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Newcastle Fans Got Exactly What They Asked For

8:30 am, Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

During John Carver’s disastrous run as Newcastle’s interim head coach last season, when we got one point in 10 games played, it looked like the players had almost given up and fans demanded that they have a team that at least tries – even if they cannot win.


Newcastle fans demand the players at least try

Newcastle now have a good coach in charge in Steve McClaren who is also a good man-manager, and we have an excellent coaching team and it showed yesterday.

It was a brave performance from the Newcastle side,  and it would be hard to accuse any Newcastle player yesterday of not giving 100%.

And even if the Red Devils had got the late goal they threatened to score, fans would still have been delighted with the guts and courage shown by the players, but we held out.

And in the end we almost won the game with that three man breakaway in stoppage time, and the really pleasing thing was the way the defense played, and kept a clean sheet under extremely difficult circumstances.

Steve McClaren took time out when he first joined the club, to understand the feelings of Newcastle fans by actually asking them questions at the Fans Forum, and now he has a very good idea of what every Newcastle player must do in every game.

Give 100% and that’s the first criterion.

It’s very early in the season, so we don’t want to overreact to a good performance – well not too much anyway.


But the effort and commitment seems to be there, and now we need to become a better all around side and there were glimpses of the new talent we have at the club with Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin all on the field together when the impressive Florian made his debut on 69 minutes.

We have talent, and now we need to use that in terms of becoming a more attacking side, and McClaren is starting the task of making us hard to beat.

But given it was only the third game in charge for McClaren and company, there’s certainly promise that we are building a very good team.

That’s all we have ever asked for.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fans · Fans Forum · Newcastle Fans · Premier League

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nufc-83 // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Slank my take on your player comments:

    Krul: Back to his best but is his best good enough? Distribution and commanding of the area is extremely weak and possibly a reason we are so bad at defending high balls into the box. For me not the world class keeper people seem to think he is although great shot stopper.

    Mbemba: More credit needed as after the first 20 mins he was outsanding. Although should never be replacing Jaanmat as going forward (apart from cross to mitro) he was very poor but not his fault he is a CB.

    Haidara: You got this completely wrong. Going forward he was shocking in terms of delivery into the box but defensivly he was solid. He needs a lot of work and we should have an established LB while he develops.

    Coldback/Anita: fair comments but we are desperate for a cm who can pass the ball more than 10yds and switch the play quickly into space. One of these needs replacing ASAP with a cabaye type of player who can ping a ball.

    Obertan: hot and cold try just cold he was hiding from the ball and never made himself open unless he had to. Was a disgrace of a performance and he should have his contract ripped up in front of him.

    Perez was oustadning both defensively and going forward and was the only player turning the united players and relieving pressure.

    Overall you got most correct 🙂

  • 2 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    I read somebody say, Krul’s distribution was horrific and that contributed to poor possession.

    I completely agree. I was yelling at m laptop half the match at him with clueless kicks into danger areas full of Manure players and into the sideline.

    WHY cannot he be tough how to do this properly does he have a learning disability???

    We really do have to work on possession on away games, seen that film before, hoof ball Krul, bounce bounce, lost possession.

    We truly need to get hold of ball and keep it, use it be a bit more patient.

    Looking at squad I think we are short of 3 players.

    1. Dominating CB
    2. Striker that is quick, chance creator, finisher.
    3. Another FAST winger as Obertan needs to be shipped truly. I have nothing personally against him but he never reached his potential and he isn’t young anymore.

  • 3 Nufc-83 // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    For me three positions need filling quickly:

    LB: Dummett is terrible and haidara is far to raw with his delivery being terrible.

    CB: Commanding CB required

    CM: A CM who works hard and gets stuck in but has a long range of passing to open up the play and find space (we constantly have to play in tight areas as nobody can ping a ball).

    Then if we can bring in a bellamy type of st and ship Cisse out.

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    The big question for me now is Mbemba or Taylor against any team with a CF who can head the ball such as Giroud??

    Mbemba by far the better player and he has impressed me immensley but not as strong as taylor in the air and i think big cf will have a field day against colo and mbemba. Jaanmatt must come back in at RB as he was our best player last season so just needs to get back on track.

  • 5 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    CM Yeah that too. I agree our CM is too short too slow. and doesn’t have a pass longer that 7 meters.

