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Newcastle´s Best Three Players At West Brom – A Surprise

10:38 pm, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 58 Comments

For the third game in a row the game at The Hawthorns was one we could have won if we had taken the chances we had in the game.

On Monday we had chances before West Brom won the game after 78 minutes when Steven Fletcher headed the ball home under that arms of Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

It was an unlucky defeat but it’s now two in a row and we continue down there in the relegation places – third from the bottom on 17 points.

Fab Coloccini Victor Anichebe

Fab Coloccini challenges Victor Anichebe

There were some good performances in the game and here are out top three players against West Brom.

  • Fabricio Coloccini  (41%) had a very good game and it started by Colo coolly clearing off the line after a couple of minutes and then just before 30 minutes was  up he brilliantly blocked a good shot from Fletcher in the penalty area.
    Fabricio put in a good performance and then after Paul Dummett had hit the cross-bar after 55 minutes Colo almost scored when he back-heeled the ball against the post but it went for a goal-kick.
    That would have been a great time for us to go ahead.
    Colo has taken some withering criticism this season, but to be fair to him in the games since the Leicester debacle, he’s played very well and starting to show some leadership on the pitch – by his example.
  • Chancel Mbemba (19%) is fast becoming one of our favorite players and for the fourth game in a row he’s in second place in the voting and he was very strong alongside Colo at the back on Monday afternoon.
    Chancel reads the game very well and he often intercepts the ball and he is also strong in the tackle and seems to be getting better with every game.
    We will need Mbemba to keep improving if we are to avoid the drop this season – and along with Gini Wijnaldum these two are our best signings from the summer.
  • Karl Darlow  (9%) is third in the voting and that that may come as a surprise to some.
    Yes – Karl could have done better with the Fletcher goal, but the young goalkeeper did make some good saves that Rob Elliot would have been proud of.
    To his credit Karl made a great save after just 5 minutes and two good saves in the final 10 minutes of the game from Anichebe and then Berahino – but the damage was done by then – unfortunately.
    Karl was very nervous with some of his kicking – but it was always going to be a tough test when he was brought in for his first Premier League appearance with only minutes to prepare for the game.

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Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Coaching · Fabricio Coloccini · Karl Darlow · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

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  • 1 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Well I must confess I voted for Darlow. Just to take the piss out of this man of the match nonsense after a defeat.

    Man of the match poll after defeats….

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Fingers Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Chancel Mbemba for me will be player of the season, and the one we should be most afraid of being poached by another club.

  • 4 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Apologies to all those who look forward to the man of the match polls after defeats, but yeah scrap them.

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Must agree this mam of the match stuff doesn’t really work if you’re asking who was our best player in our most recent humping. 😐

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Although your mam of the match might work….

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    So utterly saddening about Pav. As genuinely nice a player as Sir Bobby was as manager. A fantastic character, compassionate, loved the club, the people, and area. A real football role-model and caring human being. I’d hoped he would come back and do some coaching. It was great he came back for another spell at the club.

    A legend of the club, and a big loss to this world. You are brilliant, Pav. Thank you.

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    I see the Pavel Srnicek tribute article was honoured by a good robust gouging of each others eyeballs out, as is the custom. The usual asocial miscreants biting and tearing at others in respect of the passing away of a great Toon old boy.

    Timeless Class.

  • 9 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Like turkeys voting for Christmas

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Colo. Man of the match. You couldn’t make it up. In the name of Toonbrother give me strength.

    When Darlow made that good save from close range it was Colo who went AWOL and got skinned in the left back position. Remember that kids show with Mike Read (Frank off Eastenders). Runaround. Read woild shout “runaround now”. Reminds me of Coloccini. All over the place but never where he should be. The show was mayhem. Just like our defence.

    I can’t tell you how pissed off I am with NUFC. I am f****** livid. And all this talk about signing more shite. Like another French winger. WTF?

  • 11 nightfa11 // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:10 PM


    agreed. hes the most consistent player we have.. for a 21 year old kid..playing in a shitty defence..and has only 4 months of epl under his belt.. the guy is world class..

    it will be really hard to keep perez, wini and mbemba..

