Very Poor Performance – Great Result

We have played well at times this season got nothing out of the game with some example being the defeat at Sunderland and at home to Arsenal when in each case we were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

And last week we should have got all 3 points but couldn’t get the goal that would have given us the win in what was a good performance last week.

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Ayoze Perez shoots home after 27 minutes

We were extremely poor at Bournemouth this afternoon and the newly promoted side dominated the game but some poor finishing and a great goalkeeping display by Rob Elliot meant we kept a second successive clean sheet – and we only have three of those all season.

And we managed to do something we couldn’t do last week we scored a goal and left Bournemouth rather quickly after the game having stolen a 1-0 win and all 3 points.


These things tend to level out over a season and we got 3 points today when few players played well – Elliot,  captain Coloccini at the back tried hard to marshal the back four and Ayoze Perez was good up front.

Newcastle had one half-chance and we scored from it.

This is what Steve McClaren said after the game today:

“We’ve been playing so well recently in terms of performance and football, the last four games, even Chelsea and the first half against Man City.”

”The performance has been great but we’ve not got the rewards for it, and we’ve bemoaned that the last few weeks.”

“Today we didn’t get the performance with the ball, and it just shows football at times can be unexplainable.”

“Sometimes during the season you get that, you think ‘wow, how did we get that’. We got it through character, endeavour, organisation, perseverance.”

“After an hour we were never going to score the second goal and were never going to keep the ball long enough. ”We just more or less shored up and defended for our lives.”

”And when we did that, we got through it and our goalkeeper was outstanding.” “And during the season you’ll have three or four of them, and today we got the one. We’ll take it.

“Where we’ve lost other games, say at Sunderland , where we should have won, we’ll take the three points today.”

Before the game, we had hoped for a good Newcastle performance and a win.

We got half of that but we’ll take the 3 points.

It was a really poor performance and we will have to play a lot better at home to Leicester Coty in two weeks who are flying high and 3rd top of the Premier League right now.

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8 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Only 15points off Leicester but onwards and upwards

  • lukes26

    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Ive never seen so many 50/50 balls won by one team as Bournemouth won today.

    Speaks a lot about one team worker harder than the other & players knowing their roles.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Elliott, Colo, Mbemba, Tiote, maybe Perez played well

    Janmaat, Dummett, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita were bad, the midfield really bad. Tiote earned his pay today, lets hope he can get fitter and maybe get back to somewhere near his best, still has a lot to offer us given our lack of quality and fight in CM.

    Team still lacks the workrate and attitude, too many today disappeared and jogged around without really busting a gut to close people down or fight to win it back. Big players needed in Jan and the summer.

    Shawcross would be the dream, never happen though.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #4

    mitro didnt have as bad a game as many think, he may not have been his normal brute up top today, but he won most of the headers from there corners, and he did have a vital part to play iin our goal,,

    he did defend for the team

  • TroubledToon

    Nov 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Is the jury still out there for Thauvin?

  • lesh

    Nov 7, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #6

    We weren’t extremely poor!

    It was a different game plan McClaren went for.

    Planned to make Bournemouth think we were crap, they fell for it and their defence became complacent. Perez scored and Elliot saved the day.

    We’ll take the three points though.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 7, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #7

    What it is, is that the Bournemouth pitch is quite a bit wider than SJP. McClaren did not have the squad ready for that and it showed.

  • toonluvva

    Nov 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Personally I thought we created most of our problems.

    Whenever we were under pressure we had no real outlet upfield. Mitrovic and Perez were isolated so the ball was just coming straight back in. Luckily Bournemouth spurned a host of great chances to really punish us, and Elliot pulled off some great saves.

    Repeat this performance / tactics against most of the other premiership sides and we could literally be on the wrong end of HUGE scoreline.


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