Players Angry After Game – When It Counts For Nothing

Moussa Sissoko has been interviewed by nufcTV and he has spoken of his anger  and the players’ anger after the game when we were basically taken apart by Leicester –  a side that was on 19 points and bottom of the league in early April.

Our question we would have is why were the players not angry during the game when something could have been done about the woeful and inept performance that was simply unacceptable and not good enough.

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Moussa Sissoko – shielding the ball on Saturday

This is what Moussa told nufcTV after the game:

“We are angry because we didn’t play well in this game.” “We lost every duel, every tackle and everything was not good enough.”

“The manager was angry and disappointed after the game.”

“We had played well for a few games, won our last match at Bournemouth and wanted to win this one, because three points would have helped us to go forward.”

“But we were not able to do that.” “It is important we learn from this game, train hard and go to Palace for the next game and do something there.”

It will take a  much-improved performance on Saturday to get anything out of the game at Crystal Palace – but Sunderland won 1-0 at Selhurst Park last night with a late goal from Jermain Defoe.

A win is what we’d love to see on Saturday, but that has to be a doubtful outcome for the game with Alan Pardew’s men.

Crystal Palace and Leicester City are just two of the teams who have left Newcastle behind this year.

Since the end of March last year we have played 59 league games and lost 33 of them (56% loss rate)  and won only 13 (22% win rate) – that’s how bad things have become at Newcastle in a short 20 months.

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    you do know that our wages are about 8th. Our players aren’t exactly starving. We’re underperforming – big time.

    8cyprus // Nov 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    For instance,
    Vardy is on a very modest junior NUFC salary…

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Good words Siss.

    But you know how many times by how many players coaches we’ve heard this, man?

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 24, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Salary means nothing to modern footballers these days, all it is, is a personnel trophy for them to collect.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope that result has the right affect for the game v palace. P45’s interview after last night was contradictory as normal, 1 min they didn’t deserve anything the next he said they should have won on balance of play


    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5


    i dnt think he would go at a big club to sit on the bench

  • BandB

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    This club seems to believe that as long as it wins the PR battles everything will be alright.

    During the record losing streak last season. they said the idea of replacing Carver was unthinkable, and turned instead to a crisis management guru to explain on their behalf how everyone was working their socks and bad stuff wouldn’t be happening the following week, honest.

    I have no doubt at all this week that Charnley will be thinking “Slaughtered again. We need to re-double our efforts to get the basics right. Now then, get the players to mention the terrorism and push the idea that after 10 points from a possible 36 previously, Saturday was just a inexplicable blip.”

    I wish they’d put a fraction the effort into trying to sort out the product that they put into trying to explain why it isn’t up to standard.

    It’s the same story every lousy business and utility trots out to explain why it can’t do its basic job, despite being the business being a canny little earner.

  • manxpie

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Pretty sure i seen vardy was on £45 grand a week so pretty close to our top end actually was in the sun tho so make of that Wat ya will lol

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    The pic above is very indicative of NUFC when they get slaughtered. One player vs. 2-3, till he loses it. Why do the team mates let that happen? Why don’t they get involved in the skirmish to protect one of their own as he gets mauled? Even bisons do that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9


    All very well saying if you don’t want to play go home. These guys are on huge money!!


    The likes of Butt, Barton, Owen, Saylor, Duff, Given etc didn’t keep us last time.

    Foreign players seem to be doing absolutely fine elsewhere. Too easy an excuse.

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Leicester can’t compete with us on wages. They can on the field.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    CP have some great skilful and pacey players but somehow that is starting to get diluted. Poor old Puncheon seems to be the new Gouffran. Very few goals scored and slipping down the league almost weekly. Very lucky for CP they’ve got us next otherwise they would be well on the way to another of AP’s record losing streaks.

  • BandB

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s very true Cyprus. And it’s been happening for years.
    Just out of shot is one of our players standing with his hands on his hips, waiting for the ball with a moue on his face.
    Making a mental note to go creeping to the manager at half time about how Mr Selfish lost the ball.

