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Pathetic Newcastle Beaten 1-0 By The Owls

9:54 pm, Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

In what was a very poor performance from a strong starting side tonight at St. James Park,  Newcastle went out of the League Cup 1-0 to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday and it was another powder puff performance from Newcastle who were booed off at the half and booed off at full time.

And the fans did their job by turning up with over 33,000 there at St. James’ Park tonight.

siem de jong in action

Siem de Jong in action tonight

The winning goal came in the 76th minute from McGugan when he was given far too much time before hitting the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul.

And then Sheffield Wednesday should have had the game tied up but missed two good chances first when Jao hit the post and then when Bus followed up and headed against the bar.

There seems to be something seriously wrong with Newcastle and Steve McClaren and his staff will have to sort things out very quickly.

The next two games are at home to Chelsea on Saturday and then we are away at Manchester City and in our eight games played so far this season we have lost five of them and won one – against League Two side Northampton, and in five of them we have failed to score.

The League Cup was our big chance of a trophy so that´s gone so early in the season – but winning a trophy is secondary now to trying to stay in the Premier League this season – that´s how bad we´ve been in these last three games.

Newcastle in the final third we were so bad tonight that our first shot on target came after 85 minutes from Gini Wijnaldum.

Moussa Sissoko has a chance in the 11th minute, but his effort just hit outside of the right-hand post.

Marco Matias after 16 minutes hit the ball straight at Tim Krul and then the Dutch keeper had to dive to his left to stop Jeremy Helan’s shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Jao should really have scored, but he slipped as he shot and the ball went wide, but Newcastle looked all at sea and couldn’t seem to do much right.

What has happened to the resilience we showed against Arsenal and Manchester United two of the best clubs in England?

At half-time Newcastle were booed off the field for the second home game running.

McClaren made two changes replacing the ineffective Thauvin with Ayoze Perez and Mbabu came on for Janmaat who was apparently sick – or should we say he was ill -it´s the fans who were sick.

Nothing much changed in the second half with the Owls continuing to look the better team and after 70 minutes on came 19 year-old Ivan Toney for Gabby Obertan.

The second half wasn’t much better, and in the 76th minute McGugan finally put the Owls in front, when he was given far too much time before he shot past Krul.

Wednesday then missed a couple of gilt-edged opportunities when Jao and then Bus hit the bar when they both should have done better.

And then in the final five minutes of the game de Jong had two wonderful chances to score and he missed them both.

There’s something wrong at Newcastle and it seems similar to last season, too many players just don´t seem to have enough mental strength to play for the club.

And they will come in for even more criticism after this rather pitiful performance, and it will be deserved.

The less said about this game the better and if things don´t improve on Saturday we could be taken to the cleaners by Chelsea in that game, and rather quickly.

Steve McClaren has to sort this thing out and just as with John Carver earlier this year, the players are playing nowhere near their potential.

This is simply not good enough and given the players we have – these performances are simply gutless and simply not good enough.

Things have to improve and quickly too,  but what chance will we have against Chelsea and Manchester City before the international break if we play like this?

McClaren will call for patience again, but the players and the coaching staff have to do their part too – something they didn´t do tonight – or in our last three games.

Yes we have to be patient and all that good stuff – but this is getting hard to stomach.


Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Janmaat (C) (Mbabu, 45), Lascelles, Williamson, Mbemba, Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan (Toney, 70), Thauvin (Perez, 45), De Jong.
Subs: Elliot, Coloccini, Gouffran, Barlaser

Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Wildsmith, Palmer, Loovens (C), Semedo, Matias (Bus, 65), McGugan, Lees, Wiggins, Helan, Joao (Nuhiu 80), Sougou (Bannan, 86).
Subs: Price, Turner, Lopez, Pudil

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Attendance: 33,986

Comments welcome.

Tags: Capital One Cup · League Cup · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Ed, change the name.

    Pathetic Newcastle Beaten 1-0 By The Reserve Owls

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Absolute dog shite. Something drastic needs to happen to turn this shower of shit around. I’m embarrassed to be a Newcastle supporter

  • 3 toonking // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Ed you’ve done this page but please oh please mate can you do a worst player of the match vote this time because there is absolute no picks as best

  • 4 Bucks mag // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    McClaren out.

  • 5 goommy // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Did we play 10 games already?

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    :There’s something wrong at Newcastle and it seems similar to last season, too many players just don´t seem to have enough mental strength to play for the club”

    It took Ed plenty of years to figure than one out. Fans have been saying it for years…

    It’s a con of note…club is a money making scheme for the fat uneducated owner such as Ashley. Laughing in all the fans faces whilst he is taking cash to the bank.

    PPL are gullible its sickening… Think they would set themselves alight if Ashley asked them to.

  • 7 Grumpy // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    i cant believe were going through this again and again and again, god help us please.

  • 8 lochinvar // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Wednesday made 10 changes for that game and only conceded 3 fouls away at SJP so pathetic was our threat in attack.
    Southampton scored six away.
    Carlisle are into extra time at Anfield.
    Ashley has nowhere to hide – he has to sack MClaren now.
    It was the wrong appointment from the start.
    The target is to win Cups and finish top eight.
    Those are unattainable even now so McLaren is finished.
    Even bringing Moyes in from Spain would look like employing the old guard style manager.
    There’s a new generation of players and Managers out there but Ashley doesn’t understand that – he must be as thick as he looks sideways on.

  • 9 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Night lads…

    Sat prediction.

