St. James’ Park A Great Place To Play – But It Can Be Difficult

The players found out today what it was like playing in front of 47,427 fanes, which was about 5,000 fans below capacity and Jack Colback has said it’s a great place to play but that the players have to be strong characters if the protests are not to affect them.

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Jack Colback – scoring this afternoon 19 seconds into the second half

Newcastle again did not play well today – particularly in defense and the first two Spurs goals were preventable and their third goal was scored in a breakaway in stoppage time, as Newcastle were pushing for the equalizer.

But Jack said all the right things in his interviews after the game – and his point is that the players at Newcastle have to be strong to be able to put up with it – and that’s always been true.

This is some of what Jack said after the game:

“You have to come out as a player and show what you can do. There is nothing I can say that will help the fans. As players we are the only ones who can change it. We have to win a game as quickly as possible.”

“We have had a settled side – a full strength side – for five or six games in the season and it was the period we did well. When you take out important players it is going to be difficult. But again, that’s an excuse.”

“We have to come out as players and show a bit more quality. We’ve got to fight and compete and make sure we give the fans something to cheer about.” “If we are not careful we will get dragged into it.”

“It is a dangerous moment, we would be naive to think that we are out of it just yet. I think one win would do it.” “We need to get it as soon as possible, and then get a few more. Then finish the season on a bit more of a positive note and kick on next season.”

“You can’t have any issues with the way the fans are. It is clearly frustrating for them.” “There is nothing I can say that will make them feel any better. The last thing they want to do is read comments by me but we have to appreciate and thanks the ones who did come.”

“It’s a great place to play but at the moment it is difficult. We have to be strong characters. It is a difficult industry when you aren’t winning games.” “Nobody is going to come out and give us a win or help us other than ourselves. As a player you have to be strong enough to deal with that.”

After 27 games we had 35 points following our win against Aston Villa, but six games later we are on the same points total and the lower teams have started to catch us, and we are now in 14th position and 7 points above the drop zone with 5 games to play.

After the Villa win we were 13 points above the drop zone.

We were 17 points above Leicester City and that’s been cut to 7, 13 points above Aston Villa and that’s been cut to 3, 13 points above Burnley and QPR and that’s been cut to 9 points, and 10 points above Sunderland and that’s been cut to 6, mainly because they beat us a few games back.

We think Jack is right that one win should see us safe, but of course the question is when will that come – and we wouldn’t bank on getting 3 points against Swansea next Saturday afternoon.

They have beaten us over the last two seasons in this fixture by a 2-1 scoreline,  and the season before that it was a 0-0 draw so Swansea usually do well at St. James’ Park.

But we need to get that win asap as Jack rightly says.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #1


    From previous. Exactly my point, very few players know it all (I’m sure messi is still learning from new players around him too).

    Ultimately we need the club to hire a manager who is very good, obviously won’t get a mourinho/ancelotti/guardiola but we need to be aiming as high as possible, even if it means giving him and extra 1/2/3 mil a year in wages (chicken feed in the current climate, 3mil a year works out at 60k a week).

    Get a very good manager and he alone attracts better players who want to learn from him and play for him, then we can start to build a team who will improve.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Also after today, the more I see of tim sherwood the more I like him.

    What impresses me is that unlike nearly all managers, especially those who are given short contracts like him, he is willing to give young lads a chance and to give them time to develop.

    Most managers wont play kids as they fear they need instant points whereas sherwood will give them a go, knowing if they can get him through 5/6 months he will begin to see the benefit of them.

    Not sure how good a manager he will become, but certainly has a refreshing attitude.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyway I’m signing off now, enjoy the debate lads.

    Also anyone who boycotted or protested today well done.

  • scout

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Get Laudrup in and play him aswell. Hes better than any of our midfield at 50

  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we’ll stay up looking at Hulls and Sunderlands fixture list. Think the West Brom win yesterday was massive, because now they won’t need to beat us. West Ham are also in rubbish form at the moment.

    I would love to see the Mackems go down after that stunt today. That would be karma.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Now Belfast, that would be lovely. Maybe SDJ can give us something like leadership and some guile far up the pitch. Mind you, he looked useless ( although unfit ) last time out.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #7

    A lot of fans got up and walked out when the spuds scored their first goal, others swapped seats for the popular side cos the sun was shining on that part of the ground, it was f**n freezing. Crowd inside ground lucky to be 30,000. Don’t know how many were at the boycott, I thought there would be more. I just think the whole club stinks of apathy including me I am am usually angry p**sed off when we get beat, but not that bothered and that’s sad.
    The club has lost it’s soul.
    47,00 in ground – my a**e – take 20,000 off more like-it!!!

    As for our kids – look like rest of the team – small – Spuds like most – all other teams look/are at least a stone heavier, foot taller, got power and muscular.
    Today was a joke watching out lot trying to tackle powder puff like pi**ing into the wind

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Any way off to bed and
    Congrats to Shay Given – hope you get your winners medal – you deserve it !!!!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Why the f**k am i watching MOTD?
    Depressing as f**k man

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #10

    what was this mackems stunt – heard the plane fly across but coudln’t see anything.

  • AncientC

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Charlie in the Gallowgate – I find it odd that Ed is unwilling to acknowledge the numbers were lower, possibly for reasons similar to why there has not been an article written at any point today about the boycott.

    Graeme // Apr 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    “I have just been given the following information, which I post in good faith.

    Today’s actual attendance was 31,750. That comes from the police who get the real attendance, rather than season tickets etc being sold. Great statement made by newcastle fans today.”

  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Charlie I’ve been saying for weeks to play Riverire, he couldn’t score in a brothel but at least he can hold the ball up, and bring others in to play. We’re being bullied week in week out. Playing a 9 stone feather weight upfront feeding on scraps.

    And Carvers idea of changing things is to bring Armstrong on. Lol

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Charlie…The mackems, something about 5 in a row. Tbf, would have been amusing, disgusting choice of timing though, 17th minute. After all the good that came from the mackem reponse when the incident happened, why would they do that? Obviously a select few.

    Interesting what you say about the numbers. Graeme too.

    Seems it was a roaring success then.

    Well, just watching MOTD and it clearly was a success. A voice had been found and discussion is being had.

    It was a positive first step. HWTF.

  • the broons

    Apr 20, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    To all those that turned up and then left early once the goals started going in, shame on you for willing to accept zero ambition and then go home early bemoaning how bad we are. I never leave early and always get behind the team but a statement needed to be made, AC Milan did the same and their ground was practically empty, the mighty toon army try the same and fail miserably the real fans weren’t there as the atmosphere proved. Even the mackems are mocking us but to the majority of the fans, that is acceptable.


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