How Did Newcastle Survive Last Night?

Newcastle stand fourth top of the Premier League after last night’s 0-0 draw at QPR, but their performance against a team that may struggle in the Premier lague this season still left a lot to be desired.

Danny Simpson in action last night

But the result was a good one for Newcastle, even though we have no idea how QPR missed all those chances, especially in the first half, when striker Bothroyd could and should have had a hat trick.

The defense played well expect for Ryan Taylor, and the Liverpudlian just couldn’t contain the in-form Shawn Wright Phillips down the right wing, and Shawn was probably QPR’s best player,  in a team that saw five players making their debuts.

But QPR looked much more together as a team than did Newcastle, although this Newcastle side is resilient if nothing else, and stands up when other teams would just collapse under the extreme pressure.

That was the saving grace for Newcastle last night,  and they still remain undefeated this  season,  and have conceded only one league goal in four games.

Alan Pardew made  a tactical blunder in that he played in a 4-4-2 formation, and Cabaye and Tiote were simply over run in central midfield almost the entire game, and Alan as much as admitted that after the game.

So we look for Newcastle to play in a 4-5-1 formation at Villa Park on Saturday, and at least try to get a grip on the game, and not be overwhelmed from the very first minute.

Leon Best should be the one striker up front with Shola Ameobi having one of those games for Newcastle, when he did very little right.

But Leon Best had a great move in the first half when he turned his man inside out, and then hit a great shot,  but goalkeeper Kenny produced a great save low to his right to just turn the ball past the post.

The game was similar to the other four Newcastle have played this season, but this time Newcastle were not too much better in the second half, although they did tend to stem the QPR flow forward just a little.

But the lads got a good point, and while there was no flair in the side last night, Saturday will be another day at Villa Park, and Newcastle may even play well in that game – who knows?

Newcastle are 4th top and have hardly played well in any of their matches this  season, so there’s something positive to take from that.

Oh and the lads are already 6 points above the drop zone, so that’s very good too.

And Alan Pardew will almost certainly play new boy Davide Santon at left back and Dan Gosling deserves a run out too.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • drongo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Through a workmanlike performance basically.

    It actually looked like they were the established PL side, and we were the gritty physical, hard to break down team coming up from the championship.

    Too much hating on raylor, SWP is one of the best in the bus at that role.
    2 in the middle were being pressed back by QPRs 3 so no time on the ball and no one to link up the play with the static front 2.

    Marveaux looks lively, Id be tempted to start him on the left, Jonas on he right, Obertan playing in the hole.

    Dont care which of Best, Shola, Ba is the lone striker, all fairly interchangeable in my opinion – but whovever it is needs to learn as a lone striker to stand between the 2 CBs, not up tight against one leaving the other to step out, or as Shola was doing standing between their midfield and CBs basically taking himself out of the game.

    Lucky, gritty, workmanlike point. Play like that against either of the Mancs and we’ll get spanked.

  • Tiote

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote was shockin last nite, kept givin th ball away in th middle ov th park. Why does he feel th need 2 do daft turns in dangeros positions. Keep it simple

  • geoff777

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Raylor was brilliant.

    Out of position, he gave 100% and never dropped his head.

    The whole defence were brave, well organised and committed.

    A very valuable point.
    Cheers lads!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    It was pleasing to see how solid we were as a unit in defending. Something I dont think I’ve ever associated with Newcastle lol.

    Taylor and Colo in the center seem to have a great partnership and Williamson is going to have some battle on his hands to replace Taylor, England call-up soon?

    R.Taylor was out of position too many times as he kept tucking in, where as SWP just stays as wide as possible and in that first half SWP must’ve got through about 4-5 times. In the second half Warnock made a blunder by moving SWP away from R.Taylor to the left-wing but R.Taylor didn’t let his head drop and battled on, who knows he could have won it if his free kick at the end was better.

    Tiote was sloppy, misplaced so many passes and made some dangerous turns losing possession in our half on several occasions. Cabaye couldn’t get into the game but as Pardew said, that was probably his fault tactically as QPR over loaded the central midfield and fair play to Pardew for admitting that.

    Obertan looked dis-interested and is severely lacking in confidence, Jonas couldn’t get forward and was probably his worst game for us.

    Ameobi was useless, I think his only contribution was giving away 2 free kicks, how does he get picked is beyond me. Best was lively, had good movement and created our only decent chance all on his own by turning the defender smartly.

    Krul didn’t have too much to do surprisingly as QPR couldn’t get their opportunities on target.

  • Saka_Bartoon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    I keep on askin myself why does this Long Black Log (Shola) still on the starting lineup.. He is slow, have no skill and pace.. I hope to see him at the bench watching like we do

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Ahh I just remembered Tiote took Barton out and got a yellow card for his troubles, therefore he had an excellent game! 😀

  • geordie1976

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Unfortunately I had to share a house with my lodger who happens to be a QPR supporter.

    Personally I think our defence played well, buts lets not carried away. If Bothroyd had his shooting boots on QPR could have won 3 – 0!!!

    It was more poor finishing than excellent defending.

