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Janmaat Sent Off – Sissoko Injured In 2-0 Defeat

5:13 pm, Saturday, August 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Newcastle went down 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium today and it was the first 15 minutes that saw Swansea all over Newcastle, and it took only nine minutes for the home side to go ahead.

It was all too easy for the home side, as Shelby split the Newcastle defense wide open and found Gomis through the middle, who was just onside, and he went around Tim Krul before putting the ball into an empty net.

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Bafe Gomis after scoring early in the game

But the best player on the park today was left winger Jefferson Montero, the Ecuadorian International.  and he gave all kinds of trouble to Daryl Janmaat and the Dutchman picked up a yellow card after only 17 minutes with a foul on the 25 year-old.

Janmaat simply couldn’t handle the speed and skill of Montero and then tragedy struck after 41 minutes for Newcastle, as Janmaat pulled back Montero after he had again gone past him and the referee produced another yellow card and he was sent  off.

It seemed to be only a matter of time before Janmaat picked up that second caution, and of course that changed the game completely and it was after Newcastle were coming back into the game.

And just to make things worse it looked like Sissoko picked up a groin injury just before half time.

Steven Taylor came on for the injured Sissoko in the second half but after 50 minutes Sigurdsson hit the cross-bar with Krul beaten,  and the ball dropped on the line but not over it – a let-off for Newcastle.

Andre Ayew then headed home after 52 minutes for his second goal in as many games as he beat Coloccini to the cross  from – Montero  – who else – and the left winger was just too much for Newcastle today.

Rolando Aarons came on for Papiss Cisse,  and in the second half it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle.

Another left wing cross from Montero saw Andre Ayew head the ball wide when he should have done better.

Just like last week the opposition were allowed to get far too many crosses in and we need to improve and probably need a top class full back brought in over the next two weeks.

Janmaat had what you would call a howler today in that first half,  and ended up getting himself sent off – not good for a player who was our Player of the Season last term.

Maybe McClaren should have taken him off before the inevitable happened, but we had no full-backs on the bench and Vurnon Anita went to right back.

It was a tragic game for Newcastle, but we shot ourselves in the foot when Janmaat got himself sent off and we started the game on the back foot for about the first 20 minutes, and the game could have been lost by then.

It does show that we are not as well off at full-back as we may think, and we need to bring in a full back – a top one who preferably can play either side.

Montero was just too much for Janmaat today and before we could get into the game we were down to 10 men.

Daryl will now miss the game at Old Trafford next weekend, but this was not a good game for Newcastle, although we did play well in patches – but the defense is again still our weakness.

That was obvious for everybody to see today.

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  • 1 terencelim // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    History repeats itself until Ashley gone.

  • 2 Noel Worst // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Sissoko didn’t fancy it more like. Probably straight on the phone to his agent; “Get me out of here!”.

  • 3 Nufc-83 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Lilo I think u will find mbemba stepped up just in time.

    Our toon totally disagree for a team like us we need the st to take part in the build up.

    We are not city who can expect the midfielders to do that for them

  • 4 JamesToon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Cannot sit back against teams like Swansea who have players who like to dictate play.
    Need to press higher against man united.
    My lineup next week would be:

    Need a backup RB, quality CB, and quality LB and possibly a top winger or striker

  • 5 pspelectrical // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Anyone who thinks SM is not to blame, please give your head a shake,, he is the one who said we have a good squad to start with, he was the one we said he dosnt think he needs more cover at the back,he is the one who believes the squad as it is is good enough,,,, how the fk is it that its only us THE FANS that understood we needed a minimum of 6 new players of way better ability that the shower of cheap MA buys!! – See more at:

  • 6 toonbrother // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    To be honest i expected worse considering colo was on the pitch
    2 games so far
    0 wins secured
    With colo in the mix it will only get worse

  • 7 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Nufc 83

    It was cisse that kept his up last season with his useless link up play and crucial goals. It was Riviere and Perez who almost got us relegated with the lack of goals but good link up play!!

