Season Becoming A Disaster – Magpies Torn Apart By Red Devils


Maybe the best that can be said about this game is that at least Newcastle players put in the effort that they didn’t show last week at Southampton – but it was the extra class of the Manchester United players that allowed them to open up the Newcastle defense, and we went down again 4-0 – this time at home.

juan mata after scoring first goal

Juan Mata after scoring first goal direct from free kick

This was really another disastrous result for Newcastle, even if the display was not as bad as last week at St. Mary’s, but performances like this will be doing Alan Pardew no good at all, and if he doesn’t think his job is now in danger – he should probably think again.

It looks like Newcastle’s season finished at Hull City when he headbutted David Meyler – and was banned for 7 games – so he has to take full responsibility for the last five games being little short of a disaster.

Newcastle have lost four of our five games since Hull, scored one goal and conceded 12 goals – and it’s simply been disastrous.

We have lost 10 of the last 15 league games (we’ll not even mention the 2-1 home defeat against Cardiff  in the FA Cup) and failed to score in 10 of them – and this follows last season’s run when we lost 10 of 13 league games ending when we lost 2-1 to Reading at home. 🙁

And since Alan Pardew and the coaches worked on the defense all last week, it’s going to be interesting to hear what the manager says about this display – but this season is now turning into an absolute disaster for the club – and the boos sounded load and clear at the end of this game – because it’s just not good enough.

Here’s a report of the game today.

After two minutes Dan Gosling had a header which he put wide of the post, and probably should have done better.

And then after 11 minutes Williamson did well to cut out a cross from the right wing for a corner,  as Newcastle were actually awake in the game, and were making a decent start.

And on 16 minutes Tiote had a snap shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Cheick put the ball well over the bar.

Davide Santon was showing up well and he put in some good runs down the right wing, and he was our main attacking threat so far.

And after 24 minutes Davide put over a tremendous right wing cross that Papiss Cisse headed nicely towards goal,  and it was going in, but the goalkeeper touched the ball over the bar for a corner – that was a good effort from Papiss.

But then after 39 minutes Manchester United went ahead and it seemed a rather harsh decision against Gosling, for a foul on Darren Fletcher just outside the penalty box, on the right hand side.

And up stepped Joan Mata and with that left foot of his he put the ball over the wall and into the back of the net, so it was a touch of class that put the Red Devils 1-0 up.

And then with Manchester surging forward after 44 minutes,  Hernendez was clean through and he put the ball past Elliot, but the ball hit the upright and was cleared, but that was a glaring miss from the Mexican striker.

Newcastle had played quite well in the first half, but we still offered very little threat up front, and had never really looked like scoring, apart form the Cisse header.

But that was as close as we got, because in the second half,  the class of Manchester United, and our lack of it – showed through big time.

After 50 minutes Hernandez went down the right wing and cut the ball back to Mata, who then smashed the ball into the back of the net, to put Manchester United up 2-0 with his second goal of the game.

And then on 64 minutes it was Januzaj who put the ball beautifully through to Kagawa in the inside left position in the penalty box,  and he pulled the ball  back to Hernandez who smashed the ball into the back of the net and it was 3-0.

And then in stoppage time – just to make it 4-0 in successive games for Newcastle, it was Januzaj who did a great one two in the box with Mata, before slotting the ball into the goal to make the rout complete.

All four Manchester United goals today were classy goals – and that’s something Newcastle have none of – not at the moment – and certainly not in this team we fielded today.

It was a better performance but another disastrous result for Newcastle and in our last 15 league games we one draw and four wins – 13 points from 15 games – after were had been in 6th place in the league after the 5-1 win over Stoke.

And now we visit Stoke – and we have to hope that Loic Remy is fit for that game.

The squad we have with five good players out injured is simply not good enough – and now we seem to be back to square one – and Newcastle will have to bring in a number of very good players if we are to do well next season.

But right now that’s looking very doubtful.

