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Newcastle Star – We Should Not Be Making Excuses

12:27 pm, Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

In the last three games we have taken a paltry point in what were three winnable games for us.

After the games when listening to the manager and some of the players being interviewed, it seemed like we were the unluckiest team on the planet – we were robbed after playing well – and should have probably taken  all 9 points.

Yeah – right!

And that’s so reminiscent of the second half of the relegation season in 2009, when we managed only 12 points and two wins (11 defeats) in those final 19 games and were deservedly relegated.

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Georginio Wijnaldum

After most of those games the players came out after losing a game and said it was all going to be put right before the next game and don’t worry because it would be a lot better – and then we’d lose again.

It must be difficult for a successful player like Georginio Wijnaldum to be in this position at Newcastle, after he had been so successful at PSV over the last four seasons.

But Gini seems to have picked up on all the excuses made after the last three games – and this is what he has said in the Chronicle today:

“I just want to say if you want to win games, you must finish the game before things start going against you.”

“We should not be looking back after games and saying we should have had a penalty or we should have this or that.” “We must look at what happened in games. West Brom created chances and we defended well with great blocks.”

“We have lost points through set-pieces at times recently. That makes me more disappointed.” “To concede a goal after one moment where you lose focus and they score is disappointing.”

“There was frustration after the game because of the chances we created and didn’t take.” “We defended well and the shots they had we blocked well.”

“But we are undone after losing focus.”  “We could have had a penalty, but in the end we got nothing out of the game.”

Yes, we know Gini doesn’t use the word excuse in those initial comments – but that’s what he’s saying – that we should stop making excuses – it’s a different excuse now after every game.

It was either that the other side scored a fantastic goal out of the blue, that we lost the game in the final few seconds when we could have won it –  to Newcastle having an obvious penalty not given.

We’ve heard it all before.

Just start winning games and no excuses will be necessary.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 31, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Gini admits we lost focus for the goal. In England we call it “ball watching”, Gini. It’s usually fatal in the EPL. Not quite so much in the Championship where we’re headed, but it’s best avoided at any level. Nothing good comes of it.

  • 2 kdogg85 // Dec 31, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    I think this should be the team v Arsenal

    Bring on Perez for some much needed fresh legs in 2nd half.

  • 3 Munster Mag // Dec 31, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    I dont know wht people are putting Thauvin in the first team. I know he balances the midfield, but he is a poor waste of 14 mill. He lacks straight line pace, lack strength. Can cross a ball, cant tackle. 14 mill? Well done Old Man Carr. Good choice of manager too. I’m sure you recommended many, like Remi Garde, another genius by the look of it.

  • 4 kdogg85 // Dec 31, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Thauvin needs games. If he’s not up for it on the day sub him for Perez.

  • 5 croftus5678 // Dec 31, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    if elliott is still out i’d go.


  • 6 JamesToon // Dec 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Get mcclaren out and get a competent manager and some decent signings, we really cannot afford to waste anymore games with him before it’s too late otherwise we will be relegated and will never come back up for a long time.

    We need a Quique Flores esc manager, someone who has experience and is gonna evaluate the squad get rid of anyone not good enough and bring some quality and players suited to him, and play a certain way that’s gonna get the best out of the squad.

    Unfortunately due to the situation and people running the club it’s not all mcclarens fault and at this point in time it’s gonna be difficult to find someone who is gonna do better than mcclaren.

    Options could be De Boer, Sampaoli, Bielsa, Rodgers. I’d like us to keep Cathro though

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 31, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Costco is getting free run. Not sure why.

  • 8 lesh // Dec 31, 2015 at 1:36 PM


    You could bring in any manager/ coach you want and they’d quickly spot the dead-wood, identify strengths and make suggestions for clearing out and plugging vital gaps in the squad.

    However, under this regime and its idiotic strategy of buying players to sell, regardless of whether they’re needed or not, he’d be wasted.

    Having Carr buy players who do not add playing value to the Club and regardless of the glaring weaknesses that’ve built up over years of neglect is a reckless strategy and any quality manager wouldn’t even bother considering a wrecked NUFC.

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