A Disastrous Last 30 Minutes Of The Season – Help!!


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As expected before the game, Newcastle lost at Anfield today 2-1, but only  after playing really well for the first hour and defending really well, but then Newcastle’s lackadaisical defense finally turned up, and we conceded two poor goals after 63 and 65 minutes from set plays – free kicks just outside the penalty area – and that was after we were leading 1-0 at the break through an own goal from Daniel Skrtel after 20 minutes.

Shola Ameobi was sent off for something he said to the referee before the game got going again after the second goal, and substitute Paul Dummett was sent off after a rash tackle on Lois Suarez after 87 minutes.

That’s a terrible way for Shola Ameobi to end his Newcastle career, after playing for fourteen years in the first team, and he was also having a good game. 🙁

Stoke won 2-1 at West Brom through a late goal and therefore finish one point above Newcastle – everything went wrong for Newcastle in those last 30 minutes.

A few facts – since the 5-1 defeat of Stoke City on Boxing Day we lost fourteen of the last twenty league games, failed to score in 13 of them and got only 16 points after getting 33 points in our first 18 games – so you couldn’t get more of a collapse than that.

We lost eight of the last 10 games and seven of the last eight – and if we don’t build up the squad significantly in the summer, we will definitely be fighting relegation next season.

And this season we conceded a massive 59 goals, and that goes with our worst ever goals against tally of last season, which was 65, so that’s one place where reinforcements are necessary – but they are needed all over the field in truth.

But the next important decision for Mike Ashley to make is the fate of Alan Pardew.

Newcastle even looked good – very good in fact  for the first hour, but then we completely collapsed – just like we did in our last 20 games of the season.

And we didn’t even mention we lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round in January, which means we lost 15 of the last 21 games played – that is pathetic.

As far as the game went today – Newcastle had gone in front after 20 minutes, when Gouffran took the ball down the left wing and cut in and put a nice right footed cross towards Ameobi, but Martin Skrtel miskicked the ball and it flew into the back of the net off his right leg, to put Newcastle 1-0 up.

And then Yoan Gouffran was clean through on goal, and should have made it 2-0 a few minutes later, but he shot straight at Mignolet, when he should really have scored.

Then after Newcastle had looked so solid we started to lose our discipline in the second half, and gave free kicks away just outside the box, and you really cannot do with a Liverpool side that includes Suarez and Gerrard, who are simply excellent at free kicks.

After 63 minutes a free kick to the far post saw Daniel Agger poke the ball home unchallenged, and then two minutes later, after we had given another daft free kick away just outside the box. Daniel Sturridge got on the end of the free kick to score Liverpool’s second goal.

So after being 1-0 ahead after 62 minutes, we were 2-1 down after 65 minutes – and then came the two red cards for Ameobi and Dummett, and then came the late Stoke City winner at West Brom.

What a terrible way to end what has turned out to be another terrible season. 🙁

Teams:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan (Aly Cissokho 46); Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard (c), Joe Allen (Philippe Coutinho 59); Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge (Lucas 80)
Subs not used: Brad Jones, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Iago Aspas

Newcastle
(3-4-2-1): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor (Luuk de Jong 73), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini; Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Paul Dummett 82 – sent off 87), Massadio Haidara; Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 78), Moussa Sissoko; Shola Ameobi (sent off 65)

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Lubo Satka, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Referee: Phil Dowd

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44 comments so far

  • JackButler

    May 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 17s
    Asked Pardew if season had been “satisfactory” . Refused to answer question. #nufc

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  • JackButler

    May 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 39s
    Also asked him if he was “grateful” to Mike Ashley for sticking with him, walked out room! #nufc #lfc

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  • manxpie

    May 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #3

    manxpie // May 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    jack exactly lol now unless mike has been visited by 3 ghosts everyone and i mean everyone needs to massively massively bring down there expectations!

