Newcastle On A Knife’s Edge – But Lads Can Do It


If Wigan had not won today it would have been a good day for Newcastle United – not a great day – but a good day, and as it turned out it was a decent day as we got an away point.

kevin nolan and colo

Kevin Nolan and Coloccini at the final whistle
A picture is worth a thousand words


There were a number of positives coming out of the game – the first one is the lads played well at Upton Park in the 0-0 draw, especially in the first half, and that will do the players’ confidence a lot of good after what happened the last time out.

Another positive is that we kept a clean sheet – Colo returns and we keep our first clean sheet since we beat Fulham 1-0 on April 7th – which was also our last win and that’s five league games ago – but Rob Elliot has to take a bow for some fantastic second half saves.

The last two games of the season are on the next two Sundays, and we need one win out of those two games – that could be enough – and to win we have to score goals – and we haven’t been too good at that in the league lately.

We’ve scored just three goals in the last seven league games – and that’s what happens when you lose a top striker like Demba Ba in January, and don’t replace him, for whatever reason.

So everything this season now hinges on our last two games, and it’s like we are on a knife’s edge as far as relegation is concerned.

We’ll know better how we stand on Tuesday night, after Wigan play Swansea, and Sunderland will have played Stoke City at home the night before.

Wigan are in good form and after Tottenham equalized in the last minute last weekend, they followed that with an excellent win at West Brom 3-2 – something that we couldn’t do two weeks ago.

But it’s now up to our players to show fortitude and courage and play well, and having Coloccini back in the side could be massive for the club.

Certainly these next two games are huge games for Newcastle,  and if do take the drop it will put the club back at least two or three years, and our current team will need to be dismantled – just like it was four years ago.

Now’s the time to stick together and support the players and the manager, and see if we can escape relegation and keep in the Premier League for next season .

At this point that would be great – in fact it would be fantastic.

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95 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    May 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m having a meltdown so I’m going but I hope you lot are watching MOTD and seeing what Wigan are doing after they score.

    Celebrating? No!

    Getting the ball and trying to get more goals.

    That’s the difference between fight and avoiding it.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Transfer Sage

    my point is

    spuds, ars even man c, dont have a much better squad then ours, in places yes, but over all its the managers who have them where they are right now

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Transfer Sage

    woodgate was ok

    could have been amazing,, never got enough games any where he played

    man c are class

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  • toon22

    May 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Mackems are below us,pressure is on them.
    Come on Stoke 🙂

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  • manxpie

    May 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #5

    249daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    @manxpie
    Where were you after the Liverpool game spouting your love of Pardew nowhere to be seen and you haven’t called anybody out as your posts clearly state you know fcuk all about football

    well i left that to you lot picking that performance apart and blaming it all on pardew even though the players were shocking and as a FAN i was gutted so i wasn’t in the mood same before the game 2day that collo shouldn’t be playing let alone taking the captains armband but hey ho he was brilliant and settled the whole team down with anothert whole new defence that we’ve played this season but still no praise!!

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  • toonluvva

    May 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Still think that despite their win today, Wigan will fall away and we will escape relegation by the skin of our teeth.

    Even Ashley will be forced to admit that just avoiding the drop is not a great situation to be in.

    £60m of TV rights are at stake for him, not to mention all the free advertising he gets for SportsDirect whenever we are televised.

    Because of this I’m hoping that he’ll move quickly after the last match of the season and replace the dead wood at the heart of Newcastle’s management.

    A win at QPR is a must! I’d rather the Toon had the points in the bag than being reliant on the failure of others so close to the finishing line.

    Tonight I’ll celebrate picking up a point away from home whilst hoping that we might have turned the corner at long last.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    manxpie

    yeh yeh yeh

    true hero

    what a fan

    supper fan,,

    your manager is taking us down,, put that in your pipe and shhmoke it

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  • Geordiedownunder

    May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Is it Just Me? or do we have allocated the worst officials….
    “I saw the incident but there was no problem” or such with McManaman” and the latest
    “I couldn’t see if the ball was in as I fell over sir”
    Unbelievable!

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #9

    ED the trouble is wigan did win today, and no, i dont think the lads can do it.
    It really p///ed me off watching MOTD and see nmartinez make that sub and within 1 minute he had scored , just like chelsea on thursday night , a manager makes a sub- and completely changes the game . Pardew made subs that that had no effect in the game at all .
    The truth is we are not good enough for this league with this manager .
    We need a good clear out and start again in the championship.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #10

    catchy,
    my damning post of your treacherous behaviour never got through last thread,you are a truly horrible individual gloating in our demise.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail for Ashley

    you my friend are worse in my eyes

    you stand back and watch this happen,, not a word out of your mouth

    at least i have been proved right

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #12

    @manxpie
    You mean you had no defence for a manager that picked such a defensive side for a home game.
    Yeah today was amazing we just scraped a draw against a one dimensional West Ham side.while all around us with less talented players were away and winning games

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #13

    manxpie @ 5 so who do you want to blame if it is not pardews fault ? his mrs ?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #14

    stu9

    ed is just as bad as a lot of these posters,,

    he gives them hope with great headlines

    very rarely says the real truth,, more interest in getting hits than saying how he really feels

    sad really

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #15

    @manxpie
    Yeah a whole new defence Taylor,Colo and Simmo only played a few seasons together

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #16

    im no longer replying to anything manx says or asks

    he needs help,,

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  • manxpie

    May 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #17

    munster but would he get us 5th!?
    i give him credit for that where sum say the whole season was luck!
    do you remember that that was a pretty much new team in the 2nd season back in the prem?
    now i don’t know how much you look in to injuries or form but we’ve had shockers on both so tell me which manager would have dealt with this season better?
    because if you are against pardew you must have a replacement that would do much much better than pardew??

