Loic Missed Two Chances – That’s Why We Didn’t Win

Strikers are there to put the ball in the back of the net, but what happens is that they also miss chances, and for the 206 goals Alan Shearer scored for Newcastle in a short ten years, he missed a lot of chances too.

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Loic Remy – we didn’t see this on Saturday – unfortunately

And that’s what happened on Saturday with our top scorer Loic Remy, he missed a couple of gilt-edged chances, one in the first half and one in the second half, and if he had taken those two chances – then Newcastle would have own the game, it’s as simple (or as complicated) as that.

Alan Pardew has essentially said that in today’s local press:

“I suppose it’s a sign of where we are that we’re disappointed that we didn’t win,” “But they’ve got great quality – on the bench as well.”  “The two players that didn’t make the starting line-up – Lallana and Schneiderlin – made a difference in the second half.”

“But it was a great game of football. I think our fans had their money’s worth.”  “For us, in a tight game like that with no Yohan Cabaye, and you get two big chances like Loic had, you expect to score both.”

“That’s the difference. That’s why we didn’t win.” “I thought Loic played well, but those two chances can make a big difference.”  “I thought it was a terrific game.” “We had a hold of the game, they had a hold of the game, we got a grip back.”

“I’m pleased in a lot of respects that our momentum goes on, because it was a great performance in a lot of ways.”

But you cannot be too hard on Loic Remy, who has been great for us this season so far with 8 goals, although a certain Yoan Gouffran now has six goals this season, and a goal in each of the last four games, and is creeping up on Loic in the goal-scoring chart.

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Maybe Loic can be in his best form next Saturday at Selhurst Park, and he will need to be if we are to get the win, because that is another tough game against an in-form Crystal Palace side under new manager Tony Pulis, who has never been relegated in his management career.

What do you think?

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138 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Dec 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Gouffran has done exceptionally well to get five league goals from a wide midfield position. It makes you think what he could do through the middle with Remy.

  • martoon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Bills @1 – I think we tried him there in the some of last seasons’s european matches and to be honest he wasn’t great. However to be fair he is in better form this year and playing alongside Remy might benefit him.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I am still disgruntled at 2 points dropped, where as last season I was feeling this way over every loss. It would be slightly unfair to blame Santon as there were 4 defenders still behind the ball when they broke and I would say the lack of Cabaye was minimal in terms of creating chances. Perhaps only in that the majority of what we do well is through Cabaye and so the alternatives are not so well established.

    I do wonder if the emphasis had been on controlling possession rather than knocking balls through/ over the top, would the outcome have been different? Playing a quick ball from back to front has proven by other teams to be effective against Southampton and but for Remys misses would have worked. However is the need for being seen to be attacking, an acceptable compromise to dominating the game and giving a controlled performance?

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘..if he had taken those two chances – then Newcastle would have own (= won) the game.’

    The alternative reality conundrum at its best.

    1) If Remy had taken the first chance then the second chance would not have arrived, as the whole game pattern would have altered. So he couldn’t have scored both.

    2) If he instead Remy taken the second chance then while NUFC would undoubtedly have been better positioned to go and and win, it would also have provoked a more attacking response from Southampton which might not have ended in a 2-1 NUFC win.

  • martoon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Spotlight Kid – All ifs and buts – If their shot that hit the post had gone in we could have lost 1 – 2. While a draw was a little disappointing it was not a disaster.

  • martoon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like I killed the blog 😉

  • toonincheek

    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    70TWO –

    Agree about not blaming Santon.
    It was a fast break by Soton, inch perfect passing and timing of the run.

    Plus – more significantly – a number of other players lost the ball in even more dangerous areas (including Anita who also had a good game) but the defence were ablr to block the danger.

    Hardly fair to single out Santon when it could just as easily have been one of the other lapses that led to a goal.

  • cyprus

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    The point about last game is that it does feel like two points dropped, which is good. The smooth play I have seen from Soton in other games was only in glimpses, we did look like the side that would win it. They hardly threatened and we were never on the ropes, a past habit of ours.

  • Greebol1892

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    …..if my dad had worn a bloob then I would not be here to add this post. No ifs – just effs.

    How many tackles & headers does Gouffran win??? What a player; who actually hits the net. Whereas strolla…… *yawn*. Don’t give me this loyal servant, great hold-up player, mackem-slayer nonsense. Terrible goal-scoring record & where was he the 11 years before his Nigeria call-up?? It’s just beyond me how he will never and can never be replaced with a GOALSCORER.

