Blackpool 1 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Simply Hopeless


The good news is that Newcastle didn’t lose this game, but the bad news is that we didn’t win it either, and it was against a side who had one win, two draws and 10 defeats in their last 13 games. 🙁

And Newcastle unfortunately kept up their consistency this season of being very good in one game, as the lads were last Tuesday night against the might of Manchester United, and then being very very ordinary in the next game, against one of the worst sides in the league right now – Blackpool.

To put things in perspective Newcastle have only one win in their last 7 games, and that was against Wolves at home, and Newcastle were as impotent today as they were against Aston Villa and Alan Pardew should bring in two good strikers in the summer, and not just one.

So Blackpool take 4 points off Newcastle this season, after they had won 2-0 at St. James’ Park.

It’s hard to say this but it’s true, that if any side deserved all 3 points today, it was Blackpool, which just about tells you how inept Newcastle were – and they continue to be up and down all season.

Newcastle should be called Newcastle YoYo – not Newcastle United.

We suppose in the next game against Liverpool the lads will all turn up for that game – play really great and lose 2-1 – so why can’t they play great against the poorer sides in the league – like Blackpool?

That’s the question Alan Pardew is going to have to answer, because our poor form against poor teams has cost Newcastle lots of points this season – and as Alan said before the game there can be no excuses today with Newcastle fielding a strong side.

So it will be interesting to hear what Pardew says after this display, which gives Newcastle just 6 points in their last 7 games, and if we cannot beat Blackpool, on the bad ruin they have been on, then who can we beat is a good question.

And Newcastle went ahead as well after 17 minutes, through a well taken goal from Peter Lovenkrands.

That could have been it, if Newcastle had defended anywhere near the way they defended against the league leaders, but Blackpool were level after just 32 minutes through DJ Campbell.

And you have to remember that Blackpool have the worst home record in the Premier League, but they started quite well against a fairly strong Newcastle side.

It was Newcastle who had the first chance, when Peter Lovenkrands broke clear and played the ball to Ameobi who then managed to slip at the very last moment when he tried to cross to Lovenkrands.

If Shola has crossed the ball, Peter Lovenkrands was wide open, and surely would have scored, but Ameobi continues to be one of the most frustrating players to play for the Magpies.

It was Charlie Adam at fault for the Newcastle goal, as he tried to swap passes with Crainey, but he gave the ball away Joey Barton, who then squared it to Lovenkrands.

The Danish striker hit the ball beautifully into the bottom corner of the net, and it gave goalkeeper Gilks no chance.

After the goal, it was Blackpool who were getting on top, and they deservedly equalized after 32 minutes, but only after they had wasted a couple of decent chances.

A right wing corner from Charlie Adam was flicked with his left leg by Campbell towards the goal, but Jose Enrique seemed to clear off the line, but the referee said the ball had crossed the line and it was 1-1.

TV replays were indecisive in showing whether the ball had crossed the line or not.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was becoming more and more busy, and it was Blackpool who were exerting the pressure on the Magpies, and Campbell again went close just before half time.

And it was 3rd bottom Blackpool, with 5 points form 39, who continued to dominate the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team, which is Newcastle this season, as the Magpies looked as inept as they were at Villa Park two weeks ago.

And the Seasiders should really have taken the lead when Taylor-Fletcher headed over the bar, from just six yards out, after a great cross from Crainey, but he really should have scored.

Then Adam hit the post from the edge of the penalty box as Blackpool were ripping the Newcastle defense to shreds.

It’s such a pity the Newcastle players didn’t turn up this afternoon for this game, after all that talk about how they were going to play as well as they did Tuesday night, and all that daft stuff.

But Newcastle held out for a lucky draw, as it turns out, but this was an embarrassing display from the Magpies and we hope Allan Pardew blasted the players in the dressing room after the game.

Why do we say that? Because they deserved it after playing so badly today, after playing so well on Tuesday night.

This is all mental with this Newcastle side, and the sooner they become consistent and approach each game in the same way, the sooner they will start to move up the league.

The Newcastle team hardly turned up for this game this afternoon, and that’s completely unacceptable, and who would have thought this would become a lucky point for Newcastle – but that’s exactly what it was.

And the facts are that Blackpool have the worst home record in the league, and had conceded 69 goals in their 33 games before this game, and had taken just 5 points from the last 13 games.

So you see what we mean – Newcastle were just hopeless this afternoon – and the weakness is in their mental toughness.

