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Pitiful Newcastle Taken Apart 3-0 As Vardy Equals Record

5:13 pm, Saturday, November 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

It was a dreadful performance by Newcastle this afternoon at St. James’ Park when the Magpies were far too easily beaten by a sprightly Leicester City side who Newcastle simply couldn’t match for their speed and threat in the final third of the field.

You cannot accuse the Newcastle players of not trying, but we simply were not good enough and that’s three goals conceded at home which makes it a massive 25 goals conceded in the first 13 league games.

If we continue that average we’ll concede 73 goals this season – which would be our worst ever – and yet our defense has been known to be our Achilles heel for three years.

So who’s watching the shop at Newcastle?

jamie vardy scoring

Jamie Vardy scores great goal just before half time

That’s something Mike Ashley should be asking himself tonight – because just like earlier this year things are starting to get away from us again.

We remain 4th bottom – Bournemouth drew 2-2 at Swansea and Aston Villa were hammered 4-0 at Everton.

To say Newcastle were not good enough today is not telling the story as in the last quarter of this game it looked like we were at Manchester City and our defense was easily beaten – at times it looked embarrassing.

Leicester started this game very quickly and Newcastle had trouble keeping up with their pace and after jus 15 minutes Cheick Tiote injured his groin and he couldn’t continue so on came Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum went to defensive midfield.

Exactly who will play in defensive midfield next week at Crystal Palace against Alan Pardew’s side is anybody’s guess.

Newcastle were just about  holding Leicester, but it was the visitors who were the much more threatening side and Newcastle again lacked any threat up front.

It looked like it would be 0-0 at half time but then in stoppage time in the first half Jamie Vardy scored in his 10th consecutive Premier League game.

He looked maybe a little offside but when he got the ball inside the box he beat Sissoko before firing the ball past Elliot.

It was a bad time to concede a goal but Leicester were the better side in the first half.

Things didn’t get any better and Leicester came at Newcastle in the second half looking for the second goal and it came after 62 minutes when Ulloa when he was completely unmarked from a right-wing cross and he easily headed home past the exposed Rob Elliot.

After the goal, Papiss Cisse came on for Aleksandar Mitrovic who didn’t have a good game.

Newcastle were trying to come back but without real purpose, and then Elliot made a good save from Vardy before he was taken off after 77 minutes.

Gini Wijnaldum had a header stopped on the line and that was Newcastle’s first shot on target.


After 80 minutes Siem de Jong came on for Perez but this game was over – but not before Leicester scored a third goal after 83 minutes and it was just a terrible goal to concede as the defense looked all over the place.

Newcastle should have cleared  ball as it was  bouncing on the line, but Okasaki forced the ball over the line to make it 3-0.

Let’s make it clear – the scoreline could have been a lot worse and Newcastle were never in this game once Leicester City went ahead just before the break.

The second half was complete domination by the Foxes – and this was at St. James’ Park.

We’re not sure where Newcastle go from here, but that’s 10 points from our first 13 games with a massive 25 goals conceded.

We are at Crystal Palace next week and then at home to Liverpool and then at White hart Lane in the next game.

How many points can we get from those three games?

With Arsenal losing 2-1 at West Brom – Leicester go top of the league on 28 points from 13 games – 18 points more than Newcastle.

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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Defeat at palace and Liverpool and spurs up next.

    We’ll be back inside the relegation zone by mid December.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    How about McLaren and Carver as co head coaches? We could call them McCarver. I think that’s the answer going forward. I’ll just have a chat with Mike and set it up.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Never been one to worry abou who could come in when things are rock bottom but with this clown running the club I would be genuinely afraid of who they’d hire, Moyes wouldn’t touch us with a barge pool.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM


  • 5 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    I said we would need to sack McLaren by November. This match continues to confirm it for me. The players looked lost. No desire or drive. Compare that with Leicester. They were all over us from the start. Clean, incisive passing and blazing pace up front. What did we have? There was Mitrovic blowing his nose on his shirt I suppose…..

  • 6 Thump // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Man of the match or “player who wasn’t quite as bad as others but still did very little”

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Ta Jail mate. You were impressed with the match as well then?

