Newcastle Finish Second Worst Season Ever With 1-0 Defeat


This was a very close game this afternoon, and Newcastle can feel a little unlucky to go down by a single second half goal, after the game was very even for much of the time.

arsenal winning goal

Koscielny bangs in the winning goal for Arsenal

Sunderland managed to be beaten 1-0 at Tottenham, so a late equalizer by Newcastle would have seen Tottenham go into 4th place above Arsenal, but it wasn’t to be, even though Newcastle did their best to come back after we went 1-0 down after 52 minutes, to a Koscielny goal.

And what was too apparent in this game. was we simply don’t have enough players who can score goals – and we certainly need to bring in two strikers in the summer.

To get the bad stuff out of the way – this was Newcastle’s second worst season ever in the Premier League with our second worst points total of 41, our worst goal difference ever at -23, and our worst goals against ever at 68 goals conceded – and we lost a massive 9 games at St. James’ Park. 🙁

Newcastle have finished in an embarrassing 16th position – 5th bottom – which is the lowest we have ever finished apart from our relegation season four years ago, when we were in 18th position – 3rd bottom.

We were 5th top last season and 5th bottom this season – unbelievable – and who said Newcastle were an easy team to support?

But at least we have finished one place above Sunderland – and the two north-east clubs were the bottom two teams above the three teams relegated – it’s hard to get much worse than that unless we are both relegated.

And it just about sums up what has been a simply terrible season in the league for Newcastle – and we have to do an awful lot better next season, or else big changes will need to be made by Mike Ashley.

In our last six games of the season we  collected only 5 points and conceded 12 goals and scored only two goals – and mostly we were pathetic in the run-in apart form the win at QPR – which was the only saving grace – although today our lads were a little unlucky yo lose.

There must be a vast improvement next season.

And if Newcastle were hoping to finish on a high today, it just didn’t happen, and other teams beside us in the table like West Ham, Norwich and Fulham all won – and hence our very low and embarrassing position in the league table, as we lost 3 places from the 13th position we started the game in.

But there were also  a lot of good things to take out of this game, on a positive note, and the defense was strong and kept Arsenal pegged down for large portions of this game, but it was our lack of goal-scoring up front which was the difference between the sides, and Theo Walcott almost made it worse in added time, when he hit the post when it would have been easier to score.

For Newcastle Yanga-Mbiwa, Steve Harper, Ben Arfa and Yohan Gouffran were our best players – but why was Gouffran taken off in the second half – when he looked one of Newcastle’s most threatening players?

And is it just me or does Yanga-Mbiwa look like a first class player at left back?

The winning goal came from a free kick on the right after 52 minutes, when Podolski headed the ball forward and Koscielny from five yards out banged the ball into the back of the net.

A draw would probably have been a fairer result, but that would have only seen us move up two places in the league table and our position in the Premier League of 16th – after finishing 5th last season – may make it difficult to attract good players in the summer.

In truth – this was a season to forget in the Premier League – and that’s what we’ll do – just as quickly as possible – 5th bottom is not where Newcastle should be.

Finally, Steve Harper had a solid game today – and we thank Steve for being such a great servant of Newcastle United over 20 years, and today he played his 199th and final game for the Tyneside club.

It’s thanks for the memories to Steve Harper – but as far as this season goes the memories were mostly awful and even embarrassing at times.

With such a terrible season we just hope it spurs Mike Ashley into spending some real money to bring in say three top players this summer.

Hope springs eternal – but in truth we’re embarrassed about this season – it’s hard to take.

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Steve Harper (c); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Adam Campbell 81); Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 57), Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 65)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Gabriel Obertan

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 28), Aaron Ramsey; Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla (Jack Wilshere 89) Theo Walcott; Lukas Podolski (Olivier Giroud 78)
Subs not used: Lukasz Fabianski, Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho

Referee: Howard Webb


276 comments so far

  • TurkishFan101

    May 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    ED,

    Can you remove Pardews face on that banner.

    He does not deserve to be on that banner.

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully a certain someone is collecting their P45 as we speak.

