Stoke 4 Newcastle 0 – Sorry Magpies Whipped


Newcastle were beaten 4-0 today at the Britannia Stadium, and it was one of the worst results of the season, and with Wigan and Wolves both winning this afternoon, Newcastle are now a slim 4 points above the relegation zone.

Not only that, but our goal difference was hit today and it is now -1, and we again have to wait another long  two weeks before we entertain Wolves, who won away from home 1-0 today at Villa Park, only their second away win of the seaosn.

And the doom and gloomers will no doubt be out in force, but on the other hand, Newcastle must waken up and not get dragged into a relegation scrap, which is now looking more probable.

This is two defeats on the trot for Newcastle by teams below them in the league table, and a long long two weeks to wait to see if the lads can do something right against Wolves, but let’s say this right now – it’s a must win game in two weeks against Wolves.

If we lose to Wolves we will start to look in some trouble – that’s for sure.

For the first goal today after 28 minutes, Fabricio Coloccini wasn’t close enough to Jermaine Pennant, and he allowed Pennant to put in a good cross that was headed home by Walters, who easily beat Sol Campbell at the near post.

And that was Stoke’s first goal from open play since January 4th, and not a good reflection of the Newcastle defense, who were to concede another 3 goals in this game, and they have been preparing a full two weeks.

And even before the first goal Jose Enrique limped off injured, with what looked like his hamstring again,  and obviously Jose should not have played today, and presumably he could now miss the game with Wolves.

Much better to have not risked him today, but we seem to be risking players, and also getting players  injured in training again, just like the old days, as Leon Best missed  out today, as he picked up an injury in training yesterday – that’s what Alan said after the game today

What’s going on with all these injuries, which is decimating the small squad we have.

The way the lads played today, you would have thought they had been preparing for about 5 minutes for this game, and not two weeks, and no doubt Alan Pardew will take some heat over the recent results and especially today, because the tactics looked woeful at best.

Stoke were fairly comfortable at the break with that one goal lead through Jonathan Walters.

But then any chance Newcastle had of coming back and getting something out of this game were dashed seconds into the second half, when Newcastle went further behind, and it was self destruct time, and a terrible error from goalkeeper Steve Harper.

Steve seemed to hesitate with a back pass by Mike Williamson, and simply kicked it into the path of former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones, who put Matthew Etherington through and his cross eventually found Pennant who easily tapped in, and it was 2-0.

And then 3 minutes later it was Danny Higginbotham who scored his second goal in consecutive matches, and his terrific free-kick took a slight deflection off the shoulder of Tiote, and it just flew past Harper into the back of the net and it was 3-0 and the game was over.

And what Newcastle have shown all season, fight and passion, seemed to even be missing and two minutes into injury time Ricardo Fuller completed the rout, and a dreadful result for Newcastle.

Stoke now leapfrog Newcastle in the league.

This was hardly a good display from the Newcastle side, and a terrible result on a day when lower level sides again picked up points, and now we have taken just one point from the last three games, two of which have been at home, and we have one win in the last 10 games.

Wigan and Wolves won,  and WBA and West Ham got good draws against top 5 sides,  Spurs and Arsenal.

It’s not a good time of the season to go into a slump, and Alan Pardew will have his work cut out in the next two weeks to get Newcastle back into a fighting force, before the game against Wolves, because we simply cannot lose that game.

But the Newcastle side will now need all the help they can get from their supporters in their remaining games this season, starting with Wolves in two weeks, so we just have to keep behind the players, and not make things even worse than they are at the moment.

We can still pull away with just a couple of wins in the last 8 games of the season, and panic is the last thing we want to see.

But to be honest, this is also a really depressing result for the side today.

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62 comments so far

  • Sawbuck

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley is putting us on The Inchape Rock!

    We might never get off!

    Last second:

    Carol out
    Kugi In

    Don’t worry, somebody said there’ll be jam tomorrow.

