Newcastle Shoot Themselves In The Foot – Again


It’s really hard not to be disappointed today, with the way Newcastle literally threw away two valuable points this afternoon against a poor Wolves side.

Alan Pardew – feels like a defeat

After the 5-0 thrashing two weeks ago, and the 5-2 defeat at Fulham, we expected Newcastle could go out and make amends today at St, James’ Park against what is after all a poor Wolves side who had been thrashed 5-1 by West Brom last time out.

And with two good goals scored in the first 18 minutes,  Newcastle fans would have at least expected Newcastle to have won the game.

But no – in front of over 52,000 fans today – they somehow managed to let Wolves back in the game with two poor goals conceded in the second half.

And it’s hard to think this Newcastle defense is strong enough or good enough for us to become  a top side again.

And the failure to bring in another defender last month could cost the club dearly in the run-in to this season – that’s unless the Newcastle coaching staff can find some way of getting our defense to play better.

It’s a terrible result and a disappointing performance from our lads today – and it’s another result that’s hard to take.

Alan Pardew had this to say to Sky Sports after today’s game:

“It obviously feels like a defeat really,” “When you’re 2-0 up and you’re Newcastle United at home, at half time, you’ve got to win, and unfortunately we haven’t.”

“The opposition had a good part to play in that. They had a great attitude, they wouldn’t lie down. They got a bit of a fortunate goal and they ended up getting a point, which they probably deserved.”

“But for us I’m not overly disappointed. It could be a lot worse. After Spurs we needed to just get ourselves back to something like our normal selves, which we were today. But we still should have won.”

“We were a bit rusty in areas and our passing wasn’t as fluid as it normally is,” he added. “(We were) cheap with possession at times. But we got goals in our team.

“The one thing we’ve got to stop is giving goals away. The second goal was really disappointing. We’ve still got bits to work on.”

“That game will do them well, especially Cabaye and Cheick.”  “I think they needed that game. We’ve got a huge game next week for this football club and they’ll be in better shape for that.”

The Newcastle defense are simply leaking too many goals, and we  need to bring in at least two good defenders in the summer – and with Steven Taylor coming back then maybe that will be enough – maybe.

But this is not the performance we were looking for from Newcastle today, and it’s another disappointment, and the lads did not pass the ball well today.

Alan says the lads looked a bit rusty,  so we hope they can get rid of some of that rust next week in training, before we face Sunderland on Sunday, who were hammered 4-0 at West Brom today – and that’s nine goals WBA have scored in their last two games.

But I suppose we shouldn’t over-react too much either,  since it’s just one game we suppose – that’s true isn’t it? 😀

But it’s the second game in a row that Newcastle fans have had a result that’s very difficult to take – not many can argue with that.

Comments welcome.



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130 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    i also rarely post team line ups

    Krul
    Santon Wilo (no other choice) Colo Ferguson
    tiote Guthrie
    Cabaye HBA BA
    Cisse

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  • nufc786

    Feb 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #2
  • geordie157

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    At home vs Wolves, Ben Arfa should have started with Raylor on the bench or at right back. Williamson is definately a weak link in the defence, good positional play and header of the ball, but cannot deal with any pace. I think we’ll end up 7th, slightly disappointed but overall it would be more progress. Huge summer ahead.

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  • magicbus

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Defo missing Saylor next to Collo backline really needs input in transfer market in Summer.

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  • 09nufc09

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Today our formation was 6211… And people wonder why we cant keep the ball. Attacking wingers is what we need, raylor and jonas are too slow to keep up with play. It says alot when our most creative player is a left back and a player brought off the bench is the only player that looks like he wants to win the game. Attack teams and play it along the floor we have the players to do it but we keep playing hoofball so cabaye might aswel be sitting on the bench. Colo, santon, cabaye, tiote, jonas, ben arfa, cisse, ba are all players that like to play it along the floor so why not try playing to their strengths?

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  • geordie157

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    See the Athens 20yr old cb Manolas has been linked with us, he could be a decent option as back up to colo, tayls and douglas, mbiwa or vertonghen. We’d need to be at least in the europa to have chance of Vertonghen signing. Mbiwa and Douglas seem more realistic options

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  • GeordieDan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Just got back from the match.

    What the hell was the team thinking of when they went 2-0 up!?!

    They just stopped playing almost everyone of them.

    Everyone except Santon and Tiote that is who at least tried very hard for the cause.

    Guthrie was introduced and was shocking. I saw him get the ball 5 times and he gave the ball away/put it out EVERY TIME!

    Benny did himself no favours at all by producing almost nothing except a half decent shot that narrowly missed the far post. Williamson and Simpson are squad players at best and I very rarely knock Simpson because at least he tries but he’s simply not good enough yet.

