Newcastle’s Competition In League Having Their Own Problems


Newcastle have a two week rest before starting their 13 game run-in to the season a week on Saturday.

Danny Simpson – we’re recharging our batteries

Newcastle have Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux out for the rest of the season through injury,  but all other players will be fit and ready to go for the game against Wolves.

Danny Simpson wants Newcastle just to bounce back from the heavy Tottenham defeat, and he had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site today:

“Sometimes you want to just play as soon as you can and get a win under your belt to bounce back.”  “But at the same time, we’ve got a break and it’s been a long, tough season up to now.”

“We’ve done well, and this will give us the chance to refresh ourselves, recharge our batteries and get ready for Wolves. We will have some big players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote back for then and we will look to kick on again.”

“There’s 13 games to go, so bring it on. We’ve still got a long way to go. In these final games we are going to push on and try to finish as high as we can.”

It’s probably a little bit of a blessing that the lads have a week off to recharge their batteries after what happened at Spurs, and you just cannot forget the lads are still in an incredible position in the league, after 25 games played.

Not many would have thought that Newcastle would be just one point out of 4th place at this stage of the season,  and one thing we keep stressing is that sides like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are having their own problems and rather poor seasons for them.

Indeed, Arsenal looked hopeless last night in losing 4-0 to AC Milan in the European Champions League, their worst ever defeat in the competition,  and their defense still looks weak.

We wonder what Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can do in our game at the Emirates on March 12th, but of course we need to ensure we don’t concede 5 goals for the third time in a row in London. 😀

First things first.

But those three sides seem to be the sides that Newcastle are up against at the moment for 4th position in the league,  and not one of them are playing anywhere near their best form.

Liverpool have the ridiculous Louis Suarez episode with Patrice Evra to get over, and it has certainly been embarrassing to one of the best known clubs in the world.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if the American owners decide to sell Suarez in the summer, PSG may be interested, because he seems just too much of a liability to Liverpool.

Chelsea are having their own problems with their new and inexperienced manager, Andre Villas-Boas, and he has hardly had a good start to his career in London, and the Chelsea defense doesn’t look too strong either.

Newcastle have to play all three sides before the end of the season, with  Arsenal and Chelsea away, and perhaps we could even surprise ourselves as to how well we could do in those games.

Certainly if Newcastle play at St. James’ Park as they did against Manchester United earlier this year, when we demolished the Red Devils 3-0 in front of a world-wide TV audience,  you have to think we have a decent chance of beating Liverpool at home on April Fools’ Day.

Of course Newcastle could also miss their opportunity of finishing high up in the league, and that’s always a possibility too, but almost anything is possible given the high position Newcastle are in the league table at the moment.

But hey, the only thing that matters right now is that we beat Wolves at home a week on Saturday, that’s a game we are expected to win.

And 3 points will keep us in the top six – at least – and just one point short of last season’s  total of 46 points.

Comments welcome.


75 comments so far

  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    A picture has just gone up on Facebook… the “St James Park” signage has been removed from the entrance. Here they come…

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Really Thump? You’re not just stirring the site up are you? We’ve just managed to settle things 🙂

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Have a deek for yourself mate. The group is “British by birth, Geordie by the grace of god”. I’d link myself but I’m on my phone 🙁

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Christ….think i’m out of here….here come’s the ashley bashing!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh dear Oh dear. Looks like it’s The Sports Direct Arena for the long haul ey? Lying bunch of.. 😉

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    That ashley wants his bollocks chopped for removing the signage.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe it’s come down for a good thorough clean?

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    http://imgur.com/a/OsZdZ

    There you go lads… oh dear.

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    You’d think that, Ibiza, wouldn’t you? Then you realise they’ve swapped out the plastic “SportsDirect.com @ St. James Park” with “Sports Direct Arena” signage =/

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    We all knew it was coming down at some point. Still don’t like it. But as has been said many times it will always be Saint James’ Park to us, so boll**ks to the fat man and co.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Team that will start against Wolves

    —————————–KRUL——————————–
    SIMPSON—-WILLIAMSON—–COLO———SANTON
    GUTHRIE——-TIOTE——–CABAYE——–JONAS
    ———————-BA———CISSE————————–

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    That we did, Ibiza. Still a bitter pill to swallow though 🙁

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #13

    TDS
    “lying bunch of winkers” lol 🙂 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    James1…..Will start? Quite a statement there. Do you not think Raylor will come in on the right and Guthrie on the bench as cover for cabaye or tiote?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Thump

    There was me thinking we were actually looking for a sponsor. Can’t see Ashley paying that £10m a year somehow.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Bitter indeed Thump

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    I was talking to MacToon about that, TDS. Turns out stadium naming rights will net us a LOT less than Llambias would have us believe – ie: nowhere even near £10m.