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  • Graeme

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    We were completely clueless and thats down to Pardew. Out fought, outplayed, out thought all over the park.

    There is either a huge reality check in next 7 days or we could be in serious trouble yet again!! This was a woeful performance, which on top of our form over the last 10 games, should have alarm bells ringing all over Sid James’ Park. Our last 2 home games produced ONE point ffs!!!

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    its hardly colos fault for the 1st he closed down the threat which was closer to the goal what do you want him to do mark pennant and let them go through the middle lmao it was a bad tactic end of 352 was terrible especially with sol the zimmer frame cambell in the middle and mike the balls on fire williamson

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  • HamarMagpie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew got everything wrong this time out. The 3-5-2 isn’t working in modern football. Playing Campbell was disastourous. I though he was known for blooding youngsters. Løvenkrands haven’t performed for five or six games now, but starts never the less. Give Ranger a chance!!! And Ferguson should have played on the left wing in a 4-4-2.

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  • jackhope

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    i have calculated that in the next 8 games we should get 10 points which will ensure safety !!!

    we need ireland to fit soon as wee need some attack proess

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  • southerngeordie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    OK that was a disaster – shit performance, shit tactics, shit result. Pardew is not going to be sacked, MA ain’t going anywhere and the transfer is closed. Before we jump on the doom and gloom lets not get carried away. The season isn’t over not by a long shot. It’s going to be tight but we have to get behind the team – when we went down a lot of faith was lost around this time. The results haven’t been great but the performances haven’t been terrible – apart from today we’ve been ok. Not great but for a team just returning to the prem it will do.

    Keep the faith – its not over!!!

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  • boztoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Chin up lads 3 points against Wolves and things will be Ok.
    To be fair Stoke is just horrendous place to visit for ANY team!
    Was it that Mr Gray who said he wonders if messi could hack a cold Wednesday night against Stoke haha.
    We will be fine just keep the faith

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8

    jackhope, can i ask how u calculated that we will get 10 point?

    personally i can never predict what we will do….ever

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed – wat do you mean,will be in trouble? The gap gets narrower by the week, the teams below us are playing better than we are and importantly, are scoring goals, we are getting worse and more threadbare by the week, and can’t buy a win at home against teams we should be murdering. Spirit is on the wane, and you think 4 points is a comfortable buffer?

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  • jimiley

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    We have to get behind Alan and Mike. Mike has been really good for the club and has got most things right. I am sure that we have the right manager. Alan was Mike’s choice and thats good enough for me. We are going through a bit of a sticky patch at the moment with one win in ten games but I am sure that we can even get into Europe if we win our remaining home games against some rubbish teams. Our problem is that we cannot score more than one goal a game but I’m sure that Lovver and Stroller will put that right when we get a little bit more luck in front of goal. We have quality strikers and should not lose faith in them.

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #11

    well said hamar magpie totally agree (but still think pardew will do a decent enough job for us)

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  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    A terrible game Alan Pardew put Sol Campbell on because of his hight and gets beaten easily for the first goal. Best was injured who now is our best striker and Tioti is now banned for two games with 10 yellow cards and Nolan only needs 1 more yellow and he will be banned as well. If Gutierrez was fit why didn’t he get played and also i think Nile Ranger is ready for a start.
    Line up for Wolves

    Harper
    Simpson Collocini Williamson Enrique
    Ireland Barton Nolan Gutierrez/Ranger
    Best Ameobi/Ranger

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #13

    haha newcastle dont want messi as he ‘couldnt do it on a cold wet wednesday night at stoke’

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  • boztoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Southerngeordie exactly!!!
    I think people forget we only came back up this year we need time and most of all some bloody luck with injuries

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  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. We are the only team in the league that does not have a Premier League quality striker. All 5 of ours are top and average Championship players. It is becoming a joke. We are not going to score goals without a striker that can put the ball in the net. I can’t believe that a player like Yakubu has gone on loan to the Championship when his Premier League experience is astonishingly good compared to ours. A poacher like him is just what we needed today and ever since the day that Carroll left. If we do go down which i doubt, i would blame it all on Carroll and Liverpool for not given us a chance to bloody sign anyone but only to scoure the free transfer market to sign a replacement that goes by the name of Kuqi. Cheers Andy, hope your happy with the scousers while your ‘beloved’ Newcastle are sinking without a trace. Anyone that says we shouldn’t risk Ben Arfa till next season is wrong. He NEEDS to be back in the side asap because if we get relegated he will leave next season anyway.