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  • BandB

    May 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Well.
    The season is over.
    The Eurovision Song Contest is over (forever if Ukip get their way and take us out of it…..that’s there main policy, isn’t it?)

    Only one thing remains.
    To see the end of season predictions blog reader Mark Harding (aka Toon Darn Sarf) asked honest bloggers for at the start of the season.
    I quiver with antici……pation.

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

    JB,

    Pards dint want another poster with that answer

    Haha..

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  • Ciaran

    May 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost

    This time last year I was debating whether or not we could convince the likes of Rafa Benitez, Rudi Garcia or Rene Girard to our club. If Ashley wanted to sell this club as a project to an ambitious manager, there would be any number of managers who would have taken us over.

    However, Ashley doesn’t see this as a project worth improving, it is fulfilling the function he needs it to – make money. Pardew is the man who has to front the football side of the product to give forward the illusion that we are operating as a football club, but we’re not, not really anyway. Top 10 is job done as far as Ashley is concerned. Ideally he’d probably have liked to have achieved it with a little less unrest from the fans but that won’t bother him too much.

    I’d be amazed if Pardew is sacked, and only financial concerns will see him leave ie if people stop renewing STs or stop going to the games, then MA may take action to appease the masses whom he perceives to be gullible and easily swayed – though I do think many on here would be happy enough to see MA sack AP and appoint another manager, or they’d be content to see some money thrown at the team just so they can roll out their favourite phrase “let’s wait and see”

    The time for waiting has long since passed. Take action, whatever form that manifests itself in your life; be that giving up your ST, not buying merchandise, not renewing your Sky TV subscription or boycotting completely. Just so long as we’re doing something, ANYTHING, to hasten the departure of Messrs Pardew and Ashley.

    Been a long season, but no doubt all of us will be back for some more punishment when next season unfortunately rolls around.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #7

    16 points in 21 games.

    If we get that many points from our next 21 league games… we will be getting ready for life in the Championship. With Remy now gone, we may not even get that many points in the next 21 games.

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  • JackButler

    May 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew blames the Ref for todays defeat for not managing the game properly!!!

    There’s a sarcastic comment in there somewhere!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Shows the creature for what he is JB! Unable to take criticism and the only reason he came out the dugout today was we were playing away! Fcuking SHITHOUSE KUNT!

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  • Ciaran

    May 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    BandB

    “It’s astounding, time is fleeting, madness takes its toll…”

    An apt allusion to how I feel as a Newcastle United fan right about now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Well I loved the second half of the season Mike you old hog. Got your snout full of dosh again this year have you?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Will Hughes has just put Derby 1-0 (3-1 on agg) with a great attacking run ACROSS the CB, not behind, not standing still just fully attacked the ball
    When was the last time we saw a toon player do that!!

    Ciaran
    Have cancelled near on everything i can, but the mrs has full control of the sky, my hands are tied! 🙂

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  • DG MAGPIE

    May 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought today was a good performance.

    2 sceptical free kicks
    2 sceptical red cards

    otherwise great all over the pitch and proved and full strength we can be a good side.

    However, awful end to a season. Would love new owner and management, but its not guna happen. Hopefully get 4/5 decent signing and retain everone but Remy, Benny, Cisse & Shola who already look to be gone.

    So glad City won the league because the Bin dippers are truly classless. all the forwards & Rodgers appealing for everything and diving at will.

    Was nice to see city win the league in a packed pub in Darlington, with 90% Liverpool fans.

    HWTL

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  • Graeme

    May 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley needs a “Football Manager” someone who can direct the club from top to bottom and the promoted Secretary IS NOT that man. FCB needs rescuing from is own lack of knowledge by employing somebody who knows what he is doing.

    Once that appointment is made, the Team Coach can be appointed, coaching staff can be brought in and the club established on a professional basis – now wouldn’t that be a nice way to start next season??

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  • manxpie

    May 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    still find it funny how yaya toure sounds so much like fonejacker fella!

