We Had Our Chances But Couldn’t Win The Game

The Newcastle players showed signs that they are all willing to fight for the cause in the game against West Brom, and with two games to go, it looks like one more win could see us safe, after one of the most catastrophic second halves of the season for a long long time – and there have been many serious mistakes made by the club.

moussa sissoko in aciton against west brom

Moussa Sissoko in action against West Brom

But first things first – and there is now a real chance that if Newcastle can play like this in the final two games, and we can get Papiss Cisse, Rolando Aarons and maybe even  Siem de Jong back playing for us – we have a real chance of saving our PL status.

And in the second half today, with a little bit of luck, we could have possibly got the winner, which would have made us a bit more safe than we are at the moment.

However, West Brom did hit the woodwork twice in the game, so we’ll take the draw and hope the end of the eight game losing streak gives our lads some confidence, which has been sorely lacking these last couple of months.

It’s always surprising just how big a role confidence plays in football.

Moussa Sissoko had a decent game today, and he gave good interview after the game on the Newcastle web-site:

“When you have eight defeats in a row, you have to stop it, so for me, it was a good point,” “We played well – we showed some character and did some very good things”

“West Brom had maybe two chances apart from their goal – that is it. We had the possession, a lot of crosses and a lot of corners but we just couldn’t get the second goal we deserved.”

“We tried to do the best we could and we were unlucky because we had a lot of chances to win the game, but weren’t able to.” “One point is better than nothing, though, and if we want to stay in the Premier League we have to keep playing like this.”

“The team worked together. We were a proper team and everything we did was better than the previous eight games.” “We had meetings in the week, to say something for the final three games. Our performance shows that the meetings were a good thing.”

“We also stayed in a hotel before the game. That was good for us as it meant we could spend time together, speak about tactics and be completely focused.” “Recently we have been so poor in games but this was the opposite, so now we have to continue it and try to win the next game at QPR.”

It seems that John Carver turned things around in his preparation over this last week, and maybe the same kinds of things can be done in the coming week – like team meetings to increase the team spirit over the last couple of games.

It will be massive if we can stay up after all the many mistakes and bad luck we have endured this year.

The big payoff  could be  if we can win at  QPR next Saturday, there’s a good chance we can be safe next Saturday night.

Given all that’s happened this season – most of it bad – that could be the spur for our players to go all out and show some real guts and skill at Loftus Road next Saturday, and give the fans the win we need.

A let down after today’s good performance is not acceptable – if we want to stay up.

Howay The Lads!!

34 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 10, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Isnt it amazing that the ONE person responsible for the total shambles that is NUFC yet again couldn’t be arsed to turn up to support HIS team.

    Its all very well trying to push the blame onto the fans and then call for Unity, Support, Commitment – but when you cant be bothered to get off your arse for the 3rd home game in a row – it simply beggars belief.

    This is NO LONGER my club, Mike Ashley drove me out. He tries to blame me for not supporting him yet he doesn’t turn up to support HIS OWN TEAM.

    Ashley, you are a FRAUD, a con-man from start to finish, devoid of all moral worth.

  • Graeme

    May 10, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Ooops, sorry HWTF

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3


    No doubt him and his family fear for their safety, like last time 😉

    Or maybe he’s had enough and is thinking about selling, I hope and pray

  • jimmysmith

    May 10, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Rather more likely he’d be aware that he is entirely unwelcome. The only reason anyone would particularly want him there, would be to give him the dog’s abuse he could hardly complain about.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 10, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #5

    How ungrateful you are, Graeme. Good old Mike went out of his way with no expense spared to lay on the best half time entertainment so far this season.

  • one fine day

    May 10, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Deep down even Ashley knows the boycott is justified .
    I pray we can get a result next week so what happens in last game is irrelevant then EVERYONE can unleash hell in /outside that stadium and really embarrass ash for what he is.
    # hwtf

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 10, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #7

    The team play today was atrocious as usual. Players are vastly isolated all over the pitch when they receive the ball, I was raging when watching it. They hold onto the ball and lose possession because there are limited-to-no options of a close/medium pass. The lack of movement is still as startling as ever.

    That is Sunday league gameplay and the coaches should be ashamed of what they have not corrected in years of unsatisfactory training. Absolutely ashamed.

    The amount of high balls played to our our small/medium sized forwards was the mark of sheer stupidity at the highest level, and it highlights the lack of directional common sense in the management that they allow this pea brain tactic to persist.

    Their defenders were pretty much all well over 6ft and gobbled up anything airborne, yet the imbeciles continued to punt over hopeless high balls either from crosses or forward passes.

    You can have ‘grafters’ and ‘fighters’ all you like, but not understanding the role a player has in the team, and how they can transition the ball between another teammate in a positive manner means you are a headless chicken, burning energy on wasted needless exertion. It is highly inefficient and ineffective football. ‘Trying’ alone is a naive, clueless, and unprepared punt at winning a series of matches.

    If you correctly set up the side with common goals, repetition, and meaningful understanding of linked play with you team-mates, confidence builds and you WANT to run, you WANT to be excited by the prospect of tried and tested scenarios being already proven to work.