  • 8 toon kk // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Look on the bright side, we’ll see a good game when we play Sunderland, trouble is they always want it more than us.

  • 9 Nufc-83 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Lol blaming Perez for nearly getting relegated. Think I’ll just stop at that lmao

  • 10 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM


    Sissoko will no doubt be injured now for a couple of weeks minimum…..groin injury.

    Munster – you still think 3 signings are enough?

  • 11 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Ash get that wallet open, Janmaat has been appalling this season and we need a right back, left back, a decent tall cb, a winger and a striker in

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Lads, I stand before you today wearing my Thong of Gloom. That was pathetic. No passion. Very disturbing from Janmaat. He was being destroyed by Montero. Schteve should have had him off.

  • 13 toonbrother // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    The second goal was something to behold i have to say

  • 14 WWSBRD // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Do other fans react in such a way when they lose? I mean fans of other teams

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!
    Boom boom boom boom!
    We suck!!!

  • 16 toon kk // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    We were totally out played in every area.

  • 17 BandB // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM


    Give your head a shake.
    We won’t have injuries and suspensions with Steve.
    Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    And it was only a friendly FFS!!!!

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Yes they do WWSBRD. We were pathetic. Ashley is pathetic. Extending Colo’s contract? Only an idiot would do that. He’s too small, too old, and he has too much hair mate. Harrumph!

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Oh that’s right BandB mate. Thank goodness it was only a friendly! Phew!!!

  • 20 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    With colo in the team we will never keep a clean sheet. We are sure to concede. Another extremely poor game by him today. If I’m not wrong he lost all the key aerial headers. Ayew destroyed him in the air and left on his backside by shelvey.

    With colo it’s about can we score as many as we concede.

  • 21 toonbrother // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    @ 20 ilovetoon8788
    thank you
    finally someone gets it
    i feel like shedding a tear

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Mbemba tried against Montero jst lost him at the important point. Wen he crossed to Ayew.

    Mitrovic can hold a ball thats far better than Cisse and he wins everything in the air.

    Perez before Aarons. Sissoko is a hard man he will b fine.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Montero was better than our entire team. What an embarrassment. Step down Ashley you fool.

  • 24 Nufc-83 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Wish we could of got nzonzi or the likes we need some height and power in cm.

    The trouble is any of swanseas team and the likes of nzonzi could have been brought in!

  • 25 The American // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Horrid game from Janmaat. We really need full back coverage and a good centerback. Next week might be really bad without him. A shame too because we were getting back into the game until that red card. I felt a goal or two could have come out of us.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Didn’t someone burn Rome down BandB? Possibly that’s what we should do with our team so we can start over. Where was the passion? It was another day, another loss. Ho hum……

  • 27 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Nufc 83

    You know what i meant but tried to spin it ahaha. Blaming the lack of goals scored for nearly getting relegated yes and 5 goals in 23 or 25 games, Perez did well don’t get wrong but he still only scored 5 goals. That’s 4 more than Sammy. And probably on par with Shola goal return in season. Riviere though was class wasn’t he? His hold up play was immense, the way he linked up the play….wow (sarcasm).

    Goals win games not pretty link up play

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Fonging is too good for this lot. They looked like that couldn’t be arsed.

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    If Austin is worth £15 million pounds then he should score 3 against Cardiff today.

  • 30 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM


    I think just about everyone knows now that colo is a liabilit. Haha

  • 31 Ron Knee // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Console yourself with the thought that SAFC lost, Spurs threw away a two-goal lead, err that’s all …

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Going to need a new cb this week. Before the next game. Janmaat will be replaced by mbemba, so we will need a big man in with Colo.

    On Colo, his legs have gone. He still always makes the right choice but often does not have the speed of fitness to carry it out.

    However, those who say he is the worst CB in the league need help, since he isn’t even the worst CB on our books. Technically he still has it, but he is just too old and miles off the pace. Still rather him than willo,though.