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    toonking – we played 5.4.1

    Even Sky Sports reported our team as being 5.4.1 in the 2nd half.

    We were playing with 1 striker, I thought that looked fairly obvious. I am not sure where you are getting 3.4.3 from.

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  • JackButler

    May 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew confirmed this was most likely Shola Ameobi’s final appearance for #nufc. Said he was one of best professionals he’d ever worked with

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  • Toon1978

    May 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s still an improvement on our 16th place finish last season. We need around 8 quality signing this window. We will be lucky to see 2 or 3. Huge investment needed.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    BandB
    If i remember i think i said 14th
    On paper i should be happy with 10th right?

    It’s been abysmal

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  • Ciaran

    May 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Tads

    There is a BDSM reference there, but I’ll let the likes of GT make it 😛 haha I think the most widely believed myth is that we the people have no power to do anything. If we see ourselves as individuals in isolation, I can understand the logic that goes into that viewpoint, but we should see ourselves as individuals living in sync with one another. If we all got off our collectively arses you’d be amazed at what we can do.

    Every little helps, but we need to do more and more of us need to do it.

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  • BandB

    May 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Ciaran,

    Could we also have a quick hands up?
    After a season where we finished 10th, who still really thinks Ashley is about to unveil his master plan to take us to the next level?
    I am reminded of the Baldrick cunning plan that suggested they waited until they had had their heads chopped off before “playing their cards when the time is right.”

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Graeme
    Spot on mate
    Promoting the lad who used to run the Pay roll is hardly going to benefit the club!

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  • Ciaran

    May 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    BandB

    I said something like 11th, so I was pretty close to that league prediction. No doubt he’ll use these predictions to try and beat us over the head with, but thankfully I’m confident it will get short shrift.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #24

    You’ve got to hand it to the Hog. He gets himself a lackey for a manager, hires a man with a brain the size of a pimple for a DoF and then sits back to enjoy the season and the money rolling in.

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  • Toon1978

    May 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    I would take Zaha in a heart beat. As well as Shelvey. I hope we bring in Cabella and we DESPERATELY need strikers. We don’t have any now. Not one striker. How bad is that from Ashley’s running of the club?

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #26

    toonking “i’ve just thought could you actually be a pardew type person yourself because you seem to come up with excuse after excuse to avoid insist pardew needs sacking.”

    I don’t need an excuse. 4 wins in 21 games, coupled with negative football for 3 years says it all.

    Pardew is taking us into next season in relegation form.

    You could almost say I have a bit of an agenda, that agenda is not wanting my club to be relegated next season.

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  • Ciaran

    May 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #27

    BandB

    We should probably just ‘wait and see’ right? It’s stood us well so far.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Ciaran
    🙂
    Like i said I’ve cancelled all I can cancel, can no longer buy tickets even if the itch got the better of me as no longer have a membership!

    Have to say the away fans were bloody fantastic today, chanting loudly all game amongst a sea of banners
    Hats off to them

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  • toonking

    May 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29

    antient but still it can be 3-4-3 at time too because the fact of it is debuchy and hadaira were the players getting forward everytime.

    the only reason it will have been more of a 5-4-1 than a 3-4-3 today was because you need to remember this liverpool team have got world class strikers not strikers which are rubbish that is a fact.

    but it’s plain and simple debuchy and hadaira are our best wide players at the clubs as we have NO WINGERS. so we are playing 5-4-1/3-4-3

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  • toonluvva

    May 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Thank God that’s the last match of the season.

    Realistically, when I saw the schedule before the season started I was predicting a defeat at Anfield.

    What have we learned from the season?

    We knew that Mr Ashley is out of depth as an owner of a football club and nothing from this season did anything to change that.

    We also knew that P45due was not up to running a successful Premiership club, but we did find out exactly how inadequate he actually was.

