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Newcastle Still Short Of These Players

8:35 am, Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Yesterday’s display at St. James’ Park was worse than a lot of fans expected – we at least looked forward to a committed display from the Newcastle tram, whoever started yesterday.

As it started out Steve McClaren made only one change from the side that lost badly at Tottenham last Monday night and it was a surprise that Papiss Cisse was still the lone striker up front.

siem de jong

Siem de Jong – still acclimatizing to English football

Four minutes after striker Odion Ighalo had out Watford ahead ion the game Papiss Cisse had ane excellent chance to equalize when he was through in the inside left position but he hit his shot well wide, and we did´t see much from Papiss in the first half as Newcastle went in at half time to boos from the crowd.

Papiss was replaced by Siem de Jong and while Newcastle tried to come back we are still like last season – pitiful in front of goal and it was right-back Daryl Janmaat who got a good goal for us after 62 minutes, and five minutes later brought a great save out of goalkeeper Gomes.

What we still didn´t see are any leaders on the pitch, and Colo had another poor game – as he had on Monday night.

Deeney and Ighalo were far too good for our poor defense.

And we suppose players like Siem de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum, who joined Newcastle after captaining their clubs Ajax and PSV respectively, they are still getting used to English football.

Of the four new players only Chancel Mbemba is producing for the team at the moment and our defense is still leaking goals.

McClaren will have to somehow get the best out of the players he has available, but if we are going to bring in players in January they shouldn´t be cheaper untried players from the continent.

Charlie Austin may be able to help us – but it´s also clear we should have brought in another top center-back in addition to Mbemba.

Left back also needs strengthening with Haidara giving the ball away for the first goal, and the Frenchman did not have a good game.

Massadio is good going forward, but his defensive game needs to improve.

We leak too many goals and have difficulty scoring goals.

That´s what our problems have been for the last three seasons.

They haven´t been fixed and we still don´t have enough leaders on the field.

It seems like deja vu all over again at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mickalfas // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    We need the defence sorting out !!
    That’s not exactly breaking news ffs
    Janmaat being our best attacking threat is a worry ,
    SM wants to be judged after 10 games,so after the mackems game ,he couldn’t have picked a worse set of fixtures to be judged on ,good luck Steve

  • 2 hibbit // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    2295 readers thought we would win yesterday in Eds poll….. i hope they watched yesterdays game ……… first 45 mins were every bit as bad as monday …….we cannot defend we cannot score and mid-field does not exist …………so were do we think we will be after 10 games…… thats when we can judge Mc were told

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    If we are going to defend so poorly then Lascelle may as well be on the pitch. And at the other end for go a striker for creativity with goal scorers throughout the team.

    BandB – the one point a game was specifically in reference to the league table at the moment. It is already being suggested that it will be a low tally season.

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I wasn’t – clever sh*te eh! – but when you watch the dross and style of play dished out I cannot see where we are going to get another win.
    Recipe for disaster …
    i) We cannot score 3 goals in 6 games
    ii) Cannot keep clean sheets 1 in 6

    then where is our next win coming from
    my predictions after the West Ham game
    TOONS?Fixtures up to New Year
    Premier League
    Newcastle v Watford Sat 19 Sep 15:00 loose
    Newcastle v Chelsea Sat 26 Sep 17:30 loose

    Man City v Newcastle Sat 3 Oct 15:00 loose
    Newcastle v Norwich Sun 18 Oct 16:00 draw
    Sunderland v Newcastle Sun 25 Oct 12:00 loose
    Newcastle v Stoke Sat 31 Oct 15:00 draw

    Bournemouth v Newcastle Sat 7 Nov 12:45 draw
    Newcastle v Leicester Sat 21 Nov 15:00 draw
    Crystal Palace v Newcastle Sat 28 Nov 15:00 loose

    Newcastle v Liverpool Sat 5 Dec 15:00 loose
    Tottenham v Newcastle Sat 12 Dec 15:00 loose
    Newcastle v Aston Villa Sat 19 Dec 15:00 win
    Newcastle v Everton Sat 26 Dec 15:00 loose
    West Brom v Newcastle Mon 28 Dec 15:00 draw

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    If we are loose in all those games, we are bound to lose them, that’s true.

  • 6 mickalfas // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I’m starting to fully agree with toonbrother on Collo ,he’s a disaster area ,the space the Watford players had is a joke !!

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    McClaren needs to take the opportunity in the midweek game to play a different formation, or at least change the makeup and intent of the 4231 system.

    I am not sure if yesterday was 4141 but the midfield was no where.

  • 8 maskedmagicians // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    sorry to be that guy ED but you’ve done this a few times now in your last few posts, referring to dismal display last Monday against Tottenham ( think you’ll find it was west ham) really grinds me when u cant even get our previous opposition right

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