  • 8 stuart no9 // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    what surprisesme more than anything is the amount of people on here who said we would win . why ? what have they seen in the past few games that would suggest we would have any chance today ? livin g in hope is the only reason as far as i can see . try being realistic , we are only as good as the bottom 3 , no better AND it dosnt look like we could beat anyone , shocking stuff today and its not going to get any better ,

  • 9 John Tudor // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    run by clueless tw@ts
    enough said

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Well lads, at least we can count on decisive leadership from Ashley in our time of need. I’m sure he’s hiding under his bed at this very moment……

  • 11 JamesToon // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I don’t think mcclaren is a dinosaur. I think he is trying to get us playing good football and build for the future unlike carver/Pardew, just not sure he’s got the ability to execute it, or got the right players to do it

    The difference between us and clubs like Everton/Spurs, who saw that they needed a young up and coming manager to implenent a philosophy and take them forward with Martinez and pochettino, their clubs weren’t rotten to the core. They had solid backbones in their team, They could make that transition quite easily, however we can’t because we are rotten to the core

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    I honestly don’t know what manager could come in and motivate a group of players that have sat down with Lee Churnley and been told that they are here until a better offer comes in, they really do not give a fcuk.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Is this our third or fourth relegation battle since the parasite bought the club? I’m losing track.

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Defenders purchased since promotion back to the PL

    Perch (£1m) – Also played CDM for us – Sold.
    Campbell (£0) – Released
    Davide Santon (£5.3m) – Sold.
    Good (£0.4m) – Yeah…
    Debuchy (£5.5m) – Sold
    Yanga MBiwa (£6.7m) – Sold
    Haidara (£2m) – Shows promise, injuries slowing development
    Mbabu (£) – Early stages, showing good signs.
    Janmaat (£5m) – Fairly decent overall. Not great, not terrible.
    Lascalles (£3m) – Early stages, showing promise.
    Mbemba (£6.9m) – Impressive.

    It’s not hard to understand why we’re poor at the back. We have poor defenders, or ones that are not ready yet.

    Only 4 of those could be argued as being 1st team ready at the time of purchase (Debuchy, MBiwa, Janmaat and Mbemba) and 2 have been sold since. We’re in to our 6th season since promotion, and have only really improved half of our defence.

  • 15 AndyMac // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    “You cannot accuse the Newcastle players of not trying” Yet I heard the radio report that Kasper Schmeichel had 0 saves to make ???? Thats zero saves !

  • 16 stuart no9 // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    jail —– the first think a new manager should do is buy a captain . we havnt got one . we havnt a leader . and that runs right through the team

  • 17 AndyMac // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    “Is this our third or fourth relegation battle since the parasite bought the club? I’m losing track”

    It’s not a relegation battle Ron, its an exercise in limiting ambition..

  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    These are the only decent players that we have:


    All the rest are poor. We got rid of our best players such as Abeid, Santon, Ben Arfa and Cabella.

  • 19 John Tudor // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    i’m refusing to watch pap, pap and more pap

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Ibiza mate, that’s far too sensible a comment @14. Everyone knows there’s not a huge profit to be made in selling on defenders. Why would any owner want to spend money on them? In fact by the looks of your list we have definitely overspent on the defense. I’ll make a note to discuss it with Mike…..Harrumph.

  • 21 John Tudor // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    you can get sissykoko out of that list
    pi55 p00r

  • 22 jlarsen // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    This was the WORST performance ever. I was laughing in disbelief when that ball bounced in the box and two of our players seemed totally uninterested of clearing it, afraid of a bouncing ball… leaving Okazaki to score with his FACE! We are unable to mark players, we can’t tackle, we can’t attack. Anita is way too deep, and he can only play short simple passes, normally.. today he couldn’t even do that. Dummett all over the place, and Janmaat should be fined for his poor performance.

  • 23 Llort muw // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    OK, I’ll hold my hands up, I’m one of those who have been saying that I’m not worried about our safety In this league judging our earlier performances, however, these last two games have been a show of reality. We really aren’t cut out for this league anymore, playing well in a handful of games just isn’t good enough.

  • 24 toonbrother // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    toonbrother // Nov 21, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    with the goal conceded and us having to come forward expect the floodgates to open

    final score 0-3

    aka nostradamus
    aka sgitr

  • 25 usmagpie // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    I would like to apologize to all Newcastle Fans. I was one of the people that said Steve McCock-up would help Newcastle United and he cannot be as bad as Carver. I stand corrected, if Mike Ashley needed any prompts to get us a new manager then this is the time. Any other manager with this record in the premiership would be fired. We need someone in now to look at what he has and see if he can get the best out of the players for the newt four weeks or so. He then can look at what he needs and what he needs to get rid of. I still think Brendan Rodgers may be a good choice, his don’t take shit from players attitude is what’s needed, you don’t do your job and give 100% then you not playing. I honestly think we could have put out a better team from this blog and played a better game of it against Leicester.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Again lads I want to review the positives from the match:
    1. We forced them to play in our half very nicely. Lots of indecisive passing will allow that to happen.
    2. We didn’t waste any energy trying to get the ball back, even when down 3-0. Very clever. Already saving ourselves for the next game.
    3. We really brought the crowd into it with that second half performance. Some of the lads even listened to the final 20 minutes in their cars on the way home.