  • 33 WWSBRD // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Haha oh they do Southampton blog is as fun as this one, less aggressive though. Mackems are in line with us though

    West Ham are very friendly

  • 34 manxpie // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Get with the programme ww that’s it we’re relegated 🙂

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    I said we’d be lucky to get 7 points from the first 7 matches. Nothing has happened to change my mind.

  • 36 Mag52 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    SM sounding very downbeat in post match interview.
    Welcome to NUFC Steve. I wonder how long you can stick the Ashley regime ?

  • 37 beefman13 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Mitro is a wack job alright, but he will put a lot more fear in to opposing defenders than our other strikers, got a feeling he could do a streak when he scores his first goal, only at the toon.

  • 38 will die for the toon army // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Is it the defence or the Holding midfielders?

    Its me the holding midfiders to blame. Its like we are jst passed thru to the defence. No impact felt from the midfield.

    Buy Abdennour and throw Colo to the bench or play 3 at the back coz I see no who can b a fullback.
    We have the players to play that formation.

  • 39 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    I like mitrovic he’s the forward I wanted us to sign but he’s not going to get a start if the first thing he does is pick up a yellow, especially now considering what Janmaat did. Mitrovic is showing the league a weakness already in that he’ll be easy to wind up and get sent off. Still a big admirer of his game but he needs to engage his brain more

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    No, it’s not enough Ron. I’m keeping me Thong of Gloom on mate. This could be the start of something horrible……Isn’t that a famous Bogey line?

  • 41 Nufc-83 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Rivier is also not good enough but using him as an example is stupid. I’m not saying good link up play alone is enough but u need to have hit and even Perez isn’t good enough in that department to play up top on his own so still don’t agree at all.

  • 42 toonbrother // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    The issue today was bad defending
    Before the red card i thought we were doing okay from midfield onwardss. sissoko was getting into the groove on the right and so was Obertan
    Other than the easy first goal (which was down to a certain player losing Gomis to wander into no mans land) it was an even game
    Janmaat didnt have a good game today and his red card made it an uphill battle., I dont think he should be demonised as he is more often than not our best player by a country mile.
    Even with 10 men the second goal was beyond embarrassing . I dont rate colo one bit but even i was shocked to witness that
    Like i said things will only get worse until Mclaren realises what a horrible mistake it was giving this guy a new contract

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Fong them!!!
    Fong them all I say!!!
    Fong them until their willies fall off!!!

  • 44 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    We need a proper midfield enforcer. We need Tiote back on form desperately. I miss the days he uses to be a one man wall infront of our defence. Lesser said about him now the better.

  • 45 WWSBRD // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Haha oh sorry am just broadening my horizons, football fans all over are fun it seems

  • 46 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    We all know our defence is shite but the blame for the 1st goal has to also be Colbacks fault, another who people claim can play as a ball winning midfielder, let Shelvey receive the pass and turn, shelvey drops his shoulder, Colback got done, instead of then moving to attempt to stop the pass colback let’s him pick up his head and find Gomis who was poorly marked.

  • 47 Newcastle for alltid // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Horrible game. Very unexperienced by Janmaat. I see problems with his game as well. He gets forward a lot, very good initiatives. But he never passes the ball in the right moments, wasting many good chances. A huge lack of end product.
    Another obvious problem is the lack of height and strenght in our CM-positions. Other clubs have a tendency to outmuscle us, and we offer nothing in the air. When the ball goes out from either keeper, we rarely win the header. Either Anita or play-the-ball-back-to-the-defense-Colback should be switched with a taller DM.

    More worrying is that the spine of our team hasn`t got any tactical knowhow in their system. We haven`t had a clear way of playing and passing for a long time. I miss seeing a gameplan, and not the kind of “hope for the best in every game and see how it develops”-game we always play. I hope the current staff will implement more tactical awareness and a sturdier build-up-play as the season goes. I do have my doubts, though.

