The Newcastle Performance Was Completely Unacceptable


It would have been different if we had seen a rip roaring game this afternoon, with Stevenage playing way above themselves, and Newcastle playing somewhere near their best.

The result was terrible for the Newcastle club, because who wants to be eliminated at the first hurdle by a fourth division side, and especially if the club eliminated is as famous as Newcastle United, who have a wonderful history in the FA Cup competition and have won it 6 times and been beaten finalists another 7 times.

But today the team was simply a disgrace to the black and white striped shirts of the Newscaster United Football Club, and we say that after careful consideration.

It would be good if both Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan, as representatives of the team this afternoon, get in front of those TV cameras and explain to Newcastle fans what the hell happened in that second half today. Where were the guts – where was the fight of the Newcastle players?

We don’t mind being beaten – though we don’t like it – and as we said earlier we wouldn’t have minded being beaten by Stevenage, if it had been a classic game and Newcastle played anywhere near their ability.

But they didn’t and the display was simply unacceptable and some apologies and explanations are in order from those responsible.

And we would suggest the explanations be given first to those Newcastle fans who made the long journey down to Stevenage to see one of the most woeful second half displays in Newcastle’s long history.

It’s not that it’s not good enough – the gutless display today is simply unacceptable to Newcastle fans.

When we wake up tomorrow, we’ll try to forget this game ever happened – it was that bad and that shameful for the Newcastle club – but unfortunately it’s not tomorrow morning yet.

Stevenage were the better side today and deserved the win – and we offer our congratulations for the greatest win in their history.



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51 comments so far

  • tjshawsey

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sorry but some of the comments on hear are ridiculous. “We are going to get relegated”; “Sunderland are going to thrash us” etc. Of course it was an awful performance and also, well played Stevenage. But we have to get behind our team! I said after the West Ham game lets just keep calm what ever comes, and some of you have blown!

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  • Weatherman

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s an embarrassment for everyone associated with the club.
    But we need to put it behind us as quickly as possible and look ahead to the mackems match.
    Winning that match is the best way to put this awful and hummiliating feeling behind us.

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  • RoyNewcastleTilliDie

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Very embarrassed.

    Dunno what the worst result in our history is this, the lost to herford or the 9-1 home defeat to sunderland in 1909(okay that is). But still I’m so ashamed today we really need to beat the mackems now to put this in the past and get upbeat again like we were before the final whistile today.

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  • alkinou

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed tjshawsey but without Tiote in midfield I do have the feeling that we’ll get beaten by Sunderland 🙁

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  • tom tomb

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #5

    roy cropper-till u die- please be soon.

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  • Thump

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #6

    @tjhawsey: You can thank Pardew for that. Talk of winning the cup before it’s even began for us? Suicide.

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  • Vinicinhos

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiote is so important to the team, to the midfield, he is the best midfielder of Newcastle.

    Smith was so strange today, he played very bad.

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  • joseismyhero

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes utter disappointment and dissilusion with the performance but the league still and always will be the priority as far as we are concerned. So therefore the main problem from the game was the tiote red, and the inevitable replacement of alan bloody smith for the next three games. Three losses on the cards there then

    Just as a reminder smiths last three games for us
    Bolton lost 5-1
    Tottenham lots 2-0
    Stevenage lost 3-1
    Oh dear………….

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  • Malaysian Toon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Realistic team to face Sunderland.

    Harper

    Simpson—- Williamson—- Colo—- Enrique

    Barton—- Guthrie—- Nolan —- Jonas

    Best———– Lovenkrands

    If Tiote is available, replace Guthrie. Carroll replace Lovenkrands. Saylor replace Williamson.

    Here is to hoping..

    Harper

    Simpson—- Saylor—— Colo—– Enrique

    Barton—— Tiote—— Nolan—– Jonas

    Best —— Carroll

    Subs: Krul, Williamson, Kadar, Gosling, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Vuckic

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  • mattnufc

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Got to appeal that red card. Not a red card imo.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #11

    couldnt care less bout getting beat, tiote missing n the performance of every player was shocking, even with tiote missing think we will beat scumberland next week time to introduce gosling next week

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #12

    theres no way it was a red card they keep goin on about intent, what intent to win the ball coz thats all he done he didnt even touch the player it ws that good of a tackle

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  • Malaysian Toon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Without Tiote, Sunderland will be running rampant in our midfield… he’s the only one in our current team able to shut them down. Our defense will be sitting ducks..

