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Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0 – Video Highlights

5:59 pm, Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 209 Comments


Laurent Koscielny after scoring the winner today

Here’s the video  highlights of today’s game at Arsenal where we missed at least three golden opportunities to score.

But it’s the same old story – we lost 1-0 for the third game in a  row – and are now deeper into relegation trouble with Sunderland and Norwich both winning and Bournemouth getting a great 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

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209 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vask // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Losing… OUT!

  • 2 Vask // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    I was pleased that after my comment in the run up to the last game that somebody at the club spotted it and passed on my message about composure in our short passing game, it kind of restores a bit of faith in the club.

  • 3 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    jib gave me a hyperlink to his football knowledge but unfortunately i was directed to the makem porn site

  • 4 Vask // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Surely mackem porn is an oxymoron.

  • 5 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Proud of the lads today 3 points are 3 points granted, but if you see glimpses of quality on your team it gives a bit of belief that things will turn round. Don’t think smac is the answer tbh but I would like him to have the chance to build his squad over these 3 windows. If he goes back and starts saying he’s happy with the squad then I’ll start losing my rag a little bit

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I said before the game that Colo would not be able to compete with Giroud and it would cost us. What happens? Colo and Giroud compete in the danger area. Colo can’t compete. Ball in back of net.

    I also said Colo would go AWOL. The tome Elliot made the good save in the second half, where was Colo? I was on a dodgy stream but I’m sure that was him out on the wing playing keystone cop.

    Toonbrother is right. Most of you haven’t a clue. It happens week after week. You don’t see what’s in front of your eyes. The team played very well this week and so the defence didn’t come under much pressure. Go figure why we’re always the hard luck story.

  • 7 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    colo is not a centre half

  • 8 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    ignore blacley and tosspottley ignore ignore ignore!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 9 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    if blackley was wrong we would be sitting well inside the top 8

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Of course we need firepower. I think it was Jail and I who were most vociferous about this at the start of the season, while too many of you were fantasising over Mitro and Perez. That’s not to say Mitro doesn’t do a good job for us but we need a goalscorer to play off him. People would keep telling me Perez is the man. They probably still think so.

  • 11 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I still think we’ll go down but at least after the first ten minutes we actually give it a go. We totally lack cutting edge so a striker is a must along with other key areas that need strengthening. It’s down to Mash now.

  • 12 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    if blackley was right the world would implode

  • 13 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:17 PM


    I’m assuming your expansive knowledge of footy is coming from a long and illustrious professional football career? Or even an average amateur career? Or from sitting watching on your laptop assuming you know more than anybody else mate? If the majority see one thing yet you as an individual along with a borderline stalker in too brother see something else, then obviously you’s are both special and we are thick.

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    You can ignore Toonbrother and me and urge others to do the same, but you’re only kidding yourself. Blame Darlow last week. Blame someone else this week. What is this love affair our fans have with Colo?

  • 15 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Well two performances now that would have put us top 8 easily if we had been doing this from the start of the season. Strikers who are not used to scoring opportunities invariably take a while to get into it when they do. But a proven striker would be nice.

    Sadly the down part of the day is another useless transition by Lame Sack and the regular multiple pointless wums.

  • 16 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    If Collo is so important that he’s the only thing that holds us back from top 8 then football has changed. I mean mangala is crap but city are doing ok, mertesacker a bit naff but arsenal are ok.

  • 17 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    That’s the only time u have said something worthwhile today u r thick
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 18 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Wijnaldum (24%, 90 Votes)
    Tiote (20%, 74 Votes)
    Mbemba (14%, 52 Votes)
    Sissoko (8%, 30 Votes)
    Coloccini (8%, 28 Votes)

  • 19 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:21 PM


    Genuine question, who would u choose as a realistic target for this striker

  • 20 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM


    Thanks mate

  • 21 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    I love the way some bloggers question my footballing credentials as player and observer while always staying quiet on their own. If you want to question my credentials as player and observer, state your own. Not that any of it helps you make a constructive point about what you’ve seen.

  • 22 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Please tell me blackley how Colo was at blame for the arsenal goal then

  • 23 banjax // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    As expected we lost and although Newcastle played well they still lost. McLaren may have sympathy for being unlucky, but he was ‘unlucky’ for several Derby losses before our chairman Charnley (embarrassingly) decided to pursue and hire McLaren. It was just before the Spurs game that McLaren was given one game to save himself which did. But now we are on a 3 game losing streak so if my maths are correct this Arsenal game should be Mclaren’s last. We need to recruit a manager like DeBoer who is on his way up in his career and not keep McLaren who peaked his career in Holand.

  • 24 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM


    I’m no professional, had a long career playing county and amateur footy, started my youth football at redgeugh boys club so by no means an expert. But o don’t call people thick or clueless if they see it a different way to myself. Sorry mate it just bugs the sh1t out of me when people scapegoat a player regardless of how well they play

  • 25 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Blackley, your straw man arguments again. Just because many don’t share your views on Colo doesn’t mean it’s a “love affair our fans have with Colo”.

  • 26 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    we wont have a genuine target as ashley has cast the dice
    a top class striker is not top of my list for sure
    you cannot win games whilst conceding goals by the hatfull note to self
    check for and against in the PL

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    I don’t think many fans don’t believe that Colo is good enough to keep a starting berth at a decent Prem club. He was beaten in the air by Giroud for the goal, but Dummett’s clearing header was appalling, and who left Koscielny? Both are equally, if not more culpable.

    As for the striker, yes, I think a lot wanted another striker, I wanted a Berahinho type, a quick skillful forward who could play slightly wider. Batshauayi would be good at any other time, but we need more experience at this moment. All strikers need sufficient good chances. There is no point playing Mitro if we aren’t going to create chances that play to his strength. Same goes for any striker.

  • 28 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    We play like we did today and get a striker and a winger at least we will get the 8 wins we need to get to 40 point’s. I do fancy us to get something at man utd a week on tuesday.

  • 29 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    What about loaning a striker ie remy we have to do something and it could be a waste splashing money on a striker and hoping it works.

  • 30 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Ya’ know how piss weak your blog persona becomes when accusing people of trolling and being multiple posters, every time you see something that disagrees with precious opinion? Makes me laugh when I see it aimed at myself, as I’m sure it does others, having full knowledge it’s just a pathetic, juvenile distraction technique to get away from your lack of evidence for whatever it is you’re saying. It’s always those that consider themselves the good guys too, the pious pricks!

