Let’s Not Be Too Hard On Newcastle


The result yesterday was a disappointing one when we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and the performance in that first half was not up to par, but it wasn’t in the first half against Tottenham last week either.

Vurnon Anita touches Torres – and he goes flying

It seems the difference between the two league games was that we had a bit of luck last week as Spurs hit the woodwork twice in that first half, when we were again second best, but yesterday we weren’t so lucky, and when Chelsea got that rather soft penalty after 21 minutes , maybe it wasn’t going to be our day.

But after Chelsea scored that goal, Newcastle came more into the game in that first half, and then we conceded what was a good goal from Fernando Torres very late in the half, and there wasn’t too much Newcastle could do about that one.

But that second killer goal came after three minutes into added time in the first half,  and it was always going to be a mountain to climb for our lads in that second half.

But let’s give Newcastle some credit, because they came out in that second half as we expected – and went all out for goals to try to get back into the game, and attacked throughout the second half, and played a lot better than in the first 45 minutes.

And that was also different from last week, when we got that great opportunist goal from Demba Ba, but yesterday we had some decent chances but just couldn’t get the goal, which would have made all the difference.

You win some and you lose some, and a win and a defeat is one point better than two draws after all, and if we can beat Aston Villa next Sunday afternoon, we’ll be happy enough with 6 points from three games – but we need the win.

And with Chelsea likely to be so much better than last season, it’s going to be difficult to repeat what we did last season, and finish in 5th place in the league, but nevertheless that has to be the goal.

And we’d be a lot more confident if we had brought in a couple of defenders and another striker in this summer’s transfer window.

Without them it’s going to be really tough, but the lads will give it all they’ve got this season – we have no doubts about that.

With six days to go before the transfer window closes, we still have hopes that Newcastle will be able to strengthen the squad, but in truth – not too much hope.

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217 comments so far

  • bob

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Tiotes gone cisses a one season wonder simpsons still crap cabayes angling for a move and pardews just spent what he got for best and fraser forster its a real wind up!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    i remember being ecstatic when Liverpool knocked out Everton and We virtually qualified for europa

    Now Europa is a burden according to many.

    We want to push for UCL, but the squad just is not there, IMHO

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Bob you should have posted `first`. Oh, wait, numbers…..

    Its him again, fake bob. Meh.

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    How about a cheeky offer for nani? Sir Alex doesn’t want him apparently, the worst that would happen is he says no due to his huge wages but worth a punt! An amazing player on his day, but then again we are more likely to get sharner and put him on the wing -.-

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh and btw yes I know sharner is unavailable due to his recent transfer. Shame he would have been awesome wouldn’t he kets?

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  • bob

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Even the mackems have shelled out 24 million quid while tight wad Ashely hunts through the bargain basements or hopes he can make a profit off Tiote!

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh and btw yes I know sharner is unavailable due to his recent transfer. Shame he would have been awesome wouldn’t he?

    Tongue in cheek 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Sage from previous – dead on. We allowed too much respectful room for chelski first half. We need to be better pressing off the ball, and more confident in pressing forward when we have it. Could having Tiote out drop our confidence in our back line THAT much?

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    We all agreed to ignore bob? I personally come on here to discuss nufc with nufc fans..

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Jddubai – thats EXACTLY how far back lol.

    On fakebob – ignore him.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve missed you bob. Can you bring back plan b, billy, ted and whomever else used to brighten up slow days on the blog?!

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Bob – Bore off ya troll!! You haven’t been missed!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Beattie ……………………….

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Debuchy,Mbiwa and Gameiro and we will finish in the top 6 again.

    GO SIGN THEM DAMN IT!

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  • bob

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Even the brain deads on here have to admit the mackems have woken up to the fact that you have spend money on decent players if you are to progress, not scour the bargain basements of europe hoping to get lucky that never works its just hard up patter!

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  • lucasnufc

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    @Bob If NUFC signed Steven Fletcher for that price I’d go support Darlington.

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  • stretchintoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    we lost to a VERY good chelsea side,beat spurs(we rode our luck alittle) it was anitas first prem game,only just got back from greece,& theres still a chance we could bring a new face in & ffs it was only the second game of the season….come on boys CHINS UP!!!HWTLs….

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    @jp

    We don’t need to sign all of them to finish in the top 6!
    All we need is a better rb, and if possible get a young, up and coming winger that will push for a 1st team place.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    @lucas

    I agree mate, or I’d go support Gateshead or my local blyth Spartans haha!!

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  • bob

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Yes chins up carry on deluding yourselves that players will come in pardews known since he took over we need a decent centre half and a rightback and two more strikers but still nothing the guys got a smaller squad now than when he took over.

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  • hatem786

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    MIKE ASHLEY MUST INVEST IN NEW PLAYER ATLEAST 2 NOOOOOOOOOOOOWW

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  • hatem786

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    SIMPSON OUT AND DEBUCHY IN..WE ONLY ATT FROM THE LEFT SIDE WITH SANTON..AND NOT FROM THE RIGHT BEC SIMPSON SUKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyone else think that fergie should be given a chance on the left wing? He’s quick and knows how to put a good ball I’m the box? He’s an attacking minded player aswell and that’s what we need in our side

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Currently very concerned about the progression of the team, lack of strengthening so far to the squad and same old 442 as early last year, a bit worried currently and we need to invest and change our style a bit, the front 2 are not working. Need to give Benny more freedom.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Steven fletcher isn’t worth half of what they paid and in a honesty if we spend any more than 10 million on carroll I will see it as a massive waste when you consider what Ba/ cisse cost and the same with strikers like gameiro and de jong. Please explain to me how Carroll is different from the two strikers we have ready? Surely we need a fast striker? In fact I would be disappointed signing any player for 10 million + if we didn’t strengthen other positions. 10 million could probably Ry Debuchy and Rhodes.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a 4:5:1 with arfa in ACM.

