White Knuckle Time For Newcastle Fans Today


We’ve seen a few of the comments from our readers such as they are dreading the game today, and with so much hanging on the result,  it’s going to be a difficult game for Newcastle fans to watch – white knuckle time.

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Newcastle fans – those were the days – could be nervous day today

We have talked about a similar situation fifteen years ago back in 1999, after Sir Bobby Robson had taken over from the fired Ruud Gullit when we had just one point from our first seven league games,.

The eight PL game that season was Bobby’s first home game as Newcastle welcomed Sheffield Wednesday, who were bottom of the league.

And that game went well – when the lads were simply fantastic – and we re 5-0 up at the half,  and won the game 8-0 – to relieve some tensions on Tyneside.

Alan Shearer, who was captain at the time, chipped in with five goals that day to help out the situation.

We don’t expect to win 8-0 today,  but a win is what we need – and even if we win today, the best we can be after today’s game is 4th bottom of the league, and that would mean Everton losing at home to Aston Villa.

But there’s no doubt this can be a watershed game for Newcastle, because if we can win it, we could potentially turn the corner with the players gaining in confidence.

If we draw the game, that would not help us too much, and we’d remain in the bottom three, and could even go bottom if Burnley and QPR both win their games.

But if we lose the game, it would be an absolute tragedy for the club and the fans – and we would probably be facing another long and hard season fighting against relegation. 🙁

We need wins to get away from the relegation zone, and that has to start today at home to Leicester City.

That’s really the bottom line.

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74 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh yeah, forgot this is why no posts til after 3 o’clock!

    9toonarmydownsouth // Oct 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Leicester are playing without fear nor expectation and have beaten bigger and better teams than us and certainly have had no fear playing away from home
    The pressure will fully be on our lads, they know full well a loss will have the toon army baying for blood, rightly so!

    Also this question that keeps popping up, can Pardew get the first win and save his job…..why should the result determine his fate? Surely any manager at any club with his record this year would be long gone so why should a win against a newly promoted team have any bearing on his employment whilst we languish at the bottom of the table?
    It’s a joke tbh

    The fact that in 7 short fixtures we have gone from listening to Pardew talk about seeing the likes of Cabella and Rivière breakthrough and settle and have a huge impact to now suddenly talking about Obertan, a player who has improved but hadn’t been part if the team for nearly 2 years, as a player who can come in and turn our season around, just shows how pathetically desperate we as a club have become

    Sadly can’t see Ashley making a change now. He’s missed his window

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Oct 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew will spin any old shite his credibility has long gone he wanted rid of Cisse and Obertan who are now his top plan to get out of this mess.
    Ashley won’t do the right thing by this club so this saga is left to run with the fans constantly frustrated.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 18, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    whumpie the back 4 are still the biggest problem the 2 cb are so slow in body and mind a fast nippy forward has a yard on them every time

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Nigel Pearson “I’ve had times when it has not been easy for the staff or players. I understand what it is like, it is never easy when it gets personal.”

    I think it is the personal nature of the attacks on Pardew that sticks in the craw of genuine supporters. Some of the posters on here remind me of that stupid woman who topped herself after giving the McCanns such a hard time on Twitter. There is an air of sly cowardice about it.You just know that overweight balding Jail for Ashley would not have the cojones to say anything face to face with Pardew.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    jeff you talking about yourself the first chance you get it personal your just a troll and not a very good one at that

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Sly cowardice – you mean like wishing people died with cancer -hiding behind a keyboard. Right I understand what you mean – hypocrite. What a disgrace.

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardews marking his 700th game as a manager today and he’s never won anything in all of those games worth crowing about.

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  • magscar

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    I know most of crowd will not be sidetracked by goings on off pitch and give their usual support to the lads on the pitch. Early goal for us is needed.

    Won’t be on Blog until post match – psyching myself up for 3:00pm 🙂

    Let’s ALL get behind the lad’s whatever our views on the regime and wherever we are in world

    We are Mags!!!

    HOWAY THE LADS

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    When someone makes a point you cannot dispute just call him a troll Well done HibbIt the blogs answer to Bertrand Russell

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  • firebug666

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Jeff from the sewer

    I don’t know how you dare pal, you are a sick individual.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    “What a disgrace“It is really weird how many different posters use this phrase

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Ashleys helicopter has just landed at Benton, so maybe he’ll sack Pardew if Leicester turn them over today.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Jeff from Trollwell, you mean genuine supporters who will not accept the rubbish we are being served up amid PR propaganda?

    The ones who have some pride in not wanting to be humiliated by a career long underachiever and an owner only interested in marketing his brand?

    Support doesn’t only come as head in the sand clapping.

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    David Moyes has revealed his desire to return to management, hopefully it’s with Nufc.

