The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

An Absolute Shocker From Newcastle – Lose 3-0 At Everton

9:51 pm, Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

This was Newcastle’s sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions and if we keep playing like this it is going to be almost certain relegation from the Premier League – and tonight’s game was against at best – an average Everton side – who had not won in their last five league games.

Aaron Lennon opened the scoring after 22 minutes when his right footed shot beat Elliot – and it was all too easy.

And then Rolando Aarons clumsily brought down Aaron Lennon after 83 minutes and Everton went 2-0 up after Ross Barkley easily beat Elliot from the penalty spot.

And then deep Newcastle into stoppage time to make things a lot worse, we gave away another penalty for a foul on Barkley which the player himself again converted and Jamaal Lascelles was sent off.

Should we go on?

ross barkley

Ross Barkley after scoring first penalty to put Everton 2-0 up

That will not help matters one little bit and a lack of discipline from Newcastle in the last 10 minutes of playing time cost us two goals with two young inexperienced players giving the penalties away.

It was reminiscent of the mess we saw under John Carver last year and it would be interesting to see what Mike Ashley thought of this complete shambles – and it was a game we had over 10 days to prepare for – what were they doing on the training field?

Add to that the fact that Everton hit the woodwork three times in a six minute spell in the second half and the Magpies did not deserve to get anything pout of this game – and we didn’t.

The players we have should be getting a lot more points than 21 from our first 24 league games – the results are simply atrocious and this is the lowest points total we have ever had in the Premier League after 24 games played.

And no doubt Steve McClaren will come under some pressure now as he doesn’t seem to be capable of getting Newcastle to play consistently – this was a complete shambles of a display from NNewcastle.

We started the season poorly after spending a massive £52M in the summer and got just 3 points from the first 8 games but we haven’t done too much better in the next 16 games with just 18 points.

After 5 minutes it took a great save from Rob Elliot diving low to his left to keep the ball out but after 22 minutes Everton – after threatening went ahead through Aaron Lennon.

Th ball was played to him and he hit the ball with his right foot through Wijnaldum’s legs and into the goal past what looked to be an unsighted Rob Elliot.

It was a poor goal to concede and too easy for Everton.

Newcastle lacked any kind of threat up front apart from a couple of decent runs by new boy Townsend, but just before half time it was good play by Chancel Mbemba that prevented a second Everton goal but he seemed to hurt his foot as he slid in.

Another injury and on came Jamal Lascelles.

Half time came without Newcastle having one shot on target and not one corner and it’s not like Everton looked world-beaters.

Paul Dummett was replaced by Rolando Aarons at half time and after 55 minutes on came Aleksandar Mitrovic for Saivet as McClaren knew he had to find a goal from somewhere.

It was Rob Elliot again who saved Newcastle after 56 minutes when he turned a good Ross Barkley shot onto the cross-bar and then three minutes after a free kick from Everton was headed backwards by Jonjo Shelvey and it beat Elliot but came back off the cross bar – two lucky escapes for Newcastle.

Then the two stupid penalties which made the scoreline a lot worse and our goal difference is now a shocking -19 – the second worse only to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

We may have brought in some decent midfielders in January but out defense simply isn’t good enough for the Premier League and hasn’t been for a couple of years now.

We’ve spent a lot of money in the last two transfer windows but not always on the right players or the right positions.

There should be alarm bells going off at Newcastle after this insipid display and Mike Ashley has the right to ask what has he got for his £81M spent in the transfer market since last season.

Not much.

And Steve McClaren just doesn’t seem to be able to get the job done with the decent to  good squad he has available.

That’s the reality after this disgraceful performance.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Everton?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


Everton (4-2-3-1): Joel Robles; Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Ramiro Funes Mori, Bryan Oviedo; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Tom Cleverley; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Jindrich Stanek, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Kone

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba (Jamaal Lascelles 42), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett (Rolando Aarons 45); Moussa Sissoko, Henri Saivet (Aleksandar Mitrovic 56), Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, , Steven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Seydou Doumbia

Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DENIro // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    McClaren is zero.
    Totally decomposed team.
    You can not score points without attacking, and having such a hollow defense ..
    Pardew is Ferguson compared to McClaren …
    There’s no way for us to avoid relegation with McClaren..

  • 2 SomeOne // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    sack someone!!!