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Do you think the likes of Wes Morgan, Robert Huth Ryan Shawcross etc would’ve lost out so very easily to Giroud in the danger area as Colo did there. This has been happening to Colo for years, going back to a young Drogba.

  • 32 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    when we sign a top class striker
    and genuine worldy cb
    a top class keeper and two full backs that can stop crosses into the box
    aint gonna happen

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    *Don’t think many fans think Colo is good enough for a starting berth.

  • 34 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:31 PM


    Tbh girlie had a running leap on a static collocini, so if the defenders you mentioned were in the same scenario yeah I do believe they would’ve lost out in the challeneg

  • 35 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Giroud beats many defenders in the air it’s the lack of awareness and ball watching that cost us that goal.

  • 36 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:32 PM


    Do you think remy would be able to hit the ground running as he’s done diddly squat for a season and a half so sharpness may not be there

  • 37 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    exactly good centre backs do not remain static
    ex npl keeper ex school boy pro

  • 38 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    On the goal I believe Perez was most at fault

  • 39 OneAlanShearer // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Saivet and shelvey left out of their respective sides. That would be a start but it needs to happen now and add austin or Carroll or both. A top quality centre back and an out left winger. 6 or 7 quality players would give us depth a central midfield we’ve lacked since cabaye and a better cb than colo we desperately need. Hoping they pull off what’s required and don’t stop short yet again.

  • 40 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Most fans want a new CB and have identified it for years. Yet most bloggers on here would rather decry Toonbrother and me and claim to be in the majority when we say Colo is the big problem. So who is this sought after CB meant to replace if not Colo? Or is CB not a priority any longer?

  • 41 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM


    We know he can finish and score goals in this league, he was never going to get a run of games at Chelsea, I think he will be sharper than mitro.

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM


    I agree with you on colo in general, he does wander from his position and make mistakes.

    Today however, I don’t think he had a bad game. Giroud dominates many teams in the air. A defender cannot win every single header. We limited Arsenal to minimal chances today and had the better ones ourselves.

    What cost us today was the lack of quality in front of goal, we didn’t bury our chances, Arsenal took there half chance.

    I agree with Lilongwe, there were other more poor bits of defending for the goal.

  • 43 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    pirez at fault te he, he covered more ground to day than most and he is an attacker

  • 44 OneAlanShearer // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    The left out info cane off twitter from the Ronnie.

  • 45 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM


    I’d personally stick a bid in for Ashley Williams, try and get him.

    Even if we spend a bit and get only 2 nd half season out of him he could be very good in helping bring through CB’s from abroad until they settle.

  • 46 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Colo has physical weaknesses, in power, speed and aerial ability, knowing this, you can’t really fault him against Giroud, he jumped and challenged, just got beat by the bigger, stronger guy with a better leap, what can you do? Our players should’ve read the situation better and been prepared to react.

    He does need replacing no matter how good the rest of his game is on a good day, because you simply can’t have so many physical weaknesses in the PL as a CB, if he he was one of strong, quick or aerially dominant, he’d be worth the other shortcomings, but he possesses none of those traits, he never excelled in any of them, but was adept enough, now he’s been on the decline for some time, it’s too much of a deficit. Can get away with it sometimes if the opposition doesn’t have a ST that has the attributes to capitalise.

    I’ll say this for him, he is definitely more focused and committed in recent weeks, which is welcome, ya’ know, being captain and all.

  • 47 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:38 PM


    No denying his quality buddy, just wonder if that sharpness is still there or will need 5-6 games to get up to speed in a team that chases a lot

  • 48 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    At this moment in time blackley a cb is not a priority there are more pressing issues that need addressing I am in no way saying we don’t need a cb I am just saying the lm cm and a striker are more important at the moment now because Williamson is leaving as is Taylor replacing them would be a priority

  • 49 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    again you dont win games by conceding goals

  • 50 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    John Tudor

    Perez should be aware of players around him and got caught ball watching he should always be thinking what if in both boxes. He had a good game but lost concentration in the box when it mattered.

  • 51 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Have you heard yourself? On a static Coloccini.

    Colo had a chance to run and jump just like Giroud. But he’s not good enough to compete with a big man. Your Mbokanis, Bentekes, Anichebes, Kanes. I said it before the game. I said it at half time. Why do you think we suffer the hard luck story so bloody often?

  • 52 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    M I thought the fudging of trying to shield the ball for Elliot and Elliot not getting it was the thing that cost us the goal. That was what happened today wasn’t it?

  • 53 magfly // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Too all Colocini bashers you haven’t got a clue about football he’s a top player you must just watch highlights on your tv try watching him for 90mins.If a new manager came in he would still be captain end of.

  • 54 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM


    It could take longer than that if we buy someone that has been playing regular. I think it could work as he’s been here before and most of the players know him so that would be an advantage.

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM


    Agree with you. It was a gamble and it didn’t pay off by perez/elliott, not on the same wavelength.

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Colo needs replacing in the team. I doubt anyoune agrees with extending his deal. I would have kept him this year as back up mind.

    I think people decry toonbrother because nobody else is ever to blame, and that is nonsense. All of our defenders have been at fault for goals, as have most of our midfield. To lay the blame at one person is wrong. Janmaat, Dummett, even Mbemba have cost us goals.

    Yes, we need to upgrade Colo, but he isn’t the sole issue.

  • 57 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    There was no one person to blame for our loss today, everyone put a shift in. Our problem was we lack a top proven striker, that’s why games like today Turn into a loss and are ultimately keeping us in the relegation zone.

  • 58 Sliema // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Cb has been absolutely neglected. We have 3 of the 4 who we were in the championship with. And they’re 6 years older now? Shocking quality of our cbs, no back up RB and no decent lbs. No point buying wijnaldum and Mitrovic if you ain’t able to dominate the middle of the park and press high.

  • 59 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    colo has been immense the last few games
    and still people are blaming poor defending!!!

    its not poor defending why we have lost today or any of our last 3 its the forward line that are to blame quite obviously i thought jesus!

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM


    I very much doubt it. He isn’t very good. He leaves his position too often, lacks pace and strength and is quite weak in the air.

    Just my opinion of course but he is consistently part of a back 4 which concedes a lot of goals. Most recently we’ve kept more clean sheets without him and than with him.

  • 61 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    My point is Colo has been much approved over the last 5 games. Everton goal elliots fault it was a poor punch also no one was marking cleverley on the edge of the box. West brom game was darlows fault he should of saved that and today was Perez fault he let him get on the wrong side but also if picky sissoko was marking him and should of tracked his run

  • 62 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM


    He has been much better in recent weeks. We have conceded a few goals down to individual errors in the last few games I think.

