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Newcastle Rock Bottom Of League In Every Category

8:17 am, Sunday, October 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

The Premier League table is not good reading this morning for Newcastle fans after we were taken apart in the second half of the game at the Etihad yesterday and finally lost 6-1 to Manchester City – conceding five goals early in the second half.

And when you look at almost every stat in the league table we are the worst in the Premier League in almost every one of them.

steve mcclaren on touchline watford

Steve McClaren – lots of work to do

Newcastle are rock bottom of the league table in 20th place with the worst goal difference of -11 and the worst goals against record of 17 goals conceded.

Newcastle have also scored the least number of goals – six – although two other clubs – Watford and West Brom are also on six goals scored.

Watford got two of those goals against Newcastle of course in our 2-1 home defeat.

The frightening thing is that as far as the league table is concerned we are worst club in almost every statistic after eight games played.

Oh yes and we are one of two clubs – the other one is Sunderland – who have still to register a win.

So it would be very hard to argue that we have started this season well, although we have put in some good performances – mostly against the top teams.

In order to get some wins on the board Newcastle must start playing well against the other teams, and a very good time to start is in our next game – a long two weeks away when we are at home to Norwich City.

Until then we will have to look back on our last game which was an embarrassing defeat to say the very least.

The game before the two week International break is not a good time to put in your worst 45 minutes display of the season and concede five goals in an 18 minute period of the second half.


Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Comments welcome.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    i hvae no idea what happened yesterday, from looking the better team in the first half to looking the worst team iv seen in a long time.

    a few things that i believe has gone wrong.

    1st, Abeid should not have been let go, nor should have Jonas, Abeid is younger and better than Tiote, and jonas gives his all in every game.

    2. get players like Obertan Goofy Williamson away from the first team, there simply not good enough.

    3, this is a hard one, but we need a better keeper, Tim Krul is not good enough, he is the worst kicker out of all the keepers in the prem, and it seems like anything that comes his way goes past him.

    4,Colo, he should be used as back up only, and certainly not our captain.

    gutted about yesterday, but Mac hasnt got a lot of time left to sort this out

  • 2 cyprus // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Last two reposts as Ed is doing his thing again 🙂

    Still trying to understand what happened. From toe to toe with this year’s champs, when we should have been leading 0-2 as a perfect goal was dismissed by a dumb lines man; to a total collapse. Few teams can achieve this.

    The blog and others (e.g see tweets, sport programmes) were full of praise, then full of condemnation. Only NUFC man.

    So we start the blame game once more and, as I noted last night, it’s getting ugly. It’s ok for the fans to do this. Of course, the reason we are divided is because no one is solely to blame. The owner is de facto responsible since the buck stops with him. The scout for his crap choices and limited country vision. The coach for not getting the tactics right and his surely amazing half time talk. That psychology guy for ‘inspiring’ the players to an incredible defeat. The young guy for building (dismantling) his CV on our backs. The players for not being good enough. The fans for not sticking with the team through thin and thin. etc.

  • 3 cyprus // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Possibly, but if we blame him for that second half can we praise him for that first half? Did he pick Thauvin etc.? Did he somehow influence the half time talk?
    No man, that’s the easy one, although he has his nice big share.

  • 4 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    When’s the last time we actually played half decent after an international break.

    Expect us to lose against Norwich as well.

  • 5 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Is Steve black going to take a pay cut? He has barely been able to inspire anything on our squad.

  • 6 lochinvar // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Rock Bottom in every category ?
    Surely not
    We’ve gone to TOP Shop for new suits so will be well dressed to handle defeat better ?

    Newcastle players will be issued with club suits for the next home game against Norwich after Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin arrived for matches wearing Tuxedos ( Evening Chronicle )

  • 7 Munster Mag // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Well i think we can safely say pardew is not a crap manager now. And he is even modest enough to say that he has created little of what Palace now are as a club. And so we go back to the shit players old man carr has selected for the club. I think gouffy sums up his transfer policy nicely.

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    What happen yesterday was Mike Ashley showed up in the dressing room at half time 😉

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    …he’s been doing that all year that cheeky bastard 😉

  • 10 AncientC // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    It does not look like McClaren needed those 12 games, he has picked up where he left of at Derby with quite some ease.

  • 11 toonbrother // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    provided colo remains in the starting 11 in 4-4-2 setting, we will fail to register a win
    toonbrother aka sgitr

  • 12 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    The Only SOLUTION is that we stick together. As a CLUB. I think we r all hurting from Owner to Fans. No one wants this situation.

  • 13 nico // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    I was at the game yesterday. What a cracking game it was in the first half. End to end. We really did put up a good show.
    What happened in the second half?
    Two things, we came out with a different attitude, we sat back. Once we did that we stopped going forward, they had all the ball and we looked tired.
    They did score a couple of world class goals but we made bad mistakes.
    Anita and Goufran in centre mid. That has got to be the worst centre mid pairing since the 80s for us.

  • 14 Munster Mag // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Will die fta, if ash is hurting maybe he should spenf 50 mill in january and let the MANAGER decide who he wants, a luxury not afforded to pardew and smc. Oh and sack carr or ban him from going to france.

  • 15 RUNAWAY777 // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    another young striker from wolves we need a proven goal scorer not someone we can cash in later for a profit for f,,k sake give the fans what they want for a change

  • 16 nico // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    I wonder if McLaren is thinking about a 3-5-2 formation. Might just be the one.

  • 17 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Munster Mag

    Money is not the problem we r going to spend more January and Summer once we r still in The EPL. The problem was that we needed a Squad Overhaul but Mcca wtd to see some play until we make rush decisions. I think he will see he made a mistake.

    Mcca is on the board I dont think he doesn’t make those decisions. And Mcca is more respected than Pardew was.

  • 18 AncientC // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    2nd half strategy – 4 in the box, 5 on the edge of the box, Mitro tasked with being the donkey chasing shadows.

    I thought McClaren was building a possession styled team…? The only time the team passed the ball around was at the 6-1 stage, to which there was ironic cheers from the fans (not sure which fans) for each successful pass… which didn’t last very long anyway.

  • 19 lesh // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Will die

    Of course there was a need for a squad overhaul and I believe that it wasn’t necessarily McClaren wanted to assess all players before buying. He’ll have been told to do so.

    It’s good business practice to have to review and report on weaknesses and then justify the need to spend.

    In the ideal world, I’m sure he’d have preferred to buy to strengthen the squad’s weaknesses, then get rid of the surplus. But and unless a Club’s owned by some mega-rich egotist who sees owning a football club as a toy, a trophy an owner’s business head’ll dictate how and when millions are spent on players.

    So, don’t blame McClaren for the state we’re in, it’s been coming for some time and the sooner he’s given a major role in player recruitment etc, the better. At present, it appears that Carr and Charnley are the ones who decide who we buy and sell – as investments to sell on at a profit – rather than buying in line with the Manager/ HC’s wishes.

    If we’re lucky, very lucky, we’re down this season and the folk responsible are Ashley, Charnley and Carr.

  • 20 lesh // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Whoops….. * if we’re lucky, very lucky, we’ll NOT go down……

  • 21 widowmagandapoke // Oct 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    In the next window macca should go for broke and get in a defender who can act as a true captain. He seems a little reluctant to demote collo but needs be.

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