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36 comments so far

  • dougski

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    1st and its my 1st 1st oh yehhhhhhhhh

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  • craig bell

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    awful lucky to get a point

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  • aussietoonfan

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I would be over the moon if someone goes under Carroll next week.
    Money can’t buy pride, heart, loyalty, passion, honour.
    Come on lads, show those shoppers that they bought a guy that jumps at the sight of cash.
    Howay the lads!!!
    C”MON THE TOOOOOOONNNN!!!!!!!!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    played hopelessly

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Ameobi is the most shit striker in the premierleague

    cant control the ball

    cant dribble

    cant win header (despite the height)

    p/s: apart from the lovenkrands goal, the two blackpool CB is not sweating at all cos Ameobi NEVER test them

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  • kilcline

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    We are safe now, take the positives. Pray we stop liverpool getting into europe.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #7

    i hope ben arfa returns has PARDEw said he will be ready against liverpool

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  • beefman13

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #8

    we had so many inconsistant performances today it was comical at times, barton had a stinker , and jose and jonas were so in and out you wouldnt believe, shola is as always shola god and bad hot and cold, ive been watching him for 11 years and its always same old same old, tiote was in and out and another daft booking, krul was excellent today and looks sharper and wiser than earlier in the season, whats wrong with young ferguson not being in the squad, he is one for the future with us and could of played 20/30 mins in the second half instead of jonas who again huffed and puffed bu did not really produce today. all in all a point not really deserved but there have been times in the season when we did not get what we deserved so i suppose it evens itself out, next game liverpool and we all need to be on our A game no ifs or butts .ps impressed with ireland when he came on he has real quality and always gets the ball out of his feet quick and looking to go forward all the time.

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  • budmon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    blackpool had control over the midfield all match. we never won any 50-50s if it wasn’t for poor finishing and a lucky break for us it could have been a hammering. all 4 midfielders looked lost. However, we’re still in 9th, Ireland looked comfortable and dangerous, the back 4 did what they could and Krul looks class. lets get 7 points or more on the run in and i’ll be happy! HTL!

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  • marcos

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Blackpool should have won the match, maybe 4×0 or 3×0. To be fair Newcastle United were completely outplayed by Blackpool. We shall escape from the relegation zone because the teams below us are worse than us. Alan Pardew said ” We will play exciting attractive football.” When? next season?
    @marcos_nufc_rj

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Nolan is useless, we got only Centre Midfield in Tiote.

    Nolan cannot distribute the ball, he is in the pitch for just winning headers – thats all !

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    attractive football?

    we cant even play NORMAL football?

    remember? the basic technique of passing balls?

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Part of me is actually worried about next season. If we play as badly next season as we have since Christmas, we’re down again.

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Taylor-Fletcher is 10 times better than lazy Ameobi

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #15

    wtf cant pardew see that Ameobi is totally shit???? I think seriously that we have the worst strikers in the premier league……..

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  • G-Man

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Again we were poor, long ball negative football, very lucky today. Bet Pardew in the post match interview tells us we played alright today…

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #17

    This performance was dreadful!! I couldn’t bare watch. I still can’t believe how LUCKY we are to come away only 1-1 and with another valuable point. Credit must go to Blackpool as they completely dominated the match.

    Today’s Cons:

    Where was our midfield??

    Ameobi you were pathetic AGAIN!! Inconsistent as ever and absolute garbage as usual! It’s always a surprise when he plays well – it should be the other way round!!

    The team looked lazy and underestimated Blackpool.

    We struggled all game to put 3 passes together, really embarrassing and constantly under pressure.

    Pros:

    Another valuable point! -somehow 🙂

    Krul was amazing!

    Colo and Willo look stronger together with each game.

    Ireland is showing signs of his former great self with some neat touches and positive passing.

    We really should improve our consistency as Ed says because we just keep shooting ourselves on the foot with these ridiculous performances.

    I think we’re now safe at last though, ahhhhhhhhh what a relief 😀

    Howay The Lads!

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  • supervil

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Why am I not surprised? People moaning once more.

    Ed, you’re the only yo-yo round here. Over the moon one moment, depressed the next. Can we have some consistency lads?

    Blackpool, aye they’re a poor team, but they’re a bogie team for us. Holloway is good at motivating his teams, and they’re going to be scrapping til the death this season.

    Stop being a bunch of whinging mackems. Positives from Tuesday, a bit of a deflated match today. Much like our season, our FIRST season back in the league no less. We’re still sitting in 9th with a healthy goal difference, just be happy we’re not in the mire.

