Newcastle United Season Review – Part Three


This is part three and the final piece of the season review, and goes from the time Andy Carroll was sold to the end of the season.

Cheick Tiote – running wild after fabulous Arsenal equalizer

Newcastle did not do too well in February, and in their five league games they got one win and three draws.

But the home draw against Arsenal was a highlight of the season, as amazingly Newcastle were 4-0 down after just 26 minutes in that game, and at half time it was still 4-0.

And even after 65 minutes it was still 4-0, but Diaby had been sent off early in the second half.

Then Newcastle did what looked like impossible when they scored 4 goals in the last 24 minutes, with two penalties from Joey Barton, a good goal from Best, and a Tiotes thunderbolt equalizer after 88 minutes, his first goal ever for the club, and one that will be remembered for decades to come.

Newcastle looked like heroes and they got amazingly positive press around the world for the greatest comeback in Premier League history.

That was the beginning of what would become a terrible second half of the season for the London club, and they even managed to present Birmingham, of all teams, with a gift goal after 90 minutes and lost the Carling Cup Final with former Magpie Oba Martins tapping the ball home.

In the crazy scheduling of the Premier League Newcastle had only two games in March and they lost both of them – at home to Everton 2-1 and at Stoke 4-0, when they did a Bolton and gave away silly goals – but it was never really a 4-0 game.

And Newcastle started to pick up injuries – most of which were in training.

But the injuries would severely weaken the Newcastle side in the run-in and many  players went out injured.

The most visible was loan player Stephen Ireland,  who picked up one injury after another, and he ended up playing just two short sub appearances, before he picked up yet another injury, which meant he would miss the rest of the seaosn, and so he was sent back to Villa.

Whether Newcastle will sign Ireland in the summer is an open question right now, but we still think he would be a decent buy.

Bur Newcastle got a vital win in their next home game when they saw off Wolves 4-1 – a game Newcastle should be winning, but in the next game, according to up and down form, Newcastle were just hopeless at Stoke and lost 1-0 to a side that was below them in the league.

But that poor performance was followed by a great 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United. and it was a pity Newcastle didn’t play consistently well against the lower level teams, as they always seemed to do against the big boys in their games last season.

After holding Manchester United, the lads were back to playing poorly again, and were a little lucky to get a 1-1 draw at Blackpool, a team that would be relegated from the Premier League.

And after being completely hammered at Liverpool the lads won another game they had to win when they beat a 10 man Birmingham side 2-1 at home, but it wasn’t easy.

And again Birmingham would be one of the sides relegated, and in their final 6 games of the season, The Blues picked up only one single point, and had the worst goals for record in the league, scoring only 37 goals.

Near the end of the seaosn it looked like Birmingham were going after a 0-0 draw in almost every single game, and they looked so boring and not ambitious at all.

Newcastle had a great chance to finish in the top 10, and a fantastic result of 2-2 at Chelsea using a lot of the youngsters was met by the lads being 2-0 up at half time in the last game at home to West Brom.

That became 3-0 up in the first minute of the second half, but then of course a dramatic collapse in the last 30 minutes that ended up with Newcastle literally throwing away 2 points and 9th place in the last minute of normal time of the season. 🙁

So the lads finished 12th – but we would have taken that last August for sure, and the lads did great last season.

Now to strengthen the side for next season, and while it seems like a number of players will be coming in, we have found out that Joey Barton will not be offered a new deal on Tyneside, which was a complete shock.

And in those circumstances it’s really hard to see Jose Enrique staying at the club/will want to at at the club.

We hope Kevin Nolan stays and signs a new deal, but at the time of writing there is again some upset amongst the Newcastle fans, associated with Joey’s situation, since he had a great season and was very popular with the fans.

But it looks like Mike Ashley as usual will do what he wants to – we just hope that turns out to be the very best for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

Note: This article was written last Wednesday.



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297 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 27, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1

    12th is a great finishing spot for us tbh.

