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McClaren Makes Once Change For Stoke

2:01 pm, Saturday, October 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 285 Comments

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Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the home game against Stoke City this afternoon and there’s just one change with Vurnon Anita coming in for the injured Jack Colback.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Jack Butland; Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross (c), Phillip Wollscheid, Erik Pieters; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam; Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri; Jonathan Walters
Substitutes: Jakob Haugaard, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland, Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay, Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

As we expected Yoan Gouffran comes in on the substitute bench since he can play in central midfield at a stretch – and we seem to be short of central midfielders.

But it’s the usual 4-4-2 formation with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez up front – and we really need a win in this game – especially after what happened last Sunday at Sunderland.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game this afternoon:

“We will expect a vibrant, very good Stoke team who have an excellent manager and squad who can take the club forward.”

“They played 120 minutes in midweek and got a good result but I don’t think that will be a factor. The fitness of teams nowadays is such that you can play a game on Tuesday and still be ready to go again at the weekend without a problem.”

“We had a very disappointing result against Sunderland but we’ve had a very good week off the field – very focused and intense. We’ve been reflecting on one of the strangest derbies I’ve been involved in.”

“We know we have to take our chances. Against Sunderland we had 21 attempts, eight on target, we took our chances against Norwich and we need to do that again against Stoke.” 

“It’s imperative we get the win,”  “Recently we’ve had good performances so now we’ve got to keep reproducing those performances week in, week out.”

“We’ve shown what we’re capable of doing and we’re creating chances, which we weren’t doing before.” “In the long term I can see this team winning games. In the short term, we need to start winning tomorrow.”

Three in five fans think we can win this game this afternoon.

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A win this afternoon is what we all need.

Howay The Lads!!



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285 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonbrother // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    With colocinnin in the mix a clean sheet is virtually impossible!

  • 2 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Wot on earth is Elliot doin in the starting line up. I’d rather see woody given a chance

  • 3 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    2-0 clean sheet for both the toon and Colo

  • 4 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Anita and Tiote CMwhat a glorious forward thinking team for what really is pretty close to must win

    Wonderful

  • 5 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Shadow_Shearer

    Woody is only a young kid mate, he has no experience at this level, and my worry would be it would come to soon for him.

    Look what happened to Alnwick when he got pushed into the side.

    He needs to go back out on loan when Darlow is fit.

  • 6 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    firebug
    Alnwick was poor before he was pushed into the first team tbf

  • 7 almondrichie // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    worst team selection….why on earth Aarons, Mbabu, and thauvin starting….then how on earth are we gonna create goals….this man is bound to get us relegated…don’t ever anyone dare to say that we are too good to go down….we are a laughing stock and one of the worst teams in premiere league…i bet my ass we get RELEGATED and another loss is staring in our face today…..

    this guy spoiled my matchday mood….useless colo and tiote still starting…f**off steve…

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Shadow_Shearer
    Have you seen Woody play then?

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    After all of the previous match’s comment about having a great bench the one today does not inspire me with a lot of confidence, I’m sorry to say.

  • 10 almondrichie // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    why on earth aarons,mbabu,thauvin not starting*

  • 11 bettyswallocks // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Toonbotherer……… If we want to hear from an a..e hole, we can fart.

  • 12 Roosta // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    No Mbabu or Aarons in the squad, Gouffy gets in incase Anita gets crocked, thats sad if Gouffran is the next replacement in that position, and he isnt very good at that.

  • 13 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    WWSBRD

    He was being raved about as a great prospect for the club though.

    Still, I think it would be too early for Woody, and the occasion to big for him.

  • 14 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    firebug
    Long time ago mate Alnwick has been pants for a fair few years

    Might be too soon for Woodman but it’s too late for Elliott by the looks for it

  • 15 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Tiote and Anita have never played well together, due to them both having the inclination to drop deep, whereas Colback, whether through design or not, covers more of the pitch and occasionally gets in and around the box. Anita hopefully will have that role today and will be allowed to press high which he does very well as he’s nippy across the ground.

    Hope the clown Tiote has a clean game, a tall order I know.

    Has the same feel as the Norwich match – win or things are looking desperately gloomy.

  • 16 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    WWSBRD

    I agree on Elliot like, but we have no one else, and Woodman may get a game if Elliot gets crocked, We either need Darlow back fit, or a new keeper in January.

  • 17 chicousa // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Gouffran on bench as backup DM is frightening! No surprises at all in starting lineup….would have preferred Dummet instead of Colo and Mbabu at LB. HWTL

  • 18 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Firebug
    I wouldn’t of be distraught if Woodman started ahead of Elliott today

  • 19 Nufc-83 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Can anyone explain what Elliot has done wrong? In my opinion he is not much worse (if at all than krul) however I don’t rate krul highly at all so that’s not saying much.

  • 20 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    WWSBRD

    Well he may get his chance as Stoke are a very physical team.

  • 21 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Chealsea have bigger problems than us

  • 22 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Elliot doesn’t do much of anything. A GK that barely ever makes a save, if the opposition shoot and it’s on target 95% of the time it goes past him.

    He’s very good at doing token dives and is better than Krul at distribution, that’s it.

    Chelsea sinking, Mourinho in deep trouble. Nice to see the originators of sugar daddy PL getting their comeuppance.

  • 23 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    firebug
    Am not sure Stoke will need to be all that physical to beat our back line, which I think Hughes agrees with as Diouf is on the bench

  • 24 nut meg // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    chelsea 1-3 down !