    Ameobi yet again was a TOTAL EMBARASSMENT

  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    watched the game last night, it looked exactly the same as the season, when we were relegated, only difference is that we somehow didnt loose, it was actually painful to watch SWP and Taarabt rip us apart time after time after time, the other worrying factor was Tiote 🙁

  • Xavi

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    we were lucky at times in defence. but also the combinations in the back 4 are getting better. Saylor and colo are doing well. colo is class

    one negative…obertan is useless. doesnt work hard tracking back, hasnt created anything and frankly is a taller french routledge.

    cant wait for ben arfa

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Best was decent as he always is.

    Playing up top in your own is never easy, especially when you have nobody making runs after you’ve held the ball up.

    That effort he had was created on his own and he was receiving the ball 15 yards outside of the box with loads of work to do still.

    OberToon needs abit more conficdence to run at players and we desperately need to start upping the number of shots we have in games.

    We were overrun in CM last night but did a great job at defending well with few silly mistakes.

    Raylor was exposed early on but with SWP switching he looked a bit more settled.

    Shola I don’t think won a single header all game and looked useless when he was jumping.

    We can’t get away with playing two similar forwars like that again. Get Marveaux into the game and drop Shola as Best’s hold up is better.

  • the1willy

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    I really hope Colo doesn’t get injured, or we really will stuggle. Thought the defence looked OK, but SWP had a fantastic match and in that for it was always going to be hard for Raylor, who worked his socks off, but just couldn’t handle him.
    My main 2 problems with the performance last night were:
    1: Lack of movement off the ball from any of our attacking players, they were waiting for passes to feet, unlike QPR who were happy to play into space.
    2: Our constant pumping of the ball up the park. Saylor seems to think he’s Beckham and can nail 40 yeard passes, but he can’t. Fine when you’re trying to alleviate pressure, but not when you have time to start and build an attack from the back.
    Our midfield was largly bi-passed. The few times Cabaye did get the ball and have a chance to pass, there was no one doing the running for him to pick out (although I remember one great pass from him that found Jonas (I think).
    Kind of reminded me of recent ‘static’ England performances. We need to give Marvuex (bad spelling I know) a run out, he looked to be able to read the game and eager to run into space etc.

  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Last night showed how much our defence has developed into a very good defence, mostly down to S.Taylor and Colo, with Santon coming in it will get even better. Last season we would have lost that game for sure. I think Pards was right playing 442 put alot of pressure on our 2 centre Mids, But a point is a point and we are now 4th, 8 points from 4games, 1goal conceded…looking at it like that, thats a great start to the season.

  • Scottiedog

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    I personally felt sorry for Jonas last night as he constantly had to come back and help Raylor 🙁 Hopefully Santon will give him more freedom to move forward. Shola was shocking but was unlucky not to get that penalty which could have changed the game.

  • redondo77

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Why can’t we play like MU? From what I saw last night and previous games is that there are no off-the ball running. Cabaye can’t supply without players making runs, he was just another holding midfield last night. As for Raylor, he isn’t and can’t play LB especially against players like SWP or Gervinho who have speed and skills. Raylor was good against Duff, he would probably do well against Villa’s, Chelsea’s or Liverpool’s wingers, he will struggle against Mcity or MU or Totenham.
    I would rather see Jonas in that position, since he was always busy helping Raylor and not attacking. It’s like we have 2 players in LB position on the field.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Showed how sparse we are in the goalscoring department. Back four looks solid & will be more so when Santon plays. Tiote looks miles off the pace. With no pace up front we need to play 5 in midfield looks like Pardew doesn’t rate Gosling. We will be better when Ben Arfa is back and if he can stay fit, I also think that Vuckic will play a big part this season. It’s not all doom and gloom. QPR were going to be up for this game they have bought PL players to keep them up & the game went exactly as I thought it would on the whole a decent point. My bog worry is what happens if Steve Taylor & Collo (who were very good get injured? We have no cover for them.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Meant big not bog

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Last night was pretty shocking, although watching on TV doesnt give a good perspective on patterns, movement etc. But its not a good picture.

    1. Barton is a better player than Cabaye – he has more energy, more bite, passes better and motivates better.
    2. QPR are no great shakes and they murdered us.
    3. Wht the hell could we not go for Shaun Wright Phillips? He was living in the north, NUFC is a big club …?
    4. Obertan was not a scouted buy. Its far too conincidental that he should have ben secured from Fergie after the Twitter discussions with Pardew. He doesnt even look like a winger now. He’s not up to much.
    5. And he’s ugly.
    6. Without Collo we’d be in serious trouble.
    7. Ameobi is abysmal and must be doing something in training to fool all these managers

    On a positive note, Ba looked good, Marveaux was ok but i doubt he will make the first team.

    Enrique’s ability to hold the left wing and attack aswell is sorely missed.

    And so is Barton – what a stupid club we are to sell a decent player like that.

  • redondo77

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    I think you need to move on. I can’t believe you still saying how we missed Barton and Jose. They are gone now.

