Newcastle Now In Free Fall As Spurs Win 4-0


We suppose you could say Newcastle are in free fall now, losing their fifth successive game at home and their fourth successive  home league defeat a row, and that’s for the first time in 37 years – and the truth tonight was that although the players tried hard, they were simply not good enough against a superior Tottenham side,  and Newcastle have looked pretty hopeless in the last month or so.

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Adebayor after scoring tonight

Newcastle are a better side than we’ve shown since we lost that home game 1-0 to Arsenal, but the worrying thing now is the confidence of the player seems shattered,  and Davide Santon gave the ball away far too many times in the first half,  and he had another poor performance before local lad Paul Dummett came on at the start of the second half and looked solid enough.

But it’s now up to manager Pardew to sort out whatever’s going on in that dressing room, and we have to think they may be feeling sorry for themselves after owner Mike Ashley sold our best player in January – but Yohan’s gone now and never coming back.

And Newcastle  have 12 games left to show they are a better side than they’ve been in the last eight league games, when we’ve won only one and failed to score in all the other seven – and that’s simply a terrible and embarrassing record.

Here’s how we saw the game tonight – if you still want to read on.

After five minutes Santon was beaten down the right, but Tottenham couldn’t take advantage og the situation and then after just eight minutes Cisse should have scored as a cross came in and de Jong headed it down brilliantly to Cisse three yards out, but his shot was saved by Lloris – but Cisse should have buried that one.

And then after 19 minutes another terrible goal conceded by Newcastle as Nabal Bentaleb screamed down the left wing and shrugged off a poor tackle from Sissoko, and was allowed to get in a cross that Krul could only push away straight to Adebayor, and the big striker had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball home – poor goalkeeping by Tim Krul.

After 26 minutes Cisse was onto a good ball through by Sammy Ameobi, as he beat Lloris to the ball but his lob was wide and he should have done better.

And then after 31 minutes Lennon hit the post with Krul beaten, as the Newcastle defense had looked shaky in the first half hour.

And then on 38 minutes Gouffran was through down the right wing, but he couldn’t get his shot in with Cisse and de Jong waiting in the middle.

Half time came and it was 1-0 and Newcastle had looked shaky in defense, but had tried to come back in the game, but the Newcastle team had given the ball away far too much – especially Davide Santon – in that first half.

Newcastle will now have to score to avoid their fifth home defeat in a row in the second half.

Paul Dummett came on at the start of the second half for Davide Santon, who had a shaky first half at left back, and Newcastle started the second half with more energy.

But then another poor goal conceded by Newcastle and again Tim Krul was at fault, as a shot by Adebayor  was only parried by the goalkeeper and Paulinho was there to bang the ball home, and it was 2-0 to Spurs and more poor defending by Newcastle, as Krul should have done better.

On 63 minutes de Jong was replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa.

On 66 minutes Dummett won a corner and the local lad has looked good since he came on and from the Ben Arfa, Dummett got in a diving header, but it was blocked as Newcastle were trying to get back in this game.

And then two goals in the last 10 minutes from Adebayor after 82 minutes and a great goal from Nacer Chadli after 88 minutes made the humiliation complete, and we were hammered 4-0 after losing the last two league games 3-0.

It’s not good.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko (c), Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 71); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 63), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi

Tottenham (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen (c), Kyle Naughton; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue; Aaron Lennon (Nacer Chadli 75); Emmanuel Adebayor (Roberto Soldado 84), Mousa Dembele (Andros Townsend 64)
Subs not used: Brad Friedel, Michael Dawson, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane

Referee: Neil Swarbrick



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214 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #1

    We should smash up every Sports Direct in Newcastle and keeps doing it until Ashley leaves .

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    I like pardew I think he’s a good manager

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  • mag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Still some pardew apologists they should go and hide.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #4

    asenski

    Target of 6th-8th? Nah. I think that was made up by the fans. The official target was top 10 this year considering how badly last season went!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew out Kinnear in,seemingly he has won several manager awards and can reach any manager in Europe anytime of the day.
    He’s got the contacts and he speaks several languages ….that no one understands

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    TS

    I get the feeling that a lot of people on this blog are comparing us to the great team that we had under KK and the great manager that we had in SBR. Both are definite peaks in the history of NUFC.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #7

    he has more chance of bottom 6

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Ive just got back from that heap of crap. It was bloody terrible. If this dont change lads we are going down next season.

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  • expatmag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Too many people are on here are niave if they think Ashley will walk.

    He cant sell if no one wants to buy.

    With regard to smashing up stores, all that will get you is a police record.

    An organised demonstration will national press coverage would be more effective.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #10

    you sir are a total fruit

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #11

    TDS

    they certainly were peaks but even during lesser times like dagleish, souness, gullit that i remember there was always hope that we might do something next season and now i don’t have that under ashley.

    i might be the only one, i don’t know, just how i feel

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonDarnSarf

    noooooo

    we think this is the best team we have had since then

    with potential

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  • mag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #13

    @3 isn’t to bright.

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  • daztoon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14

    TDS

    What was the capacity of St James Park in 1991?

    I think over 17000 was pretty good for team struggling.

    I went during that period did you.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #15

    in ashley we trust

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Just wondering why as fans we feel the need to attack and threaten each other?

    Surely with our club in “free fall” we should be trying to stick together?

    Get a grip lads, a divided toon army is an easily managed toon army.

    If we want change, then we must unite and bring change.

