Newcastle Defense Responsible For Great Start To Season

Not too surprisingly, Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson has said he thought the defense played very well last night in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road against QPR.

Danny Simpson challenges “you know who” last night

Danny had a good game for Newcastle last night and he managed to kick the ball off the line, just before his defensive partner Steven Taylor headed the ball offf the line in the first half.

But the Newcastle  defense this season has been strong, and certainly three clean sheets in the first five games of the season is ample proof of that.

There have been constant rumors of Danny Simpson leaving Newcastle, and  perhaps as early as January, but we hope he signs his new contract and continues to improve in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle are unbeaten having won three and drawn two of their first five games in all competitions, and conceded just two goals, but there’s another tough game at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon,

Danny Simpson is delighted with the excellent start the lads have made this season:

“To get three clean sheets out of the first four games is some achievement,” 

“It wasn’t the prettiest of games. We had a bit of luck but you need that when you come away from home if you want to get something.”

“It was great defending from the boys and if we can keep up that kind of form at the back, I’m sure we’ll keep on picking up points.”

It was obvious very early on in the game last night, that Newcastle were being controlled in central midfield by the opposition and they were outnumbered with QPR playing 4-5-1.

And it was just  a little surprising that Alan Pardew continued to play with two up front in a a 4-4-2 formation until the last 10 minutes of the game.

Why didn’t Alan change it after 20 minutes in that first half?

But of course it’s very easy in retrospect to look back on what happened and suggest what should have been done, hindsight is always 20/20 vision as the saying goes.

And we didn’t think the lads would be able to hold on for the full 90 minutes, but they got another clean sheet to their immense credit, and an excellent away point.

And while Newcastle didn’t play well, there were enough positives to take out of the game last night to keep the most critical of Newcastle fans at least still a little hopeful.

Now for a win at Villa Park on Saturday.

67 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #1

    He means Collo and Saylor are a tight unit, LB and RB has hardly been in world beating form… It’s been OK, but nothing to phone home about.

  • sammydolan

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Dannyo, i agree with the tight unit, but lets be positive, its a good start to the season, confidence in that defensive will hopefully poor into the midfield and on wards!

  • SJS

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #3

    The real threat to Newcastle United
    We all have our hate figures, our very own nemesis to blame at times of anguish. It is safe to guess that the enemies in the cross hairs of most would be our very own ‘Chas and Dave’, the owner and Managing Director although starting to turn the whole affair into a horrific threesome is our alleged Manager/puppet.
    I believe there are darker forces at work (in the words of Richard Keys), I believe that slowly but surely Apathy is creeping into our fan base and this is the real threat to the club.
    The lack of respect the owners show the fans is beyond belief and a football club must be the only business that can be run in this manner without completely losing your customer base and therefore your profit supply.
    I fear the ‘saturation point’ is drawing near for a large number of our fans and at that point apathy becomes a reality.
    How else can you explain the feeling of being fourth in the league and not be excited by the season ahead?
    Damn you Chas and Dave!!

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Grind another result out against Villa, if need be, then, thump Blackburn! Totally pulverize them!

  • sammydolan

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Is anyone going Villa game? I can only get 1 ticket now, can I sign up as someone else, pay another 20 quid so they are Club Member & use them to get other tickets? do they check away tickets to the name?

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #6


  • Daft_lad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, you should change that headline to read….
    ‘Crap finishing responsible for great start to season’

    In fairness, Arsenal missed untold chances…the mackems were comical in their finishing in the 1st half against us…..Fulham missed quite a few really good chances in the 2nd half at St James’ and QPR was there for all to see….90 minutes of having our arses slapped.

    Imagine if it weren’t for Saylor, Colo and Krul playing like world beaters as well!

  • brighter

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    > certainly three clean sheets in the first five games of the season is ample proof of that.
    in fact we were helped by QPR that they missed many chances to get winning goal.we have to prevent give a chance to be a goal opportunity.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone who thinks our defence is responsible for the great start, is clearly delusional. Our defence is breached time and again in the first half almost against all our opponents so far. The only thing between them and goal, is our defence with off the line clearance or Tim Krul keeping the score at 0. We have been insanely lucky so far. So lucky its unbelievable. We could have been 4 to 5-0 down at half time against QPR, Arsenal and Scum.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    And Simpson should hardly been talking about the defence. He’s the main culprit and was the weakest link in all the games except against QPR. He really needs to put in some consistency in his game. QPR was his first good game this season.

