The Truth Is Newcastle Just Weren’t Good Enough Yesterday


Newcastle lost 1-0 yesterday to a very ordinary side in Aston Villa, who had won only one of their last 7 games, and it showed.

Alan Pardew – free kick excuse doesn’t cut it

Any decent performance by Newcastle yesterday would have taken at least a point from the nervous Aston Villa side, but the Tyneside team showed they had absolutely no penetration up front, and once Villa got a goal the question was always going to be where is a Newcastle goal coming from.

Alan Pardew is right to be worried about the loss of Andy Carroll because with Best and Ameobi both injury prone and missing games, Newcastle have very little left to play up front as striker.

In the end the equalizing goal didn’t come, and Newcastle were just not good enough yesterday to get anything out of the game – in fact they were close to being hopeless.

The Villa goal came from a free-kick when Ashley Young went down rather easily, but he always does if you even touch him, after a Joey Barton challenge.

From the resulting free-kick, James Collins headed easily into the back of the net, and it was poor Newcastle marking for the goal.

And after the match, Pardew thought it wasn’t a free kick:

“Young is the most fouled player in the division,” “We kept saying if you touch him he goes over. I think that was in Joey’s mind. He hardly touched him and down he went again.”

“I didn’t think it was a free-kick.” “The game was scruffy. We wanted to stop Villa’s wide players and we did a good job of that.” “Villa have got some outstanding players but there was no real flow to their game.”

“We just couldn’t get enough pressure on them to make that nervousness count. The first goal was going to be absolutely everything and they got it just after our best spell.”

Of course things didn’t start well even before the game for Newcastle, when injury-prone Shola Ameobi, who had a good game last Saturday, turned up with a swollen knee this time. How many games has Ameobi missed over the last 11 seasons through injury – far too many is the answer.

And Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands couldn’t do anything up front yesterday, and to be brutally honest, the Magpies never looked like scoring.

Newcastle looked half the side they looked last week against Wolves, and Aston Villa, if anything, were not as good as Wolves were last week bu they defended better than Wolves.

The game shows a number of things about the current Newcastle side, where even Enrique didn’t look great yesterday, and gave the ball away three times in the first 20 minutes:

  • Newcastle are an ordinary side unless their very best players are all playing
  • The squad is short not only in quality but in quantity too – we had far too many youngsters on the bench yesterday
  • If Newcastle survive in the Premier League this season – fans should be very thankful – very thankful
  • At least six good players are needed in the summer, and more if top players like Enrique are sold

Pardew can go on all he likes about the free kick but Darren Bent scored a goal just before half time, when he was shown to be level with the Newcastle defense and therefore onside, and the goal should have stood – did Alan mention that one in the press conferences?

The offside rule was changed to have the player onside when he is level, but we’ve hardly ever seen one of those goals given by the linesmen, who go to the safety of disallowing the goal almost every time – just in case they are wrong.

Their thinking seems to be better not give a goal, even if he’s onside, rather than give a goal that’s shown to be offside by TV replays. Negative thinking again of course, and no courage being shown by the officials, but what’s new?

The reason Newcastle lost was not because of a dodgy free kick or anything like that, it’s because the team just didn’t play well enough on the day,  for whatever reason.

Newcastle looked ordinary at best yesterday, and we checked that Newcastle are still 7 points above the relegation zone, so let’s hope the bottom three sides, Wigan, Wolves and West Ham don’t start winning games, anytime soon.

Next up is Manchester United a week tomorrow, and it would be a brave man who would suggest Newcastle will get anything out of that game, if  the lads turn in another flat performance like they did yesterday.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    anyone heard the rumour about us getting kyle walker the rb at aston villa? hes on loan from spurs and apparently we want him

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    can;t find anything on the internet about it

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  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    What I learned from yesterday’s game is that Ranger isn’t good enough. I hope that people stop insisting he replace Ameobi from here on in. Twice he had the opportunity to put Lovenkrands in and both times he opted for what turned out to be weak shots.

    It’s good for a striker to be greedy, but only when he has a good chance of scoring.

    The lad needs a season on loan somewhere outside the Premier League.

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  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Has anyone else seen this?

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/04/11/liverpool-agree-8-5m-deal-to-sign-newcastle-united-left-back-jose-enrique/

    The word tactless doesn’t even begin to describe this level of disclosure to the press (though it could be yet more horseshit).

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  • G

    Apr 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    I still have a feeling that NR will come good, after yesterday’s showing, it’s difficult to keep faith in that. He got himself into some dangerous positions, then did nothing with it. Nobody deserved any points yesterday, the Villa fans I spoke to after the game in the pub agreed that a scoreless draw would have been a fair result, however, they were grateful that our shambles allowed them 3 vital points. We lacked any creativity yesterday, and had no teeth up front. Yet more proof if it were needed how much we rely on Kevin Nolan in our games.

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  • geoff777

    Apr 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m really worried about an exodus of our top players.

    Players like Barton, Nolan, Enrique, Colo, Jonas & Tiote.

    The Carroll sale sent a message to the squad that the club lacks ambition.

    If we don’t make a fairly big signing early in the window, lots of our players will be telling their agents they want out.

    The players aren’t stupid. They don’t want to be playing for a team who’s ambition is to finish 10th in the league.

    Hope we get a new owner in the next couple of months …

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Sounds like we’ll be needing a LB!

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  • Partizan

    Apr 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I can only imagine what would have happened with us if we didnt have Carroll in the first half of the season….breaking the deadlock is our biggest problem now with all of our strikers.I watched the game yesterday and there is absolutely no excuse for the 1-0 loss.
    He wanted a sweet revenge against a full Aston Villa squad who were fighting for their lives as if its a World Cup final.

    How the hell can you play 4-4-2 with half of our team missing,,we were suppose to go for a draw with a 4-5-1 and play ugly football just to get that 1 point.

    ………………………….Harper……………………………
    Simpson………Taylor…..Williams………Enrique
    ………………..Coloccini……Guthrie………………..
    ………Jonas…………….Barton…………….Ferguson
    …………………………Lovenkrands……………………

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Apr 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    I am also worried having been at the game yesterday, no revenge for the relegation and they are the worst most hateable set of fans in the PL.

    Aside from that Jose looked like his head was elsewhere, as did Barton worryingly. Barton had a total shocker. Colo in midfield was a complete disaster, sometimes I wonder if Pardew reads this board the amount of people calling for Colo to play midfield. He didn’t know what to do there.

    It’s a real shame because with the core of Barton/Colo/Nolan/Jose we could potentially have a European challenging team next season.

    Btw Liverpool surely should face some sanctions for tapping up Jose, and Phil Thompson the big nose/mouth prat should keep his mouth shut about transfer dealings.

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  • ytz

    Apr 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Kyle Walker was really impressive. Really shackled Jonas and Enrique. Shows great pace and skill too. Surely we must get him!

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  • curmon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Lets face it, there are no decent strikers at the club!

    Best, Ameobi, Ranger, Loven are all championship standard or lower. until we get a couple of decent strikers we are going nowhere

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  • Toondoug

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Davies, there were a couple or three opportunites to feed Loverman in, but he was offside for two of them, at least ranger had the nouse to see that, must be all the years training with Shola ‘Offside’ Ameobi.

    He didn’t make enough of the chances though, you’re right there.

    Poor day at the office yesterday!

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