    We knew that Strolla was well past his best and should have been put to grass. Nobody expected Remy to sign up for us full time, but at least those who had been calling for us to sign him up have been vindicated.

    We all knew that not investing in 2 transfer windows would come back to haunt us. If we don’t do something in the next 2 windows our premiership position will be in serious doubt.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Some very wise comments on here today from many who have known what we’re up against for a long time. We’re up against a greedy, billionaire buffoon. That’s tough but people power can win out in the end. Boycotts are ugly but necessary at times. So is standing up for your club to rid it of a parasite.

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  • Keith in France

    May 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Ashley will not sack AP – given he has just paid out a bonus to him, how would that stack up at an Industrial Tribunal ? “Oh I paid him his bonus because he achieved the objective of finishing in the top ten but I want to sack him because….?

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #33

    A little Canadian tune for you Mike. Sing to The Cat Came Back.
    But the Hog came back the very next day.
    The Hog came back. They thought he was a gonner,
    But the Hog came back. He just couldn’t stay away. Suey!!!!.

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  • manxpie

    May 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #34

    tbf its very relevent tho

    and it shows how great our start to the season was changes many minds (including players and staff) and shows how catastrophic that window was for us and the players and staff

    people who say us losing cabaye is not an excuse are right but we also lost remy and debuchy plus sissko for a shorter time

    but the whole and i mean whole club changed as soon as that window shut!

    that asks the question of how much does mentality effect a club? (wish some uni peeps would do a study on that instead of the endless pointless studies we hear!)

    because for me it was the biggest problem and there is only 1 man to blame for that!

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  • BandB

    May 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Ciaran,

    I didn’t enter blog reader Mark Harding’s poll.
    Just as well. We had 10 more points at Christmas than I’d guessed.
    However, we did exactly as badly after Christmas as I thought.
    I didn’t make a prediction until the end of February, when I suggested that we would finished 10th on 44 to 47 points.
    At the time it seemed ludicrously pessimistic.
    As it turned out, only two injury-time goals against rotten teams prevented it being even worse.
    One manufactured by two players who are certainly NOT part of the Pardew vision for the future.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Well said toonluvva @30.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #37

    hehehehe what a game!

    I think Shola’s sending off was due with the free kicks and saying they were offside, when you closely look at the replays they did look more offside with 2 Liverpool players ahead of the Newcastle back line which I’m surprise the linesman didn’t see.

    Dummet made a vicious foul on Suarez there’s no need for tackles like that in football he should get served for 2 matches or maybe 3 because it was shocking even if it was against that horrible dirty ugly b@stard Suarez.

    the only thing that made me proud today was the fact that the Liverpool stewards didn’t stop the away supporters banners, I mean why should they it’s there ground not Newcastle’s

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Wait and see will bring more of the same. Stay away from games. Stop buying kit. Breathe some fresh air by not being anywhere near Pardew and Ashley. Disgraceful second half of the season. I wish we could rub Ashley’s face in it the way he deserves.

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  • toonking

    May 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    well you sound exactly like a pardew type person antient because
    A you keep coming up with excuses to get pardew sacked

    B that is also making you sound like you are backing ashley.

    BTW we didn’t have 3 bad seasons we have had 1.5 bad seasons and 1.5 good seasons.

    the first season was an excellent one
    and to prove that their was not one person complaining about him you just need to think bad to the time pardew was linked as england manager.

    last season was an awful one i accept that.

    this season but started off we and yet again fans were all relaxed but the minute we had that bad run things change and now we are an awful manager.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Ruddy…I have been told I can do alot from a far. As it is I am not buying season tickets, merchandise, no membership, and I don’t attend the games. I have stopped watching the games all together, except from first half today.

    I have signed petitions to sack Pardew and to force NoNuts to sell. I am looking into NUST as you know but have been told today that this is not enough.

    I’ll try to be more involved in the future. I even speak my opinion on here but are told I tell others what to do even though I ad just sharing my view.

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