Newcastle Star Puts A Positive Spin On Newcastle’s Situation


Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been playing well of late,  and if he didn’t make a world-class saves in each of our last two games we could have lost against both Stoke and Crystal Palace.

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Fraizer Campbell equalizes last Wednesday night

Of course we could also have won both games, and should have won against Stoke, but we gave away an equalizing goal at the death.

John Carver is trying to get to grips with the Newcastle head coach job, and he seems to be very willing to do what it takes to get the job on a full time basis in the summer.

But John needs to start winning more games, and sooner rather than later, since in the seven games he’s been in charge we have just one win – a good 3-0 win at Hull where we scored some great goals.

This is what Tim told the Shields Gazette about the interim head coach:

“We very much believe in what John and Stoney do, and we showed that on the pitch,” “We’re three games unbeaten, and we should have won last weekend against Stoke. We gave it away.”

“We could have won against Palace, and we could have had nine points and three clean sheets (but we didn’t). We have to look at the positives.”

“I think there are a few out there maybe giving John a hard time, but we could have had nine points.” “John’s trying to do some different things, so it’s takes a bit of time.”

“But I truly believe we’re on the right track.” “We could have won, but I think we should be happy with a point.”  “We didn’t really dominate too much.” “With every goal, you think about what you should have done better.”

“But sometimes you have to applaud the quality of the cross.”  “It was an amazing cross. We have to sometimes say ‘great goal’.”

“The Etihad is a hard place,” “They have a fantastic team. We’ll go there with no pressure on us.

“If they play well, it’s going to be a hard game, as they’ve got great players. But we’ve beaten them once there already this season.”

Tim is trying to put a positive spin on the situation at Newcastle and we don’t blame the Dutchman for that.

And it seems the players at the moment are a lot more confident than the fans are – since it looks like we will struggle to make the top ten this season, and we’ve only done that twice since Ashley has been owner of the club – not a great record by any means.

It’s eerily similar to our position last year at this time, but after 25 games played we had 37 points last season, 5 points more than we have at the moment.

And we were in 8th place above Southampton and Stoke who finally finished above us in the league table.

In fact after 25 games played Stoke were a full 11 points behind us, but overtook us on the last day of the season. 🙁

We are currently in 11th place and John Carver and the players will now have a full week’s training to prepare for the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, in the late kick-off game – 5:30 pm.

It’s going to be very difficult to get anything out of this game on Saturday, unless Newcastle can play a lot better than we’ve done in the last couple of games.

But we live in hope – as usual.

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26 comments so far

  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    4 nil?

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #2

    jesper

    there will be more than a couple, we need to slash the wage bill

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 15, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Expect to lose against Man City

    Even if we win, we are not going anywhere. We just finish our remaining games

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 16, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets say we lose to both ManC and Villa, to get above us Everton have to win against both leicester and Arsenal. C.Palace have to beat both Arsenal and W.Ham, plus W.Brom need victories over Scum and Southampton. We will still be in 11th in two weeks despite being poor because everyone else in the league is poor to. If Stoke lose twice we could even climb to 10th.

    We then play ManU, Everton and Arsenal before the derby away, they are not worth predicting as the only particular concern is having a fit enough squad to get a little bit of local pride back. Then it will soon be the end of the season, more smoke and mirrors, plus a load of very ungratifying speculation.

    We all know what we think will make the team better but at the end of the summer we will wonder at how much more light weight the side can get and MA will be still getting away with it.

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  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 16, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Love the club hate the regime and I do not live in England so as a fan from over the pond I always have to ask myself, WHY THE FREAK does anyone attend the games with this regime in charge as we all know there are no aspirations for the club and have nothing to look forward to if they don’t care why should we, let’s show this jackass we are willing to sit it out till he leaves GOD knows we will miss nothing..Please do not attend the games

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  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 16, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I mean he clearly showed us (again) in January he feels mission is accomplished for this season which is just to remain in the Prem so why go to games what is the point? Please an empty St James would never have looked so beautiful as the show being put on is not worth attendance

