Newcastle Lose 1-0 – Things Looking Bleak Again


Things are starting to look bleak again for Newcastle and as luck would have it our Man of the Match for the last three game Rob Elliot felt ill in the warm up and in came Karl Darlow for his first Premier League game ever.

And after 78 minutes Karl made a bad error when he let in Steven Fletcher’s header which slid underneath his body and for the second game running a late goal left Newcastle with no points and this was to a West Brom side that earned their first win in six league games.

Unfortunately Karl just didn’t look the part and seemed extremely nervous throughout this game – so it looks like Newcastle will now need to bring in a new goalkeeper before the game at Arsenal on Saturday – so for the second season running we have goalkeeper problems.

Rob Elliot withdrew because of illness – so maybe he will be OK to start next Saturday but Karl just didn’t look like a good backup goalkeeper for Newcastle.

steven fletcher after scring

And with Norwich beating Aston Villa 2-0 at home they move 3 points clear of us and Swansea got a good 0-0 draw at Crustal Palace and move 2 points clear of Newcastle.

So that means in 38 league games this year we finished with only 7 wins and finished the year with one draw in three games against mediocre sides – and we are real relegation candidates half way through the season.

And to make matters worse Vurnon Anita was taken off with a hamstring injury in the first half and it doesn’t look good – yet another injury for Newcastle this season.

We did have a good appeal for a penalty turned down when Jonny Evans appeared to pull down Aleksandar Mitrovic and left back Paul Dummett and Coloccini struck the woodwork in the 54th minute of the game – so we didn’t have too much luck today.

But after beating Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games we have now earned just one point form bottom club Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom.

West Brom started the game 3 points above us and now are 6 points clear and we are starting to be marooned in 3rd bottom place,

Next up is Arsenal at the Emirates.

Teams:

West Brom: Myhill; Olsson (Gardner, 18), Yacob, Evans, Morrison (Berahino, 70), Anichebe (Lambert, 88), Brunt, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sessegnon.
Subs not used: Lindegaard; Chester, Gamboa, McManaman.

Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback (Thauvin, 86), Anita (Tiote, 27), Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez (de Jong, 72).
Subs not used: Elliot, Mbabu, Lascelles, Gouffran.

Goal: Fletcher 78

Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)

Attendance: 26,313

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68 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #1

    They said Elliot has a lung virus on the telly. He didn’t injure himself. We gave up 16 corners! That indicates something about possession I would think. We were dross in attack again although we should have had a penalty. Poor refereeing. Poor match. The gap to 17th will open up now with Arsenal and Man U next for us.

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  • ochytoon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Why do people keep screaming for us to buy British. As if Colback, and Dummett aren’t the worst players in our team.

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    he main reason why newcastle are in this position is becuase of the 50,000 fans….don’t anyone blame ashley or regime….they would still go week in week out if ashley is running a brothel at st.james park…..some fans will say that its the name NUFC that matters not the ladies…

    FSAKE quit going to matches idiots

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  • nufc786

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Two games in the space of three days…
    One would think they could make use the depth of the squad.. Put some fresh legs on or swap things round…

    A natural winger who could put crosses in to a box…

    put a number 10 who plays LM in his natural position

    but no…

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  • eddyinpoole

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    this game was the worst ive seen for a long time,absolutely shite.always second best against a very average side.we made them look like Barcelona thats how piss poor we are.The blame must start with the manager who is clueless and a lot of the team are not prem class.Sort it out Ashley before its too late.

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    ochytoon

    you are making me laugh….just with 2 english player in the squad do u expect a change…comeon…see leichester,watfor, westham, even bournmouth, norwich….even they are above us…..don’t get blinded by cheap foreign goods…they quality will wear as we can see through our eyes now

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    almondritchie

    possibly the stupidest comments I’ve heard in a long time.

    3 of our worst players today colback, dummet and darlow are english / british.

    Back in the day owen, barton, butt, duff, given, saylor were no better and took us down.

    I would love a Kante or a Mahrez. Your stupid racist, xenophobic, stereotypical claptrap is pathetic. Get a life.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Our squad IS paper thin after all.

    Gigantic loss of form by two key players (Perez, Wini) and there’s nothing we can do about it. If we had the luxury they should’ve been benched weeks ago. Sissoko must be knackered. SDJ not up to speed. Darlow plays in goal and is as scared as I would be. Mitro is a kid with a future who isn’t ready to carry a relegation threatened team. Cisse must be sick of being behind him, even though he too hasn’t been able to carry us. Thauvin is worth maybe 3 million, he should’ve been a game changer at that price FFS.

    Conclusion: we need 5 star players or else. And Carr, let me (I’m on the YouTube, just say the word) or Kets or the tea lady pick em.

