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Last Two Games Highlight This Newcastle Weakness

8:47 am, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

In the last two home games we have had the chances to win each of the games – but we just didn´t take them.

In yesterday;s game in the second half Aleksandar Mitrovic had a great chance to put Newcastle ahead but headed the ball wide when it looked much easier to score.

mitrovic mnisses goladen chance

Aleksandar Mitrovic misses golden chance against Everton

And but for a brilliant save from Tom Howard, Gini Wijnaldum could have been the hero today after he seemed to have headed the ball into goal, only for Tim Howard to somehow keep it out.

So one of our weaknesses still is scoring goals and that’s manifested in the stats since we have only scored 19 goals in 18 Premier League games this season – the 4th lowest in the league.

But when you contrast to our goals conceded – 33 – the second most goals conceded in the league – we again have a very poor goal difference – and that can be a point at the end of the season – or the lack thereof.

We are supposed to be bringing in some forwards when the transfer window opens up on January 1st.

It´s also looking like Mitrovic will need some time to further adjust to the rigors of the Premier League.

What we need is a striker who can immediately produce for us and not somebody like the Serbian or the players Graham Carr usually brings in – who tend to be cheaper than British players but who need (sometimes a lot of) time to adjust because they come in from the continent.

We´ll find out very soon if Newcastle´s transfer policy has changed from what it´s been over the last several years.

We hope it does change and become more sensible and fit the needs of the team.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:56 AM


    the first half stats might make it look like everton were a little hard done by not to be in front but they didn’t break us down Elliot is in fine form and there was a goal line clearance from anita, we started better in the second half
    to get to 0 0 at 92 mins and the lose does leave a bitter taste in the mouth
    what I wanna know is why it takes us so long to find our groove and get into matches

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Ron Knee
    An unconscious adaption, probably due to the confusion caused by the auto-correct and never being entirely sure which was which. Thanks for pointing it out and I hope defence is reasonable.

  • 3 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Yes, Mitro is the main culprit for us losing the game, and Perez was unusually poor, while Wini was in and out of the game, doing little to support Colback and Anita who actually had good games.

    The defence was magnificent, in truth. Best defensive display of the day for sure which deserved a point. All defenders had top games, hats off, they were unlucky in the end.

    BUT: when did this team fall so far behind the likes of Everton? I don’t buy this it’s ALL bad MA’s fault because bottom line he finances the operation. And these players are both expensive and well paid, we should be about 7th or 8th. OK, the coaches have been average but they (at least the current ones) have a decent record.

    So, what is it FFS? I’m going for CARR. If you bought that T-shirt you’re welcome to defend him.

    Exhibit 1: Thauvin

  • 4 lesh // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:06 AM


    From previous thread

    You’re being optimistic when you say four players will be discarded. Had you said should be discarded, that’s more realistic – after all, Ashley and Charnley don’t want players who’ll take the Club forward.

    Rather than make Newcastle United a force to be reckoned with, they’d rather lurch found crisis to crisis.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Macca’s soak it up counter attacking game plan was working. If you don’t score when your so much on top in the first half then your left thinking that we could knick it in the second half. This being helped by Everton’s over elaboration and having a steady Rob between the sticks. It was an even second half and Mitrovic should have scored with that header- he was described as a lump and he seemed to spend the game lumbering about with an attitude problem. De Jong gives us a lot more possession in the final third and I would favour him to start; going into the second half of the season it’s Mitrovic coming on as a sub.
    Mitrovic was arguably complicate in their gut renching goal as he came off the post that Cleverley’s header went inside. Given that Rob’s punch hadn’t travelled very far there was no reason for him to do so.
    I thought Macca should have subbed Anita long before he lost possession in the build up to Everton’s goal. Anita is a luxury in that he’s for me a jack of all trades and a master of none. He had a better second half but ran out of steam. Overall we have far to many ordinary players and need a LB, CB, creative midfielder and a ST.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    I would of kept Di Jong in the team as when Perez comes up against physical teams like Everton he struggles. Apart from the first twenty minutes I thought we matched Everton and with our second half display we could of won it if we could finish – mind you you could say the same for Everton.
    My MofM was Elliot followed by MBemba and Anita
    Also Mitrovich needs to get a bit more mobile for Premiership – looked like he had to much turkey – got better as Everton tired. Dummett not sure about and I wish Colback would stop using his hands/arms grabbing players like a bloody octopus.

    If we show the fight and commitment we showed yesterday and can convert our chances I cab see us pulling away from the bottom BUT the next two months are going to be tough with games against Arsenal, Man Utd, Everton, Chelsea and Man City.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    I think of defensive, countering attacking performances as ‘playing on the back foot’ and possession, penetrating football as ‘playing on the front foot’. I also think that since Schtevie came in he used the pre-season to bed in with the players and then the first 8-10 matches to implement a front foot approach to our style of play. Returning to the more natural back foot tactic previously coached against last years top 6 teams.

    The number of losses incurred has resulted in a more risk averse strategy in all matches and playing on the back foot has become the norm. As has sticking to the same starting 11, not giving opportunities to youth and like for like substitutions – it is AP mark 2.

  • 8 posada // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Disappointed that SM picked the side that were so poor against Bournemouth, Leicester and Palace.
    4 4 2 for me does not work with Mitro and Perez.
    If you play that way your front 2 will decide your fate.
    They have to be clever and do a hell of a lot of work when not in possession.
    Mitro – not very mobile.
    Perez – does not do a lot off the ball.

  • 9 posada // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Mitro concerns me. Looks like he has lost the odd pound actually, but still has some way to go.
    He could never play the way Lukaku did yesterday as a lone striker. Not quick enough to pose a threat in behind.
    Consequently we can only play one way with him in the side.
    That makes us predictable and good managers will exploit that.
    Also, are MA Carr and Charmless saying to SM we paid 12m for him so you have to pick him. That would add up in the crazy world that is now NUFC.

  • 10 toonbrother // Dec 27, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    “What we need is a striker who can immediately produce for us and not somebody like the Serbian or the players Graham Carr usually brings in – who tend to be cheaper than British players but who need…..”

    5 important POINTS I need to make

    1. The best strikers in the world MISS more chances than they put away! Thats because their primary skill is getting into scoring positions using their intelligence and strikers instnct. Take Ighalo for instance. He has scored 13 goals this season but he misses 50% of the chances he gets!

    2. Its daft(maybe even insane) to lay blame on Mitrovic for missing one opportunity he got to score rather than blame the strategy that restricted him to just one opportunity in 90 minutes.

    3. If anything Mitrovic should be praised
    along with Sissoko, Perez and WIjnaldum all of whom are BRILLIANT players. That we were able to create marvellous to score despite a park the bus strategy that confines 11 men to our own half of the pitch for 75 mins is a testament to amazing abilities of people like sissoko , mitrovic and wijnaldum!

    4. Not only are comments like yours ignorant and unfair they put undue pressure on the player

    5. the reason this club is in such dire straits is xenophobic uneducated posts like this from alleged NUFC fans like you Ed

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