It’s Not The Most Comfortable Position Since I Came Here

It’s never good to lose a home team to a side that are below you in the Premier League.

Stephen Ireland – misses next game at Stoke with thigh injury 🙁

But that’s just exactly what happened to Newcastle last Saturday, but to be fair to Everton they (unfortunately) put in a very good and spirited show against Newcastle to take all 3 points.

But the Toffees were back to their old ways last night, when they could only draw 1-1 at home with lowly Birmingham, and there were a few boos at the final whistle for David Moyes’ players.

Newcastle still have to face Wolves, Birmingham and WBA at home, and they are all sides fighting relegation, and if the lads can win those three games, and that;s all we do this season – we’ll still be in good shape on 45 points.

That’s assuming of course we can some of out injured players back soon, with 9 players at the moment being unavailable – with 8 of them injured – and unlucky Ryan Taylor suspended for the next two games.

Alan Pardew talked about the next game – at Stoke in 9 days time:

“Stephen Ireland will definitely not figure in that game, we’ll have to wait and see on Joey Barton,”

“It’s not ideal, we already have a problem with Jonas Gutierrez, who carried a knock during the Everton game, so we’ll have to wait on those.”

“As a football manager it’s not ideal to lose a home game, and then have a run of injuries as well, so as I sit here it’s not the most comfortable of positions I’ve been in since I came here.”

“But we still have enough senior players, and some good players to take to Stoke and get a result.”

Newcastle need to take a fresh outlook at Stoke City, who are 2 points behind Newcastle with a much worse goal difference.

And there’s no reason at all the lads cannot come away with a good win in the game, if we can play somewhere near our best form.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Without Barton playing against Stoke, I am not sure we can get anything from this game.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    For this positon, we can try Gonalons, of Lyon, and Milijas, of Wolves.Or Jucilei, of Anzhi, former Corinthians and Brazil National Team.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone know the extent of Enrique’s injury? Will he play against Stoke?

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon XI, Enrique is said to be out. But then again who really knows? It may be tactics.

  • Drona

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    wasting wage on a crocked player. way to go !

  • MarkO

    Mar 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Just get Ireland out we dont want another injured crock

  • john_cena163

    Mar 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #7

    My team 4 stoke




  • davis_toons

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    For Stephen Ireland, personally i will give him a week or two to adapt to Newcastle Club mates and gel but if he still counldnt show anything to hold him position then we better not sign him.

    As Stephen Ireland is a regular / old timer in this leg (BPL) he has been playing here for quite sometime already. So no excuse.

    Xisco didnt even have too much of a chance anyway.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Ferguson have played well.

    I would rather give our youngster Haris Vuckic a few minutes on the pitch to motivated him.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    I said when we signed him, that the photo of Ireland next to the club crest would be the enduring shot, unfortunately I’m being proved right. Send him back on his way, can’t afford freeloaders.

  • henock1989

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    stoke have won 7 games at home and i am sure we will be under pressure …with or with out barton or irland

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Would be nice to hear updates on Vuckic and Lua-Lua too, especially Haris, seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth.

  • Drona

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13


    screw the picture of him next to the club crest. look at the picture used in this article. looks like he doesn’t even want to be here. no smile, no excitement, nothing. compare his first picture in the jersey with nolan’s and see the difference.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Everton put in a good performance against us but we def. didn`t put in a good performance in against them.
    They actually played well against Birmingham but the brummies played for long periods with 10 men behind the ball and lots of dirty tricks with a few cards given out.
    We need too take the finger out Big Time

  • Stuart

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15


    We havent spent a penny on wages for Ireland. It was part of the loan that villa pay his wages until he’s fit.

    Give the lad a chance, every player picks up niggling injuries when they’re coming back to fitness.

  • Drona

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Stuart

    sorry then mate, i honestly didn’t know about this.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Seems like we did really well out of the transfer window – Lost our Talisman, loaned out a winger, who while not the greatest, would be playing now due to injuries, and brought in Kuqi who is past it, and Stephen Ireland who hasn’t kicked a ball. Good work guys.

  • Stuart

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye, rare good business sense shown from the club on that one like lol.

    I reckon he’ll do well if he gets the chance before the end of the season like, he just needs a run of games to find his form again.

  • Stuart

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #19

    That should read, our Talisman deserted us, loaned out a winger who was surplus to requirements at the time, however yes we could do with him now, but would he get a game once our injured players are fit(no), brought in a back up striker just incase, and loaned in a midfielder who will be class once he’s fit.

    Cheers up Johnny, you might enjoy it.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 10, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #20

    the one issue that really bothers me here is , it looks more than likely that if ash decides not to sell the club , AP is here to stay, so my point is who is going to pick out the players we need to take the club forward? surely not AP . at present the players at his disposal were already here before he arrived, apart from 2, this is where it gets scary. s ireland, who dosnt want to be here, or villa , or man city, or any where else for that matter, and secondly, kuqi , the veteran, who is not just a veteran, hes a cr,p veteran, who didnt even have the strength to hit a ball past the arsenal keeper from 11 yards out, as it was so weak . if he (AP) is staying he surely cant be trusted with such an important job . even ash might do better than him , the one thing we cant afford is to recruit any players who, dont want to be here, who lost his sense of humor on the day he was born, and who has the personallity of a one legged dying donkey, but saying that , the same donkey may have hit a better pen than than the 2 legged donkey hit yesterday, heaven forbid!