    Play Gouffran up with Remy & play Ben Arfa wide.
    Yanga Mbiwa is our best defender so should be playing instead of Colo. We will keep conceding goals if Colo keeps his place.

    Lastly, getting a bit tired of Krul’s constant punts upfield 90% of the time. Whay can’t we build from the back more often, like 50% of the time? Especially to Cisse who just can’t play that way – hence rubbish service – hence sick of playing under Pardew – hence looks like a lost kid in a playground – hence we ONLY have Remy (loan striker) and Gouffran to get us goals.

  • Scottiedog

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I think at the end of the day it really just shows how much we need Cabaye and it showed on Saturday!! However Remy should have really put those chances away 🙁

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    ABV sacked

  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t blame Santon if you like but it was poor general defending on our part to let that break occur. The advantage Haidara has is that he can attack wide on the left, whereas Santon has to cut in. The better we aim to become, the more critical this is.
    As for Cabaye not making much difference over Anita, its just the 5% you need at this level to turn a draw into a win. That was a below-strength Soto side.

  • Graeme

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Spurs have sacked AVB!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Champions league draw
    Shitty v Barcelona

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    AVB sacked silly decision which I hope back fires on them, why do clubs never give a manager who is in a bad run an opportunity to get out of it, it’s the same for Steve Clark, yes both clubs are struggling but hard times can make manager’s better, we struggled last season but Ashley, as bad an owner as he is was correct in allowing Pardew the opportunity to correct what was going wrong, we are now doing well again and Pardew is probably a better manager due to last season’s experience, this sack at the first time of troble is just plain daft.

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    A lot have been mentioning Gouffran, he is another Jonas, extremely hard worker who is great for the fullback as he tracks back so effectively, the only difference is, Gouffran can score, create chance’s and be effective as an attacking player as well, as I said another Jonas but a much better version of him.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17


    got to disagree. AVB was poor at chelsea and now at spurs…never his fault though according to some media. At chelsea it was terry, here it is the director of football…the simple truth it he couldn’t find his best 11 at either club and paid the price…massively over rated on the back of one very good season with a porto.

    Redknapp had 2 4th placed finished in a row, AVB got 5th and now they don’t look like top 4.

  • martoon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    As Spurs have the same number of points as us – cue the sack Pardew brigade only a matter of time before Catchy turns up 😉

  • NUFCarter

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    So AVBs sacked. they’re dropping like flys now. could it be Allardyce next?

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20


    Don’t get that started again haha.

    I think AVB has under achieved now two years in a row, and for the money spent got to be more of an impact, that’s just how the game works i guess these days.

    I think AVB plays such a slow, boring style of football and makes some weird decisions with team selections.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #21


    I think sam will go soon, the fans have never liked him so he won’t get their backing. He will have to turn it around big style.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Steve Clarke to Spurs? 🙂

  • asenski

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    wow managers have being sacked this campaigh far too easy than our bad run last campaign – pardew has got incredible luck to work under ashley’s reign it seems

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24


    they are on a bad run and yes I agree that it appears as if he is unsure of his best side, the same could be said for Mourinho as well, but in all honesty when a manager brings in as many new players as Spurs have then the manager has got to be given time to find out who is in his best team, last season Gouffran was a disappointment but we gave Pardew time to allow the new lads to settle, and now that they are settled Gouffran is a certain starter, Sissoko and Debuchy are proving that buying them was the correct decision and a lot of us have senn enough of Mbiwa to believe that he is better than both Saylor and Colo, but Pardew was given the time to find out about these platers, it’s not just about the potential which they have it’s about formulating your side to get the best out of them, we are doing that because Pardew know’s more about them and how to use them, AVB doesn’t have that knowledge nor was he given enough time to gain it, at times patience is the best policy, thankfully we have shown some and are benefitting from it.

  • asenski

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    can anyone give a short list of good managers who are unemployed now
    cannot see many free managers
    any chances levi comes for pardew 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26


    I think our situation was different…no matter what people say about how we played we came 5th, which was great so he got the season after even though we struggled.

    Redknapp was sacked for only getting 4th a missing the champs league as chelsea won it and got in despite being 6th, AVB struggled last year and is struggling this year.

    I think the team have regressed and last year Bale got them out of trouble so many times, he relied on him and never had a plan for the side when he left. I think he was a bad appointment to start with though.

    Hoddle would be my man to take over with them, class manager.

  • NUFCarter

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    I think the only reason Sam hasn’t already gone is due to the fact that they’ve been lack attacking options all season, with Andy Carroll, Vaz Te and Petric out. They’re counting on Maiga and Cole who they re-signed for the goals.