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  • toonking

    May 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    this season has been a bad season for the whole of the north east Newcastle and sunderland battling relagation the boro disasterous second half of a season Hartlepool relegated. rather than having all this moaning wanting pardew out we should be thinking of all them players and managers who are part of the list of players that put pride over money and managers who didn’t let the inpatient fans get between them and recovering from a bad season.

    as for Newcastle I am happy with pardew as I get sick of our manager roundabout.
    what I consider proof of how poor he is will be when the owner brings both a left winger and right winger and a tall forward and we are not in Europa league either.

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew was partly to blame for today and massively to blame for the season.

    Why are people asking others to calm down.

    There isn’t a game now for 3 months and we are coming off the back of potentially the worst season in many people’s lives, there is bound to be high emotions.

    If you can now switch off and relax straight after the final game and look forward to the future you’re following the wrong club and don’t actually care.

    Everyone is different but we should be angry, frustrated and outraged after a year of shit. We should let it out and not let it build up.

    Pardew should be fired.

    For me the single worst season ever.

    Even worse than relegation season for me.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    If anyone’s just got back form the game, could you tell us what the response was like? Did Pardew and the players do a lap at the end?

    I can imagine a fair few boos, possibly?

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #6

    So people are happy with a shit manager because they are fed up of the club sacking shit managers?!

    What the hell?!!

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    toonarmydownsouth

    you see cisse as much as me,, only match days

    cisse is not a shearer or even a Ba,, cisse is a CF that just reacts , put the ball into a danger area for him to take a shot,,

    BA, could hold the ball up, drop deep and link up ,,

    now pardew sees cisse every day, why is he not getting the players to creat the chances cisse thrives on ?

    pardew is asking cisse to play a game that is not his game,,

    im 6ft2 , but im shit in the air. but put the ball at my feet, im a total different player,, but ppl expect cos im tall i should be good,

    play to players strengths, we have a strong very technicle squad, being totally miss used,,

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I guess if he hasn’t been sacked by Tuesday or the club hasn’t released a statement, we can assume we’re in for more Pardew.

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    So people think that Pardew can only be judged as a bad manager once we’ve signed more players?

    What the hell have people been watching for the last 2 1/2 years?

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    May 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #10

    whoever is manager next season i will support the club. having 52k geordies behind or against you is a massive factor. momentum we had when winning was insane, unfortunately the same weight bears downwards against us when all not so well. pardew prob suffering from lack of confidence too

    having said that i wont be sad if he goes

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  • JackButler

    May 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Benitez flying out to America tomorrow with the Chelsea squad, said he’ll be keeping his phone with him

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  • sula

    May 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Can somebody please clear something up for me has Ashley really granted Pardew the hot seat again next season?

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  • JackButler

    May 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #13

    sula

    Pardew has said that expects to be here next season, but has an end of season review with Ashley to get through first

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    catchy

    I do agree about midfielders coming from deep. That applies to the lot of them.

    When we break, we break with two or three players – there’s rarely more than two of them busting a gut to get forward, where as even teams like Wigan and Aston Villa break in numbers and look really dangerous.

    It’s just a sign of the cautious approach though – even when it seems like we’re attacking because we’re having a few chances, we’d be converting more of them if there was more than one man there to do it.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Markaccus

    you see ,, even you see where the problem is,,

    but you look at a table from last season, and think he played attacking football to finish 5th,,

    he didnt,,+5 goal diff tels you that,,

    he is to scared of losing , ties to shut up shop if we take a lead

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    The one thing for me was when Cisse failed to get into the box and the crowd got restless.

    That moment defines Pardews teams.

    Too defensive and no attacking intent.

    Now you could blame Cisse all you want but that’s because you only watch football once a week when you can get a stream.

    Every club he’s been at he’s been a great poacher and predator in the box.

    Pardew has stripped him bare, destroyed his confidence and has him playing on the 18 yard line rather than the 6 yard box.

    Fcuking joke of a manager, joke of a club and joke of a fanbase at the moment!