  • nufc90

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #21

    all the pardew hating really annoys me.. i trust him with the job and recruiting players. guess it’s cos where i live down south i saw the job he done with west ham..worked miracles with them. he’s got an eye for the right player. (beneyoun, ashton when at west ham to name 2) and it seems he’s making trips to europe every other weekend to check out players. i feel once ireland’s played a few games he’ll show his class and maybe change opinion.
    imo pardew will prove to be a better manager than hughton

  • stuart no9

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFC90 , i know its early days,but i can only comment on what ive seen, as everyone says, this summer break will prove a lot of people right / or wrong i honestly hope i am wrong, and go on to have a cracking season


    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Have we ever won a game in the Prem that
    Howard Webb has officiated?

    Remember the Game against Fulham when Viduka Scored a perfectly good goal..? every pundit in
    the country via various media said it was a perfectly good goal .. That point would have kept us up but Webb.s wrong take on it relegated us with that cheating decision .

    Before anyone says we deserved to go down that season ..we would not have if we had rightly gained the point that day..Championships and trophy’s are won or lost .. when goals are disallowed..and sometimes titles are won by one point ..Its the same at the point makes the difference ..Webb is from A place in the sticks not too far from Hull ..Hull stayed up that season…

    When Leon Best Scored against Everton he had his whistle in his mouth before the ball arrived !! as Leon headed the ball the dirty Everton Guy went down in a heap as he Knew he had lost the ball in the Air And the player ..

    Then there was the Bolton fiasco down there Webb stood right next to Williamson as he whispered in Elmender’s ear ..with a slight push
    Elmender went down as though he had been shot by a sniper …and Webb seen it but done nothing ..come monday he told the FA that he had not seen it ! he stood right next to what went on !

    that allowed the FA to give a 3 match ban to our player..With What went on with Rooney recently it seems there is one law for Some and a twisted law for others …It stinks

    Also the FA Panel that sits on a Monday dishing out bans are all London based ex southern based players . They convene at Wembley and need to live nearby to do that on a Monday morning ,,so…we clubs in the north don’t stand a chance against the southern bias.

    You can bet on 3 match bans every time for any of our players, while Manu Etc get of with the most blatant filthy disgusting foul play

    I would Like to point out that the head of referees is Alex Ferguson’s favorite ref, and He’s also a man u supporter , One Mr Mike Riley.

    I seen Ferdinand punch someone in the face …nothing happened ! then Rooney last week ! nothing Happened !!!!

    When Howard Webb referees a game ..Its all about Howard Webb…you watch..and when it comes to Newcastle United We just cant win a decent decision when He’s in the middle.

    One last thing when Nolan was Kicked up in the air twice in 3 seconds at Everton right in front of the ref twice within 3 yards of the ref ! and Nolan near the pen spot almost..just about to shoot open goal almost …The ref did not give it as we all know now

    Kev asked him Why he did not give the most blatant of pen’s there ever ever was …

    The ref said he was waiting for a signal from his linesman !!

    What for ? IT was a blatant pen.

    I found out a week later that the ref is and always has been a massive Everton fan !

    Now the FA will know this so how can they allocate him that Particular match ? !!

    That ref did his best that day to get Everton back into the game Fellini was going round hitting people in the face ..nothing was done about it action taken ..And just look what happened with DeJong on HBA……the FA suck.. Cheating Bas **ds

    Have we ever won a game that Webb has reffed ?

  • solano

    Mar 10, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #24

    stuart no9 (20)…you shouldn’t be too hard on AP at this present time……we are regarded as being a fair-minded lot up here and I actually think he has a fair bit to offer the game… we should give him a fair crack of the whip…..but as you may have noticed from my posting history I am one of the so-called “neggers”/realists….it’s the bigger picture that worries me….the Fat Controller is the one that calls the shots and friend or no friend, I don’t think AP will be given a fair crack by his boss……he was almost immediately undermined in January concerning the AC sale and managed to weather the storm after being left by himself to defend other people’s decisions …….that was an indicator of the strait-jacket he has to operate under and doesn’t bode well for the future…….I doubt if Brian Clough, Bill Shankly and Matt Busby rolled into one could operate under the “plan” that our owner has…..the other Stuart(15) -an Ashley fan by his posting history- may have let the cat out the bag when he claims the Ireland deal isn’t costing the club a penny…..from a “business” point of view a great deal, from a “football” point of view, a huge gamble…….we were so thin on the ground in Jan and we signed two players who are unlikely to contribute anything in a perilous run-in… …….here’s hoping we can negotiate our survival struggle successfully until the summer when as you say, the time of reckoning for everyone will come…….and no more excuses can be made…

  • taker83

    Mar 11, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #25

    Wht d f### ireland was brought in?To sit out of injury?Newcastle shud have done better during the transfer market.


    Mar 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #26

    As the saying goes the lunatics are running the asylum.I found the last transfer window painfull and humiliating.Both Carroll and Ashley were to blame (no back up plan before you sell your main goal scorer- and then rumours of Crouch,Cole, Heskey) and to be honest Carroll could have stayed if he really wanted to. The bringing in of Ireland is strange. He is a player with undoubted talent (he ran City’s midfield a few seasons ago) but this injury situation is frustrating. We have him and have to live with it, however if he plays in the final few games and plays a blinder in all, giving us precious points he will be a saint. Such is the fickle world of football supporters.
    Keep the Faith.

  • tom tomb

    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Senh him back!

  • tom tomb

    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Or even SEND!


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