Redknapp – Newcastle A Big Club With A Strong Squad

We thought QPR played quite well yesterday,  and their performances of late are much better than a team that is currently bottom of the league after they lost 1-0 at St. James’ Park,  and surprisingly bottom club Burnley won 2-1 at Stoke City,  and go to 3rd bottom

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Harry Redknapp arrives at St. James’ Park yesterday
He looks worried

Newcastle were well on top in the first half yesterday but we again failed to score with some of the chances we had, but in the second half Newcastle upped their game and moved forward all the time and but for a great performance from former England goalkeeper Robert Green in the QPR goal,  the score would have been more than 1-0.

But we still had to wait until the 78th minute for the goals when Moussa Sissoko swept the ball home and even Green couldn’t get to that one – and that was all three points.

Harry must have been a little disappointed with the outcome but he had praise for what was a bit of a patched up Newcastle side.

This is what Harry Redknapp said after the game:

“Until the goal it was drifting away to a 0-0 draw and a decent point.”  “It was difficult for us. I didn’t ever see Newcastle in a relegation scrap.”  “This is a big club and they have a strong squad.”

It was the third 1-0 home league win in a row for Newcastle, and in each of those three close games, the lads were pressing for the winner late in the game – and all three winning goals came after 70th minute as the home  pressure started to count.

And we were a couple of hundred short of a full house again yesterday and the last three home attendances have been 51,886, 52,166 and 51,915 respectively – not too bad at all.

Next up will be a difficult game at West Ham next Saturday at 3:00 pm – and that is shaping up as a real test of this new Newcastle United side.

Both managers – Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew – have managed the other club, and it should be an interesting game.

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12 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    How the hell can Siem De Jong who just joined the club and has barely played 5 minutes for us be higher in line for captain than sissoko.
    It’s Colocinni, Tiote then Sissoko
    Next season I expect Colocinni to be history and Tiote to have left the club
    So Sissoko will be the permanent FIRST CHOICE
    I like De Jong but do not expect him to hold down a first team place in pardew’s 4231. He does not have the creativity needed to play the hole or the goal return to play upfront
    He may be ceremonial vice captain but wiill never be first choice captain.
    And Rightly So.
    He is a fantastic player. Only thing he needs to watch out for is his tendency to overdo the dribbling

  • JDdubai

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Happy as anything with how we are right now, squad has depth thanks to the kids finally growing up.

    However we have been in this position a few times in the last few seasons, everything looking good and then usually instead of strengthening while going well we usually self destruct and its back to the drawing board.

    This is my biggest frustration about Mashley, there is so much potential here, as in previous squads, if he would only just push the boat out even a little bit and make a go of it to get top 4 then i really think we could make a game of it.

    But he usually finds a way to take us backwards and piss off everyone.

    Really hope this season is different coz the squad we have riht now, when fit, is arguably the strongest we’ve had in terms of the number of people capable of performing.

    Come on Mike, tie up the kids to long term deals, no sales in January and get. Us a top CF and possibly a CB and lets see where we can end up.

  • NUFCJackW

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3


    How can you say that Siem De Jong doesnt have the creativity needed?

    He has barely kicked a ball and your jumping to conclusions… Unless you watched him at Ajax your opinion has no substance whatsoever.

    My only problem with Siem is that he slow and I dont know where he would fit in with our current squad. He would probably have to sit back and pull the strings like Cabaye did.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    How many points do you think we can get from our next 3 tough games.

    West ham Away
    Burnley Away
    Chelsea home

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5


    Totally agree there mate.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    West ham match is going to be tough, I would be happy with a draw there.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7


    Honestly this season anyone is capable of beating anyone by the looks of it, i didnt have us down for beating spurs, pool and city so no reason why we cant get results from the first 2 and then treat Chelski as a free hit and see what happens.

    Think the West Ham game will depend of both sides fit players, Wham had no Valencia, Downing or Sakho yesterday i think right? If we get a few back then 3 points is definitely possible.

  • NUFCJackW

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8



    Yes, it is optimistic in thinking we can get a draw against chelsea because they have such a complete squad… And, our defense has somehow managed to keep 5 clean sheets in our last 6 games… Thats crazy to say we all thought we needed a commanding CH.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    # toonbrother

    do you use your 199% if your mind
    SDJ has done amazing things with Ajax al those years
    and he was their captain

    Tiote is the one who don’t deserve to be a captain
    not SDJ

    Clear your head ans rethink again


    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10


    9pts ..who knows we may upset the last 2-3 yrs we have playd good against chelsea…hope costa,gets injurd till den

  • JDdubai

    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    We need leaders all over the pitch so im happy we are disagreeing so much on who is the better one to have, shows we have strength here as well.

    Can see the argument for each tbh, Colo still first choice, Tiote second although it depends where his head is, if he wants to go then maybe not right for him.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    @NUFC Jackw
    you are jumping to conclusions i did not watch him at Ajax which i did so your post has no worth whatsoever

    Siem de Jong is not a graceful footballer, although his technique is quite functional and useful, he was certainly not the most technically gifted player at Ajax.His first touch, dribbling and creativity are rather mediocre.

    What he has is tenacity ,versatility and an eye for goal
    In my opinion he would work in a 4-4-2 playing alongside a big man like carroll upfront but in a 4231 which calls for a trequartista, and a target man he will struggle to make an impact at this level


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