  • 12 James RS // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Could have won? We were outplayed! Need a new manager who can man manage; understand tactics and not do nothing when things don’t go right

  • 13 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Just to enforce a point, it may not be entirely unlikely that those who were close to Pavel would appreciate the tributes from all kinds of fan sources to the man. To hop onto this blog to scan the fan tributes might just be soured a little by having to skim over the unsurprising regulars who like to snipe, troll and gripe at anyone and anything to score their weasel points.

  • 14 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Blackley you could cut the defence some slack. To a man they are exposed by a tragically arranged midfield. They are battered week in week out. It’s called attrition. We have Anita, Colback, Sissoko in midfield. Where is the defensive midfield cover? Where is the attacking, controlling, midfield? It just doesn’t not exist. I think we would have the leagues best defence if the players in front of them were half decent at their jobs. They’ve had enough practice.

  • 15 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I said on the blog what I wanted to say on Pavel, whose death at such a young age is tragic. I took myself off in the car to park up and listen to radio newcastle for 90 minutes to hear the tributes. I don’t often listen to the show these days but didn’t want to miss it. But I wanted to vent my spleen about our once great club. It boils my piss how far we’ve fallen from Pav’s day and that WBA goal takes the f***** biscuit. It doesn’t mean there isn’t room left for others to pay tribute.

  • 16 Munster Mag // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Ed, thats utter rubbish. If West Brom had a decent striker they would hve been out of sight. I hate managers who blame one ref decision, when they have lost, but done little to really deserve the win. Pardew was actually far more magnanimous than most in defeat, but was never given credit for it. Most prem mgrs are appallling – Hughes, fergie, Pulis, Wenger all really bad like this. Sadly, I cant see us staying up unless new players contribute fast. Its probably three from us, Sunderland , Norwich, maybe Bournemouth ( who should be fine ) . The appointment of The Bluffer and 50 million spent, has not made us better than we were under Catchys friend Pardew, who, despite being apparently utterly useless, saved Palace at a canter and now looks down on us from a height, and is highly respected generally. He was no genius, but Jeez he wasnt the useless plodder some of the numbskulls on here claimed. Its quite simple, they were incorrect. I would like better than both Pardew and McClaren for NUFC, but Carr and Charnley dont interview managers , they just pick one ( well, Carr does) , and give him the gig . And then Carr buys flimsy french wingers from one agency. Ashley Carr and Charnley, you really are a bunch of numpties. Finally, oh for a young Pavel in goals now. God rest him.

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I was disappointed for Siem not to get a start in the last couple of games as I’d have liked to see him get more game time and build. Captain of Ajax and a Dutch international shows he’s not a mug. He just needs to be in comfortable team surroundings. He can handle the Champions League, he can handle here, and he has a leadership element to him as well, amongst his other attributes.

    Two defensive midfielders is simply a waste of a player in a lot of cases. As with when Hatem played, I’ve been wanting 433 to be given a shot for too long now.

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Look at that WBA goal. We had virtually our whole team back in our box and yet WBA had players lining up unmarked in the centre of our box bearing down on goal just waiting to cash in. Our players were mesmerised by the winger. They couldn’t have been more beguiled if they’d been staring at a woman’s naked breasts. WBA certainly made us look like complete tits.

    Yes the midfield is poor. It lacks a player who can pass a ball to create a chance. We have two terriers and two head down ball carriers. But it’s schoolboy errors in defence that will sink us.

    I’ve long said we’ve not got enough firepower but few would have it. I only recall Jail wholeheartedly saying as much, although there were some others sauing it too, I’m sure. But not many.

    The complacency from the club is galling.

  • 19 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Lr32 the problem is we have too few quality players and it stretches what quality players we have beyond their limits.

    I would say SDJ, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez, Mbemba, Coloccini and possibly Janmaat are held back or exposed by the rest.

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Time and again I see we could help ourselves with good organisation. The players don’t have to be the best. I’m sure a manager like Pulis would be able to steady the ship. Makro and Costco are overboard and out of their depth.

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Tsunki, he’s stretching them already by playing the same team in a few days. It would have been a good time to revolve some of the team I reckon. Much better than running the same names into the ground like our other manager did. Take the results as the come from there, good or bad.

