Newcastle Performance Points To A McClaren Weakness

It´s true that Bournemouth dominated Newcastle in yesterday´s game on the south coast and what was worrying again for Newcastle is against a team we had every chance of beating – we decide not to show up for the game.

Well apart from goalkeeper Rob Elliot who had a great game and captain Fabricio Coloccini who made some great tackles in the penalty area especially in the second half as he kept trying to wake up the Newcastle players – but was unsuccessful.

But even though we didn´t deserve it – this turned out to be our second win of the season and the first win on the road since we took Hull City apart 3-0 at the end of January – and it was also only our second away goal of this season.

rob elliot saves again bournemouth

Rob Elliot – another save from Newcastle goalkeeper yesterday

Newcastle operated in a gear significantly lower than that of the Bournemouth players, and they had more energy and drive and wanted to win the game a lot more than our lot.

This game again shows what Steve McClaren has been talking about all season – consistency – or the lack of it – and on this performance our players are overpaid and over-rated.

But it was Rob Elliot who turned in what was a fantastic performance and the 29 year-old kept us in the game in the first half with four excellent saves as the players in front of him were simply going through the motions and not performing anywhere near to their capabilities.

Bournemouth were also missing four of their best players through injury and it showed.

The south coast club are missing Callum Wilson big time and if he had been playing – he is out for six months with a serious knee ligament injury – this game could have been over before half time.

Newcastle had one shot in the first half and we scored with though Perez and goalkeeper Adam Federici could have done better – and we didn´t get one corner all game – although we should have had one in the second half when Federici turned a Coloccini header over the crossbar.

Here are the stats of the game yesterday.

                  Bournemouth      Newcastle 

Goal Attempts         20               2
On Target              5               1
Corners               16               0
Fouls                  9              11
Yellow Cards           2               2
Red Cards              0               0 
Possession %          68              32
Goals                  0               1

When you look at the stats the only one that matters is the last one – the goals.

We´ll also point out we won the fouls.


We still somehow managed to win 1-0 and we certainly needed the points but in a strange way this will serve as a wake-up call to Newcastle players once again.

There have been too many games this season – especially the ones where we are expected to win – that we simply haven´t turned up – and this was another one of those games.

The Bournemouth players were ready from the very first whistle and in every game it seems that their young and talented manager Eddie Howe is able to get his players ready for the game.

That´s not true with Steve McClaren and there are too many times when we don´t know what team is going to turn up – yesterday was one of our worst performances of the season – even though we won.

Against a top side with finishing power it could have been another 6-1 humiliation we suffered at the Etihad Stadium after we had been the  better side in the first half.

After playing some of our best football of the season in the 0-0 draw against Stoke last week and at the Stadium of Light the week before – when we had Coloccini wrongly sent off in the first half – this was a pathetic showing from all but two or three Newcastle players.

We will have to be a lot better against Leicester City at home in two weeks time – but it would be difficult to be worse than we were yesterday.

Thanks to Rob Elliot for all three points, with a solid performance from captain Coloccini and a well-taken goal from budding superstar Ayoze Perez.

Against Leicester City Steve McClaren and company will have to find ways of inspiring our players to a much-improved performances than yesterday´s embarrassment – although it was a precious 3 points for us – to be sure.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I may be a mile off here but it makes you wonder if our players ( not all) actually want to be here, play for our club.
    We never know which team will turn up and maybe we should try and sign players who know the league and are ‘proven’.
    But that’s more expensive than our policy.
    I just hope three teams get less points than we have come the end of the season

  • geordieboy83

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    This is our best run of form for a long time haha 2 wins a draw and a loss in our last 4. Dizzy heights are coming. 2 clean sheets in a row. Lots of positives

    Also on thauvin he’s actually quite a big kid, thought he was a short arse never really paid attention to it


  • blew

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    “Our players are overpaid and over-rated”
    8 starters were Graham Carrs with more
    on the bench. He will again have the major
    say in January.

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    How did Thauvin do ?
    I only saw motd and didn’t show much


    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Shocking performance.
    Felt sorry for bmouth they deserved the win.
    Sissoko and Wini only play when each other do……and they both only play when they want.
    They’re not interested going to a small ground in the wind and rain.
    Great getting the points but mclaren needs to sort out that attitude pronto.

  • nut meg

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Plenty people,me included said before the game that it was vital to win ANYWAY we can ,we did,why all the doom & gloom? Was it a great performance, no.Was it a great 3 points YES. That might be the 3 points that keep us in the PL.

  • kimbo

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Our weakness is midfield.It was non existant yesterday. Having to play Anita says it all and when Dan Gosling looks a world beater against our midfield dross then surely the muppets can see where we need to sort out in january.

