Newcastle Are Like A Lucky Dip This Season


It’s been very hard predicting how Newcastle will do in each game this season.

Chris Hughton – Saturday’s display was not acceptable

The games we have been expected to win we usually lose, and the games when we think we have no chance in – we’ve won – or at least played exceptionally well in.

So we have no idea which team will turn up for each game, and the inconsistency is the biggest challenge Chris has to solve right now,  with his Newcastle United side.

If he can indeed fix the inconsistency we could still be in for a very decent season, and if he can’t, then  we may soon be battling against relegation. We’re currently 4 points above the relegation zone.

Things can go either way at this rather delicate time of the season  for the side.

But we have no doubt that Chris Hughton this week will ensure his lads learn from the mistakes they made, and should be better off for the game against Chelsea on Sunday, and a good performance there, whatever the result,  will go a long way to restoring the Geordie Pride on Tyneside.

Chris is well aware that displays like Saturday are just completely unacceptable, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s not acceptable and there are plenty of things we can work on.” “You look at what you can work on.”

“What you can’t afford to do in this division is to give the type of goals away that we did and expect to win football matches, or expect to be in their pushing.”

“We did say there would be bad days this season.” “Bolton was a bad day, but we didn’t do ourselves any favors.”

“We conceded two penalties and another poor goal in the first half.” “And aside of that, we have to make sure we defend better than we did and we didn’t on Saturday.”

That’s at least 5 poor goals we’ve conceded in the last three games, with the two poor goals that we gifted Blackburn for all 3 points a week last Wednesday.

The only really positive thing on Saturday was another lively performance from Andy Carroll, and he often looked great on the ball, and the 21 year-old seems to be getting much better with the ball at his feet.

Andy’s goal was an excellent opportunist goal,  scored just after Bolton’s third goal, and Fabio Capello will have been pleased to see that,  as the England manager is looking forward to pairing Wayne Rooney with the Geordie star striker in the England attack, early next year.

But Chris is right that you cannot gift goals in the Premier League, otherwise good teams will just bury you, and Bolton proved they were a good team on Saturday.

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6 comments so far

  • Magpie Neil

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Here is our fixtures till the end of December together with my predictions. What does everyone think?

    Sunday, 28 November 2010
    Newcastle v Chelsea, 13:30
    0 points

    Sunday, 5 December 2010
    West Brom v Newcastle, 13:30
    1 point

    Saturday, 11 December 2010
    Newcastle v Liverpool, 17:30
    0 points

    Saturday, 18 December 2010
    Birmingham v Newcastle, 15:00
    1 point

    Sunday, 26 December 2010
    Newcastle v Man City, 15:00
    0 points

    Tuesday, 28 December 2010
    Tottenham v Newcastle, 15:00
    0 points

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  • alex84

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    im guna go with a home win sunday
    a win against west brom
    a draw with liverpool
    a win against man city
    and a loss againts spurs!

    10 points!! boom!

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  • Davies

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    No point in trying to predict the outcome of games. Just hope we get our better performers back and start again.

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  • Magpie Neil

    Nov 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    If we get 10 points from those games it will be a Christmas miracle!

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  • Toon XI

    Nov 22, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Not to be Johnny Raincloud, but Magpie Neil’s predictions are closer to reality. I’m expecting zero points except from the WBA game. December will be a tough month for us.

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  • chuck

    Nov 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    You just can`t look at things as in previous seasons, where you could almost guarantee certain games.
    This year has been a season of surprises, with the lower placed teams surprising the top six sides.
    No more gimees, you got to go out and play hard against every team.
    And the difference in points between sides, is tighter than in any season in this division began.
    Hey! any of the teams from sixth to bottom, could mathematically be relegated, causing fear and frustration every week, among those sides losing.
    Guess that`s what makes things interesting, I`m getting used to the idea of a type of parity between sides.

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