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Blackley I disagree, sorry. it’s too simple to say that for instance we lost because a rookie keeps fumbled a shot. it’s too simple to say our defence or individuals were caught ball watching or drifting. it’s too easy saying we misfire up front therefore change of strikers required. The glue that binds all these elements is the heart and engine of the team and it’s tactic, the fully functioning efficient midfield Unit. We have no Unit, no drill, no cohesion. Look at why we aren’t connecting from back to front and vice versa. If we score we do so from breaks that virtually bypass midfield. If we concede, it’s for exactly the same reason. We play a selection of disenfranchised individuals in midfield. Look at colback and Anita, could there be any less cooperation or affinity? And what exactly does sissoko do on a team level? I am not as impressed with him as many seem to be.

  • 23 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    As for SDJ he’s done f*** all. Stroller boy. Talk about the WBA goal . He was one of those out on the wing. Just watching from 3 or 4 yards instead of getting in hard with a tackle or working yo close down like Mitro does. F******* Ajax wonderboy, my arse.

  • 24 jimiley // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Where is the tribute to Pav????? This blog is bollocks. Ed spends his whole time writing about transfer targets which are utter bollocks. When a Toon legend dies at 47 we get nowt. It sums up the whole rotten system at the Toon. Harrison you should lay off the bollocks you write and dedicate your money making to Pav. At least for a day. Out of respect for a legend????

  • 25 jimmysmith // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    We aren’t a good side, I’m afraid that’s now been established, but we’ve been better than Sunderland and Villa and at times far better, and Bournemouth will likely struggle over 38 games as will Norwich. Swansea also don’t look to be a better side than us. So it’s still more likely than not we won’t go down, but still, what an astonishing past few years it’s been. Newcastle are far too big to have been so bad without plenty of cynicism and incompetence from management, and the owner being so rich, makes it all the more appalling.

  • 26 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Blackley @20 – there I agree. I always said with Pardew the least he could ruddy well do is organise us so we could try not to get beat. Especially in the derbies. Same for SM.

  • 27 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Jimiley – we spent a whole half season being berated on here for our cynicism. Absolutely staggering isn’t it?

  • 28 jimiley // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    A legend dies at 47 and this blog is concerned about the manager or the owner (both are shit along with Carr and Penfold.(end of discussion) or made up transfer targets. Get real and show some respect Harrison. You are as bad as the fat man.

  • 29 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    It’s not too easy to say we need a goalscorer in the team. It’s f******* obvious. It’s not too easy to say we have a shite defence with a liability in Colo. It’s f****** obvious. To me they are the main weaknesses.

    The midfielders are decent in their best positions and with the right players alongside them. But Makro hasn’t found the right solution. And Graham Carr probably never gave it a moments thought because he’s not charged with putting them together. Therein lies a major ptoblem.

    Makro has landed on a very bad midfield combination and he sticks with it. WTF happened to Marveaux? He’s the sort of player we need.

  • 30 jimiley // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    I do not come on here now very often because the author is a total con merchant. I have been going to the Toon for 50 years and said 5 years ago we should stop going to force the owner out. Ed Harrison seems to differ. But I had to say something about Harrisons lack of respect to Pav. He just writes bollocks about fairy stories.

  • 31 Munster Mag // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    SDJ…another bad signing who wont work out for us, like a host of others by Old Man Carr , who has completely lost touch with the changing pace ( literally) of english football. I guess if we get a new manager, Carr will nominate one bloke ( I assume Moyes) , and one interview will take place, if at all.

  • 32 lesh // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:56 PM


    Look back a few threads and you might even see an article about Pav, bless him.

  • 33 jimiley // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Far too little mate. After about a few minutes we got more bollocks about something totally irrelevant from Mr Harrison. Move on Pav is dead, and lets talk about Thauvin or man of the match at WBA or some other bollocks. Total disrespect and it suns up Mr Harrison.

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Moanster -you cannot help yourself talking about King Percy – give it up man – he jumped ship and doesn’t love you anymore.

