Newcastle Take Another Two Steps Back – Lose 2-1 To Watford

This was a terrible result for Newcastle and the performance wasn´t much better – and  our performance in the first half was as bad, if not worse, than in the first half at Tottenham on Monday night.

So we suppose Newcastle took another two steps back in a game which on paper was the easiest of our first six league games, but we lost it with some dismal defending in the first half.

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Daryl Janmaat – had a good game for Newcastle and scored the goal

Watford were much sharper in front of goal than Newcastle, and they went ahead through Ighalo after only 10 minutes, but Haidara set up the goal when he lost the ball trying to go forward up the left wing.

Watford played the ball in and it was all too easy for Ighalo to beat Tim Krul with his shot.

But we cannot give the ball away like Haidara did – it was thoroughly poor defending by Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse had a great chance to equalize only four minutes later when he was through the inside left position,  but he shot well wide – a very poor effort from the Senegal man.

And after 19 minutes Sissoko should have done better when he shot wide from the middle of the area from only 18 yards out.

Watford were much more effective up front in the final third, and it almost seemed like Newcastle carried on from the way we played at West Ham – so that wasn´t a fluke.

We are playing very poorly in these last two games and deserved to lose both of them.

After 28 minutes we went two behind and it was Ighalo again when Deeney put the ball through to him, and the striker easily beat Krul to a stunned St. James’ Park crowd.

2-0 down after 28 minutes at home to a newly promoted side – wow.

Half time came and we had been outplayed by Watford, and were behind 2-0.

Siem de Jong came on for Papiss Cisse at the start of the second half, and that was almost an admission from Steve McClaren that he made a mistake starting Cisse.

Newcastle came back into the game in the second half and we created enough chances, but just like last season found it difficult to score.

And then Daryl Janmaat scored after 62 minutes – that´s our right back – and it was a nice goal from the Dutchman.

Daryl took the ball forward in the inside right position and sent it to Sissoko on his right and Moussa did well to pull the ball back and Daryl did really well to hit the ball past Gomes.

The former Tottenham goalkeeper had a good game in goal for Watford today.

So Newcastle were back in the game at 2-1, but again we labored to put the ball in the net and a good chance was missed by Siem de Jong after 79 minutes, when he hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper.

Then it was that man Janmaat again who sent in a great shot that Gomes did well to keep out – diving to his left to parry the ball.

McCalren brought on Aarons for Haidara after 80 minutes and Obertan for Thauvin after 88 minutes, but these changes should have made much sooner in the second half.

And that was it – as the final whistle was blown – with Newcastle losing their third league game in a row, and four in the first six games.

We have 2 points from a possible 12 and are now second bottom to – who else – Sunderland – who were beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth – and we go above them on goal difference.

The two north east clubs already propping up the Premier League.

The team was booed off the field and it wasn’t so much because of a lack of effort as just playing so poorly – and looking fairly clueless – again.

It was interesting the crowd was only just over 47,800 – which is a poor one for Newcastle.

Our next two league games are at home to Chelsea and at Manchester City, so it could be 2 points from the first eight games – worse than our very poor start last season.

We have difficulty scoring goals and our defense again looked very weak today – so when you have those weaknesses it´s going to be difficult to win many games.

In the 25 league games we have played this year we have 3 wins and 6 draws – that´s 15 points from a possible 75 – that´s pathetic.

Not sure where we go from here, but it´s looking a huge mistake not to have signed Charlie Austin in the summer.

We balked at the £15M – but hey, if we are relegated we lose £80M and more – so it´s all got to be in looked at in perspective.

This was a disastrous result for Newcastle and given our first half performance we didn´t deserve to get anything out of this game.

I can’t think what the press are going to be saying – given the very poor press we got after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham.

Newcastle were no better today – and we may be in for a long hard season – that will be the fourth in a row since we finished 5th top in 2012.

With the Premier League money increasing by 70% next summer, Mike Ashley must be having kittens at the moment.

In the last two games we have looked no better than we were last season.

That´s a sobering thought.


Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara (Aarons, 80); Colback Wijnaldum; Sissoko, Perez, Thauvin (Obertan, 88); Cisse (de Jong, 46).
Subs: Elliot, Lascelles, Williamson, Anita.

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Anya; Capoue, Watson (Guedioura, 88); Abdi (Berghuis, 76), Deeney, Jurado (Ake, 80); Ighalo.
Subs: Arlauskis, Hoban, Ibarbo, Diamanti.

Goals: Ighalo 10, 28, Janmaat 62
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Attendance: 47,806

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  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Watford had a gameplan, strikers sit deep to stop midfield from being overcrowded, when they win the ball, the strikers hit the wings and hold it up, deeney and ighalo got so much space it was unbelievable. Aarons, De Jong all need to start against chelsea and i’d even be tempted to play lascelles, and put colback at left back as haidara was woeful

    has to be 4-4-2 for me, play it in the way that bournemouth/watford do,
    janmaat, mbemba, lascelles, colback
    thauvin, wijnaldum, tiote/anita, aarons
    Perez, De Jong

    Ever since mitro has been suspended or hasn’t played we’ve lacked someone to spearhead the attack and defend from the front, we supposedly play this high pressing game but our forwards are useless at it apart from perez

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Is anyone keeping track of these one step forward, two step backs?