  • the broons

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8


    More in his 15 minute cameo than the rest of our attackers did. We linked uo great for the goals but then decided to sit back again.

    I also hope people on here realise how poor Perez was and shouldn’t be anywhere near the man of the match (just cos he scored *sigh*) And also Janmaat is becoming a reliability aswell.

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheers The Broons.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10


    I’m not a fan of Anita, can’t understand what he actually brings to the game other than 5 yard passes backwards or sideways.

    I think of Thauvin or Aarons can get going then putting them on the left would allow Wijnaldum to play inside with Tiote which should be much better.

    With Perez for me he has similar qualities to Suarez and Aguero. Clever movement, a good turn, can leave a man behind….he just needs to be more committed to his movements and execute them with more conviction, little too lightweight with what he does.

    I’m sure he’ll get there in time.

  • expatmag

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11


    Do you like Janmaat then?

    Personally, I thought he was a liability……lol

  • juan

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    so we played shit and won… would you rather we played well and got beat?

  • JDdubai

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    I think CM is becoming as big a need to fix as CB.

    Anita and Colback are squad players if we are really aiming for a top 8 team, they can fill in and do a decent job but have no real Impact in the big games. Tiote can fill that DM spot IF he gets back to his previous form though that was 2/3 seasons ago so jury is out.

  • expatmag

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14


    Perez is very good and is learning his trade here. Dont forget. He has spent his career in Spain as a midfielder in a lower division.

    Since coming here, he has been tried in a few positions alien to him.

    Our biggest problem will be stopping the fat twat from selling him at the first opportunity.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Janmaat at the moment seems to have lost the plot good going forward but defending – bloody awful

  • cyprus

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ll disagree. I think Perez is real class, scoring that goal did give us 3 points ( a detail, but someone has to do it) and, like Gray said, it was brilliantly made. Yesterday he was as bad as the rest, granted. But he never stopped trying and he did get bullied, twice being assaulted, as the slow mos confirmed.

    Of course, given our last performance, I’m concerned as so should SM be.

    I was way more relaxed after the previous 3 games.

    Still, I think Bournemouth are better than their position suggests. They have outrun everyone thus far…

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Poor performance but no way do I feel sorry for Bournemouth. Yes Elliot had a good game but most of his saves were regulation saves. Bournemouth didn’t win because their finishing was poor.
    Newcastle were resolute in defence and worked hard for the victory.
    I thought Thauvin played well when he came on, he retained possession and won a couple of fouls which helped ease the pressure on the defence.

  • shroomnufc

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Played bad and won. Played brilliant and lost and drew. Never straight forward being a Toon fan. On the players should have been sold Tiote to Arsenal a few seasons ago. Dunmmet does not look comfortable on the ball what’s so ever. Anita only ever seems to play well of the bench. Love Sissoko but to hit and cold

  • shroomnufc

    Nov 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Played bad and won. Played brilliant and lost and drew. Never straight forward being a Toon fan. On the players should have been sold Tiote to Arsenal a few seasons ago. Dunmmet does not look comfortable on the ball what’s so ever. Anita only ever seems to play well of the bench. Love Sissoko but to hot and cold. mitrovic will be a great player needs the service. What do you guys think

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 8, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Whoever said its a funny old game was right. This was all rather baffling- even after a post match reviewing session in the pub. But who cares we took the points in an awful performance- albeit with all the luck going. Mind having dominated the last two matches this was long overdue. At this time we’ll take the points and gloss over a forgettable match.
    Against expectations Macca ( only opposition fans give him the Brolly title ) set up to defend and to concede possession. Resulting in the fullbacks allowing Bournemouth to get in crosses at will. Wijnaldum had his poorest game in a toon shirt and Sissoko was amongst our least impressive players. They created little in an attacking sense and not because they were working back. Neither player did worthwhile tracking back and rarely put in a tackle. This put pressure on wide defenders who had poor games. Which in an away game against a busy side was inexcusable. Bournemouth just passed around Dummett and he is poor going forward. An inspired Elliott(( mom) plus the two CB’s( yes Collo was one of our better players) sticking to their task secured the points after one of our rare attacking moves put us in front. Little of note thereafter.
    In central midfield we really missed Colback as the game highlighted yet again that Anita can only play in a midfield three – he was totally ineffective and chasing shadows, rarely getting a tackle in, the game passed him by. Tiote is getting back to required fitness and showed an improving performance but a better pairing would be with Wijnaldum. On a wide pitch our play cried out for Thauvin to come on earlier but he briefly showed an ability to stretch play which was required to close out the game.
    Serious thought is required to win games at SJP – to improve our wide play generally – – getting crosses into the Leicester box for Mitrovic. He had a hand in our goal and showed his power in the air in our box but overall disappointing largely because we simply weren’t an attacking force.


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