It Was A Worrying Display By This French International


There were a number of Newcastle players who had stinkers last night, but none more so than Mathieu Debuchy at right back.

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Mathieu Debuchy – his positional play is not good

Manchester City started the game like a steam train – and kept going – and they attacked down both of Newcastle’s flanks and our defense looked as bad as it did last season, and we were cut to ribbons by City time and again.

It’s a good job Tim Krul turned up last night, and he made two brilliant saves in the first four minutes of the game, before David Silva opened the scoring with a header.

It’s the Newcastle defense that has let us down over the last three seasons in the Premier League, and last season we conceded a massive 68 goals, but last night’s score could have been a lot more embarrassing for Newcastle, but for some City misses from good chances, and Tim Krul in goal, who was by far the best Newcastle player.

After Steven Taylor had managed to make things a lot worse by getting himself sent off three minutes into added time in the first half, local lad Paul Dummett came on, and in fact gave a good account of himself at left back.

In fact Paul is second in the voting for Newcastle’s best player behind Tim Krul.

Debuchy had a poor game for Newcastle and he was responsible for the 4th goal, when his French team-mate Samir Nasri beat him to the ball about six yards outside the penalty box, and easily scored past Tim Krul.

Debuchy’s positional sense is less than good and time and again Manchester City were able to make inroads against him.

And of course Debuchy is also prone to give away penalties with some less than precise tackling inside the penalty area.

Alan Pardew will need to make some changes to the team on Saturday against West Ham, at least one with Steven Taylor suspended, but starting Paul Dummett at left back could be a good move.

But it’s also not the time to panic, and maybe it’s unfair to pick on one player, with so many poor performances from the Newcastle side last night.

But if the Frenchman is going to remain the number one right back at Newcastle his performances will need to improve significantly.

He’s not looking as good as Danny Simpson, the player he replaced in the Newcastle back-line in January.

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207 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Sydney,, Repost
    I think most expected us to lose to City. But the fact we still haven’t learnt to pass the ball more than 5 times in a row, still can’t create chances. Play more as individuals when it comes to defending instead of working as a unit. Capitulate so readily without fight. Constant petulance and stupidity from a number of players.

    I expected us to lose, but I wanted to see some fight, a bit of belief. All but 2 players used last night are full internationals, not from poor countries either, France, Holland, Senegal and Ivory Coast, Argentina. If we have a team of full internationals that can’t play football as a unit, then what does that say about the manager.

    As for the upcoming games, both West Ham and Fulham will make it tough for us to create anything. As we know from last year, Pardew doesn’t like playing against teams that don’t let you create chances regularly. We shall see how it goes, but I can’t envisage drastic improvements over 5 days considering there has been none in nearly 3 years.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilo

    that’s the problem, we only play to one tactic it’s 4-4-2.
    Even 4-4-2 has many different shape, but so far we only stuck to one shape of 4-4-2.
    3 days preparation is not for the match, it’s for the excuses.
    Other managers used different tactics other than 4-4-2 or change the tactic on 2nd half, different opponent different tactics. pardew is to lazy to try something new, he is sticking to what he know and it’s very limited knowledge.
    I hope JK starts to get involved, I’m getting bored with our playing style.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #3

    I hate when I see Racist tools come on here and slate all the French players. These men are international level professionals and we know what they are capable of, yet they are demotivated by our

    Greedy BRITISH Owner

    Clueless BRITISH Director of football

    Delusional BRITISH manager

    So before you begin digging in to the French players for not having passion , how about double checking where the real problem lies here?

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed

    The manager is the problem. Any manager will warn Debuchy if he plays like that again he will sit on the bench and they will help him to play better, and showed him his mistakes and make him better player.

    With pardew, I can guarantee nothing will change. We will see the same thing over and over again.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon,
    It is baffling we contemplate playing a 442 when we don’t have a winger capable of playing as a winger at this level. Only Jonas and Obertan are actually wingers in our first team, maybe Sammi, but I’m leaving him out as I don’t rate him.

    The players we have suit a narrower formation with our full backs offering width. Whilst I don’t think that would have been best, to play a 442 that just doesn’t suit us, and didn’t last year either, is just asking for trouble.

    I’m fine with 442 as a formation IF the players are there to play it. They aren’t at NUFC.

    I’m not sure I’d wish for Kinnear, but something has to change.

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  • bills-son

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Fans criticise Pardew for being too defensive yet we sign and play two sttacking full backs who can’t defend – Debuchy and Santon.

    Although Santon didn’t play last night all that did was shift the weakness to Debuchy’s side. We also have four CB’s who haven’t got any real pace and only Williamson who has any height.

    I lusten to fans on here saying one more forward and we’ve got a decent squad and it makes me cringe. Until we sort the defence out we will always be prone to heavy defeats and not just against the likes of City.

    I had hoped Kinnear would see and address the weaknesses in the squad but that looks a forlorn hope now.

    Last night went exactly as I forecast and I’ll say it again until I’m blue in the face – we need to put Santon at RB, get a LB who can defend, a tall quick CB and a CF who can hold the ball up and work the channels.

