We Have Fallen Short As A Team And As Players


Newcastle are in decline this season, and in decline quickly since Boxing Day,  when we hammered Stoke City at St. James’ Park, after we were 1-0 down just before the break, but the referee sent two players off in three minutes and kindly awarded us a penalty, which we missed, but we still went on to thrash those nine men 5-1 in the second half.

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Captain Fab Coloccini –  must lead the turnaround

But since that game we have won only one game of the last nine, and failed to score in seven of those games – and we could be the worst side in the Premier League over the last few weeks – as far as our form goes – which has been terrible, and last night it was pathetic, and we were hammered 4-0 at home by Spurs.

Our Argentine center-back and captain Fabricio Coloccini has been badly missed at times like these, and he is recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of the side since he freely walked off in the second half with a knee injury during the West Brom game, and that was shortly after Mathieu Debuchy had been sent off.

This is what captain Coloccini has told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We set ourselves standards as a team and as individual players, but we fell well short of that in the biggest game of the season,” “Everyone at the club was very disappointed in what happened.”

“We followed it by travelling to Chelsea and although our performance was much better, we suffered another 3-0 defeat. Not winning games recently has been tough for everyone.”

“But it is important to remember we are ninth in the division and have had some really good results this season.”

When you lose six of eight league games, fans don’t think of where we are – in 9th position – in the league – but rather where we could be if we had say won say six of those games.

Indeed if we had picked up 18 points from those last eight league games we’d be in 3rd place in the league, one point above Manchester City – so we were really well placed before the decline set in when we lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the final game of last year.

With determination, perseverance, guts and some fighting spirit thrown in – Newcastle players and manager Alan Pardew can quickly turn this thing around.

Our next game is against Aston Villa at home a week on Sunday – and we should have Coloccini, Remy and Tiote all back in the starting line-up – and it will be the strongest side we can field, with all players hopefully available.

Time to see how many men we have at Newcastle these days, who can stand up and be counted, in this great time of need at the Tyneside club.

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344 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    I guess I can consider Newcastle United to be “work”…. 🙂

    Colo…I think what is “important to remember” is that you’re all professional footballers representing this club of ours and need to put an actual shift in.

    We know where we are in the league, but we can also see the current decline.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2

    That 9th was 8th only a few days ago, 7th just a few weeks ago, see where I’m going with this Colo??

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    we are missing the vital cog 🙁 all players heads have gone down since cabaye now we need some signings to inspire the others into thinking we can win something.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    So how is your new American office?

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  • Graeme

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Thats a bit rich coming from an absent Captain who clearly doesnt want to be here either!!! His heart isnt in it and hasnt been for a while and no doubt other players are aware of it.

    Coupled with the ineptitude of the owner, the shortcomings of the Manager – we would appear to be in somewhat of a predicament!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Croftus,
    But the bad run started 5 games before Cabaye left. Can’t all be blamed on him!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Graeme…what do you mean by absent and that I don’t want to be here either? 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesper…It’s working well enough…could use an architects touch mind.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Back to more serious issues mates. Should there be a statue of Ashley with his pants down and Kinnear and Pardew kissing both cheeks outside St. James Park?

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  • sparky55

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10

    in no other life, or in any other parallel universe would a manager with Pardew’s record still have a job…he is so bad I can’t find the words to adequately describe how bad he is…sh1te just doesn’t do it…anyone give me some help here.

    The fact he’s still got his job can’t even be down to the infamous 8 yr deal because most owners would gladly pay it up to get rid of cockney slime ball…So WTF is it!!!!!???? why hasn’t he gone yet FFS

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  • peaco1980

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11
  • DokToon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    if we got the theroretical 18 points from the last eight matches, and been 3rd, ashley would wouldve had an anuerysm, and dropped onthe spot, therefore propelling us up to the title, and dedicating the season to his loss and our gain…

    not making light of ppl who have lost loved ones from that, mind you….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Did I mention my musket is loaded and my battle jitney is fully fueled and ready to go?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza…I have told you to open that office in the Caribbean and I’ll be there in a second 😉

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    @lilongwe

    i’m not blaming cabaye m8 i blame whoever did not get a replacement or players who could make us more competitive.

    the sign it tells players is the sign it sends to fans and thats we dont want to push for the title so whats the point in the players playing there hearts out if the club is not bothered about winning anything !