    Working hard should be a by-product of the enjoyment of knowing you already have a team plan and style, knowing their success is already formulated on the training pitches and it’s just a case off applying it on match day. You are eager to apply it.

    The coaching is abysmal, just as it was when their long-nosed boss was here.

    Ashley Out.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 10, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Moussa. you were shi* and anonymous yesterday. you went into hiding because you didn’t have the balls for it.
    stfu now.

    i’d throw in Abeid in place of sisokko for QPR and keep Anita on the right back.

  • Our Toon

    May 10, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #9


    You must be joking right, drop sissoko for Abeid? What about Raylor?

    I’m shocked Cabella keeps getting votes as one of the best performers, he’s tidy bit offers zero threat in the final third. I’ve never seen such an ineffective player when getting in great positions. His final ball is often shite and his shooting is piss poor.

    What do people actually rate him on? Beating a man and then producing nothing is what I see. Plenty of stepovers and he doesn’t release the ball quickly. He has the same amount of affect on a game as Sammy Ameobi!!

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #10

    As expected,Pep Guardiola agreed to manage Man city next season, reports beIN sports EXCLUSIVELY after their match against Augsburg.
    Looks like B.Munich now will get Klopp..

    Most take our result as positive but I was disappointed.This is a home game for God’s sake.we should be winning our home game.wba were nothing to play for,so where are we heading?Not trying to be negative but unless god is in our side,it doesn’t look good.Even qpr get relegated today,they’ll not make it easier for us next week.The other thing that fumes me was Colo was celebrating like winning the PL title after the final whistle, what a joke leader he is!
    What a shame to see us involved in such dire and awful situation!!

  • cyprus

    May 10, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Would’ve been amazing if Ameobi had scored that overhead kick. Give the lad a contract and play him in the last two games.

    Won’t pick on our obvious worse player, as a group, they fought valiantly, and he did his best.

    So, job done? NO. I think Hull will beat one of those two and we’ll get a point off WH and lose 3-1 to QPR. Down on goals ;(

    Hope I’m completely wrong 😉

  • cyprus

    May 10, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Ilove and Our,
    Disagree with both of you. Both Siss and Cabs are excellent players.
    We need a real coach, they’ll shine.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 10, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #13


    i agree with OUR TOON when he say Cabella has been poor. But you are right that they MAY shine if with the right coach.

    but fact as of now, sisokko form is shambolic now and dropping him is crucial. we can’t be playing with player who goes into hiding at this point of time.

    if you really had observed cabella yesterday 99% of the time, he runs past a couple of player(ok this is good), gets close to byline and this 3 things happen.
    1) cuts inside and then loses the ball immediately via shooting or trying to pass somewhere in the penalty area.
    2) passes the ball to jonas or whoever is supporting him on the flank and our attack is about finish.
    3) gets to byline and puts a shi* low cross which gets cleared for a corner or goalkick wtv.

    this is his real contribution. he hasn’t been anywhere near as effective as a 12million player warrants. he’s like only a slight improvement on Obertan.

    but i agree maybe he needs time or a better coach etc.

  • cyprus

    May 10, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Agreed, but if he were that effective he wouldn’t be playing for this team. The talent is there I think. Same as Siss.
    On Obertan, I’ve dribbled past as many opponents as he has, if you get me. He’s been atrocious, shame as he was touted as an amazing talent. League 1 level.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #15

    From previous thread, about money spent not bringing success. Is that you quietly trying to justify
    the fact that we didn’t spend anything for a year and a half.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Yesterday’s game
    My MOM was
    COLBACK who had a excellent game in front of the back four or was it we played a back three – been asking to play a back three for weeks.
    Also closely followed by ANITA who had his best game in a TOON shirt.

    The rest
    CABELLA also had a decent game – but too many step-overs -needs to move the ball on quicker.
    JONAS had a decent game going forward.
    PEREZ for scoring but over-all thought he struggled a bit today.
    DUMMET better than last week got in with some good tackles
    KRUL as above pulled of a couple of point blank saves to keep us in the game.
    TAYLOR broke up play but now very slow and gets caught out to many times – also living on his free kicks of past.
    COLOCINI did nothing wrong
    RIVIERE the lad tries his heart out but can he score – hopefully once the goal to keep us up.
    SISSOKO started brightly first ten minutes finished brightly last ten minutes in-between not much.

    CISSE not fit but nice to see him on the pitch but it shows he has been away and has not trained
    ABEID to little to late
    AMEOBI to little to late – pity his bicycle kick went over the top.

    THE CROWD – much better – better all-round atmosphere and got behind the team.

    Over-all point better than nowt need a win as I can see Hull winning a least one of their remaining games and the Mackems will beat Leicester – they no how to get out of the situation

    And when was the last time we won the last game of the season – I reckon about TEN years ago.

