This is Newcastle’s Big Problem Now

Newcastle big weakness of late is our ability to put the ball into the back of the net – and you just have to look at the stats to see it’s a big problem for us.

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Shola Ameobi – could this man be the hero?

Including our defeats at Manchester City and Wigan, we have scored only four goals in our last seven league games, and in the last four games we have scored a solitary goal – the one from Yoan Gouffran to get us a point at West Brom.

And teams get out of the relegation mess with wins, and while we’ll always take a point – like we got yesterday – it’s wins that save you.

Just look at Aston Villa in the last two games – they have two wins – and before those games they were 3 points behind Newcastle and now they are two points ahead of us.

So we will save ourselves only by winning at least one of our last two games, and the easier one to win is at QPR, but whatever happens we will likely go into the Arsenal game with everything on the line – and the fact that a bad result for us there could mean we take the drop.

Wigan have scored five goals in the last two games to get a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham, when Spurs equalized in the 89th minute, and a 3-2 win at West Brom yesterday – so Villa and Wigan have surged in the last two games – we haven’t.

And to win games you have to score goals – so in the last four games we could have only won one game – and it would have had to have been 1-0 because we’ve only scored one goal.

Alan Pardew knows that’s the problems, which is why he started Ben Arfa, Cisse and Gouffran as a front three – but we need to see Shola Ameobi may be start one of the wings in the last two games.

Shola has his critics, but he could be the man to save Newcastle – he tends to get some really important goals for the club.

Somebody needs to be a hero if we are to survive this season – so the opportunity is there for Shola, and for any other Newcastle player for that matter.

Take it!

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36 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    May 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    looks like callum mcspannaman is the face of wigans relegation ‘great escape’. His picture is all over everything the fcuking ugly little bastard

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Shola – no stamina, lazy, terrible goal/games ratio, born offside … no thanks Ed.

    Pardew needs someone to sit down with him with a pile of matches and show him that a win at QPR won’t make us safe … perhaps he’ll wake up the team, we’ll only stay up if someone is worse than us.

    Pray that the Mackems lose and Norwich don’t pick up anymore points. Because Pardew is unaware of the danger.

  • geordie157

    May 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Keep the same attacking trio, drop Gosling or Campbell from the bench and put Obertan on there. Then he can replace Gouffy or Arfa if needed, instead of Shola.

    Bringing on Shola changes the whole mentality of the side and lets the opposition push forward more.

  • scout

    May 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Cant actually believe i have just read that comment with the picture of shola, if you think that ed we are doomed 52000 fans and relying on Shola is pathetic. Should have paid demba 100k a week rather than have 2 or 3 poor strikers on half that. Great business sense from the people at the top

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Anybody who still claims that Mike Ashley is the saviour of our famous club needs to take a long hard look at themselves as we stare another relegation in the face under his guidance.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I suggested Obertan as a starter yesterday – sub HBA on 60mins. (HBA looks very heavy and can’t run passed people like he usually does).
    Then set up to let WHU have the ball and counter-attack with a fast front three of Obertan, Cisse and Gouffran.

  • beefman13

    May 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Bwn arfa lookes like the only kid willing to try and create, nothing ciming frim our ultra defensive minded 3 in mudfield jonas b tiote yes and cabaye who yesterday did have a good game at all, pardew gas dig at benny saying he tired so the resr were super were they alan, another hals decent half followed by another under the cosh second half performance. Been said a million times yea i know, thats the trouble.

  • scout

    May 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    You get what you pay for in this world, demba earned his payrise and didnt get one cant blame the lad for shooting off

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    From that Andy comment before, yeah he does think he’s a tactical genius? Why? Because he thinks he knows better than to change periods where we’ve played ok to play ultra defensive AND RELUCTANT TO ATTACK when it doesn’t work. We tend to draw and lose the game… He persists playing people in wrong positions and provides a lack of common sense in his starting line ups and a lot of his subs.

    Guess what? He doesn’t change what hasn’t been working, he just keeps going, because he thinks he’s right, yet thousands can see it’s wrong.

    He was even quoted the other day that he has a “strong footballing philosophy”. Is this the same footballing philosophy which leads to all the clubs he managers to be fighting relegation? He’s playing a lower league brand of football with technically very good players. He doesn’t have the experience on his CV to show he has ever played in a way to suit our International players. I put quotes up from Tevez saying he doesn’t know how to utilise top players from abroad.

    His defensive priority is that he’s basically got 10 bodies lining up just on our own 18 yard box for very long periods of the second half with no real impetus to push everyone forward. If you cannot see that is happening, then you need to be more aware of what is going on. This is home or away and against any low level opposition. Take the Reading home game for example.

    Instead, he’ll look for a Sissoko run to break forward with Cisse as well already isolated up there, then we’ll have another jogging up behind them.

