Can Newcastle Get First Win In Four Against Southampton?


It’s an important game for John Carver on Saturday at home to Southampton, because Carver has to show he can get Newcastle not only playing well – but actually winning some games.

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John Carver – opportunity against Southampton – we need a win

While we are not in any danger of relegation,  we have to start picking up those points and we have a decent chance in the next couple of game to do just that.

While the Saints are having a great season under new manager Ronald Koeman, the game is at home, and what better place to get our first win in four games since Alan Pardew left the building?

There is then a two week break until our next game at Hull on 31st January, and that has to be 3 points in the bag – surely?

We cannot afford to go into any kind of slump when we haven’t got a head coach, and Saturday is another opportunity for John Carver to impress the Newcastle hierarchy – but real results are needed.

It’s no good saying we played our best football at Chelsea when we still lost the game – results are what we need to see.

After all that’s what football is all about – results.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Southampton?

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182 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    i think our next 4 games will decide or give us a good insight as to where we will finish in the league. i keep saying it but i think we are going to strugle to stay up.
    No manager , A replacement who is incompetent, ot knowing which players are still going to be here come feb, and 4 vital games—soton home- hull away, stoke home , palace away- forget man city, that wont happen again. Apart from soton , all teams below us . if we struggle against those 3 all of them will make ground on us – stoke will over take , so could palace although that is unlikely at this stage , but it could just drain any confidence left in the team and feb and march could prove very difficult to gain momentum to survive . any thoughts lads ????

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  • midweek weekend

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Stuart no9

    I agree doesn’t look good, read more quotes in today’s papers the players want a new manager sorted asap, me personally I just have no faith in john carver, but if remi garde only wants to come in the summer what can we do, the alarming thing is so many teams have sacked managers recently and already replaced them yet us it’s been weeks now and nothing, the whole waiting for the transfer window to shut to avoid signing players may have some life in it, either way this current situation isn’t good, and if players leave relegation wouldn’t be impossible.

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  • scout

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    64% say lose to Southampton 48 mugs

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  • ToonMatt

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Stuart n09, I honestly think we could be relegated, No manager being appointed and Carver put in charge is a good enough reason alone but on top of that, No new players coming in and yet again a huge lack of ambition shown by Ashley will not be good for the players and I also think he will sell Sissoko and possibly Perez? He’s driven by money and greed, I think he’s taking a massive gamble that will see us relegated but my question is would you take relegation if after it he sold the club to someone with ambition?

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    midweek—— when you think about it , managers that have knocked us back or said they dont want it — Pulis- Maclaren- Bruce , all just your run of the mill ordinary managers who one time would have walked to SJP for the job – not interested . That is a big worry and makes you think , who the hell are we going to end up with ??

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    yes we can but only if we get at them from the start. i dont think anyone would have done well in the last 3 games with the teams available,and think they have had a more positive attitude. carver will have the team ready as he is fighting for the job.

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  • blew

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Difficult call, however, Soton have a top manager
    and better coaches, that’s why they are a well
    organised side. Its a pity Mr Ashley cant follow
    their example.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    ToonMatt,
    If it meant him definitely ferking off, I think I would.

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    just read the injury update from the chronic about obertan . it states abeid will be ok when he returns from acon. how dreadfull is that. he has not gone and they should know it.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    toon matt — 100%, yes . always have said that. always said , untill hes gone, this is what we will have to endure year after year , some people cant understand why i want them relegated , its simply to move forward, ash to leave and someone take over the reigns and inject a bit of cash and at least gi ve it a go., thats all we ask.
    P

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  • DAVEMAC

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Ed cant see how you can say we are not in any danger of relegation, with situation as it is at present I think it is quite the opposite. No manager, no incoming transfers, great uncertainty about out going transfers of some of our better players. I can see us battling to stay up yet again, nothing will change whilst Ashley runs the club in its present format. Needs him to change his outlook completely or sell the club, both scenarios are highly unlikely.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    People say be careful what yopu wish for , but really can you imagine anyone worse than the fat slob we have now ?????