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  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Theres no excuses for the performance but coming to these smaller grounds for the cup, especially early on in the competition, is sometimes harder for the more senior players to get ‘up’ for.(shouldn’t be tho) I think he should have done what houghton wudda…played the youngsters. Next week is another game though and I’m confident whoever plays will be up for it and we will take them out like last time.hwtl

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #15

    wats the latest on Taarabt,Ziani and Larsson?

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  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #16

    An upset like this happens every year just this year it was up who failed to turn up. A couple of days stick a few wins and it will be forgotten.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #17

    This is from my girlfirend – lets start Smithgate – she and I both waited yonks for Nicky Butt to go (as mentioned in another post!) and thank god he did….now its the same with Smith….he is a terrible excuse ofa footballer!!! I know everyone played poor today but Smith was…..ggrrrrrr, awful!!!! n to all of those ‘he gives 110%’….p*ss off!!!!i could give 110% but i wouldnt get a game, would i???!! my dog lily could give 110% for that matter and neither would she…..fergie is no mug and we all know why he sold him to us when he did, along with Mr. Butt!! 65K a week for smith….its like these people who pick up the dole for being blind or summit when they’re not blind….sorry, he fills the 2 of us with rage….!!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  • roblee7

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #19

    malaysian toon…that doesn’t look particularly good does it? i was watching it on espn and as the words came out of his mouth i literally cringed…please no excuses!!!

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  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20

    ^^^ Your reading too deep in to it. Not even close to the winging of wenger. He rightly points the finger at Barton, Nolan and a few others and said they were our best players. He says at the end that the real observations of the team will remain private. “Have you learnt anything about your players” “yes I have.”—-“that will remain private” Listen?

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  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #21

    *What I mean by they were our best players is overall not in the this game…

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  • tcbelfast

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #22

    what a nightmare……but well done to stevenage,they’ll get all the headlines tomorrow.
    didnt get to watch the game live but from what i read here it was gutless to say the least.after the emphatic win midweek everyone was on a high,then bam!!back to the same old storey.heres to loads of stick tomorrow but lets get over it and knock the stuffing out of the mackems next week!!

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  • Toon XI

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Pardew’s comments about fatigue are shocking! Obviously they will be tired at this point in the season, yet you pick them for this match. Pardew’s arrrogance and desire to bring a trophy to the Toon so quickly has now hurt our EPL points opportunities in the next few matches. Stupidity from the Manager today is utterly shocking. Too many starting XI were in the line up – far too many.

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  • tcbelfast

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #24

    the romance of the f. a. cup…….eh!!

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  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #25

    He didn’t put them in there knowing they were tired it was an observation learned after the event. He tried to play the best team he’s seen on the training pitch, which has been disrupted a lot. The players carry the can for this one. It’s just something to tell the media, there will be a backlash in training next week, everyone will feel pissed off at the performance.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    what every one seems to forget is , 2 feet off the ground is a booking or a red , thats the rules , he had to go, please dont tell me the ref was at fault for this total mess pardew is going to serve up for yhe rest of the season

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  • balubas1

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Dont bother with this stevenage game.. Cup is always unpredictable.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #28

    The lads will still pick up their 6o grand a week for that performance. All the players should donate their wages to charity but the greedy lazy wan…. won’t will they. They cannot live on 200 grand for the rest of the month can they?
    Play Smudger and you lose. Simples. The man has no pride or sense of shame. He does not give a toss. Totally anonymous. The truth is he cannot play, never mind run. I have never booed a NUFC player and never will but I would not criticize any fan who booed this lazy useless tosspot. The worst player ever in a Toon shirt. He is one player who is not fit to wear the shirt. He cannot play but he does not even try anymore. We cannot sell him because he would not accept a pay cut from 60k to a few pence and he does not have the decency to go. A player who has no respect fro the club and he deserves a good shoeing. Sod off Smudger. If Pardew picks him again then he can sod off as well.

