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Everybody Was Angry After The Game

10:55 pm, Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Sadio Haidara was interviewed on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game last night, and he said the players were angry in the dressing room, after a below par performance, which simply wasn’t good enough.

Newcastle didn’t deserve anything at West Ham, and  we didn’t get anything at West Ham.


Sadio Haidara tackles Victor Moses last night

That’s over now, but we have to do a lot better against visiting Watford on Saturday,  if we are to pick up our first league win of the season.

This is what Haidara had to say:

“We are all disappointed because we didn’t play very well at West Ham.” “We have to react on Saturday because we need the points. We are not in a good position and need to leave there as soon as possible.”

“The first goal was difficult to block because he shot very well. Tim could do nothing about it.” “But after the goal we had to do better and try to come back into the game.”

“The second goal was a bad one to concede, our heads dropped down and it was difficult for us to come back into the game.” “Everybody was angry after the game. We know we can do better and we didn’t do it, so it is normal for people to be frustrated.”

“It is good that the next game is so quick, because it means we have to forget about it straight away and focus everything on Saturday and Watford.”

“It is a very important game and we have to be ready. We have to take points and that starts on Saturday. We have a few days to work and to find a way to win.”

Watford have 6 points from their first 5 league games, so they will stay above us in the league table, even if we beat them on Saturday.

But these are the games we must win – at home against a newly promoted side – if we are to do well this season.

Certainly we need to start climbing the league table and put some wins on the board, and get away from rock bottom of the league, which is where we are at present.

Here’s hoping we can get our first league win on Saturday.

Comments always welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Interview · Massadio Haidara · Newcastle News · Premier League

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jane // Sep 15, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    “The proof of the pudding as far as Ashley’s conversion/evolution to being a football club owner as I touched on earlier today is surely what type of signing we see in the next few windows.”

    the signings probably aren’t bad, if we can get the best out of Mitrovic he could turn out to be a great signing. my feeling is that the manager may turn out to be the weak appointment but that is the same pudding and hasn’t shown as much commitment to change. however the danger is too much can be read into one bad result, we’ll have a better idea after the next few games.

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    One bad result? Hmmm. Which one?

  • 4 andrew84 // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    I know the feeling

  • 5 stan anderson // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    We need to boycott the ground.Oh this has already been tried and failed has,nt it.sorry

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Do you think John Carver would have been paying £500 an hour to see a sports phycologist or did ‘The Board’ think it cheaper to send him to one rather than spend on a decent interim manager ?

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Lots of interesting posts today. A pity Steve probably doesn’t read the blogs. As an experienced manager surely he’s disturbed by our performances in at least 3 of the first 5 games? If not then possibly he should go back to the continent and teach lawn bowling.

  • 8 jane // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Tsunki it was the one after which the mood changed.

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    I thought Johnny C. was seeing the psychologist because of the size of his Mr. Bojangles Jail mate?

  • 10 banjax // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Michael Owen’s prediction about the West Ham match was right and what a lacklustre performance it turned out to be. We should all stop making excuses for players who cost millions supposedly for their skill and are paid millions to perform as such. There are so many fine examples of clubs with less money like Leicester who are putting in lung busting performances home and away, without the so called quality players that we have. Newcastle have too many players who are not up to it still at the club and all it will take is a few injuries and we will be playing with the same starting eleven that did so well last season. The only thing missing then would be John Carver reprising his caretaker role for a sacked Schteeve. What a freekin nightmare prospect. WTF.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    No. it was because he knew he was an inept w@nker who would be prepared to do anything for a job and that everyone was calling him a pr!ck behind his back.

  • 12 magscar // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    G2@68 last thread

    Don’t even think bottom 3 or 6 is the hurdle for your scenario to happen but likely it would end up our paying over the odds to achieve it 🙂

  • 13 Menelauos // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM


    There you go, 4-3-3 with a holding mid (Considering he’s fit and in form, Anita if not) plenty of speed on the counter, very attacking but strong defensively cause of defensive mid. Could turn defence into attack very quick but also a midfield and wingers with decent flair and passingg ability. And most importantly doesn’t leav Mitrovic so isolated upfront, I reckon if he’s more involved with the overall game, we will see less bad decisions and rashness cause he won’t be hungry for the ball.

  • 14 magscar // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Repost Thanks Ed

    magscar // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Ah the old “soul of the club has been riven out” cries are rising again.

    If we are to stay with the analogy then the Devil (Ashley in case some are confused) has to buy it. Can’t just take it – ask Robert Johnson 🙂

    As far as I am concerned and I expect most other fans agree mine is not and never has been for sale. Others can claim what they like but the “soul” of the club is made up of the collective of fans far and wide and nothing else.

    To slightly paraphrase a very famous passage for NUFC fans

    “What is a club’s SOUL in any case?”

    “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”

    “It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”

    “It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    I still relate fully to those inspiring words and am currently infecting a second generation of my family with the passion and trials of being a NUFC fan by taking my grandson to his 3rd game this season. Giving Ashley my money? No putting it into the club but in any event tell me of a better way to persuade a youngster of the singular joy of being a NUFC fan than forgoing FIFA and SKY and clambering up those steps. I have seen the effect first hand on several members of my family over the years and no one is going to take that away from me. That to me is the soul and also lifeblood of the club.

    Oh and my grandson is also well aware of how fondly fans regard Ashley. He has after all been brought up proper even if born away from Tyneside as were my kids 🙂

  • 15 Belfast // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I quite like you Geordietwo, but I don’t like Tsunki that much.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    When a club spends £50M on four first team players yet can’t or don’t seem like putting a win together where do you start with the blame. I know where mine lies, it lies with eight years of mismanagement that has every employee caring less and less about the club but more and more about the finance

  • 17 magscar // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:28 PM


    I agree the signings haven’t been bad but they were of the old style I have been describing except probably higher up Carr’s list given the prices. What I am getting at is will we see round pegs for round holes which are sadly lacking pegs starting to be brought in? That would represent change.

