Our Man Of The Match Apologizes To Fans

For the second game running our stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot was one of the few players who turned up for the game and he was again our best player and winner fo the Man of the Match poll against Leicester City.

In second place and worth a mention is Vurnon Anita,  who had one of his better games for Newcastle after Cheick Tiote had gone off injured in the first half.

rob elliot saves from Jamie Vardy:

Rob Elliot makes great save from Jamie Vardy

And today in the Chronicle Rob has taken it upon himself to apologise to the fans for what was another dreadful performance from this inconsistent Newcastle side – who are now precariously positioned just one point above the drop zone.

The more times we put in insipid displays like this the bigger the chance we will be relegated in May.

This is some of what Rob has said in the Chronicle:

“We have to hold our hands up, we were poor, and they were the better team. There are no excuses at all, we know that.”

“It’s not acceptable, especially after the performances we put in recently and the character we have shown. This was really disappointing.”

“I just want to make sure there are no excuses, we hold our hands up and apologise.” “The only thing we can do now is go out and put it right against Crystal Palace.”

“Our fans are just pure class. They gave Jamie Vardy a brilliant reception when he went off.”
“It just shows their compassion and their love of football.”

“We have to hold our hands up to the fans and apologise for the performance, we thank them for always staying behind us.”

“We have to push on now. We have shown some improvement, but now we’ve let ourselves down. We need to get our heads down and work on it and crack on.”

Here are the results of the Man of the Match poll.

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59 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    OH MY GOD !!!

    Clarence Seedorf in secret talks with Newcastle!!!


  • Ron Knee

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    And next week it will be: “The only thing we can do now is go out and put it right against Liverpool.”

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    McClaren upstairs
    The Paramaribo Suriname connection continues

    Now Seedorf

    Georgino can update him about the footy and Ruud and Patrick about the fanny 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib my man, hats off

    Exclusive – Seedorf returns to coaching: contact British
    Breaking News: November 22, 2015


    After the adventure lasted only 22 games as coach of AC Milan, there may be a new bench to wait for Clarence Seedorf, the Dutch coach who is now virtually stopped for a season waiting for a new commitment to technical. The former footballer of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, appreciated internationally, as collected exclusively by CalcioMercatoNews.com, would contact in these hours with a big British football that does not pay its huge in terms of ranking. We are talking about Newcastle, companies are looking for stability and next, apparently, to remove the former coach of the national British Steve McClaren, to accommodate their former AC Milan coach. The first meetings have already taken place secretly. Certainly an adventure of great level for Seedorf who might well apply all its qualities as well as learned in recent months in the service of a great English football looking for new successes.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    “A great English football (club) looking for new successes” = “A great English football (club) desperate to avoid relegation”.

  • davetoon

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    @beermonkey understand what you are saying but I would expect that McClaren would have been in a position to reverse the move should he have wanted to.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7


    player could have dug his boots in and said he wanted out doesn’t leave any manager a lot of options

    we will never find out what really went on

    the shroud of secrecy hat surrounds our club is worse than the iron curtain maybe we should employ the services of mi5 to get some info

  • Goldmbemba

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I would take Seedorf at the moment. I’d take Carlton Palmer at this rate…

    I really wanted Steve to do well, but the positive start we made (although minus the wins) has tailed off.

    What do we think will Mashley really shake things up like this in January and bring in new players too?

    Is he desperate to keep us up this year ? Since we hardly ever hear from him you are forgiven for thinking he isnt even involved in the running of the club.

  • Goldmbemba

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Also I think it deserves to be said our season could look a lot different if 2 incidents turned out differently –

    1. Thauvin scored with that chance at the end of the game at Old Trafford

    2. we hold off Chelsea to win 2 – 1 at home.

    If so we’d be on 16 points right now.

    Football can be so fickle… Justsayin#

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10


    sometimes you need to be lucky as well as good and sadly wally’s record would suggest he’s either very unlucky or just not very good.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib – Good investigative spot. To answer the question you posed last week to a usual suspect, who clearly finds himself in a dilemma to answer- you couldn’t make it up!. Of course we want Palace to win as any right minded fan wants the mackems to go through the trap door – it will also help our survival programme.

