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Newcastle Suffer Injury Blow

10:41 pm, Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

It was not good news before this game even started tonight at West Ham, and once the game got underway, things only got worse, as Newcastle were well beaten 2-0.

The Newcastle coach was caught in traffic and was 40 minutes late arriving at the ground, and there was some bad news when the team sheet was turned.

The 29 year-old Steven Taylor wasn’t on the subs bench, and it looks like he has suffered another injury – according to the Shields Gazette.

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Steven Taylor – in action at Old Trafford

Jamaal Lascelles was named on the bench in place of Taylor, although it’s not clear what injury Steven has picked up or how bad it is.

Paul Dummett had a relapse of his hamstring problem a short while ago, so he’s out for a number of weeks, and Mike Williamson was having problems with an inflamed elbow, although that should have cleared up by tonight – but maybe it hasn’t.

So that’s two back four players and maybe three who could be unavailable for Saturday’s game, and it’s now a very important game at home to newly promoted Watford.

Last season Newcastle got 3 points from the first 5 games played and only four out of the first 7 games played and brought out the Sack Pardew crowd – who still remain anonymous.

Since Alan Pardew left Newcastle have played 24 league games and won only three.

This season we have only two points from he first five  games – and we really needed to get off to a good start, after what happened in the second half of last season.

Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez looked sharp when they came on tonight after 60 minutes, and both must be in contention to start the game on Saturday.

A win is what we need against Watford, although they have been playing well so far this season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Premier League · Steven Taylor

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Here is living in the hope that England made a mistake in firing McClaren.

    Here is hoping that factors out of McClaren’s control contributed towards Derby firing him.

    Here is hoping that McClaren knew about Pardew’s failures playing a 4-2-3-1, but knows better.

    Here is hoping that the signing of Thavin raising a few eyebrows, is nothing more than spoiled fans worried about ‘overspend’ and McClaren has a masterplan for not only Thauvin, but the NUFC first team in general.

    Here is hoping that 4 wins the last 30 games is about to be overturned by a manager hell bent on sticking with 1 formation to overturn our fortunes.

    Here is hoping that McClaren isn’t too stubborn to change the 4-2-3-1 system before it’s too late?

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    What a farce this club is. Saylor should have been sold at least 3 years ago. Marveaux still injured and hanging around, Obertan and Willo still with us collecting their wages. Many others. Ashley is a complete idiot.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Who had September in the sweepstakes?

  • 4 Newcastle for alltid // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Long post ahead.

    I still believe De Jong could be the brain of the team, if he can get a decent run of games. I don`t see him on the training ground every day like Mcclaren does, but give the guy a chance. He did play very well for Ajax. He does have vision, but he`ll never get good working conditions if all he does is getting introduced when we`re several goals down.
    Wijnaldum should play deeper than De Jong, in the engine room. Right now it`s too little creativity between Colback and Anita. Play Anita with Wijnaldum (who can defend as well), and there you have the balance. Anita defends reasonably well, and battles, even though he lost his man today. I don`t rate Colback at all. Whoever dubbed him “ginger Pirlo” or whatever has never seen Pirlo in action. Colback might be a local lad, but he doesn`t have the skills required.

    Cissè up front is getting old. He`s really past his prime. The natural goalscoring instinct is gone, and he just comes across as clumsy. The ball has a tendency to slip of his boots. Cash in while you can, Ashley.

    Another player who annoys the heck out of me is Janmaat. I mean, he gets in a lot of great positions offensively, no doubt. He`s got passion and guts. But he should leave finishing to the strikers and midfielders. His ego in advanced positions just takes over, ruining our effectivity in the final third. It happens time and time again. If he could just cross the ball, pass it to an offensive player, his job in the attack is done.

    As for the players we have, what should we expect? A lot of cheap players that we`ve played the waiting game on are the backbone of our squad. If these were truly great players, more ambitious clubs would surely already have them in their side. I do believe in players like De Jong, Wijnaldum, Mbemba, Thauvin (once he gets used to the league), Pèrez, Aarons, Haidara, etc.. but the majority of our squad is, simply put, average players.

    We can improve compared to how we look now. It`s just so difficult when the players doesn`t understand basic tactics, and the manager keeps selecting poorly composed sides. Let`s hope he, in time, figures it out.

  • 5 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Get in I had September!

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    The club is being found out again. It’s early days but so far we look horrible. Imagine playing Chelsea and Man City after Watford. Our goal difference will look like the nightmare it deserves to be. West Ham were just sauntering around in the second half enjoying themselves.