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Newcastle  (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 85); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 61), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Adam Armstrong

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Anders Lindegaard; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra (Alexander Büttner 65); Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini (Nani 70); Ashley Young (Adnan Januzaj 18), Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa; Javier Hernandez
Subs not used: David de Gea, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, James Wilson

Referee: Kevin Friend



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140 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    You having a laugh Ed?

    Another sh1te performance infront of the Geordie faithful

    In all fairness we should of put the game to bed before they opened the scoring but once more paid the price for penny pinching and not getting a couple of prolific goalscorers, Cisse had chance after chance, a couple forced good saves but the majority wide of the target
    LDJ offered nothing in terms of goal threat, HBA can’t shoot on target to save his life and Gouffran is anonymous on the wings

    As for the back line Jesus wept, never seen such lethargic sluggish defending they passed around our back four like they were those yellow training dummies!

    Tiote is the only one showing any form of determination, but looks like he’s struggling to keep it going

    3 games 11 goals conceded not a sniff at goal from us
    I said before the game, in spite of Pardews tactics and set up, or Carvers dinosaur team talks, if the players couldn’t get fired up for this fixture there are some serious deep rooted issues

    In other words lads……. Were fcuked

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew should have S Taylor on instead of Colo , colo has lost it and shows nothing but going through the motion’s, he is Chronic now … At least Taylor would show passion despite his sometimes lack of concentration ..He would not give up without a fight .

    Pardew is about to make a statement live on Radio Newcastle …Please jack it in .Go before your pushed..retain some pride.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    We had the most possession, and something like 5 efforts on goal to their zero in the first 35 minutes. To go from that to a 4 goal drubbing is the epitome of sloppy.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if they were fierce and a tour de force, but Man Utd looked like a poor side to me.

    If Pardew is staying, he must change his coaching set up.

    Mike Ashley is going to take a double hit if we down next season, what with his advertising also invested in being in the Premier League. I cannot imagine that Pardew’s position is very secure right now.

    This is going on 2 years now, that Pardew has been bringing Shola on late in games, for pointless cameo appearances, it is getting embarrassing.

    You can blame the hierarchy if you have no say in transfers or staff… but there is nobody to blame for the bizarre sub choices.

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  • toonking

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #4

    even without selling any of our current crop of players we need to this summer
    sign 2 goal scoring strikers
    1 LW 1 RW 1 CAM who can be a consistant threat at goals
    1 CB

    ofcourse getting that many attacking players is going to be very dear so just get 1 goal scoring striker in the summer and 1 in january. but we must bring in 2 wingers 1 striker and 1 CAM.

    out HBA marvo obatan saylor dejong shola and anita

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I understand it’s not just pardspew who is the problem it’s fatty! As I’ve stated before, fatty is the cancer and puppet is a tumour but to defend him is a disgrace regardless of egats happened with players being sold

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Manxpie

    My point is why is benny their defending in the fcukin first place? He come on foe LDJ who was playing as a 10 and as far as I could see there was no change of formation which would of made benny play on the right!

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    average apology accepted

    but arfa and collo were badly at fault for 2 goals
    and the whole squad is shocking for a big prem team

    man u had alot of players out but could still bring on januji (sp) and nani
    we bring on arfa n ameobi and thats after starting out of form de jong cisse a young hiadara n players playing on the wing because we havent got any wingers

    its a shambles like!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Wtf is a number 10 playing in the hole tracking back at right-back for? Because puppet makes him incase he gets dropped or blamed

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  • daztoon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Groundhog day

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  • BuckLuck

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Average_Contents @5

    Spot on!

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  • Newtain

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Can any Pardew sympathisers please tell me they still think he deserves to be manager?

    This result dispels 2 of Pardew’s favourite excuses. 1) midweek games are responsible for losses [they just played the best team in europe] and 2) our injuries/no Cabs cost us games [they rested 8 players!!].