    Like you say, if we can score 1/2 ourselves we would be much better off.

    I don’t think any of our forwards are goal scorers. They get poor service but they also don’t really make great runs very often. Mitro seems very out of shape.

  • 63 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM


    I agree I think the defence have done everything possible to keep clean sheets recently and put bodies on the line with good blocks, we have created a lot of clear cut chances to win a few of the games but not taken them we could of been 8/9 points better off but we are where we are because we lack at finishing.

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    A player like Ashley Williams with his stature is exactly what we need in place of Colo. Lascelles has got that stature but Williams has got the experience. It’s a beyond a bad joke now.

    Mbemba is similar to Mbiwa. Neither is dominant enough to cover for Colo’s deficiencies.

  • 65 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    I agree Blackley Colo can’t out jump taller players it’s a farce what’s with him why can he just grow taller? What we really need is a mertesacker now there’s a tall gentleman, soooo effective against our mighty forwards today….

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM


    Williams is 31 so a non starter I think…although he would be my choice for the next few years.

    I don’t think Colo can be blamed today though.

  • 67 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Ha ha now Mbemba is like Mbiwa yeah they both begin with Mb. A player heading for player of the season is deficient because he can’t do two jobs. Blunderbuss analysis.

  • 68 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Aww Blackley it’s a shame I was warming to you of late. Shame.

  • 69 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    exactly the defence has been very solid recently the fact that west brom had so many chances and dominated is the real concern our midfield is powder puff i’m glad tiote and colback turned up today or it probably would have been a pasting
    in the position we’re in not taking chances is suicide
    we need a proper all round striker
    and anita not in the team lol

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    You look at a goal conceded, work back two seconds and lay the blame.

  • 71 croftus5678 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    all the lads played great today.

    colo/mbemba were awsome and janmaat did great at both ends.

    tiote was a rock and proved we only need 1 dm.
    colback looked a lot happier being box to box and enjoyed gettin himself forward.

    sissoko is the man who makes things happen.
    wijnaldum get himself about but really he should have scored.
    and perez well he always gives hard work.

    mitrovic won everything and just misses the confidence and accuracy otherwise he ran the show as a lone striker really.

    thauvin on the right side did brilliant also just a shame he has to compete with sissoko for a starting place as he’s def a force on the right.

    finishing those easier chances was the difference otherwise we deserved the win.

  • 72 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    mbemba getting stick now unbelievable jeff!!

    come on people surely now ya can see he’s a wind up!!!

  • 73 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    You’ve got me wrong. Mbemba has performed much better than Mbiwa. In fact, I can’t recall ever criticising Mbemba. He’s done very well. I just mean that they are a similar type CB. They’re not your Williams, Morgan, Huth, Shawcross type.

  • 74 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Mitro clearly needs some work before he becomes a prolific striker.

    If Ashley’s to persist with his policy of buying young, he must budget for the fact that we need good players in the first team squad while the young lads are developing!

    Get some older blood in now, before we drop to oblivion.

    And, if Carr’s his preferred source of football experience, then he needs to take advice from elsewhere. McClaren’s got more experience of management and coaching than Carr who should be told do do nothing more than scout talent to bring to the table for consideration by the manager/ HC. Carr’s got too much sway and needs to be given new terms of reference – working with colleagues, not ranked above them!

  • 75 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM


    I was warming to anita but a tiote on form is twice the player defensively and anita doesn’t bring enough going forward to oust him.

    I don’t like colback too much, works hard but has little quality….could do with a quality playmaker in there.

    I’d still like us to try one holding player with de jong and winjaldum in front of him. Keep the ball and have a couple of players who can score (in theory) as well as pick a pass.

  • 76 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Mbemba is a class act he can be huge for us by far the best signing we have made.

  • 77 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    No blackley I have an understanding of football and know a few things not everything though. We can sit here and say the fault lies with this person and this person but at the end of the day 4 goals in 5 games against 3 of the top teams in the premier league isnt bad our issue is finishing chances and we need to address that quickly or else we will get relegated.

  • 78 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:03 PM


    For manure I wold like to see gini and de Jong in front of tiote.

  • 79 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:05 PM

  • 80 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    I must admit though I do like what he did today play gini in the number 10 role and Perez out wide I just Perez isn’t a wide player and thauvin should of played there. We created more chances with gini in the centre where he is suppose to play

  • 81 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    So, I wonder where Charnley hid our soon to be announced signings? They would’ve been at the Emirates but probably discreetly situated in a private box to watch the game.

    Come me on Lee, we know you’ve got them all but signed so when are we going to see them holding the shirt?

  • 82 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I know there r muppets on here but your statement on colo puts u at the top of the list
    What a plonker
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 83 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    transfer aye i said a few weeks ago a tiote of old with a shelvey/cabeye type player in front is wat we need and opens up so many more options in selection terms
    but i cant see us spending tbh
    anita isn’t made for this league he gets plaudits while colback gets dogs abuse
    and i dont agree with that colback out performs him in everything assists goals tackles and ofcourse yellows 🙂

  • 84 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:09 PM


    Yeah that’s true regarding remy mate, I wouldn’t exactly be disappointed if he rocked up at St James again, but only if he’s up for the fight

  • 85 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Colo awesome? Jamnutz great at both ends? Thauvin brilliant? OMG.

    How many chances did Jamnutz have to deliver and fail to do so? He spends most of his time as one of three forwards. His crosses either fall short or floated like a balloon. I’m not blamong Mitro or Mbemba for not making more of them because they were poor. There’s a reason Jamnutz is not, has never been, and will never be a winger.

  • 86 Harley // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Bladeuser OUT

  • 87 Roosta // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Best away display from the toon in 4 years imo, every toon player was better than their Gooners equivalent, tell u what, If we can start on that front foot against Man Utd we may give then a proper beating.

    But then again I’m talking about NUFC so who knows.

  • 88 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    see there’s aguero scoring a header !!
    mitro has missed about 10 this season and thats wat he’s supposed to be great at

  • 89 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    As for Thauvin. He’s been shite. Gives the ball away time after time with poor passes and crosses. He very nearly cost us a goal when he got robbed far too easily.

  • 90 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:16 PM


    He would be at the top of the list and if it’s a loan move it can’t be a bad way to start the window. He would walk straight in the team.

  • 91 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    everything in that interview pointed towards not getting anyone unbelievable!!!!!