  • 7 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    ourtoon did mahrez lose it in the middle of the park?
    did he take the same player on 3 times and then put it out for a goal kick countless times?
    did leicesters keeper actually do more running than him?
    did mahrez say that he doesn’t need to run without the ball?

    stop with the ben arfa shit where is he again?
    not even leicester signed him or any top team in any league why is that? ask yaself that?!

  • 8 Bri // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    toon kk
    True the squad isn’t good enough but i’m not sure Mclaren is either.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Well. Here’s me thinking our defence would be the problem. No. I was wrong. Our midfield is weak, and we have ZERO strike force. Get your money on our relegation. It’s practically nailed on.

  • 10 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    4 people voted for clubfoot? Haha classic!

    Does he keep his wives in his socks? I have my suspicions. There’s definitely something in those socks.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    I say fong everyone associated with the club, take a short break and then fong them all again!!! Harrumph.

  • 12 Tinman // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Alright f it. Lets go down fighting.

    Janmaat – Coloccini – Mbemba – Haidara
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum
    Thauvin – De Jong – Perez

  • 13 Marty-Toon // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Horrible display and yet again found wanting all over the pitch,our Ginger Pirlo hasn’t had one decent game this season,doesn’t pick up players just fills the empty holes and comes late to tackle and gives away free kicks,terrible passing,please drop him.

  • 14 Tinman // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Okay sod it. If we go down lets go down fighting. That was the worst performance I’ve seen since…. Well last year, but that’s not the point. We were awful. Still. Same old crap. Team for rest of the season:

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Haidara
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum
    Thauvin – De Jong – Perez

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    It’s not looking too good at the moment, but Watford are up next and that is simply a must win !

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Was that worse than Swansea, I thought we were excellent for eight minutes !

  • 17 toon kk // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    We’ve got to start putting balls into the box, we ha next to no intent and haven’t for a long time. Very poor.

  • 18 Toonacious T // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Repost from previous thread;
    Krul’s kicking is pathetic, Janmaat has NOT been producing any end product for sometime now and picks up cards on a regular basis, Hairdarra is incapable of crossing the ball, Colo’s legs are gone, Anita and Colback are not good enough and produce zero forward momentum, Sissoko doesn’t want to be at Toon anymore and his heart is not in it, Cisse can’t play lone striker, has a horrid first touch and hold up game and can’t even stay on side. Thauvin was anonymous tonight, early days but no real power, pace and not enough guile by the looks of it. De Jong and Perez did well when they came on and Aarons needs game time but how we as a club have went yet another window without buying a tall, strong and pacey CB beggars belief. Another relegation battle ahead and as for targetting a domestic cup, get real.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Generally speaking we were poor all over the pitch. They could easily have had 4. We have holes inside other holes. Our defense looks lost. We still can’t take a set piece. Cisse is one weird lad. That effort in the second half where he swung wildly at the ball instead of controlling it and sending it 20 yards wide of goal is typical for him. Hopeless. McLaren must be wishing he’d never heard of Mike Ashley.

  • 20 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    If we lose against Watford I’m declaring war on the brave new world.

    Sorry Ian but jets will be scrambled

  • 21 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM



    Our possession stats are now fab.
    I’d like to see Colback manage to actually get possession of the ball, let alone lose it.

  • 22 dalton7675 // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Pardews doing well at palace! Can see him ending up a top manager at a big club if only Pardew had been given money to spend on targets he wanted we might of been a different Newcastle now I think I’m the only toon fan who actually rates the guy but my god he’s doing well at palace Steve who?? A string of bad choices by the man up stairs why didn’t we buy Charlie Austin he wouldn’t of turned fat mike a profit but he would of got us 10-25 goals every season for the next 5 years and that my fellow toonies is what we are missing goals pace and attacking flair I didn’t bother watching the match I can’t we are a has been club with a dead beat manager with a duluded greedy owner with nothing but money on his mind I say give harry rednapp the job had a shocking time at qpr but knows how to get the best out of players and will try and do the best with what he’s given

  • 23 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Colback runs bloody miles.
    Which piggy in the middle arrives a signature half a yard too late to prevent Payet picking his spot?
    Carver’s favourite player.

  • 24 Jib // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Random Thoughts

    Under SBR we never won at West Ham 3 losses 1 draw

    Hysteria kicks in very quickly on this blog.

    We should have taken the Turks hands off when they offered £3.5million for Cissé.

    Why the coaching staff praise Perez so highly then don’t play him is strange.

    Mbemba is pure class

    Thauvin off while leaving Cissé on I don’t get at all.

    De Jong has great vision and will be awesome when fully fit.

    Sissoko has everything needed to make a great player but his decision making at times is woeful – can that be coached ? – maybe Lilo knows.

