The Newcastle Defense Was Woeful At The Reebok


It was a terrible game today for loyal Newcastle fans to watch, as the Magpies turned in their worst performance of the season, and the wheels came off .

Chris Hughton – needs to make some changes

Newcastle have now conceded 21 goals in their first 14 league games and that’s just too many – we’ve scored one more- 22 goals – so we have little problem scoring goals with Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi and Kevin Nolan doing well so far this season.

In the last three games Newcastle have conceded 9 goals and we said after the Fulham game, that what we wanted to see was an improvement in the defense, and that could be measured in clean sheets.

And in the two home games just past – Fulham, who are now 4th bottom, got a point and Blackburn, who are 5th bottom, got all three points after two gift goals were conceded by our defense.

Letting in 5 goals in the game after we had kept a clean sheet, wasn’t exactly what we all wanted to see, but there has to be a case made that our two most experienced central defenders in Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor at least have to be given a chance – a game – to show what they can do, as they’re hardly any good sitting on the bench.

But Chris Hughton is a good manager in that he never panics, and he’ll look closely at what went wrong today, and then make the necessary changes – but this result could be a big blow to the Newcastle team’s confidence.

Sunderland have come back well since Newcastle mauled them 5-1 a few weeks back – so there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot do exactly the same thing, but just exactly what our players were doing at the Reebok this afternoon is a very good question – and needs to be answered.

It will be interesting to see what Chris says after the game today.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Really really awful, but it is abit of a reality check as to where we are atm

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  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    In my opinion, Newcastle United has once again reached self-destruct mode.

    Everything was going pretty smoothly, especially after good results against Sunderland and Arsenal.

    However, we kick ourselves in the teeth after Barton punched Pedersen. Now he’ll miss 3 games. Tiote receiving too many yellow cards also saw him miss this game against Bolton.
    Carroll’s off-field antics will definitely also cause some unrest in the squad if he does not stop.
    Coloccini’s red card will also see him miss several matches.

    If Barton was playing today, he could have replaced Tiote and play in the holding role.

    As Newcastle fans, we better hope for a respectable finish on the table and avoid relegation. Or else, Andy Carroll could well be wearing another jersey next season.

    Time to buck up and start playing football again. Season is far from over.

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  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I sometimes wonder if the win against Arsenal was good for us. Our players seem to have been complacent ever since the Arsenal victory.

    I rather win at Blackburn and Fulham than to win at Arsenal. Lets stop being complacent. We have a very decent squad, we just need to WORK HARD and create the opportunities for ourselves.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed- the name of this arguement is an overstatement

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  • dougski

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #5

    smith guthrie out

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  • CT

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    If CH is honest and he usually is he got it tactically very wrong today, this Bolton team can play and are physically strong. Smith was useless, but all our backline were naive in their decision making. Apart from 1 goal we gifted them the rest by poor decisions. Jonas has no left foot and Guthrie is no right winger.
    The line up against Chelsea has now got to be;
    Krull
    Simpson Saylor Sol Jose

    Jonas Tiote Nolan Lovens

    Shola Carrol

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #7

    There was only ever going to be one winner when the teams were announced.

    Guthrie on the wing hampers our attacks as it is but the key battles were Davies, Holden and Lee versus Smith, Colo and Willo, players who put themselves about all day long against players who can run faster through treacle than on a football pitch.

    4-5-1 was needed today to allow us to control the game and make them chase us but c’est la vie.

    Let’s sweep this under the carpet and focus on the next set of games where we have Tiote and Barton to return, 2 CBs now able to secure their place in the team and (hopefully) a valuable lesson learned.

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  • ronaldeano

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Why do we always try and pass the ball out of our own 6 yard box? Is CH telling the lads to do that, cos if he is, he’s wrong…

    Anyway, today showed how much we miss Barton and Tiote….
    Campbell and Taylor to start next week

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  • gorskino10

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Winning 5-1 at Sunderland and now Losing 5-1 at Bolton worrys me MAJORLY, Incosistant teams usually go down and it see this could be a factor if we are hovering over the bottom at the End Of The Season, Lets hope this is addreased ASAP and NOT just for Chelsea’s match then back to incosistact results we needs to get to the bottom of this and our Home Form too why were we so good last year at home and this year terrible!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10

    I still think CH should intro some young players into the midfield now like

    Haris Vuckic.

    It is not easy to push this young Kid around. Just like Carrol .

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  • Prez

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Alright! Been lurking this site for a couple of years but not really felt the need to contribute. But Ed, honestly, you change your mind every other game. After the Arsenal and Fulham games you where full of praise för the defense and said Chris should keep the stability, but now you want changes?

    We lost the game in the midfield, period. who was up their attacking with Andy and Shola? Bolton had 4-5 players in the box when they came attacking, whe had two. And who left the gap between defense and midfield for Davies to take?

    We did not look up for it today, just strolling around when Bolton ran their socks of. Enrique was good, as always, and Andy did ok up their with just Shola to help out. Smith, Guthrie and Nolan where awful.

    The backfour had a bad day, but the midfield an even worse in my opinion.

    Rant over!

    Grammar probably awful but c´mon, I´m a foreigner.

    Have a good evening gents!

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  • CT

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Switch Jonas to the right and try Ryan Donaldson on the left in front of Jose, Pedro raves about this kid. Maybe he could be our own Gareth Bale.