    The lads owe us a proper performance against the Mackems next week and if they don’t give us one then the Mackems (as poor they were today) will rip our shoddy defence apart.

    Its a shame nobody thought of bringing in a decent centre back during January isn’t it!

    Oh wait.

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    in summer 2 CB and 1 fullback more than anything. as for the last 12 games pardew can you pleas start to understand that because the RB and RCB are both such poor quality you can’t go for the score 2 then relax parking the bus tactic you must keep up the attack engeland did not qualify for euro 2008 because maclarean was always defending once we scored and besides wars arn’t won by just defending from enemies because in the end they will break the defence

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  • geordie157

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Jonas has past his best, think its time to let Ferguson have a run of games, he can track back like Jonas, but offers more pace and he can cross.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #10

    09nufc09

    I don’t think we do have the players to do it to be honest. Simpson and Williamson smash it upfield every time because they’re just not good enough to do anything else.

    Exactly the same with Simpson crossing from deep every time gets slightly forward.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    it was guthries 100th appearance 2day, may be he was excited

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  • GeordieDan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12

    09nufc09>

    Jonas is too slow to keep up with the play? :/

    He’s one of our fastest players.

    Agree with the rest you said though mate. We don’t play good football on the deck to get service to the front 2 at all.

    They had nowt but scraps. Really, really frustrating result that.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    F YOU F LAZY BSTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14

    YES F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    ben arfa, was nt good 2day, but for me he was trying 2 hard, if he starts and relaxes then i feel he would be much – 2 better

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  • Andy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone see the funeral procession for SJP? What an embarrassment

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #17

    We played too narrow today, with not enough width, they had a packed midfield playing 451 so they won a lot of balls in there or hassled us of the ball.

    This game screamed out for Obertan – im not his greatest fan but we needed that outlet.

    Arfa needs a chance on the LW, he keeps cutting inside on the RW and had a coupe of decent half chances. I feel he’d be better on the left, but unlikely that Jonas will be sacrificed but he could play on the RW.

    Worrying signs from Jonas who is normally strong on the ball but got shoved off it quite a lot – dunno if this is lack of support play from Santon as Enrique used to do.

    Collo also (although still very good) has been a little shakey and bossed off the ball a bit.

    I think we’re far from a top 6 side yet, and we’ve all got ahead of ourselves with the position. We’re still 3-4 top quality players from a top side – A CB, FB and winger (unless Marveaux comes back strong).

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  • planb's revenge

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Ben arfas worshippers seem to be missing right now.
    poor match. saylor, our rock at the back is really really missed. Jonas and santon should swap positions in terms of how they play (not knocking santon there).
    we are doing what we did about 5-6 years ago, getting ahead then relaxing.
    i know we are still up there an i defend the team mostly. we have (mostly) good enough first teamers. potential is there. we just need to grab the bull by its horns and put matches to bed

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Andy,

    i thought that was uncalled for

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    AP is a delusional moron with very little between the ears.

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #21

    it’s all down to Pardews tactics. He’s too defensive. We should not have stopped attack after going in front. Pardew does it all the time.
    And about giving the ball away. HBA isn’t the only giving the ball away. Jonas does it too and so does Guthrie (his passing was shocking today) and Cissé and Tiote. Apart from the goal Cissé was useless today. HBA was our only threat on goal in the second half.

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  • 09nufc09

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Geordie dan… Obertan, ben arfa, santon, cisse and ba are all way quicker than jonas. Everytime he gets the ball he slows play down/ walks with the ball i anycase. Jonas/raylor do the same thing everytime… Run down the wing, stop for a few seconds wait for santon/simpson to overlap and let them cross the ball… There the wingers why not try and beat a man or cross it yourself! Atleast ben arfa trys to cross the ball/ take a shot. Raylor is a right back and should play there, he should only play in another position if we have injuries. Ben arfa was our only player that wanted to win the game in the second half, but gets stick for losing the ball. Guthrie was on the same amount of time and lost the ball everytime he got it, cabaye looked unfit for the whole game and ba looked injured the whole of the second half.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #23

    W was just lucky….and our f…..team full of lazy bstards………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate if they are lazy…i really do………………………………………FCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU!!!!!AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FKN LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Gash

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #24

    AP needs to take a good look at his tactic sheet. I say sheet as it must be only one as he has absolutely no idea how to change a game.
    He waits until the opposition makes a change in play or formation then tries to react to it
    FFS we were at home today against a team that we should have buried.
    Why cant he see what everyone else watching can see?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #25

    ………………YES FCKN LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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  • LooniToon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #26

    gutted for the result today, we buzzin when we went 2-0 up, feels like a defeat. At least the unwashed got thumped ey 🙂 Thort Bed Arfa and Guthrie were absolutely shockin when they came on. Tiote was class as always

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #27

    We are definitely in transition – I think we have an excellent CM and CF pairing, but we haven’t solved the wings yet and we all know we need a quality CB and FB.