    There’s very little that’s united about this club at the minute, other than Ashley being re-united with his cash.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #17

    BandB

    All true (obviously). But what do the execs leaving, Ba being sold and Cabaye being sold have to do with Pardew? Besides, I don’t have a problem with them being sold. I have a problem with them not being replaced!

    Pardew does not seem to be tactically flexible. So rip out the heart of his team (Cabaye, Colo, Goofy, Remy) and he’s stuffed.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #18

    14mag

    I thought it would be you to respond to that

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  • expatmag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #19

    JT

    You talking about me?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #20

    expat

    Agree we need to find a buyer, well the club needs to find a buyer, we can’t unless we got them together ourselves, very unlikely situation though.

    What we can do is pressure him with enough bad press, maybe try and get some journo’s to see if they can dig up dirt on how he runs us or sports direct…constant protesting might either make him sell us cheaper (not half the price but enough wiggle room to let somebody feel they get a good deal)

    But liverpool protested and a new owner bought them, so not sure this whole protesting will put people off argument some make.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #21

    TS

    There was hope because the really good times were not too distant. And we signed marque players and talked a good talk. But we were often rubbish. But since relegation and the withdrawal of MA after the KK debacle has set us back a hell of a long way!

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  • Eddie

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Starting Cisse was unjustifiable. Not playing Santon in a 3 man midfield was disappointing. Not playing Dummett from the start was perplexing. I keep telling myself that Pards is learning on the job but this just wasn’t right. Damn.

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  • mag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #23

    @19 your beyond thought.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #24

    full price pizza again

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  • Ashton

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Pardew breaking records like there is no tomorrow!. The rate at which Pardew is breaking records is a feat neither Fat Sam nor JFK managed to do.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #26

    daztoon

    I was 13 and living in Yorkshire with a Man City supporting Dad. So no, I didn’t.

    Look at this link: http://www.european-football-statistics.co.uk/attnclub/newu.htm

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  • Assam Toon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #27

    ever the romanticist or maybe its valentine’s day, voice ringing in my head…”thinks will sort out once cabaye is back from injury to take control of the midfield”.
    seriously, the worst sale during my 14 years as a newcastle fan, none has crippled us so much as this one will. i think i will never come to terms with this one, worst since he andy cole sale if i might dare say.

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  • expatmag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza
    Well said Sir

    How are you today

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #29

    dont be silly expat

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  • Graeme

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Transfer @ 87 previous post – we were on the verge of relegation to the old Div 3 and that was grim. Someone had a brainwave and convinced a former European Player of the Year to come play for us – the idiot did and we stayed up. His name was Kevin Keegan.

    Since that time I have never known it as bad as it is today, but I feel that Mr Ashley is very close to feeling the full anger of the Toon Army.

    If Ciaren and his merry men can get organised, I could see under 20,000 at next home game and that’s probably the only way to show the world how much he disgusts us with his prostitution of our club into a marketing ploy.

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  • BandB

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #31

    TDS,

    Some of us grew up with relatives who saw our club win the FA Cup (when it meant something) three times in a handful of years.
    They bred that pride into a generation that starting paying to watch the club in the darkest days of the 70’s and 80’s. Like myself.
    People with boyhood memories of The Entertainers will never understand that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #32

    People have got short memories correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t we be them at their place 1-0 with remy scoring and krul man of the match.

    What did you expect us doing the double over them

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #33

    TDSarf…Whilst the argument of accepting where we are has some merit, we cannot completely ignore the merit of wondering where we could be if the club went about their business the right way.

    Whilst we can’t expect the club to get it right all of the time, I cannot accept this do the bare minimum to ensure we stay in the league and then stop trying…which seems to be the general mantra of the club.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #34

    tds saying he felt we were comparing this garbabe to srb era

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS

    i don’t think it was that for me, i just knew there was always hope we’d get a top player in….owen was a good buy at first 7 goals in 10 games, 2 long term injuries and he became a huge waste of money…but was bought with good intention and he was a top player when he arrived.

    Sometimes you need those big names not so much as they are better quality but they lift players, manager and fans to give that bit extra.

    They don’t have to be past its just some lad with potential would do, somebody like will hughes would show we mean business with recruiting top kids like that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashton

    Oh god you’re back

    How’s the sheep shagging

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #37

    catchy

    This is (was before Cabaye left) the best team that we’ve had since the SBR days. But every PL team is better. The squads at City, Chelski and Arsenal are immense! Man Utd are struggling with the likes of RvP and Rooney, Liverpool have one of the best players in the world in Suarez and probably the England number 9, Everton and Spurs are littered with internationals. Look down at Norwich and Swansea and there are several top players there. There’s not a team in the league that is just full of English plodders and journeymen. That’s what makes the league great.

    We’re the 8th best team in the PL in my opinion. So 8th would be a decent achievement. 9th or 10th would not be so good and 11th would be unacceptable.

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  • Roy

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #38

    In my humble opinion until we the fans boycott all home games to force change then all will continue as now with only ourselves to blame

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #39

    expat…On a personal level, well…although it’s been somewhat soured after the past 2 hours! How about you?

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  • expatmag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #40

    TS

    Agreed with most of what you posted but I fear that our reputation past and present will count against us in the change of ownership stakes.

    Whilst we are a big club, we are nowhere near as big as Liverpool in the worldwide field.

    For example, Liverpool did a pre season tour of the far east and australia during the pre season and 95, 000 turned up at the Melbourne Cricket ground to see them.

    I doubt we would get a tenth of that turning up to see us..

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