  • 25 Jib // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    bettyswallocks // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM
    Toonbotherer……… If we want to hear from an a..e hole, we can fart.

    Very childish

    But it made me chuckle 🙂

  • 26 Blaydon-Toon // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    NUFC 83 I agree on Elliot – has not let in any howlers and has much better distribution than Krul which is not hard as my 5 year old could probably give him a run for his money

  • 27 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    WWSBRD

    They may not need to be, but it’s in their nature as a team. However I think this is a winnable game for us, and as you say with our poor defence 22 goals conceded so far this season, we will need to score 3+ to secure a win.

    If lady luck is on our side they could have a couple of players sent off as an added bonus.

    I am worried about the midfield pairing, especially Tiote, on a good day he can be awesome, but he doesn’t have many good days lately.

    I think I’ll go for 3-1 Toon win.

  • 28 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    whilst i agree, there is not much between our 2 keepers, Elliot does not inspire me at all, when you are a keeper you need presence, and for me he seems way to quiet and does not command his area the way i believe a prem keeper should

  • 29 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    on our 2 dmc, i hope Anita is the most mobile of the 2

  • 30 Blofal // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    I’m visiting Chelsea forums just to watch the fallout of this…

  • 31 colwell // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Well at least Stoke have a back up plan if plan A doesn’t work chuck Crouch and Diouf on and score a few goals from crosses Colo and Mbemba won’t win a ball in the air.

  • 32 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Not sure why we let Williamson go out on loan. I would feel the same if he was playing instead of Colo

  • 33 colwell // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Shaqiri vs Dummett haha what a contest

  • 34 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    firebug
    I expect a draw mate

  • 35 WWSBRD // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Actually I think we will lose but am trying to be positive

  • 36 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    This is probably the most expensive bench of “talent” that we have ever had under Ashleys reign !!

    But looking at them I dont see anyone that is in form or is motivated enough to change anything when they come on !

    This is going to be a tough game Hughes always sets his teams up to act like thugs but they have a bit more quality going forward now

  • 37 Blofal // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Crouch always scores against us

  • 38 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Blofal
    It’s called maintaining tradition.

  • 39 Lindisfarne // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    TOON! TOON!

    HWTL

    HWTF

    LONG LIVE SUPPORTERS

  • 40 colwell // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    1- 3 Unfortunately we are shite nothing this season has shown me otherwise. Wrong defenders and the least creative CM in the prem.

  • 41 danishmag // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    any links for the game lads?

  • 42 Nufc-83 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Catchy totally agree but krul is hopeless at this also so again can’t see the reason for panick with Elliot

  • 43 Toonfan8 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    3:1 for the Toon today..
    Mitrovic,Wijnaldum and Perez

  • 44 Big B // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    links anyone?

  • 45 Toonfan8 // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I agree with Nufc-83, Krul is nothing special, if Darlow cant become premier league class keeper, we will need to bring another…

  • 46 JAMSHA // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    a good win for us <3

  • 47 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    http://cricfree.tv/watch/live/newcastle-united-vs-stoke-city-live-streaming

  • 48 Thump // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    @almondrichie: Because Aarons and Mbabu are returning from injury, and Thauvin is fscking useless.

  • 49 JAMSHA // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Darlow isnt good at all

  • 50 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    http://www.soccerjumbotv.me/ch-8.html

  • 51 JAMSHA // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    http://matchcentre.starsports.com/football/barclays-english-premier-league-100008/newcastle-united-vs-stoke-city-1008602/live-video?__utma=231891677.1193191911.1441964523.1446301268.1446303269.11&__utmb=231891677.5.9.1446303292332&__utmc=231891677&__utmx=-&__utmz=231891677.1446303269.11.10.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=87063643

    Nufc Match In HD No Bufferng

  • 52 danishmag // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    thanks john..
    hwtl

  • 53 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    http://footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/index.html

  • 54 danishmag // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    and thanks to everyone else posting links

  • 55 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    The starting 11 is very much the same, I don’t want colo but he seems the undroppable one for mac.

    either arrons must be injured or mac has more love for goofy than pardew had in him because during pardew’s spell as manager we finally managed to see arrons getting games towards the eng of his time unless injured, now he’s not even on the bench.

  • 56 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    You owe us a good performance Collo

  • 57 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    expecting the best but again fearing the worst
    HWTL HWTF

  • 58 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Haidara on the bench.Hmmm….He is our best player in the current team.We are simply poor.Everybody wants win but cruel reality is that we have huge errors in the team.As long as Janmaat and Sissoko are in the first team we’ll be in the bottom of the table.And no need for Vurnon also on the DM position.He is poor DM.But he can be decent full back on the right side where Danny Simpson was.

  • 59 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Ah well that’s me off the blog till after MOTD.

    Fortunately I will be with non football friends so the score will be a mystery for me till then.

  • 60 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    As usual we have no left hand side… Wijnaldum drifts to the centre

  • 61 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    I see a few ppl were asking me about the woodman over Elliot statement.
    I will admit I haven’t seen much of woody, but from what I have seen looks alot better than Elliot. In the pre season game woody did not look out of place at all. Did not stuggle under pressure.
    Elliot on the other hand, I can not remember a single save made by him in the games he’s played. Yes his distribution is not bad, but what good is that of he hasn’t saved a single shot. At least krul makes a handful of good saves. There important saves!
    The defence will always be much more shaky when there’s a keeper that can’t be trusted, just like alwick days. Imo woody will make a few saves, those saves can make a massive difference. Imagine conseeding an early goal, the influence that can make 2 a game.