    With a decent gameplan, I can see us finish in the top-half. The problem is that right now all the teams with our level of players all have gameplans and clear ways of playing – making them better. Right now, this is how we rank IMO: (Note that this is just a ranking with different tiers, not a guess at the standings next May)

    Man City
    Man Utd
    West Ham
    Crystal Palace
    Aston Villa
    West Bromwich

    With a couple of new signings, and a well-implemented gameplan, we could reach tier 3 quite easily. Tier 2 is still years away IMO. Sad, but true. The challenge is to not let the established players influence the new ones, but to star over with a clean sheet and make everyone play “the new way”

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    That was so easy for Swansea. A walk in the park. They had twice the passes and twice the possession. Colo cannot defend high balls. What is our plan going forward? Seeking UN intervention possibly?

  • 49 JamesToon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    We’ve all got to remember, these players are coming the back off 4 years of being coached by pardew/carver/stone. People are panicking because they are seeing signs of last season, there WILL be signs of last season, nothing will be fixed overnight, however we do need some more investment. Van Dijk, Byram, Guerreiro.

  • 50 toonbrother // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Personally i do think he can flourish playing the sweeper role in a 3-5-2.
    Note that he ALREADY insists playing sweeper in a flat back 4 constantly charging into midfield for no apparent reason
    ….so why not try him out there officially

    Mclaren knows how to implement a 3-5-2 hes done i t before
    and this way , he can save face and not have to toss away the man he gave a new contract because “everyone wanted him around” despite not seeing him play once competitively in pre-season

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    “The crowd has gone silent here at Old Trafford as the UN peacekeepers move in and set up a no pass zone around the Newcastle defensive third.”

  • 52 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Nufc 83

    So what do you suggest then? You keep banging on about link up play but without end product the link up play is useless. I gave examples of Riviere and Perez as they were the options for last season. My personal preference is mitrovic starting but he’s got 2 yellows in 95 seconds of premiership football. That to me is a concern

  • 53 manxpie // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Ww well i hope some of these comments at least are the result of a few drinks but at the end of the day we certainly need more players and a full squad for the new coaching team to have a real go with
    not the end of the world losing away to Swansea tho lol

  • 54 Bambams // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I trust Mac, I don’t know what to think about our team. Are our players that bad or do we just need that extra 30% from them and it will click.

    One thing for certain is I am a lot happier with current management than previously.

    Mac has said we are not where he wants us, he HAS to say he is happy with squad ( unlike Carver who slagged everyone )
    Mac cannot come our and say I MUST GET A CB OR FB OR STRIKER or else clubs will hold us to ransom ( QPR and Celtic? )
    Let’s give him 12 games (yardstick) and see where we are.
    I don’t expect many points from first 6/7 games but I do expect us to play our best team.
    Mitro will start next week as will Aarons. I appreciate managers protect or introduce players over a time. But we need systems and partnerships to forge.

    Mid table finish is all I thought, give them the three windows as suggested.

    Support the boys it’s only two games and we have a point more than I thought we would


  • 55 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Using Riviere as an example isn’t stupid because all you want is link up play which is better than Cisse’s you have it in Riviere and he was utter rubbish

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Two year contract extension for Colo? Ahahahahahahahaha!!!!

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I have to agree that Colo looked very poor today. Either he’s not match fit yet after missing pre season or he’s lost his desire and / or his ability.

    To build the defence around him this season is a big worry. He needs to shape up sharpish.

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Very poor today and Janmaat oh dear..

    Massive shock with De Jong like hahaha.

    This laddy is struggling badly to get himself right, huge doubts with the lad with it working out at NUFC.

    This Mitrovic needs to calm his head down, he will be a target for the refs now. Nout will go his way with his temper. The lads already got a reputation after just two sub cameos.

  • 59 BandB // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    The defence is a worry.


    Does anyone know how many players still on our books have scored a WINNING goal from open play in 2015?
    Including the friendlies.

