Club Brugge Have Lost Their Last Five Games

With Club Brugge being beaten 1-0 at home over the weekend by Zulte-Waregem, who are currently top of the Belgian League, that means they have lost their last four league games, and add to that the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle in the Europe League, and the Belgian club have lost their last five games.

The Jan Breydel Stadium at Club Brugge

So Newcastle may find Club Brugge short of confidence when we play them on Thursday night at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Belgium, and new manager Georges Leekens is now under significant pressure to turn things around.

Club Brugge are 8th in the league table of 16 teams, after finishing second to Anderlecht last season, and qualifying for the Europa League.

But on the other hand Brugge will be going all out to turn their fortunes around, just as Liverpool were yesterday, after The Reds surprisingly lost 3-1 at home to Swansea during the week in the Capital One Cup, and they were the holders of that trophy.

And Liverpool came out like the proverbial steam train yesterday,  and it was a bit like the first 30 minutes against Manchester United, when it didn’t seem we were ready to play, which certainly wasn’t the case with the Liverpool side, who were ready for Newcastle.

The only difference with the Manchester United game was that Liverpool were unable to score any goals,  given their possession and control of the game in those first 30 minutes.

So it could be the same on Thursday night in Belgium, and the last thing we want to be is over-confident.

We are a decent side this season, but Newcastle are still struggling for consistency, and starting games with sufficient energy.

Thursday night is a good time to show that we can start a game on the front foot, and another win and we’ll definitely be through to the knockout stages of the Europa League competition.

Howay the Lads!!

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134 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    And of the best thing about it? There will be copious amounts of empty seats on Thursday, whilst there will be up to 500+ Mags watching the match in a pub in the city centre. Infuriating!

  • Geordie1

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Too right “Bucks Mag” they have not been able to sell half there tickets and I think you will find that it more likely to be 5000 watching in Bruges bars whilst the team play in a half empty stadium utter disgrace but I will be there.

  • chris_g

    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    You’re a bit behind with the news Ed – the “new” manager Georges Leekens has just been sacked

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Now that we know the verdict on Perch, Cabs and Ba does anybody know what thee status is on Cisse?

    …is he completely unarmed?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Now that we know the verdict on Perch, Cabs and Ba does anybody know what the status is on Cisse?

    …is he completely unarmed?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    *sorry the site crashed on me (so I reposted :))

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Who’s that inbetween Pards and Obertan on the blog header ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Bigiriama !

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    JFA…most be or else we have a player I don’t know 😀 lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d be happy for that three man midfield of Tiote,Bigi and Anita to start on Thursday night we didn’t create much but we had a serious amount of possession which could be a very good tactic since a draw would probably be a good result over there,and there’s always a chance we can nick a goal.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    JFA..that MF could work; I was actually toying with the idea of a MF with Tiote, Anita and Benny as a ACM or Trequartista just behind Shola (speed, flair and height).

    With Fergy and Obertan wide. But with Benny probably not playing that’ll have to wait 🙂

  • geordiejamie89

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Well the team has turned into an utter mess after the weekends game. At least on one good note, the team on Thursday could be quite strong with Coloccini and Tiote unavailable for Prem at present.
    However the comments from pundits is unreal. Coward was the headline on the back page of the sun. If Coloccini wanted to brake Suarez’ leg, he wouldn’t have finished the game……FACT. He managed to head the ball while he was falling over during the game ffs! I don’t often get infuriated by pundits comments, the last time was the tackle on Shearer in what ended up being his last game. At least Michael Owen was perfect with his comments on the issue. Suarez had a good game though, and isn’t to blame for any of the comments.

  • Mr Random

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #13

    My team for the Brugge is:

    SImpson Tav Collo Ferguson
    Tiote Bigi Anita
    Obertan Sameobi

    anyone agree????