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  • MR.T....IOTE

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘decent chance of beating both Liverpool and Chelsea at home.’ – we have already played Chelsea at home (the unfortunate 0-3) but still a good article and some good points made. We do have an outside chance at 4th but if anybody even mentioned Europe at the start of the season I wouldn’t have believed them. We’ve just gotta enjoy it!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Wait a second….Llambias has lied to us?

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #20

    I know Ibiza – who would have thought such an upstanding, clean cut gentleman such as Wor Dezza could even utter a lie? I bet Fat Man Slim has corrupted him – he’ll be gambling in the casinos soon!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza

    Don’t be dumb, why ever would Dezza lie?

    Thump

    Well Lambias did say that £10m would be for shirt & stadium sponsor rights. So I imagine a couple of million.

    I’m pretty sure most fans would happily have an extra £1 on their ticket prices to be honest – I know I would.

    I just thank god that we havent got Sports Direct as a shirt sponsor to be honest.

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    james the first – guthrie is terrible on the wing, it was when he played there that he got the most stick. tbh i’m not really that bothered about the line-up against wolves just want toto and the frenchman to play, and for the game to come as soon as possible as i hate weekends without (decent) football. speaking of which, did anyone catch the highlights of barca v levekusen, messi is a class act, still busting a gut running 30yards to get into the box in the 90th minute so he can jump to just get onto a dani alves cross, then he makes a point of running to dani alves to give him a hug, and at the end of the game he shakes the hand of every laverkusen player and swaps strips with one of them. that is why he’s my favourite player, ronaldo isn’t that nice he would just be like “yes i am awesome you have permission to adore me” and we’re like “no ya douchebag”.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #23

    My mate just informed me St James’ Park will now be known as ‘The Samaritan’s Arena’ with a special hot line for those who are disillusioned with HBA’s lack of game time

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #24

    It was always going to be Sports Direct Arena – anyone who thought otherwise needs to come to their senses. Nobody would pay money to change the name of an iconic stadium like SJP – even Branson told them to F-ck off when he was approached.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #25

    You know what…When Ashley was causing grief for Newcaslte and us fans that was one thing…but to have Del boy do such a thing makes me sick

    That’s me done. Finished. Over

    P.S. Do you not think the kit would loo pretty decent with sports direct across the middle?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #26

    loo (“look”)was perhaps an appropriate typo when discussing sports direct

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Scottish

    If you actually watch Real, Ronaldo has changed a bit this season. He started to get a bit of stick from the Madrid fans after he had a stinker in the Madrid v Barca game earlier in the year.

    Since then it seems he’s given up trying to be the best in the world. He’s actually tracking back, helping defend, and working ridiculously hard. And funnily enough he’s been a much much better player because of it.

    I wouldn’t believe all the perfect innocent Messi hype either. It’s all well and good when they win, but he can be a right little sh!t when things don’t go his way – see his abuse of the referees recently.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #29

    JB…do you know the number?

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Haha was going to make a comment about that mate 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Thump…you could have warned me there….threw up all over my laptop…cheers pal 😉

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #32

    By the way, I haven’t noticed any reaction to the gruesome twosome grinning away in the Director’s Box at Spurs when we losing 4-0. Ashley would have been delighted of course, being the Spurs fan that he is, and I suppose odious Llambsarse smirks when his Master tells him to.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza – UK: 08457 90 90 90*

    Or you can follow the link below

    http://www.samaritans.org/talk_to_someone.aspx?gclid=COC14_vfoq4CFUcTfAodmB80RQ

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Cheers JB…when I’m back in Spain do I just drop the 0 for a +44? 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #35

    The renaming of St James’ Park was always on the card’s with Ashley in charge as it’s a perfect way to advertise his company and he’s gone about it in a way that controls the fury of the fan’s. Announce the name change, say we’re hoping for a multi million pound deal that puts the club in a stronger position financially, then lie low for a few months and re-brand as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’

    Call it what you like but it will ALWAYS be St James’ Park to us, the one’s who matter, the one’s who care the most.

    THE FAN’S

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Bugger… I’ve just tried the Samaritans and all I got was “Oh f off, not you again” and then they hung up 🙁

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza – No worries mate, always ready to held a fellow sufferer 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    The number is always busy….GET OFF THE LINE INDIAN!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Thump – Forgot to mention that they get a bit tetchy when you mention HBA 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #40

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