  • Mags

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    We can all see the failings within our team due to the recruitment / lack of from our wonderful owner!!

    QPR dominated the game, but how many saves did Krul have to make? Just saying.

  • redondo77

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    The team did excellent job in 5 games. I hope Santon play next game, I want to see Jonas going forward more often, Raylor or Simpson as RB and please play SAmmy and Best, not the other Ameobi (Shola). If Sammy play well, it will be good motivation for Shola to work harder and to do better since he is the older brother.

    Man of the Match is Jonas, I think he ran 10,000km in that game.

  • bren32

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Well done lads on a very tough battle in London against a team with some excellent new signings,,,,I remember some Newcastle teams who were supposed to b much better then the current one loosing in London for years….well done top four and ahead of the bin dippers,,,howay the lads.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Wish the doom and gloom would stop. Attacking wise we were not great. But we are still showing we are hard to beat even when we are outplayed. That’s the sign of an excellent organised defence. Something Newcastle NEVER had in the past.

    But to improve:

    ———-VUCKIC———-BEST————–BEN ARFA

    Tiote – has not been good this season but it is match sharpness, and you only get that from playing. He will come good again soon

    Cabaye – Just not up to speed with the Premier League yet, but improving all the time. Our best signing by a country mile.

  • Vest

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry, but Raylor was sh1t. Should have tried Santon in the 2nd half.

    Ba was miles better than Shola.

    And, Simmo was GOOD. And that’s says allot.

  • pinkorbrown

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #24

    We survived last nite cos QPR had no one to put the ball in the net, simple as that. If they had a half decent striker playin we would have been easily beat. Thats the diff between relegation and mid table

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    i strongly disagree that QPR will struggle they have a very good team now with some very astute aquisitions and a very good manager,

    also am i the only one who thinks The QPR MF who racked bests knee shudve got a second yellow for his cynical foul on tiote later on also why no penalty i will never understand me thinks mrr Dowd took the critisicm from last season to heart and went the other way with it, very good to see simmo playing so well but with wright-phillips on the wing i thought it was stupid to play Raylor istead of santon id have put cabaye off best shola off the pitch and raylor in the centre of the park with Cheiky nd i reckon we’d have neutralised their threat and a lot more of the ball with our flair players for them to have a better chance to impact the game it was a poor and scruffy game and pardew got the tactics wrong aswell as a few of the lads under performing IMHO

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #26

    + wud anyone else like to see Mr Marveaux playing up front just off Best as the lad can play very intelligent clever passer and can dribble well with a good change of pace ,as for Shola how does he get near the team is he Pele 5 days a week then takes weekends off

  • Thrasher

    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #27

    I think i was watching a different game last nite!! I thought obertoon played well last nite & was our main creative source. The prob was the lack of movement of the other players for him. Jonas i thought was dire… wasteful, visionless.. worked hard tho sure god love im! When hba gets bk its gotta be jonas 2 make way surely!?! Qpr were on a high wit all da new signings & buzz around da club.. dont think they will keep playin like that all season. Villa may even b an easier game! Long as we defend as well as we have been we have chance to win games… cheer da f up people… 4th! Altho i think seasons tooooooo long. 4 games is plenty….. CL spot is ours bwwuuhhhhaaahhhaaaaaaa

  • geordieupontyne

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    It showed well how much we need a strong striker (no offence Ba),besides Newcastle has always had a knack of not doing too well against what other teams consider as a ‘point box’.eg: Derby back in 07-08,Hull in 08-09 and I guess its QPR this season

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #29

    We were awful last night. Something I don’t see mentioned is Krul and our defense never play it short. Way too many inaccurate long balls for my liking.

    We’re riding our luck for now even though defensively we’re more solid.

    This also shows why we should have sold Shola Ameobi, it was ludicrus to extend his contract. He will always be picked ahead of the rest which is insane. By doing that you’ve already slashed off at least 30% chance you had to win the game.

    Ameobi offered NOTHING again, no surprise.

    Tiote lost nearly every ball but we know he can cut it.

    Colo, another class act by our mighty captain, didn’t put a foot wrong all game. He is also our only defender that does execute the short pass to start from the back and not lose the ball so cheaply.

    Gritty terrible to watch match but another point, another impressive clean sheet and were 4th!! I am happy with that.

    Would like to see Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Gosling, and Santon play together.

    We have a great young team with so many promising players and class kids like Abeid, Fergurson, Vuckic and Lua Lua that we are becoming a brilliant team. Just play Best or Ba instead of Strolla and we’ll be fine.

  • stephen1971

    Sep 14, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #30

    lets hope he can go with gosling as a 3rd cm in front of tiote and cabaye, gosling banged a couple in for the reserves so hopefully that,ll give him a lot of confidense, won,t do him any harm , as for great defense mmmmm i don,t think so , they had far too many missed chances due to their poor finishing not our good defense

  • valle

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #31

    I agree with allot of what have already been said, we lacked attacking movement and we simply didnt create anything going forward… Would also like to see Santon, Marveaux and Gosling in next lineup on account of Raylor, Shola and Obertan.


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