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    I was surprised to find some fans happy with dropping sissoko back into Tiote’s position to accommodate SDJ when he returns from injury. Why would you take the power and speed of arguably our best attacking player this season and get him to sit defensively?

    Plenty of chat that we have enough to stave off relegation, well now that Bony has gone I wonder if Cisse leaves us, which may have a domino affect. Teams below us showing more ambition than us and that’s a worry. The biggest thing all the other teams will have that we won’t have is a goalscorer if Cisse leaves.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we are in no threat of relegation at all, played well at chelsea, things are looking better after Carver had a full week as he says, probably not the long term solution but I’d give him time if he got it.

    As for relegation….27 points on the board with 10 sides below us, usually need 37/8 to survive, we will get those easily in my opinion.

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  • midweek weekend

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Well wouldnt it be nice to finally have an owner who said ” yes give it your best shot at getting past the 3rd round of the fa cup ”
    Under ashley we simply exist every season goal of 10th-17th league survival at all costs cups mean nothing, perhaps we’re struggling to appoint a good manager is cause anyone who has ambition doesn’t just want to survive but thrive and build and acheive something, first things first we desperately need a new manager or head coach but additional signings are also needed i think, but ultimately long term we gotta find a new owner ashley has taken us no where

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  • Mag52

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Transfer (previous post)

    Ashley does work in mysterious ways, and it’s almost impossible to forcast his next move, but I’ve a real hunch that, while keeping hold of NUFC for the revenue he gets from being in the premiership, he might well go for it big time with Rangers, it’s always going to be a lot simpler to get them into European football, and if SD were their sponsor, surely all those photos of the winning team popping champagne and posing as a group with SD all over their shirts would be the coverage he’d be looking for ? Or is that also disallowed ?

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Must win against Hull? Well, so far they’ve only signed a future prospect (Greg Luer, a 19-year-old who’s been rattling in the goals down in the 8th tier) but who knows what will happen in the next fortnight? I’m sure Bruce is not thrilled at losing Boyd for around £3M (?) given his current form, but the Hull squad is robust and experienced so don’t be too sure. They’ve had a poor run of luck.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Our toon

    I agree. I even think we could drop to one DM, and play socks and sdj together in a 4141. Colback and tiote will have to fight it out based on form for the anchor role.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    transfer —– playing well dosnt get you points , goals , not just goals , but scoring more than the other side . apologies if this sounds insulting , its not intended, Carver has been in charge for 3 games , ok apart from chelsea , we should really have an extra 3 points and still be in the cup – we have neither.. its ok carver telling his players to go hell for leather at the start to try and score , but is he capable of changing games by altering tactics to combat pressure from the opposition? can he stifle the opositions attacking options?? you know there is a lot more involved than just putting 11 players on the pitch and saying ‘ go on go for it’ carver hasnt got it man .

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Markaccus

    If there is a need to start SDJ then we’d need a proper ball winner who would sit in front of the back 4. As much as colback has done well he just isn’t suited to the role, prime example being Rooney jogging past him to score his 2nd goal. At the moment JC is our box to box midfielder so if SDJ walked back in then I’d drop JC.

    Abeid sitting, Sissoko box to box, SDJ playing in the hole behind striker!!

    That’s if sissoko stays

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Have to agree. Carver is not the answer, and i am nervous about him even being in charge until summer. Another massive gamble by Mash if thats what he decides. Not sure we will survive

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  • Slank

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Mag52 @ 16

    ‘..Ashley does work in mysterious ways, and it’s almost impossible to forcast his next move..’

    Very true but you must remember that many bloggers on here know his every thought and deed the way they comment even though he hasn’t said or written anything in public as far as I can tell but when has facts ever got in the way of opinions in football !

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Our toon

    Forgot about abied. But yeah that would work too i think. As long as whoever gets picked in each place is the right mam at the time. Abied and sissoko can easily pick up knocks or lose form for a bit, so tiote and colback would slot in.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Slank

    Can you expand on your comment please?

