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Newcastle Go Down Fighting But Miss Chances Again

5:28 pm, Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Newcastle played their hearts out at the Emirates Stadium today but for the third game running we lost the game 1-0 and this time we went down to a 72nd winner from Laurent Koscielny, who guided the ball past Elliot from close range for a simple goal after Newcastle had several chances to take the lead but didn’t take them.

Sound familiar?

Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny – scored the winner after 72 minutes

We now fall even deeper into relegation trouble but the game turned on two brilliant saves from Petr Cech from Gini Wijnaldum – one if the first half with two minutes to go to the break and one after two minutes of the second half.

And if Gini had of taken those chances – clear chances – we could and should have taken something out of this game against a sluggish Gunners side.

But we lost again and didn’t score for the third game in succession.

Once again we created chances but for the third game running we have failed to score – but we looked a decent well organized team that cannot pick up points because we cannot score goals.

So maybe Mike Ashley needs to get a couple of strikers in during January.

Arsenal started well but Newcastle came into the game well and it was clear the lads were willing to attack the Gunners and we gave as good as we got in the first half that ended 0-0.

But we had a couple of chances to take the lead in the first 45 minutes but didn’t take them.

Almost immediately at the start of the second half a beautiful move from Newcastle saw Wijnaldum through on goals but Pete Cech made  great save – but Gini should have scored from that clear opportunity.

Four minutes into the second half Mitrovic missed another good chance just a minute after Wijnaldum had missed – and the TV commentators mentioned then that Newcastle cannot keep missing these golden opportunities to go ahead.

But we did and of course then Arsenal got a chance after 72 minutes and they took it to win the game.

But Newcastle came after Arsenal in those last 20 minutes and Arsenal hung on for the win.

We only have ourselves to blame for not taking something out of this game – and we could easily have won the thing – unlikely as that seemed before the game.


You cannot accuse the Newcastle players of not playing well or giving 100%  today – but we cannot get a goal and we cannot buy a win.

And we lost more ground in the relegation fight as Norwich won their third game in four as they beat Southampton 1-0 at home and they are now 6 points clear of Newcastle on 23 points.

Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1 to go within a couple of points of Newcastle and Bournemouth had a great 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

Newcastle are going to have to find ways to win games like these – but in the last three games we could have won every one of them and we end up with no points.

And in the last four games we have a single point and are deeper in relegation trouble after this loss to top of the table Arsenal.

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    wow wenger giving us huge compliments i suppose its easy in his position but thats a first surely!?

  • 2 solano38 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    NUFC would have won this game if they had somebody who knows how to score goals. And Coloccini was again made to look ridiculous at times. Wins need to be had soon or else we’re doomed.

  • 3 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    He probably realised how lucky he was to walk away with 3 points today

  • 4 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    I wonder if Loic Remy watched our game.
    The opportunities must have had him salivating.
    Pay his wages for 6 months Charnley PLEASE

  • 5 martoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    We played well but I just knew as the game went on it was the kind of game we would lose 1 – 0. We need to learn to head the ball downwards because even if our headers had been on target their keeper had them covered. It’s so frustrating we play well enough but get nothing out of these type of games!

  • 6 Jack Root // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    We had some good chances. Early in the second half Ramsey lost the ball and Pérez found Wijnaldum. Cech did well a few times and we deserved something from the game. We just need someone to convert chances. Mitro is not the answer.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    I think performances like today must strengthen McClaren’s hand in having a major input into players we purchase .

    I think that performances like the previous two games suggest why he shouldn’t!

    The only difference between the performances over the past 5 games is who we are playing. Our players can always get themselves up for playing against big teams, you saw that when Pardew was here and still do now, it’s got bugger all to do with the manager. Again it’s the same players who cant be arsed against the likes of WBA, that is the fault of the manager, he should inspire the players to give 100% every week.

  • 8 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    The lesson from today is that this performance needs to be the benchmark for every game for the rest of the season.

    Problem is I must have typed that comment 10 times over the past few seasons

  • 9 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Man Utd is NEXT.