  • chasing_rabbits

    May 10, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Charlie – Good comments there. Cabella still needs to realise he can’t take on defenders like in Ligue 1. That will come from the guidance of a good Head Coach though to help him generally improve his game for the PL. Coloccini much improved yesterday (clarified by lack of abuse towards him from toonbrother). And it was good to see him give an interview too. Colback patrolled well, he’s been fairly consistent all season so its good we have somebody like that in front of the defence. Dummet should be CB first choice anyway just hope whoever comes in realises this too (obviously we need to bring in 1 or 2 more though in the summer). Hopefully Anita can reproduce that performance against QPR, thought he did very well. Perez is really growing in confidence on the ball, not afraid to have a run and try and take defenders on. Again a good Head Coach needed for his development. Riviere needs goals to boost his confidence. He’s not afraid to have a go though and you can see he’s desperate to start scoring. We’ve got a good foundation for (hopefully) a new head coach to come in, and with some investment in the right positions with the right players we might be able to put all this relegation crap behind us!

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Ryan Taylor is one of my favorite player but I don’t think he should get first eleven ahead of Sammy or Anita.His free kicks and set piece were not good enough. For me our set piece taker should be cabella or colback.
    BTW,not slatting Colo ,but I was angered the way he celebrated after the final whistle.Shame to see that from a man who is a leader of this group. why did he celebrated like that?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #19

    To be honest I cannot see us getting another HC!

    …Ashley keeps throwing crap our way because he can get away with it.

  • chasing_rabbits

    May 10, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #20


    Apparently Taylor made the most clearances yday so at least he served a purpose. He was determined too and gave his all. Agree he needs to give up set pieces tho, and lets face it the one for the goal wasn’t intentional. And yep Colback for long free kicks & Cabella for directs. R.e. Colo celebrating. I can understand why this would anger some people, but I imagine he was just so relieved not to lose it probably felt like a win for a minute. But he should have been more professional & composed, yeah.

  • chasing_rabbits

    May 10, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #21


    Surely even Ashley isn’t as stupid as to leave Carver in charge, possibly if we go down but not if we manage to stay up. I read a quote from Paul Merson earlier who thinks we should be going after Klopp or Rodgers if Liverpool sack him. Got to say I think that’s setting the bar abit too high but somebody has to come in!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #22

    I think COLO’s celebration was relief that we did not get beat. Point better than nowt but we have got to build on that

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Colo is my favorite def from our group but I don’t think he should stay beyond this season.He can’t influence players,the team or the referees to say the least. Players like Rtaylor, krul,Jonas,Reviere,etc also should go,together with Ferreyra.
    We have unproven DOF,but if he can’t see this,he should not be in his current pos’n!

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Thank God Pulis got his strategy wrong. If WBA had been more attacking our defence would have crumbled.
    Whether we avoid relegation or not we’re still in the crap with Fatso as owner.

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail for Ashley @15

    Spot on spending nothing brings stagnation, but on the other-side of that argument, its true that spending money does not bring success. but selling your best players and not replacing them almost always brings failure.

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #26

    chasing_rabbits@20….well said there.
    Exactly what i thought and should act.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Chasing R…there’s nothing Ashley has done so far that suggests he will install another manager!

    Surely if he wanted a better manager he would have done so?

  • cyprus

    May 10, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Carver in a funny situation. We go down he keeps the job. Stay up, he’s off.

  • chasing_rabbits

    May 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #29


    Allegedly made contact with McLaren to come in and try & save us because he is worried we might be relegated under Carver. Admittedly he’s left it too late, but that’s his gamble not paying off. There are also story’s resurfacing about Paco, Galtier etc, so maybe he’s got Charnley on the case now so he can be sure to get somebody in.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Hard to judge any of the players under when set up and carrying out the instruction of the most pig headed arrogant under qualified idiot we’ve ever had in the dugout

    Cabella is getting a lot of stick for offering nothing but it’s worth pointing out pre JC he had our highest chance creation rate in the squad, in a handful of displays under an inept AP in once again his wrong position

    Until we get a proper coach there’s nee point writing off the players

    Biggest concern should once again be that were coming in too our last two games of the season and once again were relying just as much on other teams f^^king up more than us….

    We need to get 3 pts against QPR but most importantly we need an out of form and unpredictable Spurs to pound hull

    It is vital to get something from QPR, they have 3 games and mathematically can pull level with us on points with a better goal difference

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Chasing R…I am not in the know or anything but to be honest I don’t think you should too much into the news bits about McClaren nor Moyes!

    …those news bits are without any empirical evidence what so ever. McClaren even denied being approached by us.

    I believe if Ashley genuinely wanted a better HC he would have done so already. In a few games time we will know for sure 🙂

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #32

    I don’t care anymore who comes in to coach this team tbh.Anyone except JC is fine by me.Every time I see and hear jc’s interviews, I get burning.
    I was discouraged regarding the next HC.
    Unless we get surprised by the board,it will be same old same staff.Do we have bunches of dull leaders out there?
    we’ll find out soon!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Reyan…be careful what you wish for 😉

  • Reyantoon

    May 10, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #34

    “Hard to judge any of the players under when set up and carrying out the instruction of the most pig headed arrogant under qualified idiot we’ve ever had in the dugout..”

    Not only u nailed it on the head there tads
    but smashed it!!!


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