This Is The Road To Enlightenment For Newcastle

There are lots of stories and analysis about what´s wrong with Newcastle – it´s the owner, it´s the coach, it´s the players, it´s not spending enough  in the transfer market, it´s the weather  (well it can be really bad in Newcastle) – and all that stuff.

And the gates at St. James’ Park are down about 2.000 from last year and that shouldn´t be too surprising even at Newcastle – when you think we have only three wins at home all this year in 16 league games.


Newcastle United Training Session

Ian Cathro and Steve McClaren in training

We´re not exactly sure what the problem is but the solution is easy – start winning games.

Last season we went from doom and gloom after getting just 4 points in our first 7 league games to almost enlightenment when we won five league games in a row to go 5th top of the league at this time last year.

And in there was also a 2-0 win in the League Cup at Manchester City – just for good measure – the first and only time we have ever won at the Etihad Stadium.

There are glimmers of light at the end of this long dark tunnel – and we have taken 7 points from our last four games.

That´s even though we were hammered at Bournemouth last time out but came away with all 3 points thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

And if we can win today that would be 10 points from 5 games and certainly things will really start to look up at Newcastle.

Wins are wins – and even though our display two weeks ago was poor – the mood was still upbeat after the game.

Yes , we were hopeless but we got all 3 points and as Alan Shearer told us after the game – that´s the main thing.

Another win today – our third this season and sixth this year in the league  – could really elevate the mood on Tyneside.

And let´s also make the rather wild assumption that we deserve all 3 points this time and that´s almost too much good stuff to take in all at once.


Things could really be swinging for Newcastle fans tonight.

And that has to be good.

All we need is another win.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    The back four and goalie pick themselves the front 2 pick themselves you have to have Tiote sitting in front of the defence , so with this lively Leicester side you have to have the 2 sides of the midfield diamond willing to help the fullbacks ,therefore it’s Anita and Wijnaldum out wide Sissoko through the middle and Perez and Mitro as out and out strikers and go for the jugular from the off.

    3- 0 the Toon

  • Mag52

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Good memories Ed., especially the win at the Etihad.
    Looking for another inspirational win this weekend.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Jeff…there’s no rules without exceptions!

    …the English language is proof of that my friend ?

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    FFS Wally, sort out that Barnet!!

  • banjax

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes we dodged a bullet at Bournemouth by playing badly although it seems to be forgotten that we hammered Stoke’s goal and could only manage a point. So what goes around comes around. However my concern in all this is the inability for the players to be consistent on the pitch and this is what will sink Newcastle. The answer is more graft, closing down and pressing for the ball because that is what Leicester will be doing today and McLaren and the players have to contain that.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Well said
    That level against Norwich is proving elusive to replicate .

    Shot Bru
    A coaches coiffure has no bearing on his success on the field . I think you want the hairdressing blog , it’s just down the corridor on the left , don’t slam the door on your way out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Booby Charlton’s comb over done him no favours in management !

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Bit of an oxymoron ey jib?

    Wally and ‘success on the field’

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    The junction to the road to enlightenment is where they need to drop off Captain Colo.

    The January window will prove if we are that road…and that IMO will only be proven if our existing soft underbelly is replaced by new blood.

    Rumours of Nigel De Jong fill me with optimism because IMO he’s exactly the type of player we need to sit in front of the back four…but if we don’t get an international standard CB in January and at least two better class CDM’s then we’ll have missed the junction to the road of enlightenment.

    If he can’t see Colo for what he is then there is no enlightenment.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    He can have a purple mohican as long as we win.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    2 -1 to the Toon – with Vardy to get his goal. Weed really need to get a win otherwise trouble looms in January.

    Jibberish – whats all this about telling Shot Bru to leave the blog. Disgraceful. If I could remind you of a post you made last week.
    Booohhooo. Boohoooo. If anyone tells me to leave the blog I’m going to report you to Ed. Booohoooo. Boooohooooo.

    Comedy Gold – free laughs and it costs nothing.
    What a knacker – get yourself away to the Miss World blog.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I suppose free laughs would indeed cost nothing.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper is a shining example to posters everywhere !
    I pull him up on a statement about footy and he comes straight back with a counter argument about footy , as do most on her

    Jail for Ashey and Mr Tuff that’s called blogging ladies.

    Not whining and childishly accusing people of being drunk because they DARE to have a different opinion to you.

  • toon kk

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    We won’t go on a five game win spell this season, we don’t work hard enough for a start.
    Leicester will rip our useless no hope r’s to shreds and any fan honest with them selves knows it. Sick of our dross tbh.

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon KK.

    Damn right…we’re no near a level to win five games on the bounce and some of the blind loyalty we see on here is worrying.

    The result today depends on the nouse of our manager because man for man we can match Leicester join every position…the only difference is coaching, belief and the momentum Leicester have.

    The way we set up today is of paramount importance.

    We’ll soon see today if SM has what it takes

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    I make a comment about Mclaren not being sacked even if he doesn’t meet his targets, you say rightly so then won’t back up your comment at all, that’s not blogging, that’s being a smidey pr!ck !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Even getting a CB in who could keep Collocini out would be a start .

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    “Well we know where we’re goin’
    But we don’t know where we’ve been
    Fnd we know what we’re knowin’
    But we can’t say what we’ve seen
    And we’re not little children
    And we know what we want
    And the future is certain
    Give us time to work it out”

  • AncientC

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    I am still wary of how trustworthy Elliot will be. All the ‘told you so’ types came out of the works last week, and some have now even rated Elliot better than Krul all along.

    Elliot came in against Bournemouth, patched up like some kind of hero playing through the pain barrier, to me that seems like it takes a lot of pressure off his shoulders and I can understand him having a good game.

    Who knows, maybe he will start getting cocky and have another very good game. I hope so.

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Leicester dont have a great defence so I think we will create chances if we match them for work rate and this is the problem for us this season we dont fight for the ball

    Would like to see Thauvin start on the left and move Wijanldum back into the centre in place of Anita or Tiote


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