We Started Really Well And Then ………

Even after all the criticism of Newcastle’s performance after the game yesterday, we thought the lads started the game well yesterday, and in that first half it was two clinical finishes by Wayne Rooney that was the difference between the two sides.

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Ayoze Perez in action yesterday – had another good game

We had a good chance early in the first half when Adam Armstrong pulled the ball back from the byeline to  Ayoze Perez, who for once muffed his shot.

And we had a decent shout for a penalty in the first half – but of course all these types of things go into a game, and at the end of the day Manchester United deserved all three points – because they were better than we were.

That’s 22 points in the last eight league games for the Red Devils, and that’s our third successive league defeat after beating Chelsea 2-1 at home three weeks ago today.

So it’s been a bad three weeks for the Magpies, because we also lost 4-0 at Spurs in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game – trying to put a positive light on things:

“I actually thought we did well in terms of matching them up,” “I thought we started really well, but the referee has got a big call wrong in my opinion.”

“I think Juan Mata has run across the back of a player who is going to head the ball back across goal, so that’s a goal-scoring opportunity.”

“You have to say that was clumsy and was a penalty. I was disappointed in that, but the difference between the two sides was United’s cutting edge.”

“They were really good going forward and when we over-committed, they were clinical.”

“Our goalkeeper hasn’t had a save to make apart from one from Antonio Valencia.” “We would obviously have liked to have put more pressure on them.”

Next up are Everton and Burnley at home,  and they have become vital games for Newcastle – it will be the last game of this year and the first game of next year.

Two wins are really what we need to turn the mood around – again – on Tyneside.

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111 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    We have defended well this year against top teams, I think he means this season and even then we haven’t as our minus GD would suggest, for the record Alan, this year Man U have put three and four past us as have Arsenal, Spurs have put four past us twice, Southampton, not a real top team have hit us for four twice as well, Chelsea only a measly three and Everton at home managed a cheeky three as well, and we’ve managed six clean sheets in 43 league and cup games but apart from that I suppose we defended well.

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s not a surprise we got beaten yesterday, I’m sure the majority of us didn’t expect anything in Manchester.But sometimes, a single decision can change games.The refree
    should have given us a penalty in the first HF,after Goufran was tripped, clearly in front of the ref,this is the 2nd time that this ref cost us after disallowing that cracking goal by tiote
    last season against city.
    second,everybody,including me want arma to shine and get more games but not in a game like this,he should not have been started yesterday IMO.Who has better experience, cabella or Armstrong? I’d definitely say cab..
    Cabella is not that poor as some might think,
    He also needs more games like Armstrong.
    3rd I agree with some fans here about sdj, he is not quick,may take him some time to get in to grips and gel with the team and pace of PL,
    He may not be the one who can make much difference to the team,but will add some strength to the squad, like free kicks,set pieces, and quality corners.And also may become new addition to the squad in the absence of trio that’ll head to AFCON.If we win the next two,which look easier games than the last 3 or 4,we have a chance to finish higher,otherwise it’ll be discouraging and the disappointment’ll grow once again..

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    We need two wins but it could be two losses.
    Think Arma did well for a 17 year old,Ayoze should’ve taken the cross down and struck it instead of trying a bicycle kick.
    The peno shout and the great save from Janmaat were big issues in the game going their way,it could’ve been a whole different game.
    Remember that Falcao and Rooney between them have a bigger wage packet than the NUFC team.
    We cannot be expected to challenge realistically with all the injuries and the Mc.Scrooge in ownership.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    We started well that makes it alright then thanks for that u halfwit as for the penalty claim if u watch it closely he trips over his own feet thats goufran for u and as for defending well utter bollox this man is deluded we will lose a lot more this season but this lucky git might win two on the bounce and thats enough for that fat pig in charge and sadly pardew lovers like the swansea troll