  • 60 Graeme // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    In the last 9 months, NUFC have played 15 away games!!
    Played 15
    Won 1
    Lost 12
    Drawn 2
    Goals scored 8
    Goals conceded 33

    The defence is shite and only adding ONE young CB is not going to solve the problems. Collo was absolutely shocking today.

  • 61 WWSBRD // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Hopefully but they are still funny to read haha. As for the performance oh yes it was terrible I cant honestly pick out a player who was any good today and McClaren certainly made some errors but last season we would of lost 6 or so nil

    Acutally thought Mbemba was good mostly and Colback was ok so I lied above but I cant be bothered to delete it

  • 62 lochinvar // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Didn’t see the game so difficult to comment. But the start of the season has seen teams like Southampton ( last week anyway ) , Swansea and Leicester play with direct pace and tempo. Attacking slow moving centre backs such as Colo seems to be the tactic. They worked it out why hasn’t McLaren. ? Bringing on our pace as subs when the game has gone seems reminiscent of times gone by. We won’t need a Doctor to fix things ( although Dr. Camerio would be welcome ) more likely a Physciatrist to fix the players heads before it gets worse. Need to instil some mental belief and discipline into the team. I am sure there is a great team waiting to emerge ( especially if we strengthen further ) but much more needs to be done. Sure we would be better if we played in black and white stripes all the time, this stupid away strip business messes with the head.

  • 63 toon kk // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Let’s not get to disheartened we were never going to beat Swansea, those who thought we would, it was just a case of wishful thinking.
    we can play for survival and that’s an achievement.

  • 64 Malta Mag // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    One thing we learned today is Mitrovic must start against Man U as he has an attitude that will terrorize defenses and there’s is their Achilles heel. Ok so he’s raw, but his hold up play and power in the air will cause a lot of Premier teams major concerns. The concerns however are whether we can get the ball into the box and for that reason I’d leave Sissoko out and play Aarons. I’d also play Colo right back and bring Taylor in alongside Mbemba. Will it happen, will it #***!!!!

  • 65 lochinvar // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Make Colo an Ambassador for the UN and send him to New York meetings every time we have a match.

  • 66 will die for the toon army // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    We shld change formation to 3-5-1-1. We have no full backs.

    Colo needs to b on that field very good on the ball and the ground bring in Abdennour for high balls.

  • 67 Brummie // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    I bet any money Gold Williamson will be playing next match I can just see it now….Man U will destroy us next week. It was Jammats fault no doubt SM said ” will you last till half time?” Jammat let us all down. Moussa will be back son god wiling but we need 5 more players 2 defenders 2 wingers and a Striker. CISSE was SHHHIIIT, Cant wait to see what True Geordie has to say about this todays game.

  • 68 Brummie // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    good old****

  • 69 banjax // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    What can you say to Schteev, except I told you so and the only reason the fans haven’t gone too ballistic is that we’ve actually spent money this season, but that is where it ends. The squad is nowhere near strong enough which is no surprise – since at the end of last season it was clear we needed at least 8 quality players and I said we should be looking at least at a £80m -£90m spend and that would be just to catch up. Ok we all know it’s early in the season but some of the decisions made like playing Obertan are making the same mistakes of the past. We had targets previously like Gomis, Ayew and a list of others and we chose not to pay the extra million or two to get them. This is Newcastle’s problem – it’s called making do – and as we all know very well, making do is not good enough. There are 2+ weeks left until the end of the season to buy more quality players or if not by Xmas we will be out of all the cup competitions and a long way from a top eight finish. You can take that to the bank Mike !

  • 70 mfw13 // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    You are not going to earn many points conceding two goals per match.

    We still haven’t improved the central defense enough (Colo, Taylor, and Williamson all are past their prime/not good enough), and until we do so, we are not going to win too many matches…

  • 71 bettyswallocks // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    BandB. …. Cisse up front on his own doesn’t work neither does he create anything in the build up.
    Hopefully Mc has seen that now and will move him on. There are plenty can score when it’s put on a plate.

    We need skilful strikers with a good touch and a goal scoring instinct.

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