  • Mr Random

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14

    sorry…obetan and Sammy to be wingers on the above team…

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Looks like we will win the europa with the team that’s forming. Our lads know what they are doing getting suspended from PL ha ha. We really will see how the kids will step up this year, I can see Mike telling Pards to make do with beige or off-yellow players until next summer.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki…I have enjoyed our EL campaign more than the PL this year; should I hope for Bennyboy to pick up a red this week 🙂 lol

    …maybe then I’ll have a chance of seeing him in some form of 4-3-3 or maybe even in a #10 spot 🙂

    Disclaimer: People I am not really hoping for Benny to see red 🙂 …or am I!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    At least the europa means suspended players don’t have to languish in reserve games trying to stay fit and up to the mark.

  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Attaboy Dannyo!

    “Always look on the bright side of life!”

    Sing along everybody! 😀

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    “Life’s a piece of sh*t, when you look at it, life’s a laugh and deaths a joke it’s true, you’ll see it’s all a show, keep ’em laughing as you go, just remember that the last laugh is on you”

  • Dannyo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Lol, what did i do? 😛

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki…a positive spin on it all could be that AP might gamble a bit more now tactically and some of the fringe players will get a chance if they grab it 😉

    …Fergy and Sameobi will see a lot of game time I think 🙂

    Does anybody know if Cisse is unharmed?

  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22


    Finally, a positive spin on Tiote and Colo being suspended! 😀

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza…I am feeling a dajavu coming on; haven’t you and I shared a duet of that song before? B-) lol

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Jesper…My whole life is feeling a little deja vu at the minute, but this particular incident I can confirm has indeed happened before 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Ahhh… Well, altho i’m a pessimist when it comes to expectations, i always look at the bright side of a result.
    Upwards and onwards.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    A few observations. Two highly skilful goal executions. Having weathered early pressure we looked very assured. At 1-0 and before Ba and Cabaye went off I could see us winning and scoring a second goal and closing down the game. Reading armchair critics postings
    many want Jonas left out and look to strengthen their case by blaming him for pools goal. Well if your in the blame game a stronger case could be made to blame Coloccini who was on the wrong side of Suarez and Krul who went down committing himself too quickly. I was not impressed by Krul’s dodgy punching- which he needs to sort out before we’re up against fat sam’s mob. Watching games on tv you don’t always appreciate how much thankless running, closing down and recovery work Jonas does. It wasn’t one of his better games but on a par with half the side. Much of our best defensive work was down the flanks which was our major weakness last season at Anfield.
    Taylor’s level of concentration was so much better than in his last performances. Sami has earned the right to get to start a game and although I haven’t seen it on tv he should have got a penalty. We’re handily placed after 10 games and. If we can start scoring a few more goals those I points can become 3.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Nov 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Sammy really did look class yesterday! Gonna be a top player, he’s 6″4 and can really motor. But yet Sterling gets all the attention?

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #28

    I have to say that I can see Liverpool becomig a top side again with the addition of a coucle of good forwards.

    Rodgers already has established the nucleus of a quick passing skilful team who all look comfortable on the ball and always with an outlet for a forward pass.

    We however have two top finishers but they spend most of the waiting fr a through ball that never arrivas or playing too deep trying to play link up when they re not up to it.

    The amount of times this season our DM S and back four have played a negative panicky back pass to Krul who then hoofs it back to the opposition has convinced me that we will not be playing attractive attacking
    football in the near future.

    I dont know if ays a lack of ability or confidence but we have to start assing the ball forward with speed and retain possession long enough to get it to the front guys.

    Sounds simple but we look miles away from achiev ing it.

  • lewytoon

    Nov 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #29

    i dont rate sammy much but i hope he changes my mind. he isnt that quick and is quite clumsy, but his scunthorpe goal was a cracker haha.

    has anyone read the secret footballer columns or book??

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Ian Toon @26 good post – but that thinking is in the minority!