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  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #16

    http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/thetoepoke/id/6055?ex_cid=ESPNFC+Facebook&cc=4716

    Everton FC are pure class for this. I can never see this ever happenin in “Mike Ashley’s NUFC” .. A club obsessed with profit and that doesnt give two hoots about the fans

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  • SpecialK

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #17

    No Geordie two. There should be a statue of Ashley with his stiff tadger out and a selection of fans bent over ready to take it up the bum.

    That’s what he’s doing to us.

    Bumming us blind.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Did I mention our gratitude to Ashley for finding us a manager who is willing to work for one of the poorest wages in the division for 8 years? This is truly another great accomplishment Mike. Your football vision is unquestioned. With your pants down and having your cheeks kissed you are truly where you seek to be. Magnificent.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19

    There is something truly splendid about going on an impossible mission with your best mates. I think I’ll watch The Last Samurai again.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Ben3arfa

    I didnt read that but i am assuming its about that fan who travelled thousands of miles for his first ever game, only fot it to be cancelled? They let him meet the squad. You are right, would never happen at Ashleys club.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #21

    My nostrils are fully flared with pride as I right this. Viva la Revolucion!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Has anybody got a Huzzahhh for me?

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Vive la budgelucione!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Harrumph!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Huzzumph!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Croftus,
    We still have the players to be competitive. They just need to be motivated. I can understand the psychological issues of Cabaye leaving affecting players, but they are professionals. Get over it!!

    Yesterday was awful, and if it is because Cabaye wasn’t replaced then they should all be ashamed of themselves!! If they play like that, no bugger will touch them and sign them anyway!!

    As manager, Pardew should be motivating them, either by carrot or stick. If they don’t want to perform, drop them. If it costs them a potential World Cup spot so be it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #27

    ” My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Worrying thing is we could still potentially get relegated…..

    Villa will make it tough for us
    We could get pounded off Arsenal , Liverpool, Swansea and Everton

    Palace , Fulham and a few other relegation battlers will be fighting like dogs when we come to town not sure if our players have the bottle or stomach for a fight

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #29

    For sale:
    1 fence panel. All enquiries to a small island in the med.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Santon,
    WE are safe, purely and simply because it is so tight. Everyone will take points off everyone which will make it difficult for all but 2 sides to over take us.

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  • BandB

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #31

    peaco,

    That article in The Mag.

    For the many who don’t “do” links.

    It says the club has admitted that if you CANCEL YOUR DIRECT DEBIT for next season, there’s NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO PUNISH YOU it as they are not signed up to any credit rating schemes.
    It will not affect your season ticket until the end of this season.

    Odd that it has had so little discussion on the blog. Even from the MAOC.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #32

    rotonda

    you have to give credit to pards for his gumption if southamptons owner had sold lallana poch would have walked i reckon

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Beautiful Markaccus. Beautiful jesper. WE are truly magnificent in our courageous battle with the evil one.

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  • BandB

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #34

    During the course of this afternoon The Mag article has never had less than 100 current readers.
    It is truly bizarre that “the best blog” has talked over the top of a bit of genuinely useful news.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #35

    My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #36

    GT….Marvelous mate! just marvelous!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Can’t believe people on here want pardew out

    Is it his fault Ashley and kinnear didn’t bring anybody in
    Is it his fault Ashley and kinnear sold cabaye
    he can only use what he’s got

    The only thing he’s done wrong is play players out of position and sometimes he got his tactics wrong and as I said this morning give him a ten year contract.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree BandB. We should focus more intently. I will have a word with those responsible. 🙁

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    I was joking about the ten year contract

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    @Lillongwie

    That might be our only saving grace that we dont get relegated I just honestly cant see where we will get the next win from

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