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  • Snubs

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    there you go again jimmy, always putting the club down. i think you’d be happy if we were relegated so you can have a smug look on your face and gain pride in thinking you were right. that’s how much of a ‘fan’ you really are.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Jimiley – are you for real. For somebody who uses the name of one of my all time favourite players, I’m beginning to think you might be a secret mackem or a professional comedian.

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Dont hide behind “injuries” Boztoon. We were short of players at the start of this season and have managed to make a thin squad look transparent.

    The Fatman (and Pardwho) will take this club down once again and we’re the only ones who’ll care about it 🙁

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  • boztoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha don’t mean we don’t want messi it’s like a metaphor in other words Stoke is a s**t of a place fir any team in the world to play against

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #20

    only club without top premier league quality strikers? really? birmingham, wigan, blackburn, west brom….i rate our striker force higher than all of them and probably over blackpool

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  • roblee7

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    to say we’ve won just one from 10 makes situation sound awful. from another perspective, out of the last 10 LEAGUE games, we’ve only lost 3 , won two and drawn five….it could be worse! that means we’ve taken something from 70% of last 10, if we keep that up, surely we’l be OK?

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #22

    The Power Ranger says:

    “If we do go down which i doubt, i would blame it all on Carroll and Liverpool for not given us a chance to bloody sign anyone but only to scoure the free transfer market to sign a replacement that goes by the name of Kuqi”

    and you Power Ranger are priceless 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #23

    haha i know mate.tho i must say i HATE that saying. of course messi could boss stoke all day long…probably alone
    bugger the sexism that saying is why i dislike andy gray

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Snubs- go and play with the children, and read them one of your fairy stories. Some of us live in the real world. Goodnight all, must go, I have a date with Sir John Hall, really, I wonder he thinks about all this?

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  • hugenufcfan

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Absolutely disastrous game. We deserved to lose, had not clue or creativity.
    Some of the problems:
    1. We have got used to just a single game plan which was based on one man ANDY CARROLL. Knock the ball high let Carroll knock it down (coz he wins everything in the air) and let someone latch on to it. Similar thing in set pieces. Well we need to change that coz guess what he’s not here no more.
    2. defense as usual. Y ON EARTH did we play that Sol Campbell. Have the highest respect for him but he simply isnt match fit. The guy can’t even properly. AND WHAT ON EARTH was that wall doing for 3rd goal. WALL is supposed to stand firm and not crumble.
    3. We rely too much on Barton in midfield, need a creative guy in the middle in summer.
    4. Obvious thing we have SHIT strikers. Lovencrands not good enough doesnt have a clue what he needs to do next. Amoebi, GUY things he’s Ronaldo dribbling and juggling the ball, he needs to go. I dont understand why we dont have Ranger in the startup. Yes he may have discipline issues but give the guy some chances.
    And in case anybody failed to notice JUST 4 POINTS separate us from the drop zone AND we here was talking about qualifying for Europe. HAH!!
    By the way only good thing about today was SHANE FERGUSSON. Looks a good prospect.

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  • boztoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Not hiding behind injuries mac toon just saying would be nice to pick full strength team.
    But I guess every team would

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  • jackhope

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    WWJBD – I have worked out that we beat wolves , Blackpool and birmingam and draw against Aston villa !!!

    HWTL !!!

