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Our Man Of The Match Apologizes To Fans

10:06 am, Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

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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Tags: Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot · Vurnon Anita

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    OH MY GOD !!!

    Clarence Seedorf in secret talks with Newcastle!!!

  • 2 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM

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

  • 3 Jib // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    McClaren upstairs
    The Paramaribo Suriname connection continues

    Now Seedorf

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

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    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, 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.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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

  • 6 davetoon // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    @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.

  • 7 beermonkey // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    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

  • 8 Goldmbemba // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    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.

  • 9 Goldmbemba // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    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#

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM


    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.

  • 11 Ian Toon // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    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 –

  • 12 Our Toon // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    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!!

  • 13 optimistic prime // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    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!

  • 14 Goldmbemba // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    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.

  • 15 mindshaft // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    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

  • 16 BandB // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM


    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.

  • 17 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.

    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.

  • 18 lesh // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    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?

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    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.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    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.

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    *are turning a corner?

  • 22 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    We can have our derby matches in the Championship too!

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM


    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!!

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM


    I thought that as soon as I wrote it!!

  • 25 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    I hope I’m wrong, but …!

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    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.

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    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.


  • 28 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    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

  • 29 BandB // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    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.

  • 30 Ibizatoon // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    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.

  • 31 Toonfan8 // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:34 PM

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

  • 32 Toonfan8 // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    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

  • 33 Toonfan8 // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    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…

  • 34 geordie157 // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    So Tiote probably out again.

    Time to freshen things up a bit.

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

  • 35 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    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

  • 36 AncientC // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    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.

  • 37 optimistic prime // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:23 PM


    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.

  • 38 reilly // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:24 PM

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

  • 39 Our Toon // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:31 PM


    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!!

  • 40 Ravostag // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:36 PM

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

  • 41 toon kk // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Our toon
    I agree the team doesn’t even play to Mitrovic’ strengths. But I’m not sure we’re fit enough or even motivated enough too, we’re a weak side who has a loosing attitude, unfortunately it’s causing decent players to go back over.

  • 42 LGFUAD21 // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    I’ve been very patient this season.

    Very few managers were going to turn us around easily and despite some decent signings on paper, I said there weren’t necessarily what we needed.

    I still think the best we can do is to keep trying to establish a solid system – rather than changing everything around. I think we also need some new recruits obviously.

    My take

    – The team lacks fight – we need a few battlers in there. One of my main priorities in January would be bring in an alternative to Tiote. Look back at our last few seasons and we always struggle without him because he has been our only defensive midfielder since we came back to the premier league.

    – The team lacks pace/energy. We do not have wingers end of. Thauvin is our only fit winger (Gouffran is a write off). Such to the extent that we are playing Gini and Sissoko on the wings. Our lack of attacking width means we are constantly pushing Janmaat forward and opening ourselves up at the back which leads me to my next point.

    -The team lacks defensive organisation. Now many hounded Pardew for being too negative but I think in reality Pardew was simply doing his job in full knowledge that we do not have attacking talent in abundance. You take away the organisation and you see what we saw against Leicester, Bournemouth, Man City. The minute we lose the ball, we are all over the shop. Janmaat is high up the pitch. OUr Deep midfielder are often ahead the opposition attacking midfielders. Meaning Mbemba is essentially playing RB leaving Colo alone. No one breaking up play in the middle.

    The first two points are faults of the recruitment. The final one is a fault of Mcclarens.

    I’m not going to criticise Mitrovic too much. He’s been patient and put in some good shifts lately and has got nothing back from his team in the way of service.

    Dummet should not play at LB. He isnt comfortable out wide. He’s a promising CB not a LB.

    Sissoko should’ve moved central NOT Gini. He’s more suited to a deeper role. Both of them in the team highlights my worry from the summer. They do not compliment each other as a team. Watching Dele Ali recently, thats how Sissoko should play and has the potential too.

    People keep saying “We cant score, therefore we should sign Austin” I can guarantee that if we signed Austin we still wouldnt score. The finishing isnt the issue. Cisse is a fantastic finisher, Perez and Mitrovic are more than capable too. The issue isnt a case of finishing, it’s that we arent breaking teams down and creating chances. We need the wingers in place to do that for Mitrovic and Perez.

    January shopping list
    1 x proper CDM
    1 x LB
    1 x RW
    1 x LW

  • 43 AncientC // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    We could in all honesty do with a complete new midfield.

    Anita & Tiote have outlived their usefulness, Colback should be a 3rd choice CM – meaning we need two new CMs.

    Sissoko should not be starting every game, I would say he needs rotated to keep him focused, there are doubts about his overall ability as a team player, add to that it looks like he will leave us first chance anyway.

    On the left we have Wijnaldum who is the player you would want most to be in the box for a cross or through ball – he needs to be further up the pitch.

    Considering all of the above, we need an entire new midfield 4. LB and CB obviously needs an addition. I would go so far as to say Krul should be sold while he is worth a reasonable amount of money, and replaced with a more dominant keeper with good distribution.