  • 27 chicousa // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Second match in a row, the team looked slow, clumsy, always a step or two behind the opposition. Even more worrisome is how disinterested and passionless they appeared. Shameful performance! McLaren looks like he has a heartless team on his hands. The Titanic is sinking…

  • 28 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    G2…Sorry, was just running with Eds thoughts

    “25 goals conceded in the first 13 league games.

    If we continue that average we’ll concede 73 goals this season – which would be our worst ever – and yet our defense has been known to be our Achilles heel for three years.

    So who’s watching the shop at Newcastle?”

    As for Mike, rather than raise that issue with him, perhaps a quick knee to the groin instead?

    High pitched harrumph!

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Am lost of words don’t know wat to say.

    A team full of Internationals.
    A Coach with 12 yr experience
    A team full of trophy winners

    Dont know wat to say

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I honestly think Mclaren was seen as a coup because on paper he was literally the best manager we could get that would work under this model and even he didn’t want it.

  • 31 Brian Pinas // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    “Judge me after 12 games”. Well this was exactly that.

    I can see Moyes in charge for the next game.

  • 32 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Imagine getting dominated and losing at pardews palace next.

    Hahahahah.. I can so see it happening.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Casper may as well have been a ghost for the amount of pressure we put on him. I think he had a bit of a tricky pass back from his defense to handle though…..

  • 34 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Jail…I think it was seen as a coup, as a lot of people really had hit bottom after the Carver experience and had resigned themselves to the idea that nothing at all would change.

    Just look at the polls etc from when Pardew left. Few wanted Mcclaren then.

    We didn’t get stuck with Carver, which we were told repeatedly was a possibility and the club spent a sizable chunk of the cash it’s saved up (which contributed to the position we were in the first place). Enough cosmetic change to have another roll of the dice.

    After all, what can the fans do?

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Why on earth would Moyes touch us, we are not an attractive proposition, has everyone forgot that Mclaren kept turning us down until he had no choice.

  • 36 Ron Knee // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    And there’s no question that he’s succeeding admirably …

  • 37 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Why did we not look at that Kante for Leicester? Hes been immense all season has won the ball more than anyone in the league and he was not that expensive

    Dread what Zaha and Bolasie are going to do to our full backs next game !!

    We should play Mbabu at right back and move Janmaat to the wing at least that way we wont be exposed on the right waiting for Janmaat to get back into position

  • 38 John Tudor // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    has the knacka been on yet

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Ibiza mate, excellent idea. I am very excited about this modern Dutch football we play under McLaren though. The short passes that leave players unprotected. The clever avoidance of anything in the air. Is this the Dutch version of tiky taka football by any chance? Can we count on more of the same until Christmas?

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I meant a coup by the club, I certainly wasn’t impressed, if he’d stormed the Championship with Derby and got the job on merit then fair enough, he didn’t, he was sacked after two seasons of failure and the worst part is, if he had of succeeded there he wouldn’t have been sacked and would have rather took his chance with newly promoted Derby than us.

  • 41 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    G2…Apologies again, I’m finding it hard this evening to “Always look on the bright side of life” or to find humour in this club.

    Don’t let me stop you though. You may save a soul or two.

    Jail…I see. Do you think they even approached anyone better than Mcclaren?

    Don’t forget, the model changed over the summer…

  • 42 Toon-Prodigy // Nov 21, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    The Toon are looking for a face to front the club rather than a manager/coach to push us on…

    McClaren was the one and only who would take on such a shocking job where he has got no say on choosing players. Like the rest he gets what hebis given.

    Still worried on Mitrovic fitness and Thauvin…. There is a rabbit off with Thauvin, the money we have paid for him and such, what has Carr been doing, makes me think has he been making sneaky deals and Thauvin was always coming from a clause from the past or whatever. This lad is so far from Premier quality its unreal, and the money paid for him wow.

    Not right.

  • 43 jlarsen // Nov 21, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    imagine we paid 15 MILLION for Thauvin. HAhahahahahha… He is useless in this league

  • 44 Moonraker15 // Nov 21, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Ed sorry to disagree with you again but most of the players were not trying! Tha fact that they are also crap doesn’t help but we’ve been totally outplayed by an average team in good form atm who will finish mid table.

    I believe McClaren will get us relegated if left in charge and my worry is Charnley ain’t got the balls to sack him!

  • 45 Ravostag // Nov 21, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I watch 2nd div football and Mansfield Town have a better defender midfielder and striker than the Toon open your eyes Carr look closer to home stop buying overated young foreigners and buy established stars and Charnley employ a half decent Coach/Manager

  • 46 santoon // Nov 22, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    i think we really miss colback in midfield, anita and tiote do not really protect the midfield and make passes as well as colback

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