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  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    If we don’t strengthen the team in Jan we are screwed.
    I tried to give players like Colback the benefit doubt but when you look at our midfield who is the play maker. Where is the Cabaye in our team, Tiote and Colback look useless and Sissoko loses the ball to many times. We need a keeper / CB / play maker in the middle and a striker that knows where the net is. Most teams would call this the spine of the team, I call it the only hope we have of staying in the Prem, Arsenal next away so that match is over, West Brom could of won that game today by four or five goals, we where lucky that was not the score.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Almond,
    No, it is most definitely not the fans fault. Any fan who claims that just causes a greater split and gives Ashley greater power, divide and conquer.

    The blame lies squarely at the owner, board, management and players. Not the fans.

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  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    The usual well OTT over – reaction on here.

    Hysteria is alive and kicking and thriving in blogland.

    Perhaps the stories of NUFC being after the Marseilles and France goalie Steve Mandanda are not too far off the mark

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  • jimiley

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I think most fans really overestimate our players. Most are Championship players and we do not have one top player. By that I mean a player who would get into a top 4 team. The last one was Cabaye. Why should we have a decent team when we always sell our best players?
    Perez is a finisher and nothing else. He is a luxury when we create nowt. Mitrovic and Riviere are shit.
    No creativity in the midfield. End of. Anita the midget and Colback. Are you kidding???
    Enough said about the “defence”
    Our best players are Sissoko and Wijnaldum. Sissoko is not a top player because he is lazy. the other guy may develop into a good player but we will never know that at the toon because the rest of the team is crap.
    I sense we are going in the wrong direction under the fat controller after 8 years. Why do 50K mug punters keep lining his pockets. How much evidence do you need????

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  • nut meg

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    repost
    The window is getting more important as the games go on.We seen the reason today why we are reported to be after a goalkeeper. Darlow was really really poor and doesn’t look anywhere near a PL keeper.Perez doesn’t seem like the same player to me,body language a bit iffy,maybe his head’s been turned.Why does he bring Thauvan on with just a few minutes to play? That’s what teams do when they’re trying to kill time not when you need a goal! I’m losing interest rapidly now,January might kill it all together.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    How about we have a buffoon as a manager and an english one at that.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Pretty much the result most fans expected.

    It’s embarrassing that it’s as plain as day what’s wrong with the team yet the ex England manager can’t see it.

    We hardly create anything whilst inviting teams onto us, playing 2 DCM and 2 CMs out wide is ridiculous. Nowt out wide and no space in the middle to create anything.

    Nothing at all comes down the left and 9 times out of 10 Sissoko and Janmaat can’t even get the basics right.
    Is there any point discussing how useless Mc’s central pairings are?

    We’re to slow to move the ball and when we carry it players often have to check to see if they have any options which a lot of times they don’t, making our play dis jointed with no real flow.

    Perez shouldn’t be starting IMO and I can’t understand how SDJ gets dropped after we got 7pts in the 3 he started.
    His displays whilst not mom gave the platform and confidence for others to go on and win the game.

    McLarens current game plan is straight out the Pardew play book, keep it tight and hope individual skill will nick it.

    He keeps saying we need to improve but does nothing to improve the side or play, atleast it looks like he does nothing.

    It’s half way through the season so fair to judge Mc IMO and I’d say dissapointing and no where near good enough!

    Can’t see 2016 being a year to look foward to regarding NUFC

    Ashley out!

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  • TheToonKing

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Schteve has to go.

    Win or loose, the same unchanged side with half of them out of position and the other half part-time footballers at best.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Ron

    I have to agree with you 100%

    I supported Newcastle United who use to be a football team and although we never won anything the lads would give their all every week.

    What we have now is an advertising vessel for Ashley’s other interests, we are associated with loan shark companies who fill their coffers of the misery of others. and finally it has a football team built from a collection of cheap or free imports that although are willing, just cannot compete in this league.

    Sad days for Newcastle Fans.

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  • Foxworth

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Sack the Mac or relegation here we come…

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    As for the English players argument, some English players would improve us, not because they are English but because they are good players. Austin, Townsend are not them.

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights

    if you like it or not you are going to live the rest of the life like me seeing newcastle going way down the tiers of english league….we are falling like leeds…

    i do take back that foreign players are not faulty…atleast now do u accept that steve macclaren must be out of the club…answer this question.????? BECAUSE MANY OF YOU HERE SEEMS TO HAVE A CRUSH ON STEVIEE THE BALDIEEE

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  • manxpie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda well even with them players the squad was shocking and has been since Ashley has been here full stop and we all know that the next manager will be the same
    wats the bets the fans turn on mcclaren first?
    without investment season on season we are gonna be relegation fodder look at villa
    you keep blaming managers but Wat hope do they have with shocking squads season on season as well as there best players getting sold without replacements but we still go round in circles wishing for the same thing when the man in charge of that wish gets away Scot free!

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  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s starting to look like being twixt us and Swansea for the dreaded 3rd relegation slot !!!

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  • manxpie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda plz explain how Dummet was 1 of our worst players?
    Wat about wiji?

