Time For Newcastle Players To Step Up To The Plate


Newcastle have 8 games to go in the season, and have only taken one point from their last three games, which has caused some concern with Newcastle fans.

Leon Best – Newcastle missed this player on Saturday

It’s true that Newcastle have had injuries of late, and have recently been without Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, amongst others, and now we will be without Cheick Tiote for two games, as the Ivorian is suspended, after getting his 10th yellow card of the season at Stoke.

And it’s kind of interesting that those three players are three who could leave Newcastle in the summer, when they are obviously huge players for Newcastle.

So if nothing else, that should tell the powers that be at Newcastle,  they should do their utmost to keep all three players at the club come September 1st. Indeed if we can do that this summer, that’s some big success right there.

But the injuries also show the Newcastle squad is just too small, and while that may be good to keep the wage bill down, it’s not going to be much good if we get relegated again, for the second time in two years. That would be a lot worse than a terrible disaster.

With 8 games to go we probably need 6 more points to be safe, and a simple way of putting that is that we need two more wins, but those seem hard to come by these days, and we’ve had just a single win – at Birmingham – in our last 10 games.

Wolves are 3rd bottom and have just two away wins all season, so if we cannot beat Wolves a week come Saturday, then things will get more serious and worrisome on Tyneside, and they should do too.

But our team has a lot more of  that fighting spirit and team-work, than the team of two years ago – that’s a cast iron certainty.

So it’s now time for all our players to step up to the plate,  to use  a Baseball term, which seems popular in England – the term that is.

The Wolves game is a very important game for Newcastle, no doubt about that, and the lads don’t need anybody reminding them of that.

But the players have to concentrate a lot better than they did on Saturday, and we have to hope that Leon Best is back for the game, which is likely.

For all the possession Newcastle had in that second half at Stoke, we never really looked like scoring too many times.

The attack seems very blunt at the moment, and Leon is probably our best striker during the run-in, and we have to hope he can add to his 6 goals in 11 appearance this year.

And Leon could be an unlikely Newcastle hero come the end of the season, and if the lad can score more goals through the end of the season, he could have a good career ahead of him with Newcastle.

You talk about a player coming in from the cold,  Leon has done great for Newcastle this year, and all credit to him for that.

That’s what’s called stepping up to the plate!

Howay The Lads!!



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13 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    alex84 – some were – but most were like me, disgusted by CH’s sacking, baffled & disappionted that the experienced new manager was AP, but said (on this blog & elsewhere) he should be given a chance, but (in my case) openly expressed my valid and honest opinion (based on 50 years of supporting NUFC) that 12 points from 12 games is long enough to prove he is not upto the job
    we have a slightly above average team with experienced players who should be able to match that record on their own without a manager!
    if others agree then that does not make it a band wagon – it is an upswell of popular opinion and we are entitled to it!
    HWTLBNP

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    one point from their last three games, which has caused some concern with Newcastle fans
    ?
    some corcern?
    dispair?
    anger?
    a slight sursicion that it is perhaps not good enough?
    HWTLBNP

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Big question has Pardew been found out or is this just a blip? I think we will get the 42 points I believe will be needed this season to stay up, but we have to have a big rethink in the summer so we don’t get drag in to a relegation battle next season. BTW I think if we do get to 42 points we could finish above the sh*te from down the road.

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  • alex84

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    everyone is entitled to there opinion, but mine is il judge him at the end of the season and at the moment i don’t think he is doing to bad, i think sometimes we forget we were a championship side last season and that fact we have been doing better than expected has put an extra weight on. As well as the injury’s we are going through.

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  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    And it’s kind of interesting that those three players are three who could leave Newcastle in the summer, when they are obviously huge players for Newcastle?

    Ed, what sort of patter is that? get a grip. Tiote is more than happy, barton wants to stay, and Nol;an has not indicated anything other than a desire to stay. Where are you coming from with this?

    I liked the look of the headline, but its everyone OTHER than these three who needs to ‘step up to the plate’. So-called senior players who need to cut out thier shit, and get down to business, (and that goes for being on the piss the night before games bozo’s).
    Wolves. 3 points needed, no less, or we are in BIG trouble. Shola / Leon / Nile / Jonas / McLoven. …..GET YOUR FINGERS OUT!

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  • Stuart

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with you like Alex. A few weeks ago everyone on here was saying that AP was winning them over.

    Don’t get me wrong, he completely messed up the tactics on saturday. But it was the 11 lads on the pitch that lost the match.

    We will stay up this season, but I doubt its going to be pretty.

    Then judge him in the summer when we see what the window is like.

    Whether he’s banging on ashleys door to get funds or whether he bends over and takes it instead.

    I’m hoping its the first.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    We will survive and so will Parpoo. But take away the new man’s first half dozen games and his record is relegation. Does anybody really want him in charge in August for the whole season? His record on transfers is not great either. Selling or loaning fit players and bringing in Crock of Ireland. Will Ireland really play a whole game for us this season? He has got right into the swing of things on the keyside mind you. His injury is not stopping him lift a glass of liquid. We sell Carroll (great price) and repace him with Koo Koo Kee Choo. I really cannot understand how we are slipping into a relegation battle, can you?

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  • Stuart

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Lynxie,

    I really don’t think Mcloven has a finger to pull out. Its time he was dropped to the bench and Ranger was starting.

    I know the club is trying to teach him a lesson for not showing up to training on time, or trying when he gets there, but when hes on the pitch hes performing alot better than Lovenkrands.

    Can we not teach Ranger a lesson once we’ve got 42 points? lol.

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  • ytz

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Why are our players dropping like flies? We desperately need our flair players to be fit, especially Jonas.

    And please drop Lovenkrands!! He has been given his chance to prove himself, and he didn’t do it. So drop him I beg you!!!

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  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart. Spot on. Give him a kick up the arse the day after safety is achieved LOL

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  • alex84

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    i would say Jonas has been good of late and to say Nile has to pull his finger out, i dont agree, he has looked a real threat when he comes on, pace strength, just needs a goal and to get a chance of starting a game.

    i agree stuart, Saturday Alan messed up, but so did the team, im all for giving a Manager time to prove himself, ill judge in the summer and the start of next season

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  • MacToon

    Mar 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    time-for-newcastle-players-to-step-up-to-the-plate

    deja vu

    Just like 2 years ago………………..

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  • jimiley

    Mar 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed,
    You were writing exactly the same stuff two years ago when we fell off the plate. Very worrying. Anything but a win against Wolves and we could be falling off it again. Critical game. We do not figure in the bookies betting about relegation but a bad result against Wolves will have us move from outsiders for relegation to warm contenders.

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