  • NUFCarter

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Martin Jol to Spurs?

  • asenski

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    i see juup heynkes as contender N1

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Last season AVB played with Redknapp’s side which is never easy as you want to put your own stamp onto things, AVB could not build the side he wanted for last season due to Bale#s expected departure, we now have AVB’s side but he has only been given 16 games to bed then in, for me that is not long enough, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that he is a good manager, to be honest I don’t know if he is or isn’t, what I am saying is that I don’t feel he was given enough time to find out if he was good or not.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    avb sacked this is what happens when you have a dof (a proper one not jfk) its like having a car with 2 steering wheels it always ends in disaster

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32


    For me you have to ask who will come in, if the man in will be a much better guy, who is proven in the league and with similar squads then fair enough. But if they get somebody similarin it’s just pointless. Also must question the DOF spending stacks on money on players who are struggling to settle, when you spend 30mil on a lad he must bed in right away.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    How was AVB poor at Tottenham?

    AVB got more points in his first season, than Harry was able to manage in his last season at the club! – after years of signings and influence.

    AVB given a full season at Porto was bringing in huge amounts of points, he had an absolutely exceptional season at Tottenham.

    AVB was not given a full season at Chelsea, how can you judge his term at Chelsea if he was not allowed to finish out a season. I guess Alex Ferguson would have been in the bin by now had Man Utd treated him like Chelsea treated AVB.

    Baldini made some bad signings, especially bringing young players in from abroad and expecting them to push for the title in their first season… this was not AVB’s fault.

    Everybody that goes to Man City gets turned over, that is nothing abnormal.

    Essentially AVB has been sacked over ONE game, and that is against a Liverpool side that will beat teams by large margins when they are in the mood. Tottenham were also down to 10 men, it is not an excuse, but it is a factor.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34


    yes i agree the ss toon is a happy ship now but there are still nutters who would fire a torpedo at it by sacking pards tomorrow if they could!

  • DokToon

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    gmorning all…

    i think if we saw the fixtures at the beginning of the season and said wed get 4 points from manure and southahmpton, wed all have taken that in a heartbeat… sure, the win was there, but we didnt collapse and hung on for a point…i think 6 points are vital v palace and stoke, before we shock the world v arsenal…

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36


    lost 3-0 at home to west ham, 6-0 away to city, 5-0 at home to liverpool…more than one game.

    and points totals aren’t as important as positions as opposition varies, redknapp was 4th twice, taking over a team that was down near the bottom of the league.

    AVB had a team that finished top 4 twice, and with Bale emerging as a top talent and dropped to 5th, not a sin but still not as good as redknapp.

    At chelsea he didn’t get much time but he did himself no favours, he dropped terry and lampard for no reason other than people deemed them too old, when he left lampard came back in and ran the show, scoring a lot. He seems a man who makes decisions to be different…different isn’t always good.

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37


    that’s the problem which Spurs now have, who will come in, but what you can be assure of is that however it is will want to bring in some players who he wants as he will want to put his own stamp on the side, so the whole cycle starts over again, new player’s settling in, new manager assessing what he has, who is his best team as he will have less chance than AVB of knowing that, add to the mix the new tactic’s and what you usually end up with is a bigger mess than what you originally had, yes the first few weeks due to adrenalin kicking in might bring better results but when things settle down you will be in a bigger mess, look at Sunderland, we now have Palace on the up with the added adrenalin but when they settle down they will struggle and probably go down, very rarely do mid-season changes of manager work, I really do feel at times it’s best to just rough it out as we did last season.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #38

    You can always look at ifs and buts after a football game. We’ll miss out on points when a player should have score but we’ll gain points when the opposition should have scored (like Spurs).

    You need to look at the season as a whole. Errors are only serious problems when they are repeated and the pattern of our play this season has been hard working punctuated with moments of skill. Very similar to when we finished in 5th really.

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Very strange sacking AVB. They’re on the same points as us, admitedly I think we are slightly over achieving, or perhaps realising our potential. Spurs have had a few poor results and struggle to create chances but when you sell a world class player like Bale of course it’s going to take time to readjust. Who are they going to bring in? Capello is the rumour, why? What has he done at club level in the past few years? Was he so spectacular as England manager? If nothing else all this makes me think Ashley might know what he’s doing after all….he’s stuck by AP and it seems to be working.

  • Spoof

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40


    yes I am aware of those who would rock the boat, I tend to just not bother debating on the subject as I find it impossible to debate with people who are not prepared to give credit where it’s due.


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