  • 6 Bambams // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    We need to get Mitrovic and Perez up front in tandem as soon as possible.
    I am beginning to think the press might be right and are cooling our interest in Austin. Maybe the cash put to one side may have now been added to the cash for a CB and this is why we may be looking at Aymen Abdennour. I would still rather go for Van Dijk.
    This is still very much a work in progress, still no win yet and I appreciate we have played good teams – not many weak teams in the prem though.

  • 7 gaz 44 // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Toonbrother, what you recon to collo yesterday, the guy was immense..

  • 8 sing in the corner // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:50 AM


    Don’t encourage him! 🙂

  • 9 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Whoa whoa hold those horses we’re starting to show some good signs but I’d say there’s a season to play before we all bow down to our great benefactor. Plenty of time for those bolts to loosen on the cart.

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    August 23 , 2015
    Team for Northampton :
    ………………………. . Darlow
    Janmatt . …… . .Willo……… .Taylor ……… Dummett
    …………………. .Tiote…………… Colback
    Thauvin…………… . De Jong……………… . . Aarons
    Subs :
    Krul, Colo , Anita , Perez , Wijnaldum , Mitrovic , Lasceles

  • 11 OneAlanShearer // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Agree on Mbemba he needs to be on the pitch. We can use saylor sparingly which given his injury record is wise it’s a long season. I would bring back Janmaat who will have a point to prove.

  • 12 Munster Mag // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    I would think we will play a good team v northampton but after yesterday it may be best to save wini and colo . Sissoko tiote ( for colback) dummett ( if fit ) thauvin janmaat all to feature. Colo will be rested too i think. We could go 442 with perez up front and both thauvin and aarons on wings.

  • 13 geordieboy83 // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Team vs Northampton
    Aarons———–de Jong ——- thauvin

    Kemen for tiote
    Perez for beast
    Roberts for thauvin would be my subs depending how match plays out

  • 14 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Munster Mag


  • 15 OneAlanShearer // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Will die – I like it.

  • 16 Munster Mag // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I had forgotten de jong. Not a bad squad in places, when fit. He needs game time. Players will be tired after the man u effort

  • 17 Jib // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Sometimes NUFC get lucky.
    Both St.Etienne and Nantes are interested in Gouffran and Obertan

  • 18 Munster Mag // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Can anyone advise if aarons can play on right? He wont be a happy bunny with thauvin signing and tge frenchman being better on left…

  • 19 Nufc-83 // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Aarons can play left or right i think. Perez really nailed that yesterday if we continue to use the formation which it looks like we will. I am worried we will lose Aarons as he is some talent and needs to be playing regualr football.

  • 20 Belfast // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Yep Jib but unfortunately that comes from the daily star, who are the worst paper around.

  • 21 Munster Mag // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Can gouufran be called a successful pick by carr? I dont think so but someone rolled out his stats the other day in his defence. He has to go. Even if we got 4mill for the two, that could buy us a decent prospect

  • 22 Munster Mag // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Thats my point aswell nufc83 . We cant lose aarons but so far steve doesnt seem all that mad about him

  • 23 SA Toon // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    It was great to see the boys dig in against a very determined Man U and maintain their concentration for the whole game. I thought Taylor had one of his best games in ages and Perez was fantastic. He seemed composed on the ball and not at all intimidated by the pressure. I was also pleased to see Mitro play a more measured game and working hard, just such a pity that his header wasn’t 2 inches lower! The few glimpses we got of Thauvin looked extremely promising. I think he may become a really good player for us. Having seen him play, I don’t think the comparisons with Cabella are accurate – all they have in common imo is that they are both French and skilled. It seems that Thauvin can actually hold the ball up and is better suited to the EPL. Really looking forward to Arsenal at SJP!

  • 24 Jib // Aug 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    The CapitalOne cup is a perfect opportunity to get the new signings , recovering players , and unused subs , up to speed , and try out different combinations.
    Darlow Dummett Janmaat Williamson Vuckic Tiote De Jong Aarons Bigirimana Thauvin Mitro have to start with a really strong bench.
    If Vuckic is any good as a full back (I strongly suspect he’ll excel) it could be the saving of his career.

  • 25 Jib // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:02 PM


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  • 27 Jib // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    🙂 🙁 😎

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