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Newcastle Becoming More Consistent – Closer To Knowing Best Team

3:26 pm, Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 74 Comments

Steve McClaren started his press conference at 3:00 pm today and the immediate bad news was that Gabby Obertan will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up this week in training.

Rolando Aarons is still not fit and he will also be out for a few more weeks.

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Steve McClaren – we are getting to be more consistent

With the two week International break coming up, that will hopefully give a number of our players time to recover, but we have around 13 injured players at the moment according to

Steve has just talked about how the team is doing and he thinks Newcastle are getting closer to both being more consistent and knowing what our best team is.

This is some of what Steve has said:

“That’s the type of performance we want. We played well in the first half and defended well in the second half and almost got the result. We fought all the way. We need to be more consistent.”

“We have been inconsistent since the first game of the season. After seven games, we are getting closer to what our starting lineup is. We just need to be more consistent.”

“We want to go there and put in a good performance and have a go.”  “After seven games we are starting to get a little closer to our starting eleven, our system of play and our style,” 

“We are getting closer. We are progressing. Last week was encouraging, both on and off the pitch.”  “I want to go to Man City and give a good performance, play good football with no fear  and have a go.”

Newcastle must put in another good performance tomorrow and hopefully we can get something out of the game although the expectations of that are not high among our fans.

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74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RUNAWAY777 // Oct 2, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    how can obertan have a hamstring injury he never runs or tackles pmsl

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Anyone else confused as to where the bad news is?

    Ed…Did you miss a line out?

    “Steve McClaren started his press conference at 3:00 pm today and the immediate bad news was that Gabby Obertan will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up this week in training.”

    Is it that it’s only a few weeks?

  • 3 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    When will we ever get rid of those mercenaries. The poor players r the ones always getting injured.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Oct 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Far too many injuries all the time, it’s always the same set of players too. We need to replace them with people who can at the very least stay fit.

  • 5 firebug666 // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    PMSL @ Ibiza

    Maybe Ed should have written it like this:-

    “Steve McClaren started his press conference at 3:00 pm today and the immediate bad news was that Gabby Obertan will be back in a few weeks”.

    And then he could have give us the good news.

    “Having shortened the training pitches by 30 yards, so as not to tire the lads to much, Steve McClaren says he is now closer to his starting 11”.

    There…Job done!

  • 6 terencelim // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Consistently lose and draw.

  • 7 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    We’ve got a squad of unfit injury prone flops and have had for a long time.
    Most are playing in the wrong league and a honest person knows it. We’re not almost bottom through for no reason.

  • 8 Jib // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Aston Villa and Stoke are the 2 teams immediately above us.
    Wouldn’t you know it , they play each other on Saturday , so no matter how the results go , we stay in the bottom 3 this weekend.

  • 9 barkel // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    As long as we’re not bottom 3 after the last weekend!

    I’d take being in the bottom 3 for another week if we beat city, we should be picking up points in the coming games. After tomorrow we will have played most of the expected top half of the table

  • 10 Fostino // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Janmaat mbemba colo Mbabu

    Sissoko Anita ?? Wini

    Mitro Perez.

  • 11 barkel // Oct 2, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Fostino –

    I would imagine that we’ll have either SDJ in centre mid or Gini in the centre and Thauvin on the wing

  • 12 lesh // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Oh yes, we are becoming more consistent as more and more defeats are added to our woeful tally.

  • 13 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Defended well in the second-half? What?

    If anything, the lesson to be taken from last weekend is the old adage that attack is the best form of defence. First-half we took it to Chelsea and didn’t look like conceding for a moment. Second-half we handed them the initiative and look what happened.

  • 14 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Taking a loss is only acceptable against City if we give them a good game, wins are a must afterwards, No excuses.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM


    wht do you mean de bruyne is due, he’s scored in all of the last 3 games!!!

  • 16 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    I agree, but unfortunately for what ever reason we’re not not match fit, so we just can’t keep attacking up for a full game.

  • 17 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Mcca asked for 12 games I will give him 12 games. After October no excuses. I will need a team that is looking for TOP 8. Thats wat he told us.

    I hope Thauvin plays tomorrow and we get momentum. Sissoko get ur form. Pliz and we get the wings.

  • 18 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Great news that Obertan is injured. Maybe Aarons will get a look in. But I read an article this week that Marveaux was going to get a first team chance soon. Maybe he could come on from the bench? Would people be happy to see him given another shot?

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  • 19 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Toon KK
    we r not match fit at all. That worries me. We tend to tire as the game goes on. We r one of the most hard working teams 6th I think but u ask wat we r doing with the hard work and u see no results for it.

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM


    Aarons is another De Jong or Taylor. Very good always at the sick bay. U only wish they stay fit but they jst cant.