  • 92 The Newcastle Armchair // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Been very very unlucky last three weeks, not performing badly but Shearer is right – we need a striker who can score now.

    Thauvin’s beefed up, Colo looked decent when he was out in the midfield towards the end perhaps a dm role might suit him?

    Another win at home to Man U and we’ll be back on track.

  • 93 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    flores has been impressive but would you trust a manager that uses guy-liner???

  • 94 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Today must of been walcotts worst ever game against us.

  • 95 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comedy gold tonight from the moaners as always, good effort from the players again today, that’s about 4 games in the row now we should have won, we will have luck sometime hopefully soon.

  • 96 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    The Colo debate reminds me of the Asche experiment. Have seven people claim anything, the eighth will follow suit. Try it sometime.

    Like I said on the game congratulations lads more if thus please.

  • 97 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    If thus- of this

  • 98 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Aye agreed. And you can add good ole Jack Colback into that same phenomena

  • 99 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    cyprus for the simpletons explain plz not me of course just for the people who don’t understand your stance?

  • 100 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:44 PM


  • 101 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Listen to yourself. Criticising the moaners. Then showing your pleasure at four games that we should have won – but haven’t. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 102 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    You’re on form the neet lad.. Ta for the Flores comment by the way , had a good chortle at that one!

  • 103 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Why should we have won those games but haven’t? The moaners are identifying reasons beyond luck. It’s the same failings that have been evident from September, some of them earlier. The only thing you can point to is a penalty we should’ve had.

  • 104 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:55 PM


    Got that wrong yet again Sherlock, if that was me moaning then I would have said something like that’s four matches gone and we didn’t win sack them all, that’s all different to the last four we should have won be were just unlucky.

    See Sherlock can you see the difference.

  • 105 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Ed can we have 2 blogs, one blog for all happy bloggers and another one for moaners who just like to moan for the sake of it.

  • 106 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Time for darts me thinks.

  • 107 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    It boils my piss that some of us warned at the start of the season that the promised horse had not shown up never mind been bolted to the cart. We were told by many on here that we had the manager and the goalscorers and all was rosy. And the same people still don’t see the problems.

    Makro and Pardew before him were predicting top 8 finishes. They’re meant to be the experts. I would sack Makro for that alone.

  • 108 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Should have done better with out limited chances, dissapointed with our final ball as we got in some decent areas.

    Surprised at the early subs and the players subbed.

    Steeve needs to try and find a balance between the team that started and the one that finished.

  • 109 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    With our limited

  • 110 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    well sponge it up sing its a once in a lifetime experience!
    i seen it last week and thought is he!??
    and thought nah surely not but i seen it again today he definitely is

  • 111 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    I’ve never said you were moaning. You’re criticising the moaners. You’re the type who, on the way to the gallows, would comment on the nice weather.

  • 112 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Don’t blame the defence ie Colo for every defeat –

    Our problem is scoring goals
    10 out of 20 games this season we have failed to score
    In only 4 games we have scored 2 or more

    To we it is obvious what we need someone to stick the ball in the net.
    and if you don’t the
    inevitably it puts more pressure on the defence the longer the game goes on

  • 113 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    You are right
    Asch would have a field day on any blog.
    Social Conformity Pressure rules – OK

  • 114 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    And the club/McClaren should be knocking down the fatman’s door for the cash to buy a goalscorer.
    Take the Mackems if they get out of the mess they are in it will be because they have a proven Premiership goalscorer

  • 115 Bri // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Without looking at the poll my man of the match would be between Mbemba and Tiote. Thought we played really well but desperately need a striker to stick that ball in the onion bag. Who that striker should be i have no idea.Also Thauvin did ok when he came on and i would start him in the next game.

  • 116 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Prefer black felt tip myself manxpie

  • 117 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Fool from the Valleys :-
    “Aye today’s a nice day for a hanging”

    What a dope!!!!!


  • 118 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Clear off before I come and stick your head down the bog.

  • 119 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Hail -multiple – it certainly does not surprise me that you would want grapple with a man in a toilet.

  • 120 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    do you know what??? im getting kind of sick of these performances against teams that should be top 6, as they dont mean a thing if we can not go up against the likes of Villa and wipe the floor with them, im more baffled as to where the team is right now, are we a good team or a bad team ?.

    IMO we are a decent squad, that seems to lack confidence, but hen Shteve will have games like today Spud and LPool Che and first half Vs city and show its not a confidence thing, becasue if it was , then we would be crushed by them (city excluded, mad 23 mins),
    it cannot be ability either, we proved that in these same games too,, it has to be a tactical thing,

    he needs to sort it out and quick. just go for MU from minute 1 and dont let up..

    anyway like i have said

  • 121 nufcursed // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    we played well but lacked the cutting edge as we usually do.
    nitro just needs to score to get his confidence back as he IS a natural goalscorer! believe me, i’ve seen him a 1000 times in belgium and normally he puts each chance away so i don’t worry about that..
    our main weaknesses are:

    RB: janmaat can’t cross in a million years
    CB: colo is half decent but too slow
    LB: dummett is too limited technically (and thus going forward)
    LM: perez needs to play more upfront

    so to me we need to play the following:

    new RB/mbemba/dummett or new CB/new LB
    colback or tioté
    sissoko/wijnaldum/new LM or thauvin

    so that’s a couple of players away from a decent team, only problem is we have no back-up, our bench is too weak.

    so maybe another striker/cm/rm and we’ll be fine!
    and while we’re at it maybe even a better manager!

  • 122 toonology4u // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    I’m sorry but anyone who wants to blame colo for that defeat is clueless! Just because he lost one header which luckily fell for arsenal. If you want to scapegoat anyone it should be Gini and Mitro who missed easy chances which they are paid the big bucks to score. I believe if we keep that level of performance things will turn around, could do with a new striker though

  • 123 Welshbirmgeordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Hello all

    Surely Collo should play as defensive midfielder, there his good ground skills together with his defensive abilities can provide better utilisation of his skills at this stage of his career.

    Collo as DM?

    Any one agree?

  • 124 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Catchy, it’s a “cant be arsed thing”, the players show up when they feel like it and it’s only against the best teams. I said this earlier and the manager needs to take some stick for that, although we have had the same problem for a few years now, regularly getting beaten by smaller teams and suffering cupsets to minnows.

  • 125 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    we were unlucky today. But sick of us not taking our chances, that is a characteristic of a relegation team. We need to stick with this style of play though and recruit new players for it like Shelvey, Austin/Berahino. It worked a treat to overload the middle and get the full backs overlapping

  • 126 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    And once again we only turn up against a big team

  • 127 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Welsh has the best idea, create a blog for the Blue Sky Parade to slap each other on the back and swap spit and leave the rest of us the hell.