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #17

    ToonDownSouth

    exactly

    🙁 if he stays,, sad times ahead

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    haha ruddy don’t blow ya own “horn” yet! 🙂
    you still think it is a good idea having marv arfa cambell defending a “very very good counter attacking” arsenal i’d rather have tiote to be honest!?
    i think we played very well today and the players certainly didn’t show that there not playing for the manager infact goofy coming of no complaint from him at all which earlier he has shown some discontent maybe he was nackered
    and remember we were playing the most inform team in the league (since feb!) good performance and i certainly didn’t hear or see any pardew out chants or banners??
    but supposedly to the catchyies 90% of fans want him out or maybe other fans realise the bigger picture of THIS season!!

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    bloody hell just seen the man u score what happened there lol!!!!

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  • Ginger

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Harper – Didn’t have too good of a game to be honest, isn’t the best keeper in the world but is a legend none the less. Good luck!!

    Debuchy – Improved defensively but his crossing was abysmal, had numerous chances and did nothing with them. Defensive work was good.

    Collocini – Ran forward a lot and lost possession, has an alright game.

    STaylor – Once again, alright game nothing special.

    MBiwa – Quality game. Was probably the best player on the pitch in my opinion. Excellent defensively and nearly got an assist. Made us geordies proud that game.

    Guttierez – Had an alright game to be honest, he’s been abysmal in the past. Played as kind of the middle man, linking up defensive players to more offensive ones. Did decent defensively. Should have been taken off, that’s not his fault though.

    Cabaye – Was looking really good until he got took off. Got stuck in and sprung very good passes all over the place. Well done. Gutted he came off.

    Tiote – Had a decent game as well. Looked good until Cabye came off and we went behind, just seemed clueless with the ball once that happened.

    Gouffran – Played really well, got better as the game went on in my opinion. Shouldn’t have got taken off. His work rate to me is better then Guttierez.

    Ben-Arfa – Made a lot of wrong decisions today. Seemed to pass when he should of dribbled and dribbled when he should of passed. Needs to get that fitness sorted out as he’s a fair bit slower then he used to be. Looked quite good dribbling through the middle.

    Cisse – Wow. Shocker today from him. Lost the ball countless times. Should have been taken off and Gouffran should have been kept on.

    Anita – This bloke is amazing at maintaining possession, played really well. Probably the second best player on our side today!

    Marveux – Didn’t really get into the game as much as I hoped he would, linked up well with Anita but didn’t really seem to offer much.

    Campbell – Came on too late to rate.

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  • Ginger

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree? Disagree?

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  • hoppernufc

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    some of the people and comments on here are really starting to pi$$ me off constantly being negative and calling for pardews head……. for god sake he signed a 8year contract hes not going anyway so the best thing ti do is to try get behind him and the team, im not the biggest fan of pardew and thinks hes made a lot of mistakes but atleast let him have one more season and let him grow with the team, theres just way too much negativity on this blog and whinging on this blog atm.

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  • TorqToon

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Turkish – strange how to think that when I don’t usually come on this place on a matchday – due to the general attitude of some. But if it’s eeasier to blame pardew wholly then fair enough.

    Never said he wasnt at fault for the season, he was, but proper fans can see that players didn’t do enough today yet again. Which coupled with our manager, has cost us points.

    Like has been said, probably wasting my breath here. Glad the season is over and we can start securing our transfer targets.

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  • sula

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #24

    @JACK
    Reports said he had lunch with ashley and it seems everything went very well and his future looks assured. I was shocked how can he have already assured him of his future at the club after such a terrible season.

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  • northernirishtoon

    May 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t complain too much about today. Thought we matched them and were unlucky to lose

    But I can not get my head around why goofy was taken off for marv

    We were 1-0 down and needed a goal. Jonas had run his balls off and was one slip away from being sent off, tiote was absolute rubbish and even he could of went off with jonas filling in for him

    To come to the conclusion that goofy was the man to sub, IMO is why Alan pardew will never release the shackles that are holding this team back

    That substitution alone personified the man that is Alan pardew

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Manx

    Of course, you’re the enlightened one. We’ll see what happens. If you think that was a good second half performance and that tactically Pards got it right then I do have some pity for you.

