Worries About Home Form – But Let’s Beat West Ham Saturday

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is right when he says Newcastle just have to address their home form, if  the club is  to avoid a relegation scrap this season.

Shola Ameobi – must address our home form

The lads have not had too much luck in their eight league games this season, and with sufficient luck we could have picked up a win at Wolves and a draw at Man City,  and home wins to Blackpool and Stoke, if things hadn’t gone against the team.

But that’s a little unrealistic too, because then  we would have been on 17 points and just behind Man City on goal difference, so luck always plays a huge part in football games, and it tends to even out over the season (or so we are told).

But on Saturday we were given a bit of luck, as the team fought back so well in those final 20 minutes to sneak a draw right at the death, with a terrific header from captain for the day, Fab Coloccini.

It certainly looked like our defensive errors in the first half, which had gifted Charles N’Zogbia two goals,  would mean a third successive home defeat, and we just knew the gloom and doom merchants would be out in full cry.

Ameobi came on after 60 minutes, and Shola scored the vital first goal after 72 minutes, with a neatly executed diving header from a good Gutierrez left wing cross, for his 4th goal the season, and he talked today to BBC Newcastle:

“Going into the season we understood we would not go through it without disappointments like we did last season.”“Going down to three straight home defeats would have been difficult to swallow.”

“The majority of our points have to come at home this season.” “Even when we’re not playing well we have to show those fighting qualities that Chris  expects from us.”

“But at home we expect to be picking up points. At times we make it tough for ourselves but we have got that spirit and we have to believe in ourselves.”

Newcastle have a good chance on Saturday to keep the points coming, and forget about our home form for just a little while.

West Ham are not playing well, and have to be low on confidence too, and surely the lads can put in a good performance like they’ve done at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City in the league this season.

And if they can do that and play as well as in those three previous league games away from home, there’s every likelihood we can pick up some points in London on Saturday.

A win would be great and then the lads would have to knuckle down in our next home league game – against Sunderland of all  teams – and win that one too.

What better game to break our non-winning home streak,  than to beat Sunderland?

But a win first at West Ham will set us up very nicely for the local derby.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to bring it back to this lads but something isn’t right.


    The jist of it (written in italics) is missing massive chunks of information.

    Basically, Andy was out with this lass Holly and ended up going back to her place to engage in some after hours fun, Laurie overhears from the next room and somewhere along the lines it ends up with Andy smashing her head into the bathroom floor.

    The facts:

    -Laurie Henderson is an 18 year old model.
    -Andy Carroll is a Premier League football player.
    -Laurie Henderson is Andy Carroll’s ex girlfriend.
    -Holly Richardson lives with Laurie Henderson.
    -Andy Carroll slept with Holly Richardson.
    -Laurie Henderson overheard aforementioned coitus.
    -Laurie Henderson got a bang on the head.

    Of course, the Sun contradicts this immediately by saying Laurie “walked in” on the two. Not a complete contradiction but if I hear somebody enjoying another person next door, I’m going to wait for the house to catch fire before walking in on them!

    Anyway, I’m not sure if any of you lads have been out with teenage models but they tend to be a little bit more imbalanced than your usual teenage girl – especially when they’ve had a piece already.

    This is all just semi-informed speculation but it seems to me that Laurie has a bit of a jealousy problem (likewise Andy and his anger) and that she overheard and went for either Holly or Andy. The article is worded carefully enough so it counts for singular and multiple (“banging her head” can mean one, two or twenty it could have happened once but it isn’t finite like ‘banged’ is; it’s bad grammar but the papers want it as sensational as they can get it) so its possible that she went for Holly in the bathroom and Andy pulled her off, in the process banging her head.

    It’s also likely that she went for Andy and he pushed/pulled her off and she banged her head.

    Of course, let’s not rule out the possibility that Andy heinously grabbed her by the hair and smashed her head into the floor a couple of times; it’s still likely with his record.

    There’s a lot of information missing out here but I’ve got a feeling that AC might have a good shout here. Seeing as this article appears to have came from Laurie’s mouth (or at least bits of it), I’m not buying his guilt quite yet it just doesn’t make sense.

  • roy cropper

    Oct 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #2

    nice script thump – i’ll pass it onto the powers that be.