    I noticed Fergy didn’t do much in his appearance though.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Imagine if all our best players got red cards and we ended up winning the Europa league. Stranger things have happened 🙂

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Ah, I see tsunki has already mentioned this. Darn you you rapscallion. 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #33

    betty @#28.
    “We however have two top finishers but they spend most of the waiting fr a through ball that never arrivas or playing too deep trying to play link up when they re not up to it.”
    Could not agree more especially with Cisse, Ba does have the ability to work an opening for himself, but Cisse needs that accurate pass for him to finish, with either one touch to set himself up or an immediate shot. Cisse is not the type of player to create an opening for himself. Therefore if he is not receiving the quality through ball he in fact becomes redundant and a spectator in the game – a luxury no one can afford. So it seems to me that the problem is the supply to the forwards – Cabaye and Benny.,probably more so Cabaye -if we could only play to allow him those extra seconds on the ball I’m sure things would improve. Cabaye appears to me to be more engaged on defensive duties than offensive . The others around Cabaye need to supply him with the ball at the right times. The other point, as other contributors have mentioned is that we appear to be playing too deep -this naturally has the consequence of allowing the opposition to attack us more. I wonder if this tactic is designed to mitigate for the lack of speed of our central defenders.
    Shopping list for January:-
    Centre half – tall/fast.
    Attacking midfielder – best one to me would be Younes Belhanda of Montpellier -terrific player -skills like Benny.
    If there is any cash left – Sissoko.
    Remember that finishing higher up the league means millions of additional PL payouts. (plus it keeps the rest of the squad happy).

  • mindshaft

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Opponent H/A 2012/13 (Pts) 2011/12 (Pts)
    Liverpool (A) 1-1 1 3-1 3
    West Brom (H) 2-1 3 2-3 –
    Sunderland (A) 1-1 1 0-1 3
    Man Utd (H) 0-3 – 3-0 3
    Reading (A) 2-2 1 1-2 (Wolves) 3
    Norwich (H) 1-0 3 1-0 3
    Everton (A) 2-2 1 3-1 –
    Aston Villa (H) 1-1 1 2-1 3
    Chelsea (A) 2-0 – 0-2 3
    Spurs (H) 2-1 3 2-2 1

    Points Totals 14 22

  • mindshaft

    Nov 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    thats turned out a right mess – anyways taking games against same teams last year we’re 8 points worse off already ( sub’d wolves for reading)
    That doesnt make good viewing – reckon we’ll be mid table this season, 8th at best

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #36

    I think one of the reasons we are playing so deep is that it seems to be a tactic employed so we do not get caught out against teams with fast players seem to remember taking a pounding off Wigan, Spurs and Fulham for playing too high a line and getting caught out by the ball over the top

    Its not pretty but it is getting us results for example the last 2 games where games in that we got no points at all last season

    Dont think you can count the games against Man Utd and Chelsea as games we should win as they have much better squads and have spent money so if you take those games out of the equation we are only 2 points worse off from other results

    I honestly think we will beat Brugge which will pretty much win us the group and then I think we will play with a lot more flair although it will be good for the youngsters to have Tiote and Colo playing as that will give them reassurance I hope Campbell gets some game time on Thursday

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Mindshaft i think you will find from them list of games we are only 5 points worse off so its not that bad

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    mindshaft….Didn’t we lose 3-1 to Liverpool last season, meaning 0 points not 3?

    Santon….I think your assessment is probably about right with regards to Man U and Chelsea and expecting us to do the same again, although I don’t go in to any home game (Man U) and expect another team to win, so maybe allow that us 1 missed point?

    So 11/12 = 22 -3 (wrong liverpool score above) = 19.

    12/13 = 14

    Difference = 5

    – Chelsea Away Discount 3
    – Man U Home Discount 1

    Reasonable difference would be 1.

    I haven’t actually checked the rest of mindshafts table, just noticed the Liverpool error

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    …and I say lets kick mindshaft off the blog for that error 🙂 lol (we don’t tollerate mistakes here)

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    …and I say lets kick mindshaft off the blog for that error 🙂 lol (we don’t tolerate mistakes here)


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