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It’s An Early Wake-Up Call For Newcastle

11:05 pm, Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

Newcastle were uninspired and uninspiring tonight at West Ham and the team looked like they were simply going through the motions with no real desire in the team.

Yes the players worked hard but that’s now four games we have played in the Premier League since we drew 2-2 at home to Southampton and we have scored fewer goals than any other club in the English Leagues.

It’s far too early to get worried, but there will still be some worried Newcastle fans tonight simply because 2015 has been a terrible year for the club, and in the 24 league games we have played this year – we have won only three.

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Steve McClaren looks like Pardew did after the Stoke defeat
Hey – it’s not that bad!

It wasn’t surprising Steve McClaren was dejected after the game, so were the Newcastle fans who watched it.

This is what Steve had to say:

“Our platform has been hard to beat, disciplined, and this was a wake up call. If we are not right we will get beat.” “I am not blaming the coach journey, you have to deal with that and we didn’t deal with it very well.”

“You need these games, they hurt like mad, but you need them to get the message across.” “It is a wake up call for everyone. In this Premier League you need to be 100% and if you aren’t you get beat”

“This is a journey and it is two steps forward one step back, today was two or three steps back. Saturday is very important for us. Our final ball was poor.”

“We did not do what we have been doing for the first four games when we looked organised, disciplined, won our duels, competed. I don’t know what it was, the journey? We were late getting here.”

“We said before ‘deal with it’ but maybe we didn’t deal with it. It is a wake up call for everyone. In this Premier League you need to be 100% and if you aren’t you get beat.”

“Big wake up call and now a big reaction on Saturday we need. I don’t want to make excuses but the journey wasn’t the best preparation.”

“Could we come away and create chances tonight? Our final ball wasn’t of the quality of West Ham which is why we lost. It is in the heart and the head and we need a reaction.”

It’s still early in the season, but we need to see a much more committed performance from the side on Saturday at home to Watford.

Newcastle were late by 40 minutes to the stadium because of the heavy London traffic, and they would have been rushed in their preparation for the game – they had about half the time to prepare and warm-up –  but that’s sounds too much like an excuse.

It’s also an opportunity for the head coach to make some changes in the starting line-up on Saturday, and maybe give chances to Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong.

And I’m listening to my wife Madeline of 43 years – she’s just be in to see how the game went – and she  says it will only get better – and she’s nearly always right – although she knows absolutely nothing about football.


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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tinman // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM


    It’s the complete lack of intent which gets to me. Sideways tappy lappy shite. Cisse was like Bambi on ice

  • 2 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    bandb he does a hell of alot more than anita thats for sure

    ya cant blame him for that goal jesus!

    ya say signature wat about the goal saving blocks hes made on a few occasions!?

    tell me wat anita does?

  • 3 Shot Bru // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Get your brolly oot Wally!

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Again, who are we better than in the Prem this season? It’s quite a worry unless you’re a smiling moron like Ashley…..

  • 5 Harley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    I watched the Leicester villa game yesterday and Leicester were full of energy, pace and purpose even at 2 nil down. We lack all these things.
    I don’t think our players aren’t good enough but we just don’t seem to be going for it.

    We’ve got good players like winaldum, de Jong, Perez, thauvin, mbemba, sissoko, janmaat etc but don’t seem to utilise any of their strengths.

    Perez and de Jong have to start in place of cisse and either Anita or colbabk. And I said that before the match too.

  • 6 Tinman // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Harley, I said the exact same thing. We looked around 3% better when they came on. But the others had already given up

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    14/09/15 at five past eleven.
    I can’t figure out what is wrong when a club spends fifty M pounds, hires an ex England manager yet ends up in the top four, sorry, bottom twenty adter five games with nine shots on target !

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    I’m not blaming the coach journey… but why mention it then.

  • 9 Toonacious T // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Can’t vote as not one Toon player impressed tonight imo.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    I not blaming the coach journey … but it might have been the coach journey … it’s nothing to do with the coach journey … so I’m not going to mention the coach journey … because it’s got nothing to do with it … so there’s no point in mentioning it.

  • 11 Our Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM


    Mahrez lost the ball loads yesterday because he was trying to beat to many players, no one slated him for it as he kept trying, he was shocking for them in the 1st half then it all changed when he was played more centrally for 1st 10 mins of 2nd half. He never tracked back once but came up trumps. He’s a player who wasn’t picked as often as he should have been last season as Pearson preferred someone who tracked back. Ranieri approach is do your damage in the attacking phase and let others cover defensively

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    If we have not beaten Watford and managed to get out of the bottom three by ten games, I might post my true feelings on Mclaren and this new regime !