  • 128 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Must admit I thought sissoko had a Fenwick’s Window day.

  • 129 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Colo played once for us in DM and was pretty shoddy, if any of our CB’s were to play there it would be Mbemba, he’s played there plenty of times before and has all the attributes.

  • 130 Llort muw // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Perhaps this for United?


  • 131 Llort muw // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:56 PM


    Mbemba is our best Centre Half by a country mile, pointless putting him there.

  • 132 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Jamestoon, not sure how Austin fits the style. He’s Cisse-esq in what he adds to games outside of scoring. I think people are forgetting how bad we were earlier in the season without Mitro playing up top. The lad adds a lot to the team, if he’d stuck a couple of chances away in the last few games he would be being tagged as the next Shearer by some!

  • 133 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    You can blame Colo for being the main culprit in us losing a point. His attempt at challenging Giroud was pathetic. He flops and bang 1 – 0. Game over.

    Run, leap, head. A basic requirement for a CB in the EPL.

    We dominated the game so much he had little else to do. And when Elliot made that save from their other good chance, where was Colo?

    Tell me. Throughout 2015 and now in 2016 it’s been largely the same hard luck story. We dominated today. We lost again. There are problems. The manager needs to identify them. The fans have their views. What are yours?

  • 134 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Llort, I absolutely agree, just saying that he’s experienced there and good at it, most CB’s make pretty awful DM’s (Colo included)

  • 135 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    By the time we play Man Utd we need to have done our transfer business with at least 3 attacking players coming and ideally a LB that can pose a threat down the left we have literally nothing from that side.

    Without a minimum 3 starting players coming no doubt about we will go down. whether we play shite, unlucky means fcuk all without picking points up 20 games gone and we are slowly starting to be cast adrift.

  • 136 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Thought Coloccini played well today. Missing those chances killed us and you just new they where going to score at some point.

  • 137 Llort muw // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:02 PM


    Oh ok, wasn’t sure if you were fully for the idea or just merely suggesting. I know exactly what you mean though mate, his confidence on the ball is a breath of fresh air… And only 21? We got a great player on our hands.

  • 138 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    When a team gives everything and still loses they have relegation written all of them.

  • 139 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Now he’s fit bring Carroll back partner him with Mitro, a LW with pace and crossing ability and just keep smashing balls into the box fcuk the pass fancy football we aren’t good enough, but guarantee we’d score a lot more goals.

  • 140 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:05 PM


    Surely a CB cannot win every single header in the box, especially against the likes of Giroud who is strong in the air himself.

    Watching the goal back he doesn’t win the header but doesn’t allow giroud a free header either, I don’t have a problem with him today.

    In general I agree we need better than him, more consistent, a leader….but a little harsh on the man today I feel.

    You are right on a goal scorer….we survived in the past due to Ba, Remy and Cisse (for 6 months)…players who not only put away chances but would create them from nothing. Ba scored goals in situations where I didn’t even think he would shoot.

    That is a good short term fix for January. What others say about needing more creativity is true as well. Ulimately we need to add both to the squad but a Ba would have more than mitro and perez combined by now.

  • 141 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:07 PM


    Very true, we need to add players.

    Teams around us are already sniffing out deals and getting men in. We can’t stand still.

  • 142 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I think Man Utd are there for the taking and we’ll get the 3pts. They are nowhere near as good as the Gooners but we usually get up for the ‘big’ teams.

  • 143 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:09 PM


    As we need any new players to have an immediate impact best to get them in early.
    Not something we have a good track record for – getting them ‘over the line’

  • 144 jimiley // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    6 away goals in last 19 away matches. We score a lot of nils. The teams which get relegated do not score enough goals.

  • 145 jimiley // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:14 PM


    The Toon is not standing still. We have been going backwards for years.

  • 146 Harley // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    I didn’t see the match today but every report I read (even my Arsenal mates) say we were good and a draw was a fair result.

    I’m totally disappointed with the result but if we aren’t taking our chances there’s not much mclaren can do about it.

    Really fine margins have determined our last few games. Mitrovic’s header against Everton, siems header against villa, Darlows fumble against west brom and now today again not taking chances. Oh and not to forget butlands performance for Stoke.

    We could easily have an extra 7 or 8 points on the board and be looking forward to an assault on the top 6 in the second half of the season. Instead we’re in the relegation zone.

    A couple of top attacking players and I believe we’ll be flying.

  • 147 jimiley // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Carroll is good for about 10 games a season. A crock. He will fit in well.

  • 148 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    I’m a bit shell-shocked tbh. Blackley as we can all concede is a considerably much betterer fan than yoww or moyyy and will attend games and cheer the “lads” on even when all us lesser fans, or “Traitors” to be more accurate, have deserted them, yet…… He’s giving many of our lads a good pasting isn’t he?

    With support like that, who needs….

  • 149 Welshbirmgeordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    It’s now really Bournemouth,Newcastle or Swansea for the 3rd relegation spot.

    Swansea will be ok.
    Bournemouth are solid.

    This is a very bad situation with a manager who plays the sane team every week almost without fail regardless of results.

  • 150 beermonkey // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:23 PM


    we had the same prob when pards was in charge
    its not just McLaren that has this problem of the team turning up against a top team and going missing against bottom teams

    right on the striker v defender what to buy
    we have lost 12 points from winning positions so far this season with those 12 points we would be up around 10th
    so for me a defender but I do see the need for a proven scorer
    why cant we have both

  • 151 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    I now know why the club was linked with CM’s last summer. We really need a creative defensive midfielder, desperately.

    Mitrovic will come good. He get’s to chances and will eventually figure out the mental bit. Perhaps he needs a little help/push from another goal scorer other than Cisse. What an awful first touch he has!

    Coloccini. Well, my nick says it all really. He should have been let go a couple of years ago. A disgrace of a captain!

    McClaren. I’m still undecided actually. I think he has a lot to offer if given modern footballers. This team has too many limited players unfortunatly. Let’s hope this window will get us more quality and let’s hope it’s not too late…

    Encouraged by todays display!

  • 152 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    as I posted earlier
    Don’t blame the defence ie Colo for every defeat –

    Our problem is scoring goals
    10 out of 20 games this season we have failed to score
    In only 4 games we have scored 2 or more

    To we it is obvious what we need someone to stick the ball in the net.
    and if you don’t the
    inevitably it puts more pressure on the defence the longer the game goes on

    I would add the Mackems and Norwich to Bournemouth, Newcastle or Swansea.