  • 18 Belfast // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    If we’re pushing people of cliffs Tsunki’s a goner. Unless Jesperfuglsang turns up.

  • 19 Belfast // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Article in the mail basically suggests there’s a few bad eggs in the squad.

    Cisse is basically stuck with us for one more season because we couldn’t shift him on and he knows it.

    He’s leaving in June for sure and he knows it.

    Very poor call not to sign another striker in my opinion.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Change would have represented getting FDB in instead of a sacked Championship manager who was desperate to manage in the PL again under any circumstance, would have loved to have done it with his previous employer but couldn’t manage it, no pun intented !

  • 21 magscar // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Well looks like my quiz question re scouts has everyone stumped or totally disinterested.

    Perhaps I should have offered a prize ( my ticket for Sat? nah that wouldn’t work on here) or better yet made it into a bet but then again I am not into gambling.

    Just say goodnight all then and off up the stairs to say my prayers so the devil won’t get my soul.

  • 22 Belfast // Sep 15, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Probably already been covered

  • 23 SPRINGY // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    few sides to ponder just for fun…


    ——————de jong———-perez——————–
    just idea’s i think look decent sides other the 4-2-3-1

  • 24 SPRINGY // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    interesting article

  • 25 SPRINGY // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    if that article is right…does’nt that show weakness in macca to kiss cisse’s arse and put him in the starting line up after messing him about??

  • 26 Griff-toon // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Im sorry Hidara. I find it hard to believe, if you are angry it means you cared about the result. Didnt really look that way on the pitch did it. Now if you all gave 80 – 100% i would understand the anger.

    Im guessing it was a quiet resigned dressing room and an angry Steve McClaren

  • 27 Griff-toon // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    How about putting Sissoko as lone DM in a 4-1-4-1 with Siem De young and Gini in front of him. Arons and Thouvin on the lett and right with Perez up front?

  • 28 Lindisfarne // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Not sure which half it was in last night, we were going to the right of the screen, but I am sure I heard McClaren shouting “Move!”
    I thought it was the typical British coaching coming out about running around a lot, but then I wondered if it was directed at Cisse. By that point in the match it was very apparent that the players were finding it difficult to get much forward momentum and could not keep possession in the oppositions half very well. There were numerous times the ball was played back to the defenders from a position where a cross should have been the correct option. But whether it was a lack of service or a lack of quality, Cisse did himself no favours and I hope the whole squad is used to show all the players that they have to compete for their places.

  • 29 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    You keep going on about Carr’s list. Carr will no doubt have hundreds of players on it. The club is linked to many more in every 12 month period. Carr picks the ones he wants and puts them forward. Charnley can’t do that because he’s not qualified; besides, there’s no indication that he wants to. No player comes to this club who Carr doesn’t want. Why would Carr suggest any player if he thinks it’s not money well spent? If Carr sees a player who he thinks the club must have, he’s in a commanding position to make his case and get him in. Charnley can’t simply ignore Carr and go off on a frolic of his own.

    Of course, it’s not always possible to get players that you want for numerous reasons, but we see less fashionable clubs than NUFC pulling it off. As Magscar points out there are some very good players available for relatively modest amounts but we overlook them. Other clubs pick them up and thrive. Carr seems to be bowled over by continental internationals. Usually picking well known (on the continent) names and paying for the privilege. We miss out on the astute buys.

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Sep 16, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Should of got rid of Cisse months ago. He is not contributing at all to the team. Seems he can only score now when on the nest with all tarts he’s associated with.
    Trouble is if Mitro-nitro is injured or gets carded again who else is there. I’ve not doubt this point has been considered – but not acted upon.
    Wallys point about not introducing too many players at once is now looking a bit thin – as other teams have showed.
    Currently I see us limping along until January now – and then new players being signed.But at the current rate we are going to be languishing at the bottom of the table ( bottom three or four) until then. Time/date now the situation looks bad.

  • 31 SPRINGY // Sep 16, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    when nitro and rivierre come back can see cisse bein last choice behind them,perez ..bloody hell even toney!lol

  • 32 Lindisfarne // Sep 16, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Not being able to see the quality of the players interaction in training it is difficult to know, but it would appear that Sissoko and Gini are similar powerful players that can push the team higher up the pitch. Unfortunately their ability to pass is letting the team down and an alternative strategy is required. IMO perhaps if they were to start behind de Jong, he could control the ball and either find a pass to them as they drive beyond him into the box or use the space created to find our wide players. Who would then possibly deliver a cross into the box to more than one team mate in the box.

    I would also like to see a forward line of Thauvin – Perez – Aarons who would be able to constantly rotate their positions and provide a very technical, quick and challenging attacking unit. There would also be no requirement for the full back to be getting all the way up to the opposition goal line to provide width, something that I have personally felt has lead to a great deal of goals being conceded through out the whole time AP was managing and is continuing through to now.

    —————de Jong—————–

  • 33 toonaus // Sep 16, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    Wrong team on the pitch in all honesty. Why wasn’t Perez Started its clear that he started to change the game as soon as he came on. His first season performance was not beginners luck he still give it his all attacking and he defender too unlike Cisse. Aarons should have been started as well. It just seems like as soon as we’re losing its a nufc to drop your heads and drag your feet around for the rest of the match. Midfield really needs to hold onto the ball alot longer control their pass and track back and defend. I really dont understand why it so hard for our team to gel everybody else with new player seem to have it together.

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