  • 62 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Dummet’s a crap LB isn’t he? Got away with that.

    Mababu is so much more solid.

  • 63 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    when looking at clubs in chris i’d say now we’ve got a new PL with the most servere chrisis and that team is chelsea

  • 64 LGFUAD21 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Fantastic little trick by Perez.

  • 65 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Piss poor delivery from Sissoko.

    We definitely have a more methodical, snappy approach to attacking now. Much more creative freedom for the front 4.

  • 66 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    we look decent going forward but shaky at the back

  • 67 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Again final ball. Wasteful from Anita.

  • 68 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    oh here we go

  • 69 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    That’s why Sissoko isn’t a DM, comical attempt at a slide tackle after an initial mistake, almost leading to a goal for them.

  • 70 toonbrother // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    its only a matter of time till colo strikes

  • 71 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Mbemba should have sorted that

  • 72 LGFUAD21 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    I was confident pre game but I think the two teams are similar.

    We can both attack fast but both have shaky defence. Unfortunately I think there’s is a bit more organised than ours.

  • 73 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Sissoko having a nightmare so far. Every touch too heavy and/or misdirected.

  • 74 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Sissoko not at the races yet

  • 75 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Quite a dull game so far.. Nothing much to commend.

  • 76 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    That was better feet from the big man.

  • 77 JP...from The Rock // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Sissoko’s passing is woeful! The anount of misplaced passes he does is shocking. We keep losing attacking momentum due to his bad passing.

  • 78 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    CHASING SHADOWS

  • 79 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Haidara still on the bench.

  • 80 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Our lack of ability in CM is clear, only 3 CMs in the squad isn’t good enough and none offer any real impact.

    Tempted to have had sissoko or Wini in CM and Aaron’s wide, he must be horrendous in training if he can’t even make our bench.

  • 81 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Damn how did that not go in

  • 82 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    There you go Sissoko almost gets another assist. He is our best passer of the ball by a long space

  • 83 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Argh, unlucky Mitro!

  • 84 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Davetoon

    I think it’s safe to say he blows very hot and very cold.

  • 85 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Impressed with Perez, he is everywhere at the moment

  • 86 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    so unlucky for Mitro

  • 87 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    very poor again

  • 88 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Mbemba doing most of the defensive work alone again.

  • 89 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    We can’t survive with these forced headers by Mitrovic.We lack a Premier League game playing.Tiote,good job by far.

  • 90 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    FFS!

    Overrunning the ball is catching on!

  • 91 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    p155 p00r

  • 92 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    why do we keep giving the ball away

  • 93 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Perez is at least sparkling as is the norm.

    Very consistent for such a young player

  • 94 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Why are ref’s so shit ??

    Missed the foul on Bojan, Perez was a foul and then Bojan no card for intentional handball..

  • 95 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    deliberate handball is a yellow cheating officials again

  • 96 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Hahahahah

    Tiote and his Hollywood passes are ridiculous, has one ever met it’s target?

    Least he hasn’t got a booking or given the ball away dangerously yet.

  • 97 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Centre mid is as big a worry as CB.

    These 2 give nothing going forward at all. With 2 players just holding then we need both full backs being able to attAck, Haidara for Dummett for me.

  • 98 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    5 minutes to concede a stupid goal.

  • 99 sparky55 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Headless chickens…we need someone to slow the game down a bit and pick a pass rather than this…it’s like watching a pin ball machine FFS and the final pass is always way too hard.

    No subtlety and no control…bring on SDJ in the 2nd half if we’re still in the game

  • 100 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    What has happened to all this attacking football?

  • 101 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Canny dull game tbh, think we have edged it but not much happening.

  • 102 JP...from The Rock // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Sissoko and Tiote can’t pass the ball to save their life ffs! We need a better psser and more technical player in the engine room. Someone of Ayoze’s technique there in the middle of the park is what we need. Hopefully in January that will be looked at too.

  • 103 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    they always have a decent out ball we have a headless chicken

  • 104 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Haidara still on the bench.What’s the problem.

  • 105 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    cant see any attacking plan there

  • 106 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Anita having a very poor game.

  • 107 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    http://firstrows.org/soccer/newcastle-united-stoke-city-frs11f02d?l=1437052692

  • 108 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Very even and dull game really. It’s like the players don’t know this is a must win game. We are already running out of games to get points. We need 3 points here.

  • 109 Thump // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    This has draw written all over it. What’s with the long balls?

  • 110 JP...from The Rock // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Is Aarons still injured? Because I would certainly play him either at LW and move Wijnaldum in CM or I’ll ply him at RW for Sissoko who is more miss than hit.

  • 111 Toonfan8 // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Anita off and S. De Jong in…we need better brain there…

  • 112 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Started off well, zippy and passing well until the final ball, as the half wore in the football wore thin and ended up very scrappy.

    Midfield poor across the board. Perez doing his level best to mix things up and bring some imagination to proceedings, Mitro so-so with 1 good header.

    Anita/Tiote never play well alongside each other, although you could say Tiote has done better than his previous 2 games, but he was starting from a very low bar.