    Tiote is needed back , fit again.

    Colback and Anita need time out.

    We never looked overwhelmed but we still don’t look like overwhelming anyone.

  • 25 Toonacious T // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    AncientC – All hope is spent now mate I think.

  • 26 banjax // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Looks like the recruitment in the summer fell way short of what quality was needed at NU. The work rate for the team was patchy and hesitant – they didn’t look like players who had had a long break. There can’t be excuses for players who we paid handsomely for like Thauvin, who looked more like a rabbit caught in the headlights. No creative abilities and powder puff in front of goal.

  • 27 manxpie // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:05 PM

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

  • 28 Belfast // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    The possession stat is very misleading mostly slow sideways passing very little forward passing.

  • 29 BandB // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I like the new Ian.
    His Lone Stranger is far better than his Strange Loner ever was.
    I wonder what wilder shores our wandering man of the world has explored in his quest for enlightenment since he last passed through at around lunchtime.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Who exactly are we better than in the Prem? I’m trying hard to come up with some names…..Sunderland? Yes…Stoke? Possibly, at least right now. Bournemouth? Possibly…

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

    My god. De Jong is king dick on this blog. He has done sweet f.a. The next king dick is Aarons. He’s done nothing. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 32 kimbo // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Well well, where do we go from here. First of all Anita is put on the ferry from Shields back to Holland , one way ticket. Carr is put out to grass, Thauvin back to France on loan for 5 years , Sissoko playing Champions league hahaha maybe Senior Northumberland Cup. The Wally with the Brolly clueless sacked at xmas with less than 10 points.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:10 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 !

  • 34 kimbo // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    I also forgot Ashley, how does he make so much money but has just wasted £50 million on pure rubbish. MAYBE 80% OFF LABEL ON ALL PLAYERS. His problem sort it now , do something positive.

  • 35 toon-to-win // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    What on earth was that!
    The team is still awful defensively (no surprise with one CB signing and no new defensive midfield signings) and awful going forward with no pace or creativity and extremely poor distribution. A striker who is not upto scratch and the general formation just does not work. We got sissoko, de jong, wiljnuldum who are all number 10 players yet only one can play there so instead of using wingers like arons we stick sissoko out there? Our holding midfielders dont stop any attacks whatsoever and dont get me started on how collocini is still starting! Surely these would work better
    Janmaat mbemba lascelles haidara
    Thauvin sissoko. Wijnuldum. Aarons

    Janmaat mbemba lascelles haidara
    Thauvin. sissoko aarons
    Wijnuldum perez

  • 36 sickandtired // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Yet another dig at the ‘Sack Pardew crowd’. If you weren’t sat on yer ar@e in the States, Ed, you would know there was quite a contingent of the crowd which were in agreement with that sentiment. His current success at Palace has every little bit as much to do with that Clubs buying strategy (and money) as it does with Pardew’s ability (which over the years has proven to be very suspect) , so give it a bleeding rest will you.
    4-2-3-1 is, was and will continue to be an utter shambles for this team. I do not believe McClaren is the third ‘Coach’ in a row who believes in that formation and if he still does it just goes to show he’s the wrong guy. I can only believe that Carr is dictating the style of play as well as the targets we buy – which is becoming laughable when we are forced to choke on watching the likes of Ayew, Payet etc do it elsewhere.

  • 37 Bobbybee // Sep 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Even an optimist like myself will struggle to find much good from that perormance. It was, in a nutshell, pants. Macca, having already said he doesn’t know his best side yet, has at least discovered that Cisse isn’t the answer. His first touch does a fair imitation of a wall. A better touch and we should have scored, it’s that simple. Sadly, it’s nothing new. When Perez and De Jong came on, we looked threatening, so Macca needs to consider that against Watford. He’s still learning about what he’s got and as long as it’s registering then that is at least something. I think a lot is going to depend on keeping Mitrovic on the pitch and him producing the goods. It’s still too early to panic and it does no good turning on the players and coaches anyway. This is the time to pull together. Tonight was garbage, no getting away from it, but west ham are a decent team. This was never going to be a quick fix and further spending in January is required – we knew that too. Constructive criticism is useful even if you’re winning and it’s justified 100% following that performance, but it should not signal turning against the manager or players after five games. Stick with them and see how it goes.

  • 38 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 15, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Wally really needs to change it up against Watford. Colback and Cisse benched, Perez and de Jong starting, and maybe Aarons instead of Thauvin. He can’t sit on his hands and keep trotting out cliches. Time to earn his keep. And with us sat bottom of the table Ashley should be turning the heat up on Charnley, you’d like to think.

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