  • 3 archaeomag // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Weird tactics
    Shocking passing
    played like strangers – who just got back from holiday
    Utterly dispiriting all round. BOOOOO

  • 4 SomeOne // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Or everyone!!!

  • 5 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Everton aint won at home since last Oct. Bloody hell fire

  • 6 Termijn // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Only players that turned up

  • 7 LoughboroughDelight // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Utter pish. At least Steven Taylor has a red card and another injury in him b4 the season is out….

  • 8 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    I also agree that Mac needs to go – without our great stadium there is no motivation for the players – even Pardew was a better motivator than him – I don’t think they listen to him BUT

    who do we replace him with if he is sacked mid-season?

  • 9 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Everton had a massive advantage though, they played 2 extra games in between that we didn’t.

  • 10 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Team for WBA:


    Janmaat Saylor Coloccini

    Sissoko Saviet Shelvey Tiote Townsend



  • 11 SPRINGY // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    saivet townsend and especially elliot only ones who could say they were decent….rest poor sissoko or gini the worst for me

  • 12 dannitoon // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Please put this bloody box at the top of the page .. pain in arse having to scroll through 500 posts to refresh or comment..

    Sack schteve n give jose 1m to manage till end of season

  • 13 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Also – what happens if Mbemba is injured – who partners Colo on Saturday?!

  • 14 SPRINGY // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    maybe janmaat aswell

  • 15 SUTTY1978 // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    512SUTTY1978 // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    as with the Thauvin signing I said that Townsend is an utterly shite player. On both occasions I’ve been given grief for my opinion by people thinking they are going to score loads and be a creative force within the team. The stats don’t lie with these players, they look OK on YouTube or match of the day but in reality they are useless.

  • 16 DENIro // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    How good is the team where the goalkeeper is the best player in most games?

  • 17 NoahJ // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    why on earth did we sign wingers to then play perez up front by himself?

    we absolutely outplayed in every single area of the pitch (apart from GK). without elliot, it could easily have been 8-0

  • 18 Toon_Barmy // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Awful tactics, terrible substitutions and woeful display all round. Elliott outstanding and if some how we stay up we owe it to our ‘third choice’ keeper

  • 19 BandB // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Everyone was on cloud nine yesterday.
    I said the blog would reverse polarity if we lost a game for which we were second favourites tonight.
    We are always great when we aren’t playing, aren’t we?
    We have West Brom at the weekend. Tonight will be a distant memory if we win.

  • 20 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    luke from last thread colback gets dogs abuse on here but he is so important and it just shows every game he doesn’t play
    his work rate (negative running 🙂 ) is so important in the middle

  • 21 SomeOne // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    I just say :”sack someone!!!”

  • 22 NoahJ // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    has it every occured to Mclaren that Aarons is not a left back? what a shambles- with 3 defenders lost today through injury or suspension, are just going to go 2-6-2 on saturday?

  • 23 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    My name is ‘arry. You lookin’ for a manager who can keep you up ?

  • 24 Marmalade Cranium // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Shite – going down. Bring on Rodgers or we are doomed under the Wally.

  • 25 corkypants // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    We were totally out classed tonight by the the better team definetly not but defo by better tactics our team on paper should be at least able to compete against everton dont get me wrong im not anty McClaren but maybe we need a coach with more authority someone whilo isnt scared to drop players!!!

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    He has to go simple. He has had us in the bottom three all season. I wouldn’t even give him till the WBA game because if we don’t win that then we are truly fcuked.

  • 27 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Ashley needs to use that £21m we offered Berahino to offer Mourinho £5mill until end of season – if he keeps us up then a further £5mill and £60 mill summer budget if he wants to stay – it sounds ridiculous but this is how close to the wire it is getting

  • 28 toon kk // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Poor tactics by a poor manager and a team of loosers.

  • 29 oldarse // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    All my days following my team and never seen such utter crap very sad indeed boys

  • 30 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    BandB, thats footy eh

  • 31 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Jeff thinks all the games where we’ve lost by three or more are aberrations and we really have a GD of -2

    How many aberrations does it take for a relegation ?

  • 32 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    If Mourinho says no then Redknapp or Rodgers – Redknapp might get the best out of them in the short-term.