    Until we do that this squad is a bottom 8 one.

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  • jeff

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #7

    we were unlucky in that game. chances were about 50/50 until their second goal. gouffran and ben arfa had good movement.

    then when taylor got sent off, our chances of winning dropped from 30% to 10%. still very unlucky to get sent off. very harsh on the lad. he gives it his all every game, and, well, he’s a rock.

    dummet is terrible. misplayed half his passes. krul is good.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Bills,
    And if we are to persist with a formation that requires wingers, 2 effing wingers.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilo

    Our real wingers are our wb, Santon and Debuchy.
    You are spot on that we are not equiped to play wide 4-4-2, we don’t have the players to do it. but other tactics can be more efficient with our players. Even if you give pardew a Ferrari, he will drive it like a tractor.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Can’t wait for May when the seasons finished if last nights dross is anything to go by

    Don’t mind getting beat but last night was

    Clueless, Gutless, Passionless, Petulent and that not just the players.

    We had kick off and guess which way we went – backwards to Krul – shows our ambition
    Why oh why did Pardew start with a half fit Gutierrez.
    take off Goufran when the useless Taylor was sent off
    and subbing HBA for Sammy

    Taylor and Debuchy should never put on a toon shirt again.

    Not looking forward to Saturday – can’t see us winning – never beaten Allerdyce team since he was sacked.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills,
    While you are quite correct in saying that we need to strengthen at the back as well, the biggest issue last night was that they don’t defend as a unit. The second goal is a great example. Sissoko is the deepest player, Colo is 2 yards further up than Taylor, who is also the wrong side of Aguero. Colo is standing about 5 yards off Dzeko, affording him the space to flick the ball into a gap between our centre halves that the QE2 would have passed through. This is all training ground stuff.

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Arsenal were ridiculed by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley after making a ‘derisory’ bid for Yohan Cabaye, according to reports.

    The Daily Telegraph claims that after an offer of £10.2million was submitted for the French international, Ashley asked Arsenal’s contract negotiator Dick Law: “Which part of him do you want to buy?”

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #13

    We will see the same thing against West Ham. It’s another 4-4-2.

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  • bobby mango

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Bills-Son
    We have got a good squad but their not played to their strengths. Would like the additions you’ve mentioned but also think a new striker is essential.

    Cisse showed how utterly useless he is at getting involved in team play. A typical example of a player not suiting our tactics. In a 4-2-3-1 Gouffran would be better as the lone striker but we wouldn’t carry enough of a goal threat.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #15

    You have to wonder whether Debuchy will be here much longer. PSG were linked with him, and if his best mate Cabaye does one then will Debuchy follow him? If we left Cabaye out because his head wasn’t right, to my eyes, nor was Debuchys.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #16

    hdavid

    that’s excellent reply.

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  • bosamuelson

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #17

    @12 If that is true my estimation of MA has just gone up 🙂

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #18

    INSTEAD OF CONECENTRATING N SIGNING PLAYERS OUR GREEDY FAT C*** OF AN OWNER IS BUSY BARTERING OVER CABAYE.

    WHAT A PATHETIC PERSON, SHAME ON YOU ASHLEY

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  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m with Catchy this time. I hope we will lose first 5 games, 1 down 4 more to go. then pardew will be sacked.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning lads!

    We got what we rightfully deserved last night! Nothing has changed since last season and we don’t even look match fit or tactically astute.

    Did anyone happen to read that link I posted a few days ago about our pre-season and how this club is in general being run?

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/newcastle-fail-in-australia-asia-and-usa/

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  • Assam Toon

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Are there teams worse than us this time? Last year we were fortunate that reading and qpr were worse while wigan showed better team spirit than us but couldn’t pick up enough points. I think this time 2 of the 3 new teams would go down.
    Colo, Benarfa and to an extent Sissoko are only players who ooze class. i was comparing sissoko and tiote on the ball and i was apalled how bad tiote was. a few bad performances on the day can be handled by a team unless some other players are not counterproductive. here we have tiote and guti who are so uncomfortable with the ball. ben arfa was collecting balls in his own half and that is not his job. either we replace average players with quality or players like krul, colo, sissoko, ben arfa, cabaye and cisse are wasting there time here.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Right our defence is a shambles any team with width kills us – dead easy to get past us down the flanks central defender and full backs acres of space between them – attack with full back and winger. Either full back or winger goes wide slip the ball between full back and central defender player runs on – whoopee space to burn.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #23

    RIP NUFC

    May Ashley and Kinnear follow suit

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Assam,
    Sissoko made only 42 passes, 33 of which were accurate, at a completion rate of 78.6%. Tiote on the other hand made 75 passes, 64 of which were completed for a completion rate of 85.3%.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #25

    But isn’t it funny or even sad maybe that a defense consisting of:

    Debuchy – Colo – Saylor – M’Biwa

    is that bad; and Pardew is even suppose to be a defense trainer???

