It’s Been A Bad Afternoon For Newcastle – Here’s Why


As well as losing our second game in a row 1-0 we have also lost tow of our back four, with Mathieu Debuchy facing a three game suspension after being given a straight red card for a two footed tackle after 62 minutes at West Brom this afternoon and it looks like captain Fab Coloccini has picked up an injury that will see him out for up to six weeks.

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Fab Coloccini in action this afternoon

It never rains but it pours  suddenly comes to mind,  after we have had not injuries for a good while now.

It seems that Coloccini has picked up a knock during this afternoon’s game at the Hawthorns, where too many of the Newcastle players looked tired after four games in 11 days, and as many as  nine of our players have played in all the games.

The manager made just one change from the side that lost to Arsenal on Sunday, and maybe we haven’t been rotating the players enough over the heavy Christmas period?

Colo limped off after 65 minutes and it looks like he will be out for up to six weeks.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the second 1-0 defeat in a row:

“It has been a bad afternoon. Not only do we lose Debuchy but Colo also looks to have done something to his knee.” “It is early days but we could be looking at four to six weeks out.”

Next up for Newcastle are Cardiff City on Saturday in the FA Cup, and we should see some changes to the Newcastle side – and two will be enforced with Debuchy and Coloccini not available.

Yanga-Mbiwa is likely to be brought into central defense, and maybe Massadio Haidara comes in at right back with Santon moving over to the right hand side for Saturday – although the experienced Steven Taylor is also available.

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19 comments so far

  • asenski

    Jan 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    horrible 45 min vs stoke, outplayed by arsenal with 2 shots on target for 90min and beaten by wba
    where are the arguments of getting European football ??
    any team from 10 to 15 place will be able to beat us, not to say that probably from the first 9 teams we play the best crap football with no imagination , slow movement and difficulties to build up an attacking mode of game … no doubt why pardew set up his team to prefer more counter-attacks than anything else

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I blame this on pardew, he knew the number of games we were going to play over the festive season and chose not to rotate the squad. Reminds me of last season when we had to play EL games midweek. Pardew can’t adapt to change

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 1, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #3

    hmm no blame on pards for that for me !

    deb’s moment of madness and same with krull tbh for the pen why he went in feet first i’ve no idea.

    no one played that great apart from maybe williamson who again impresed me and goofy had way more impact in the game than arfa even though it was not goofys best game today.

    we lacked that good last pass every time today and in fairness deserved not to win (just hope we sign a striker to replace ameobi fast as possible)

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Asenski
    That is total crap we matched stoke until the sending off and then murdered them,we were very unlucky agaist arsenal certainly did not deserve to lose and today were very unlucky not to be two up at half time ,the sending off changed the game until then we were in complete control
    Why do people have to be so bloody negative

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I feel a bit sorry for Pards but much of today rests on him stubbornly sticking to a recent game plan that seemed to always work rather than making astute adjustments, He is still trying to fit players into his mould of play which I am not sure I know what it is yet. We have developed a possession and passing but esssentially it boils down to us trying to break forward randomly and nick the odd goal.

    Its not a totaal disaster though, it is close to being a very good team, I still maintain Pardew needs technicl staff in the coaching setup to give him some up to date ways to rotate and deploy the players he has.

    Shame is, now we have an injury and suspension list that will force changes instead of voluntarily changing things up.

    Also, if that photo of Colo above is the tackle I am thinking of, a split second later in that one and he would have been off well before Debuchy – top drawer challenge that one!

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #6

    A striker is a must this window. An injury to Remy and we are in deep trouble.

    This has been the theme for a long time at Newcastle. 2 strikers would be ideal, but maybe I’m wrong and we actually don’t need to sign anyone.

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  • asenski

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #7

    yourky
    it seems you explain everything mainly with the luck 🙂
    it is not bad , but it just does not work with the football when you have to stand behind the performance you show
    this game vs wba was full of crap for me as we did not show any football arguments of top 9 team imo

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki
    Don’t disagree with any of your points
    The real issue for me today is Shola plays in spurts and understandably so with his age etc
    Amelia was top draw for the baggies
    For me it’s simple a real quality cf and we will be rocking

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Yep the reality is we got beat 1-0 by two teams who looked very unconvincing against us. Its not doom and gloom its just a shame, a few little tweaks and we would have had both games.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m sure Collocini will walk back into the side when he recovers even if Yanga is in top form

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Very disappointed with not only the result, but also the performance. We seemed devoid of any creative energy, lacked the final pass time and time again.

    Sissoko is not an attacking player and should be played deeper, he lacks the awareness to pick out a team-mate in the final third.

    Gouffran was very poor today, but I would have him in the team every day of the week ahead of HBA in all honesty.

    Shola cannot work up front by himself. Maybe in a 4-2-2 with Remy playing very closely off him, but if Shola has to do anything more with the ball than take it down, he is very ineffective.

    Debuchy can be one of the best RBs in the league, but until he addresses this red mist/insanity that clouds his judgement every now and then, he will never make it to the top. He will be sorely sorely missed during his suspension.

    All in all, what I am taking from today’s result is that we need investment, because we need options/competition up front, and we need depth at the back.

    A number of big games coming up, and not having our RB and captain for these games could really hurt us.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Garbage Skunki flucking garbage

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Asenski
    I have just got home from wba
    It simply was not crap good build up and neat football turned on the debucey mad moment
    Ok we could have been a bit better with the final ball but west brom are a good side particularly in midfield we did ok for me
    We will win more than we lose playing as we did today a new cf and we will be pushing the top 6

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Willamson and Mbiwa looked a good pair, so not really concerned about the Colo injury tbh

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  • ash1001

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    The problem is and always will be Pardew until he leaves, the man is devoid of ideas, continually gets tactics wrong, never mind team selection.
    i.e Arsenal come to toon and they are allowed to take the game to us, Sunday was a day (bearing in mind there team) to take the game to them- Pardews tactics was to wear them out and then attack – bollocks would KK have done that – would he hell like.
    Then there’s today, by his team selection he just about admits that Remy cannot play by himself so Shola plays, honestly I cannot see anything good about Shola so I can be classed as biased, but he was a total waste of time, just like so many times in the past, yet he still gets a game.
    And what gives with the 65 minute substitution mark, so stereo typed its unreal. Toon are the 65 minute champions of the PL.
    As for his continued crap comments to the press, well enough said on that matter.
    Sorry but for me the blame lies squarely at Pardews door.

    PS odds on Colo been on tomorrows flight to Argentina must be pretty low.

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  • nufcursed

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #16

    this is great news!
    colo is past it!we look a better side when he’s not in it so this is good news actually..
    coloccini is too slow for the premier league

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Shola despite some of you said he is bla bla bla mackem slayer bla bla bla local lad bla bla bla is totally USELESS for the last 13 seasons !!!!!

    He don’t care if we winning or not.

    Get rid of him and we will win something!

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  • Harley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon brother will be creaming his pants about coloccini!!!

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  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #19

    RonVanDam…… In principle, yes rotate the squad but there are certain positions where that’s difficult.

    Yes, rest Remy and substitute er……?

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