  • 33 archaeomag // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    “Sack schteve n give jose 1m to manage till end of season”

    YES – Do it now & give him the £21 million

  • 34 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Marmalade Cranium

    Agreed. I’d pay Rodgers huge money to keep us up but even that might be too late now. The rot has spread… again!

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Ashley has nobody to blame but himself for this shambles. Choosing to continue to leave the club in the hands of blatant incompetents like Charnley and Carr was a recipe for disaster. That’s why we have a clueless head coach and expensively assembled squad of misfits destined for the Championship.

  • 36 BandB // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM


    Always has been.

  • 37 lesh // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    No excuses from McClaren tonight?

    Now we seem to be paying the prixxe of failing to strengthen the defence!

  • 38 Griff-toon // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Sooo poor! Mitro should have started. Our best player before Elliot made all those saves Saivet was subbed when Sissoko, Gini and Jonjo did Nothing!!! Did you see how they overran us in MF after that and had all those chanses. Townsend was poor but far from our worst. Everyone looked like they where afraid of the ball. No Steel in the mentality of the players.

    Play like that for the rest of the season and Villa may pass us

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Offer Mourinho 5M till the end of the season, Mclaren just hasn’t got what it takes, he might have the odd display of good football but 84.2% of the time it is fcukin hapless.

  • 40 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    and as for people writing townsend off already behave!!
    he did more than our saviour aarons at watford or indeed thauvin

  • 41 lukes26 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 PM


    Yeah, its just strange, because colback doesnt seem to do much. But he must be the missing ingredient, because weve looked horrible without him

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:02 PM


    I was always very worried that CB and LB had not been addressed..

    What is more concerning is SM’s continually negative tactics, especially away from home, playing people out of position and making bizarre subs. Sound familiar.

    And before people say it, please not David Moyes. We need a dynamic, exciting manager.
    Apart from 25 mins v west ham we have been shambolic pretty much all season.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:02 PM


  • 44 leedavid2015 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    lets face it, this was shocking! everyone and his dog thought townsend was purchased for wing play for mitrovic and then he is dropped! the game was over by half time as everton’s heads were up and confidence returned.. Then we suddenly have Aarons in at left back again, since when was he turned into a left back?? McClueless is lost in this league and seeing his face on the bench knows it..
    we could spend a few billion and still go down under this clown, how could we find someone worse than Pards..

  • 45 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Saylor has to start next match. Aarons may have to play at left back again.

    We could play 3 at the back and play with Saivet and Tiote as holding players.

  • 46 colno9 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    VanToon. Exactly the sort of thing i was thinking. This group of players is better than that display. playing the same players who do not perform, and expecting a different result it idiocy.
    McClaren has shown he has neither the tactics or immagination to turn things around.

  • 47 WWSBRD // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Christ sake man am just sick

    Sack him, we are better than this

    Can’t even be bothered to tear into the players

  • 48 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Can anyone tell me what tactics we played first half
    Playing Perez up front on his own and playing the long game – utter bollicks crap stupidity.

    Ain’t going to pick up another point playing like that.

    Looked like little boys lost on holidays first half did not get near their players
    Shelvey – shit
    Sissoko – shit
    Wiljanum – oh was he on the pitch

    And injuries to two of our defenders.

    I ganna a be a canny defensive formation for Saturday and a frustrating day.

    If I were Pulis I would play Berinho from the start fit or unfit he’ll score.

    Looks like we are going to have the most expensive team ever to play in the championship.

  • 49 lochinvar // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Everton have scored 43 goals this season
    Newcastle 25.
    Might be a clue in there.

  • 50 toon kk // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    I was all for giving Macca a chance but those pathetic tactics Prooves he needs to go. But the players need to get a grip.

  • 51 sparky55 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    if I was an out of work manager I’d still ignore any incoming phone call on me mobile with a number starting 0191.

    The poison chalice will soon put on view again but still not sure who’d be brave enough to take us on.

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    aarons has never been no ever will be a LWB or a LB. He was once a very promising winger.

    We have a manager with no plan B or seemingly much forethought.

  • 53 lukes26 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    So our CB options are Satka, Saylor or Janmaat with out Mbemba. Yesh

  • 54 NoahJ // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM


    I actually want us to drop sissoko in favour of colback on saturday. It sounds ridiculous, but even though he’s probably our *best* player, sissoko makes the team imbalanced (at least where he’s being played now)- because he’s not a winger, so he tries to bring it inside, but he always just gets tangled up, and loses the ball.

