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Newcastle’s Top Three Witness Humiliating Home Defeat

8:32 am, Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Joe Kinnear had his piece in the program notes at yesterday’s game, and we suppose if Newcastle had played throughout the game like we did in those first 25 minutes, we would have won the game and been in 3rd place in the league table right now.

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Carr, Ashley and Kinnear at yesterday’s game

But the poor defending that helped blight last  season,  was evident again yesterday, and we allowed some sloppy goals in front of owner Mike Ashley, Director of Football Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr, who were all at the game.

This is some of what Joe said in the program notes yesterday:

“I worked very hard on several targets and we made a number of bids for players, but for various reasons – some of which were outside the club’s control – we were unable to secure our targets.”

“We will continue to operate in a financially responsible manner, buying only the right players for the right prices and not paying over the odds or making costly knee-jerk decisions.”

“This is the reality of a well-run football club that lives within its means. When the deal is right and the player can add real quality and depth to the squad, we have the ability to spend.”

“Everyone at the club is aware that last season was difficult and our final league position was not acceptable,”  “Clearly the injuries to key players and the sheer number of fixtures brought about by the Europa League were significant contributory factors.”

“However without the impact of the Europa League, with our squad having had a full pre-season together, having retained key players over the summer and brought in Loic Remy to boost our attacking options, everyone at the club is feeling very positive about the campaign ahead with a top ten finish a realistic and achievable target.”

So from those words it looks like a top ten target is the official target this season, and today we are in 11th place, but of course the season is only five game in.

But Newcastle have conceded 8 goals in the first five games, which is too many – and it’s the second worst   in the league – behind only Sunderland – who were walloped 3-0 at West Brom and have just one point at the bottom of the league.

We hope we can add to the squad in January, and maybe a striker and a defender brought in – although there’s a long way to go before January rolls  around, and time for Newcastle to get their act together at the back.

As far as going forward is concerned we looked good, very good at times yesterday with Loic Remy the star man, and looking very good for Newcastle.

But as the manager said after the game, you have to keep that kind of intense play  up over the full 90 minutes in the Premier League, otherwise you are in trouble against any side.

Hopefully, our players will have learned their lesson from yesterday’s  humiliating defeat against Hull.

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonaids // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    WAHEYYYY up to early on a sunday to be first

    i think personall ben arga and debuchy and ben arfa need communication, debuch was pushing to much forward and arfa never really covered and when he did he just rang along next to them trying to hold their hand until they crossed or scored

    apart from that alright performance, its done.

    cisse dropped, gouffran left, remy in the middle, may aswell, get the goals rolling, bring on cisse last 20 minutes mayeb for a run out or if needed a goal, and play freaking vuckic for a laugh, especially in games like this

  • 2 jazzyp // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I for one am glad all the hierarchy were there to see us capitulate once again. Defence once again all over the place and anybody who said our back four didn’t need strengthening through the summer……Look at our goal difference already

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    It wasn’t humiliating. Liverpool and the Mackems were humiliating.

    This was a competitive, entertaining game and we came off second best at home.

    Not good but I have a feeling true humiliation isn’t too far away.

    Ashley out!

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    My microwave is broken but I will continue to use it as the plate still turns, although it doesn’t emit heat. Stability, like Alan Pardew as manager.

  • 5 Hatem's better than Messi // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    On Vuckic … I’d rather see Vuckic coming on at 2-3 down than Tiote.

  • 6 Slank // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Looking at the stats, Hull were far superior to us. Well done Hull. It was no fluke.

    Also, if you believe ‘horses for courses’ you will know that we were always going to win at Villa and always lose to Hull at home. How this works I don’t know but it keeps happening.

    If Cisse doesn’t score on Wednesday against Leeds (who should not be underestimated) he should be dropped for the Everton game. Move Remy inside and play Goofy on the left.

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Laurent

    Sounds like you know about as much about microwaves as Pardew knows about tactics and defending.

    Time for our talentless coach to be removed, his plastic exterior pierced and be left to stand to one side for the remainder of his 8 year contract.

    Ding

  • 8 Slank // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Hatem’s better than Messi @ 5

    If there is one thing that we can all agree on is that Pardew definitely cannot bring on a player (Vuckic) who isn’t on the bench.

  • 9 toonaids // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    thats trtue slankbut why isnt he on the bench?

  • 10 Hatem's better than Messi // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I did know he wasn’t a sub, he should be considered as he does get in some good positions and has an eye for goal.

  • 11 cestriasteve // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Earlier in the week Sissoko was interviewed saying that if we lost the ball we had to get back as soon as possible, we can assume if he says this then that’s what the coaches are telling the midfield therefore they should make him and HBA watch the game again cos they were Poor yesterday.
    I actually got the impression that several players yesterday couldn’t care less about NUFC.

  • 12 Jeff from Benwell // Sep 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Friday last week the papers were full of how S Bruce regretted refusing the opportunity to manage NUFC.
    The holy trinity were together at SJP for the 1st time.
    S Bruce clearly tactically out-thought A Pardew.
    Link these together.
    Anyone think the Geordie nation are ready to accept Agent Bruce as manager ?

    btw Carr Ashley Kinnear spells CAK

  • 13 ArtyH // Sep 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Ashley should bring in an assistant manager, Poyet possibly, ( not Joke ) and let him run the show. Let Pardew make the tea and over the coming weeks let it be known what is happening and if he has any honour he will quit. NO large payout for the fat man.

  • 14 ArtyH // Sep 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Also if we do not man mark in our own 3rd we will ship goals in all season. Man marking and cover by a mid fielder or forward is the way to go. It was once said we attack as a team and we defend like a team, its time our players were instilled with this message. Remember Beardo’s work rate, Cabaye and Benny should be shown some of his old video clips.

  • 15 tartangeordie // Sep 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I would like to say that I find it embarrassing as a newcastle supporter that 5000 hull fans and to a certain extent 500 Fulham fans made more noise than a full house at st James. All this talk of passion and Geordie roar? Where is it? No atmosphere precious little singing or chanting only a reaction if something happens. How can we be critical of a second best team when we would be division one in terms of atmosphere?

  • 16 jokinoot // Sep 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    quote “It was not an easy task to improve the quality of the current squad with the financial resources at our disposal, particularly in a window in which the value of players was grossly over-inflated and the demands of agents likewise.

    “I worked very hard on several targets and we made a number of bids for players, but for various reasons – some of which were outside the club’s control – we were unable to secure our targets.

    “We will continue to operate in a financially responsible manner, buying only the right players for the right prices and not paying over the odds or making costly knee-jerk decisions.

    “This is the reality of a well-run football club that lives within its means. When the deal is right and the player can add real quality and depth to the squad, we have the ability to spend.”
    because the good players had already gone you pillock

  • 17 Sav // Sep 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    We should have brought on Aubemeyang, but that’s a whole different story.
    And if our esteemed Director of F****all penned those comments, I’m a Dutchman. It is a two-faced , cynical club at the moment. Pardew operating in this environment has to earn some admiration, if only for perseverence




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