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    De Jong is quality if we can get him match fit,but the fans won’t give him time for that.
    Also we don’t play high enough up the pitch to have him hurting other teams.
    Yesterday when they got a free kick,they had Rooney,Falcao,Mata,Van Perse etc who could all take an excellent dead ball.
    Who have we?
    There is a gulf in class.
    I’m not a Pards lover at all but what can he do with that?
    I’d have Haidara on at lb as he can also deliver a good ball,Dummett is a Lb but we’ve seen that he’s a decent Cb but again he didn’t come out with Collo yesterday and play Falcao offside so his positional play is poor at times.
    They were clinical and we have some youg lads filling the cracks.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    It was a peno,watched it loads of times,difficult to see but he gets clipped,one foot onto the other.
    Had it been up the other end,guess what?
    Definite peno.
    Agree with our defending,we’ve been poor at the back since the late 90’s if you ask me,we’ve always had a weak link there.
    That’s what a get when ya pay peanuts for players and staff.
    Ya want rid of Pards,who do you think would take the job?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7
  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Question for the Pards haters.(just that you know,I’m not for keeping him either but can’t see anyone better replacing him)
    Ok,I actually think many managers would love to manage Newcastle,even some of the better ones,but not under this owner.
    Who would replace him?
    Who would be better than Pards?
    If better,who’d take a pay cut?
    Who’d accept not being in control of the players brought in?
    Probably only the lads on here that play FIFA 15 /Football manager.
    Rodgers has spent 100 million and they’re apoint over us,loads of fans including myself would’ve loved to see his caliber here.
    Most of us wanted Martinez.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Is there anybody actually more inept than Pardew?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    If Everton, who we normally struggle against at home turn us over tomorrow, then Pardew will have equalled the previous worst consecutive loss record for the third time.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Yes i cannot stand the man said it from the start who do we get !
    You can get jose m it does not mean it would work out or an untried manager at this level again how long is a piece of string the point is this halfwit is an arrogant nausious excuse ridden moron who will eventually this season or next take us down and along the way more losses big defeats and useless tactics with a few wins against better teams to appease ahsley and fans who do not understand how long this great club has won f all for so long and before u say it yes ashley has to leave before a new dawn can begin

  • Markaccus

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    451, with fowards in mf and on the wing? Instantly removes any pressure on Man u’s weak defence, and instead invites pressure on OUR weak defence from their terrifyingly attack minded players. But we started well so…….

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    At least he’s consistent at something

  • ToonMatt

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee, Yes and his name is Joe Kinnear.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    But would Kinnear be so fixated on Gouffran?

  • sparky55

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Their wing backs pressed high therefore stopping our wing backs coming up the field so we were pinned back but as soon as we got in their half we were over committed every time and got picked off.

    Dont understand how Pardew didn’t see it as a problem because it happened time and time again.

    It was european football played like when top european teams came to play at liverpool in the ninety’s sitting back and waiting for us to over commit.

    We 100% played into their hands because Pardew truly is the inept one and is always out-thought by every manager he comes across.

    It’s f@cking torture watching us get out played and and out-thought week after week after week.

    Wish he would just f@ck off

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Ron knee

    Gouffran? Who is this fellow you speak of? Under Kinnear’s canny tenure I think you will find he is now labeled ‘Goufferom’.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Imagine what Kinnear would make of Ayoze Perez!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Well it looks like his annual purple patch will most certainly keep him in a job for the rest of the season and just about keep us in the Prem, Mike Ashley will be doubly happy with that while the fans have to suffer the ignominy of four possibly five defeats in a row to our second rate rivals and endure the dross that is regularly served up, how long must this continue.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20


    Now now, Pardew cant be that inept if he produced that one game masterclass against the undefeatables of the season, If he was tactically superior to the one labeled ‘the chosen one’. Not for the first time in his tenure either.

    Just kidding mate, nowadays thats the only excuse they got.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21


    Until the fat man f***s off to rangers.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Until the fat man f**ks off to rangers, jail mate.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    There are actually a lot of managers/head coaches out there who let their DOFs handle transfers. Examples: pochettino at Spurs with baldini, de boer at ajax with Overmars, pellegrini at City with begiristein

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Perhaps we should re-start the Pardew for Palace campaign.

  • dazzler

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    There would be plenty of young, upcoming managers dying to cut their teeth in the premier league, and probably accept the same salary as Pardew. I don’t buy into this defeatist attitude that we can’t do better. Imagine if we’d got pochettino instead of Southampton, or someone similar. We’d have played a better brand of football and made a fortune in compo when spurs come hunting for him. We’re stuck with Pardew due to his huge contract, without that he’d have gone the year we nearly got relegated.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Well warnocks available now. Oh wait…. we’ve already got one..