    Pity because you don’t understand football. Pity, because if you do understand football and still think that was a good performance, then you clearly accept mediocre dross.

    I for one am more ambitious. And just because some want Pardew out doesn’t mean we’re “Catchys”, which is a sad attempt at deriding everyone who disagrees with you, pigeon holing has no place in reasoned discussions.

    Also, a lack of banners doesn’t mean there is widespread support for him. You’re going from A to C without going through B there.

    As for quoting the word “horn”, I don’t know what you’re implying. Are you implying that you called it right and as such are able to blow you’re own horn now?

    Strange boy.

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Thank ferk that Qpr and Reading were so awful this season. The mackems and us could of been filling those remaining two places..

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  • JackButler

    May 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew has told the radio press that “Its a shame there wasn’t a Shola on the bench to come on and change things”

    Say no more as that tells you everything about Pardew

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  • dubzy

    May 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #29

    all season we never lookd like scoring poor tactics and to defencive ,PARDEW AND THE BACKROOM STAFF NEEDS TO GO OR IT WILL BE THE SAME NEXT SEASON

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  • sula

    May 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #30

    @hoppernufc

    do you like the championship? do you like shit football? do you like blaming your players all the time? do YOU even like football? if you do i think you better hope this manager i dont care how many years he has on his contract is sacked or we wont be so lucky next season and thats a fact which i am sure deep down you agree with so drop the supporting act and smell the coffee mate he is a SHIT MANAGER FACT!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #31

    I really really hope Anita doesn’t leave this summer.

    The poor lad left the Dutch champions to come here, and he’s been repaid with a nice warm seat on the bench all year.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Catchy
    That’s my point though mate, we done that all first half and debuchy put some great low crosses in second half but cisse was nowhere to be seen!
    I agree the midfield need to make more effort to get in the box but that came down to effort
    Even the commentator said today yet again another great ball in and cisse and Ben arfa are aimlessly wandering around on the edge of the box, at that point the camera panned across to pardew who was screaming for them to get in the box
    I’m not saying pardews not to blame but cisse is simply lethargic and infuriating to watch and I’d replace him along with tiote Taylor pardew and the coaching staff if it was up to me
    And benny seriously needs to learn to get his head up he had 3 of players available to pass to at one point kept the ball to long lost it arsenal broke and luckily Walcott hit the post, benny is far to selfish atm

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #33

    I have no idea how Pardew will be able to walk into a review of this season with Ashley and still have his job.

    Has Ashley missed a lot of our games this season?
    He must be as bored as we are with the defensive crap we’ve endured.

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  • Barras

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34

    At least Mike Ashley is now being forced to show his cards.

    If he decides to keep Alan Pardew at the club, it is absolutely set in stone, that he does not have any true ambition for the club. Europa League qualification at best.

    If he sacks Alan Pardew, then it shows that he will not tolerate running a mediocre football club, that is consistently failing to progress; but of course this also depends on who the new manager would be.

    Finally we are about to get some answers, and yes, it is completely up to every individual whether they want to recognize that they have been given an answer, or whether they reject the truth.

    P.S. I am not surprised that Anita looked extremely effective today. He is a very good player.

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #35

    I thought Gouffran was our best player. Don’t have a clue why he was took off.

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  • Ginger

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #36

    TorqToon

    The thing is mate, do you actually think we’re going to be able to secure our transfer targets?

    Some of the players that have been mentioned are not going to want to come to a club that finished 16th.

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    May 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    why anita doesnt start ahead of tiote baffles me though. and mbiwa looks much better as a lb

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38
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  • JackButler

    May 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #39

    sula

    Don’t think he’s been told one way or another yet, but some reports are claiming that advisers to Ashley have told him to replace Pardew???

    Time will tell

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  • Ginger

    May 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Le Belfast 007

    He gets taken off every match for some bizarre reason. Was the best player offensively today.

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