  • 10 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Have to say we did far better than I expected, even if we got beat. But it was the same old story, lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
    We need a top quality striker not someone for the future like Mitrovic.

  • 11 hibbitt // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    if we don’t / can’t take our chances were down its no good depending on other team

  • 12 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM


    Yes, I was hoping Thauvin or SDJ would be the ones to fill that role (maybe Thauvin more likely) but really just anyone who can link up with Sissoko and pull some defenders, because Sissoko rarely beats anyone on the dribble. I cringe everytime he dribbles into 2 defenders and loses possession.

  • 13 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM


  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie
    January 2, 2016
    Hi, nice to see you name check me. Good to hear you were thinking the same as another poster earlier this week. Strange that you didn’t interact with me about it. Tongue tied at that moment?

    Name this killer diller striker that scores every chance?

    Just passing through this evening, but would love for you to actually respond tonight, and in the future when I respond to some of your comments with sensible well thought out counter arguments (you have generally gone quiet when I have done so recently).

    On a similar note, Hail and Toonbrother probably ought to change their bait if they are to continue fishing in the same pond.

    Be back through the week.

  • 15 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    dr nookey having a medical

  • 16 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    We need a New no.9. Cisse is getting old and often in the treatment room.

    Is Mike Ashley listening?

  • 17 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    We didn’t lose today because we cant score…we lost today because we cant keep a clean sheet because we have the sh!test captain in the world in the most important position on the field.

    We will go down because of Captain Colo…he’s a fcuking liability

  • 18 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    John Tudor “look at me , look at me , I’m really important me , look at me”

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    The fancy plaudits – played well, should have won -blah blah blah – are all very nice but football is a results game.
    The total of what we achieved today = nil points/zero.

    For me to only positive was it might show a prospective signing that we matched Arsenal -and therefore -strengthening the team should not result in the drop – therefore PL football assured next season (if we sign 3-4 players).

  • 20 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Colo just to p**s off toon brother hahaha

  • 21 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Yet another referee shit-scared to give a pen against Man Shitty

  • 22 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    jib you are as important as piles

  • 23 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    as the clap even

  • 24 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    now just fa@k off and die cu@t

  • 25 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    If we’d still had Ba in our squad we would have probably won 2-0 an experienced quality striker is a must.

  • 26 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    jib can start a fight with himself
    i only replied to him what he said to me
    jib you know f all about f all and thats a fact
    best put up your ghost ip again

  • 27 toonluvva // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Another could have /should have game. Could have won and we should have scored, again!

    Good news is that we kept it down to just the 1. If Arsenal had gone nap and scored a hatful our goal difference would have taken another hammering.

    Lets get past ManUre, I don’t expect anything but a good hiding, and hope that we strengthen the the squad in the transfer win dow.

  • 28 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Unfortunately, after one of our best performances of the season, for the first time I am genuinely worried about relegation. The issue is that everyone around us is picking up points. We play well but still get nothing. Over the past 4 games we should have picked up at least 5 more points based on our chances (2 against Villa and 1 against West Brom, Everton and Arsenal).

    Two from us, Sunderland, Swansea, Norwich and Bournemouth will go down. The Sunderland result has brought them back within reach of us, Swansea are looking much improved, Bournemouth keep picking up points here and there and Norwich are on a great run of form. The only consolation is that it is so tight that a run of 3 or 4 good games gives you some breathing space… but we have to turn it around soon… we desperetely need some fresh faces and o revitalise the squad and fans. Just like the January window when we signed Debuchy, Gouffran, Haidara, Sissoko and MYM. Sure they havent been great purchases long term but they turned our season around at the time (particularly Sissoko) and we just about scrapped ourselves to safety.

  • 29 Lager_arm // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    2 brilliant saves ? Unless Cech evaporated in front of him, wijnaldum just shot straight at the keeper both times very poor from a supposedly decent player

  • 30 Moonraker15 // Jan 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Sorry you’re wrong ! Last 3 games we should’ve won but didn’t take our chances and today Arsenal had a lucky break for their goal. We were easily the best team and we won’t go down I’m sure after today. We will beat Man U next week!

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