    NUFC 0 Chelski 7

  • 10 Tartantoon // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Wayne Ferraday would get a game in this team…..absolute dogshit

  • 11 c-dog // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    sam allardyce is the only manager we could get capable of getting the best out of the shite in our squad. Janmaat aside, the rest aren’t worth the steam off my piss

  • 12 geordiestuckinleeds // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    i love the team to bits but getting so f****g fed up of them ruining my weekend/midweek, we need bottle.. it was such a gutless performance today mad me wonder if i was even watching a home team.. i don’t care if we lose.. the way we did is what has wrecked me… NUFC is followed by one of the best support in the country… get the dickheads who are playing at the moment to have to live through a local ppub watching them and they will gie a fuck ton more… so pissed off its untrue

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    McClaren is worse than Pardew, this coming from someone who despised Pardew. To be fair what do you expect from a failed Championship manager?

  • 14 lochinvar // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Scout in earlier blog mentioned graft and effort to earn a crust.
    I get that.
    Clearly the players don’t.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    It’s beyond me, I can’t pinpoint it at all but something is seriously wrong behind the scenes!

  • 16 NezzaNUFC // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Newcastle don’t deserve to be in the Premier league our Premier league status should of ended last season.

    I’m not angry or sad but just fed up, fed up to the point that I can only hope the worse will come to Mike Ashley.

    Even to those fans who got season tickets must muster some blame as well since you’s are feeding cancer.

    Mike Ashley brought this cancer to Newcastle and we are the cure but unfortunately thousands of fans also seem not to care when they think they do.

    Liverpool are the perfect example on passionate fans and made things happen.

  • 17 toon1707 // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Was at the game and in the first half you would be lucky if we made 5 forward passes every pass was backwards or side wards it’s as if we didn’t want to attack

  • 18 firebug666 // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    McClaren said; “this isn’t the time to panic and we will never do that”

    He also said; “I have told the players we are going to concentrate on playing good football and the results will follow”

    Or words to that effect.

    Well judging by the “football” (and I use the word lightly) We played tonight we have a very long way to go.

    This is a team that struggles to string two passes together so how the hell are we ever going to play football.

    McClaren said he wanted to address the problems we had from last season, and make us hard to beat…..

    McClaren has failed, in fact we are worse now than last season.

    The blame starts with Ashley, and then filters down through a board that is a farce to the coaching and finally to the shower that draw our beloved black and white shirt over their empty heads and take to the field of disappointment.

    There are no words to describe what we have become!

  • 19 loonie-toon // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Never wanted mcclaren t the club smug fcuk he is needs a slap we ant even got a decent championship team looking at things

  • 20 Belfast // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    What would sacking McClaren actually achieve? You’d still have the same bunch of players who’ve bottled it under 1,2,3 managers now.

    Flawed transfer policy and a lack of investment over an 8 year period and this is what you end up with.

    A squad a players that has very little experience and very few players who’ve proven they can cut the mustard in this division.

    Thanks Mike!

  • 21 toon kk // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Its the players to blame not the manager, yes macca should try a few different things but the players should hold their heads in shame.

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Big massive LOL!

    If I don’t laugh it’s enough to make your weep..


  • 23 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I’d take Allardyce above McClaren. Crap as he is, he’s probably the best English manager about.

  • 24 ochytoon // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Newcastle are no longer a team to be proud of and haven’t been in a long time. Under MA we’ve merely become another team lacking an identity (such as Villa, West Ham, West Brom etc.), struggling to tread water in a sea of mediocrity. We’re in a bad position and there is nothing worse than watching a team with no desire roll over week after week because at the end of the day, they still get their paychecks.
    The influx of tv money has ruined English football over the past decade or so. We are not the only club full of players who don’t care, but right now we’re the best example. Nothing will ever change at Newcastle or at any other team who are currently outside the top 4/5, unless a billionaire is prepared to bankroll someone to success a la Man City. English football has lost its magic. Newcastle have lost their magic. I doubt either of these entities will ever regain it.

  • 25 scout // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Thanks loch gets me so angry that’s all.

  • 26 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    I think this shows just how poor our players actually are..

    The mess that has been created over the years through the ridiculous transfer policy is shining brightly right now.

    It can’t be missed!

    It ain’t the managers fault and especially ain’t McClaren’s, he has only been here a handful of games what could he have possibly done? Nout! he has only started to pick up the pieces of a very broken football club.

  • 27 juan // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Pathetic excuse of a manager
    What is he doing in training?
    Once again were a laughing stock
    Get rid of graham carr and the rest will follow

  • 28 loonie-toon // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Anyone no odds for mitro getting sent off in is next game???

  • 29 Mag52 // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Ashley Out, Out, Out.

  • 30 Mag52 // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    One or two NUFC youngsters putting up a great show against the bin dippers.
    Going into extra time at Anfield. What a performance by Carlisle !

  • 31 banjax // Sep 23, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    McLaren wasn’t any choice for me but kept quiet to give home a chance. Ask the question would Spurs or any other decent club put up with this continual stream of lame excuses from lame chairmen who will sit and fiddle with lame coaching staff and players – just like we did last season ? If it is NUFC the answer is YES !!!

  • 32 geniusofthelamps // Sep 23, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    if the buying policy is for young foreign players under 25 who cant handle the premier league atmospheres then how can we complain when they simply prove the obvous and fail. we need 4 journeymen/experienced English players who are leaders. Joey Barton would have done

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