  • 113 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    our team is so poor it’s frightening!
    we’ll definitely be in a relegation battle this season..

    janmaat: half decent
    mbemba: decent
    colo: mmm
    dummett: half decent
    anita: crap
    tiote: too inconsistent
    sissoko: crap
    wijnaldum: too invisible
    perez: our best player by miles
    mitrovic: in a half decent team he would’ve scored 10 goals by now!

    mcclaren: poor

    i don’t see nothing of the passing football we’re supposed to be playing!
    there are no running lines or passing structures in our game at all.
    no plan or tactics. we don’t know what to do when we have the ball.
    also sissoko is the laziest player i’ve ever seen
    1 DISGRACE TO THE SHIRT!

  • 114 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    If a boring game isn’t enough, we’ve got a bench consisting on players unlikely to see things chance much.

  • 115 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    @JP from the rock 110

    that’s exactly what we’re lacking!

  • 116 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Nufcursed
    we haven’t the payers to play passing football or the pace.

  • 117 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    shite in the first half they better get cracking in the second half

  • 118 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    102 i mean:)
    we need a technical centre midfielder badly

  • 119 Newcastle for alltid // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    There was some potential, especially early in the game. We should be a goal or two up, but our attacks just seem to fade away due to poor decision-making and passing. Wijnaldum should be involved more, for sure. Pèrez/Mitrovic partnership looking good. The players just need to be accurate.

    The problem is when we`re defending. We`re playing kind of a 4-2-2-2-system, which exposes our flanks if Sissoko and Wijnaldum isn`t backtracking. Also, the space in front of our 2 CMs and behind our strikers is massive. In addition, our two CMs aren`t the best either, with a rusty Tiote who seen better days, and Anita, who has some of the worst through-balls I`ve ever seen.
    Oh, and Dummet at RB, I`ve never thought of him as a PL-level player. My opinion.

    I hope Siem De Jong will be on at some point in the second half. I still rate him higher than most of our players. He just needs a run in the side.
    Let`s hope for better play!

  • 120 Bri // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    It’s like an end of season game with nothing to play for when in reality we need every point we can muster or we are going down.

  • 121 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    toonkk

    then we should’ve bought some!
    or sold some crap players to bring in better!
    i’ve seen teams with no budget play better football than these mtfckers

  • 122 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    yeah get the crocks on

  • 123 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Should bring Haidara on and put Dummett at centre back

    This may be a game for Siem De Jong or Thauvin to come on as there is plenty of space

    We must not lose this game which I think is putting the fear into our players

  • 124 colwell // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Anita = Can’t pass, Can’t shoot, Can’t header, slow,weak and rarely makes a tackle. Still manages to get a start at the toon though.

  • 125 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    we need to build a team around mbemba wijnaldum perez and mitrovic.
    these are our best players. there’s no balance in this team that’s the main problem.
    we give the ball away too easily which is why we cannot be dangerous

  • 126 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Sissoko passes to Mitrovic and we score header goal.Tragedy.If that is the base for our success we are relegated right now.Pardew left a lot of damage in this club with both players as well as his tactics.McLaren for some reason follows that blindly.Wijnaldum is class,same as Mitrovic and Perez but Sissoko and Janmaat create too much damage in almost every game.Pinball players.

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Jib/Jane/Jeff what about Anita, your brilliant small player? You were saying he fits right in with Messi? Hahahahaha. Are you watching the game?

  • 128 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Agree. It’s like we are safe from relegation and this is the last match of the season with nothing to play.

    The players just need to look at the table and calendar in the dressing room. No talk is necessary. Do they understand what’s at stake?

  • 129 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    how is that not a yellow for Whelan?

  • 130 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    nufcursed @118 we need a lot more than a technical MF. We need a bloody miracle.

  • 131 sparky55 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    We’re like a ford fiesta 997 pop (if anyone can remember one of those) running on 3 cylinders and not even getting out of 2nd gear.

    I’ve watched games of footy today…one for leeds under 18’s and one for Pudsey u18’s and watching this I’m bewildered.

    We’re not gonna score at this rate so if the do we’re knackered.

  • 132 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    with a slipping clutch

  • 133 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    great save by Elliot, ball watching from Dummet

  • 134 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Too many inconsistent players.

    Likes of Mitro and Sissoko, their touch goes from sublime to ridiculous with clockwork regularity.

    Woah, a save of note from Elliot!

  • 135 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    and bald tires.

  • 136 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    garbage

  • 137 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    collo on his arse twice plum

  • 138 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    What a keeper Bytland is

  • 139 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Colo maker of his own embarrassment there, a nothing header handing Shaqiri the ball and then getting twisted in knots and sat down.

    Sliced them open, need more of that!

  • 140 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Man, I hate seeing Colo charge around chasing the ball, it’s preceded conceding goals so many times I wince when I see him doing it.

  • 141 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Damn Butland. Let one in FFS

  • 142 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    the stoke keeper certainly seems difficult to beat.

  • 143 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    again we are far and away the best side but just can’t score

  • 144 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    make a move makro you tit

  • 145 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Tiote surpiringly solid so far

  • 146 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    the natives are restless

  • 147 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Hahaha

    Mitro has quickly learned the wiles necessary in the PL! Very good young man, play them at their own game.

  • 148 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    that is always a red card every day of the week. shoulder to the head

  • 149 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Then not so good, falling for the old push in back routine.

  • 150 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Very lacklustre performance. Can go either way.

  • 151 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    bit worried now that mitro may need to come off

  • 152 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    pap,pap and more pap

  • 153 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    First obviously bad thing Tiote has really done. Dwelling on the ball, just keep it simple and you’re alright!