  • jimiley

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #11

    We need to keep the faith in Mike Ashley and what he is trying to build at NUFC. Without him we would have no future. With him we have a team which we can be proud of. 4th at the mo and when Gosling and Guthrie return to add invention to our formidable midfield, who knows where we might go. I would not rule out a Champions League spot at the end of the season. A team to be proud of!!!!

  • jimiley

    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #12

    You are right. We have a terrific defence. But defending does not start on the 18 yard box.. Although we may be a bit shot shy in terms of scoring, the forwards and the midfield have all been terrific in their defending roles. Without the likes of Ameobi and Jonas putting in an additional shift defensively, I do not think the defence would look as watertight as it does. all 11 starters have been great defensively. I cannot see many teams scoring more than one goal against us.

  • puretoon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    # ilovetoon8788 // Sep 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    And Simpson should hardly been talking about the defence. He’s the main culprit and was the weakest link in all the games except against QPR. He really needs to put in some consistency in his game. QPR was his first good game this season.

    I couldn’t agree more! he’s been rubbish and still is rubbish. He can’t tackle so let’s the oppo in.
    He’s supposed to be a professional RB so should know his job and not still be learning, but clearly can’t perfom it. Ryan Taylor was wrongly pushed out and forgotten by Hughton who brought Simpson in instead which was fair enough if only for back up, but Hughton got it wrong and used Simpson instead and Pardew’s doing the same thing. Ryan’s not a LB but does very well considering, so has Pardew spent money on bringin in Santon only to use him as backup then?? mind, if Pardew likes Strolla he can’t be a good manager cos Strolla’s rubbish too! why keep Strolla on when he’s either offlside, static or commits a foul-static more the point?

    and for the OP to say we need to keep faith with MA!?! for gods sake man, have you lost yoru senses?? the fat man is raping this club of squad and pocketing all our cash! He’s not trying to build anything here at all as he would’ve given Pards cash for players (or lamearse). All MA wants this club for is an advertising medium and he’s proved that!

  • Colombus

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Ameobi has never put in a defensive shift in his life. His workrate is quite shocking on this level and I have to say that I’m astonished by the fact that gets a start for NUFC. In the next match we have to play Ba or Best. I personally liked the displays from Danny S and Best against qpr. But the rest really have to step up. BIG TIME

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #15


    You’re entitled to your opinion like everyone else and I respect that but just a few points to note imo….

    1) The only thing MA is trying to build at the moment is financial stability and nothing else for now at least

    2) Being 4th after 4 games is better than being bottom for sure, but it means nothing at the moment

    3) Gosling and Guthrie are all about graft not invention and our midfield whilst very promising, is not formidable….Xavi, Iniesta etc now thats formidable

    4) Champions League??? we’ll do very well to finish in the top 10 mate

    I like your optimism but as a realist I cant agree with you…..the simple fact is; we’re just not very good right now

  • Colo2

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #16

    The Simpson bashing is getting tedious on here. He’s only had one bad game that was against Scunthorpe where he was truely dreadful. Apart from that he’s been solid if somewhat unspectacular. He had a good game aginst QPR give the lad some credit when it’s due. Weakest link against QPR was R Taylor almost all of their chances came down the left, hopefully Santon will play against Villa.

  • nimo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Without the likes of Ameobi and Jonas putting in an additional shift defensively…. AMEOBI…DEFENSIVE SHIFT.. GI ME A BREAK HE NEVER PUTS IN ANY SHIFT HE IS THE LAZIEST PLAYER AROUND… IVE SEEN BERBATOV RUN MORE

  • i Toon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle Res 6 Norwich City Res 0
    Gosling grabbing 2 goals any word on how Santon played anyone?

  • Colo2

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #19

    i Toon – heard he played well got an excellent assist too

  • scottnufc87

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Quick question! How cum davide santon can be a regular for inter milan a champions league winnin inter milan but has to play in the reserves for newcastle????

  • bills-son

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #21

    scottnufc87 – quick answer on Santon, he’s just signed and needs match practice.

    Next question?

