Shearer Identifies What´s Wrong With Newcastle

It´s really difficult for Newcastle fans to take the sixth defeat in a row against Sunderland and we suppose it makes it even worse when Newcastle were so much the better side – especially in the first half before we had Coloccini sent off just before half-time.

Sunderland looked hopeless and simply hanging on.

We were half expecting Newcastle to go down to ten men in the first half because every time Cheick Tiote was near the ball we were scared in case he made another stupid tackle and pick up his second yellow card after picking up his first after only 14 minutes of the game.

He didn´t get a seocnd yellow but then Colo made that challenge that wasn´t needed and got a straight red.

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Alan Shearer – they are both poor sides

This is what Alan Shearer has said today:

“As a Newcastle fan, losing six in a row to Sunderland is embarrassing,”  “We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you’ve got to stick them away.”

“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. They didn’t deserve that. Of course Sam Allardyce won’t care a jot about whether it was deserved or about the performance.”

“All that will matter to him is he got their first win of the season. But it’s still going to be a long hard season for both of them.”

“The truth is neither side is very good. There were two turning points. First that stupid Fabricio Coloccini challenge. It wasn’t a red card but it was a penalty and it was a big call from the referee to send him off.”

“Then Aleksandar Mitrovic’s chance. He got one-on-one with the keeper and if that goes in it’s a different story. “It didn’t and Newcastle paid the price for leaving themselves open,” 

It´s very tough all these defeats this year – especially the ones against Sunderland.

But it´s time to move on – and we need an enormous effort from the lads on Saturday against Stoke at home.

They owe it to the fans.

That will not be an easy game, but we need the 3 points to get some momentum back and we could move out of the relegation zone with a win.

We´ll assume we can keep all 11 players on the field this Saturday, but we have only been able to do that in 70% of our league games this season – so far.

The Sunderland games are just weird – we seem to be the only team they can beat – even when we are the better side on the day.

It’s soul-destroying.

Oh I forgot – time to move on.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Oct 26, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out

  • Tsunki

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Aaaaaaaannnndddd……Stay Out!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Where does he say what’s wrong with Newcastle.
    You best take to twitter to tell Wor Al he can’t say it was a stupid tackle, someone else who knows nowt about footy !

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #4


    Not having a pop


    “We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you’ve got to stick them away.”

    The above could be construed as Shearer identifying what’s wrong wih Newcastle.

    Just a thought.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree with Shearer that Colo s tackle was stupid and unnecessary . The keeper was getting to it and I’m sure it cost us the game. However I don’t agree that Mitrovic missed a sitter, it was a great save and apart from going the obvious way across the keeper he hit it well enough and would have expected it to go in.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #6

    You being an intellectual and lecturer of modern languages and well up on your past perfect tenses and all, should know then, that the headline should have said what WAS wrong with Newcastle as it was yesterday and in the past. What IS wrong with Newcastle would imply that he was talking about right now and the clusterfcuk of a mess we’re in.
    Just a thought Prof !

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #7

    In all the comments on the game Pantilimon doesn’t get much credit , he’s hellish difficult to get past.

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #8

    abbreviation for both what is AND what was

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #9

    No it isn’t, I can use Google as well jeffrey

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #10

    It was a stupid challenge for Colo to make, just like any borderline challenge like that in dangerous areas. Just don’t give the ref an opportunity to make a decision on it, although that should also apply to the blatant Cattermole penalty just before as well by Gini.

    It can be difficult sometimes in the heat of a game to make a ‘correct’ decision as to how he should defend the attacker, but he was running with him and could evaluate the situation for a bit more than a split second, so it should have flashed onto his head that it was a bad idea. Not on this occasion, which is why it was stupid I reckon.

    I’ve liked Colo for the large part of him being here as I like his ball control when in possession compared to the uncomfortable donkeys like Williamson, and in the right style of play, ironically, what we seem to be developing now, his style could be useful. He’s had some excellent games, but also some very poor ones. I’d still be signing a quality CB though, and we should have had another top one ages ago. I like Mbemba.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib…….. He’s a big unit and stands over a lot of ground.

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s the old name for Istanbul (Constantinople)
    What was the old name …………………

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #13

    “The truth is neither side is very good.”

    Deary me, it’s been so profligate. We’ve had good sides, and good player, and lost them.

    This one is two thirds a good side and a promissory note..