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  • ochytoon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    almondrichie
    Norwich have a lot of British players.
    Villa have a lot of British players.
    Sunderland have a lot of British players.

    It really doesn’t matter where the players are from at the end of the day. A good manager can make anyone up their game. Do you honestly think that Leicester’s players are better than those at Arsenal or City. They’re not but they have a manager who’s got them playing in a system that suits them and utilizes their strengths.

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  • NoahJ

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Darlow reminded me so much of Jak Alnwick today- flappy, and felt we’d concede with every shot. Now I understand why we’ve been linked to a GK in the transfer window

    Colocinni excellent today, but poor performances across the pitch. the number of corners conceded, and the number of times the ball was cleared off the line was ridiculous; the whole team was devoid of any ideas, creativity or connectivity between midfield and strikers. Feel we need to buy a playmaker and a left back, and another striker (I like mitro and perez, but they’re both very young- we need a proven goalscorer now)

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Somebody saw Mr Carr hiding in the toilets. Isn’t he the chap that brought in all these value for money “foreigners”. Is he still with the club. Funny how we only hear about these sort of people when Cashley is making money out of him e.g Debuchy & Cabaye.
    WE don’t need prima donnas like Thauvin when we are in a spot like this. We need hard working grafters to play like we did against Liverpool never giving them a second on the ball working as a team. Surely our squad is better than Swansea, Bournmouth, Norwich & should be much better than Leicester & Watford given the money Ashley has. But we must spend it wiser & who is going to go to any of the bottom three teams. They are shite!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Howay Jib,
    Rather than claiming hysteria, how about you provide an analysis of the game. Tell me the positives from the game. Point out where the gradual improvement is.

    How many shots did West brom have? Did they double their average for the season? We created 1 good chance for Mitro and Jevans rugby tackled him.

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    everyone here seems to forget that with no wijnaldum, mitrovic, mbemba, thauvin alan pardew managed to get 27 points in his first 19 games last season…..how did he did it with gouffran, williamson etc who are worse than our current team players…..

    we are not asking for a top 8….atleast with this aquad we can surely be 10-13th atleast….

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Darlow: out of his depth
    Janmatt: lose count of number of times he gives the ball away every match
    Colo: decent today but no long term solution
    M’Bemba: a shining light
    Dummet: Solid but no distribution quality
    Sissoko: always takes on 1 too many
    Anita: under rated, would be ok in a ”footballing” team.
    Colback: Just creates absolutely nothing.
    Wijni: Stupidly continually played out of position
    Perez: running on empty now.
    Mitro: no pace or skill on the deck and so far not great on crosses either.

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  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #30

    David de Gea just demonstrating how vital a top grade goalie is.
    Just remember how many times Shaymus John James Given was our player of the season !!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

    An attack without a proper AM is useless as we see match after match. We have Sissoko and Wij trying from the wings but it’s not enough. The strikers are too young and inexperienced but they get very little support. Too few players in the box. McLaren’s “system” doesn’t work.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Why does this blog always ask when we get beat Who was NUFC best player. It should be changed to “Was anyone not Shite?”

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  • jimiley

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    The manager is irrelevant. Mourinho would last 6 games and walk away. We all know who the real cancer at the club is. Nobody gets on his back. Why???? mug punters.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Almond,
    Rotonda has regularly bemoaned McClaren and his tactics / style. You are having a pop at the wrong chap.

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  • ochytoon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    West Lancs Geordie

    Exactly what has Thauvin done at this club to earn being called a ‘primadonna’?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

    I see 4 points coming from January and February. That will give us 21 from 27 matches. Relegation form unless Ashley does something very good in the window.

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  • the broons

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #37

    hahahaaha darlow third in poll, atleast some of you lot have some humour.

    Be brilliant if Ed brings out a article about our 3 best players and he gets a mention.

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  • ochytoon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #38

    jimiley

    Have you forgotten all the Ashley out protests we’ve had over the years? I seem to remember a lot of them and I also remember that they achieved absolutely nothing. So what’s the point in getting on Ashley’s back for the umpteenth time. It doesn’t bother him and only creates a hostile and negative environment which we really don’t need atm

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Well said Rotonda @29. This is not a good enough team for the Prem. The owner remains clueless after 8 years, going on 9. Might as well not have a board because they are useless as well. Stop going to home games or watch us go down. Why not just mail your money to Ashley since you give it away to watch dross?

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  • almondrichie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #40

    @23

    i agree with you….how the hell people tell colback and dummet was useless today as if others were…

    darlow—not finished yet
    perez—he was taking so much time to react and killed our attack and he was totallly sh!T against everton
    janmaat—useless SOB…have no clue going forward
    tiote–have no idea where he is
    wijnal—-he was played out of position so cant talk much abt him

    now tell me what wrong did colback and dummet did today….dont forget that dummet made more than 4 -5 clean saves

    hello ochytoon …..bemuse me?

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