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Disappointing Draw Sends Newcastle Down To 4th Bottom

7:54 pm, Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

Newcastle were leading this game against the bottom side 1-0 at half time and controlling the game and it was a rare goal from captain Coloccini as the conditions got worse during the first half in pouring rain and a water-logged pitch.

And early in the second half we should have been two or three goals up after wasting a couple of golden opportunities – but then a wonder strike from Jordan Ayew from outside the box tied the game at 1-1.

And that´s how the game ended and it´s a very disappointing result for Newcastle at home to the bottom of the league side.

With Chelsea, Norwich and Bournemouth all winning their games earlier in the day, Newcastle drop to 4th bottom 3 points above Swansea who play at home to West Ham tomorrow.

If Swansea win that game we will be in the relegation zone for Christmas.


coloccini after scoring

Fabricio Coloccini after scoring Newcastle´s goal on 38 minutes
The game started with the rain pouring down and Newcastle had much the better of the first half with Papiss Cisse missing a good header after 31 minutes from a cross by Janmaat but he was injured and he had to go off and on came Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Colo seems to have picked up a hamstring injury.

With the conditions getting worse, Newcastle took a vital lead after 38 minutes with a left wing corner came over to Coloccini in the inside right position and he drove the ball home first time with his right foot.

A nice goal form the captain although goalkeeper Guzan could have done better.

It was 1-0 at the half with Newcastle in control although the conditions were worrisome in case the referee had to abandon the game.

The conditions then started to improve as the second half started and Newcastle had chances to go further ahead and Siem de Jong should have done better with a great opportunity from just six yards out after being set up by good Wijnaldum play down the left, but he headed the ball wide.

Siem may now lose his starting place to Ayoze Perez against Everton next Saturday.

But then right out of the blue, Jordan Ayew after 61 minutes leveled the scores with a wonderful shot from outside the penalty box that gave Elliot no chance.

Both sides went for the win in the final 30 minutes and both sides had chances to score and win the game.

Wijnaldum had  a great chance but drove his shot straight at the goalkeeper and Ayoze Perez also had a decent chance to win the game for Newcastle.

But near the end it was Rob Elliot who saved brilliantly from substitute Rudy Gestede when he tipped the ball over the cross-bar.

That saved Newcastle from an embarrassing defeat that many had half-predicted this week because of out total inconsistency.

Neither side could get the winning goal and the game ended in a stalemate and it was a good result for Aston Villa but 2 points lost for Newcastle.

But after wins against Liverpool and Tottenham this was another let-down by Newcastle who couldn´t beat a side who hadn´t won a game since the first game of the season and had collected only 3 points from their previous 15 league games – 12 of which they had lost.


It was half expected there would be a let down in a game where Newcastle were the overwhelming favorites to win.

But we are right back in relegation trouble again just 3 points above 3rd bottom Swansea who play tomorrow and if they win against West Ham we will drop down to 3rd bottom place for Christmas.

Not a good result for Newcastle today and a disappointing performance but we weren´t helped by a water-logged St. James’ Park pitch.

But that´s simply an excuse.

And since 71% of fans in our poll thought we would win this game it is a real disappointment and there were a few boos at the end of the game.

We are at home to Everton next Saturday – Boxing Day – and we will need to win that game against a much better side than Aston Villa.

As Steve McClaren had said yesterday Newcastle are nowhere near out of relegation trouble – he´s so right.

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Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Thauvin, 71), Wijnaldum; de Jong (Perez, 59), Cisse (Mitrovic, 33).
Subs not used: Darlow, Mbabu, Tiote, Gouffran.

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna; Gueye, Westwood; Veretout, Sanchez, Sinclair (Gestede, 60); Ayew.
Subs not used: Bunn, Richardson, Clark, Gil, Grealish, Troare.

