The Truth – Newcastle Are Not Good Enough

In defense and in midfield Newcastle looked a decent enough side last night at the Britannia Stadium, but it was in the final third of the pitch where we again looked lacking in ideas, and the first real chance we carved out wasn’t until the 84th minute when Jack Colback somehow managed to hit the bar rather than put the ball into the back of the net.

alan pardew at stoke clapping fans

Alan Pardew – clapping Newcastle fans after the game

That would have given Newcastle the draw they probably deserved, but it’s alarming that we created so few chances last night.

Things are much easier to correct when you are creating the chances and just missing them – but last night the Newcastle team labored to create any real clear-cut chances.

When you have a team that finds it difficult to score goals then when you concede a goal – that can be ominous and mean you have lost the game.

We had thought the summer transfer window was a good one for Newcastle, but we could turn out to be wrong on that, and some of our new players haven’t come through at all – not yet anyway – and the most disappointing of our new players has been Remy Cabella.

Remy looks frail on the pitch last night and easily pushed off the ball, and he had little impact on the game, and we haven’t seen the skills we know he possesses.

Last night he Cabella was replaced in the second half – and Pardew wis right to say he’s not worth the money we paid for him – not yet anyway.

It’s good that there are only six games gone in the season, because we will need reinforcements brought in during January, if we are to survive relegation.

And of course luck has not been with us, and the long term injury to Siem de Jong and to a lesser extent Davide Santon, haven’t helped things either.

Rolando Aarons looked excellent in pre-season, but he’s still out another three weeks with his hamstring injury, according to the manager.

As we said earlier,  the season is still young and there’s time for players like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere to come through – but it seems we will continue to struggle if we cannot score the goals.

And with the demonstrations against Pardew taking place in every game now, which doesn’t help the players one little bit, it’s hard to see how Newcastle can pull out of the hole we are in – not while Alan Pardew is the manager.

At some point this season the fans will have to get right behind the players and the manager – whoever he may be – if are to survive fighting relegation again this season.

It doesn’t look good at all at the moment.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • mag92

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Its the final third that wins you the game every time!

  • dazzler

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle United are no worse on paper than last season technically, the owner has spent money on players (not really, but in his mind) and we are om the brink of being cast adrift in the relegation zone. I don’t understand the logic of keeping pardew now. He’s gambling on Pardew finding some sort of form and it’s not looking likely. Surely keeping pardew is the least cost effective compared to a replacement? Relegation will cost more than compo and a replacement manager

  • why oh why

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I just wish he would play two up front ,
    Christ he nothing to lose as he has already lost the respect of everyone in Newcastle .

  • dazzler

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Why oh why,

    Maybe he knows the lone striker isn’t working, and maybe he’s banking on it eventually getting him sacked and a nice wedge of cash for his trouble

  • Neil

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m sorry Ed but on your previous post you said we played fairly well and on this one you’re saying we probably deserved a point.

    I just do not see where you are coming from at all. I’ve been a member of this blog since the extremely early days (One of the first if I recall) and have never felt the need to criticise you until now – you cannot seriously believe either of the things I have pointed out surely?

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it looks like King Percy has only 1 match left -at Swansea – after which he will be peddled.
    Even that football dope, Mr Tubbs, must realise we are in serious trouble and the quicker he acts, hopefully will provide KingPercys’ successor more time to get us organised better and get a few points on the table.
    We are joint bottom -with no signs of any improvement, apart from City we have so far not played any of the big boys -where we will not gain any points. We are in a desperate state with the papers and news channels continually reporting negatives at the club.
    I dont think even Mr Tubbs will allow this to continue.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I took a picture of what he is clapping at from the tv as it shows you all the sackpardew banners up and chants for his removal. He’s a slimy one. Makes it look like he’s getting some support from the fans from that picture. Sneaky, as it was anti-Pardewness coming his way.

    There was more slime was when he said the situation was unique and hadn’t happened before. Lies to mislead the people who don’t know any better.

    Alan, I know. You’re an idiot.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t forget this pearler…

    August 2014

    “I’ve nothing to moan about now in terms of what’s happened this summer.

    “We have a strong squad, perhaps the biggest and best I’ve ever had in terms of options so we’re in a great position.”

  • usmagpie

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Here’s what is more annoying than anything in the world.
    We lose games due to them scoring more than us, its a simple game really, one team scores more than the other.
    But honestly why the hell he will not start with two out and out forwards makes me scratch my head, if we lose 1 or 2 or 3 nil I don’t really care its means the same thing no points. But at least if we start with two strikers it gives us a better chance to out score the opposition right. They score 1 we score 2 they score 2 we get 3, but with his one man upfront option we will never have the chance to outscore our opposition. How does he not get this, why is he the only person on the planet that does not understand why he needs to play two forward’s and everyone else gets it. For this reason alone he needs to go, sorry pards I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt but now that has vanished into thin air like our goal scoring ability.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m not the grammer police but please can people spell LOSE properly, it’s not LOOSE ffs!!! That’s when an animal gets out!!

  • thepict

    Sep 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    The answer is obvious, you are not going to win games if you have nobody who can put the ball in the net. Why did we not sign Jordan Rhodes? Could of got him for the price of Cabella and Rivera and they are not exactly setting the premier league on fire, been the same story since we let Demba Ba go.


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