Newcastle 1 Blackburn 2 – Magpies Let Themselves Down Again

Newcastle hammered Aston Villa 6-0 and then drew 1-1 at Wolves, and then came back for an easy home game against Blackpool, odds-on favorites for relegation –  and were beaten 2-0.

Newcastle hammered Sunderland 5-1 at home and then won 1-0 away at Arsenal, and them came back tonight for a much easier home game against Blackburn, and were amazingly beaten 2-1 by Blackburn.
What’s that about if you don’t learn your lessons, then history will keep repeating itself.

Morten Gamst Pedersen’s first-half opener as early as the 3rd minute had put Blackburn in the lead  after a Newcastle mistake, when Cheik Tiote of all people, got caught in possession by Brett Emerton, and the Australian International fed the ball to Pederson who scored – and it took only 3 minutes.

It was just a terrible school-boy error from Tiote, who tried to dribble his way out of the penalty area, and a gift goal after just 2 mins and 4 secs to Blackburn – and they took it gladly. You may be able to get away with that in the Eredivisie, but not in the Premier League – and it was the softest goal Newcastle have conceded all season, without a doubt.

Remember that was after Newcastle had stoutly defended against Arsenal for 94 minutes at the Emirates – but they can’t seem to play well at St. James’ Park these days, even though in the first half, when it was still 1-0 for Blackburn, Newcastle had 68% of the possession.

But of course possession doesn’t win games – goals do.

As expected Sam Allardyce, always adventurous away from home, parked three double-decker buses in his own penalty area – that’s a simile – but in reality he had a 5 man defense and 4 men strung across the midfield.

But this was the defensive game – make that very defensive game, that Sam was expected to play, and in truth was one reason he was fired at Newcastle, as watching this kind of stuff is just killing – even though it won Blackburn 3 points tonight.

And indeed Blackburn had the better of the chances in that first half, and when Andy scored just two minutes into the second half, it looked good for Newcastle, as Hughton had replaced Ameobi at the half, as he  made way for Nile Ranger.

Since there was a doubt about Shola’s thigh before the game, it looks like Shola played with an injury in that first half, something he said last week that he would never do again at Newcastle.

Carroll’s goal was another classic Andy goal as he headed in a cross from – who else – Joey Barton, and things started to look up for Newcastle. It was a thundering header from Andy Carroll, and the last man to be such a great header of the ball was   ……  who else – Alan Shearer.

When that goal went in, it looked like there would be only one winner with Newcastle pressing for the winner, but it didn’t come, and would you believe it, after 82 minutes substitute Roberts, seemed to push Mike Williamson out of the way, to get to a long ball, and then finished nicely  past Tim Krul and the goal stood.

And just before the end, referee Mike Jones turned down appeals for a penalty from the Newcastle players, after substitute David Dunn seemed to handle in the penalty box.

After 3 great wins in a row, it’s back to the old Newcastle, and this was a terrible result once again – and at home too.  It’s not good enough to beat Arsenal with a great display and come to St. James’ Park and serve up this kind of below par stuff.

And we’ve again let in 2 goals at home, so the defense is what we need to fix, we’re just conceding too many goals at home, and we seem to be as inconsistent as ever – and good teams are not inconsistent, and most of them win most of their games at home.

That’s now 3 games we’ve lost at home out of six, to bottom half of the table teams.

Not good enough – to use just 3 words to sum up this game – and quite honestly we’d much rather be beating the teams we can and should beat –  and being beaten by the ones we don”t expect to beat –  but it’s completely the other way round so far this season.

Time for some changes in the line-up for Saturday, and maybe Chris can find some players who can actually play well at St. James’ Park,  because against Blackpool, Stoke, Wigan and now Blackburn – teams we would be  expected to beat, we’ve managed  just a  single point out of 12.

And Newcastle have looked only half the side at home than they’ve looked on the road – and unfortunately our next game is at home on Saturday against another bottom half of the table team – Fulham – that’s got to be a pity.


Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote (Routledge, 88), Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger, 46).
Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, S Taylor, Smith, Lovenkrands.

Blackburn: Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Nelson, Givet, Chimbonda; Emerton, Jones, Hoilett (Dunn, 84), Pedersen; Kalinic (Roberts, 52).
Subs not used: Bunn, E H Diouf, Goulon, Hanley, M B Diouf.
Goals: Pedersen 3, Carroll 47, Roberts 82
Bookings: Jones 26, Nolan 37, Tiote 39, Samba 45, Hoilett 50, Coloccini 90, Roberts 90
Sent off: None
Attendance: 41,53
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)

31 comments so far

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #1

    still 5th though!

  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Joey will be gettin a 3 match ban now….
    Feckin tit

  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Joey will be gettin a 3 match ban for punchin Pedersen,he is an idiot

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought it was going to be a freekick for their 2nd but the referee must have thought it was a 50-50? on another day I think we qould have at least drawn, but it just wasnt are day. oh well, as long as we beat fulham we’ll still be in great shape.

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #5

    that was silly, but if the ref knows about it then there cant be any further punishment, and they were chatting to the ref about it. still silly though.

  • pearceet

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #6
  • awesome_fumaca

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Was always going to be difficult to break down a team which essentially had no attacking desire. Both goals they got were silly defensive errors and apart from that I was never really to concerned about them on the attack. I think a draw would have been fair. Lucky results went our way to keep us in 5th, but we really need to sort out the home form.

  • daffy

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Would the real Newcastle please stand up? Beat top teams like Sunderland & Arsenal , then beaten by Stoke, Blackpool & Blackburn + prob Fulham on Sat.

