Newcastle lost 1-0 tonight at Stoke in a close game, and though the Newcastle players gave their all in terms of effort, we were just not good enough in that final third of the field, and the best chance for Newcastle went to local lad Jack Colback on 84 minutes as Newcastle were pressing for an equalizer, and he had a clear shot on goal from just six yards out, but somehow managed to hit the post.
Stoke had gone ahead after 15 minutes with an easy goal for them as Moses, who ran Newcastle ragged especially in that first half tonight, crossed the ball from the left, and Crouch out-jumped Coloccini to head the ball into the back of the net giving Tim Krul no chance.
Mike Ashley was at the game sitting alongside Lee Charnley, and we will have to wait and see if he calls time on Pardew’s tenure on Tyneside.
This is how we saw the game tonight – as it happened.
Newcastle wore their new navy blue and light green shirts, green shorts and navy blue socks – they looked better in real life than in the photos we had seen.
Stoke went ahead after 15 minutes and it was a very simple goal for Stoke – their first goal at home this season.
Moses out on the left wing floated the ball into the box and Crouch out-jumped Coloccini to head the ball firmly into the back of the net, giving Tim Krul no chance.
Newcastle’s approach play was good, but again we didn’t look dangerous enough in the final third of the field, and Stoke were catching Newcastle short at the back on their rapid counter attacks.
In one such move after 21 minutes, Gouffran appeared to bring down Moses just inside the penalty area, but the referee waved play on – we’ve seen them given for that.
Newcastle were trying hard to come back into the game, but things broke down in the penalty area far too often.
Then Moses again got the ball and ran at the Newcastle defense and he gave the ball to Crouch, who was in a good position but he shot wide and should have done better.
On 44 minutes Daryl Janmaat had a great shot from all of 30 yards out, and it needed a good save from Begovic who turned the ball around the post for a corner.
Then just before half time it was Moses again, but Dummett got in the way of the shot and the corner was cleared.
At half-time it was still 1-0 and Newcastle had a lot of the ball – 57% possession – but they were caught on the counter-attack too often, especially by Moses and Newcastle will need to handle him much better in the second half.
And while the approach work had been good, we were short of somebody up front who could put the ball into the back of the net – and surely we’ll see Papiss Cisse come on shortly.
And as Alan Pardew made his way off the field there was a chant of “We want Pardew out.”
Papiss Cisse came on at the start of the second half in place of Riviere.
And then on 48 minutes Stoke hit the bar when Arnautovic put in a great first time shot with Krul beaten, but the ball came back off the base of the post and was cleared, and a quick breakaway by Sissoko put Cisse through but the ball was cleared for a corner.
Newcastle were trying hard to come back in the pouring rain.
On 62 minutes Moses found himself with the ball six yards from goal when an attempted Janmaat clearance hit a Newcastle defender in the box, and the ball went to Moses, with only Krul to beat.
But the Newcastle goalkeeper blocked Moses’ shot to keep Newcastle in the game.
On 66 minutes Ireland should have done better when he had a free shot on goal just outside the penalty area, but he put the ball way over the bar.
Newcastle were pressing forward at every opportunity, and Obertan came on for Gouffran after 68 minutes, and then Sammy Ameobi came on for the ineffective Cabella after 74 minutes – so no Adam Armstrong tonight.
On 84 minutes a good run down the right wing by Obertan ended up with him getting the ball into the box from the right wing, and from six yards out Jack Colback had an open goal but somehow managed hit the post – but he really should have scored.
Jack was seen holding his head in his hands after that miss.
Stoke started to hold the ball in the corners as they were trying to see out their first home win of the season.
The easily saw out the four minutes of added time and this was Newcastle’s third defeat in the first six games – and it’s just not good enough.
In our three games away from home, we haven’t scored a goal yet, and we have failed to score in four of the first six league games, which is basically a continuation of the terrible form we showed in the second half of last season.
As we said it isnt good enough.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Steven Nzonzi; Mame Biram Diouf, Charlie Adam, Victor Moses; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Erik Pieters, Robert Huth, Stephen Ireland, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi, Bojan
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella (Sammy Ameobi, 74), Yoan Gouffran (Gabby Obertan 68); Emmanuel Riviere (Papiss Cisse 45)
Substitutes not used : Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)