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 16, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #7

    kids are at the opposition this weekend so think I will attempt the 4-30am kick off.
    Full kit including Cap, scarf and rosary beads. Yeah it might sound mad but its worked before!!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 16, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Brooklyn
    For the Geordie faithful, the visit to SJP is life.
    Telling them not to go is like telling them not to breathe!
    I can’t think of a possible scenario or impossible scenario that would induce what you are asking. Season tickets are passed down in families. Not to attend would be to dishonour your ancestors. (Ok so that might be a bit dramatic but it’s not far off the mark.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #9

    come on Tim m, you expect us to believe you ? you as a pro have to say you are taking the positives out of those games , but us as fans look at it as realists , we never lost but we never really looked like we wanted to win vs stoke or palace , if you can look us in the eye and say it with a straight face that you think our best option at CB is Williamson , I would tell you that you are a liar , his is a liability, and cost is the games in my opinion , not only that but the very fact that our forward is just as isolated as he was when P45 was here tells me that you set up not to lose the game but by that same token , we weren’t set up to try and win the game , his subs were mainly defensive subs, ie exactly how P45 would have played it ,

    charver is in a great position here , really he cannot lose , he should be going out against teams like Stoke palace villa Sunderland and going all out attack as these really are poor teams , give the fans what he aya he knows what we want , then set the team up against arsenal city to be very tough to break down,

    our passing is poor , our ball retention is poor , our shots on target is poor , why are you not working on them things ? watching teams with good managers from the championship this weekend against prem teams only shows what can be done with good coaches and willing players , we have international players and donkeys as coaches

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  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 16, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Canny
    I get it is something that is passed on but I’m sure no ones ancestors dealt with a regime that have no aspirations for the club believe me I’m sure a few Geordie faithful that have passed on are rolling in their graves that we are attending this BS

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #11

    @brooklyn: A lot of diehards already have but there’ll always be people who want to go and enjoy a day at the football. The more tickets available, the more those who just want to enjoy it can get.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Brooklyn
    I gave it some thought and came up with something that might turn even the most dedicated off.
    We sneek in overnight and pain the whole stadium Red & White. Now I am going into hiding as the very suggestion is enough to get me burnt at the stake!!

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Canny –

    Burnt at the stake?

    Nothing so quick and painless for you!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #14

    What er no one called Canny here mate. Try next door. 🙂

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Back on Topic, the players really can’t win with these little public announcements. If they come out trying to be positive then we slam them for following the party line.
    Heaven forbid they should say something less than positive, we’d be baying for blood!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Canny…I’ll tell you what Jewes (respectfully) have gone through worse over the past 2000 years with less moaning, and look they came out alright!

    …not going to games is not really asking that much. Lets not kid ourselves, the reason why ST holders will never stop going is just a selfish act! They just don’t want to give it up. I know some will throw a tantrum now, but show a little perspective before you do that!

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  • scout

    Feb 16, 2015 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #17

    coulda woulda shoulda………

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  • cyprus

    Feb 16, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Looking at our remaining fixtures, we’re not completely out of the woods yet, although it’s looking very likely that the promoted clubs will go down.

    So, the positive outlook from Tim is a good approach. If the players do what fans do (i.e. ‘we as players are crap with a crap coach and an evil owner’) then it could turn ygly toward the end.

    There has been a big positive this year, let’s face it and rejoyce. AP is gone.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #19

    jesper(respectfully)- it’s Jews or Jewish people.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #20
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Ian…it’s just an misspelling! I am sure they won’t mind

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #22

    * a

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  • firebug666

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Morning People.

    So Tim Krul (Bishop) wants us to be patient and says there are lots of positives.

    Well I think we have been more than patient for long enough, and if he want’s positives, OK then; I’m positive we will lose at the weekend.

    I am 100% certain these people think we fans are idiots and will swallow any old pill.

    Have the players been pardewed to such an extent that they think one shot at goal in 90 minutes is a positive thing? 45 minutes defending in the second half playing hoofball and not progressing any further than the halfway line is good football?

    I really don’t see any positives, I don’t know what they do in training, or what they think is good football, but i do know that whatever they are doing in training is not working, and if they think they play good football one can only assume they are the deluded one’s.

    While this is the belief and spin from the clubs representative then the fans can expect nothing better on the pitch.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #24

    memo ………to all staff members toe the party line or your out thank you ………MR BISHOP….its bullshit propaganda for the masses…… drop a name here were looking at a play there give a name to one of his mates in the press its all fantasy dreamed up to stop any mutiny by the masses

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  • martoon

    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #25

    jesperfuglsang @16 – I understand that it is impractical for you to attend any matches. However I find it a complete joke that you then blame people who do attend matches for all of today’s problems. If it wasn’t for the ST holders there would be no club to support and watch on your dodgy streams!

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  • jasonmag

    Feb 16, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #26

    st holders selfish! that is scraping the barrel of who to blame now. people attend games because they want to support the team. I know the owner makes it hard for us but I still love going despite him . its a regional pride thing as well as a football thing for me. its being in the best gang ever and taking the lows as well as the highs. I cannot just switch that off and not attend it is a huge part of my life, even though its lows after lows now It still is my life now as it was in 1980 when I started on this journey of who knows what. Ashley is just higher profile than the seymours and mckeags and makenzies of past boards I have witnessed, they are and were in it for the money, we are in it for the love of our club

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