    Perm any two from these five to accompany Villa

  • 153 hibbitt // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    if you can’t score you can’t win we had the chances today and blew it

  • 154 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I really can’t see us losing our grip on the third spot. Don’t think we’ll give it up without a fight.

  • 155 Oldgit1 // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Just listened to mcclaren on talk sport, when asked about us needing a striker and are we going to buy one he evaded the question. Then he was asked about the possibility of us signing Austin. Again he behaved like a politician and did not give an answer except that the strikers we have got must start producing goals. He did say that the board was aware of the team needs but will stay private and behind doors.

    Wtf behind closed doors yet again. Does this lot know anything about communicating with the fans

  • 156 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    FFS Demarai Grey going to Leicester would have been an awesome signing for us. Oh well one day hopefully we can compete with them might not be for a good few years though.

  • 157 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Hate the January window & the quote on 31st Jan. “We tried to get quality players over the line but just failed at the last hurdle” but we have managed to bring in two loan players who haven’t been able to get regular places this season. Not been able to get rid any of the dross because nobody wants them or they are injured. Why would we risk an untested Belgian from Marseille in Prem when same money would buy Austin or Carroll Answer A & C are injury prone. I know we haven’t scored for 3 matches but we still haven’t won. Who have we got to replace present back four. Answer No one. We must get in at very least class CB & reliable FB both with good injury free record.

  • 158 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM


    Don’t know too mcuh about that lad but seen him the odd time and seems to have some ability, couldn’t say how much or anything about his consistency as not seen enough.

    There are plenty of good players in the championship, especially younger lads who are cutting their teeth.

  • 159 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    West lancs

    I don’t think buying abroad is a massive gamble.

    The problem we have is that the ones that do settle in very well are sold for a profit before others have come through to replace them. It means that the lads from abroad don’t get the chance to slowly bed in alongside players who are doing well in the league, they end up stuck with the dead wood we couldn’t shift.

  • 160 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Oldgit. McC can’t say because he doesn’t have the say – end of !
    We’ve got to slash the wage bill by getting rid (somehow) Saylor £35K per week,Obertan £40K,Gouffran £55K & Marvaux £60K (equal top paid in Club with Colo) Even if we gave them away on frees that would free a sizeable amount of cash.

  • 161 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Who do the twisty moaners want upfront then?

    Jamestoon wants Austin, a player who spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch this season, add to that he has a dodgy medical history and the goals he got were mainly thanks to Zamora.

    Others people rave about on here

    Lukaku, this season he’s really kicked on but still needs at least 5 efforts before scoring. He’s also young like mitro and needed time to adjust.

    Ighalo, bullied citeh defenders in the first half bit again missed 3 very good chances, has a conversion rate of 14% worse than mitro and Perez

    Vardy, again missed some good chances in an attacking team.

    Benteke, hardly had a kick all game and when he did he didn’t show any lathing to suggest he’ll recapture his form under Klopp.

    Remy, spent more time on the treatment table and always gets injured when costa misses games. Doesn’t want to be here….nice shout by some fools who keep asking for him.

    The 2 best chances fell to Gini, some of you love Giroud, he hardly had a kick today against a team who’s conceded the 2nd most goals in the league!!

    Get real, stop your twisting and reflect on what was a damn good performance against quite possibly this season’s champions. Don’t forget this is the first time in Gini and Mitro career they’ve played 3 games in 7 days.

  • 162 Toon XI // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    We are most likely going down. The sooner you accept the fact that this pathetic lot of players can’t get it done the happier you’ll be.

    There are worst tragedies than relegation.

  • 163 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    I hear what you are saying Transfer Sage (& know you are wise on such matters) but as things stand we need whoever comes in to hit the road running. Watford, Leicester West Ham, Soton have all bought players who have done this. Our signings never seem to do it.

  • 164 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Transfer sage

    Grey is a very raw talent but has every attribute to be a brilliant player such a shame.

    We have certainly missed a trick or two not signing more young players from the championship some very decent young players that would give our players a run for their money.

  • 165 Toon fm Exeter // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Just spent a considerable amount of time reading this blog and I cannot believe the crap some people come out with I don’t want to get personal and I know they are wum’s but bladeuser and toonbrother are just a pair of pricks who know nothing about football. Old b&b is not far behind and a disgrace to the name of 2 old toon boys . Don’t comment a lot but I just became a keyboard warrior

  • 166 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Our Toon

    i think we have a good squad, i think we need to focus on attitude during games of other teams around us.

    and this is where i feel Shteve is letting us down, he has upped the performance level by quite a bit, we pass the ball and create far better chances than we ever did with P45 at the club.
    anyone who wants proof of that should read about palace games and watch them, sitting quite high in the table, but like he did with us, it wasnt built on football foundations, more of one man shows and wonder goals,,, this will dry up.
    but back to Shteve, im not liking the fact that he seems to not use his subs, or start with the right players in there natural position, and this i feel s the crux of the problem, we only see half of what some players a capable of,

  • 167 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Agree with our Toon there. A thrashing was expected, we should have got something. Keeping this form is important, if we do the wins will come.

  • 168 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Toon XI No team these days have the divine right to bounce straight back. Look how far : Coventry Sheffield Utd, Wigan & Blackpool have slipped in recent years. We are not a Big Club anymore we are like Wolves, Leeds Utd & Derby just not good enough for the Premiership.
    Run it like Sports Direct & sell your best players for profit & where does it get you? Answer in bottom three with Mackems & Villa (who have also sold their best players for profit i.e Benteke & Delph.

  • 169 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    But we must remain positive like Tsunki & hope we start winning before
    the likes of Swans, Bournemouth & Canaries get too far in front & hope Mackems win today was a one off.
    WE all know how hard it is to support this club whose season is over every year in January or it will be if we lose at Watford.
    The word Frustration does come anywhere near covering it

  • 170 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Our toon

    I’d prefer Berahino as he offers more to the team in terms of pace, which we are sorely lacking up front

  • 171 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Let’s hope we can play like we did against Liverpool when Man U come to Toon.

