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Newcastle Improving – But It’s Slow Going

9:11 am, Sunday, December 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

At the end of the game against Aston Villa yesterday we were frustrated more at the result than the way our players actually played the game – it was just a game we should have won and we simply missed too many of our chances.

A fantastic goal from Jordan Ayew didn’t help either, as Villa got only their 4th point in the last 16 league games played – four draws.

Papiss Cisse missed a good chance in the first half and then seemed to injure himself as he fell, so it looks like he’s got a hamstring problem – the fifth one we have at the moment at Newcastle – and he will therefore be missing a few games.

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Papiss Cisse – injured against Aston Villa

That will give a chance for Aleksandar Mitrovic to start against Everton on Boxing Day and the Serbian had a very good header well saved by Brad Guzon in the first half yesterday after he came on.

Maybe Steve McClaren will give Siem de Jong one more start next Saturday, but he did miss the opportunity of the game yesterday when he somehow missed a header from a couple of yards out that he should have scored with.

Siem held his head in his hands after the glaring miss that could have won us the game – but it just wasn’t to be.

Mitrovic’ physical play should help Siem but it’s starting to look like he could even fail on Tyneside like his younger brother did last year when on loan.

Newcastle played quite well and compact yesterday and deserved more than just one point out of the game.

Certainly we have played well in the last three games after the two disasters against Leicester City and Crystal Palace who won again yesterday, beating Stoke 2-1 on the road.

Alan Pardew’s side goes joint 4th top with Tottenham and Manchester United on 29 points – 13 points more than Newcastle.

If Crystal Palace can challenge for a top six position why can’t Newcastle United?

It does seem that Newcastle are an improving side, but it’s a slow business  and we certainly don’t want to see any more collapses like we saw against Leicester  City and Palace recently.

If we can become a lot more consistent the likelihood is that we can get quite a few points during the second half of the season – and hopefully pull away from the bottom three.

The good news is that we are now 5 points above Sunderland and 10 points above Aston Villa as those two clubs may be in danger of losing contact with the rest of the league.

We also need to get at least three (very) good players in next month so we leave nothing to chance.

We cannot do nothing next month like we did last January and that – along with other things – almost caused us to be relegated in May.

The last thing Mike Ashley will want is another relegation with all that money being paid out starting next June for Premier League clubs with the new three year £5B TV rights deal.

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Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Papiss Cisse · Poll · Premier League




5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    10pc of NUFC fans thought Colo was MOM? Come on…

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Morning Catchy…I am glad er are finally agreeing on McClaren 😉

    …good point you are making on Colback and Anita. I’ll just like to add that up until Siem got subbed we looked more dangerous. Mitro and Perez had no impact last night sadly.

    Like I said earlier we need to address Dummett, Colback and Cisse.

  • 3 davetoon // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    SitC I’m guessing people voted because he scored or just to annoy toon brother

    either way he was average at best despite the goal

  • 4 catchy in norway // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    catchy in norway // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    It’s kind of funny, I watched the game and feel let down by Shteve, I seen we created good chances and missed them , I thought that Thauvin is starting to look the part, but something was wrong with the set up, and if I was to put 1 player at the heart of the problem as I seen it, it is Colback , yes he runs all day and he tackles anything anywhere but he is not intelligent with the ball, Anita has been excellent at that job for weeks now, yet he got subbed first,
    I think the other problem for me was he should have started with both Mitro and Perez, I think by starting with Cisse and SDJ it gave Villa hope as we could not hold onto the ball high up the pitch,
    It’s sad to say but I Am glad Cisse got injured, it kind of forces his hand.

    The conditions were the same for both teams , they adapted better than us, but like that Sunderland game all those moons ago

  • 5 catchy in norway // Dec 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Morning Jesper

    I think you are right, these 3 are those most needed changes , Dummet offerers us nothing at LB, but has proved to be a better CB.
    Cisse is simply not good enough for the prem anymore,
    Colback is a tricky one for me, I think he should look at his game, he was better when he was at Sunderland, which is strange as he has better players around him now, he should be getting better.

    Gat santon and Abeid back ASAP for me like




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