  • 21 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Agree with some here. McClaren has another free chance against City tomorrow. All he needs is a performance. We can cause City problems with Perez and Mitrovic. But can we keep them out? No chance

  • 22 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    will die,

    Hopefully he won’t be as bad as those two! De Jong had a decent record before coming to us. Tayls has no hope, dodgy knee, dodgy shoulder, dodgy groin…

  • 23 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    With the injuries we have I would play :





    We have to keep the same back four and formation IMO .

  • 24 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Big Pappa,

    Isn’t it nice to see 4-4-2 again?!

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    The Board made the wrong move on Colo Taylor Willo Tiote and Cisse. These senior players had to be replaced they provide nothing jst misery.

    I leave out the deadwood of Goufrann Marvuex and Obertan that is lost cause.

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    4-4-2 is the way to play football.

  • 27 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I watched Palace vs Watford on sky and what struck me most was not the quality, we probably have more technically gifted players, but there pace and ability from both sides to attack with end to end football for the whole 90 mins. We just couldn’t keep that up, no chance.

  • 28 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    @ Tinman

    Yeah it is I just hope McLaren sticks to it even if we get beat by City .

    If we are to play Mitrovic as our number one striker 4-4-2 is a must. He needs service, and although not slow he isn’t the kind of big man that has a lot of pace like Lukaku so crosses are crucial .

    Also we can play a 4-5-1 while defending with Perez dropping into midfield and have Mitrovic the out ball when we get possession .

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Our players jst cant finish a full 90 minutes we r so unfit. We play 75mins tops anf start looking over our shoulders.

    Our players r so technically gifted less Sissoko and Colback. They r hold the ball the way they pass the ball. You see good players in them but I really dont know if its NUFC cursed.

  • 30 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Big Papa they interchanged so well in the way they played. Mitro and Perez knew wen fall and one stay up top. it was enjoy to watch. Players with Passion.

    Wijnaldum shows they really care. Mbemba is ok. Mbabu test 2 is tomorrow if he passes it then we have a player on our hands.

  • 31 Jib // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    McClaren’s substitutions will be as critical as his initial selection tomorrow , let’s hope they don’t get screwed up by an injury , as happened with Colback lat week.

  • 32 toon22 // Oct 2, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Exactly when did our formation actually have an impact on the outcome in the last few years?
    This kind of thing good teams worry about.
    We should just try and get our players actually playing for the 90 mins first,as we look unfit and apart from the last few games inept at any kind of team game.

  • 33 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Just how big is our treatment room?

    Because it seems that half our bloody squad spend all their time there. There is something inherently wrong as this injury nightmare has gone of since we moved to the new training ground

  • 34 TudorCrisps // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:16 PM


    Janmaat mbemba colo mbabu

    Sissy de Jong wini thauv

    Mitro Perez

    Plenty of goals in this team it’s a no brainier

  • 35 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Sissoko must play on that right wing, just to track back Stirling, as he will give Janmaat a few problems

  • 36 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Mapou should be able to handle navas if he plays on that wing. Anybody whos watched navas properly that will know he’s is the most one footed player ever. I’ve never seen him make a single pass, cross, shot or dribble on his left foot

  • 37 Ravostag // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    We are still top of the league (on injuries) we probably keep Saylor, Aarons Haidara, Dummett, Obertoon, Tiote, De Jong, Goode etc. just to maintain that position.

  • 38 Mister Tuff // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Picking up on a couple of earlier points.
    Fitness I think we supplement our game by a higher workrate in the early stages of the game – especialy when not in possesssion. I think it is well undestood that you do more “pointless” chasing about when not in possession and our possession stats are usually less than the oppositions.

    Mitrovic heading ability. In the last game he did not win many upfield hoofs’ – if at all any – with his head.
    I think he has heading ability but in the box when he has the chance of a run onto a cross coming in. I think he will excel on decent crosses.

    Probably ok using his chest when the hoofball is played.

  • 39 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Many used to complain about Pards playing hoof ball, but its probably what we’re best at, we’re not very good at the passing game, lack pace and struggle with possession, so it’s the only way to get up the pitch quick.

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    @ kk

    Pardew played hoofball with Cisse.

    Mitrovic is a totally different animal .

  • 41 Llort muw // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Team vs City:

    Sissoko_Anita_De Jong_Wijnaldum

  • 42 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Why do people continue to put de Jong in their lineups???


  • 43 Fostino // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Guatenteed to play…Krul. janmaat . Mbemba. Colo. Mbabu. Sissoko. Anita. Wini. Perez. Mitro

    Last spot is for either thauvin ot de jong. A big call. Another option is mbemba as dm. Mbabu as cb and dummett at lb if he’s back in contention.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Lort Muw, Hail wor Ashley, is someone making a mockery of this once famous blog !

