Kevin Nolan Goal Sends Newcastle To Surprise Defeat

Newcastle went down to a frustrating 1-0 defeat this afternoon,  and it was to a Kevin Nolan goal, just to make things even worse, and in the last two games when we expected to start picking up points, we have only one.

Jonas Gutierrez – went off injured in first half

Both sides started slowly and were finding it hard to string passes together, especially Newcastle, and it was lack luster first 30 minutes with hardly any chances being created. Jonas Gutierrez was replaced by Vurnon Anita after  just 24 minutes after picking up a leg injury.

The game was mediocre with few chances,  but then West Ham scored, and it was former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan who put the ball into the back of the net, and he was completely unmarked.

The ball had been partially cleared when it was swung back in, and an unmarked Kevin Nolan six yards from goal put the ball into the back of the net first time with his right foot, and there was a subdued celebration for Kevin.

It initially looked offside but Kevin was onside, although another West Ham player was in an offside position, but not interfering with play.

After the goal Newcastle stepped it up, and created some chances before half time and Steven Taylor was pushed in the back by James Tomkins following  corner, but the referee amazingly didn’t give what looked like an obvious penalty.

It was 1-0 at the half and at the start of the second half, an ineffective Papiss Cisse was replaced by Shola Ameobi.

And after only two minutes a Demba Ba header seemed to have crossed the line before Jaaskelainen scooped it to safety, but the referee didn’t give the goal  –  and yet another goal line controversy and West Ham got the benefit of the doubt, as they had for the foul on Steven Taylor in the penalty area just before half time.

The second half was the polar opposite of the first with chances being made at both ends, as the game was wide open

Newcastle had their chances to equalize,  but the goal just wouldn’t come and the Bolton gal;keeper made several to keep Newcastle at bay with Demba Ba being the most threatening.

After 74 minutes Andy Carroll was through and had the best chance of the game, but Tim Krul made an outstanding save to block Carroll’s left foot shot – Andy should have scored.

Newcastle pressed for the equalizer and in the 4th minute of the 5 minutes of added time Cabaye had a chance from a corner, but his shot was just wide – and that was it – a very bad defeat by Newcastle, and if we cannot beat West Ham at home, that’s not good.

It seems we just cannot cope with two games in a week, and the European games are affecting Newcastle’s form and energy in the Premier League.

A terrible defeat is the only way to describe this – and only a mediocre performance this afternoon.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gabriel Obertan 79), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c) (Vurnon Anita 24) , Shane Ferguson; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 46)
Subs: Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux

West Ham United (4-4-1-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney (Guy Demel 67); Yossi Benayoun (Gary O’Neil 52), Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame, Matt Jarvis (Modibo Maiga 34); Kevin Nolan (c); Andy Carroll
Subs not used: Raphael Speigel, James Collins, Robert Hall, Carlton Cole

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Bookings: Newcastle – Ben Arfa (76); West Ham – Noble (45). O’Brien (61)

Attendance: 51,855 (2,700 West Ham)

30 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    No Collo, No Tiote (our two best players), Cisse way out of form, no super utility players like perch and raylor and this is what you get!

    We don’t have the depth to play in Europe – it was a bad day when we got that, because the team needed strengthening and we didn’t.

  • euanpolo

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. What an absolutely terrible performance from Newcastle. The players should be embarassed and ashamed of that excuse for a display. We controlled the game but created next to nothing. Almost every final ball was under or over hit, not enough players were getting into the box, there was far too much hesitation in the final third. West Ham deserved the win. The Newcastle first team obviously don’t care as much as we do because there was no effort out there. I think it’s about time our Europa League side is given a chance in the Premier League because they can actually create chances, score, and beat weaker opposition at home.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    We need:

    1) Better wingers
    2) A partnership between Ba and Cisse
    3) Better offensive play

    We’re solid and work hard off the ball, we play as a team but we haven’t had enough going forward all season. That’s a really disappointing result (though in my opinion West Ham being a promoted team has nothing to do with anything).

  • 2_goal_tino

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Absolutely diabolical performance, depressing to watch. The sad thing is that apart from Europa League that performance was only slightly worse than usual for this season. Pardew needs to turn this around, they just look lacklustre in everything they do. Games like today are when we miss tiote!

  • terencelim

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Only if Ashley really care about the club, stop focusing on selling funny costume and start investing in senior players (and not using youth development as an excuse not to do so).

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Spuggy, was going to write pretty much the same comments – that’s for saving me the time

  • toonking

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    this game today is has to be the worst game yet and after what i have seem from them i think last season was certainly a one off unless we have become the new everton.
    some of the things that’s making us so poor are
    1 so few players in the box
    2. players like HBA wanting to show off which makes me wonder if they want to leave newcastle
    3.the midfield ATM is clueless i don’t have a clue what the formation and position of the players are.
    4.we probably are too short squad wise for both europa and premier league games together.

  • NewcastleMole

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    We’re a long ball team and its poor to watch.

    We’ve never shown attacking flair for awhile now.

  • colwell

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    If Pards wants to play so defensive surely he should buy a fuc#ing defence first? Except Santon!

    If this game doesn’t show how much we need a new striker I don’t know what will. We have not one striker who can run in behind and because of that we are easy to defend against.

    Last point is how thick are our players maybe Cabaye,Santon and HBA pass and move all the rest stop after passing. Fu#k Pards get back too basics what ever you are doing hasn’t worked all season!

  • Special K

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Genuinely one of the most atrocious games I’ve had the misfortune to watch, that’s been coming. We’ve been nothing short of pathetic this year, we abuse Sunderland for having Fletcher score all their goals but we’re no different, only Ba and Ben Arfa have scored this season (not counting Cisse’s fluke) and when West Ham took them out of the game we were well and truly f##ked.

