Some Of This Slowly Seeping Back At Newcastle

Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee seems positive in his column in the Chronicle today,  and he sees things turning around at Newcastle after the decent display on Sunday, when Steve McClaren had Newcastle playing some good stuff,  although our defense still looked like the weak link in the side.

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Rob Lee – optimism seeping back

Rob is upbeat in his column today, and thinks that some optimism seems to be seeping back among the supporters – who applauded the side off the pitch at the end of the game, after a very decent performance on Sunday against a good side in Southampton.

This is some of what Rob has written today:

¨It was great to see Newcastle go into Sunday’s game with a positive approach, and the fans seemed to respond. It’s been doom and gloom up there for too long.¨

¨But at the weekend the supporters seemed to pick up where they left off at the end of last season, against West Ham United, and optimism appears to be seeping back.¨

¨That new sense of positivity will be tested to the full on Saturday, though. Swansea City showed what a tough proposition they are at Chelsea, and are even better at home.¨

¨They’re organised, and pass the ball very well. Newcastle won’t see a lot of the ball, but that could play into their hands.¨

¨United suddenly look like a side who can break quickly, with Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gabriel Obertan.¨

¨If they’re on song they’ll be a threat. Swansea are good but they’re not invincible. Let’s see how they cope with real pace.¨

Some optimism is coming back although fans are still cautious and with good reason – but hey – it was a very decent start on Sunday.

Newcastle have a very tough start to the season and we will do well to get anything form the game at Swansea, but then we have to travel to Manchester United and then  entertain Arsenal at home.

Here’s the schedule over the first eight games:

Sun 09	13:30	H  Southampton	D 2-2			
Sat 15	15:00	A  Swansea City			
Sat 22	12:45	A  Man United				
Sat 29	12:45	H  Arsenal				
Mon 14	20:00	A  West Ham 				
Sat 19	15:00	H  Watford				
Sat 26	17:30	H  Chelsea				
Sat 03	15:00	A  Man City

That’s a really tough schedule before the two week International break at the end of the month.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Would sooner bring in Raphael for 8 mill and have a starting left back than bring in young Byram for the same figure. Byram looks a good prospect and will add depth to the squad, But after Sunday’s performance the left position definitely needs addressing

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Optimism might be creeping back in but I think we would do well to win 3 games out of the next 7. If that is the case we will be in familiar territory again. Pressure on SM, Anx in the crowd……pressure on the players and here we go again

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    NUFC Index ?@NUFC_Index · 51 mins51 minutes ago
    According to De Telegraaf, Southampton have bid £10 million for reported NUFC target & Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk #nufc

  • JamesToon

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Someone’s already edited raphael guerreiro’s page:ël_Guerreiro

  • Bambams

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it will be January before we get another. To be honest I think we will be ok with what we have, well I hope so.

    Can’t see ash spending up to 25 million on possibly Austin and Van Dijk (if rumours accurate ) when both would be 10 million in January IF THAT….

    Possibly their current clubs will realise that but even if we can save 3-4 million getting them this window might still not tempt Ash.

    Don’t rule out Lascelles. ….The lad could come through with some coaching. Play him alongside Mbemba though in time.

  • blew

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    With the lack of height and heading ability
    as a result, Guerreiro at 5’7″ would add to
    this problem.

  • Bambams

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Charlie Austin left out of qpr team in league cup due to ‘injury’ last night.

    Count down to next thread….

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Batten down the hatches, steady as she goes, face into the wind…. we’re probably going to get a couple of spoonsful of reality over the next few weeks as our poor prep work and lack of fitness in key areas comes apart like a packet of digestives in a Jacuzzi. Just saying. Brace Brace Brace! 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Bambams – how could you? How very could you???

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10


    Everyone inc the big clubs are scouting Raphael. He would be another coup for the club if we bought him in as would Willems who is the same height.
    From what I witnessed sunday,The left back position needs addressing as much as the CB position

  • Bambams

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry fella, as soon as I pressed ‘send’ I ran out the front of my house screaming ‘why, why did I do it ‘….

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure about the pic of Rob there, he looks a bit special with his hand-jammed shirt down his pants lol. Sorry. I realise that might have sounded a bit shirtist.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Wait since when have we been linked to Austin? Next thing you’ll be telling me women can vote now.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14


    You are spot on re – Colo only playing as a sweeper. I think behind MBemba and 1 tall CB and playing 2 wing backs Colo could be a revelation as a sweeper.

    We were so much better to watch on Sunday but it’s obvious to a blind man that we will still be susceptible in the air with just Colo and MBemba, with Haidara seemingly unable to prevent crosses coming in and Janmatt unable to get off the ground.

    On thing we do now have is serious pace with sissoko, wijnaldum, Obertan, mbemba and aarons.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    We had pace last season but did,nt use it.
    I think a CB is crucial,without one we could end up in trouble again.
    Lascelles is a million miles from being ready and apart from Mbemba we still have the 3 stooges as our choices.
    Id go for Rudiger but hat would be too ambitious,so Dunk is a more realistic choice

  • HarriboNo9

    Aug 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Even with another signing we will struggle to get more than 10 points by the first game in October against City. Fans will not care who we played they’ll just see the points and anx will start all over again. I said U.S. Getting 3 points against Southampton would be so important t and should of been treated as a cup final due to the fixtures we have. If I was mclaren id be saying listen lads we have a very hard opening fixtures let’s be unbeatable at home, that way the vans will stay on our side and see fight. Unbeating at home even if draws will make st James a fortress again and will stop people talking about the bad games etc


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