Can Newcastle Stop The Rot Against Sunderland – Poll


Sunderland have won three games in a row against Newcastle, and they must be rubbing their hands at the inept display of Newcastle last night at White Hart Lane, and in particular the poor performance of Newcastle’s third choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick,  who unfortunately was responsible for two of Spurs’ goals.

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Alan Pardew – last night at White Hart Lane

And it’s almost certain that Sunderland will target the 21 year-old goalkeeper on Sunday from the start of the game, and if Sunderland get the first goal, the unthinkable could even happen and we could lose four in a tow to the Black Cats.

Newcastle also seem to be a in a terrible state as far as injuries are concerned  – and Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Sammy Ameobi all missed the game last night for some reason, Daryl Janmaat was suspended and nine first team players were not available through injury.

Newcastle is looking more like a hospital than a football club these days, with so many players receiving treatment.

It looks like the best we can do for Sunday is another patch-work side, and that;s hardly good for such a big game.

These injures are startling to really impact Newcastle’s season, and a very good question is why do we have so many? 🙁

How Will Newcastle fare Against Sunderland?

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115 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Goufy is going through a real confidence crisis, hence the clankers. He knows the fans are onto him. For me, he’s not as bad as we make him.

    When he’s confident: He hardly loses the ball, he even can score the odd goal. Think about how desperately poor Ober has been, as some say, due to a confidence issue. Now, some want him back to save us!

    Last night, the biggest letdown was clearly the goalie. Defenders knew that THEY were the last line of defense, that threw them off.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Can we Ed? Sure. Do I think we will? Jury is well and truly out.

    I didn’t watch the game last night due to a meeting, but caught the “highlights” and read some reports etc.

    From what I’ve read and saw, we’d have been best off putting Dummet at CB as he was simply lost at RB. Obviously we don’t see what players are like in training, but I struggle to believe anyone could have thought he was best off at RB.

    People are very quick to complain about Willo, a fair whack of it is fair enough, but the truth of the matter is, he is joint 2nd/3rd choice CB at the club long with STaylor.

    Options are slim at the minute, however, another truth of this season is that we’ve generally done better when Pardew has had fewer options.

    I can feel that positivity the team had generated slipping away. This derby game is so important.

    Oh well chaps and chapesses, there’s still the FA Cup…

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  • midweek weekend

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    So if jak Alnwick is injured, Freddie woodman is considered a senior player, so we’ll have no choice but to play a 17 year old keeper against our biggest rivals, not a good situation we find ourselves in injuries are killing us

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  • Reyantoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    We played good at times, esp sissoko,cabella,and Perez tried their best but they needed someone who smartly run upfront and finish the ball in the net.Dummett were not good enough at RB,colback, my best player so far this season after sissoko,looked lost in the game,I don’t know,may be he got tired?

    But felt optimistic going to the derby though.
    bcoz as I said it,our playing looked promising at times.Hopefully we’ll have Tiote and Janmaat back and sissoko feeling fine on his slight knock.we have to win on Sunday..

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Is OP about? Show yourself, I have to out you as a witch!

    I guess you may have been on to something re starting Woodman last night.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Responsible for ONE goal.The first.Other players are responsible for the second.

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  • midweek weekend

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Lack of proper wingers killed us yesterday too, cabella is not a winger neither is gouffran, where the hell was Sammy last night not even on the bench?

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    dross
    lump it oot

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Injuries are because of tiredness.We can’t always win by physicality.You can win 5 or 10 games that way but after that legs are hard and consequently injuries appear like the situation now.Still many crucial mistakes by Pardew.Crucial.And quality of the team is more important and more-lasting than results.And we have the opposite:temporary results without needed quality.

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  • HTT

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Dummett at RB when we have Anita st on the bench was madness, honestly he’s not even a very good LB – you can’t just put him in a position he has never played before and expect him to look comfortable.

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  • Reyantoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Goufran should play at RB from now on.Can be good cover in that position in the absence of Janmaat, Otherwise he has to go, together with Alnwick.Putting dummett at RB yester’y was a mistake. Otherwise that team is the best we can extract from what we have prior to the game.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    It did initially occur to me that Alnwick, Pardew and others might conspire to contrive an injury or exaggerate one to get themselves out of this mess, but that’s not on at all is it. They’d each to a man have to be scalliwags to do that, and the risk surely far too great if caught out, and Alnwick would literally be throwing away his career if he was party to it, as might well others, who would have them. I hope he plays first and foremost, and of course holds his own, and if he can’t, then hopefully we can get a decent replacement in, and if not, ok it’s young Woodman, best of luck to him and no matter if the worst happens, he should, and I’m sure would, be held entirely blameless.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew, hasn’t learned anything, Williamson, plays a defeat isn’t far away, now he compounds the mistake, by playing Alnwick, a Sunday league goalkeeper. The Mackems, must think it’s Xmas!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Manxpie,

    You say you are more balanced than me. Now that really is lol !!!