    Now for addressing all of these positions… I wonder what Carr’s big book of ‘Cheap, Young, Sell on Value with no PL experience’ list has on it

  • 44 LGFUAD21 // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    I think we are suffering from a combination of having a few plaayers not up to the task in key positions. -midfield as has been highlighted.

    Combined with some older players who have no fight left after season after season of this.

    Then sissoko who is only interested in solo performance. He sees us as a sinking ship. He’s not interested in performing well as a team. Only individually so he can get his move.

    We need hungry warriors. I’d rather we took a gamble on someone like tom ince or Redmond to see them fight than bring in these leapfroggers

    We’re psychologically damaged.

  • 45 JP...from The Rock // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    I am disgusted by this teams lack of fight and quality. Every game we roll over and every game we have no clue of how to pass the ball. We are incapable of playing football like all the other teams around us in the league. We were dominated by Bournemouth who are in the relegation zone and luckily survived the onslaught to claim 3 points against them.

    We are in serious trouble and most of our players are useless, injury prone and extremely inconsistent.

    If we don’t improve rapidly we are going down no doubt. It may not be this season but certainly the next.

  • 46 Wayayman // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    I think it’s quite telling that the players we had on the pitch on Sturday just didn’t look up for it. Not surprisingly -yet again- the team has played decent football against the well-known, bigger teams and have woefully underperformed against the little-known teams. By little-known, I mean to the non-British players in the team.
    So who is responsible for motivating the players? I know at this level the top players really should not need motivating but we’ve clearly seen that our lot do. If Steve can’t motivate them then you need to have players on the pitch who will do it for him. A captain who snarls and shouts, a leader who grabs the game by the scruff of the neck. Like Cabaye used to do for us, or Barton, Nolan, Shearer used to do.
    It’s looking more likely that we’re in for a stressful time for the rest of the season so it’s imperative that we buy a proper hard-nosed leader in January. Historically they don’t have to be great players just great leaders and 100%’ers.

    Any suggestions?!?

  • 47 Wayayman // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Who’se the modern day Killer Kilcline? That’s who we need!

  • 48 m1c4a3l // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    These players couldn’t care less about this club. It’s not the manager what so ever. I think there winning mentality is so laid back it’s horizontal. But at the end of the day these players will come and go but it’s the club that suffers. We could go down but they will move on. I would happily swap pretty much all our players apart from a handful that do actually try for a full squad of say Hull or Brighton at least they turn up with fire in their bellies every week.

  • 49 manxpie // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Wayayeman there’s only one man for the job!!!! ……….. The mackem slayer wor shola!! chief motivator before every game should do the trick

  • 50 Munster Mag // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Rotunda for me the real problem is the players
    The Tinkerman looks a genius now but if he managed us we wud be bottom 8 for sure. Carr has signed a whole host of losers, and the winners (eg wini) is being swamped in the negativity of losers like colo sissoko thauvin etc. I see mbiwa got a historical low score in l’equipe.another useless eejit. . My hope remains that we sign three good players in jan, get a better manager, and most crucially that there are 3 worse teams than us in this league. I dont think there are and i think fat sam will coach (yes coach) makems to 4th last 🙁

  • 51 radja in Indonesia // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Why seedorf?? Is there no one else?

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM


    I guess when you see JFK get hired twice, no amount of mediocrity should really surprise us any more.

    How carr has got such a stranglehold baffles me. he was an appalling and failed old school manager back in the day.

    I see Gouffran is being prepared to be our DM in the absense of Colback and Tiote. Do we ever learn anything at this club. Yeah let’s sell Abeid and Kemen cos we’ve got Gouffran a once half decent striker. YCMIU !!!

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:17 PM


    Why not!! We need something desperately to change and maybe a little left field.

  • 54 lochinvar // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    So is this how it pans out ?

    McLaren made President of Football ( preferably at FIFA )
    Seedorf runs the show
    Carr retires
    Ashley sells

    Does that work ?
    Because beggar all else does at the moment

  • 55 toon kk // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    We need a massive clear out, I know most of our squad are flops, and a half decent scout would never have looked at most of them. There’s a handful worth keeping but they’re not giving 100% probably because there team mates aren’t. We’re playing with no wingers, very little pace and “for the future striker’s”.
    Fitness levels, passing capabilities are no more than back and side ways and our defence?
    What a mess, no wonder we’re struggling.

  • 56 cyprus // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Wdji has been shielded by the fans though he has had some real stinkers as well as good games. Last game he was just behind Janm as worse player on the field.

    People like Fergie had the depth and guts to bench a bunch. In fact, we should do the same for the next game; the last two games have been as shocking as any typcal Pards collapse, so 4-5 players should be moved in and I include ex-culprits to be given another chance.

    Bench some stars, the replacements can do no worse.

  • 57 manxpie // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    It showed on Saturday why goof is still here he was translating tactics to thauven saves on actually having a translator I suppose

  • 58 radja in Indonesia // Nov 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM


    I mean why the manager who is sacked by his last club, isn’t that prove that he is not good? I think Di Matteo is better choice

  • 59 radja in Indonesia // Nov 23, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Or viera maybe

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