the team, though personally i’d like to see perch, williamson and routledge being played less. Haven’t really got good altenatives for routledge though, but on right back and centre defence i really feel we have better options. Colo has been great all season though, and jonas seems to have been reinvograted after being dropped some weeks ago.

  • chuck

    Oct 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Perch= Easy to push off the ball, not a lot of pace, poor distribution, useless in the air, just plain poor in both defense and no help coming forward.

    Williamson= slow as molasses, got beat in the air, resulting in a goal by a player seven inches shorter.
    his distribution is just plain awful!

    Taylor= get him signed, good in the air at both ends, fairly solid defensively, not a wingback, does`nt have the pace to bring the ball forward.

    Colo= improves with time, reads the game well, not bad in the air, fairly solid defensively.

    Enrique= Good defensively and bringing the ball up, exceptional pace, works well with Jonas, who can cover defensively.

    Sol= what can you say!, tough defender, good in the air, good distribution, marshals the defense,
    still has pace, so why is he on the bench ?

    Simpson= capable, but does`nt excel in anything in particular, decent backup.

    R Taylor= no better than Perch, sorry, but he and Perch should be sold and perhaps Williamson, as they will probably never improve.

    Which suggests it`s defensively where we need help, which surprises me being Hughton has been a defensive coach for most of his career ?

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    chuck, Sol’s injured and saying Perch, Raylor and Williamson will never improve is silly

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    right back is a problem , CH!!!!!!!!!

  • chuck

    Oct 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Howay the lads,
    Why ?
    Think they will become good EPL players, i think many would disagree!

  • aoOjee

    Oct 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    i really cant believe people giving nolan stick! We missed him SO much yesterday! he is the best at holding the ball up, and he ALLWAYS gets to chances. I thought this was the seasons worst display. We got to a lot more chances when we played with nolan behind Carrol and hes our captain too. I think the team loves his presence on the pitch, a real captain that takes control.

    I must agree with Perch, i have now given him a lot of chances. But he is clearly not good enough. Consistent bad displays the entire season 😐

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    No, but saying they will NEVER improve is blinkered.

    Williamson (up until the Stoke game) looked like a decent EPL CB. It’s his first season in the Prem and he’s still learning.

    Raylor isn’t a bad player. Decent back-up and it’s worth having his free-kicks around in case.

    Perch I think will improve ENOUGH

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m sorry but not only is Perch not good enough neither is Williamson we can’t afford to have players playing who are learning how to play in the PL in defence. We need PL quality now S Taylor for RB & Campbell at CB with Collo

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #19

    darthkir Routledge, Perch & Nolan didn’t play together yesterday & we were awful

  • vic

    Oct 17, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #20

    The biggest problem is CH who looks like become create his favorites in this team. Even preschool boy understand that Perch is not a PL lad. Please Chris stop this policy otherwise you will loos respect among lads.

  • vic

    Oct 17, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #21

    St James:

    Simpson Campbell Colo Enrique
    Raylor Tiote Gutierres
    Ranger Carroll Shola

    Simpson Campbell Colo Enrique
    Raylor Gutrie Tiote Gutierres
    Carroll Shola

  • vic

    Oct 17, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    January prefered list to sell:

    1. Perch
    2. Xisko
    3. Smith
    4. Rutledge
    5. Best
    6. Loven

    Move forward with:
    Krul, Harper, Simpson, S.Taylor, Campbell, Willi, Raylor, Colo, Enrique, T.Kadar, S.Ferguson, Gosling, Tiote, Gutierres, Vukcic, Nolan,Ben Arfa, Lua Lua, Ameobi, Carroll, Ranger

    and dosend other youngsters

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #23

    vic, those players are called:

    – Xisco
    – Gutierrez
    – Routledge
    – Vuckic 😉

  • Brutooon

    Oct 18, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Perch is worst RB

    But the major problem is that he keeping on playing and keep on making mistake

    Its a simple rule in management – one player didnt perform, change with other player!

  • Suklowor

    Oct 18, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #25

    About Defender i think we needs new quality player in January, especially in Right beck.. !!

    Because we didn’t have quality player in that position, look at the reserves team, 27 goals conceded in 14 game. is terrible..!!!

  • baro

    Oct 18, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Chris Hughton is for some reason a big fan of James perch and defends his signing for some reason. But if we are to turn around a start winnings games he has to be dropped

  • shamadz72

    Oct 18, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Perch reminds me of Bramble 🙂

  • Brutooon

    Oct 18, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #28

    dropped perch if CH is a man !

    every single team in the world need to play their first 11. we can play ryan taylor or collocini there!

    Collocini – International Proven
    Ryan Taylor – Premierleague Player
    Perch spend 95% of his career at the CHAMPIONSHIP !!!!

    notice the different? even a 8 years old lady know perch should be dropped

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Sadly I think it’s all coming home to roost a bit with CH and Calderwood. We won the championship with the most expensive team.

    Now we look as clueless as we did when we got relegated.

    No plan B, over cautious, too much long ball and hit and hope crosses, ”untouchables” who are never dropped, very limited youth opportunities (Ranger – is he worse than Loven, Kadar – is he worse than Perch, Lua Lua – is he worse than Routledge ? etc) and some very dodgy signings (Perch, Best etc)

    It gives the lie to clowns like Allardyce, Pulis and McCarthy who say they have to play a certain way as they don’t have the techncial players, when you see the way Wigan, West Brom and Blackpool play the game ”the right way” on equally limited resources.

    Personally I think we missed a huge opportunity not taking a chance on a ”footballing” manager like Di Matteo, Martinez, Holloway or even Poyet lower down.

    CH is a defensive coach and it shows. Then again he keeps playing Perch !!!!

  • Ericles

    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #30

    I agree with Rotunda heights all the way. CH seems to spend more time waffling on about systems than he does getting his head round playing Premiership football with our Premiership players instead of our Championship players. He is clueless and it shows increasingly on the pitch with his naive one way street tactics.

  • darthkir

    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #31


    The reason why we managed to get 2 goals after losing 2 was because nolan wasnt playing…

  • stestickle

    Oct 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Think we have a squad that should get us through survival this season as i dont see the squad as the problem what i dont understand is we have only 4 coaches two defence coaches a fitness coach and goalkeeping coach no attacking or technical coaches which shows in are play all big clubs make sure they have the right coaches and not just the right players this something we have struggled with since the robson days.


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