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Newcastle Player Identifies Failings Of Team

7:00 am, Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Fabricio Coloccini had another decent game on Saturday in the 2-1 loss at Watford – our 5th defeat in the last seven games in all competitions – and he has come out again as Newcastle captain and talked to the press and basically pointed out the failings of the team.

While Newcastle have been playing quite well in games we just don´t seem to be able to get the results and in our 23 games this season we have only 5 wins – the lowest of any team in the league apart from bottom placed Aston Villa – another famous club in real danger of taking the drop this season.


Fabricio Coloccini in action on Saturday

So if you look at our record it´s not just one thing as we have very few goals – conceded far too many (the 3rd worst at 41) and also have the third worst goal difference and we are third bottom – our results have been catastrophically bad.

In our relegation season back in 2008-2009 we had 2 more points than we have today after 23 games played.

This is what Colo has said:

“I can’t really speak about whether or not players will come in,” “It’s something that the manager and the club have to decide.”

“Obviously, it is better for us if we can get more players to come in with us.” “It’s better to improve the quality of the team and the squad, but it’s not something we have to worry about as players.”

“It is for other people to decide.” “It feels like it’s the same story again, really.” “We had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t score.”

“We had our instructions, and I thought we did fairly well in the first half.”

“But we conceded right at the start of the second half, and then it’s always hard to score and get back in the game after that, especially when you’re playing away.”

“We haven’t been playing that badly, but when we’ve been on top of games, we’ve not really taken advantage of that.”

“I thought we played really well for the first 15 minutes, but then I think they dominated the first half after that.”

“We created a lot of chances, and played quite well in the transition, but we couldn’t score.” “I think it’s something we need to learn, and we need to learn quickly because we cannot allow it to keep happening like it is.”

“We are missing chances, and conceding too many chances to the teams we are playing against. That is something we have to do better.”

“It’s one step forward and then one step back at the moment. We played well against Man United and West Ham, and there were moments in this game where we played well too.”

“But we still got punished for our mistakes and we have to improve. It’s important that we start keeping a clean sheet.”

“Maybe we are too nice,” “It is true that we need to win more tackles.”  “If you look at all the 50-50s at the moment, maybe we are losing more than the opposite side and that is not good enough.”

“Sometimes, in our team, that can make the difference. We have great football players with the ball, but we need the ball. And to get the ball, we need to be winning that tackle.”

It´s looking very serious for Newcastle at the moment and first things first – we need at least two more players brought in this week and have them on the bench at Everton a week on Wednesday in our next game.

And then we may have a better chance of saving ourselves.

But it´s not  a surprise we are 10/11 odds on to be relegated on SkyBet.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:09 AM


    That explains why a desperate, out of work manager is a perfect fit for the Ashley blueprint.

  • 2 JAMSHA // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    There are no comments yet … please kick Ashley off by filling out the form below.

  • 3 carl // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Watched the game again. Thought McClaren got the formation wrong and too late with the subs after we were 2-0 down. He played Shelvey at the base of a midfield three which made it difficult for him to have any real impact in key areas. Shelvey’s only real telling contribution was an arched well driven corner for Lascelles headed goal. We missed Colback who does a lot of the work Shelvey was asked to do. Away from home we need to be more positive rather than chasing games.

  • 4 stan anderson // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    It,s just a thought,but who would have Fat Sam back now we are in the shit with another inadequate in charge or the team.

  • 5 lesh // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Nothing new but the Chron’s saying what folk on here have been saying for years

  • 6 carl // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Coloccini was right about having plenty of chances. We need an instinctive clinical finisher. We need to get our act together quickly and sign Berahino who could play alongside Mitrovic. Berahino has pace and can play on the shoulder of last defender. Mitrovic at present lacks the confidence that regular goal scorers have he just doesn’t look like scoring. Shelvey feeding the bullets for Berahino we’ve just got to show ambition in our transfer activity. We can’t afford to let the survival points gap get any bigger.

  • 7 carl // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    You are joking.You’ll be suggesting Garde next. Plain dumb.

  • 8 hibbitt // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    the clock is ticking
    this could well be the the most important 7 days in the history of the the club
    over to you mr charnley

  • 9 nut meg // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    We have conceded well over 60 goals for the last 4 seasons, we are on course to repeat it again this season.How many times must we do it before the sh*t for brains who is in charge of player recruitment realizes that we must improve the defence. You can buy one/two or three CFs if you want but as long as we concede 2 goals a game we won’t be collecting many points. A solid backline SHOULD have been the priority in the summer but we went for the eye catching players with resale value instead. Unless we stop the bleeding the wound will never heal,the last 4/5 seasons should have learned them a lesson but they gambled again,at the minute that gamble is looking like a losing one.Self inflicted wounds IMHO.

  • 10 stan anderson // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    I think Fat Sam will keep the unwashed in the Premier League (HOPE NOT MIND) maybe at our expense.
    That would be cruel.

    Ashley OOT

  • 11 carl // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Chrony on the road talking with the hardcore fan base according to the Chrony those that don’t read that rag the mag. Seems the toon army provide most of interesting news.

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