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    what time does the match start…an will der b streamng links? or only radio

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    You know I doubt whether I could name half of Sunderlands current team not through any dislike just not interested However Sunderland supporters have a morbid fascination with The Toon I could not be arsed to go to a Suderland blog“““Wierd is what it is

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha, Tootsie from penywell calling people cowards

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Team we could have had this season:

    Krul
    Janmaat Lascelles Yanga Haidara
    Sissoko Tiote
    Ben Arfa Cabella Aarons
    De Jong

    Subs:
    Darlow Coloccini Santon Colback Ameobi Gouffran Riviere

    That is a top 9 team at the very least

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    But no we’ve got pardew.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Not people baldy – YOU

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew the worst manager in football, has made a rod for his own back, due to his poor decision making. Going through a season with three of the worst centre halves in the league, will see him sacked soon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Not bald Jeffrey and in half decent shape for a 43 year old, you must look fcukin grotesque in that long blond wig and flowery dress though.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Mag,
    it would be logical to think that Motes would be the next manager but Mashers doesn’t do logic and I think he’ll keep Pardew until after the damage has been done.

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  • firebug666

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    A manager would have watched the opposition, and learned how they played when getting beat and then when winning, he would have studied how their manager changed things in any given situation, then he would pick his players for the match and his substitutes, he would give those a game plan, and instructions to counter their players. He would set his team up, to counter their play, press them when we don’t have the ball, smother their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.

    He would have some idea of what the other manger would do to counter his team and how he would make changes, and would be ready for that, he would pick his bench accordingly ready at a moments notice to block any changes from the opposition, and he would look to win the game.

    I think at this point I will leave the last words to James Toon @ 20:

    JamesToon // Oct 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    But no we’ve got pardew.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    70two

    I see your open letter made it on the mag. Well done sir.

    Creature from outerspace/Stretford ender/all round vile troll.

    Take your face for a shit.

    That is all.

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    There should be a lot of goals today especially with those centre halves up against Ulloa who’s quite good.

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  • jayphoto

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Think we’ll scrape a win today! Il be disappointed if Cabella doesn’t get minutes! Hes adapting and slow starting but hes created more chances than the rest of our players combined and id say Gouff and sissoko have played much worse

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    It is really touching the way you ladies all rally round in support of each other. Also a little bit sinister

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  • Teamstoof

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Hi,
    Are here any members that can help me get two tickets to the liverpool game?
    i live in sweden and would really like to go to this match.
    please send me an email
    christoffer.olsson@me.com

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  • mag92

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Cabella doesn’t deserve a game or Gouffran they’ve been hit and miss, Obertan and Sammy have been more productive.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #32

    See Pardew’s doing what he does best and lowering the quality within our team. Cabella on bench? Obertan starting? I mean come on, the bloke clearly can’t manage talent well at all. Welcome to West Ham circa 2005.

    Football these last few years has been terrible. Really losing my grip on it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Teamstoof,
    They will be on sale to members or you could try a site called via go go

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    My prediction a month ago was that if Pardew didn’t pick up 6 points from Stoke, Swansea and Leicester he would be gone.

    I was obviously wrong but today is a must win, draw has to see him go. Surely!?

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  • lesh

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff – well said. I’m just amazed that friend Jeff from Benwell’s got the nerve to post on this site after his nasty wish for Ed.

    Although some are so arrogant they see nowt but themselves.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #36

    lesh – I did not wish anything for ED – I bet English comprehension was your worst subject at school

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #37

    I’m not sure why people think Moyes would come to the toon, especially after his debacle at manure – doubt we could even afford him under fattys pay for points structure
    He would want money to spend on the players he wants rather than the cut price hopefuls we sign – he’s already had an embarrassing role at manure and if he fails again he’ll never get another job in the Prem.

    We need to go for Galtier or the like – at least they are used to this type of regime but are good both tactically and motivationally

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  • Sazzer

    Oct 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Somehow have feeling we will see Gouffran upfront today.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I see Ed’s post on Obertan fell on deaf ears.

    There is a player, an exceptional player, in Obertan if he can have the belief that there is far more to his game than just his electric pace.

    If he plays today watch his short passing. Playing a first time fast accurate short pass that the oppo don’t expect is a quality that is often had by only top top players. Oba plays great short passes and sees and goes into the space for the return pass.

    Most fans might laugh at this, but he is also very decent in the air and an excellent finisher. He is also strong, doesn’t get knocked off the ball easily and tracks back.

    I can well believe it when Pardew says he doesn’t transfer his training performances onto the pitch. If he starts to do that, and I’ve seen signs of a different Oba this season, he could make plenty fans eat their damning words.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Yes bills, and it’s only taken him 4 years here to start to look like he has signs of potential

    Great stuff, and top marks to Pardew for his coaching of him, who knows in 6 years we might see the same signs from Sammy Arma Cabella etc
    Exciting times

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