  • alex84

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    im sorry but i wouldnt say they let themselves down…we have just won 3 in a row, were a newly promoted team that is rebuilding and were 5th in the league! im sorry but bad home form or not were still doing well… i dont care if we lose all home games and win our away games(which is one of the best in the league) and stay up…aslong as we stay up and keep rebuilding the right way! the puzzle is nowhere near complete yet, were guna have ups and downs…lets just keep getting behing CH and the team

  • Flop

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Nolan was poor he sat back Tiote was often further forward. Thought Enrique and Jonas did alright

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #11

    “beat top teams like sunderland”- think you mean championship teams daffy.

  • sparko

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #12

    i see that di*k head dafty is back again spouting rubbish about 5under1and

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Daffy you were no where to be seen when we beat Arse now you are back. Your a gutless twat…like your team

  • sparko

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #14

    i think dafty likes abit of arse haha and your team scumderland are sh*t you daft arse

  • SirJohnTudor

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with the comments so far. Frustrated is not the word.
    That said, thank god we got rid of Fat Sam. No wonder Ewood Park is never full, I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than watch the sham that he calls football every week. As far as he’s concerned its getting the points that matters, not how you play and entertain. The trouble is you eventually get found out, and one things for sure,Blackburn will be nearer the drop than we are come the end of the season.

    We desperatley needed HBA tonight. Someone who can produce something different to break down teams like this.
    At least we’re still top half and can re group for Fulham, which will be no easy task either, but hopefully the team and CH are learning with each game.

  • sparko

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #16

    i think dafty is about 12 so get yourself to bed as you have school in the morning and when i said bed i didnt mean your sisters

  • sparko

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said SJT im so glad we dont have to watch that rubbish fat sam serves up and i still believe if we had been told we would be 5th in the league at this stage in the season we would of taken it but its abit worrying with our home form lets hope it picks up soon

  • alex84

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #18

    watching the game now fat sam went there parking 3 buses and then hoping we make a mistake which happened…fulham dont play that way so i think this will be more too are advantage

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Unfortunately Daffy has a point…we’ve been like this for decades. Whenever we go on a good run it generally comes to an end with a dissapointing result against a cr*p team. The club suffers from manic depression!

  • sparko

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #20

    problem is teams see that what fsa did and do it themselves and before you know it every man and his dog will be parking 3 buses and unfortunatly we dont have anybody i believe who is capable of breaking them down

  • Greektoon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #21

    dissapointing result once again, some really bad goals conceded but still the team did not look bad.. not great either but would probably deserve a draw..lets hope for a win against fulham.. dissapointed with barton too since i really like the guy as a footballer and a person but he seems able to f*ck things up in a split second.. anyway still great season!!! Cheers from Greece

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #22

    5under1and are just a pathetic little town in Durham. Why kid yourself in thinking they are a big city and have a huge football team. Face it, your team is pathetic, and so are you.
    We embarrassed you and all the other filthy inbred fools in your poxy little ‘city’…
    Do yourself a favour bonny lad, crawl back under your rock and dry hump yourself with last Mondays 5under1and echo 😉

  • JSYproject

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #23

    hahaha creased at joey barton on MOTD replays, terrible really but hilarious none the less. andy carrols header was excellently executed. shame.. different day it would have been a different result, tiotes first bad game av seen costly first goal shook us up i think.. onwards and upwards tho didnt drop any place in the league lets build on what we have not dwell on what we missed out on.


  • newcastle29

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #24

    well i can see barton getting atleast a three match ban for that! silly silly man.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #25

    there are no live game in asia.

    anyone care for a player rating for nufc?

  • Toon XI

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #26

    CH needs to sort out our home performances. This is total crap to be this poor so often at SJP.

    I fear for the Fulham match with a weaker squad that will take the pitch for us. They better play with passion at the first whistle or Dempsey and crew will eat us alive.

  • muna

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Well I think the problem is with the defence not goalscoring or gameplay at the front. Williamson and collocini are two light weight centre backs playing together. We could survive with teams like Arsenal or sunderland or aston villa(young was playing lone striker i think)who are not going to have much body strength but the likes of gritty teams like blackburn and fulham and blackpool wolves we will struggle. its just because of the type of play of their forwards.

    we saw roberts with their second goal dismantling both will and collo. What we need is either campbell or taylor alongside willo or collo to strengthen the defense

  • muna

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #28

    i just think CH needs to change his defending tactics by analysing the team we play.. Its the same like carrol for us… When u play strong and fighting forwards like him you need to have strong powerful cbs as well like samba and nelson

  • Toon XI

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Muna – I agree. CH needs to make adjustments fir opponent.

  • Sav

    Nov 11, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Don’t say some are already picking on Hoots after all this ‘give him a contract’ talk?
    We were whupped by BFSam’s Blackburn fair and square.
    Hoots was outthought. Krul flapped at too many balls, Colo and Williamson got caught napping, Tiote dithered on the ball and wasn’t himself – plus another booking sees him banned for Saturday. Nolan was ineffective, Simmo went missing much of the time, Shola was immobile, Carroll was up against 2 big lads that didn’t flinch and Joey Barton was a complete idiot. How disappointing was that after his recent revival?

    And its ridiculous to say 5-4-1 = defensive, because they completely dominated us in the first half. We couldn’t get out of our own 18 yard box for most of it.
    And SBR should have bought MGPederson when he was after him years ago. What a great servant he’s been to Rovers. Class act we couldn’t match.

  • bentoon

    Nov 11, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Barton will get a ban for that, completely stupid. Lets not go overboard on it though, i trust Hoots to sort it out.

    We need to win on saturday, nothing else will be good enough.

    And 1 of Tiotes bookings was in Holland so he only has 4 for us this season.


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