This Player Could Still Be The Hero In Next Four Games


We’ve been very impressed with Siem de Jong lately, and it’s just a huge pity that the Dutchman has been injured for most of the season, but if Siem can come back and play well and get a few goals for us in the last four games of the season – he could still be a hero at Newcastle, by helping to keep the club in the Premier League.

siem de jong scores first newcastle goal

Siem de Jong – scoring last Saturday

And today Siem has talked about being pleased to get the applause from the Newcastle fans as he was warming up last Saturday, after he has had a very frustrating first season on Tyneside.

This is what Siem has said today:

“I was glad to hear that applause from fans when I was warming up along the line,” “It was just a shame my goal wasn’t enough in the game – the important thing is to get points.”

“We have to focus on that, but I have a little bit of an agenda myself, which is to get 100% fit and help the team as much as I can.”

“I’ll try to help the team as much as I can,”  “I hope to get some more minutes in. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t think if I’m 90% or 95% that I can help the team from the start.”

“That’s why I need to build up slowly to be ready for the minutes I need to play.” “If I play 90 minutes now, I wouldn’t help the team as much as I could if I waited just another week maybe.”

“We know how important it is on Saturday. We have to try to be at our best to win the game, and not focus too much on the situation, just the game itself.”

Siem came on for the last 15 minutes against Swansea,  but still managed to score a goal, but that came too late to make a difference, but he has shown his class,  and he can put that ball in the back of the net.

Siem could come on for the second half on Saturday at Leicester,  but our defense must be in better form and not let in any soft goals, like we’ve done far too many times this year.

We cannot afford to lose at Leicester, and a win would probably see us safe in the Premier League this season.

That would be a huge relief for most fans, and we would have something to look forward to in the summer.

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98 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Pearson head gasket is fully blown eh, I’ve just seen that hilarious press conference and I’m now waiting to see if Carvs can better it.

    The pressures of modern day (or not) management eh.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Tang…It may turn out that this weekends post game press conference is more entertaining than the game itself.

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Ibizatoon,

    I refer you back to the Luke Edwards article I mentioned earlier.
    While Charnley was reassuring Ashley that it couldn’t possibly come to relegation, he was telling the fans a 10th place finish was the minimum target, and that we would be trying to top that.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    BandB…One might find they have to lie to keep both Ashley and the fans happy.

    If only they had the same intentions, desires and ambitions as the fans. There’d be no reason to lie.

    Perhaps I should say mislead – far less offensive. Almost acceptable 😯

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    There is nothing to look forward to with Ashley in charge.

    So he spends big in the summer … buys a new team …
    that’ll be it for five years … one major spend to appease most fans …
    then back to disappointing transfer deadline days for us … remember how many of them there have been?

    #ASHLEY OUT

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail/Lil

    He got an assist in the west brom reserve game.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha – sounds like siem is already making his excuses
    On another note – mate of m&s me was talking to carver last night at Chelsea game – said he sounds more like a fan than a manager – sadly it was quite late and I was quite drunk
    Will try and catch up with him today to find out what drivel carver was spouting

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha – sounds like siem is already making his excuses
    On another note – mate of mine was talking to carver last night at Chelsea game – said he sounds more like a fan than a manager – sadly it was quite late and I was quite drunk
    Will try and catch up with him today to find out what drivel carver was spouting

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza, that’s what I’m banking on brother, a highly entertaining couple of press conferences to paper over a probably bollocks meeting of no hopers on Sat.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Michael Martin pointing out to the FSF some of the issues with Ashley

    http://www.fsf.org.uk/blog/view/newcastle-united-fans-set-to-boycottspurs

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    [Reposted – damn these machine-gun posts. I got left behind again. Also – thinking of Siem and others – what I said (below) doesn’t even take the returning players into account…]
    OP wrote:

    “It’s beyond pathetic hoping for others to fail for us to succeed!”

    Sparky thinks even that is too optimistic, and that we are doomed to relegation.

    That’s with 4 games to go and all of them against bottom half teams – i.e. winnable. The form table shows that NUFC have lost 7 in a row; but 6 were against (currently) top half teams, and therefore eminently loseable. (The other was the Sunderland derby – unpredictable as all derbies are.) what kind of fan looks at their team with 4 winnable matches to play, and already almost certainly safe, yet says we need other teams to perform badly to save us? (Answer: a whingeing Jeremiah.)