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  • jj

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets not get on the band wagon here lads you cant tell me Pardew said to the back four to hit it long all game when we carved open West ham 4 days ago, its down to the players at the end of the day and when more than half of your team play bad you dont stand a chance.

    One thing i will say is i now really fucking hate stevenage and their fans for their abusive chanting bout us and shearer, its an utter lack of respect and i really hope someone puts 5 past them in the next round, if they hadnt done that id congratulate them but wot a bunch of inbred cu*nts

    I really hope pards buys some reinforcements before the derby as if Tiote, Taylor, Jonas and Andy are missing i cant see us winning or even getting a point. Good goal by Joey though, i thought he and maybe Collo played ok but everyone else mainly Willo, Perch, Smith were terrible

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  • slazberger

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #30

    i agree two feet off the ground is a red stuart no9. but i dont think he is jumping at the player he his jumping along side him surely? so i dont think there was any risk of the player getting injured

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  • Burni

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    I agree with most points people have raised about being disappointed…. I think like the 1st post says not to get too carried away we’ve played well for the last 5 matches since pardew came in and were doin all right in the league. bad decisions made today? True… Poor performance? True…. but we have to put it behind wa and focus on our main priority… The league

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  • jj

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #32

    If DeJong can escape punishment for his tackle, if Zabaleta can have his overturned when he raised his hand to Sagna then this can get overturned too, surely or is it one rule for Man City the masters of the referees decision and another rule for the teams not bribing the FA and the refs

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #33

    i thot tiotes tackle was a smashing tackle and if we were at home there wouldnt have been a red card,simple as,any transfer news anyone???

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  • JWatson

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #34

    That card needs to be overturned. Tiote’s a great asset to our midfield and we need him to play decent midfield football.

    Not worried to much. This’ll send the team into the mackem game without the passion to win and Sunderland have a few players missing themselves.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Pardew claiming tiredness is an insulting excuse. Usual old bollocks on this bolog about putting it behind us and moving on. We were playing a team which is near the bottom of the old 4th division and is really a Conference team and we were totally outplayed. We have never suffered such a deserved defeat from such a crap team. Chew on that you lot. Hughton would be sacked on the spot after that one. Nothing will happen to Pardew because he is Mike’s mate. Its all despicable.

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  • JWatson

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #36

    with the passion*

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  • colwell

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #37

    That performance may well be a blessing it showed how thin our team was if we had won 5-6 nil today an after the west ham game ashley would look at it as we don`t need any more players we are hammering teams whereas now Pardew saw what crap he has as did ashley an know they need to invest.

    I`d expect now that some players will go and more than 1 will be bought in.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Me? I’m not to worried. I mean I did ask myself “what the Ef is happening here”. And Tiote is a hell of a big loss. But if there is anything I have noticed about us is when we go down to a “smaller club” and we have a big match following, we come out fighting. Blackpool followed by Everton, Bolton followed by Chelsea, West Brom followed by Liverpool. I don’t think we should worry to much about Tiotes ban, Gosling should be fit and hungry. Anyway, it’s only the Mackems 🙂

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #39

    What I saw:

    If you dare watch the replay, just look at Bartons & Nolans face as they come onto the pitch. Both with the expression of “What the fook am I doing out here?” That is bad team selection.

    It is a bad sign about AP, that he puts worn out bodies out against some wild eyed bottom division club.

    And WTF is Barton doing out on left wing? I suspect AP is trying to build upo a good W/L record, but that was square peg in round hole. He needed to blood Ferguson.

    I also expect his has Smith in the shop window, but the merchandise looks “gone bye” now. I what I really hope is that AP does not have rose tinted glasses about Smith.

    I’m just hoping he knows he has PL class bodies coming in this week, cause his team is, as he put it, Out Of Gas.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #40

    colwell, have to agree. Ashley would have shat his pants today and probably has got his American express card out.

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