  • nufc90

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #22

    don’t think he played many, if any, preseason games for inter.. and by all means he wasn’t a regular there, spent last season on loan at cesena

  • nufc90

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #23

    do think we should play with an extra midfielder against villa though, drop shola for gosling/marveaux. also maybe bring ba in for best but i think best and shola is a partnership that’ll never work

  • ochytoon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Seriously, what has happened to the regulars?

  • Andy

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Jimiley is a wum! 😆
    Gosling Santon Marv in for next game. Shola Raylor Jonas out for me.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #26

    “We need to keep the faith in Mike Ashley, Without him we’d have no future”
    Does your nurse know you’ve stopped taking your medication and escaped?
    Quite frankly your name is an insult to one of my all time heroes who once graced this club.

  • colwell

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Its pretty obvious its not down to great defensive work its the fact every team we`ve played can`t hit a barn door.

    Worried what will happen when Rooney,Aguero and co come knocking they don`t tend to miss easy chances.

    Santon must start next game Raylor has been caught out every game so far and due to some miracle we haven`t been destroyed.

  • Andy

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #28

    So many bites jimiley. Unbelievable! lol

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Jimiley dont waste your breath son, just a bunch of sad sacks who just constantly whinge because they seem to think their opinion really matters. Ed’s blog is great! but the comments are always the same constant dribble.

  • solano

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #30

    FAO Wynsleap and others…Jimiley is perfectly aware of our owner’s and our team’s shortcomings. His sarcastic persona is adopted I presume, to poke fun at and deal with the utter drivel that is posted by many deluded Apologists – for example, Bills-son, a true man of his word who not only ignores his own pledge of equine dining when proven wrong but re-appears just a few days later after declaring he had had enough of Ed’s biased Anti -Ashley blog and was quitting!

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #31

    bills-son // Sep 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    A fcking disgrace your responses are. Thats me finished with posting on this anti-Ashley led forum which is doing NOTHING to help our great club.

    Glad to see you’re back Bills Son another classic to add to your catalogue.

  • MacToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #32

    SJS @ 3 great post.

    8 points from 4 games and all I think is only 32 to 34 more points for safety, cheers Ashley.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Please dont be carry away, so far we got “easy” games where the game against Arsenal, Sunderland and Qpr we GOT LUCKY they didnt score FIRST

    Arsenal – 10 men and now struggle
    Sunderland – derby game and plus mackems are poor
    QPR- they shud won the match by 5-6 goals but they waste their chance

  • davybtoon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Best start to prem league since 95 n all the fans can do is fcuking moan. Doom mongers desperate for the first defeat so they can rip the team apart worse than they r now, Alot of fans need to stop obsessing with Ashly get back to support the fcuking lads, any fan who walks away bcoz of who runs the club deserve a lifetime ban bcoz am sick fcuking glory supporters only like when its goin well n it’s goin very well now n there still fcuking moaning

  • davybtoon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #35

    And sick ppl not giving the lads the credit they deserve, yes ain’t played well in one single game yet but that’s good bcoz we can only get better if other teams can’t finish that’s there problem not ours, defence has been solid still change it though to santon Taylor colo kadar that giv us proper ryt back n proper left back

  • Schwefelberg

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Ashley’s Thought Police are getting out in numbers these nights.

    The other AAs cling to their infantile fantasy that it will be all right now. But Santa does not come this year. He decided to keep all the toys for himself.

    Put your stockings out, dopey AAs, your Christmas tangerine is coming.

  • davybtoon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #37

    And also wouldn’t of mattered which striker we bought in window they wouldn’t make one difference to that game yesterday, loving pardew work but as long he continues with 442 n shola we will b dominated in most games sholas like havin 10 men coz he’s so lazy hurry up hba

  • p

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #38

    too early to make any real assessment.

    very poor performance last night but too soon to make assumptions.

    apart from the 2 manchesters who have been outstanding from the get-go everyone else has had a pretty slow start.

    Tiote should turn his form around, Santon will come into the team and Ben Arfa to address creativity. That would address most of last nights issues apart from the could not be arsed nature of their performance.

  • MacToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Ignorance is bliss.

  • MacToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #40

    lol P, you would stick a post up, that was ofcourse not directed at your post at 36 😉


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