Newcastle Blew It – Carver Still To Get First Win At Home


This was not a good result for either John Carver or Newcastle United, and after being the better side in what wasn’t a great game, we went ahead after 74 minutes with a good goal from Jack Colback, his third for Newcastle this season.

peter crouch outjumps janmaat

Peter Crouch easily out jumps Janmaat to equalize

And it was obvious that Stoke would come after Newcastle to try to get the equalizer, but after 85 minutes we made a great breakaway and it was three Newcastle players against one defender, and it was left to Gabby Obertan to put the ball past the goalkeeper, but he hesitated and amazingly the ball was cleared.

That should have been Newcastle’s second goal and the game,  but somehow Gabby made a complete mess of it – what wasn’t easy to do.

And then another quick breakaway two minutes later saw Ayoze Perez have a great chance to put the game away again, but somehow he blazed way over the bar from about eight yards out – and when you don’t take your chances you get punished.

And so three minutes later it was Peter Crouch who easily out-jumped Daryl Janmaat and it was a good goal from the former England striker.

But this is a game which Newcastle just threw away in the last 15 minutes.

It was very important to have won this game – because it seems the powers that at the club  never bothered to bring in a striker or center-back in January and we are left to muddle through for the rest of the season – just like last term.

So it would have been great to have got our second win in a  row and a second clean sheet in a row.

It’s now three games John Carver has been in charge of Newcastle at St. James’ Park, and he has two draws and one defeat – that’s not good enough.

In the draw we got against Burnley we were ahead three times in the game and yet only got a draw, and today we went ahead with just 16 minutes to play.

In five league games John has been in charge we have one win and two draws for just five points – not good enough.

We were thinking that maybe Carver could do what Glenn Roeder had done back in 2006, when he took over from the sacked Graeme Souness, and in his first five league games in charge, we won four and drew one for 13 points.

And our next games after Palace are at Man City, at home to Aston Villa and Man United, at  Everton and at home to Arsenal – so those games will not be easy.

After what felt like a defeat today, we play Crystal Palace on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park and Alan Pardew  – and a defeat in that game would not be good.

It wouldn’t be good at all.

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19 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Its embarrassing watching Williamson try to do anything other than mark his man .

    He is poor in the air despite being tall, clubs it up field because he can’t pass short, is abysmally slow and has no ball control whatsoever .

    Nearly everyone I ply 5-aside with is at least half decent on the ball and doesn’t hoof it anytime they come under pressure FFS . His attempt at a cross today was painful to see.

    Back four should be :

    –Janmaat——–Collo——–Dummet——–Haidara–

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Thought Colo was pretty good at the back to day was winning all the 2nd balls and Haidara was pretty alert as well

    How can Williamson not pass the ball ?? He is playing in the premier league !! Same as Krul maybe Darlow coming in can take his place or at least give him a kick up the backside!!

    The way Carver set us up at the start would probably do well against Palace as it was set up for an away team performance he needs to be bolder in selection from the start its a shame Riviere has proven useless as he has the physical attributes to be the striker we need but has been dire !!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I missed parts of the game today because of family…

    …from a team effort perspective that was one sad game; from a few individuals performances there were some highpoints – just a shame when it comes to end product, it seems we have a long way to go 🙁

    I did miss most of the first half and just the beginning of the second! Maybe I missed something?…granted 🙂

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  • 9

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, correction: we started out as the better team and, as time went on, got worse and worse allowing Stoke – a very poor side on this showing – to come right into it.

    Nobody was surprised when our pathetic, utterly pathetic, play, led us to lose the lead ( see Burnley game under same “coach”).

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Big pappa
    the only reason Williamson is still at Newcastle is because he hasn’t enough sell on value and would be too expensive to replace, along with several other players.
    Everything boils down to money with Mash.

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  • scout

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Stoke arent a bad side. Decent point really. We are where we should be in the table.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7

    BPC…do you know what was embarrassing? Obertan in the 85th minute!

    …he is playing at a completely different level than the rest of them

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  • manxpie

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    9 there’d be someone else to bail then out or they would reform
    Both would be better than Ashley

    Whos to say Ashley doesn’t fusk them of anyways and make huge profits of wat he’s secured for his “generous” loan

    How anyone can stick up for Ashley now is beyond me!

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    LCBP
    Well, we can’t blame Riviere today… But, in any case, he came as a proven goal scorer and yet has failed to here. He needs to be on the pitch (or on his bike) – he won’t rediscover the magic sitting on the bench.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Big Pappa
    Agree that Williamson should be replaced by Dummet

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  • 9

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    manx@8: “someone else” would bail them out – no, nobody else bailed them out. You are perfectly entitled to your opinion, but try at least to acknowledge facts. Rangers have already sh****d themselves once, and were exactly on the verge of doing it again. Without our owners cash, they would have ceased palying by today. Have a look at the queue of people rushing to hand over their readies to Rangers – there was our owner, and one other. Rangers board took one look at the other and even they couldn’t accept the offer. They are beggars. Our owner has bailed them out; these are obvious facts, known to all.

    Your alternative is “they would reform”. They’ve just done that 3 years ago! How on earth do you imagine they’d be allowed to do it again??

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  • kimbo

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Poor game in front of 45000 happy clappers,no passion, glad I have stopped going to game.What is the point of supporting a team with no ambition, it is supposed to be entertainment or I am missing something.Next season ticket pricing should be based on performance ie if in top 6 expensive ,7 to 12 half price and bottom 8 then MASH refunds all money that is my terms for buying ticket for me to go back.

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  • 9

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #13

    But I do feel sorry for Rangers fans – and definitely not because of Mike Ashley, but because of less successful people who’ve rubbished their club. One of them, a Glaswegian in S Africs (King) reckons he’s the answer – I somewhat doubt it – a known shyster, makes Mike Ashley look like Mother Theresa.

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  • 9

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Kimbo – brilliant idea. Ever run a successful business, mate?

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #15

    look guys we didn’t deserve to win today!
    i’m glad we conceded as stoke were easily as good as we were (or as bad).
    we will be in relegation battle at the end of the season, this will not be an easy finish as many think we’re safe already!!
    we have very very average players and no cover whatsoever.
    all our dutch players are crap, which doesn’t make it a positive when de jong returns..

    we seriously need to find a way to get ashley out asap! we’ll never achieve anything not even mediocracy is a realistic target!!
    carver also is not a head coach. tactically he got it all wrong today. a half decent team would’ve destroyed this super-poor stoke team, yet we could have one shot on target..

    it’s getting more painful to support newcastle every season..

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #16

    we need to get rid of the following:

    – krul
    – janmaat
    – colo
    – williamson
    – anita
    – sissoko
    – gouffran
    – tioté
    – jonas
    – obertan
    – cissé
    – rivière

    keep:

    – haidara
    – colback
    – perez
    – cabella

    but we’ve become the dullest team in the uk… it’s absolutely pointless to support this once great club.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #17

    NUFCursed
    “…I’m glad we conceded… It’s getting harder to support Newcastle…”
    Hmm.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 8, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Lol I’m away on holiday with the missus and we met an American guy who asked where we were from. When I told him he said oh you guys have a lousy soccer team haven’t you? What could I say?

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  • Owldman

    Feb 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    What the hell was Krul doing taking a free kick on the half way line, we should have closed up shop instead we gifted a point to Stoke.Sorry Mr Calver you not the answer to our managers position .I’m surea certain Mr Pardew would handled things alt better,

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