  • 35 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Bluffer is not too bad a word to describe McC. We certainly aren’t the side he’s been claiming, and so his coaching not as advertised on the tin either, up to now. But I also wonder to what degree if any, he and more specifically Carr and Charnley have been bluffing their owner. Ashley clearly doesn’t like throwing money around, but I’m not sure if he isn’t being rolled a bit by these three and maybe even Moncur, who really don’t appear very good at all, and are perhaps doing a reasonable job of persuading the owner otherwise, and that we are more capable than we really are.

  • 36 jimiley // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    I am on a roll and may not come back for weeks. But….
    Bob Moncur is a traitor just like Beardsley. Bob was my hero and will always be a top center back at the Toon. But he has sold out for the silver shilling. He must be short of a few bob. He is also an old fart like Carr and should get out before he make an utter fool of himself.

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Colo, SDJ and Jamnutz held back or exposed by the rest you reckon.

    I’ve said it all about Colo. How anyone doesn’t see it is beyond me. Get rid.

    SDJ, strollerboy, holds himself back because he doesn’t like to break sweat or mix it. Get rid.

    Jamnutz exposes himself because he cannot defend. And he is far too progligate when he goes forward with his poor crossing and passing. Get rid.

  • 38 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    I’m watching Cathro. If he becomes marginalised or disenchanted and leaves, the speed it happens will be a good barometer of just how much of a paper tiger we really are. He looks increasingly unhappy, whenever I see him, which isn’t so often recently.

  • 39 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    JIB before you pounce, that is profligate not progligate. Slip of the finger.

  • 40 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    I think half a dozen really good players would legitimise the side though. A centre back, left back, two central mids in the mould of Tiote and Cabaye, a seasoned reliable striker and a real winger who can go past players at pace either side to shoot or cross with quality.

    We have 3/4 of a very good squad, but when you still lack half a quality first choice 11, you are still quite some distance from the the top third in this league.

  • 41 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    jimmy – you suggest a scenario akin to a comedy sketch where the famous four at SJP are all bluffing and telling lies/exagerating to each other. None of them have the wit to be able to suspect they are being lied to and relay the bluff stories to Mr Tubbs who takes it all in.

  • 42 lesh // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Mr Tuff

  • 43 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Yes, and lying to themselves, while they’re at it. We need a real shake up obviously, a dose of quality and reality, and of course we aren’t at all likely to get it. If we come through this season, you’d have to think we’ll just get more of what we got in our most recent window, and end up at best upper mid table year in year out. I think Ashley probably does want top eight, but is deluded if he thinks he can get it the way he’s going about it.

  • 44 lesh // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Mr Tuff

    This time I might get to post – the mobile screen just flipped!


    Jimmysmith’s a cynic but mutual support for collective and individual security’s not as unlikely as you think.

    The gang of four (the so-called board) will be found out, you can be sure. Charnley’ll get it as he’s supposed to be Chief Exec.

  • 45 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Am I cynic? Life has taught me it’s best to be a skeptic and slightly pessimistic overall, but I suppose there’s always the danger of falling victim to cynicism if you follow the Toon.

  • 46 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Actually I take that back. Two more windows like the last we will be a top eight proposition, if we stay up of course. But those two windows are imperative. Will we get them?

  • 47 SPRINGY // Dec 30, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    we need a damn good jan transfer window…..and get them in as quick possible

  • 48 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 30, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    We’ve barely won a game since Cabaye left. I think that sums up the effectiveness of playing two limited defensive midfielders more than the brilliance of Cabaye. I’d say our problems are 90 per cent down to our ineffective midfield. A good midfield protects the defence and feeds the strikers. ours do nothing except get high possession stats by doing backwards passes. We don’t need two men to do the job of half a man.

  • 49 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 30, 2015 at 3:08 AM

    We’ve brought in a few number 10s for creativity but when Anita and Colback only pass sideways to our non wingers who charge forward they are cut out the game entirely. Shelvey will save is from relegation. I don’t think new strikers or defends will make a great deal of difference. give austin one chance per game and he’ll get 1 goal in 4 games similar to mitrovic.

  • 50 Blofal // Dec 30, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    I’m sure Darlow has the makings of a very good keeper.

    The guy was nervous. Good. That shows he cares.

  • 51 Blofal // Dec 30, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    @ The next Mike Willamson

    I completely agree. I wrote a long post about that yesterdays.

