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A Brave Newcastle Display Could Upset Manchester City

11:08 pm, Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Daryl Janmaat is one player who has been playing well for us in the last few games and he had another good game against Chelsea on Saturday in the 2-2 draw.

Daryl seems one of the leaders in the team and he’s certainly always willing to talk to the press.

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Daryl Janmaat – we have to play with no fear

The Dutch International has said that if Newcastle play with some belief and without fear we could do well against Manchester City.

The last time we were not beaten in a league game against City was back on October 20th, 2008 when we drew 2-2 at home after Habib Beye had been sent off in the first half and Joe Kinnear was the manager.

This is what Daryl said:

“It’s important to go there on Saturday with nothing to fear.”

“City started the season brilliantly, but maybe they are struggling a little bit more at the moment with a couple of defeats in the league.”

“Hopefully the result and performance against Chelsea has answered a few questions. If we play like we did against them, I don’t think anyone would be wanting to play us, including City.”

“We know they’re a good side.” “But if we show that belief, and play like we did against Chelsea I’m sure we can get a good result.”

Newcastle will do well to get something out of this game on Saturday, but we still need to register our first win in the league this season – and Saturday would be as good a time as ever.

Newcastle have to play with the courage and fortitude the lads showed against Chelsea, and if we can do that at the Etihad Stadium then anything is possible.

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Everyone is watching Euro footy at this time in England.
    Use your scheduler to spread the posts as someone suggested every couple of hours would be better thru the night.

  • 2 Jib // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:18 PM

  • 3 jimiley // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Schteeve has had three wins in the last 22 games. keep the faith in him to turn things around. Form is temporary but class is permanent. We should judge him after 30 games.

  • 4 jimiley // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    In a world market we need more French players. More Penfolds and Carrs as well so we can win 4th place title. Do we get a cup or something for winning 4th place? It would look good in the trophy cabinet, dont you think Mike?

  • 5 lesh // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:52 AM


    Judge him after 30 games? Surely that’s not enough to get a true impression of his abilities.

    Three to four years is more like it then we can be where we belong – playing Gateshead twice a season!

  • 6 lesh // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:54 AM


    It seems that everyone has watched the football and getting set to move to Machester.

  • 7 solano // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:29 AM are wrong in your earlier assertion that the Gallowgate End can’t be extended; it most certainly can and the last regime had extensive drawings made up – I’ve seen them! The costs were sky high, but they were possible and technology and design has moved on in leaps and bounds since then. There are several examples of stadiums and tubes/railway in close proximity and many civil engineering firms who would love to tender for the design and construction .
    The sad fact of the matter (as NUST has found out ) is that the club under Ashley have no desire to expand in the future and so we slip behind (as in all other area) the likes of Spurs and West Ham. The club would rather deny that the land lease belongs directly to the football club and insist it is tied with another subsidiary (of which Lee Charnley is the Exec Director..FACT!!)
    Obviously, at the present moment, it’s hard trying to find people desperate enough to fill the seats, but it doesn’t have to always be like it is now- the club future is being limited by short term greed.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Well I think this side and McC have done enough to deserve a season. Ten games to show something. A season to judge. It as always is highly dependent onAshley’s continued support, but he could back up his truck at a moments notice, so who knows as always. But the side did play some very nice stuff, certainly top ten stuff, against Chelsea. And we’ve seen some excellent defensive displays too. I struggle to see why you’d be in a hurry to rush to judgement, when so many changes have occurred in a short period of time. I think we are on course, at this very early stage, but we won’t achieve top eight, which was always hopeful more than realistic after last season. Blame Ashley for the situation, while recognising he’s spent heavily, but don’t attack the coach or side prematurely or too forcefully, in my view.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 1, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    Jimmy…one of the problems are McClaren has got the coaching team he wanted, seemingly the players too (to few in my book though), but nothing has really changed.

    McClaren repeats his formations and mistakes and looks like a Dutch version of Pardew.

    Saying he should have a season based on the Chelsea game is just ridiculous. I haven’t seen anything that suggest we made the right call in hiring him. But I’ll give him the 10 games and probably until January unless we are still hopeless.

  • 10 Sydney Toon // Oct 1, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    I agree with your thoughts. Of course the Chelsea performance was great, we still failed to close out the game. However, the ingredients were there and I hope it is backed up with a similar performance at City. Macca has improved a lot of our general play, give it more time and I think we will have a very strong back end of the season!

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    I wanted Mcca and I believe he will get what we want from him. he is so calm and slow abt whatever he does. Am impressed with the coaching stuff. Impressed with the Fitness guy so far. may b early to tell.

    He is still getting to know his players and I believe he will get the right formular. He moved around Perez till he got the right partner for him.

    He has tried different formations from 4-2-3-1, 4-4-1-1, 4-1-4-1 and finally 4-4-2. He is trying things.

    We have had two games we have showed we can defend and attack thats Manure and chelski respectively.

  • 12 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    On the suggested ‘scheduler’. If Ed can use it, whoever knows, it would be a good idea to notify him (unless you are reading these posts Ed).

    BTW, I sometimes criticise your articles, but I must remember to congratulate you on a job well done. As far as I know, this is among the best football blogs around.

    *Why ‘concentrate on British players’? I just don’t get that. Why is nationality important? And don’t tell me about heart and mettle, that’s just nationalistic rubbish. My directive would be: ‘concentrate on excellent players’.