    Willo’s headed clearance was poor for one of their goals and simmo looks lost on the ball at times.

    But we KNOW we need a CB and FB, I really don’t know what to do on the wings – the steady but average Raylor, inconsistent Obertan, unpredictable Arfa, Defensive Jonas. Hopefully Marveaux can come good next season but I feel we either need to stick to one option and play them for a few games. I think I’d like to see Arfa get a run now – he is terribly wasteful at times but if he can learn when to play it simple and not try too hard he could be awesome.

    Hmmm.

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  • davis_toons

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Fans: O…yar..did Marlon “Hard-wood” choosen over Tevez? For the westham match?

    AP: Yeah..I find him phycially more compatitable then the dwarffy..

    This says it all…its in the blood

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #29

    And it was dreadful to watch today – we need to get back to playing football. Why oh why are we booting it or heading it to the half way line when they have bigger and more players who are gonna win it.

    I don’t get it. We lacked confidence today and trust. We hardly plyed a through ball until we were two down – THEN we decide to play, complacency at it’s best.

    We played in third/second gear until 70 mins.

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  • GeordieDan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #30

    DennisTwice>

    You been at the blue smarties again?

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  • davis_toons

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Frankly speaking most of the fans knew whats going on in the club and our players…haha

    But that how Newcastle is ..for now

    ManCity have complete its Killing..3-0 Black face burn..sink deeper..

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  • felling mag

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Pardew is to blame for the draw today his tatics for settling for 2-0 before half time was senceless especially needing to boost our goal difference. Wolves were there for the taking, come on even West brom put 5 past them last week..

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  • GeordieDan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #33

    09nufc09>

    Obertan’s quick without the ball. With the ball he’s slow as shit. Benny is quick but he loses the ball ALOT more than Jonas and Ba and Cisse are forwards and to be honest neither are quicker than Jonas anyway.

    You’re way off the mark with your scapegoat lad. There were many many worse players on the pitch than Jonas today. Not sure what your problem with him is tbh?

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  • davis_toons

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    It like a cake given to you BUT you cant eat it.

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  • Partizan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #35

    ”our passing wasn’t as fluid as it normaly is”

    Seem to me you never had any fluid passing,and btw…your luck has run out,and the only thing you can rely atm is your tactics…i wish you the best of luck in the next game cos when it comes to tactics against O’Neal you’ll need more than luck my friend.

    Ryan Taylor can’t score wondergoals for you everytime.

    I still don’t wanna call for his head,let MA do that for me. 🙂

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  • 09nufc09

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Geordie dan… I like jonas and have dended him for about 2 years but even i wouldnt call him quick! Quiterrez is the complete opposite to ben arfa, jonas is defensive plays it simple and gives responsibilty to santon to take players on/ cross the ball. Ben arfa asks for the ball and straight away tries to take players on and cross or shoot. I prefer watching quick unpredictable football along the floor than slow/ predictable football. Jonas isnt my scapegoat today i thought willo, simpson, cabaye and raylor were all far worse than jonas, even tho jonas still looks tired and has done for the past month or so.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #37

    59Marty-Toon // Feb 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Can’t blame AP apart for the timing of the subs
    If you put on pro players onto the field as a sub then you expect them to have kicked a ball a few times to team mates in training and expect them to have some sort of football brains
    You’d expect that they could play a ball to each other and not put teammates under pressure all the time.
    We looked like school boys
    Very very disappointed.
    How did AP not see when were getting overrun in the middle that he shoulda gone with 5 he coulda put Guthrie alongside Tiote fergie and Rayls on the wing with Hba in front of them with BA up top
    Bloody useless display,we were pathetic- not Exaggurating
    We have been lucky with some results this year and the results of the others around us but we have been found out big time
    Were not as good as our position shows

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  • Obafan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #38

    From the moment Guthrie came on, we played with 10 men. He was shocking!!!
    Really annoyed with the result today. After 20 minutes I thought we could win easily with 4 or 5 goals to nil.

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  • beddersmag

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Have to laugh at some of these comments. Pards had a brain fart on the free kick but the changes made were spot on. I called them myself. Taylor was jiggered and had to come off while cisse needs to put more graft in so gambling on hba was not a problem. Nowt stuck to cisse or ba all day- Hoofed or not. Even shola put more work in which says something. Cabaye didnt look much fully fit but oh dear williamson is terrible and turns like the qe2. He is the simple reason we are leaking goals i can tell you that now. He also looks like his confidence is shattered. Sad to say but at 2-1 id have taken a draw you could see what was coming a mile off

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  • beddersmag

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Can i just add when i say the changes were spot on i couldnt have known hba and guthrie would be unable to control or pass a football today

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