Goals: Coloccini 38, Ayew 61

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 48,234

Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MacToon // Dec 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    I’m surprised, nay disappointed, at how simplistic some on here view the game of football. The best example of this would be our very own blog troll who believes that if we concede a goal it is not only a defenders error but our captains.
    The internet is a great invention but short of “turning it off” we are stuck with the simpletons trolling, expressing their basic views time and time again.

    I think Stinki nailed it by stating the weather was the leveller. Unlucky for the Toon but we’ll see next time.

  • 2 Laurent Robert The Legend // Dec 19, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    For all the good things in last 2 matches..Mclaren got it wrong today.
    1) Started with the same side..why on earth..mitro and perez have been immense last game..starting with cisse and later substituting him wasted one substitution.
    2) seim was playing well actually despite the misssed chance..he was running his heart out..working really hard..but he gets subbed just for the sake of getting perez on..why cant both of the pitch at the same time? Work something out manager.
    3) thauvin should start at some point..we need some attacks from left side as well.he is a proper winger.
    4) dummet is a pile of S@#T. mbabu should be starting each week ahead of him..even if hes sleepwalking;)
    5) manager should be a risk taker..should go all out for win..not just say we’ll go with the same team just coz we won last game..for gods sake it was won by subs.

  • 3 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Actually it wasn’t the draw that sent us to 4th bottom but the great results of the teams around us !
    How many thought Norwich would win at OT ?
    The Chelski players are a disgrace
    Swansea need to win for us to drop into shit street

  • 4 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    mactoon it seems his only attribute to get attention is slam collo as his views on football and nufc are shite simple as that funny tho how no one bite’d after numerous attempts
    off topic but bad/good choice of top for sky sports presenter lol

  • 5 bettyswallocks // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Tsunki…. He played it back to the keeper when all our players were in the last third. What a ckin plant pot .

  • 6 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    “Newcastle have dropped 12 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.” BBC

    We still lack resilience and an ability to see a game out. The 2nd goal just didn’t come. On this occasion the pitch certainly made life harder – but as it did so for both teams is no excuse.

  • 7 Belfast // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Is stinki a friend of skunki ?

  • 8 MacToon // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    It’s his lesser know and more knowledgeable alter ego 😉

  • 9 Belfast // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Awful game in awful conditions. Take the point but we probably needed all three after Norwich and Bournemouth results.

  • 10 Belfast // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I wonder if Jesper’s still about and could he explain what negative running means ?

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I don’t think we should be too harsh on them after today, the effort was there and it was game over if SDJ had of put that most simple of chances away, our heads dropped after that as they probably thought because of the state of the pitch there wouldn’t be too many more chances, he really should have done better with that. The terrible weather had a big affect on any attacking play and it was more like kick and rush rather than a proper game of football might have affected Perez’s shot at the end as well. Todays game showed that we really need someone who can cross a ball consistently and hopefully Thauvin will come good. Dummet needs to be seriously upgraded and replaced with someone who can send a cross in if our full backs are going to spend so much time in the opposite half and a player like Cabaye in the midfield is sorely needed. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise as the draw might have to be reopened to get the check book out again as the announcement of dirt cheap season tickets tells me that they had thought about buying no one again !

  • 12 eddyinpoole // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    started with the wrong eleven.mitro and perez should have been certs.cisse was useless as usual.cant hold up,cant pass,brings nothing to the side.this was a three pointer,even more so given the results of the teams around us.onwards and upwards…..

  • 13 JamesToon // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    The weather gave villa the advantage and they exploited it by getting in behind and crossing it to Gestede. But there was too many times where the pressing wasn’t good enough.

    We simply should be winning games like these, and if we don’t start doing that then we will be in the relegation battle all season

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    JD…until Siem was taken off we were probably the better team (if that really means anything)

    …read into it what you would like. Siem offers alot even though he’s far from at his best. He has an effect all around.

  • 15 toonluvva // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Villa adjusted to the conditions much better than us and will probably look on the draw as being 2 points dropped.