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Stuart

    Incorrect on subs.

    Pardew does make game changing ones, just hicks what little initiative we have ourselves.

    I really am off now. Cya boys and girls and lets hope things go our way. Happy to stay up even if its other teams mistakes that keep us up.

    Pardew is gone in the summer, I’m 100% confident in what I have heard.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Transfer Sage

    stay safe

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesus Willie mcFaul could do a better job with this lot than Pardumb

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #21

    daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    ignore him

    he will go away

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  • manxpie

    May 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #22

    stuart have you been missing all season!?
    so are you just blaming 1 person then?
    course you are because you can’t possibl’y take into account the fact that injuries n form and bad disicions have been the reason for this season?

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    @Catchy
    I don’t mind mate its a blog for everyone would be boring otherwise

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  • toonluvva

    May 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #24

    @stuart no9

    The difference between Pardews subs and those you mentioned is all about the mentality underlying the decisions.

    Pardew’s instinct is simply to hang onto what we have got. The others are usually to try and turn the game round in a positive way. It’s as simple as that.

    There is no “last roll of the dice” lets go out and get the 3 points from our coach and I suspect as it has been the same all through the season, the other managers utilise to their advantage.

    Posters are always going on about the players not performing, but how much does tactics employed by Pardew sap their confidence and hamper their game?

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #25

    manxpie — so you are giving pardew all the praise and credit for getting us 5th last year- but wont blame him for getting us relegated this year ? mmm , sounds like pardew has got the best job in football.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #26

    @manxpie
    Man you sound just like Pardumb and blame everything bar the fact the manager plays boring negative football and has had plenty of games that have been winnable.

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #27

    manxpie you tell me whos fault it is , then i will easilly be able to prove you wrong!

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  • blew

    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Make no mistake- we are going down, because we are the worst team in in PL. Who is going to score goals ? they are needed to win matches, something Pardew does not realise.
    The blame lies with Ashley, he got rid of Wise and Jiminez-but kept a non football man at the helm – Llambias, who backs Pardew.
    We deserve to go down with the negative set up

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #29

    catchy,
    Are you really a fan or would you just like to see us suffer to satisfy a perverse inner reason ,was your dad a toon fan and did he dirty you and that’s why you love and hate us.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #30

    daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    very true

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  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail for Ashley

    i have to ask do you even like football never mind nufc,,

    i read your post, and all i see is bla bla bla, to good for him

    bla bla bla, to good for him

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #32

    @stuart no 9
    What was your take on today’s game mate

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  • manxpie

    May 4, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #33

    well thats a change catchy i mean you STILL aint answered my 1st ever question 2 ya!!?
    infact you just look like a twat man!
    i’ve asked you twice tonight and still nothing your actually revelling in our downfall so again i ask u 1 more time in simpler terms
    WHY DO YOU SUPPORT NEWCASTLE UNITED?

    because you aint since pardews been here and you can/’t have with any manager since sir bobby!!

    so that means you’ve been this miserable arse for 9 years i feel sorry for ya!
    especially if you didn’t enjoy last season!!

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #34

    toonluvva – what i meant by the subs is that they wernt “match winning subs” and your right , subs are made for a negative purpose.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Manxpie, you’re being stupid. Again. Just because I havent declared who the new manager should be, doesnt mean my argument that Pardew isnt good enough doesnt hold water. What a stupid point of view you hold! Pardew isnt good enough fpr many reasons. But the chief one, is that despite a nasty season injuries wise ( as many clubs have in this physical league ) , we should be safe by now from relagation. I wonder if Chris Hughton or Martinez would have liked 20mill to spend in Jabuary….? You havent a clue sunshine. Pardew indeed has a fine job with gullible fans like you around.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #36

    blew .
    he got rid of Crazy gang wize and disco jiminex I really hope you’re being sarcastic.

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  • martoon

    May 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Catchy if you think our squad is as good as Man City then you are the one who needs help. Here’s a novel idea if you call yourself a supporter then why don’t you do it?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 4, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Its the waiting that gets me . I just want to know one way or another. Its got to the stage where I am to anxious to watch or listen FFS. I am not confident with Pardews teams at all and I can’t remember the last time I saw Pardew field a side I have felt confident about. We should have sacked the moron 3 weeks ago.

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #39

    daz @ 32 evening mate, we could have played all day mate and still not score .
    Totally devoid of any attacking power, idea, vision, whatever you want to call it , but the fact we have nothing up front will eventually put us down – bearing in mind PARDEW never bought a striker in jan when he should and could have.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #40

    @Big Pappa
    Man it’s like a slow death

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