  • 154 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    245 days since we won a 3pm kick off game, will in end today? I’m not so sure.

  • 155 LGFUAD21 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Dammit tiote. You’ve had a decent game don’t ruin it now.

    Don’t kno why people are complaining. We’re the better team. We look relatively composed. Just can’t unlock them.

  • 156 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    make a fcukin change you tit heed

  • 157 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    MOTD might be boring tonight 3 0-0 still in premier league in cluding city norwich

  • 158 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Calm down ladies. All we need is 1 goal to win the game. Everybody is just do critical. Be hopeful for a change. Have belief

  • 159 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Thauvin coming on?

  • 160 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Draw written all over it. Because we don’t have anyone on the bench who can actually make any difference.

  • 161 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    If we had more trusty defenders, I’d like to see Mbemba do that a lot more, moves very well.

  • 162 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    No real options to bring on from the bench, SDJ most likely but means moving a few people about.

    Think Perez needs a pre season of leg weights to give him an extra yard of pace, so much skill but can’t get away from anyone.

  • 163 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    if they score we wont

  • 164 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Tiote now playing a murder ball. Glad that’s his game up, tiredness seemed to be creeping in and affecting his decision making.

  • 165 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Well…we’re going for it !

  • 166 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    We have so many brilliant options.

  • 167 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Shows how bad Thauvin is, we need fresh attackers and he won’t leave the bench.

    Cider shouldn’t b there either, no point.

    Aarons should be there if fit, definitely ahead of Thauvin and probe Cisse.

  • 168 JP...from The Rock // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Good sub by McClaren. Now it’s up to De Jong to show us what he’s capable of.

  • 169 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Woodman coming on?

  • 170 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    These are the types of game when HBA used to go solo and pull something out of the bag.

  • 171 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    commentator saying we’re now doing 4-2-3-1

  • 172 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Very very poor game.

  • 173 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Stoke has been the better team this half.

    This is kind of game where it doesn’t matter how it comes. We just need a win desperately or we’ll be in huge trouble.

  • 174 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Anita often does that with his passes, doesn’t get enough elevation. Doesn’t realise not everyone his 5ft and a peanut like him

  • 175 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    never mind we will be we are

  • 176 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    It’s been all Stoke last 15mins.

  • 177 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    dummet is a terrible LB , he’s all over the place

  • 178 JDdubai // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    SDJ can’t play with a big CF,men’s no pace whatsoever up front.

    He needs a quick guy ahead to link play with a put into space.

    Only 1 team look like winning it from here

  • 179 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    up the ar5e nal

  • 180 Average_Contents // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Unable to watch the game but keeping up with ssn app. Anyone else get the feeling we’re going to rue these missed chances?

  • 181 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    If we don’t win today then relegation or atleast battling until that final whistle is confirmed.

  • 182 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    How are we not winning this game

  • 183 Average_Contents // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Mindshaft

    Totally agree. He’s a shite lb, looks far better at cb even after limited time there last season.

    Come on ffs!

  • 184 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Where’s Obertan when you need him?

  • 185 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Butland needs a knackering

  • 186 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    We’ve done everything but score.

    Butland MOTM no matter the outcome.

  • 187 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    how is that not a 2nd yellow???? wtf

  • 188 mindshaft // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Butland I hate you

  • 189 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Good game from Sissoko and Mitro…nobody else really…we need more…

    Butland is incredible.

  • 190 go toon goooo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Come on Fabrizzio.

  • 191 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Poor game. Bultland was good. But we were decent but not good enough for 3 points.

  • 192 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    How is Arnautovic not a red ????? Sickening….

  • 193 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    @ilovetoon8788 nice piece of comedy mate

  • 194 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Here’s our nemesis.

  • 195 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    SDJ not doing much as per.

  • 196 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Joke….

  • 197 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    i cannot remember a NUFC player getting a 2nd warning instead of an obvious yellow. officiating is a complete joke

  • 198 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Hate to say it…this is relegation form…. for sure now.

  • 199 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    All I can say is.

    No wonder that we are and will be in relegation battle all season long.

  • 200 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    was our performance against norwich really great attacking play or was it down to the fact norwich themselves had an awful defence, how else does a team score 6 goals then go on to score 0 in it’s next 2 games?

  • 201 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    ilovetoon8788

    exactly….. 100%…

    Thanks Ashley.

  • 202 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    ok makro u are shite

  • 203 TheToonKing // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    we’re doomed if we can’t win this games.

    2 games now that we’ve dominated , lost 3-0 te first and 0-0 draw now…

    and we have a bunch if injuries now as well, Colback, Janmaat…

    this is not looking good boys.

  • 204 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    7 points from 11 games. What’s the plan McLaren?

  • 205 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Its a point more than I thought we’d get out of our relegation squad.

  • 206 lukes26 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    i thought we played pretty well. 2 pts lost though

  • 207 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    dominated a long way off domination

  • 208 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    All pundits and commentators remark about a team that plays well and never gets the 3pts, eventually ending up relegated, there’s always one each season at least.

    We’re that team this season. Something often occurs to prevent us from getting 3pts when we’ve been on top, whether that’s the red last week, a MOTM GK, a defensive brain fart etc.

    We’re doomed.

  • 209 Thump // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Butland was fscking outstanding.

  • 210 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Can just picture Ashley cringing. He’s got a huge decision coming up. What to do next when you are a football fool like him?

  • 211 Average_Contents // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Welcome to Macca’s bwave new world….

