Newcastle Didn’t Deserve The Breaks Last Night

In most Premier League games the result turns on one or two key moments in the game, and Newcastle had two penalty appeals in the second half that were turned down by referee Howard Webb, but in truth all of the three goals Newcastle conceded were preventable.

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Tim Krul – could have done better on two of the goals

For the first goal Tim Krul could have done batter in handling a left wing cross when he pushed it out and the incoming Nathan Dyer blasted the ball into the back of the net.

For the second goal one pass split the Newcastle defense, and if Mathieu Debuchy hadn’t been around Tim Krul would have made the save – but the ball bounced off Debuchy into the back of the net.

And for the third goal a 25 yard shot by Jonjo Shelvey, Tim could have done better, as he reached the shot but failed to turn it over the cross-bar for a corner.

We were very poor in that first half, when we were sleep-walking for most of the 45 minutes with Swansea having nearly all the possession, and Yoan Gouffran admitted the game turned on some of the referee’s decisions:

“We’re very disappointed.” “We didn’t play very well in the first half, but the game changed with the decisions.”  “I think it was a penalty from Loic.”

“I think it was a penalty on me, because the guy pushed me when I touched the ball.”  “From then, it was difficult for us, and we lost.”

We’re not sure if that was because of the game plan Alan Pardew had put in place or not, but there wasn’t enough energy being shown by Newcastle in that first half, and we didn’t get the breaks in the second half.

And when you turn up for a game, and go sleep walking around the pitch – you simply don’t deserve the breaks in the game, and you don’t usually get them either – that’s just the way it seems to work.

But it will have to be a much better performance on Saturday at Old Trafford,  if we are to avoid getting two defeats in a row, and then we’ll have all the doom and gloomers out in full force.

That wouldn’t be good.

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13 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, deserving its got nothing to do with it. Witness the Tottenham result.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t agree we were sleep walking in the first half. I think we played to contain them and counter attack. Everyone knows that Swansea will get loads of possession, so I don’t see an issue. The first goal was also the first shot they had!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    toonarmydownsouth // Dec 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    After watching the extended highlights of the game i thinks it’s safe to say Webb had an absolute fcuking shocker

    The handball, absolutely stonewall penalty, keepers beat and he has stopped the ball going in the net, that’s not only a pen it’s a red card

    Ashley Williams for me was a 50/50 you see them given but see the waved on so yeah feel like it should be given but can see why it wasn’t

    Shelvey, no contest, straight red no excuse missing that

    But these things happen in football, from the clips and txt commentary it just sounds like we didn’t turn up
    It’s a bad result against a team who have been poor at home and have a congested fixture list, but it’s still a good run to have 4 wins and one loss in 5 games so it’s harsh to hammer pardew/the squad too much
    For me the big test will be to see what kind of reaction we show against Manure, it’s a game were not expected to get much from so we should be able to play with a bit more free license and I fully expect to see a more committed performance
    We need to not let this result de-rail the form/consistency and the confidence we’ve seen in recent weeks

    It’s always been a big question mark over Pardews ability to react and change things quickly
    What kind of reaction we see from Pardew will tell us more about where we are than the Swansea result imo

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4


    Comment of the day
    “If you’re not a neggar, you’re delusional”

    You must lead a very very miserable life

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5


    I don’t think we were massivley outplayed, agree the first was kruls fault and think he could have done better with the third, was close to him. The second was also bad luck.

    But I do think we didn’t have many good chances, think the remy header was the only one you’d say should have been a goal, the others were reasonable chances just not great.

    i’m not pretending the recent results means i want to keep pardew, but they have given me faith that we can still do ok with him.

    I’m not saying this due to the result, but if we got pardew to upgrade houghton (official reason) then do you think we will upgrade pardew when the time comes? or if we plateau?

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6


    we played how we did 2 years ago down there when cisse got both in a 2-0 win…let them have it up to around 5/10 yards into our half then close off all space and don’t let them play in our half. Seemed to be working, they weren’t creating much but it also meant we weren’t either, first half was great to watch.

    Second half we opened up a bit but didn’t press hard enough either, so left ourselves open to the counter. Colo was poor for 2nd goal, sat a yard in our half which allowed shelvey to run past the cover marking him.

    It was a bad team display though, not picking out individuals.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7


    Why wouldn’t you be upset?, Martinez has just won there with yes you’ve guessed it with attacking, passing football with flair for 90 minutes.

    Talk about lowering expectations!!

  • stuart no9

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew blaming the ref? What a complete toss pot . May be he should be looking at his performance this morning ! Asking why we were outclassed by a side who has played 3 games in 6 days , also one of them in Europe . See pards , it. Can be done . The refs fault my arse .

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    How we beat Chelsea and Spurs I’m not sure.

    They do have a very full schedule of European football perhaps that’s why we won. Alan?

    Anyway knock those six points of our total and that’s where I think we really are.

    11th in the same group as Swansea, Hull, WBA, Villa.

    Enjoy the false position, who knows a Krul super performance and no Howard Webb might see a Toon win at OT. Damn forgot about Pardew … oh well.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I think it’s the manner of the defeat that frustrates most of us, too many errors by top players and yes Swansea will monopolise possession but we don’t have to concede ground against them, we dropped deep and let them pick passes for fun, no closing down of any sorts, especially high up the pitch. Everton went to Man Utd yesterday and got the win, how refreshing to see Jagielka come out and say “we went for the win” that’s the way to play, not sit back and soak up pressure to hit on counter attack.

    Can someone explain what the thought process was behind the changes? Obertan who’s looked “fantastic in training” should be nowhere near the team. We conceded that 2nd and it seemed from the changes that the players felt like management had given up so why should they carry on!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11


    If Hughton had gone as far has he could and Pardew was a genuine upgrade and not just an out of work gambling pal of Mike’s and Llambias, then yes we could be aiming higher than Pardew now but as long as that 8 year contract is there nothing will change.

    It’s amazing how a change can work though with Martinez a prime example showing with a similar set of players what can be achieved with a completely different mindset.

    Matinez won a cup last season and got Wigan in to Europe despite having to sell off Moses, Valencia, Palacios, Rodallega, cattermole etc and having to field caldwell.

    Look at the gems he’s brought in though with Oviedo and the kid frm Barca

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    1 loss in 5 against a decent possession based outfit and you wold think we were battling relegation again! Lets put it into perspective… we lost but we are still in the mix in the top half, but by reading some posts you wouldn’t know this!

    Just to throw it out there:
    Our Toon @ 10
    ‘We conceded that 2nd and it seemed from the changes that the players felt like management had given up so why should they carry on!!’ – Because they are professional footballers and they are well rewarded for their efforts, this is not the managers fault!

    The game was far closer than the 3 nil said!

    Rotonda @11

    Moyes brought in Oviedo last season

  • roy

    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew out thought by the cool Laudrup. These guys all have the indian sign over Pardew who has had a decent November but thats it. Coloccini will rain on his parade the way he performed last night he should be moved on yet gormless Pardew subs Williamson instead of calamity Coloccini. Its a good job Swansea never had any strikers playing last night.


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