    Also what in the Lord’s name is up with our bloody set pieces, a lofted ball to Williamson that never gets won and if does is tame enough to be booted away. Pathetic. What’s up with playing long ball 442 after the success of that free flowing 433? That’s on Pardew. Pathetic.

    How can the board justify not investing in our squad last summer in a bid to cement our place in the Top 6? Teams have figured us out and as a result we’ve dropped back into that Third Tier of the likes of Fulham & Everton.

    Finally down 1-0 at home with West Ham sitting back and letting us have the ball…GET MEN FORWARD for Christ’s sake!!! It was unbelievable to see so many players jogging up, I’m not expecting all out Keeganesque attack but at least a bit of effort.

  • Tiote4PM

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Anita is diabolical. Doesn’t challeneg for the ball, weak, gets caught on the ball, slow at collecting and distributing, poor positioning…

    This boy has been an awful purchase.

    Does anyone agree?

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    right i’m off to go wash my eyes out with bleach

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh yeah – and better set pieces.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Utter crap as always this season, 11 games in and no good performances, it cant be blamed on any one thing, all are to blame but mainly pardew.

    The only threat we have is the CF, tired of not seeing anyone else trying to get into the box to score, neither CM gets in there, only cabaye does when its a 3 man midfield, the team needs more threats and more people getting into the box, wingers coming inside and going for flckons etc instead of just the other CF

  • coccolini

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    everyone take a deep breath. Terrible performance, but that does not mean we have a terrible team or manager. The season is a marathon not a sprint, don’t give Pardew a hard time until he’s given a chance to rectify the situation next week…. if nothing happens in that game. Well then, lets grab our pitchforks

  • stuart no9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #16

    i rest my case on pathetic pardew. a totally inept manager who should be nowhere near SJP. this was not the fault of any of the players ,except williamson, this was totally down to, ive said it 50 times and ill say it again our totally negative tactics, by our totally negative manager. another 8 years of this lads!

  • Jonny

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #17

    only 3 players that started today, started on thursday though? and one was the keeper, so we cant say they are tired. Lack of match preparation, maybe but we should be winning nevertheless. sort it out pardrew……now.

  • euanpolo

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought Anita was one of the few players who was decent today. He was actually making runs into the box from midfield whereas Cabaye and Ben Arfa were just standing around on the edge of the area. We weren’t playing long ball either – we just lacked any quality or cutting edge in the final third. Obertan should have been put on sooner but apart from that Pardew didn’t get it wrong tactically – this one is on the players.

  • toonking

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    it isn’t the match itself that gets player most tired it is actully the travelling that causes the most problems.

  • Jonny

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #20

    @19- well why take ben arfa and co to sit on the bench and not play then?

  • Gosforth Phill

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s not 4-4-2,it’s closer to 8-2.More like 6.5-1.5-2.
    We can’t get the ball in the midfield,we never try to.Not enough support from MF.All def minded.Looked clueless 99% of the game :S.

  • FollowFollow

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Some good points on this thread that apply to our season so far. The point has been made above but when is a CB ever going to score for us? Plus, so many crossing opportunities today but they were rarely a threat. I can’t pinpoint the single issue (too long, short, slow). I guess it was decision making. wrong choice every time.

  • Graeme

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #23

    A complete and utter shambles. What on earth has Pardew been doing with them all week?? Playing Badminton??

    He certainly hasn’t been preparing this team for this match – and if he has, then he needs to take a long, hard look at himself. This performance was disgusting in the lack of effort, the lack of attack, the lack of defence and ZERO TACTICS.

    A target of top six?? Playing like today, bottom 6 is a much more likely assessment of our performance. Completely shameful.

  • manxpie

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    well if you watched the game rotonda in the 1st half we were playin 443 for most of it with ba on the left!
    it was a shockin performance by the TEAM full stop!
    the only player that can hold his head uphigh is santon

  • toonking

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    jonny don’t blame the manager for that blame the board
    what can he do when we have only 3 CB 3 forwards- one who is out of form and only 5 midfielders cabs obatan HBA sammy and marvo who show agression
    basically we wastedtoo much money on defensive midfielders because we have now got tiote bigi anita jonas perch and gosling all for 1 position

  • stuart no9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #26

    at last, people are starting to realise this manager we have with an 8 year contract for achieving nothing, is not as good as he thinks he is.the players were only carrying out orders set out by the manager. they were his decisions, his tactics, his orders. end of.

  • curmon

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Whoever said travelling is the problem, needs to look at a map, Bruges is about the same distance from Newcastle as Southampton. I guess travelling great distances will be our excuse when we get beaten by the saints.

  • LargeSadMenace

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Why are ppl complaining? We’re in the premier league and advertising our club in europe, more importantly our books are almost balanced. I for one am glad my season ticket pays for this thrilling mediocrity

  • Lynxie

    Nov 11, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #29

    I am sick to death of hearing this ‘they are tired after travelling’ nonsense. It was Belgium for christs sake. A 1 and a half hour flight! You would have thought they had been on a moon mission FFS. The problem here is too many players not being brave enough to want to pass the ball and retain posession. Possibly because they are not good enough (Willo for example) or because they are too lightwieght for this league (Yes YOU Mr Anita), or because they should be nowhere near our first team by any stretch of the imagination at the minute (Cisse. Yes yes, wonder goals and last season is last season. he is woeful at present and should be nowhere near a starter).
    The set piece to Williamson? Well I hope I live long enough for that one to eventually pay off, because from where I see, he defends the ball for the opposing team very well.
    Filling the midfield with international footballers, then berserking it 90 feet above thier heads in the direction of Demba ba? What is Gods name is all that about? Come on Pardew, we are better than this.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #30



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