  • 212 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    It’s really time to worry.. I really don’t know what else to say. Decent game, but how long are we going to go being happy with a half decent performance but no points to talk of.

  • 213 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Under this regime a 0-0 draw feels like a fine accomplishment.

  • 214 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Week after week people on here saying we played well but just didn’t get the 3 points. What does that add up to? A failed team in the relegation hunt with clueless management.

  • 215 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    I’d say we got more than a 45 minute performance and we managed to keep 11 on the field.

    I’m happy enough to call this one bad luck. Still doesn’t help us though. We can reason all we like, but the points become more and more urgent as time goes on.

    Credit to Butland. The lad played a blinder.

  • 216 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    the story is only so many teams will give you as many easy chances as we’d got from norwich, you need to break down defences yourselves that way the goal keeper himself will have bigger difficulties attemting to save the shot and what i’ve seen today as well as most of this season tells me we can’t especially not enough times to make up for the atrocious defence

  • 217 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Norwich only just lost to Man City today to an 89th minute penalty at the Etihad

  • 218 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    I’m not sure what people expect from almost the worst team in the premier league, so a draw was a great result from us.

  • 219 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    G2
    Send for Kinnear?

  • 220 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Well we didn’t lose. Got to stop before turning around and Stoke came with their tried and tested game plan. Exactly what I thought the result was going to be. We looked a fret ( he he) against one of the most stubborn defences and didn’t concede – what more do you want?

  • 221 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    atleast we’ll have a good striker ready for championship football, Adam Armstrong scores again.

  • 222 terencelim // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    You couldn’t expect much from possibly the worst club owner in the league.

  • 223 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    What happens when we get back to playing good teams. After Bournemouth it’s Leicester, Palace, Liverpool and Spurs. How many points for us from those 4? Possibly 1 or 2? Even if we beat Bournemouth we would have 11 or 12 points from 16 games. Totally hopeless given our squad and management.

  • 224 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    @ibiza

    Is November now. We can’t go on blaming bad luck etc. Points are needed. And quickly.

  • 225 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    todays game reminded me of the game we played spurs, they battered us but Krul won us a point, well today was that kind of game, we created good chances, blasters and the keeper got every one of them, the last keeper to have that good a game v us was the great dane for man u.

    we played well today. today we were unlucky

  • 226 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Toonbotherer what went wrong? Colo let you down today!

  • 227 Ron Knee // Oct 31, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    And so we vault into 18th place!

  • 228 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Looking at our next few fixtures we need to cause an upset somewhere or we are doomed.

  • 229 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    One win from 11 matches. All the rest is excuse making. Nothing more needs to be said. We’re relegation bound bar a miracle in January.

  • 230 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    tunski or p45 hmmmm

  • 231 JamesToon // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I’m just hoping we go on to have a season like Leicester last season. They played really well most of the season then got some luck towards the end and finished very well.

    I don’t care how good our attackers are, when the keeper is pulling off saves like Buttland today there really isn’t much you can do

  • 232 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    You fans are f$£€ing blind, only one team deserved this victory. We are just incredibly unlucky at the moment. I see a much improved team from last season and I’m encouraged to see where we end up this season. We will get the breaks soon.

  • 233 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Once we’re down in the championship at least we’ll be able to watch more competitive football.

  • 234 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    G2

    I had the feeling from the start that this was the season we’ll suffer, not because of the fact pardew left but the fact we only go and make a management appointment preseason.

  • 235 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Well at least we’ve found a head coach with a worse win record than Carver. Thank God for that anyway. 😯

  • 236 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    i love toon

    we are goood enough to do just that, we drew 0-0 at man u and 2-2 at chelsea. so why not.

    i would start to worry when we dont create chances

  • 237 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Dream on Llort muw @232. That’s the kind of thinking that keeps the ground full and Ashley laughing all the way to the bank.

  • 238 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    @catchy

    Maybe. Let’s hope we get some 3 points in the next few games. If not, I won’t try to be as positive as you.

    Points is all that matters from now.

  • 239 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    anyone on here not liking what they are seeing and just want to complain really dont know anything about football or are just complete wind up merchants

  • 240 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    ilovetoon…Pretty sure that’s what I said 🙂

    I haven’t put much of this season down to bad luck. Today, I am. Doesn’t change anything, or make the situation better or worse, it’s just how I viewed this particular game.

    I am worried about where the points are going to come from.

    Anyway, not going to be hanging around. I need to get ready for Halloween.

    Oh, don’t worry, just caught my reflection and we’re good to go.

    Scary Halloween everyone!

  • 241 firebug666 // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Thankfully I think there are worse teams than us in the league.

    Today we were unlucky (again) but I think we will start picking up some points, Butland had a blinder against us today, but the team are showing more confidence, better movement on and off the ball, (still a few sill mistakes), and creating more.

    We should be thankful we did not concede and to be fair the defence looked better than in the recent past.

    I don’t think we will be relegated, but we are still not a top half team, yet I sense that is not far off.

    Onwards and upwards.

  • 242 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    @catchy

    I liked what I saw. But we need at least 28-30 points from our remaining fixtures to ensure survival.

    It’s like about 8-9 wins more from our remaining fixtures + draws here and there.

  • 243 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Catchy…Before I do go, what you’re seeing is a reaction to, in the main part, our results, not the performance.