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  • brklyngeordie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    4-0 to stoke really!?! Total crock of shite where is the heart? I know many out there that were very forgiving to the group of lads that help got us back-up this year but not me. It was a disgrace to ever go down and as far as im concerned they have not made it right by getting promotion and even by staying up this year they owe us more then that. I hate the fat man as many others do and am still undecided on pards but enough is enough with the finger pointing at the board and the staff the players play and they in the end are ultimately responsible for the performances on the pitch. If we do stay up this year i cant say i would be hurt if some of these players that have been on this rollercoaster that is NUFC over the last few years are allowed to depart cause quite honestly we need players that are with a clean slate mentally on nufc cause im starting to get the feeling that the ones who have been here for the last few seasons are mentally fatigued and need a change of scenery. So that being said lets just stay up this year as that is the target clearly this season and hope for the best this summer.

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #29

    hugenufcfan agree entirely. Ironically Fergie was MOTM today in a very poor team yet Pardwho hadnt got the intelligence to start with him because he has no vision 🙁

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  • EatEthiopian

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    here is what i dont understand…..

    when Carroll was punching teammates not scoring goals and getting into all sort of trouble off the field the holy one CH always played him cause he saw his potential and understood newcastle united the club is bigger than him trying to teach someone a lesson. as a result we had great season in the championship….

    so with that said why the hell is ranger not getting starts…. make the kid play 3 to 4 games from the start and i guarantee you he will start scoring goals … then he will realize how good he can be and shape up… its crazy to see the manager being hell bent to prove a point on the back of newcastle united the club…

    ….so so sad

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Snubs – just been shown your last posting on the other site – name one thing that I’ve been wrong about.

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  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Wigan- Rodallega
    West Brom- Odemwinge
    Blackburn- You got me on that one!
    Blackpool- DJ
    Birmingham- Jerome

    I would swap these 4 players for Lovernkrands, Kuqi, Ameobi and Best. What bout you?

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  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Before the season started i never thought that Newcastle would get relegated and i still dont. At the end of the season i reckon we will have round about 45 points. THE POWER RANGER
    you are right we only have average strikers but Best and Ranger are looking better and better plus we have an amazing midfield. If you look at our goals this season how many of them are because of our midfield.

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  • roblee7

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #34

    power ranger – blackburn have santa cruz….

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  • southerngeordie

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Boztoon – you’re spot on. I was speaking to mate of mine and i said i thought we’d sneak a draw. He said no chance – Stoke is impossible to go to. Hopefully a reality check is needed. Strong teamtalk is needed from AP – we need some luck on the injuries and we need to get the message to the players that they are playing for their lives and hit wolves at 100mph – attack from the off and don’t let up. I think we have enough in the tank to scrape 6 points – we are not the only ones looking bad…

    Villa lost
    WBA can’t keep a clean sheet
    Blackpool on a terrible run
    Birmingham can’t buy a win

    All these coming up – i’m confident we can sneak 4 points from these – two draws from the other 4 and we’d be safe with room to spare

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #36

    jackhope i like ur optomism mate. i gave up trying to predict newcastle games, i can see us getting 10 or more points but i have no idea where from. i wouldnt be shocked if we put the boots to man u and lost to blackpool. its why i enjoy supporting newcastle, its never boring

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  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #37

    roblee7 – valid point. I rest my case.

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  • daneevz

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #38

    the manager and players to blame they all shite!!! and ashley!! shite tactics shite performances all shite!!!!! did i mention we were shite??

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  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Alan Pardew made a mistake, the players did not show any reaction, it seems that the players became accustomed to defeat. I mean, Newcastle cannot win neither home matches nor away matches. It is not only about Pardew or Mike Ashley. It is about the players too. Mike Ashley has been doing a good job, like Alan Pardew. I think the players mentality must change now or it will be too late.

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #40

    but ur just picking one striker from each team not the strike force. i take rod and maybe jerome but not dj or odem

    i think shola best ranger loven kuqi as a force are better than those teams

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