    Keep building lads.

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  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #19

    ameobi is a lazy, pathetic excuse for a footballer. A say its time to donate him to the championship where he has and always will belong. As for pardew he just talks too much then puts himself in a sticky situation when he can’t motivate or make his team do what he says, he probally forgets what he says he talks that much.

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  • emate

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Nolan was the worst. I can’t believe he is our captain… Today performance was very, very weak.

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  • arfa chance

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Positives are our players didn’t get red cared based on the ref s previous.
    Krul had poor kicking but was immense at shotstopping
    Ireland looks like he was really attack minded.
    Kuqi showed the right attitude. Simmo played well. Collo and Williamson good.

    Enrique, nolan, Barton, Ameobi, played woefully.

    Off our record this season, a draw or a win against Liverpool.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #22

    arfa chance, hate to say it but Tiote wasn’t brilliant either. 12 yellows in a season must be some sort of record.

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  • Jezza

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    AngerOfTheNorth // Apr 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    “Part of me is actually worried about next season. If we play as badly next season as we have since Christmas, we’re down again.”

    Yes and it’s no coincidence we’ve been so bad since Christmas. Today’s result makes it 4 wins out of 19 since the casino crony took over. Chris Hughton had a better record than that in the Premiership this season but still got sacked, then again Hughton wasn’t best mates with both the Newcastle owner and chairman.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Jezza – We suck since Christmas because we lost our top scorer, not because of Pardew. I am no Ashley lover but Pardew is doing just as well as Hughton has in the Prem and I too see his sacking ridiculous. We need 2 strikers, 2 wingers, 1 wing back that can play LB and RB, 1 more defensive midfielder like Tiote to replace Smith and sign Ireland on a one year contract with a purchase clause.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Jezza – We suck since Christmas because we lost our top scorer, not because of Pardew. I am no Ashley lover but Pardew is doing just as well as Hughton has in the Prem and I too see his sacking ridiculous. We need 2 strikers, 2 wingers, 1 wing back that can play LB and RB, 1 more defensive midfielder like Tiote to replace Smith and sign Ireland on a one year loan with a purchase clause.

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  • NorseMag

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Clearly the players today were told to secure the point. In the second half we see Krul delaying the play, two defensive subs and a team that just wouldn’t go forward.

    I’m starting to think Ashley had money on a draw today, and told Pards at half time to hold in to it.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Poor display by all

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  • arfa chance

    Apr 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Ur right gg , two back to back yellows as well. I think the boys are switching off. A draw at anfield would be nice

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  • craigcoozy

    Apr 23, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Has any1 heard roumour shearer been naughty lad nd caught with gabby logan??? Notw running story tomoz bt shearer trying to get gaging order!!!!

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    we need 2 strikers for around 25mill and 2 wingers,larsson and gervinho and a left back maybe taiwo and sign Ireland for max 5 mill

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  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Pardew’s changes annoy me. What the hell is kuqi going to do when he comes on in the 92nd minute? Atleast give him a good 20-30 mins to get in the game and test the defence unlike ameobi was. Ireland should start next game too to see if he can do a good 90 mins for us or atleast a good 60-70

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #32

    forget buying players end of season, 1 new owner, 1 new manager, and 1 person who knows a little about football to advise the new owner is all we need to get NUFC back on track,

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #33

    To Carroll Fans

    Who knows he might just came back when he is 29 or 30. Just endure another few years

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #34

    The reason Tiote always get yellow card is because he is running the centre midfield ALONE. Nolan is like a headless chicken, dont make passes and always UNAVAILABLE.

    Nolan’s ONLY strength is winning headers and running from midfield – both didn’t work last night

    Shola Ameobi is the worst striker ever to play with us, about 230 apperances and still only 47 goals???

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  • UTD111

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #35

    As we approach the end of the season, it’s important to remember United’s current squad are now in a false position.
    Carroll isn’t here any more – and if you take his goals this season away too we’d be down there scrapping with the West Ham cheats. A top team buys top players, it doesn’t sell them.
    We’re powder-puff up front and teams know it. Unless fatboy releases good money for 2 class strikers in the summer, you can start planning your trips to Derby etc

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  • elTel80

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed, thank you for your continued work on the blog. However one of my biggest hates on websites are intrusive sound enable videos. I know you need to cover costs and hopefully a bit more but these videos will put people off.

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