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Because people keep saying how good he WAS !

  • 46 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM


    The mind boggles mate, he’s done nowt during his time here but he seems to be everyone’s favourite…………………….at this rate he will become the new HBA and elevated to messiah status and be compared to Messi 🙂

  • 47 Llort muw // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM


    Please tell me how I’m…

    “making a mockery of this once famous blog”?

    Is my opinion not allowed on here? 🙁

  • 48 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    SDJ has his qualities, he needs time to pick his passes and shots but up against more pacey sides he’s pretty much the a tortoise trying to catch hare’s.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Of course it is, but your username would suggest your opinion is a pi$$ take !

  • 50 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    SDJ’s former manager said “Danny (Blind) will be greatly missed, Seim won’t be as he was never fit enough to play”

  • 51 Llort muw // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM


    I chose De Jong because its either him or Thauvin, I’m sorry that I would rather see what De Jong can bring rather then what Thauvin has failed to bring this season.

    Yes he’s done nothing however he is going to continue to do nothing if he isn’t being played. Now is his chance with Colback out.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    He’s been so good some have suggested resigning his brother to make a dream team, how does that work ??

  • 53 Llort muw // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:23 PM


    Oh, it’s my username? Yeah that was just a joke… A bad one I know I know.

    I thought I said something wrong thats all.

  • 54 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Llort muw

    He’s a No#10 though! So having him replace the injured Coldback when we already have Winni on the pitch is madness especially when we are facing City as they’d overrun us at every turn

  • 55 Fostino // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    De jong a decent player. Has an eye for goal. Similar to kev Nolan. .except Nolan wasn’t plagued with injuries. I suspect it’s either him or perez to start so thauvin will get the nod on the wing with wini into cm

  • 56 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    toon kk

    it will come good.

  • 57 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM


    I had some sympathy for his brother as when he came here is confidence was shot to pieces and he was given to Pardew!!! We already had a squad full of underperforming players and Carr, in his unparalleled brilliance, added another, so that was only ever gonna end up being an unmitigated disaster for all concerned

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    We knew Cabaye was leaving, what a shame LDJ wasn’t signed on the 1st of January rather than when after he’d left, could have made a world of difference !

  • 59 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Pardew begged for a tall player he could lump the ball up to Carr brought in a tall technical player Pardew could lump the ball to…Pardew played him at CAM

    Not sure the increasingly under the spot light Carr could of seen that one coming

  • 60 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM


    I don’t think Carr, or anybody else for that matter, could be anything but surprised buy the decisions Pardew made.

    Luuk de Jong is a very good player, but he was the wrong player at the wrong time for the wrong manager and his brother seems to be falling into the same hole

  • 61 neverwin // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Obertan – Bloody good news for me.

  • 62 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Tbf mate the right players at the right time are out of the allocated price bracket

    As for de Jong I’ve not seen enough of him to make a judgement if he stays fit he could well make his way into the team quite quickly

  • 63 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    SDJ has two falts, he’s unfortunately injury prone and far too slow. But he has qualities like Cabaye had. Personally I think he makes a good sub.

  • 64 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    It’s good news one of our first team is injured?

  • 65 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    your user name is very appropriate these days.

  • 66 JackButler // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:57 PM


    Agree mate, there are not that many Cabaye or Tiote deals out there.

    SDJ was regarded very highly when he was at his best and he impressed in the games I saw him play, but his injuries have destroyed him to the point where Ajax were not bothered by him leaving as he was never fit enough to play

  • 67 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    it’s never good news when anyone is injured.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    They launched the “we only sign players with the right character” offensive at around the same time they said that cups weren’t priority, how could they get propoganda so very wrong ?

  • 69 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Destroyed him? Bit harsh no? Can’t judge his NUFC career as he has barely played. Injuries are a concern but he’s only had two with us same less than Aaron’s

  • 70 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Ashley is a maverick mate! Funnily enough players with questionable attitude cost less wonder which one the club cares about more?

  • 71 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Till tomorrow Guys. Money Sh@tty here we come.

  • 72 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    All the best boys and girls am off

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    That particular offensive was to make us think that our reluctance to sign players was part of a bigger picture, I still can’t get my head around what they thought could be gained from being truthful about the cups ?

  • 74 Our Toon // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    SDJ needs game time just like all players coming back from long term, shearer was out twice with long term injuries and even he says the 1st 3 games he played on adrenaline but after that he struggled for months. Unfortunately some think that you should be able to hit top gear immediately after being out for a big chunk of time, if only football was that simple!!

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