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Just adding to my remarks about Hull City, remember 20.09.2014? They also picked up away points at the Emirates, Anfield and Goodison Park, not to mention a 3-1 win not a million miles from here. It’s a fashionable superstition that a bad home run (for a team with a good away record) has some mysterious cause, but it’s generally just a statistical glitch. Watch out for Diame – he was scoring 1 in 10 games before Hull took him on, now it’s 4 in 10. And Huddlestone has had a quiet spell which won’t last.

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  • Sliema

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Defoe is joining the unwashed?!

    FFS. I would’ve snapped him up, like we should have done on maaaaaany occasions in his career.

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  • Slank

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon

    Which one ?

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  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Slank@ 22

    Actions speak louder than words mate, we all know what Ashley is like, he smells a profit and then devoted his whole being into making it his.

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  • lesh

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Silema

    Defoe is joining the unwashed?!

    Daniel?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    mag52

    that would be allowed, but celtic sell shirt rights for 1.5mil, would be a cheaper way to promote his brand to a champions league side…I have no idea what his end game is though so can’t really help.

    Stuart

    Yeh I see what you mean, but he has just had 3 games in charge (leicester won’t have been his team, we never select strong sides). Van Gaal spent 150mil and has spent 6 months telling us he needs time so got to give Carver a go seeing as he is here.

    I haven’t seen everything from him I want, and would prefer a manager with a proven record/genuine potential, but I wouldn’t say carver is a failure yet, he needs to have plenty of time, changing a setup/style does take time.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Slank

    thats because opinions and facts are two very different things. If there is a fact showing how something is, then it is not open to conjecture, because it is already factual. However, opinions on how something is, or how things might turn out, arise when there are no clear facts, so people offer conjecture on what might happen, what they think someone will do or what they want to happen. Usually this will be based on what has gone before. Example, Mike Ashley will take the cheapest option, simply because he always has in the past. So far, THAT particular opinion has always turned out to be true in the end.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    wouldn’t bother with defoe, average record and never wanted to come to the north….seems strange to do it now, will he be fully focused? who knows.

    Rather we went and got benteke, proven in the league and needs to be revitalised, villa’s poor game gas sucked the life out of him.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Slank

    The comment about bloggers knowing what MA thinks, however I think Markaccus has phrased it a lot more eloquently for you

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #34

    TS

    Agreed in Defoe however for 5 months from now till the end of the season he could well be a major factor in them winning games because he’s a goal scorer. These teams below us are strengthening and that must be a concern

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  • msk21dec

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #35

    WHY ISNT FRANK RIJKAARD ON THE SHORT LIST?!! SURELY HE’S GETTABLE!!!

    BUT I believe all these interviews are smokescreens to get us fans to believe we are looking for managers fans may want but trust me it will be carver till end of season to start with. if he keeps us mid table he will get job full time. if he gets us in relegation battle then ashley will hire an out of work experienced PL manager like venables or paul jewell or someone like that. if that manager saves us will get job full time or it will be carver. thats how ashley works. thats what id bet on.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #36

    TS/Our Toon

    Agree with both of you really. I wouldnt say Defoe was the answer, but we could really do with a goal scorer.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #37

    our toon

    very good for them in that he finds the net but it’s hardly like their strikers are missing much, they don’t offer them any support. Sunderland need pace in the team, everything is done at a slow speed. I don’t just mean quick runners bu somebody who is quick in the mind, can release the pass early.

    As for us we need pace wide, obertan was good for us but not a great player and now he is injured, same for aarons (looks a good prospect but missing a lot of games since he came to us).

    I’d offer chelsea a loan move for salah, he’s a good player, a bit erratic but his pace can get us on the front foot and benefit others.

    As for strikers I’d buy benteke (lacazette but think he has now gone beyond our reach) or try to beat stoke to the signing of Dzeko, we must be a better proposition than them.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Jewell just walked away from working with Pulis. Can’t blame him 😀

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  • cyprus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Tim,
    not sure Ober will ever feature again. He’s been given enough time to make a difference – he hasn’t.
    And thanks for giving insight (like Cesc, good positioning) regarding that other Siem dude. Hope he’s not injury prone. He sure needs to earn his salary…
    On the game, Carver will go one better than AP: draw

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #40

    TS

    Dzeko is available? Id have him here in a heartbeat!

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