  • 13 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    harley i feel sisko needs to be benched because he really does the bare minimum of his ability more often than not
    maybe that will wake him up when he realises his euro spot might be in trouble i remember someone saying when we bought him for so cheap how inconsistent he was might have been jayphoto
    but whoever it was they were so right like!

  • 14 banjax // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Looks like our new psychology guru has lost his mojo because what saw tonight was a dis-jointed passionless performance. Our supporters who travelled to the match should get their money back and compensation for watching that drivel.

  • 15 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    To put things into perspective, we’ve lost to a team who have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool in their own backyards without conceding a goal.
    It’s not the time to panic. On the other hand, if we don’t win on Saturday, the three minute warning will be sounding.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Are you posting as me ?

  • 17 Shot Bru // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:18 PM


    His words are “our platform has been hard to beat”

    No mention of attacking pressing football.

    The bus was used as an excuse…really?

  • 18 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    JFA. Why wait? You’re not normally that reticent.

  • 19 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    I was really baffled looking at the match poll pre game. I still am to be honest lol

    Only 20% thought we would lose. Where was the optimisim coming from?

    They’d beat Liverpool at Anfield last time out.

  • 20 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Coach journey?
    I thought we were making our own luck?

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    It is a new dawn, a new board, a whole new team (?) Mclaren has asked for ten games, we are half way there !

  • 22 WWSBRD // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Haha u been playing a part sir? Tbf McClaren has a mountain of work to do to make our neglected and abused club half way decent

  • 23 Our Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Each to there own though, let’s enjoy the workhorses on the wings who provide nothing, can’t beat a man, are shot shy but hey they all track back….. shame they don’t actually do anything defensively other than occupy a space though!! I’d rather have a lazy arfa out there than the grafters who have zero end product. As for where he’s at now, a poor club named Nice, but we are hardly world beater are we?

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Shot bru,
    So many fans willing to jump on the negative, did you not hear him properly, he said he’s not going to blame the bus !

  • 25 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    ourtoon ya could’ve said that without bringing arfa into it and it would point out the need for that kind of player that we need my point remains doesn’t it?
    ben arfa wasn’t it he did some amazing things fair play but doing it so inconsistently doesn’t fit this league we only remember the great things he did he did countless shocking and frustrating things a hell of alot more!
    payet for instance tonight has the ability and the workrate for a full match so does mahrez arfa did not full stop

  • 26 Our Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:26 PM


    To put things into perspective we’ve just lost to a team that’s been beaten at home twice, by Leicester and the mighty Bournemouth, they conceded 6 goals in them 2 home games….Bilic first win at home this season

  • 27 Shot Bru // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I’ll say it for you JFA

    The Wally is another washed up English Manager who has the corporate patter which fans and pundits alike respect.

    Keep him in charge and expect totally underwhelming mediocrity.

    We had the chance to appoint a quality progressive coach in the summer and who did we end up with… McLaren!

  • 28 Our Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:27 PM


    Who plays consistently in this league? We have a squad of players who have been playing consistently shite for 36 months

  • 29 Our Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM


    Mahrez was classed as poor by Pearson, a British manager who wanted workhorses in his team. Same with Arfa, it’s no wonder Mahrez amd Payet who btw is a class act are flourishing under a foreign manager. If both clubs had British managers Mahrez would be benched but Payet would still play as he has a work rate

  • 30 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    A pretty pathetic response from McClaren. Looks to be no improvement on Pardew/Carver really. Nothing to like about the way he is handling the team so far. Better defensively? Maybe. Better at keeping the ball? Maybe. Any chance we’ll have a dozen goals by Christmas? Maybe. The worst team in the PL? Undoubtedly.

  • 31 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    ourtoon if he was that good why is he playing where he’s playing there is obviously something wrong with him
    look he has amazing talent that is un doubted but he obviously doesnt work in a team enviroment that is the problem i’d have mahrez over arfa thats for sure i’d have vardy over arfa aswell they both try for 90 minutes for a start and close down and harry opposistion

  • 32 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    By the way, my Overrated Frenchman award for this match went to Florian Thauvin. Nice to see a first time winner, congratulations Florian.

  • 33 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    ourtoon well there ya go talent and workrate works in the prem simple as that really and that doesn’t just mean tracking back i mean constantly trying to attack or make something happen or harry the opp thats wat top players do arfa thinks different

  • 34 Tuttelbom // Sep 15, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    I just cant believe how poor Cisse looks like alone up front. No ball control, no holding up of the ball, no nothing.
    Feels like we`re playing with 10 man every time hes on.

    Sissoko and Colbak is overrated as hell too.
    I actually think that rest of the team has done well, but every team would struggle playing 10 vs 11 most of the time.

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