    I lost count of how many times we stupidly just gave the ball away tonight.

    It’s simple things, we just need balance!

  • 55 NYMAG // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Absolutely atrocious performance against a side that hasn’t won a home game since November. Aside from Elliot and Saviet who I thought was doing a decent job every performance was poor. But a few need singling out:

    Shelvey gave the ball away so many times and looked so cumbersome. Really worrying.

    Sissoko was utterly pathetic, lazy, kept giving the ball away with sloppy passes and caught in possession so many times. He should not start against West Brom

    Lascelles, he’s not a premier league player, never will be

    Gigi, almost invisible, his heart was not in it, couldn’t do anything to impact the game.

    Mit same old story, comes on and misses an absolute sitter. Useless.

  • 56 LoughboroughDelight // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Aye that is footie. Hearts on sleeves believing in the unlikely and taking hope from a slight glimmer or waiting for Lady Luck to give us our turn.
    We were hopeful as money was spent, transfer policies were changed a slight of hand plastered over the cracks……but the cracks have become caverns and we are now angry again…

    I do not believe that a win on sat will turn the tide back though…we are too far gone and we need a winning streak to close the gap.

    I am a fool and I will carry on being a fool. I hope and I pray and then I cry,…

  • 57 spaghetti bandit // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Mclaren out

  • 58 stripes1009 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Utter rubbish……if that’s the best we can offer……send for the ‘special one’……NOW.

  • 59 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    I bet Doumbia’s sat thinking “thank chuff I’m on loan”

  • 60 SPRINGY // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    its not the defeat…its the manner of the defeat….basically gave away a half due to bad team selection,the lack of players turning up is absolutely shocking….
    the rest
    utter shite;
    unbelievably poor,spineless,talentless performance.

  • 61 NYMAG // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    We look like relegation fodder, no idea where the 6 or 7 wins needed are going to come from.

  • 62 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    In the end it’s Carr that played both Ashley and Charnley into hiring McClaren, his good friend and ally.
    He was blinded by one good season in Twente and forgot his multiple poor ones before and after that.

    Thank you Carr! I think both him and McClaren shold be removed from this club.

  • 63 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    McClaren out – Harry (short-term) in or Rodgers but not sure he is able to have the desired effect immediately.

    McClaren has had more chance than Pardew – he’s had £80million within less than a year!

  • 64 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    well i thought we’d keep the ball a hell of alot better than we did and why we bypassed the cm i do not know but sisko and gini can’t get away with it again 2 shocking performances away from home again

  • 65 Rotonda heights // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:08 PM


    i don’t think mourinho would want a relegation on his cv. Chelsea are only just recovering now.

    Sampauli the chile guy would shake things up

  • 66 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Your right noah j why play perez alone with wingers, formation was like someone who has not got a clue what to do!!! Mclaren needs to go NOW before its too late if its not too late NOW. Just do us all toon fans a favour mclaren and just GO!!!

  • 67 stripes1009 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Someone has suggested on here that Sissoko is our best player…….somebody please give me a ring when he puts a shift in……He should feel guilty every time he picks he picks his wage packet up…….

  • 68 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    rotonda wat about neville? 🙂

  • 69 lukes26 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    things must be apocalyptical if we’re looking to Redknapp for answers

  • 70 AncientC // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    ” and tonight’s game was against at best – an average Everton side – who had not won in their last five league games.”

    I wouldn’t call the Everton side average. The truth is, they have better players and were at home. A fairly predictable result, but the calamity involved is difficult to accept.

    It is against West Brom that we will find out if this side can stay up.

  • 71 Toonacious T // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    If Schteve was going to play one up top it surely had to be Mitro. Who can at least hold it up and get the team up the park. Again tonight Mitro proved he is a terrible finisher, even from 8 yards out. Colo looked like an old man out there tonight and the fact the club has went this many transfer windows without buying his replacement is criminal. Aarons at LB showed his inexperience and Dummet doesn’t look mentally or physically sharp. Shelvey’s fitness is still way off the mark and I lost count of the amount of times both he and Sissoko gave the ball away in midfield. Janmaat cannot cross a ball. If it wasn’t for Elliot’s heroics we could have conceded six. Gini was totally anonymous…again. Townsend worked hard and looks incredibly fit all things considered but spent the majority of his energy covering back. This was against a struggling Everton side don’t forget. We are in some serious dodoo and should have bought another CB and a LB in the summer if not in January. This Doumbia guy will need to be scoring 3 every match the way we are defending. Barkley’s second penalty shows you how easy it is for mediocre teams to clean take the p!$$ out of us. Bringing my son over from Belfast for his first match against Sunderland and I’m actually dreading it now. Brutal supporting this club. Absolutely gutted.

