Only Two Poor Results In The Last Eight Games

Newcastle enter the new year of 2012 on a poor run of form.

Alan Pardew – did very well last year in taking Newcastle up to 7th place

In the last eight games Newcastle have won only one and drawn two and lost five,  for a total of only 5 points.

But during that time we have played four of the top six sides, the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we took only one point out of those games, the one at Old Trafford.

And of the remaining four games we got a decent result at home to Swansea at 0-0,  and a good win at Bolton 2-0, and it was interesting that we kept a clean sheet in both of those games.

When you get down to it,  it was only the 3-2 defeat at home against West Brom and the 4-2 defeat at Norwich that were poor results, and of course Newcastle did not play well in either of those two games, and concede seven goals in the process.

In the Norwich  game we were without our three best center-backs, and Danny Simpson and James Perch both had to play out of position in central defense,  and they were both average in the air,  and we gave up four poor goals at Carrow Road.

Newcastle had a better chance to get something out of the West Brom game,  but after pulling back to 2-2 after 81 minutes, and possibly then being able to get the winner,  we conceded yet another poor goal.

It was only at Bolton, since the Chelsea game that we had two recognized center-backs together –  when Mike Williamson finally returned from injury to partner Coloccini at the back.

And the lads did very well at Bolton and we did well in patches against Liverpool on Friday night, but it was again a disappointing result at Anfield  and we were certainly not at our best.

But we cannot really complain too much when we don’t take points from the top six sides of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Newcastle will do well this year depending on how they do against the other 13 sides in the league, which is why if  was disappointing that we got nothing from Norwich or  West Brom.

And Newcastle have a chance to prove this season they are the best side outside the top six which would also include Arsenal and Tottenham, in addition to the four we have played recently.

And even after a poor run of results,  Newcastle are still in 7th place in the Premier League with 30 points,  and still 4 points clear of Stoke,  and we have a better goal difference too.

The goal this season  is to finish in the top 10 in the league come May, and if we can only get back to being solid at the back again, with Coloccini and Williamson together again,  we’ll  have an excellent chance of doing just that.

That seems to be the key, to start playing very tight at the back and to get as many clean sheets as we can muster.

And Newcastle have an outside chance of  finishing in 7th place and even qualifying again for  Europe in this new year.

That has to be exciting, and Newcastle are on the road back to being an excellent team again, and we wish the lads all the  best this year.

And in this our first article of 2012,  we wish all our readers and Newcastle fans everywhere the very best in the new year.

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1


  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    FINALLY TRANSFER window IS open again and hopE we sign a striker which i think wont happen a defender which i think will happen and a right winger which i think wont happen happy new year guys

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Well Ed, that’s one way of looking at it I guess.

    The other way would be to state that we Should have done much better against both Norwich and WBA – that we didn’t was clearly down to the Illustrious Leaders failing to resolve the glaring weaknesses in our Squad, self inflicted weaknesses at that.

    How you can say 0-0 at HOME to Swansea is a “Good” result I just don’t understand – we should have won that game by a country mile.

    We have ALL known, for over a year, that we needed another Central Defender – where is he, why didn’t they sign one??

    We have all known for over a year that we needed a Striker – where is he, why haven’t we signed one??

    To me, it smacks of a total lack of ambition by the people in charge. The ONLY thing that seems to matter is the Bank Balance – the money to sign the players we need is available, for some reason they are just not prepared to use it.

    Mid table mediocrity seems to be our ONLY objective – just how sad is that??

  • Steve_48

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    “Only Two Poor Results In The Last Eight Games”

    Rubbish – here’s why:

    1. Norwich away – 4-2 – should have won that on paper
    2. Swansea home – 0-0 – should have won that on paper
    3. WBA home – 2-3 – should have won that on paper
    4. Bolton away – 2-0 – as expected

    That should have been 12 points and not 4 in which base you add in the missing 8 points and we’re 4th in the league.

    I was expecting 12 pints from these games and Pardew got the tactics wrong.

    I’m prepared to give anyone a run the Team but Obertan – really? I mean how long? I’d like to see someone quote his pass failure ratio if it’s available

    Happy New Year BTW Lads

  • Steve_48

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Graeme // Jan 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Spot on mate, on the same page as you.

  • Expat MAG

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Happy New Year Ed to you and yours

    Happy New Year also to all toon fans across the world. Let’s hope Ashley buys us in January several belated Xmas gifts, like a top class center back and center forward. Let’s hope 2012 is more successful than 2011

    Lastly, hoping Rooney goes on a bender this New Year and remains on the side line for our game against Man Utd.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Has anybody else got adverts plastered all over the posts or is it just my phone

  • solano

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Graeme @ 6… unfortunately accurate summary of the situation.
    Are you the guy who took his heritage brick back from SJP when they re-named the stadium?

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Solano, No mate, that was nowt to do with me.

    But, as you brought it up – Just where is our new Stadium and Kit Sponsor? Wasn’t Lamearse bleating that he had to get the kit sponsor in place before the end of the year to keep the suppliers happy??

    How much am I bet that we will be wearing “Sports Direct” all over the front of our shirts?

    You have to admit, FCB is no idiot. He has his Company Name and Logo all over the BBC, Sky, anyone showing a match with NUFC involved and it has only cost him £150 Million.

    Now I’m no marketing expert, but I would suggest that for a Company to have to pay for that sort of Global Exposure over FOUR YEARS and counting, the amount paid is actually peanuts.

    Any marketing guru’s out there have any idea what I would have to pay to give my company that sort of exposure & publicity?? I’d be interested to know.

  • solano

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Graeme…Bills-son is an expert in sales and marketing I think?
    Without wishing to bring out all the pseudo-accountants on both sides of the divide, the only advertising/sponsorship payment that seems to have been made by Sports Direct to date was for 47k!
    Great Scott! We’ve been had! No doubt the multi-millions will filter into the coffers when pigs sprout wings in the next financial year.
    Frightening isn’t it?

  • nufc96

    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14
  • Lynxie

    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    nufc96 @ 14

    Obviously one of those cerebrally challenged muppets is you. Why dont you go and pollute the mackem forums instead you puerile w*nker.

  • puretoon

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Graeme @6,12
    & Steve_48@ 7

    You’re both spot on lads! it’s good to hear someones sussed it out and says so.

    We’re so fed up watching mediocre so called ‘football’ and being spun lies and yet more lies that our season tickets are being cancelled! The situation is totally dire and NOT what Newcastle United’s about. We deserve much better treatment than what we’ve had dished out by the 3 stooges.

    Fair enough Pardew’s done a great job so far, but to even have contemplating the job in the first place for the paltry sum he’ll be getting is beyond reason-if only to have it on his CV.

  • puretoon

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Forgot to say hope your health continues to improve Ed and many thanks for all the hard work you’re doing, it’s greatly appreciated mate


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