    Have we managed to time travel yet? How long until we’re back in the Keegan era?

  • Szarka

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Need a new manager. Squad is not perfect, could have spent more on defenders, rather buying more midfielders, but this squad is still has to beat a squad like Watford. If Mclaren cant motivate the team, cant make a proper tactic for this squad, then hes the one to blame for this poor performance.

  • dannitoon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Clueless.. tactic less. ..what is it n our managers.. why not change after 30mins.. 4141 at fecking home against watford.. just shows £50m is approx £50m short of what we need… players must be scratching their heads.. different formation m game plan each week… not good enough… Chelsea n city hammering to come… Mbemba n Janmaat played well… colback needs to be dropped.. poor in possession n discipline

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    “And Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher always like to produce headlines – that´s what they get paid for – and they said Newcastle had wasted £50M in the summer transfer market.” “Total nonsense …”

    And Toonbrother said we wouldn’t win a game with Colocinni …

    And Redknapp fancied Watford…

    Neville, Carragher, Toonbrother and Redknapp live to fight another day.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #6

    What a shocker..

    Toothless, where are the goals going to come from?

    They need to get themselves sorted quickly.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Poor. Again. Putting a big (by my standards) bet on relegation. As soon as its available on ladbrokes.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Good job poor John’s not in charge of the same squad plus £50m of additional talent.

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9


    Just seem Mac on SSN, he talked for two minutes but said nothing.
    Waffle, consistency, waffle, first four games, waffle, draw would have been a good result

    The man is overawed by the job just like he was for England. Out of his depth. I said weeks ago that he was a bottler and thats why we were playing so defensively, just in the hope of not taking a battering.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10


    Its already too late. Losing at home to a side like watford is past the point of no return. Sorry to sound gloomy,it’s just how i see it

  • toonking

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    relegation battle being ours i’ve looked into the next two fixtures of those around us
    mackems have manure A and westham H
    villa have liverpool A and stoke H
    stoke have bournemouth H villa

    and well if we include bournemoth they have stoke A and watford H

    by the time norwich comes we’ll end up 2 games from 17th possibly even 3 or 4!

  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I just don’t know whats going wrong, opposition attackers seem to always have so much time and space, we seem to pussy foot around, we seem to be trying to push up high but theres just no closing down, we seem to always work the ball down the wings and cross but it goes to no one.

    Deep deep down theres something very wrong. Maybe another £25m should have been spent on Guerriero and Austin

  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    I really do not believe that the likes of watford have more quality than us, we just cannot seem to draw up a game plan(one that actually works) and stick to it. we always seem to lack ideas

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Massive mistake getting rid of Ben Arfa, Santon, Cabella and Abeid. Poor management.

  • CypriotDelight

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Monday nights game started the week off bad. Didn’t get much better. That game has ruined the weekend too.
    Feel sick….
    The team I support are so so bad it makes me want to cry!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s worrying like, im not too concerned about the defence at the moment because that’s always been sh1te, im used to it, just where these goals are going to come from to win games I don’t know!!

    Cisse, Thauvin, Sissoko, Perez, De Jong look miles off right now, there dosn’t look to be a goal between them.

  • toonking

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #17


    I don’t know why he doesn’t just come out with an excuse such as no game is easy in the PL these days just ask chelsea.

    His job at england was one thing I always thought could prove this job a difficult one, both england and newcastle seem to act and be run in a simular way, lack of decent players, over rate them who are good, high expectations being made because of biggest league in england terms and one of the bigger stadium crowds in newcastles case and now foreigners ruining the england team gaining it’s english players and newcastle no long having it’s passionate and spitited locals.

  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #18

    starting to regret that we didn’t splash the cash on prem proven quality and experience like West Ham have.

    All of those players would easily get into our side (maybe not Jenkinson)

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    50 million wasted narring Mbemba possibly….and Mitro possibly jury is out.

    We will most likely get relegated. McLaren here we def will get relegated.

    3 more games if it doesn’t drastically doesn’t change which it won’t.

    New manager in ASAP. Thauvin was a complete waste I have never seen more waste of money than there.

    We need 6 -8 new players i which will never happen.

    Club is finished. Nobody will want to come here in Jan.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #20

    “Daryl Janmaat – had a good game for Newcastle and scored the goal”

    That’ll be the same Daryl Janmaat who gets further forward than our forwards and, like Haidara and Colocinni, can’t defend, yeah?

  • CypriotDelight

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    No game plan. No conviction, determination or confidence.
    We make every team look awesome…

    If I went to work and produced the same goods I would be in trouble. It is like trying to type on the back of a keyboard or writing with a pen the wrong way round.

    The wY we have lost is disturbing to say the least…

  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Ok so the fingers point to McClaren but who determines the tactics? Who selects the team for games? Who’s taking the training?