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  • dickinsonjuniour

    May 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    a think we should be looking between 8th and 6th next season maybe 5th at the max thats if good players come in

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  • nightfa11

    May 27, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    5th is too ambitious..unless we get 5 very VERY good players in..who are quality, BUT also have that winning mentality. without it well finish 10th.

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  • G

    May 27, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Be happy with top 8-10, if we can do better, great, if not, no problem, as long as we evolve a little.

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  • dickinsonjuniour

    May 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah is abit ambitious but tottenham did it how cant we if we do get 4 5 very good players its posible and as you saying wining mentality we could do well i think we could of been 7th or 8th with more points in team behind by a few if we didnt loose blackpool game and draw with them sunderland and tottenham and even man city as we were cheated away from home

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  • kilcline

    May 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #6

    I bet we sign David Jones

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 27, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree with you Thump, and our goals for and goal difference we good also. Amazing considering we lost Carroll and did not replace him. I thought Best was something of a revelation after most of us had written him off the previous year. I hope we do clear out some of the dead wood (Smith for sure) but I think he still has a year on his contract. I remain optimistic about next season but 4 or 5 good signings are absolutely essential and it appears the club aren’t even pretending Pardew has any real say in it.

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  • nightfa11

    May 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    dickinsonjuniour

    its possible, but well have to wait & see what other teams do during summer…everyone will get stronger..except for wigan once we get zog. lol:D

    i just hope we brought few new doctors to the club.. its unbelivable really how many of our players get wrong diagnose during season..so their combacks get postponed for months..

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  • nightfa11

    May 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #9

    GordieTwo

    as i said:

    its interesting to see how pardew doesnt have a word in our transfer plans..

    it looks like ashleys trying to assemble a squad that could compete in europe..but wanting to bring his own players in..& doesnt want interferance from his managers.. this takes time..& until he does assemble that squad he wants a manager who will say yes to all of his decisions..

    lets be honest..its kind of understandable..who here would give pardew or any “not world class manager” 50 mio to play around?

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  • DarloGeordie

    May 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Seb Larsson has been released… squad players squad players squad players….. yeah

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  • dickinsonjuniour

    May 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    to be fair if ashley does bring in some good signings weve gotta give him some credit guys also he has sed hes not bothered bout wages now as ive read as he offered 60k a week to n’zogbia i think hes finally realizing big wages will get us players we want

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I saw your comment Nightfa11. It would be risky to trust Pardew completely but how much football knowledge do Ashley and Lambias have? Hopefully they have a good football man to advise them. Graham Carr seems to be doing well as head scout but who else has input into player selection I wonder? Ashley has burned so many bridges it’s hard to imagine who still trusts him in the football world.

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  • dave 1961

    May 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    if I was Ashley I would also buy the players only difference I couldn’t give a toss about the cost, I would just get the best players and send the wife to oxfam for here clothes, yes we could have a few good years if I was a billionaire, but the wife would then kill me for making here a pauper.

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  • nightfa11

    May 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    im sure he has advisors..if u spent over 300 mio..it would be stupid not to have them..especially if ure resposible for millions of fans all over the globe…. afterall hes a business man… im sure he tried & got burned several times as a business man.. if his IQ is above forrest gumpses hes learning..& got himself surrounded with ppl with knowledge.. least i hope..but if not..ashley..hire me :))

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  • dave 1961

    May 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    not sure why Ashley surrounds himself with so many horror characters, nosferatu, pardew the zombie, and Beardsley. but I suppose when you look like Pugsly out of the Adams family you cant be too choosy.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s all rumours for now dickinsonjunior. We don’t know Ashley has offered Zog anything. And I don’t believe Ashley suddenly doesn’t care about wage costs or he would have made Joey an improved offer. I think we will have to have some kind of limit on wages but if we get rid of some of the wankers on high wages (Xisco, Smith come to mind) we would have more to pay decent players like Joey and Jose.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 27, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Wouldn’t hold my breath on rumours of big wage offers being true dickinsonjunior. I don’t believe it especially with the ongoing saga of Joey and Jose. My bet is Jose will walk away completely disgusted with Ashley’s offer next week and he will announce he will be off when the window opens.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #18

    He does look like Pugsly doesn’t he dave1961? And Lambsarse face does look like a lambs arse too! Amazing!