    I still can’t understand why we don’t seem to have a player who can pick the ball up from Colback / Anita and drive positively through midfield. Too often our defenders and DM’s just seem to punt the ball aimlessly upfield only for it to come back in double quick time.

    Like other posters, I want to know the reasoning for starting Cisse and leaving Mitrovic and Perez on the bench.

    Merry Christmas to my fellow bloggers, and a Happy and peaceful New Year to each and everyone of you.

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Belfast…do you have trouble with the English words again?

  • 17 MacToon // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Jesper’s right, SDJ has had a big effect on our team.

  • 18 sing in the corner // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Once again we see people having a pop at Colback. But in my opinion he was steady away again today. No more, no less. Delivered some decent quality dead balls. Got stuck in,winning his tackles. Played and completed passes. Got it and gave it. What it says on the tin. As always. Yes there are better midfielders out there. We know that.
    But pound for pound I think he performs better and is more consistent than Anita, De Jong, Tiote.. maybe even Wij and Sissoko on the consistency side. Don’t see why he gets the level of stick he does.

  • 19 clinath@ed // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Well said Mactoon.
    Win= we were great
    Lose=we were crap
    Football is not that simple, but some on here…….

  • 20 BandB // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    I’d have been happy with four points from those last three games.
    We got seven.
    I thought talk of “not getting carried away” and “keeping our feet on the ground” during the week was a bit premature. It should go without saying, given our lofty league position.
    It slightly reminded me of Carver’s “no resting on our laurels now” statements every time we didn’t lose.
    Complacency seems to spring eternal at this club.
    Nevertheless, we have made ground overall recently and at least the idea that we might get through to May with our wallet closed shouldn’t have gathered more steam today.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Like I said we need a player like Cabaye in midfield and not two Colbacks, Tiote’s or Anita’s

  • 22 Belfast // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    No I’m just confused Jesper. Is a negative run more of a jog ?

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Belfast…I’ll use Colback as an example to explain the term negative running.

    Colback is a player who always get praise for his amount of running – some like to point to the stats. Colback makes alot run he doesn’t need to if he was a clever player and alot of his running ends up being just negative as it adds to absolutely nothing…

    …basically he adds very little to the team in that department. Stats makes him look good though, but if people actually watch him they would know stats are just numbers.

  • 24 Belfast // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Thanks Jesper. I appreciate that 🙂

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Once again we see people defending Colback again sing…

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    No worries Belfast…your a special case 😉

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM


  • 28 Llort muw // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Don’t get why people are saying we didn’t try and that it’s same old Newcastle. This isn’t the case at all; same old Newcastle would have lost this game today after Villa got there goal.

    It’s a gutting defeat considering our chances and the fact that there goal was a worldy, but a decent performance in difficult circumstances where we faced a Villa side that could NOT lose.

  • 29 JDdubai // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Agree SDJ offers more than Cisse, just wish McClaren didnt just stick with the same team for the sake of it. SDJ would be more effective with either a big target man or ideally a quick CF to run the channels and leave space in the 10 position for him.

    Anyone know how badly Cisse is injured??

    Would like to see Mbabu and Thauvin on the left next week though against Deulefeau(????) and Coleman probably not actually…

    Cant see us stopping Lukaku’s scoring run, same as we didn’t for Vardy.

  • 30 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    jesper how is his running negative tho? please explain it properly as it doesn’t make sense he closes down players and harries them all game long which is his job and he does it well

  • 31 sing in the corner // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Very few do Jesper,so I’m in a huge minority…

  • 32 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    would love to see his stats on blocked shots as I’ve seen plenty

  • 33 Laurent Robert The Legend // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Dummet OUT.

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    JD…you get what you get with McClaren!

    Don’t expect him to be clever tactically…that team got us points against Liverpool so he reused it against Spurs – I am just amazed he didn’t change it to match those who finished off Spurs 😉

  • 35 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    exactly sing especially as we did so well when he was injured………….