  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3


  • roy cropper

    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    i’m sure it’ll gan doon well with the bairn as weel


  • deeeeeeano

    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    We have to go for the 3 points on saturday.
    My team Krul.
    Sol Collo Willo
    Jonas tiote Jose
    Guthrie Barton
    Shola Carroll/Loven

    Carroll depends on what has happened with the assault charge. Jonas has played a similar position for the Argies and him and Jose could still do a load of damage with all 3 big lads at the back. Can not see west Ham causing this team any damage at all, there is also tho likes of Ranger and Xisco who would both get a run with something to prove and maybe Simmo and Raylor if Jonas is inaffective. Tell Hughton im in Norway grafting at the minute but im back on time for the mackums for the assistants job. :0

  • G

    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Back to the subject matter, I have a feeling that even though WHU’s recent results have improved, that we will do the business over them. I also feel that given AC’s latest controversey CH may go with a different attacking line up this week. 2 Nil to the Toon I reckon?

  • deeeeeeano

    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Thats meant to be 3,5,2 with the latinos as wing backs

  • Wigaz

    Oct 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Need 3 points vs west ham like just to get firing 4 the derby. That said i need 2 get this rant on. The modern day footballer makes me sick! You’ve got some1 like Rooney who seems 2 think he’s bigger than Man utd who like them or not are 1 of the biggesr clubs on the planet! Who the hell is he 2 demand the kind of money their talkin about? He’s been playin crap 4 months! He also has the cheek 2 spit in the face of both the men who made him the player he is 2day 1st moyes now fergie! Modern day footballer= mercenary out for as much £ as they can get & don’t give a shite bout the club or their fans. Now on to our illustrious no9 who seems 2 think he can do anything he wants & get away with it? If any of us battered 3 people in less than a year we’d no doubt be inside now. Does this lad not have the forsite or maturity 2 walk away? Compare these 2 paracites with one Alan Shearer who knocked back the biggest clubs in europe 2 come home & play for his hometown club, he could have left for more money at anytime but instead stayed for 10 years & became our all time leading scorer & PL scorer. A true footballer & geordie legend! A far cry from the modern day player. Rant over.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Quite simply, we need to win this and we know it. After loosing at home to Blackpool and Stoke (though with each passing week loosing to Blackpool seems less and less embarassing!) and the draw with Wigan this is a must win game, and we should win it. I’m reasonably confident we will. Well, as confident as you can be when you follow the Toon. But let’s be honest, West Ham will have singled this out as one to win too, so by no means will it be easy. I expect it to be scrappy and hard-fought with a low scoreline. I think it will be vitally important not to conceede, do that and we should snatch it 1-0, maybe 2-0. Or, of course, I could be completely wrong. You never know with Newcastle… Like Ed said, if we play well then there’s no reason we can’t win this. I’d really like to see R Taylor get a start, think we should play 4-4-2, Ameobi and Carrol up front, Nolan and Tiote bossing it in the middle of the park. Anyone know how long until S Taylor is fit again?

  • atom

    Oct 19, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #10

    I prefer the 4-2-3-1 for this one. First goal is crucial.

    Simpson Sol Collo Enrique
    Barton Tiote
    Ranger Nolan Jonas
    Bench: Sodeberg, Smith, Williamson, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Carroll, Guthrie

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Lads, 3-5-2 isn’t going to work. You saw what happened with N’Zogbia, pass out wide, along the line, cut in, goal. 3-6-1 and you might be onto something…

    @burnsie: She sounds like a smashing lass. Still got her number, have you?

  • CT

    Oct 20, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Carrol believes his own **, don`t need a kid like ?? who thinks he`s The next big ?? Get rid ! Nile n Loven n Shola key strikers , never want Carrol in my team ever again, can`t have double standards kiddos, Thug, bad enuff, Carrol just a tit out of control! Sell him before he has jail time! Leeds striker Paulo C ? YEH 4me.


    Oct 20, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #13

    CT, give the lad some slack.. cant you imagine the sh*t he has to go through? i in no way want to condone his bad behaviour, but i know what its like being a young lad, being paid too much money… not only that, he’s gonna get sh*t everytime he wants to go out with friends and let his hair down… newcastle is a small city in the great big scheme of things and wherever he goes he’s gonna have people trying to wind him up… he’s gonna have girls wanting him just to sell a story… thats the world we live in for christs sake! media frenzy, you rise to the top and there’s a 1000 people that want a piece of the cake, a free ride y’know?

    ultimately, what he needs to consider, is, does he want to be englands number nine and a NUFC legend, or does he want to live like a playboy?

    we have to hope the right people are around him that will encourage him in the right direction. the biggest problem that faces english footballers at the moment is “celebrity”. hell, its the same problem that faces the western world!

  • G

    Oct 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I quote “ultimately, what he needs to consider, is, does he want to be englands number nine and a NUFC legend, or does he want to live like a playboy?”… well, when you put it like that?


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