    *As for this game. I voted ‘win’ vs. Chelsea, Steve (and luck) let that slip. Here I vote: Loss.

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Will die… You are impressed with the fitness guy? Our players were on their knees after 70 minutes against Chelsea and most of the usual suspects are picking up the same old injuries, what is there to be impressed by?

    As for the Chelsea performance meaning that he deserves a season, then i could quite as easily say that the Watford performance or Sheff Wed one shows that he doesnt deserve 5 minutes!

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Will Die.. Just noticed your other comment, the Man U game showed we can attack? That was one of the games where we had no shots on target and about 30% possession!

  • 15 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    True v. ManU. Good result, I hated the desperate nature of our game, giving them the respect I would give Barca. They ain’t Barca, they had no shots on goal till that game, incredibly.

  • 16 Ian Toon // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Solano- Good interesting post. Darn sarf were constantly marvelling at Crossrail and what is being achieved whilst life continues as normal. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    I suppose some are easily impressed and others aren’t!

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 1, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Will die…I think your thoughts on what formations have been used are up to debate mate…

  • 19 Malta Mag // Oct 1, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Mitrovic can help transform our season as we have finally got ourselves a real centre forward who we can use as a target and get players supporting him and creating “third man running” scenarios which Wynaldun and Perez love to do. It also means the limited passing abilities of Anita and Colback are not as exposed as they were with Cisse because with him you need to look for that through ball or over the top. I don’t think we will get much from City but let’s see the next two after that because I have faith in McLaren and believe we can push on from here.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 1, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Will Die,
    I’m also confused by you being impressed with the fitness staff? What is it that has impressed you specifically? We are still picking up injuries, and players are still running out of steam – Thauvin and Mitro don’t appear to be fully fit yet either.

    They aren’t doing any worse than previous incumbents, but they aren’t exactly impressing.

  • 21 Jib // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    The Man U game stats prove the worth of depending on stats alone . Mitro rattled the bar with a header and Tow Van was a midgie’s dick away from contact with a cross.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Guys abt the steam that os right but I believe its the new playerw running out os steam that we have to get used to. The new playets will adopt to the league. I dont think that is his fault.

    Guys get injured not not long term which is quite ok.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Will Die,
    Still doesn’t explain what there is to be impressed by on that front.

    Guys aren’t fit yet and we are 7 games into the season, whether that is his fault with them being new or not, it certainly doesn’t make his work impressive.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    We are topping the Premier league injury table by an impressive 5 players at the moment! (We have 12 apparently, Everton second on 7)

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    I have always belived that the best system in football is 4-4-2. Followed by 4-3-3 if u have creative and pacy wingers.

    But at NUFC since we have a perfect big CF in Mitro and a fast and creative CF in Perez the best formation we can have is 4-4-2. We have to build our team on that. We lack winger who can cross the ball and fast enough. So what we lack are wingers. Wijnaldum and Sissoko are no wingers. Get real wingers.

    The only wingers that can show promise is Thauvin and Aarons. So we need 4 new winger 2 as starters and 2 developing.

    At CM we are ok send Sissoko and Wijnaldum back to their original positions.

    At the Back we need a new CB, 2 new CBs a starter and back up and then a new LB and sell either Dummett or Haidara useless players back up at best or keep Dummett as back up CB.

    In Attack we have Perez and Mitrovic that can take us years. All we need is a back up big CF for the creative ones and small ones we have Amastrong and Toney coming up. We buy Lacazatte and push Perez to Wing. but we have seen that doesnt work we jst keep our money and use Perez but either Dost or Austin as back up to Mitrovic.

    We need for the next two windows:
    2CBs, 1LB, 4 Wingers, 1CF.
    Matip, Dunk, Willems, The rest fill the gaps.

    Next season My dream team of:
    Thauvin……Sissoko. ……Wijnaldum. …Aarons

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    RB: Janmatt, Mbabu
    LB: Willems, Haidara
    CB: Matip, Mbemba, Dummett, Lascales
    LW: Aarons, ?????,????
    RW: Thauvin, ????, ????
    CF: Mitrovic, Perez, Arma, Toney, ?????

  • 26 Jib // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    I disagree , Simon Tweddle and Dave Billows have a lot to answer for.
    Alessandro Schoemaker has come in and already had about seven players who were deemed to have “long term conditions” operated on and on the way to recovery.

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    I didn’t put CMs.
    Sissoko, Wijanldum, Colback, Anita, De Jong.

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Who? Which 7?

  • 29 Jib // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Dummett Williamson Taylor and Goode (all defenders you notice )have all had their injuries reassessed and further surgery done.
    Riviere , Marveaux and Bigirimana have had long term niggles operated on.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Curtis Goode underwent his last operation prior to Schoenmaker’s appointment.

    Steven Taylor said he was fit and ready during the summer prior to his injury breakdown after the Man U game.

    Dummet only had further treatment after they brought him back into training and he broke down again.

    Can’t find any evidence of a Mike Williamson operation and given he played more than anyone in pre season then they can’t have spotted anything until he broke down with a minor injury after 6 weeks of him training.

    The latest on Rivi is that he may still need a further operation.

    Marveaux spent just 1 month with Billows, and then the season on loan. His operation happened around the same time as Schoenmaker was appointed, and would likely have happened anyway.

    Bigi had an illness. He claimed to be fully fit for pre season, and then if he did have an operation I can find no evidence of it.

    Sorry, but I don’t really see how your claim has any substance to it.

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