    Simpson colo Taylor santon
    Jonas tiote Cabaye Marveaux
    Ben arfa
    Cisse

    Or 4:3:3 with:

    Tiote cabaye Anita
    Arfa. Ba cisse

    With Simpson/Jonas and santon giving us the width from full back, the defensive midfielders helpin out at the back when the fullbacks press forward.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    any1 notice the empty seats yestaday?? surely the european champions and title contenders should be selling out every week??

    and they want to build a 60 000 seater??…..strange

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Why do they play stoke games live on sky. They should be banned for being the most boring team!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    yorkshire

    hahahaha

    i think its more to do with londons precious arsenal being on the pitch aswell

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  • bob

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Gateshead-Mag It was raining those southernern soft shites don’t like rain!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    anyone watching arsenal now am sure they will b up there come the end of the season but they dont half look like they miss rvp

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Jp

    Those 3 would be the dream and transform us a lot.

    From a previous thread, i think carroll is the last person and alleged different dimension (6 goals in 42) we should be trying to sign.

    So far this season we have reverted to a 442 with 2 big lads up front and have played too many hit and hope balls, playing the percentages, when we are wasting a world class pass master in Cabaye who thrives in a 433.

    We need a quick skilful striker , maybe Gameiro if Campbell isn’t ready. One really quick defender and an attacking right back and we are not far away. Either we keep evolving to become a better passing team and build on 5th place or we go back (in every sense) to carroll.

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  • hattambenarfa

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    There is a major problem with our team. We play an overly attacking set up with a defensive mindset and in effect get the worst of both worlds. Imo 442 doesn’t not work unless you are playing hoofball or have a lightning quick striker.

    However, to those who are getting all doom and gloomy, yes some of our players had a bad day, but was cisse ever going to look good when he was probably being marked all over the place after last season, and he was getting no service. Were cabaye or anita ever going to look good when up against a five man midfield. Ba for me doesn’t fit our new play style and neither should we adapt it to accommodate him. I personally feel he would be ideal for Europe with more space and time on the ball whereas cisse the instinctive finisher would be better in the league provided he had some decent service.

    Finally a reality check. Did you guys really feel that we would go unbeaten against everybody. City and chelsea will be in a league of their own this season. Dust the boys off and focus on the next match. As long as we do a good job on Liverpool/everton/fulham and the like, and stop dropping silly points against i.e. wigan, we will do better than last season

    Hwtl!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    bob

    sourthern softies……..or makems possibly??

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  • stretchintoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #34

    To much negativity on here ffs,it was the same at the begining of last season & we finished 5th bet most of you watch eastenders …all doom & f**king gloom.Were not gonna win the prem but weve got a good squad worth getting behind.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think we can consistently play 4-3-3 whilst both Cisse and Ba are at the club. Neither of them will be happy sitting on the bench and Ba won’t want to play out on the left for the whole season. I think we might have to accept that for 4-3-3 to work, Ba or Cisse has to go.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #36

    ‘Finally a reality check. Did you guys really feel that we would go unbeaten against everybody. City and chelsea will be in a league of their own this season. Dust the boys off and focus on the next match. As long as we do a good job on Liverpool/everton/fulham and the like, and stop dropping silly points against i.e. wigan, we will do better than last season’

    well said

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Yorkshire

    Stoke defy the trades description act of ”footballing entertainment!” Pulis and Allardyce are a couple of repulsive classless oafs who should be done for crimes to football.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #38

    I just can’t see tiote suiting arsenal at all! He’s not a fluent passer of the ball like arsenal like to pack there midfield with.. I know he’d win if an give it but I don’t think he’d fit in with them and wouldn’t suit wringer at all.

    Plus he loves the toon 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Raylor–Colo–Staylor–Santon
    ——-tiote–anita———-
    Benny—–cabaye——-Jonas
    ——cisse or ba
    That’s for people wanting cabaye further up the pitch. Marveaux, amalfitano, bigi can all be introduced into that formatuion, and jonas and cabaye and benny can all cover a few of those positions, so our formation would be dynamic.

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  • nufc7lad

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Why all this panic? We only lost to a team that has won the Champions League and The FA cup and has spent £80m since away from home, after playing just 2 days before. No shame in losing to Chelsea and all you go fucking mental. All we need is another CB signing, who I am hoping will still be Douglas!!! This team can still get top 4 baring injuries

    Krul
    Santon Douglas Collo Jonas
    Anita Tiote Cabaye
    Ben Arfa Cisse Ba

    Subs:
    Harper
    Raylor
    Saylor
    Perch
    Obertan
    Marveux

    And why complain about being in the Europa League? We should embrace it and be excited, thats why we worked so hard for it last season. There are 10 teams in the PL that would quite happily swap places with us
    Sh Ameobi

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