  • 172 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    At the end of the season id take either Callum Wilson or Andre Gray

  • 173 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    You say I’m giving the lads a good pasting. You will see I thought we played well today. It’s just that the same old failings leave us deservedly in the relegation zone. You laugh at me going to the match and claiming a superior view. Here is my view of 1 September:

    Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    “Blackley’s deadline day verdict
    In 40 plus years of following Newcastle, I always look first at the striker department. Who is the No 9 to guarantee you 15 to 20 goals? Verdict: £50m spent and we haven’t got an in-form striker. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to recall Armstrong because of injuries, suspensions or just lack of form. I just hope I’m worrying unnecessarily and Graham Carr has got this right.

    The defence is still pants. Mbemba is a good addition but Colo is a liability. I predict Makro will promote Dummett at some point. We need three quality defenders unless Janmaat and Haidara can very much up their games.

    I worry about relegation and predict a bottom half finish. Winners of the trap door cup perhaps. It will all turn on whether Mitrovic comes good. If he plays well the team will. All I know about this kid is what I’ve seen. He’s very young and looks raw. So far he’s been slow and lumbering and a yard off the pace. Why? He hasn’t been injured.

    We will top the injury charts again no doubt. We always do.”

    What was your view Tsunki?

  • 174 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    So Toon FM Exeter. Welcome to the blog.
    So what’s thy recommendations for solving the present situation which has gone on for more years than I care to remember. Only positives please

  • 175 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Here’s a one for you

    hibbit // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:12 PM
    disappointed the main problems were not addressed by january we could be in big trouble back four is made up of poor quality lack of cover and lack of hight this is just another false dawn

  • 176 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    What about this?

    Jail for Ashley // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:04 PM
    As for being satisfied with the window, well the fat man has spent 50M so fair play to hm, certainly can’t grumble with that, just can’t understand why a defence that has leaked 60 goals in its previous season only had a 20 year old kid with no PL experience added to it.

  • 177 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM


    canuckmag // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Voted No. Can’t understand why we didn’t strengthen with a commanding centre back, I am worried that we are a couple of injuries away from a relegation scrap. Can’t fault spending 50 million but let’s hope Schteve knows what he is doing.

  • 178 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    B & B you are spot on.For years we have only strengthen at the back with Nupties apart from Mbemba but McC has no choice at moment other than to pick present back four with Haidara injured, Mbabu & Lascelles not ready & I’d pick myself in front of Williamson. With about 10 injuries & nobody else good enough it’s got to be clear out time. Marvaux at £60K per week along with Colo is highest paid in club & how many times has he played since we signed him?

  • 179 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM


    Oops. Just come across this.

    Tsunki // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    I can just about stand a Charlie Austincle every three goes but my eye twitches when I see ‘ Rome wasn’t built in a day’ grrrrrrr…

    In other news, belfast back from his camping holiday a G2 washes over the blog like a tidal wave of optimism. Business as usual 🙂

    I voted Yay! Because I am happy our big-boned benefactor shelled out the readies in window 1 of 3. Plenty of time to be disappointed later.

  • 180 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:33 PM


    To be fair, I called the first one below wrong:

    Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM
    If we had a horse and cart race, I’m not sure we’d do very well. Probably second last, ahead of the Mackems.

    Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:51 PM
    Voted No.
    We went to the wire last season. We’ve signed three good players and one who could be anything. We’re still without an inform striker. We could have done with two if we’re making our own luck. That’s shocking. Graham Carr should be sleeping very uneasily.
    Other clubs have strengthened. We talk about the next couple of windows. Other clubs will strengthen then too. Three good players is not enough.

  • 181 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM


    Berahino has a shite attitude, doesn’t turn up to training on time, doesn’t work hard enough in training….is that really the type of player we want here and will he blossom and change his attitude? Add to that the lad looked well overweight when he came on against us. Having said all that I do rate him but would want him to lead an attacking line, but as a 2nd striker

    Callum Wilson is going to miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury so can’t see what he’s going to add to us apart from putting us top of the table for injuries. Andre Gray, interesting one but a big gamble, will he be successful coming from a lower level tier club? What affect will Wilson injury have on him, look no further than Falcao and Rodriguez of Southampton

    The lads that have come from lower level have done well but that’s with clubs / players that understand how they play, perfect example of that is Rudy Gestede, if he came up with Blackburn he’d of done alot better than he’s doing now for villa!!

  • 182 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Terrible holiday that was non stop rain.

  • 183 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    B & B the powers that be are probably sh…..g themselves about splashing big money on a CB after the likes of Boumsong, Mbiwa , Marcelino, & Dabizas. We never seem to have had a world class CB since Albert & you could hardy call him a defensive CB the way he went forward (which he could in the team he was in) Oh for those days back – dreaming again!

  • 184 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    And even today, of all days, you still feel able to criticise my knowledge:

    Tsunki // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Mag52 less of your doom talk I’ve got us down to win the league cup!

  • 185 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Headline :Chinese business consortium pumps 900Million into NUFC.

    But not this year!

  • 186 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Looks like most bloggers have gone to watch MOD. Can’t bring myself to watching it these days – far too upsetting.
    Wonder how Big Al will react to three defeats on trot & no goals scored.

  • 187 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Woodgate looked the part for a while.

  • 188 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Our toon

    Meant getting wilson/gray at the end of the season. Both lightning quick, which is what we need. Pace alone can cause defences so many problems.

  • 189 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Besides signings, we need to keep up this style of play and turn these chances into goals, getting Perez and Sissoko to tuck in to allow Janmaat and Dummett to overlap helps us dominate the midfield and we create more chances. Just need to be more clinical starting against Watford

  • 190 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Anyone see ighalo miss? No striker is going to score every chance or every other chance they get….he’s a lad who averages 5 attempts before scoring. Like most strikers

    James agree we need pace up top with a the big man. I’d wait and see how Wilson is after making his comeback before taking a chance on him

  • 191 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Wenger rarely doles out compliments but today, he said we are a good time that played well.

    Now then you habitual critics, any thoughts on Dr Wenger’s opinion?

  • 192 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    We played well today. Perhaps the best all season. Lost 1 – 0.

    Couldn’t score as usual. Couldn’t keep a clean sheet as usual. Both of these points do not concern Dr Wenger one bit. He’s more bothered about how his team were outplayed for the most part.

  • 193 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Our Toon
    How many goals has Ighalo got this season? And Mitro? Perez?

    What’s their respective conversion rates, if you prefer?

  • 194 beermonkey // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    so Watford in the cup next
    do we rotate as best we can giving others a chance or play the same team the same way we played today at man u on the tues night

  • 195 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Our destiny is in the hands of the worst head coach in the premiership…a head coach who has only succeeded in abject failure for the last three years….a head coach whose first decision of note for the toon was to give Colo an extended contract FFS.