    His defensive strategy is not far off what Chelsea did against Barca for the Champions League last year. Effect for that game, but would you want to watch it that each week? No. A defensive mentality could still be based around possession football, but he instead just gets us to sit back and defend. It’s an awful attitude to have. It’s like seeing what other people do in last 5 mins of games defending a lead to it happening for half an hour or full second halfs. Awful.

    I know he should have been backed last summer and wasn’t, that is Ashleys fault as well. But, over a consistent basis, he cannot do the basic thing of formulating a good team performance for 90 minutes over one game never mind a number of games. That is simply coaching. Correcting things which aren’t right and improving them.

    He is persisting with tactics which don’t suit our players and he plays players in totally unsuitable positions.

    I could really go on and list all sorts of BASIC things which he is doing wrong. The worst thing is, he persists with underachieving ways. This is one of the reasons why ALL the clubs he managers end up fighting relegation and have low morale within the club.

  • Slank

    May 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, disagree with ‘our ability to put the ball into the back of the net’.

    Our problem of late was been the defence. We have conceded more than almost all of the others around us, whereas we have scored more than Wigan, Sunderland and Norwich with only one goal scored seperating us from Villa. Conceding 9 goals in two games has been the real killer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    If we do get relegated I just hope Mike Ashley throws the towel in and sells up taking his bargain bucket manager with him.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Coloccini and Cabaye need to take charge of the the tactics, to benefit the player’s strengths, and lock Pardumb out of the dressing room. Surely they would work better than Pards and his ultra bad defensive/hoof ball tactics.

    I just hope somebody at the club can provide a rallying cry for the QPR game as we need a big win there like by 3 goals as 1-0 will do nothing to our goal difference. The match vs Arsenal I think we’ve got to look to win as well.

    Unfortunately I can see us in the bottom 3 by Tuesday as Sunderland & Wigan should get wins from Stoke & Swansea at home. Pards sets out to draw cos it’s in our hands, failing to realise if other teams win its not; the man is a bafoon!

    Key match I think could be Norwich vs West Brom as if WBA get a result or draw I can’t see the Canaries getting anything from Citteh. Well it’s a lot of ifs and buts so hopefully we can just get 4 or more points from the last 2 games. Saying that we’ll be lucky to get 1 with this mug in charge!

    Pardew should be sacked whatever happens. I’d like Martinez to be brought in as the way Wigan play should be how our players play with Anita in the starting XI instead of Jonas. Martinez would be perfect for us in my opinion as he is young, great modern day football tactician and with more money than he has at Wigan + international players he could develop a great ambition for the club with great fluid passing/attacking play. If we go down I dunno who to choose, it depends how many players are willing to stay and clear up Pards’s mess.

  • stuart no9

    May 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    AP reckons that was a terrific first half and a overall good performence . WHAT?.
    The first half was an improvment on last week at best.
    2 chances in the game – 1 in the first half -1 in the 2nd. apart from that we did not carve out 1 decent opening, If thats a good performence alan , its a good job you are getting the sack in 2 weeks time. you know what? i would take relegation , just to see you and your ugly football head back south.

  • renzo

    May 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    I rarely post but i cannot take this frustration anymore. why did pardew put in gosling instead of anita? – am I missing something here? – i admit the first eleven was almost to my liking (except anita for tiote) . Its crucial to get rid of pardew at the end of the season – nothing new, I know but its evident that he will never take us forward – AND HE KEEPS ON PLAYING PLAYERS OFF FORM – anita and perch are excellent subs but at the moment they should be starting – sunday is so far away!!!!!

  • terencelim

    May 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    If there is anything to stop further damage to this club then it’s Mike Ashley selling the club or die being hit by car.

  • Benji84

    May 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    sorry to say this shalo will never be our hero he is too god dam lazy. I know he done a few good things at the club but seriously he needs to hang up his boots this season and say I have had enough

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Surely the Director of Football should go too.

    Ashley needs to change the board who have overseen this debacle. Their second in four seasons.

    Pardew has to be finished.
    I believe that they want him to stay in his job, but they must also realise that the fans have no patience left with the man.

    Llambias OUT.
    Pardew OUT.

    Ashley will be out if we go down. He doesn’t have the honour to try to put right his wrong.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Not helped by the fact the silver haired lothario shags the odd wife or girlfriend now and then

  • tannerabag

    May 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Lack of goals has been an issue all season. There is no understanding between the midfield players and strikers. No one knows where Cisse is going to be, except that he is probably going to off-side.

    The thing that really gets me though, is why do we seem to play OK in the first half of games, and then go to pieces in the second half? This is surely down to Pardew.

  • Slank

    May 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Any team from Wigan, us, Sunderland, Norwich, Southampton, Villa and Fulham can still be relegated, depending upon the results of others.