    The Chelsea-Leicester result was always irrelevant to our survival. QPR, Burnley and Sunderland are in the frame, with Leicester, Villa and perhaps Hull as understudies.

    At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, why would Charnley replace Carver at this moment in time? In the hope of turning (say) 14th into 12th? That would involve terminating Carver’s contract and hiring another coach (someone here suggested ‘Arry – a joke worthy of Welshy himself, I thought) at some cost and disruption.

    Instead of bemoaning our imaginary relegation, why not focus on the next real issues for the club: this summer’s appointments, and next season’s performance. This one is over in any practical sense. Take each of these four matches one at a time, as either consolation victories or frustrating failures, but don’t fool yourself into thinking they will affect our destiny (or, indeed, Carver’s – even 4 wins won’t get him a top 10 finish).

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Ibizatoon

    Dear, dear Mr Pensniff. The hired hypocrite.

    “Some people likened him to a direction-post, which is always telling the way to a place, and never goes there.”

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  • cyprus

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Nigel has seemed so cool and calm but then he goes and does amazingly crazy things. The pressure must really be getting to him.

    Hope we can draw or win our game. The pressure could then get Leicester slipping up.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Obertans Better Than Messi….It isn’t like we haven’t been here before. Instead of being impressed that we have to have a squad overhaul this summer and have some money in which to do so, should we not be asking why the squad is in such a state?

    Well, I guess we don’t need to ask, we know why.

    Peal that ambition sticker off and we’ll find a sticker saying “Discounted goods”.

    Mindshaft…He really isn’t anything more than a fan. It’ll be, “get behind the team, who knows what’ll happen, we must be due a win soon”. Baically what he says every week.

    Toon Tang…That is where the value is at mate. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    BDG…4 wins wont get us top 10, but 4 losses could well see us relegated.

    It’s not imaginary, even if you’d like it to be. Doesn’t make it likely, but to discount it as impossible or imaginary can only be described as sticking your head in the sand.

    Oh yes, let’s talk about next season. Nothing to see here.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    LLLLLLooking at our recent form, I know which way the pattern leans towards and it isn’t up or staying still.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    BDG,
    you really are not seeing it in thinking about 14th or 12th place. The relegation threat is very real, right now. You could say we are in a better position than the other mugs because we have a few more points, but you can’t discount our form and their appetite for a relegation fight.

    Traditionally, the 40 point mark is the threshold, we still need that, otherwise we are counting on other teams’ failure, yes.

    The next game MUST NOT be lost, or else we are definitely in the middle of it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #18

    BandB…I don’t think he can sniff anything these days.

    The smell of excrement must be overpowering.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    jail boro are watching campbell parnaby and 2 scouts were there yesterday craig liddle is a big fan of his they tried to take him on loan last season but nufc said no they were caught out when west brom offered him a trial boro have a great under 21 / academy under parnaby

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    34 would have kept you up last season. 35 would have been enough in 6 of the last 10 seasons.

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  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Band

    I suspect that the no-relegation assurances were sought at the point when Pardew left and players were to be sold without replacements being sought.

    I also suspect that Charnley would have sought such an assurance from Carver to inform his response to the question.

    If that is the case then Charnley must take responsibility as his judgement and assessment of Carver was completely naive and wrong.

    The two of them should really go but losing Charnley during the close season would deplete the Club of any expertise in dealing with transfers.

    Ashley should therefore take the CEO role off Charnley, reappoint him as Secretary, appoint a CEO with much football experience and get rid of Carver and his crew altogether, replacing them with proven quality.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Leicester can have 6 players out and will still be favorites for the game.

    I don’t see us getting a point even. Leicester players look simply hungrier for points and survival.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    @20 lilong

    aye we have the easiest run out of anyone below or slightly above us imo however we have the worst form than anyone.

    siem/dummett/rolando/cisse/sissoko back who would all be in my first pick 11 in fairness ! on paper we should easily be safe but with our team you never know lol.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #24

    BDG

    Remind me of the reverse fixtures scores of the four winnable games you mention.

    Any match could be deemed winnable, you suggesting they’re winnable doesn’t turn them into wins or easier wins.

    You’re falling into line with Blackleys posts of stating opinion as fact and cutting and posting others opinion and dismissing it as less valid than your opinion.

    Can you see the irony?

    Where Everton in the top ten before they beat us?

    I have to say I love how you think your opinion Is of more value than others, real classy 🙂

    How foolish do you have to be to completley disregard the 4 teams we have yet to play and focus on our future?
    Do you not think the 4 teams we have yet to play see their games against us as winnable?
    Does your opinion guarantee EPL status?