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    It looks like players are taking care of their own hide… even when a player scores it’s more a personal than a team thing. It doesn’t feel that they are pulling together and in it together.

    There must be some upset people in there, those who have permanently been benched or are out of favour. As is normal of course… do they all feel that they have a chance to play if the starters play shxxx?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets hope they got angry – because I was angry and let my feelings know at the end of the game. Hopefully things were said and a bloody good punch-up in the changing rooms.

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    B and B,
    That picture and a dozen others like it should be pinned up around the dressing room.

    I don’t know who’s responsible for team building, he needs to get cracking.

  • manxpie

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Nah Cyprus was just pointing out vardy wasn’t on small money for us to get him we’d have to double his probably, that’s why we go for players in lesser leagues the step up in wages for them seems massive where as prem proven players demand prem wages

  • BandB

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17


    We should try to unsettle Vardy.
    He’d probably go on strike if he knew we were in for him.

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Anybody ever been to a recruitment day. Where everyone is trying to get a leg up on another to stand out.

    That’s the problem with a recruitment policy of getting promising players in to prove themselves for better things.

    Only issue is few of them can actually cut it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    So with Kemen and Abeid sold and Tiote and Colback both now injured SM turns back to the tried and failed Gouffran. This is a guy who was our national team coach. Go figure!

    Obviously De Jong and Aarons aren’t in SM’s plans either. I just wish SM wasn’t so predictable with AP’s disease of playing people out of position. Surely SM gets paid the big bucks to occasionally think outside the box just a tad.

    If Colo was converted to a sweeper behind Lascelles and MBabu and we played wing backs, we could push MBemba into midfield as an enforcer. Just a thought.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #20


    I’m not sure on that. I think all players know that they can get a move if they play well at all clubs, not limited to us.

    For me the issue is we buy a selection of players to sell on, the better ones leave and we are left with what’s left, we don’t move them on, they just pile up and now we have a squad full of players who can’t cut it in the premier league.

    We have a coach who was sacked for under performing with Derby. Why on earth did we not move for a coach who was doing well, somebody with a modern approach to the game who could drive us forward.

    I know Klopp was never going to happen, total pipe dream, but we need a manager like Pochettino, Koeman, that level who can really progress us as a club, not just talk about it like McClaren.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21


    Just being pedantic….but you would be playing guys out of position which is something you just slated McClaren for.

    I know you point though, Gouffran clearly isn’t a centre mid but potentially other could be suited to a different position.

  • JamesToon

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I think it would be a good move to have mbemba and lascelles (he deserves a chance) then push colo to shore up centre mid in a 4-2-3-1. Does anyone know if haidara is fit as i’d play him over dummett

    Wijnaldum-De Jong-Perez

    Give sissoko the box to box role and coloccini as the anchor. Want to see both SDJ and lascelles play PLEASE NO GOUFFRAN

  • jimiley

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #23

    5 wins since February. Worst in the club’s history. And things are getting worse. The problem on the pitch is bad but the real problem is upstairs. Our owner is not moving on until we win something. A bloody immortal owner!!!! I shall have to console myself with the memories of 1969, the Robson years and best of all, the Keegan years. It will be a generation before we win anything and even you teenagers on here may never see us win the holy grail…the league title. I never thought I would go a whole lifetime and never win the league, never mind a domestic Cup.

  • andrew84

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Heard it all before I’m afraid.

    Why weren’t the players angry after the first goal went in? Sick to death of hearing this bullsh*t after every crushing defeat.

    They’re insulting the intelligence of the fans who pay to turn up to watch this shower…

  • Graeme

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Collo is our Captain as well as being the highest paid player.

    If you are going to use him as a “Sweeper”, show some respect and let him start in the Platinum Club!!!

  • toon kk

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Without been funny, have fans ever actually thought what they’re doing? They turn up in their thousands knowing before they even leave their homes they will be paying to watch a sh.t team get shown how to play football. For all the dross thats been on show and still is; surely people want more? Its not acceptable so why put up with it?
    Why feed a problem. Personally I won’t renew my season ticket until there’s something worth paying too watch.