    However, our goal difference could condem us. If Sunderland beat (or even draw with ) Stoke on Monday and Wigan beat Swansea on Tuesday it’s almost over for us.

    But Arsenal may hold the key as they play us and Wigan.

  • gazzaforever

    May 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    I would give hatem a try as striker, he s not a natural st but he s lethal in front of the net and out of shape to be winger atm

  • Slank

    May 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail for Ashley

    ‘.. hope Mike Ashley throws the towel in and sells up..’

    I understand there are more chicken farmers and their ilk waiting to buy English clubs.

  • Greebol1892

    May 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Please no, not HIM! Why/how does he even make the bench?!? Play Campbell up with Cisse. Or just do the usual and stick that lazy un-footballing pudding up front with Cisse wide right and Jonas wide left….. HTL! A win vs Arsehole and a draw against melted candle-face.

  • ArtyH

    May 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    If anyone thinks Shola is going to be a saviour you are a bad as Pardew. FFS he is hopeless! Ive said it before, Cisse has scored at least half a dozen goals for us but they have been incorrectly ruled out, the officials need to be looked at. The Villa game was a disgrace as well they should have had 2 penalties against them as seen on MOTD. The game has gone to hell in a handcart.
    Heard a commentator talking about Cisse’s ” goal ” yesterday and he said about the new Hawkeye system ” it may put us commentators out of a job “. Well most of them are so biased against the toon I personally would just love to watch the match without their drivel. Pardew is playing with fire and is going for two draws in the next 2 games, it will bite him in the ass, and he deserves it, hope he is sacked.

  • savio

    May 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    I think cisse should be dropped…he is playing sit @ the moment…he has been anonymous for 2 or 3 games now…or he is offside….we just cannot hope for an odd wondergoal…i thinks even martins was better than this guy…cisse is so irritating to watch..hope we had kept ba atleast till the end of the season…maybe we can try gouffran as a striker..i think he has played there in his preious club..or we can even try ben arfa there….

  • toon kk

    May 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #26

    I thought there was a five year plan to get Newcastle into the champions league. The way we’re playing we struggle in the championship. We have no one to score and look as if don’t give a s##t.

  • Pilly69

    May 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    The only way Shola should be anywhere near SJP is selling programmes outside

  • davis_toons

    May 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #28

    We know what Stylor can give us but we cannot rely on him to stabilise the back line, cut out danger passes, and etc is not his strength.

    Mbiwa is still young but have lots of skill in him but we are still not very sure what he can give us. If Colo leave we need to get in another good talented CD be it young or old.

    Please do not mention Williamson although he is a nice utility.

    A few quality players is better than lots of utilities average players.

  • Jesus1983

    May 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Shoal left the game on crutches yesterday. His season will be over.

  • Sav

    May 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Shola? Obertan?? We need the same line-up but for Cabaye to have a decent game. That is the difference for us between when we were good and the rest of the last 12 months. Pards has to lay it on the line for Dreamboat. Colo back made a huge difference and that was a decent performance from Tiote, perhaps because of having Colo behind him. We got 65 minutes out of Hatem and may expect 75 against QPR. Now Cab has to step up. If there are to be any changes in personnel, Sissoko can maybe come in for Gutierrez. But Guti was an experienced head yesterday and I’d be slow to drop him.
    Obertan scores a hat-trick for the stiffs and some people want to reinstate him?? (shakes head).

  • ErnestHemingway

    May 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.

  • obatoyou

    May 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    we got to beat QPR 🙂
    even if we do, we could still go down 🙁
    If Arsenal send us down, im gonna be pissed

  • AKB

    May 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #33

    I can’t see us getting owt at QPR.
    I’ve been going 40 years and I know an NUFC banana skin when I see one.
    It’s their last home game in the prem and they won’t want to go out with a wimper. The ground will be rocking and if we stroll around like we did yesterday we are f****d.

    Having said that the back 4 looked as strong as it has for months yesterday, it’s the 7 in front of it that worries me.

  • Lynxie

    May 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Jesus H Christ. So its come down to this. we are so bad that we have to rely on that shot shy useless plank of wood to get us out of trouble? He couldnt score in a brothel with a diamond studded knob. FACT. I hope the fact that he left on crutches yesterday means he never pulls the shirt on again.

  • Brutooon

    May 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #35

    This guy score 2 goals in 44 games, you want to depend on him? OMG

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Shola Ed?? Shola be our hero?…are you fu*king kidding me!? I’d rather we try Gouffran up front or even Campbell before him. Have you seen his stats, shots on target n, goals per game of Stolla, it’s pathetic, he makes Emile Heskey look world class. Imagine if we didn’t have Strolla and we still had errm i dunno Lovenkrands / Best, I bet we wouldn’t be in this mess.


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