    Cathro seems to have a fair bit of input into training so could it be that he and McClaren aren’t on the same page?

    There’s no doubt that a proven striker, CB and LB were needed in the window but it appears, yet again, that the short-term view of working to Ashley’s buy ’em young, buy ’em from Europe has contributed to our plight.

    Ashley wants to work to the supposed continental model with players being bought despite the wishes and needs as identified by the HC but it’s asking a lot of anyone to get results from a squad that’s ill-matched and perhaps not appropriate to the HC’s style.

    All in all, we’re a dogs breakfast and yet again, relegation looms large.

  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Add Ayew, Austin and Gomis to that list

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #24


    Believe it. We have the worst team in the PL for sure. No quality no speed no confidence.

  • terencelim

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #25

    We need a new owner, as always.

  • sparky55

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #26


    The opposition have time and space because Colocinni is a muppet with about as much space awareness a new born infant. Maclaren is truly out of his depth and his two year contract for Colo was worse than anything Carver ever did.

    We’re in disarray because our manager has no clue…the squad is better Watfords and better than probably ten clubs in the premiership yet we’re performing like a 1st division side…that’s down to management…I said it when he got the job and I’ll say it again…uninspiring at best and his Colo contract offer outed him as a muppet with no clue from the very beginning.

  • martoon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #27

    On my way home. We truly were atrocious. I’m normally optimistic but I am now very worried. 🙁

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh, the recruitment policy is absolute garbage.

    What I would give for:


    But no, too expensive, too old or they want 80-100k a week.

    That was depressing, im off to kip for work.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #29

    New owner, new manager, new players all 11 of them.

    never seen this club this s*t. Never.

  • BandB

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #30

    McLaren looks like he’s trying to put a Brave New Face on things.

    I think he might struggle to turn this round, because I think he lacks the rat-in-a-barrel sense of self-preservation that kept Pardew coming up smelling of roses whenever he looked cornered.

  • toonking

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #31


    Even this buy for cheap sell profit is a system that will no longer allow cashley to make the profit he wants to make, those from the past had the Premier league experience around them and therefore those from abroad could take time whilst adapting now they don;t have them so are having to do it in an instant

  • CypriotDelight

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #32

    I had high hopes for this game thinking it would kick start our season.

    Fair play, it has kicked sense into me that hoping is a fools game and reality bites. We are a disgrace to the prem. No defence, no attack, no game plan, no idea. Every team will be jumping up and down to play us.

    Watford turned our fortress into theirs today and it is sad. If they can’t turn it around from Monday at home to Watford then I really believe we are lost…

  • mfw13

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #33

    I said it after the Swansea loss and I’ll say it again….you’re not going to win too many games when you’re conceding two goals per match.

    We didn’t invest enough in the defense, and now we’re paying the price, with Coloccini too old and slow, and Haidara and Mbemba too inexperienced and unseasoned.

    What does it say when we don’t have a single center back between the ages of 22-29?

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Sparky, agree wholeheartedly.

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Mfw, we have three centre backs between 22 & 29, all three are Mbemba!

  • leonado_keng

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #36

    So upset with your plan Mcclaren, I will teach you how to modify team to get the best out of players,

    4-2-3-1 but you should change a bit as following (The best at now)
    Janmaat Lascelles Colo Haidara
    Mbemba. Sissoko
    Thauvin. Wijnaldum. Perez/Aaron
    De jong/Mitrovic

    Note : 2 DMC must be Mbemba and Sissoko because they have more energising than we expect, strenghts, Smart, Height, Thick, Technic …

  • chicousa

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #37

    SMC may have finally realized when he took Haidara off and brought on Aarons that the weakest link in the Mags team is left back. Colocini was woeful as well. Lets hope he starts either Colback or Aarons at LB next match: even if they are playing out of position, either would be better than Haidara! And for heavens sakes realize that Colo is ready for retirement!

  • check the toastie

    Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Over reaction as normal by most folk

    First half carrying two awful pro footballers.

    Collocini and Cisse, unbelievable and the sooner they are moved on the better.

    That second goal was criminal by Collo, you can get no worse than that, utter shite.

    The football is actually better than anything Pardew served up, however the whole defence is getting jitters due to our captain. He must be dropped, Cisse packaged off to the middle east quickly. Turned into a div.

    Bad day, plus I blew 100quid on the geegees. Disaster.

  • BandB

    Sep 19, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #39

    However, I have a theory we will struggle more against the more physical, direct and pacey sides than we do against the 18 yard-box sitters.
    Therefore we are just as likely to get four points from Chelsea and City as we were from West Ham and Watford.

  • brklyngeordie

    Sep 19, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Wow that was another disgraceful day at SJP in the FatAsh era…

    Haidara must never start again Colback must play there till Dummet is back or get Aarons in as LB asap he will def be upgrade over Haidara..

    Really is time for COLO to start sitting out a few games Lascelles must be given a chance see if he is a player or not..

    Cisse should have got pen early but otherwise another 1 that needs to remain on bench..

    Relegation looms stay away from the stadium the club and players don’t deserve our money and support


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