    Too many prepared to put the club down anyone can be a fair weather supporter. It’s an ill bird that fouls its own nest. Fortune and momentum change.
    This time last year under Alan Pardew NUFC had won six successive matches to sit fifth in the PL. By way of contrast Leicester were in a 13 game run without a win to leave them written off in most quarters and as destined for the Championship. It’s always darkest just before the dawn.
    Keep the Faith –

  • Our Toon

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Seedorf thing sounds like utter shite, he was a quality player but doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a good manager or head coach!! Really don’t understand the excitement if he did come.

    We made a similar daft decision by appointing shearer the season we went down!!

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    I can’t bring myself to give Steeve a hard time, not because I like him or anything.
    The squad is shite and wafer thin, Pardew helped the slug to impliment this and we’ll suffer a good while longer IMO.

    Until the slug does one it’ll be the same story year in year out no matter who we sign or which puppet is in charge. As it has been for the last 8years despite that blip of a 5th place finish that must be forgotten and never repeated no matter the cost.

    Ashley out!

  • Goldmbemba

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Agreed Rotonda.

    I think whats so frustrating as well, is that I really believe we have quality players in most positions on the pitch. Why are they not clicking? And its been like this for years, apart from our Pardew 5th place finish more or less.

    Its hard seeing teams like stoke, leicester, palace, west ham, swansea who i consider to have worse players in some poisitions, getting it right.

    e.g. wijnaldum/sissoko should be outperforming the likes of arnautovic, walters, bolasie, sigurdson

    mitro and perez should be better than diouf, gayle, gomis etc.

    The media sometimes describes us as a ‘sleeping giant’. Well if we are then this giant has died peacefully in his sleep long ago.

  • mindshaft

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    I didn’t rate mcClaren before he joined and I see no reason to change my mind now.
    A number of players have come out and said he was a great coach but a poor manager – think we are starting to see that now.
    We can play okay when teams don’t close us down quickly but as soon as they do we panic and lose the ball continually. Most teams have worked this out and we’re an extremely easy team to beat accordingly !
    Can’t see anything changing this season so we have to hope there are 3 worse teams than us – currently Villa, Scumberland and Norwich will be vying for relegation alongside us

  • BandB

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16


    I would argue that Ashley and his creepy apologists are the people fouling the nest at our club.
    And you declared that dawn had broken five months ago.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Some players aren’t pulling their weight, some don’t care and some aren’t good enough.

    The coach is decent but doesn’t have the balls to drop or give certain players the discipline they need.

    The owner couldn’t give a toss and wants us as a advertising vehicle for his main company. Last years speech was nothing more than lip service to the masses.

    If we didn’t have bad luck we wouldn’t have any luck, and the slug makes all our luck!

    I’m usually optimistic on most things but I don’t see this cretin letting go of his death lock on the club until he’s in a box.

    Ashley out.

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    We’ve got more injuries? How are they being treated?

    Louise Taylor’s Guardian report’s singing the praises of Leicester’s Cryotherapy chamber and how it, used properly, accelerates recovery.

    Have we got one? Or is my memory playing tricks with images of players standing in water filled wheely bins?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t want the mackems going down even though Allardyce is as appalling a human being and alleged football coach as pardew. Derby matches are always good to look forward to, despite our abysmal record under AP +.

    Ian as always you stick by your close buddy AP and never mention the appallingly and frequent bad runs under him that seem to have entirely passed you by.

    Our toon

    AS never showed any coaching credentials and wasn’t prepared to work and get some grounding in the lower divisions or the reserves.

    I think seedorf would excite people in the same way as Viera would have done. Both would command instant respect and unlike AS have done some coaching.

    Face it SM is never going to get the blood racing, period. We all know charmless would never pull off anything like getting Seedorf in any case, but on a cold day at least it gives a bit of cheer, however distant and unlikely it is to materialise.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    I must not be a right minded supporter, as I don’t want Sunderland to go down. I’d prefer all the North East clubs to do well. Still, tonight a Palace win would be the best result for us.

    Do you have anything to back up your belief we have turning a corner? I’d quite like to hear what positives we can take from the match against Leicester.

    So far we have played patches of good football, but infrequently, and more often than not we have been poor. What evidence on the pitch has there been to give you the idea that things will get better? The Leicester performance was up there with any of the worst performances over the last few years. He failed to get anything extra out of them in the second half, and he failed to change the game through substitutions or tactics.