  • 244 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Too often our play is absolute drivel. People have forgotten what a good team looks like. We’ve had patches of decent play in certain games but not nearly enough to be competitive in this league. Without huge intervention from Ashley we are going down. The defense is simply not good enough. Players like Dummett should be nowhere near first team football. Others should have been long gone years ago. Nothing has changed. Excuses are for losers I’m afraid.

  • 245 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    an improving team does not consistantly keep loosing goal leads and fail to go ahead in dominating games.

    We might be the fans of the club but we’re not the ones who decides what most important that is down to players, managers and owners. right now we’re sitting in the bottom and therefore getting more and more desperate of a win other wise These great players we’re currently have will move across to a new club, the manager’s improvements will have been worthless, he’ll be sacked and we’ll be sitting about in the championship.

  • 246 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Geordie2

    No, that’s a judgement that I have concluded from the last few games. If I’m the only one noticing improvement then I’m sorry that you are stuck in a blackmore of negativity. I for one can see that these last few games have been a pleasant surprise because it shows how good we can be.

  • 247 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    It’s a results based business Ibiza mate. Saying we outplayed another team but could only get a draw doesn’t change the fact we are in the bottom 3 based mainly on poor performances over 11 games.

  • 248 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    ilovetoon8788

    we have a long way to go, with plenty of points to play for

    teams that are worse than us in both football and squad will help us out this season,
    Norwich will go down
    Bournemouth will go down because there best players are injured.
    Scumderland are just poor. all over and have a poor squad.
    Villa are gone in my book, they are so far behind on football and sold there best players.

    we have a better squad and ARE playing better football right now than all of those teams, and we will only get better

  • 249 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Blackhole*

  • 250 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Enjoy it then Llort mate. You can enjoy the parade around the pitch at the last match as we go down. Thanks mainly to an unbelievably poor owner who has nobody but himself to blame for this.

  • 251 sparky55 // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    That was like watching a P45 game…we were concentrating on not going behind in the first half then trying to get the opposition on the break in the 2nd half…BUT WE’RE PLAYING AT HOME FFS and we’ll never crawl out of the relegation places with that mindset…it’s all wrong!

  • 252 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Ibizatoon

    from table watchers 😉 every man and his dog could see we were just unlucky,
    16 shots, 6 good ones on target, and saved by a good keeper on the day.

  • 253 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Toonking

    Don’t be stupid, you’re saying that an improving team can’t get unlucky. There keeper was a different class today, but I doubt he will be making that lascelles save again anytime soon. That was real quality!

  • 254 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    its only took Shteve 11 games to do what P45 couldnt do in 4,5 years, play good football for 90 minutes

  • 255 Pottsclock // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    We’re in the bottom 3 based on results but I don’t think we will be come the end of the season.
    Players like Wini, Mbemba and Mitro doing really well and I am actually enjoying watching our play for the first time in a long time.

  • 256 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    3 worse teams in the league does not equate to survival, you should know that given our recent history and stays of execution, when being without doubt one of the worst 3 in the league.

    Pardew teams went full 90mins with just a single shot on target, often a HBA special, but somehow struck lucky and won, now we’re getting many good efforts on goal, playing with more method and a bit more style and aint picking up wins! A hallmark of a relegation team.

  • 257 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Geordie2

    Yep, I will enjoy watching our team play good football and open up teams. You can just sit there and complain when we score a good goal because not everyone touched the ball. If you cant see improvement then I think that you’ve forgotten how bad we actually were.

  • 258 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Catchy…At some stage professional clubs will be judged by their standing, which is what the table is for.

    It’s good you have confidence that wins are round the corner, others are not so sure. Doens’t make them table watchers.

    G2…Really? Thanks for clearing that one up 🙂

    Why is it people keep repeating what I’ve said back to me? Did I not say that it doesn’t actually help our position? I was simply highlighting that today, I felt we were unlucky.

    Anyway….Adios!

  • 259 davetoon // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    We will finish above Bournemouth, Norwich, Sunderland and Villa this season for sure.

  • 260 TikiTakaAcca // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT UP.
    YOU’RE ALL DELUDED FANS WHO THINK THAT WE’RE STILL BAD.

    WE DOMINATED THE GAME FRO START TO FINISH TODAY & WE’RE A 200% BETTER TEAM THAN LAST SEASON.

    THEIR KEEPER HAD THE GAME OF HIS LIFE, SO WHAT?

    WE’RE CLEARLY PERFORMING & EVEN DEFENSIVELY TODAY, THEY CREATED ONE CHANCE.

    YOU’RE ALL DELUDED FANS, THAT EXPECT MORE, NO MATTER THE OUTCOME.

    WE CAN’T CATCH A BREAK AT THE MOMENT, BUT THAT’S JUST HOW IT IS.. WE’LL FINISH COMFORTABLY MID TABLE THIS YEAR.

    THANK YOU LLORT MUW FOR ACTUALLY REALISING THIS AND SEEING SENSE.

    THIS BLOG IS FULL OF ABSOLUTE DROSS AND PEOPLE THAT KNOW NOTHING.

  • 261 manxpie // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    we desperatley need a cabeye type of CM and a consistant cheik tiote type of player plus the obvious and then and only then will we have a decen’t squad the 1st under ashley lets see wat january brings

    wat was the attendance today looked like huge holes of empty spaces in the crowd?

  • 262 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    listen up guys, nobody ever won the league after only 11 games, so i dont know what all the fuss is about, stop looking at the table right now, the league is still new and teams are finding there places. if we are 3rd bottom in March then start to worry.