  • 36 Charlietoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    71% thought we’d win??? I don’t think I’ve honestly expected us to win any game for a long long time.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Sing…it’s not about minority, but about what’s right there in front of you. Regardless of you like the guy or not.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Manx…I just explained it in the post to Belfast.

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    We were quite poor in the second half. Colo had no legs left to defend against Ayew and they nearly won it through their air attack. De Jong should hang his head missing that chance.

  • 40 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    jesper ya mean the very clever tactics he used against spurs?
    yeah shocking tactics that got us 6 points and should’ve got us 9 wat a dunce we have tactically!

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Back to 17th. We’re not out of it yet by a long shot. The January window is a big one for us if Ashley only realizes it.

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Manx…what clever tactics?

  • 43 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    wats the point of having subs anyways? its as if they’re there to change the game when needed

  • 44 toontaff2 // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Why were “fans” booing at the end? They all tried. We could easily have won but for missed chances and last season would have lost. 7 out of 9 and nothing we can do when Manure lose to Norwich and Bournemouth beat WBA.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Four wins from the first 17 matches. Keep that in mind lads as the season progresses. Dropping points at home against a side who had 6 points from 16 coming in is shocking.

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Manx…you don’t set up your game so you’ll need game changers.

    …he got it wrong once again, but alot of us are thankful that he made the right call in the second half. Another day it would have been too little too late.

    Spurs could easily had been 3 up by then.

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    They were booing because of the poor effort in the second half toontaff2. That Villa side is abysmal. We should have dominated them throughout and won be at least 2. Dropped points against sides like that are season killers.

  • 48 manxpie // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    the tactics that won us the game jesper
    you say he isn’t clever tactically so again explain
    and btw that doesn’t explain anything on colback he breaks up play harries and annoys players all game long so how can you say he’s negative
    wat if he doesn’t make one of them runs and we concede?

  • 49 Moonraker15 // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    We handed Villa a point and gave up 2 by playing SDJ and Cisse. SDJ is so slow it’s embarrassing as though he’s running in treacle and missed a sitter from 2 yards. Cisse can’t hold the ball up or link play; god only knows why he’s still at the club. Mitro and Perez MUST start next game! FFS McClaren pick your best 11 !

  • 50 dannitoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    He’s a shite David batty

  • 51 wynsleap // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    A couple of clever passes doesn’t make De Jong a good player. I’m nearly seventy and I reckon I’m quicker than him.
    We badly need a player who can take hold of the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield and dominate proceedings.
    That player and a new intelligent left back are our main priorities this January window.
    On the subject of Colback you can’t deny he does lots of running – unfortunately it’s usually alongside or behind the player that’s just gone past him.

  • 52 Dane // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I cringe everytime that Dummet has the ball. I don’t know what he offers to the team. Every time he gets the ball I count it as a give away. It’s so frustrating watching him on the ball. Even watching him run is an eye sore.

  • 53 Moonraker15 // Dec 19, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I know what you mean about the other results but the fact is a win would’ve maintained our position and we need to win these easier home games or else we’re gonna get relegated. Drop SDJ and Cisse; we’ve only won games when they’re subbed !

  • 54 goommy // Dec 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    5 clear chances miss from every of our forward.

    nothing to say really..

  • 55 ash1001 // Dec 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Critical YES, deserved YES, Why? Still to be convinced that McLaren and his gang have a clue, others say he is a great coach, we either have uncoachable players, because I do nor see any improvement between the stat of the season and now, the same applies to tactics, forget the weather today Aston Villa well worth a point but it could have been 3 either way. Newcastle are still incapable of stringing 2 passes together.
    Today McLaren sat in the dugout for the full game other than the last 10 minutes, even then all he did was wave his arms about like a policeman on point duty. When you look at the managers who have lost there jobs this season its a miracle (Ashley) that he has survived.
    Certain players as simply lacking in skill for the PL. and probably lower leagues as well, others simply do not put in the effort on a consistent basis, putting everything together it leads to a very disappointing team performance against very ordinary opposition.

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