    Yes Ashley withholds money and we don’t have an amazing squad but we ARE BETTER than the current results. One pathetic late goal vs Palace is a win and goal that papers over a string of woeful results. Heck we were even gifted goals by Hull the week before! Pardew was outsmarted by a manager who has consistently come up short this season – we got nailed by a woeful XI. Even under this regime, a better manager could get something more out of these players, perhaps doing that most risqué of things and actually altering the formation…

    I don’t live in Newcastle, i suffer from afar supporting this team. I implore you, nay I beg you, please protest and get this dinosaur out. His defensive management style has ruined my pleasure in watching the team I have loved for 20 years.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Manxpie

    I would still rather have benny on the wing ( even though it’s not his preferred position) than a fcuking defensive midfielder!

    Surely you see that?

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  • NUFCarter

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed effort? it was non existant

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    I can only see us picking up points against Cardiff at home. Another poor season from us. We should’ve signed 6 players in the summer and 3 in January. We’re about 8/9 players short now.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Online Guy

    Why get my hopes up? A statement you say?

    I tune in to hear the drip rambling his platitudes once again and basically calling the entire squad shite – no wonder they all appear not to want to play for him. Sick of him.

    Get rid of the dour, negative soul, get a modern minded manager in and watch the team perk up.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Are Pardew really going to survive this?…and why does he want to survive this?

    …he most see where this is going for both Newcastle, it’s fans and for himself! Is he really that reckless and careless?

    What a fool he is/and what a fool he takes us for!

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    average it doesn’t matter mate he was a yard away!
    so it was his fuskin job!

    its a team game simple as that at, for his 40-50 grand that he gets paid for his 30 minutes work i actually expect him to work and be switched on regaurdless if he’s an attacker or defender!

    i’ve seen suarez, rooney n negrado all defend and track back and there strikers!

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew just said live on radio ..”.we are caught between
    2 stool’s !…we come up against a side that played really well, at 2 nil we were still in the game , you got to get 2 to win and we are struggling to get the first goal ,,(mentions a lot of players giving a decent performance) , I felt for the players today , we’v got to be realistic as to where we are”!

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  • toonicle

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Terrible game again. Why bring Shola on instead of armstrong at the end? At least let the kid have a run out FFS. Only positive was santon at RB, he looked good.

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  • toonking

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    average
    if he did start with HBA and he player today the same way he played against southampton then we have only got rubbish on the bench.

    what pardew is thinking here is HBA has looked much better on the days he comes off the bench and if he is not going to be at newcastle next season why not just try out others incase ashley yet again doesn’t do much in the transfer window.

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  • francesco-hba

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #21

    francesco-hba // Apr 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    for the 2nd that’s clearly Colo’s fault, but for the 4th, that’s not really an indivual responsibility, but if you really want to blame someone, that’s not Ben arfa ,even if he wasnt far from the action, His role is to attack and maybe to defend on Buttner, not to defend on Januzaj, if they were two on Santon, then that’s williamson or tioté’s fault

    to conclude, the 2nd = Colo
    the 4th = the defence but thats not individual

    then, why didnt you blame Gosling for the 1st or Williamson for the 3rd? why? maybe because you hate Benny isnt it?

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Bayern 3 shots on target – 1 goal.
    Newcastle 4 shots on target – 0 goal.
    Man U against Bayern 4 shots on target – 1 goal.
    Man U against Newcastle 4 shots on target – 4 goal.

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  • francesco-hba

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #23

    manxpie

    for the 2nd that’s clearly Colo’s fault, but for the 4th, that’s not really an indivual responsibility, but if you really want to blame someone, that’s not Ben arfa ,even if he wasnt far from the action, His role is to attack and maybe to defend on Buttner, not to defend on Januzaj, if they were two on Santon, then that’s williamson or tioté’s fault

    to conclude, the 2nd = Colo
    the 4th = the defence but thats not individual

    then, why didnt you blame Gosling for the 1st or Williamson for the 3rd? why? maybe because you hate Benny isnt it?

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Online guy

    Damn you for saying it was a statement lol bit in all seriousness we all know he hasn’t got the class to walk

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    average i can see that but would we have won as many games with him constantly on the wing?

    imo not a chance
    sissko has done very well and actually plays till the last minute and puts tackles in and runs up and down the pitch all game

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #26

    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=28450&posts=13

    You can maybe take this endless B=====ks against your Man city’s, Chelsea’s etc but your Sunderlands 3-0 at home 2 years running and your Fulhams away, no I’m not having it. PARDEW OUT!

