Newcastle Missed Their Chances – Same Old Story

Newcastle could have won the game in 90 minutes last night, if we had taken the chances presented, but Newcastle didn’t and the biggest culprit was probably Papiss Cisse, who had a great chance after 32 minutes, but fired wide and Shola Ameobi put the ball into the net, but he was offside, and the great chance had been missed.

papiss cisse running

Papiss Cisse – missed chances

But then Papiss had a second chance in extra time, with the score still 0-0,  but 6’8″ Costel Pantilimon made the save.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game about that missed chance:

“If that goes in it could’ve been different,” he said. “I think it was obvious the first goal would be crucial and they got it.”

“David Silva had a big influence when he came on but before that I thought we were the better side. I’m disappointed for the fans and our players because they put on a terrific show after the disappointment of Sunday.”

“It was just a shame we couldn’t get the goal we deserved,”

Newcastle played well last night, no doubt about it,  but we ended up on the losing side again, .just as we did last Sunday against Sunderland.

So at the end of the day it was another loss, and now we have two tough  games against Chelsea and Tottenham coming up, and we simply must get something out of those two games.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Schwefelberg

    Oct 31, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle United must be Shneiderised!!!

    But Ashley can not ever do this!

    You know the Spitfire engineers tweaked Merlin engines and took tips from the Scheider Cup:

    20% Californian or Romanian gasoline
    60% benzole
    20% methanol
    tetraethyl lead 4cc/gallon

    Even the Americans used Shneiderised Merlins in their Mustangs!!!

    Newcastle must be Schneiderised before it is too late!!

  • Schwefelberg

    Oct 31, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #2

    I meant The Schneider Cup.

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Always knew that if we failed to score during that great first half, City would win. So many missed chances. I was actually surprised at the Newcastle fans applauding at FT, because we could have won this game.

    Having a striker with confidence would also help.

  • Chrisdb

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Same old story. We were the better team but we still lost.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 31, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps we are looking like the better team cause we are passing it around. But we arent creative and incisive to create more than a couple of chances for an off form striker.
    And with no goals from distance , the scoresheet reads 0.

    To be honest we looked dangerous tossing it up to shola. Why the hell was he taken off.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 31, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning lads!

    I ended up watching the anyway…at least most of it Thought we put in a good 90 mins but it was clearly we were running out of steam and in the end chances.

    …at the end of the day it was still a defeat! As much as a like a great performance it is still not so good that I can disregard a defeat!

    I am worried we will hit a drt patch where nothing is going our way – then we will drop down the table quickly 🙁

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #7

    got to say , the best we have played since the 4-3 v Man U ,

    I think last showed we have a good enough squad , maybe not to compete with the top 4 but at least the next group of teams down,

    still want pardew sacked , he is not good enough

  • cyprus

    Oct 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Excellent game against one of the top sides…
    There were a lot of very good displays out there, it would be a shame to single out one player. People like Debby, Tiote, Mbiwa, Wills, Haidara (why subbed? Injury?), Anita did well.
    I’m not sure why AP brought on Cabs, that affected our dominance. HBA was at least better than the last two stinkers, though still not the stellar game changing performance I expect from him. Goufy his usual application, well done. Ameobi, good effort. Feel sorry for Cisse, fans will continue to pick on him. His goal drought will end, just don’t know when! Remy has been equally poor in his last games, btw.
    Summary: on another day we could’ve won this, so I’m not complaining. Need 3 points from next two games…

  • John Tudor

    Oct 31, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #9

    they injected a water spray at altitude

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 31, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Decent performance, although a Man City mate says that is the worst he has seen them play for a while. I’ll put that down as a plus for the way Pardew set us up. The game was lost through the substitutions though, which are entirely on him, so a mixed bag for him.

    Taking Ameobi off and leaving on the ineffectual Cisse was the biggest issue. You could see our general play drop deeper once we didn’t have Shola on offering a bit of physicality and an ability to hold the ball up better. Once we started dropping deeper we allowed them to play their game higher up the pitch, and as a result they nicked a couple of goals against a tiring defence.

    A much improved performance, but can we keep it up next match? Shola and Anita should both start on Saturday. Both HBA and Cisse have failed as the central striker so far this season, Shola offers much more strength and better lik up play. He has the ability to bring Remy and Goofy/HBA into the game higher up the park, which will in turn allow us to pose more problems then just strikes from distance.

    Anita in for Sissoko. Sissoko is built like a Diame of West Ham, but plays with the power and pace of a 12 year old ballet dancer. Anita keeps the ball well, keeps the team moving and rarely wastes possession.

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Schwefelberg @1.

    Just a pity that Ashley hadn’t appointed a football equivalent of RJ Mitchell as DoF. As it is, we seem to have an equivalent of Thomas Andrews, one of the Titanic’s designers in, in Joe Kinnear!