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #14

    No way can you argue Fletcher would not have got a foot to the ball before Eliot gathered it in, had Collocini not fouled him. The rule should be changed though. Last man but outside the box, a red. Inside the box, a pen, or even penalty goal, and a yellow.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Wow we’ve just had Jibberish declaring “It’s a blog – a meeting place of differing opinions”

    That does indeed sound reasonable – but I wonder where his foul abuse, hompophobia, zenophobia, deception, saying those that attend the Irish Centre go down the Quayside to sell their arses -fits into this statement of reasonableness.

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #16

    zenophobia ?
    Ha ha ha
    I love Zenos
    Ha ha ha

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    and thats just a partial list of your “offending”.

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Mr Tuff and Jail are excellent examples of the Dunning Kruger effect .
    I hope Jail’s duties on the rigs are minor or we could end up with a heavily polluted North Sea.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib // Oct 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Toon defenders – you posted a list of names which actually proves we do not have a decent defence, apparently posted in answer to a ‘what have we done, nothing’ despairing of our defence type post The real answers are:-

    1. not nearly enough
    2. signed too many unproven development players not up to be starting 11 and who haven’t really made much progress
    3. we don’t have enough experienced players still good enough for the EPL.
    4. we’ve signed a few speculative purchases for sell on, some of whom – like MYM – we’ve lost on resale, and others like Debuchy who used us, in pretty short order as a stepping stone.
    5. we have got too many who have proved to be too fragile to start consistently

    The names you cite actually proves that nothing of real value has been done to sort out our leaky defence. The idea in the EPL is that we have four really good starting 11 quality players. plus we also have sufficient reasonable quality squad backup to cover for injuries, suspensions and such like.
    I’d argue that we don’t – hence the abysmal goals against record, year after year.

    Mike Williamson … not EPL starting 11 quality backup only – just
    Kevin M’Babu … unproven and inexperienced young player with potential not regular starting quality
    Paul Dummett … journeyman and very average
    Daryl Janmaat … first 11 quality
    Chancel Mbemba … still inexperienced but very probably will be quality defender by end of this season
    Fabricio Coloccini … little evidence of leadership qualities and well past his best – backup quality only
    Steven Taylor … inconsistent though can put in excellent performances but – prone to iujuries – backup
    Jamaal Lascelles … unproven at starting 11 level . May or may not be good enough.
    Masadio Haidara … inexperienced and inconsistent might develop in to good defender – but he ain’t yet

    James Perch irrelevant as he’s gone and not starting 11 material
    Jose Enrique, irrelevant – good olayer but he ain’t here
    Davide Santon , irrelevant as he’s gone – lost money on original transfer
    MyM , didn’t fit or prove himself in EPL sold at loss, I believe.
    Mathieu Debuchy, bought to sell on at a profit – gone anyway
    Ryan Taylor , long term injury problems and squad player only anyway
    Remy Streete , Didn’t make it
    Curtis Goode , Hasn’t made it and injury prone
    James Tavernier – Rangers top scorer at end of September. Scotland level 2 player

    In your list there is no solid starting four at the back who are still at the club and fit to play – nor have we seen any evidence of the up and coming players being top quality – except maybe Kevin Mbabu who then promptly got injured – so jury is out here

    There are a number of unproven players who might just be good enough – but then MYM was supposed to be top quality and didn’t make it in the EPL. Looks like our scouting network is pretty dismal at identifying and signing defenders – the obvious names who play as internationals don’t need much scouting but we mostly ignore them anyway as they aren’t going to sell on for big bucks. We missed an obvious gem in Van Dijk.

    It all shows what a rubbish model we have at the club for team building that this long standing problem has not been sorted out. SO yes we have been ‘doing things’ but very often the wrong things.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Mr Tuff @ 15

    Some research for you that might help in identifying blog lowlife. Apparently 1 in a 100 are on the spectrum – so that is a good few in a crowd on 50,000 or even on a toon blog

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #21

    the definition could also suit a thick bas***d who falsely believes that he is a lecturer in Modern European History.
    He’ll probably not reply as he’ll be preparing lectures for his students or marking examination papers.

    if he’s even got a couple of O levels/GCSE’s never mind a qualified lecturer then
    I’m Lord Lucan.

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #22


    Good work

    I posted those names not for any sort of justification for NUFC – I’ve supported the club for years and we have NEVER had a completely competent back 4.

    I posted the names to counteract AndyMac’s ridiculous assertion that Ashley had never allowed the club to buy defenders.

    The fact that most of them were crap in one way or other is really not the owners fault.

  • mactoon

    Oct 27, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #23


    He states what is wrong with us now when he says “We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you’ve got to stick them away.”

    Jib What’s is the correct use of the apostrophe S for What Is. There is no use of the apostrophe S for the past tense What was. Not being sarcastic, just posting facts lads


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