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  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #19

    WayneRoutledgeWayne Routledge

    Congrats bro! RT @vaughany14: So happy 2 have signed 4 norwich! Great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward 2 it!

    wayne or vaughn??

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  • Andy

    May 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #20

    vaughan it’s been all over ssn today

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  • jj

    May 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    if you look on the liverpool blogs and read their comments on sky sports football about Enrique youd think he was shite…..they dont rate him and wudnt appreciate him

    I just wish hed see for himself and realise he cud be a legend here if he stayed and got us back to the top

    Also, im assuming you cant blame Simpson for every goal conceded this season and as good as Collo and Jose have played…we still conceded 57 goals…..how the f***k????

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  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Apparently a deal has been done with wigan and his agent kenny sheperd he still has to undergo a medical.he’s currently in france

    cwarr07

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    kevymartins, WHO?

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  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Thats what cwarr is saying

    charles nzogbia is a deal done

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    to be onest a feel a bit of negativaty creepin inta my head now, its gone from, don deal 100% to aparently

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  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t Know wether to belive him or not tho

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  • jaw4life

    May 27, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    no, cwarro didnt write ‘apparently’ he wrote.

    ‘Deal has been struck with Wigan and his agent Kenny Shepherd, he still has to undergo a medical. He’s currently in France.’

    Which still coincides with his previous 100% done.

    He also writes that ‘Lee Charnley & other representatives flew to France today’
    I’m assuming to tie up Gameiro and or Gervinho on Sunday late evening after the final game.

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  • leazes upper

    May 27, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Any 1 from singin section know where they movin to yet

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    cheers jaw4life mate you saved me from turnin into angryman mk 2 lol (you know am nly joking angry m8)

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  • kevymartins

    May 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #30

    yea i wrote apparently because i dont know to belive him or not …

    i rember in january he was saying we signd ziani so he could be fulla bull

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  • jaw4life

    May 27, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    @kevymatins

    Yh fair enough kevymartins. Im sceptical about him too, but I reckon he might know a few people so his tweets are still worth reading

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

    av put this 3 times now n no1 ansered, if newcastle dont get, gemerio or sturridge dyah reckon we could get Leandro Damião, hes 21 year old, 22 goals in 24 games and he was recently called up to the brazil squad, ano its a bit championship manager to think hed come here but a read tottenham had a bid between 10 n 15m (depending on which paper you read) acepted n hes only bein offerd 22g a week, tottenham arent reli a much bigger clubthan us, wat dyah reckon

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  • kilcline

    May 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #33

    want gervinho or gameiro

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #34

    there are people saying tat the deal is done with n zobia and Tats complete lie nothing like tat has been done dont trust it

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  • damonmwade

    May 27, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #35

    great review Ed, i think this season has been a great success as at the start of the season i would have settled with 17th, just a shame we had a bit of bad luck at the stadium of shite when that ball hit the unwashed’s striker, next season i would settle for a similar position as im aware of the second season syndrome. looking forward to seeing HBA and Gosling back in the team next season and would like to see Gervinho in black and white just hope we dont sign carlton cole though!

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  • Gilesy

    May 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s absolutely true.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #37

    roshan,,,,,, wat? how do you know its not done, are you mike ashley,, ohhh your not,,,, soo your telling me to trust you over people with good news… just coz u say so … okay

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  • Gilesy

    May 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #38

    I love newcastl

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  • nightfa11

    May 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #39

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_6955140,00.html

    would need to gain a few ponuds..but hes quite good..

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #40

    toonbellMonter i am nt tat fat kreep do U still think tat ashley is going to buy n zobia gervinhio gameiro or any 1 of these guys he is nt tat good guy he will buy championship players and is going to sell ENRIQUE barton nolan and will relegate us again

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