    Looking at Cisse’s apparent loss of form, I wonder if , he’s actually lost interst and desire as a result of having to wear that ill-starred logo on his chest? I’ve no doubt he’ll be away sooner rather than later. We can relax thoughh as long as Mr Trust me on my Signings’s Kinnear’s on the case!!

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Schwefelberg @2

    Or even the Schneider Trophy?

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #13

    catchy in norway @7

    did you think about the question I asked you two or three threads ago?

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry folks. My appearance seems to have scared everyone off!

  • stuart no9

    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #15

    cisse instead of remy was the difference . pardew to blame for not playing him and for the defeat. cisse has to be sold in january. what a chance we had of getting to wembley . he is just a waste of a shirt.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #16


    I have had a look back and carnt see the question 🙁

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #17

    to be fair to cisse

    he started the game on the left, and shola was up front,

    I 100% agree with S9, that if you want to win the game you put your best goal scorer on the pitch

    and this is my main problem with pardew,, he does not know his best players, he does not know where to place them

  • Assam Toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #18

    let’s hope Pardew joins Palace. its a place where he had his best footballing moment, they had a cup hero song in his name and we can all thank him for the good moments in st james’…the fifth place, the europe run…and maybe for sacrificing his ego in an extremely suffocating environment, where men with egos and ideals would have exploded putting us in a 2008 kind of scenario. thankfully he took his cheque and kept quiet, he can now make way for a better will be a favour.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Managed to let myself get to a point of devastation last night. Thought the players put in a great performance and considering it was against Man City, we did look the better team over 90 minutes.

    Cisse is breaking my heart.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Don’t be so stupid! Of course Pardew knows that Remy it the in-form goal scorer above Cisse! However, every single club rotates their players, Remy hadn’t done much the last 2 games and may have been tired, and 2 injuries may have prevented Pardew from bringing Remy on.

    Cisse is a top striker, he’s just lacking confidence. Why are some people so quick to write players off? Loads of people were calling for Tiote to leave and look at him now!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ll ask the question could Remy be carrying a injury as he was taken off on Sunday and not used last night incase he aggravated it.
    All in all I thought the whole team played well last night
    My MOM Debuchy followed by MBwia. Nice to see Hiadara back pity he and Dummet had to go off with hamstring problems.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Anita was excellent – I think AP keeps him on the bench because he can plan almost anywhere.
    If only we had that extra offensive player . . .

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #23

    TDS…I agree that I don’t think Cisse is a terrible striker, but this isn’t a case of writing him off “quickly”.

    I obviously don’t work or know him, but something is clearly up and it isn’t / hasn’t been dealt with for about a year.

    As for Remy not playing, well he can’t play every game. It’s debatable whether he should have been used last night, rather than Chelsea, but truth be told, we did have the opportunities and at least one should have been scored.

    If the biggest gripe we have is that Remy wasn’t played, doesn’t that highlight the glaring issue of us being short of options up front? At least decent and effective options?

  • martoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #24

    People are too quick to judge when we don’t know all the facts. I agree with ToonDarnSarf that I suspect Remy is carrying an injury which is why Pardew was reluctant to use him and plus injuries reduced amount of tactical substitutions. I agree that leaving Shola on and taking off Cisse would have been more sensible but again we don’t know Shola’s fitness level – he is coming back from injury and maybe he only had an hour’s worth of football in him!
    These subtitutions and tactics are not as simple and clear cut as people make out.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #25

    7 year contracts to Alan Pardew, Steve Stone and John Carver. Bloody ell, wonder we have the stated ambition of mid table. What chance those three achieving better than that in this league. Slim, I’d say.

  • Rainrix

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #26
  • fatman

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #27

    The chickens are now coming home to roost like i said at the beginning of the season we will be in a relegation fight because we leak goals and find it hard to put the ball in the back of the net. on top of that Ashley’s creating a toxic atmosphere if Remy’s been Pardewed we could be up Sh*t creek. does not matter that we are playing a lot better if we keep loosing.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Haidara is our baines.

    find a place for him and santon

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #29


    Exactly. It highlights the issue that we are a striker short. I said it over the summer that we were fine if Remy and Cisse stayed fit and on form but in trouble if they’re not. And that lack of confidence will filter through the whole squad. The rest of the players will get frustrated that they graft hard and create chances to win matches only for the chances to be missed again and again…

    I don’t think it’s fair to have a go at Pardew here, it’s more to do with Ashley’s policy of only buying players where there’s a clear quick win in terms of the value of the asset rather than looking at the bigger picture and ensuring we have a squad that is well rounded and can compete at the level we want to.

    One Lukaku type striker and we would be right in there with Everton.

  • dcdick

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Pardew out !!!

  • chris88

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s not all doom and gloom, are Newcastle the most entertaining team? I would say so… only counting goals from outside the box we come out top of the league:


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