    Our defensive frailty and our lack of attacking threat is primarily because of our midfield.

    Shelvey is a must.

    I still maintain that although he is one of our better players Sissoko leaves us unbalanced. Too good to leave out but not good enough for the midfield he is basically now a RAM which is really where Gini should be. Gini is also too good to leave out but also can’t command CM so he plays out left but he is not a wide man.

    At the moment to be honest I would prefer a 4-3-3. Gouffran is not good enough but he is a grafter and can play out left. If Sissoko wants to be a winger then play him as a winger. We need better midfielders.

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Dummett

    Bench: Darlow, Perez, De Jong, Tiote, Toney, Lascelles, Mbabu

  • 52 The overrated Frenchman // Dec 30, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    B&B @18. The midfield is poor.
    B&B @29. The midfielders are decent.
    That’s not me taking the piss, it just neatly sums things up. A squad thrown together with no rhyme or reason other than the financial gain to be had by the “interested parties”. And a manager out of his depth in Premier League 2015 style, unable to cope with a squad that isn’t “colour by numbers” and is outwitted by his opposite number game after game.

  • 53 Nufc-83 // Dec 30, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Blofal totally agree and the next Mike Williamson it’s clearly a midfield mistro that we are missing so badly.

    I also think we desperately need a lb who can actually play football aswell though.

  • 54 nut meg // Dec 30, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    If anyone’s interested here’s some stats from transfermarket about the Russian Alan Dzagoey who we are reported to be after.

  • 55 nut meg // Dec 30, 2015 at 7:17 AM


  • 56 cyprus // Dec 30, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Darlow? Ed, they were having a laugh mate. Yes, he made a couple good saves but he was a nervous wreck and that goal should never have been scored. He was as bad as that other poor young lad. Simple: with Elliott in goal we would not have lost. PS. Disclaimer: Maybe he’s good, don’t get me wrong, you can’t judge a man by one game. Given let a soft shot slip through his legs (vs. Chelsea) remember…

  • 57 Ian Toon // Dec 30, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    The Times Wednesday, December 30:

    Alan Shearer leads tributes to lost friend Pavel Srnicek

    Srnicek died aged 47 after suffering a cardiac arrest before Christmas

    Srnicek died aged 47 after suffering a cardiac arrest before Christmas Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
    Jason Mellor
    Last updated at 12:01AM, December 30 2015
    Newcastle United supporters have launched a floral tribute to Pavel Srnicek, who has died aged 47 after suffering a cardiac arrest before Christmas in his native Czech Republic.
    Alan Shearer, Andrew Cole, Steve Harper and Robert Lee, his former team-mates, plus members of Steve McClaren’s squad, led the tributes to Srnicek, who made almost 200 appearances in two spells on Tyneside after signing from Banik Ostrava in 1991.
    “So very, very sad to lose my friend and former team-mate,” Shearer tweeted. “My thoughts are with his family at this awful time.”
    Harper, the former Newcastle and Hull City goalkeeper, said: “A truly beautiful soul has left this world far too early. Thank you so much for everything you did for me Pav.”
    Petr Cech, the Arsenal goalkeeper, said: “RIP Pavel. All thoughts are with your family.”
    Tim Krul, the present Newcastle goalkeeper, said: “Such a tragedy. It’s an honour to have known and worked with you. Great man and a legend, puts things in perspective.”
    Srnicek, who collapsed while out jogging, also had spells in goal at Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United. He played 49 times for his country.
    Steve Wraith, his agent, said that final brain scans on Monday had shown irreversible damage and the decision had been taken to turn off the life-support machine at the hospital in Ostrava where he had been in an induced coma since December 20. He had returned to Newcastle a week before his collapse to promote his autobiography.
    Supporters have begun to lay flowers at St James’ Park as a mark of respect. Further tributes are planned at Newcastle’s next home game, against Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on January 12.
    A club statement said: “Our thoughts are with Pavel’s family, many friends and former colleagues at this very difficult time. Supporters wishing to lay flowers at St James’ Park are welcome to do so at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden.”

  • 58 jimmysmith // Dec 30, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Well done Ian Toon.

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