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  • Prez

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Forgot to complain about the distribution to Carroll. Ok, he´s big and strong but that does not mean we always need to play longballs when you don´t know what to do (and that happend alot today) what´s the point hoofing the ball to him when no one runs for the flick on. He is pretty good with his feet to!

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  • Prez

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Jonas and Enrique have a too good partnership to split up imo. And Donaldson plays central.

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  • Scotty

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #15

    There is absolutely no place in the team for Smith or Guthrie. I’d rather of played a few fringe players today than start with these two planks…….

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  • Scotty

    Nov 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #16

    In fact, I’d have rather started with a cardboard cut out of tiote than play Smith – he is that bad.

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  • milburn 77

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    does nobody else think jonas should be playing down the right? he keeps getting into good positions but has got no left foot!!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    There is something in Smith that CH keep playing him.

    That is Nothing – Just exprience and guts.
    He have nothing left just this two.

    Once Haris Vuckic is back. Try playing him as sub we see what happens

    Try him CH

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  • CT

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Milburn, been saying the same for weeks, Jonas last few games been woeful.
    Donaldson has a left foot Prez.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #20

    If smith dont work why cant we just try someone eles.

    If Vuckic dont work we will know he cant make it as well.

    But if he show some glims of talent, then further improve him as sub.

    If he play worst, then we can always sub Smith into the game. (But we know we are losing it.)

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  • supervil

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #21

    We’ve begun to rely on Andy Carroll FAR too much. It’s embarrassing.

    We missed Barton and Tiote, simple as. We’re a much better team with them in the side. Nolan is not a central midfielder – he was anonymous today. Smith needs to go.

    Guthrie needs to shape up. He’s not taking his opportunities at all. Yes, it’s obvious he hates playing wide. But so does Barton, the difference being he stepped up. Albeit, he got sent off for being a dickhead.

    As far as the defence goes… first terrible game in a while. They were all shocking. It’s a shame because they’ve been such a solid unit thus far.

    Keep the faith lads. Let’s not turn on them yet. They’ve got some tough games coming up, and they’ll need all the support they get.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Haris Vuckic is very strong sometimes when he is on form. He can really bring the ball forward.

    He is a big lad as well. Hope he recover soon. And fight for his place.

    There is Never too young to start a GAME.
    Unless CH restrict that.

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  • GeordieDan

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Embarrassingly amateur performance today:

    We looked like a Championship team vainly scrapping in the premier league-and against Bolton of all clubs. THEY DIDN’T EVEN PLAY PARTICULARLY WELL TODAY AND BEAT US 5-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why the hell did Hughton come out and categorically say we wouldn’t be buying anyone in January? We need additional players more than any other team in the Premier league (other that maybe West Ham but they are doomed anyway). I know it comes from Ashley’s gambling nature but FFS we’ve had enough of chancing our clubs chances of surviving relegation. We will NOT come up if we go down again. I’d be amazed if Blackpool and West Brom DON’T stay up now and I never though I’d say that about them at the start of the season.

    Hughton loves his “team players” but the fact is they may be great for team spirit etc but they CAN’T hack it in the premier league.

    AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #24

    This midfield selected puts the Defence on pressure as well.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Its is time to get the old out and welcome/try out the new.

    Even if Smith score a goal. He still needs to leave for me now cause Ch is always playing him and not giving any other players a chance.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Wish LuaLua didn’t go on loan

    Today if we had LuaLua instead of Smith with Guthrie CM and LuaLua RW would have been so much better

    We sorely missed Tiote and Barton today aswell!!

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #27

    ive seen colo and williamson get battered at times because of their footing/positioning, they get knocked off balance so easily. time for taylor and campbel for me, if enrique plays like that again though im going to start supporting hockey.. i cant belieev out of 4 defenders they make so many blatantly pathetic errors.. no wonder they never play for their respective national sides. anywyas, its only the begining of the end so we shouldnt moan too much right now.

    theres plenty of time to shout about how crap we are later in the season

    TTBaWA

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    i didnt mention the midfields poor performance as i thought that was far more obvious..

    carroll played decent again and for that i am greatful if not at all happy.

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #29

    The premier league is wild at the moment….its great to see actually cos La Liga is dire at the moment. 8-0 is all well but what does it say about the competition?

    http://www.postmatchpint.com
    La Liga vs The Premier League

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  • liamdee100

    Nov 20, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #30

    he back 4 were rubbish and the midfield didnt do them any favours. As for Smith let him go to blackburn ASAP. guthrie doesnt play wide right so why does CH play him there he is a young player trying to develop his game but how is he going to do this if he doesnt know what position he plays.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Team sheet appears on the TV and you know immediately we are going to get torn apart in the middle of the park. The first goal was an early Christmas present from Nolan. The second one clumsy and a bit unlucky to catch a foot and then have it bounce straight for a gift goal that could easily have been given offside. Game over. Always playing the ball out like that must be a coaching decision. I like to see us play not hoof and there is going to be a learning curve while we figure it out. We need much better decision taking from the office and on the field against Chelsea.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Nov 21, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #32

    ronaldeano post 8#

    mate, i never miss NUFC game show on tv, so i know why us play back pass, it all because smith, again it all because smith, when CH play smith in DM, he always do back pass and i really don’t understand why, and he position make our other player do back pass.

    to me, smith is already done, he no more footballer. Play him, we lose, and i can accept we lose, but when play smith, we not just lose but hammer.

    hope CH can take learn from his mistake playing smith.

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