    We had a 10M striker in Cisse whose confidence is now shot and another in LDJ who was once rated at 15M !!

    Now Not scored in 11 out of 15 , that has to be a new record even for Pardew. Does he do any attack training whatsoever?

    0-4 Spurs
    0-3 Everton
    0- 4 Southampton
    0-4 Manu reserves who just played Bayern midweek.

    0-15 in just 4 games, 3 of them at home !!!!!!

    And before people say it, Cabaye played in 5 losing matches out of 7 just before he left.

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #27

    I was one who thought Pardew was doing the best with what he had. I still believe that. Unfortunately I now think that his best isnt the squads best.

    I believe the buck stops with Ashley not investing into the squad, but someone else would have us playing better than this. Right now we look like every game we’re going to concede, and against any half decent team its looking like at least 2-3 goals conceded and we’re not looking likely to score. Two last minute winners were welcomed, but just paper over the issues we have. Failure to score in 10 out of 15 games is relegation material.

    As much as I think Pardew isnt the man for the job, I know we wont get anyone better if he goes. Pardew haters can say all they want, but theres no one out there better who Ashley would pay for who would work under Ashleys terms. There isnt. So we’re stuck in limbo, until Ashley goes or Pardew resigns.

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  • toonking

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    sazza
    manchester united strikers rooney RVP
    bayern munich strikers thomas muller mario mandzukic

    newcastle striker cisse and dejong.

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Average, the presenter said Statement after the game

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Not sure why individual performances are being singled out
    Collectively we had the chance to be coasting with a comfortable lead by 35 minutes
    Collectively we failed to do that
    Collectively we hit the self destruct button and imploded and got ripped apart by a poor Man Utd team

    The manager, the coaches, the players – all the players, should be taken to task over there effort and commitment in 2014
    But they won’t because the sh1t on the pitch is merely echoed from the sh1t being filtered down from Ashley

    Thanks Mike……….you cnut

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #31

    franc ffs lad i’ve explained it and i ain’t a benny hater but i am a hater of players that don’t put effort in and that certainly don’t play for the team

    and again i’ll say the player who scored shouldn’t have got the ball simply because the only player that could have stopped him let him get it!

    now if that was santon or willo or dick van fuskin dyke i’d have hammered him for it! understand now??

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Why Shola?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Some people just seem to hate flair managers like martinez and laudrup and would rather have a diet of pardew dirge served up every match. Very sad really.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Manx

    No because he’s not a winger, and sissoko does do very well on the wing and that’s what puppet loves, a good old fashioned workhorse (think Jonas but better) but to play a dcm on the wing is a disgrace and he does shit like this on a regular basid

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #35

    alan Pardew must be worried about his bonus.

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  • daztoon

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #36

    toonking

    RVP and Rooney were`nt playing lol.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Sir Braveheart

    Must have plentiful contacts in the game to know nobody will be interested.

    Pardew has strangled all attacking instincts out of the squad and now they’re clearly not playing for him.

    Relegation scrap is absolutely inevitable if the fans allow Pardew to remain here into next season. Overstayed his welcome and brought the club into disrepute on and off the field.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #38

    where were RVP and Rooney today?

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  • francesco-hba

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #39

    We were far better when we played a 4-3-3 with ba-cissé-benny

    Ba isnt here today, but there’s Remy and it reminds me we were not bad with Remy on the left (dont remember what match it was but he scores 2 goals playing in a left position in a 4-3-3. That’s pretty better for Hatem too, in a 4-4-2 he has defensive duties and he isnt good in that.

    So, why dont we play with 4-3-3, the last results of our team playing 4-4-2 are horrible!! De jong/cissé is clearly not a good association in attack but Pardsh*** insist with that again and again

    with the 4-3-3 we were 5th 2 years ago and Benny shine with beautiful goals. This year, our biggest defeats were in a 4-4-2…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Mike

    In the real world, No one, not even the most ardent and delusional pardew apologists can really argue with that.

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