    It truly is a case of the blind leading the blind…we are clueless from top to bottom,…our ability to appoint muppets is legendary and we are the greatest cause of amusement in football today…we are a laughing stock and the greatest living example of how not to run a football club.

    It’s fcuking pathetic

  • 196 jimmysmith // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Perez and Widjnaldum basically swapped roles, and we looked better for it. I’d play Widij with Tiote, who does add a lot to our midfield, and De Jong in the hole. Maybe then Colback at left back for his distribution. Dummett is admirable defensively, but has little going forward in possession, although that is less of a handicap with Perez in the side. We shouldn’t be in the bottom three. We should have about ten more points, and I agree it’s been down to confidence, but also McC persisting with Anita and Colback centrally. They are both worthy players, but not starters together in central mid among this group in this league. We are a decent side, but of course so pretty much are everyone else, and it’s a game of fine margins at this level. Cech won the game for them.

  • 197 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Blackley let me just say following your compendium of meaningless non-contextual posts of mine, what are you raving on about? You seem to be desperately in search of a conclusion. Let me just clarify – you sound like one of those toonbrother style obsessive cranks when you rage against players and certainly don’t seem to have a good grip on your self-proclaimed uber-fan identity

    .I personally don’t think our squad is good enough as is. Players who should be haven’t been helping. But the last five games have been much better. If this continues, all may be saved, albeit until next season. I’m getting a bit fazed by your opinion though, you don’t appear to have a tight hold on what it really is. Or anyone else’s for that matter.

  • 198 Shot Bru // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:54 PM


    As we have such a threadbare squad and very few quality players, unfortunately I reckon McLaren will rest some key players to prevent injuries in the upcoming Cup match v Watford.

    Someone said earlier we have played 3 games in a week, players like Gini have no prior experience of that sort of physical demands.

    If he pulls a hammy and is out for 6 weeks, our main match winner is gone along with our hopes of survival, unless of course we buy some quality during this window.

  • 199 Transfer Sage // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Our toon

    I get what you say, strikers will miss chances. Ours miss too many and don’t get themselves in position enough for me.

    Lukaku gets 5/6 as he has good movement, strong in the air, strength to turn a man and good pace….Mitro can’t do half of that so will get less chances.

    I know from looking at Mitro and Perez that they are not natural goal scorers, doesn’t mean they are bad players but we need a natural finisher who puts more away.

  • 200 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Why has it taken Mclaren so long to put Wijnaldum in a middle 3 ?

    Perez was signed as a winger/attacking midfielder and thats where he should play

    Our team looked so much better balanced this way and we kept the ball better and created so much more if we had have went out with that team against Villa , Everton and West Brom I feel we would have a lot more points on the board

    Would like to see us try a middle 3 with Tiote , Wijnaldum and Sissoko with Thauvin and Perez the wide players cutting in on their stronger foot because we really need to beat Man Utd or we could be cut adrift

  • 201 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Cisse has a very good conversion rate but it doesn’t mean he’s a brilliant player.

    You can afford to score 1 in 5 if you have the movement to get yourself in the right are 5 times a game.

    Obviously we need more creativity but the strikers don’t help themselves at all.|premier_league/2015/2016/arsenal/2/165/31/0/t|premier_league/2015/2016/leicester_city/126/165/315/0/t|premier_league/2015/2016/stoke_city/2/165/34/0/t#chances_created/goals_scored/goals_conceded#total

    This is a good site for comparing teams stats.

  • 202 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Your compendium of non-contextual posts? The context is this. Your post @ 148 which reads:

    “I’m a bit shell-shocked tbh. Blackley as we can all concede is a considerably much betterer fan than yoww or moyyy and will attend games and cheer the “lads” on even when all us lesser fans, or “Traitors” to be more accurate, have deserted them, yet…… He’s giving many of our lads a good pasting isn’t he?

    With support like that, who needs….”

    Clearly you and others don’t like it that I’m highly critical of certain of our players. It just so happens that events have proved some of us right, almost spot on in fact.

    “Are you satisfied with this summer’s transfer window?” The date was 1 September 2015. Some of us called it right. We are still calling it right.

  • 203 beermonkey // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    shot bru

    its another season no cup run
    problem is half will have to play as there isn’t any1 else

  • 204 stuart no9 // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    thre most frustrating thing tosday for me was that we played well, in parts i thought our counter was better todat than what it has been for a long time, the counter had a bit of zest in it which has been lacking in a lot of games this season , however , a centre forward cant carry on missing like that time and time again .
    has probably cost us 7 points in the last 3 -4 games , that would have put is in a healthy postition . for the game against man u- but it dosnt now , and w’ell struggle,
    a goal scorer is a must in january , mito goes on the bench and observes yhem maybe just maybe we might sneak it , if we ignore this fact then we are down . but pleased with some of the football today , but we are carrying and we cant afford to that in our position

  • 205 stuart no9 // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    now theres a thought – andy carroll !!!

  • 206 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    My opinion is quite clear. I don’t think anyone other than you is in any doubt. I said it all on 1 September. Events to date have confirmed my opinion.

    Yes, I am obsessive about Colo because he is so bad. He costs us time and again. When people post how good he is, and how he is man of the match or one of our better players, I wonder about their grip on reality. The amount of shit that Toonbrother takes. Okay he said we’d never win a game with Colo. I didn’t go that far, but I know why he said it.

    I criticise Colo for going AWOL, for being weak, for being soft, for showing no leadership, and for failing to organise. It does my head in on days like today when we’ve dominated games and played the better football, but get let down in the same predictable way.

    Of course, we need to get goals. You can see I was saying in September that our priority is a couple of top strikers. I still believe that. But with Taylor injured and Lascelles out of favour, we now desperately need a commanding CB to replace Colo.

    Too many on here, like at the start of the season, have visions of the sunlit uplands just around the corner.

  • 207 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Having just read that ourselves and southampton are interested in signing ignacio commacho I’m wondering if the surprise perez was referring to was us signing the Spanish malaga player. He has a 8.5 million clause in his contract apparently.

  • 208 Blofal // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    A big reason we dominated the midfield at times today IMO was Tiote playing well. We have sorely missed that.

  • 209 lochinvar // Jan 3, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Swansea will move for Charlie Austin and fellow frontman Patrick Bamford, 22, as current stars Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, and Jonjo Shelvey, 23, move towards January transfers. (Mirror)

    Will be interested to see how that scenario pans out – especially as we are battling Swansea in the relegation fight

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