    The saddest thing is that you could even change some of these players for better and it would still be as bad!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Charlie,
    It is all stuff that should and could be sorted by management and coaching staff on the training ground. It was all to easy for City. Yes they are a good side, filled with good players but we allowed them to do whatever they wanted.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesper,
    As I said, it isn’t just the personnel, it is the organisation. Each of them seems only interested in themselves not making errors that as a unit they are constantly all over the place.

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  • bills-son

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Lil,

    You are right, we don’t defend as a unit.

    Defending starts from the front, forwards closing down defenders (Cisse doesn’t), wide players stopping FB runs (HBA doesn’t), CM pressing the ball (Tiote and Sissoko were no where near it last night) – all of that allows the oppo to stroll into the last third in numbers overpowering the defence – exactly what happened last night and exactly what happened time and again last season.

    The other thing that runs throughout the team is a lack of power and aggression and fist shaking leadership. We are pushovers at times, especially away from home, as just two away wins last season showed.

    I try to keep a sense of perspective about things but the glaring weaknesses in this squad are really starting to brass me off – watching our games is liking watching The Great Escape, you know exactly where it is all going to go wrong before it even starts.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Last time we were thumped 4-0 on the opening day we were relegated…. (I’m sure someone will have pointed this out already)

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  • Schwefelberg

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #30

    I wonder what is Carr’s mind now. All his air time and hotels and red eye. The detailed logs he must keep. The contacts. All his sweat for nothing.

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  • Pokat

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #31

    If only life was long enough to read all the drivel on here but sadly, jeffs comment was enough for me this morning. Taylor had a nightmare before going off cut short his misery, and Dummett should play from the off in the 2 games I’ve seen him. Jeff, where do you get your match reports from?

    It was less about lack of skill more about desperately poor attitude last night.

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #32

    THis blog (and DUMB fans in general) seems to rotate blame for our abysmal displays around the defenders and Tiote taking care to avoid the one constant in all these bloodbaths – Coloshitty. These defensive collapses have been happening for ages. He’s been partnered with Taylor, Williamson, Mbiwa and Perch the result remains the same yet fans are far too dumb to put 2 and 2 together

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  • leeb1982

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Scary to think some people wanna give this idiot till xmas.(we’s will take the game game to them and give it a go). B@llocks. The bloke has no tactical sense whatsofuckingever and then has the cheek to slam arsenal for making a bid for a player who he has put in the shop window all summer. And on cabaye if the prick can’t get his head in the right place because a bid has came in for him then he can do one asap. The cheek of the c@# t to applaud fans when they sing don’t sell cabaye and go on in interviews how amazing fans are yet he can’t get his head on a game because of a bid was made for him. Well the arsehole should be left to rot in the reserves and really f@co up his hopes for the world cup and give his place in the squad to a player who cares and outshone him in pre season. Gosling. F@ck off cabaye

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  • tjrowe89

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Most worrying about the performance is the players looked as if that was mid season and nothing to play for, not season opener! No work ethic, no togetherness, we need players desperately!!! Saylor before his red was having a mare he isn’t good enough, Ashley won’t buy now but will panic buy in jan to keep us up!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe…that is probably true; and the way we set out to play we just pilled the pressure on our defense on and on again!

    …did anyone see how bad we were at counter attacking – and our whole tactic was based around it – Citeh were much better at counter attacking and they were playing a high line and closing us down (they wouldn’t even need to counter attacking us)

    Tactically I had no idea what’s going on in Pardew’s head! It’s mind blowing at times.

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  • Clematis

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Absolutely gutted. But knew I would be anyway. Just didn’t think I’d feel that way at 8.02pm.

    I have never seen such ineptitude; my 5 year old daughter could control the ball better than Tiote.

    I’m not a fan of 3-5-2/5-3-2 but – with no natural wingers – it would be the only option to play to Santon/Debuchy’s strengths; cos they can’t defend for sh!t.

    If Remy is fit on Saturday, we win. If not, we lose; Barfa can’t carry this bag o’ sh!te on his own.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #37

    I’d like a couple of british players to come in, trippier at right back and will Hughes if possible.

    Every time I see debuchy he looks uninterested and makes poor decisions.

    The one plus point was dummett who did well vs navas and still managed to get forward. Hope he starts on sat.

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #38

    FACT, he was responsible for 3 of their goals and He’s been worrying for a while now. Santon RB and Dummet LB for Saturday…it might even help out our winger deficiencies as both are decent going forward and for once we’ll have a player on the left flank who can ACTUALLY whip a cross in!!!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Lilongwe
    I don’t think the management and coaching staff have a clue on what to do.
    Same faults as last year – they have had 3 months to sort it.

    Don’t attack as a unit
    Don’t defend as unit

    Teams know how to play us – slip ball between full back and central defenders – whoopee space to burn.

    Sadly I have come to the conclusion Pardew and his coaching staff have to go.

    Need new manager a staff with new ideas/different approach to the game.

    AND NOT KINNEAR

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #40

    Mark my words until Coloshitty leaves this club or Pardumb wisens up and leaves his dumb ass on the bench, the team will continue to be a relegation candidate.

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