  • gingertom

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Hi everybody. This is my first post. So he it goes.
    I think you only have to look at the form record to see why we are in the mess were in 2014 results played 35 won 10 lost 19 draw 6 . Points tally 36 lost 69. And Pardew thinks we are ok. manager of the month a joke yes the results were welcome but if he had not had the injuries or suspensions i think the former results could be worse. I am a season ticket holder and don’t miss a game home or away and have done so for years and this is not the worst team or manager I have seen. But the difference is I have never had the love or hope kicked out of me as I feel now. Something has to change or this great club of ours is going to die. I will not be renewing my three season tickets until I see some change. I work hard to raise the money to follow my beloved Toon to sit there are watch managers and players not giving their all . Maybe they should work for min wage and see what the average Toon supporter has to go through to follow their club week in week out. Come on boys give us something to believe in

  • magicbus

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Offer the controller 17th position for the next 5 seasons but getting knocked out of every cup competition at the first round and he would snap your hand off.
    If Rivi Gouff cant hack it then what was CARR thinking of rcommending them.
    Why is a £12 million pound player finding it difficult to hit the ground running? Did Carr not sus this out when he was watching him?
    Why sign an injury prone player SDJ at all? What were our scouts seeing.
    Pards cannot take all the flak as he can only try and work with what he has been given.
    Yes he may be tactically nieve at times but surely even `The Chosen One ` would struggle with some o the squad Pards has.
    Mid table again I think.

  • why oh why

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    You cannot take away the fact man it’d were quality yday
    We weren’t that bad in my opinion

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    ” We need one or two players in January ” … Yeah right … for each position should cover it . Time to go shopping Ashley.
    Ings isn’t the answer either . We need more players with physical stature and presence like Sissoko. No more lightweights who get rolled over. We need players who will make the opposition hesitate, back track and make wrong decisions. That creates space and chances for those elusive “goals that win games” Much as Rooney did. Time to stop being the nice boys and get back to fortress SJP and taking no prisoners away from home. That needs strong coaches and management with focus. Just a pity that’s what we are lacking.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #31

    Marty Toon @ 8 we get this ‘ ok who would you replace him with ‘ defeatism ‘ regularly as a rallying call to ‘ get behind the manager and start supporting the team.’. A few knowledgeable posters do come up with names, but as we aren’t in the football manager recruiting business, suffice to say someone who is should be able to scour the ENTIRE PLANET for a replacement from the THOUSANDS Of professional coaches that exist, that would bring in fresh tactics, training methods, and a generally new approach to the game.

    Nah, let’s not bother, the indications are that after a few more years Pardew will gradually introduce some sort of pattern of stability. Ha ha.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    @25 – I have been prone lately to thinking Mr Carr was not at all what he was cracked up to be, but I had a head shake and rallied myself to the thought that the poor guy is like the kid sent out with a huge bowl to the ice cream man armed with 20p. ‘ get that filled’ 😐

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    the only thing pardew can get stable
    is one for his horses

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    I can only think with some that their ‘ reality’ take on our situation is a result of the numbing effects of gradual acceptance that in the short space of Ashleys reign of Torpor it’s ok to think of ourselves as a small club who knows it’s place and stays there, and should be happy with it.

    Stockholm Syndrome style.

  • toon kk

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #35

    There needs to be some major invest put into our basic bunch, if MA is not prepared to I honestly think we’d be far better off in the championship, at least we could compete on and off the field. It would be far more exciting going to a game we have a chance of winning.
    We’re set up for it already with most of our squad being championship quality players.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    As far as I know, Carr recomended Gomis as the big target man who can hold up play but the farce that alledgedly had us offering nearly 8M for him but then didn’t want him on a free leaving us to go for the cheaper Riverie.

  • sparky55

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37


    Don’t worry mate…I was smiling all the way through your comments as I know you’re not amongst the deluded 🙂

  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Pards has broken all Newcastle records for defeats and goals conceded etc etc etc. record home defeats and record mackem defeats. No other club would keep him as their manager. As long as he keeps us 4th bottom or higher he will be in a job. Even if we lost every game to the mackems. It is beyend the understanding of mortal man that he is still our manager. And his position is rock solid when he is very unpopular with nearly all the fans. WHY? go figure that one out.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Where are all these professional pundits at now saying Pardew is a good manager then ? .

    He Is now looking at 5 defeats in a row AGAIN this season .

  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    And why do we only buy black French guys (no racist comment intended) when there are different coloured guys from the rest of the WORLD to go for?


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