  • Bambams

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Cheers for that fella. I didn’t realise we were 8th top re wages.
    I just believe we could and should be targetting better players not wanting to risk another relegation battle as Ash said. I just believe the ‘best pound for pound players ‘ are great when you are flying high.
    The players must just struggle to play at SJP due to the slope ?

  • Bambams

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    ? Was meant to be smiley face ….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #29

    I saw that the usual antagonist posted the other day that he would stick up for his club captain no matter what the other day simply because he was the club captain. What does that prove, loyalty or just plain pig headed, our club captain has never willingly gave an interview, has stated desire to leave and even wrote an open letter to his favourite team expressing this desire, he wrote more in that letter than we’d heard from him in seven years, he’s been deliberately sent off when the chips are down and has missed gawd knows how many derby games, the one he does turn up for he gives away a penalty and costs us the game, personally I think Collocini and his attitude are a symbol of what is wrong with the club.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30


  • Tsunki

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail I wouldn’t bother taking anything that Ray/jeff/jib says as anything more than a spouting from the brief lucidity a short term memory loss victim has. When I consider the way his posts trawl across the blog I picture a dog dragging it’s backside across the new carpet.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    i’ve just clicked on
    sissoko is the horse to bolt onto the cart
    aq fcukin carthorse
    begone waste of space

  • Tsunki

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #33

    This ain’t PR it’s just a pack of shoddy excuses to keep us at arms length. ” Sorry missus can’t get there today to put the roof on it’s raining” blah blah blah.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon kk check Mike’s Small Print – the “entertainment” you’re paying for can be supplied by the opposing side. Everybody wins!

  • toon kk

    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    good point, tbf the club means so much to us all and it’s a case of next time we play we might just have a good game and win but unfortunately we’re let down time after time.

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36
  • banjax

    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Am I the only one who is puzzled by the verbal rubbish that seeps out of the Newcastle dressing room after every abysmal performance. We have the players beating their chests in determination to do better. We have McLaren who agrees performances are dire and ‘things’ are being ‘slowly turned around’. I’ve known Oil Tankers turned around quicker. Basically though, all this verbiage is garbage. Newcastle have big problems behind the scenes because McLaren and his team are unable to get to the bottom of what’s wrong with the players and why they are playing like third rate gutless players who just don’t want to play for the club. If I know what the problem is, along with every other supporter of the club, then why doesn’t the club. Why is the club waiting to change things and all the while we are running out of games to save the club from relegation. With £billions at stake next season, paying off the contracts of those staff is peanuts in comparison to the revenue on offer. I’m surprised Ashley is so reticent to act fast, I bet that if this was one of his outlets, the problems would have been sorted yesterday.


    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #38

    evening all
    vardy wont sign for us as much as i’d like to see him here…..if mbabu is fit he should be givin a start as he’s been a plus in the few games he played….maybe as cb along side mbemba or one of the full back positions push colo into dm….tbh the way things are wouldnt hurt to try something like this now when expectations over the next few games are very low

  • JamesToon

    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Unconfirmed but a few whispers on Twitter that our coaches have had a bit of a scuffle, cathro not happy with mcclaren/Simpson/schoenmaker

  • lochinvar

    Nov 24, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki@33/34 – it’s not even excuses it’s just a downright load of cobblers. They’re taking the Michael.

    “We are angry because we didn’t play well in this game.” “We lost every duel, every tackle and everything was not good enough.”

    and when asked what he did about it during the game Captain Colo was heard to say: “( silence is golden ) ”

    It’s clear that the players have decided to oust McLaren and I feel in my waters just the same as when Pardew and carver were around, empty.

    I used to tell colleagues down south that going to SJP is not just the game, it’s the people, the fans, the craich, the pies even – thet total whole body and soul immersing experience that supporting the toon is about.

    With Ashely in charge it’s about as lively as going to a seance ” is there anybody there” ?


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