    Jan will see more players come in

  • 263 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    The capital letters really help get your message across Tiki. Nobody else understands anything except you. Thanks for clearing that up. 😆

  • 264 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Tiki

    Good points, that’s exactly how I see It. Maybe we do have a really fickle fanbase. We can never be kept happy can we?

  • 265 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Sorry Ibiza mate, no offense intended. If we play well and get wins I’ll change my view. But we’ll need a few more incoming for that to happen.

  • 266 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    llort

    If we are improving on previous seasons then explain to me why we

    A) didn’t have a single effort against sheff wed in cup?

    B) let a 2-0 against chelsea become a 2-2 draw we were lucky not to lose and don’t say “chelsea are a decent team because this season they are worse than when pardew was beating them

    C) one minute we 1-0 ahead at city the next minute goals conceded left right and centre.

    D) A dominating game against the scums fails to see us win

    E) show even less threats against stoke and become a team requiring luck to win and could probably believe roulette is a profit.

  • 267 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Never be kept happy Llort? We are an 18th place team and deserve to be. You seem to be the perfect deluded fan for Ashley to make money off.

  • 268 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    How many of you will be saying we’re improving come december when we’re still sitting around the same position in the league with just 1 win

  • 269 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Tbh we were the better team and we are slowly improving, but we totally lack cutting edge, any team that has shots on target like we did should score. We are a good championship side who can’t quite cut it in the premier league.

  • 270 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Ibizatoon

    YES it does, SORRY 🙁 , but these same guys were cokahoop finishing 5th watching the worst football i have ever seen.

    this type of football, will entertain, will get you good cup runs, and depending on the quality of player help you finish in a good position.

    do we have a perfect squad, NO, but its a good one IMO, definitely top 10

  • 271 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Another clean sheet for Hull City and they maintain their best defence in the football league status.

    Feel we should have got Dawson more than ever, exactly what we need at CB and Mbemba would be welcoming I’m sure. Defends the entire breadth of the backline alone at times.

  • 272 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Sad, really sad. It’s wonderful to be optimistic but surely it should be based on facts. It’s like saying well the earthquake just destroyed the entire city but at least it happened on my day off.

  • 273 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    catchy

    ow the hell does it get you cup runs?

    watch the sheff wed game

  • 274 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Good cup runs catchy? What happened in the League cup then? You need to wake up from that rosy dream you’re in.

  • 275 benjohnsen // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    @Tikitaka

    SPOT ON!

  • 276 toon kk // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Tiki
    Have you looked at the table lately, usually it never lies.

  • 277 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Toonking I’m talking about improvement in the last three games, stop assuming things. Against Sunderland it was an individual error and a bad refereeing decision to send off Coloccini. Against Norwich we had nothing going against us and showed what we can do. Against Stoke we did create chances I don’t know what you watched. There keeper had a blinder and that’s the reason why we didn’t win today.

  • 278 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    The club has become a place for supporters who love to be the downtrodden underdog, instead of a source of pride based on excellence. Sir Bobby is turning over in his grave as we speak. Sad state of affairs.

  • 279 Jib // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:10 PM
    Too often our play is absolute drivel. People have forgotten what a good team looks like. We’ve had patches of decent play in certain games but not nearly enough to be competitive in this league. Without huge intervention from Ashley we are going down. The defense is simply not good enough. Players like Dummett should be nowhere near first team football. Others should have been long gone years ago. Nothing has changed. Excuses are for losers I’m afraid.

    I’ve been sitting patiently waiting for you to open your mouth and put your foot in it.

    You haven’t let me down bless you.

    You talk complete and utter garbage and have done all season.

    1 Our play is certainly not drivel
    2 We DO look like a good team
    3 The defence is fine
    4 Dummett got skinned by Shaquiri ONCE and Anita (the player you mock for his height) covered him.
    5 Which others should have been gone years ago ?

    I think you had your remarks ready to post before the game kicked off !!!

  • 280 manxpie // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    catchy thats exactly where your credability goes tbh

  • 281 davis_toons // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    262 ….WELL SAID

  • 282 toonking // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    LLort

    It’s becoming too late. These needed to be done at the beginning of the season because these 3 games are the one we need to win.

    we’re still not scoring goals and we’re not defending well and in november the only home game is against leister who have just had another great come back from behind.

  • 283 Llort muw // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    G2

    Well that’s an assumption right there, I for one dislike Astley for the money he has starved this club of. I also live in Lancashire which means I don’t attend games, which means I don’t ‘line his pockets’. We won’t be in 18th place at the end of the season if we continue to play like this, we won’t get unlucky every game.

  • 284 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Don’t need to be unlucky every game to sleepwalk to oblivion, just the occasions you play well and just enough so you don’t accrue enough points!

  • 285 nufcursed // Oct 31, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    MCCLAREN OUT!

    he’s just as full of shite as pardew! to say we looked a good team today is just proof of his ineptitude.. with such judgement you cannot correct the team’s faults as he cannot see what’s wrong!

    we look like a team that would even be in a relegation battle in the belgian league (where i live) and that says it all.
    there’s no skill, pace, desire, passion or guts in this team..
    only positive and i mean the ONLY positive is the mitrovic-perez combination.
    but then again in January we’ll probably lose both so what’s the point.

    we need a complete clear out
    from top to bottom and that’s gonna take years.
    so newcastle will struggle for at least another 5years. so supporters the only hope we have is that we escape relegation every season.
    more than that is just delusional bullshit




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