    You have a total inability to recognise the failings of a very mediocre coach and you support him to the ends of the world despite history showing an alarmingly average CV in club mangement.

    With you, it’s always someone else’s fault, never AP’s. Is that balanced? No, obviously not.

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  • HTT

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    The team was threadbare last night, I think Pardew keeps playing Gouffran to limit the damage, but the only time we’ve had success this season is when we had a threat from the wings (so the pressure is not ALL on sissoko).

    Was a mistake not bringing Callum Roberts on at half time, I’d of given him and Arma a full half – we had nothing to lose.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    pardew is the damage

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Watching Pardew’s press conference, he showed that the cup competition is irrelevant to him; which is exactly how he approached the game last night.

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  • Slank

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    My team for the virus carriers:

    ANO
    Janmaat – Colo – Dummitt – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Roberts – Sissoko – Ameobi
    Perez

    I would gamble Roberts (as Aarons is still out) instead of Cabella and Gouffran. We need pace to get behind their defence. Roberts and Ameobi have that. I’m assuming that Janmaat and Haidara will also bomb forward with Sissoko.

    Perez should be upfront instead of Cisse. Perez has goals in him. Cisse can come on in the second half and Roberts can make way for Perez.

    I predict we will score a handful

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  • Slank

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    HTT

    I totally agree with you about Roberts and Armstrong. At three nil down the game was over and this was the perfect opportunity to bring on the pair. Armstrong looked very lively.

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  • Slank

    Dec 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Mag92

    Who would you have played in goal if not Alnwick ?

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #21

    billy the fish

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    @20, ask yourself, how Alnwick, has remained at the club (without a new contract offer), along with Williamson, and Elliott, when they plainly aren’t up to the job. Pardew, must have his doubts about Alnwick, and Elliott, as he’s signed Karl Darlow.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    The headlines: Goalie gaffe, which should read gaffer Pardew!

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    January, Sissoko, will probably leave, as he’s far too good for that team.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew maybe mediocre but so is the squad. I have high hopes for the youngsters and people back from loans and the abyss but they are mediocre. They were at the start and still are now.

    Bad runs good runs.

    Truth is the youngsters have covered up for the clubs inadequacies and im all for it but it was gamble. Pardew said as much with his surprisment. If this didnt pay off? With this injury crisis? Where would we actually be? ITS THE managers fault! Haha fu*k off. And this is the argument.

    It all boils down too finish not to high and not to low for me.

    Personal opinion, no manager can bring a squad further on under this structure. Sell your best, shift people about, draft multiple players at a time, give him no notice. Year after year? Spend nothing. Dont mention 30 mil. We only spend when we have sold And need to?

    Cant ask a Mourinho to do that nevermind a Pardew.

    Thankgod we have some young lads though who are game.

    2-1 Toon. Rights are ours c’mon!

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  • toon kk

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    I was surprised that in the poll people thought we could beat spurs. With a fully fit squad it would have been a tough game. We have a poor team at the moment. 3 or 4 decent players mixed in with league 1 quality team members isn’t good enough.
    Sunderland will show us a football lesson on Sunday as well.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Pardew, will be able to hang his 4, derby defeats, alongside his manager of the month awards.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    bring me the head of alfredo pardew

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #29

    again , what a turnaround . Just last week the polls were saying 70-80% wins , is it any surprise that has changed now to 57% think we will get beat on sunday? not to me really , this is pardew all over and this is the reason he has to go , regardless of his little trophy he won last week well done to him i say however , what about him doing his job and get a team to be proud of on sunday or the banneres will be flying again , which to be honest wont be a bad thing . The last time the banners came out we won 6 off the belt

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #30

    i cant get my head around pardew thinks its ok to have just 2 keepers when all prem clubs have 3 ( experienced keepers )

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Tudor, a sheep’s head would be a bit better!

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Pardew, has 3, keepers, one’s at Nottingham Forest!

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  • Slank

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Mag92 @ 22

    You haven’t answered my original question.

    Who would you have played in goal instead of Alnwick ?

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Woodman jr!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Stuart,
    I went through every squad last week. Only 3 or 4 had 3 experienced keepers. 2 of those clubs ‘experienced back ups’ included a 30 odd year old who had played 31 professional matches in a 14 year career. The other an Eastern European who had barely featured at any level.

    Any half decent keeper wouldn’t want to sit around as third choice. Most clubs have this role filled by a youngster.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Even Woodman senior, couldn’t be any worse!

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #37

    woodman snr

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Him also!

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  • Slank

    Dec 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Mag92 @ 34

    So you have criticized Pardew (he compounds the mistake, by playing Alnwick, a Sunday league goalkeeper) but you would done far worse.

    What does this tell you ? Pardew’s hands were tied. Whoever he picked would have probably failed.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Alnwick, has only played 2.5 games, and conceded 9, goals, he’s a one man disaster!

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