    I don’t blame just McClaren, nothing changed with the club in the summer, too few of the wasters who offer nothing in ability and effort stayed with their negative attitudes and it has dragged everything back down. Nothing changed at board level, other than a cosmetic reshuffle. The same core problems remain.

    Where are the positives? I guess this dawn must be taking place in the Arctic circle, where it just stays dark at this time of year.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 23, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    *are turning a corner?

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    We can have our derby matches in the Championship too!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23


    I think leicester are the prime example of the manager using the sum of the parts to overturn teams with much more wherewithall.

    At nufc SM sells kemen and Abeid, whilst also ostracising Aarons and initially Perez and now moans because colback and tiote are injured.

    That pales into insignificance behind SM’s inane decision to keep Colo as captain.

    Insantity reigns at this club where carr is allowed to get his pet Thauvin for 13M while Dier and Alli go to Spurs for under 10M and no sign of a decent LB or another CB to be seen anywhere. Only at NUFC!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24


    I thought that as soon as I wrote it!!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope I’m wrong, but …!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    optimistic prime // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    “Some players aren’t pulling their weight, some don’t care and some aren’t good enough.”

    Some are all three.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Googled Tuchel yesterday and read an article about his tactics, particularly the ‘Pentagon’ or 5221 formation. He used this to stiffle the main central channel of the pitch, force the play out to the flanks where a full back and a central defender doubled up to stop proceedings. Schtieve needs to address dealing with the opposition better and this formatoon could resolve the lack of defensive midfielder and actual wingers.


  • hibbitt

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    ian …i think your WUM or have no contact with the north east if the mackems go down we will have it push down our throats 6 in a row with no chance of putting it right ….we live and work with each other 24/7 …..the mackems going down or us going down and boro not coming up would be another nail in the north east coffin so easy for the rest of the uk to forget us you seem a big fan of pardue go and support him we dont need your type here

  • BandB

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Ian probably thought he could score a point with a crude appeal to North East tribalism, the finer points of which he personally understands absolutely nothing about.
    A boy wearing his dad’s clothes.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Afternoon all,

    Trying to find some postives.

    I suppose if things continue as they are, we may be due another Ashley appearance come May. Every cloud and all that.

  • Toonfan8

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    we have to bring at least three starters in january…CB,LB and CM…three top players

  • Toonfan8

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Willems must be brough as LB in january, Vestegaard or Matip as CB and top creative CM like Xhaka…we need that for sure, and Ch.Austin on top of that to add some goals

  • Toonfan8

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    but it is at least 50 millions. So if he wants to build something like he said in the summer, he has to spend, and this four I am sure can save us and we can build good team…

  • geordie157

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    So Tiote probably out again.

    Time to freshen things up a bit.

    Mbabu, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett
    Janmaat, Sissoko, Anita, Wijnaldum
    Perez, Mitrovic

  • hibbitt

    Nov 23, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #35

    if you want to freshen things up mitrovic should be no were near the team……..lazy b******…… made shola look a world beater on saturday

  • AncientC

    Nov 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    The stats show that Vardy was not dispossessed by a Newcastle player once, in the entire game. How is that even possible – a player on a 9 game scoring streak hasn’t been pointed out to be stopped in his tracks.

    Congratulations to Vardy on getting 10 in a row, but he should be slightly embarrassed he didn’t score more. He hit the crossbar and was in on goal twice without scoring.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37


    Some are all 3

    I thought that after I posted, it’s dire enough without me adding to it 🙁

    I agree with your post, no change from last year.

  • reilly

    Nov 23, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    looks like goofy will be playing DM on saturday.
    hes being tested there today in u21 game.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 23, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #39


    Granted mitrovic didn’t have a good game after a very poor week for Serbia national team for not just him but the whole of thay squad. The problem lies in the lack of service, Vardy who’s getting alot of praise had 5 chances if not more and scored 1. A striker is only as good as his service.

    Harry Kane couldn’t hit a barn door whilst Eriksen was out injured, the little Dane returns and Kane goes on a scoring run.

    Btw did anyone notice Mahrez at the weekend, didn’t track back once but created at least 4 or 5 chances!!

  • Ravostag

    Nov 23, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Most of them are not good enough poor buys leics two top players cost 2m between them not 30 m like ours


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