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #25

    The club has not issued any sort of denial in response to Luke Edwards’ article.
    An article in which a ‘club insider” makes it clear that Ashley himself is taking the possibility of relegation seriously.
    And how many times has John Carver conceded we are in a relegation fight?
    I don’t think we will be relegated. But we are in a relegation fight.
    Which is quite bad enough, surely?

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    lesh

    Carver was also accused of misleading Ashley.
    Carver continued to talk about pushing for top 10 or better for all the period we were in 11th place i.e. right until the start of the present run.
    “You told me this wouldn’t happen.” clearly must refer to promises made BEFORE it started to happen.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    The fact that we are resting our relegation hopes on a player who has no premier league experience, has never played in a top league and has been injured for 20 of the last 24 months is a bit worrying….

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    just read an express article that has Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson Tiote, Abeid, Ameobi, Ryan Taylor, Gouffran Sissoko, Cisse, Ferreyra and Riviere all leaving in the summer…. Take it nobody wants obertan then….

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Lots of posters are quoting the odds of bookmakers as a sign we should avoid relegation.

    5 weeks ago 150/1
    4 weeks ago 100/1
    3 weeks ago 50/1
    2 weeks ago 33/1
    This week 14/1

    Anyone notice anything?

    Is it any wonder fans are worried?

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #30

    @BandB pretty sure Carver said he refused to even think about the possibility of Relegation in a press conf recently…. That’s great john, the head coach with his head in the sand is just what we need…
    Don’t think anyones press confs and interviews have irritated me more than Carvers in my 30 years of being… well alive! I thought Allardyces arrogant delusions were as bad as it’d get

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Personally think we’ll pick up another 4 points! West Brom have nowt to play for. I know Swansea didn’t either but the swans have actual ability, West Brom have very little ability and rely on work rate and effort.
    Also West Ham look as bad as us and QPR for me are the worst team in the division. We should really be aiming for 10 points.
    Looking at the remaining fixtures I think 37 points is needed. The fact that all the clubs at the bottom play each other stops more than one of them going on a winning run, can see the Mackems dropping though!

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    I think the club’s assumption was that under Carver we would probably slip to 12th, 13th or 14th.
    This would, in terms of placings, not look too far from a mid-table finish even if in points terms we were a million miles off it.
    Ashley’s decision to press on with a weakened squad could then be flipped and offered as Carver’s alibi.
    Those “dumb fans” would swallow it whole, think Carver had done alright in the circumstances, and deserved another chance.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #33

    i’d guess at

    raylor/sammy/guti/campbell def leaving as contracts will not be renewed.

    tiote as he is not a first team auto choice so will want a starting place.
    chucky as loan ended.

    those extra who should go but prob wont are;
    wilo/colo/fergie/ober/river/saylor/anita.

    goofy i think has his uses for versatility.

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    jay

    “It has been a (relegation) battle for four or five weeks now, and we know we’re in a battle,” he told Sky Sports. “We can’t hide from it, we’ve got to deal with it and get on with it.

    John Carver, five days ago.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #35
  • jayphoto

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Bet the club are gutted Honest John has virtually made himself unappointable!
    If we lose embarrassingly on tv on Saturday (which we might) and the crowd turn on him the week later he’ll explode!
    Problem with Carver seems to be he thinks the world or at least the city owes him something! The guy seems to think the whole world revolves around him. If the crowd turn on him he’ll be so busy being angry that we don’t love him that he’ll have zero focus on the game! He obviously has issues controlling his temper and I’d take a guess he probably expected Professional football to give him more than hes had in the last 30 years. His trips to Plymouth, luton, Toronto and a possibly false compliment from Sir Bobby seem to have given him this idea that he has a god given right to manage this club, lose game after game and not be questioned

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #37

    I wonder if he’s a ST holder, otherwise his opinion doesn’t count obviously.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/770767945?-11058:809

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  • BandB

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #38

    jay

    “I am not even thinking about that. I am not thinking about that disaster. Let’s make that clear. Get that out of the back of our minds. It is not even worth thinking about or commenting on.”

    John Carver three days ago.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #39

    BandB

    Was just going to post that.

    In the next breath he’s saying he doesn’t want to think about it, cast it from the back of our minds. Concentrate on Leicester.

    Which is it honest john.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Beat me to it again lol. Do you have them prepared just like Ed 😉

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