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Newcastle Players Suffer Huge International Let Down

8:17 am, Friday, September 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Holland went down to a shock 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam to Group A leaders Iceland last night, and they are now third top of their group, and it looks like they may not qualify for the finals in France next summer.

This was Danny Blind’s first game in charge and a big blow to the country that finished 3rd in the World Cup last summer in Brazil.

Gylfi Sigurusson scores penalty wijnaldum shown

Gylfi Sigurdsson scores winner from penalty in 51st minute

The winner came from Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson from a penalty in the 51st minute, and this is now Holland’s third defeat in the group, and they are on 10 points from 7 games – a full 8 points behind Iceland.

Newcastle’s Wijnaldum started the game, and Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita were unused substitutes in the game, and this will have been a shock to the Dutch players.

Gini was substituted in the 80th minute, but the key to this defeat was that Bruno Martins Indi was sent off after just 33 minutes.

He must have been watching too many Newcastle games lately.

This is Iceland’s second win over Holland in the group, having won 2-0 last October in Reykjavík.

After the game this is what Blind, who took over from Guus Hiddink in the summer, had to say:

“This is not the scenario you have in mind for your first match as Netherlands coach,”

“The reality is clear: we have to go for third place.” “If you get four points from these next two games, you have your fate in your own hands.”

“They were well organised, very structured and difficult to break down.” “The turning point was the red card. I think Martins Indi acted unbelievably unprofessionally.”

Holland now play fourth-placed Turkey on Sunday, and they will see out their games  at Kazakhstan and home to the Czech Republic in October.

Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat surprisingly did not make Danny Blind’s first squad as the Dutch manager, but this is a huge left down for our Dutch players.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Daryl Janmaat · Euro 2016 · Georginio Wijnaldum · International News · Newcastle News · Tim Krul · Vurnon Anita

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Hope they qualify. Won’t be the same without the oranje. Might be slightly easier….

  • 2 Bobbybee // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Booger! Got to go out. Just when we were on my favourite subject as well – young Arma! 🙂

  • 3 Jib // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    If you thought the English press were bad with Graham Taylor or Steve McClaren just watch
    “het nederlanse voetbal pers” get stuck into Danny Blind

  • 4 Ian Toon // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I haven’t been around but was surprised reading through the blog just how much negativity exists following the close of the window. Given the massive yes vote in Ed’s poll can we determine what the issues are ? Are they the usual suspects mantra:

    1) The worst thing about Ashley is that he’s not interested in taking the club forward or having a go at the Cup competitions.
    2) I don’t expect us to be in the top 4 every season, but I just want Ashley to try and be the best we can and not just settle for staying in the Premier League.

    Just a recognition of some apparent progress would be good. Thanks.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    I can’t speak for everyone, but I think there has not been that much negativity, more that people are cautious, and don’t trust Ashley – why should they? Personally I don’t think enough was done to correct flaws within the make up of our squad, I certainly wouldn’t say that Ashley has stuck to his word of bolting a horse on, or making our own luck at this stage.

    I posted this yesterday morning in response to Santon who was claiming we should all be happy now.

    “It is good to see them spending cash on some very talented youngsters. It is good to see the increased communication between the club and fans. It is good to see Cathro and Black as part of the coaching staff – jury out for me on Schoenmaker and I don’t really rate Simpson but he has worked with Steve before, so that sort of trust and personal knowledge can be equally important. It is good to see us keeping hold of our better players – although not many did enough last year to earn a move away.

    Still, it is early days in this transformation, and scepticism is rightly still there. They were given our trust and faith freely when they first arrived, and they treated the fans and the club poorly, making huge errors of judgement and decisions that go against the grain of what the club means to the area and the people. Should we give our trust and faith freely because they look to have improved over the last few months? Or should they have to earn it by proving it over a long period?

    Contrary to popular belief, Ashley and his pals plus Pardew were all given a lot of leeway by many fans who hoped to see the club improve and deliver. They were continually let down by one and all. That hurts the fans, and the club. I am always willing to give another chance, but they have to prove this is real, and not another short term scheme to get a bit of breathing space.

    It will take time, lots of time to heal the wounds opened up over the last 8 years. Until then scepticism and a lack of trust is going to be there and rightly so.”

  • 6 Ian Toon // Sep 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Lilongwe- Thanks for a well balanced response. Let’s hope we can discuss, at some point, the apportionment of our success.
    I am looking forward to the WHU game – tend to see more away
    London games these days.

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