  • 72 SPRINGY // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    the 2 things sissoko did today of any use….
    1)cross for mitro miss
    2)kick the ball in his own face.
    thats it!

  • 73 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Manx, Gini doesn’t do ‘away from home’ mate, goes missing all the time for some reason. Is it Mc’s tactics or what?

  • 74 Rotonda heights // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    over rated at 35

    spot on, really couldn’t put it any better.

  • 75 LoughboroughDelight // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Get a McDonalds manager in – they understand pressure, hustle and getting the best out of a team that is underachieving or more realistically 45%crud.
    They also expect low wages…

  • 76 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Onwards and upwards. Only positive thing I can think. Not really worth the watching that one. Still, looking forward to seeing Doumbia. As much as Mitro can’t score, his link up olay may well work with Doumbia.
    SJP lift required for all players this Saturday

  • 77 toon kk // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Barcelona beat Valencia 7-0
    Without Elliott we would have had the same thumping.

  • 78 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Our next 5 games WBA, Chelsea, Stoke, Bournemouth and Leicester

  • 79 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    On the plus side ‘The True Geordie’ video will be purely belter.. 🙂

  • 80 BandB // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:14 PM


    I’m not as shocked as most people are.
    Escaping relegation this season will have been an achievement.
    We took a lot of gambles this window. Some may take a while to pay off, if they do. But others will go bust straight away.

    Sometimes you can see things coming a mile off. Like they are inevitable. Like Quint getting gobbled up by that shark in Jaws.
    Like a big emperor in no clothes that everyone is pretending look gorgeous.

    Tonight is where we are. They are going to need a lot of carrying to get anywhere near that line. So tonight I’m sad, not angry.

  • 81 geordie157 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Have to say I think if West Brom beat us then we’re going down.

    Our only hope at the moment is that we finish above Norwich….oh and that Sunderland don’t overtake us.

    One minor positive…..Saivet did look fairly decent.

    Also 4 new signings and somehow Gouffran still makes the bloody bench!!

  • 82 WWSBRD // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Am not having that like Everton are terrible this season Roberto has slowly but surely turned them into his Wigan team, who were sh*t. That was a winnable game and we did not show up

  • 83 LoughboroughDelight // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Yep, feeling very sad.

  • 84 SuperShearer // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    We were awful tonight. McClaren got it totally wrong. Perez was isolated up top by himself, Wini looked headless, Townsend ran all day but never produced anything. Shelvey was marked out of the game and our defence is once again proving to be our biggest weak spot. It really is shocking how bad we are.
    There are managers out there who could dig us out of this hole but I don’t see the “board” having the guts to actually sack our current manager. Especially given how much money he’s just spent.

  • 85 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Carlisle put up a better show than our rabble and they were woeful.

  • 86 Toon Tang // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Easty, 5 tough fixtures. Cant see us getting much return out of them unless Mc switches his tactic display up.

  • 87 geordie157 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Since Shelvey’s excellent first 45mins for us….he’s done bugger all since.

    Sissoko needs to be dropped

  • 88 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 PM


    Then it’s the Derby after them

  • 89 Cool Hand Luke // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Toon Tang @79, its shaping up to be a classic.

  • 90 banjax // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    What is stopping Mike Ashley making the major change that should have been made in October 2015 – sacking McLaren when there was a better chance of finishing in the top ten. Another inept tactical nightmare putting Aaron’s in at left back. There is no excuse now with the money spent on good players. What Newcastle need is what they have always needed – a successful manager and McLaren is not it.

  • 91 TONYMAC // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:18 PM


  • 92 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    hmmmm our last 2 saviours were jfk and carver!
    just think about that for a minute and then ask for us to change manager again!

    tang he’s in the same position so no for me he goes missing away so does sisko

    and for me mitro again misses an absolute sitter he should be in double figures by now but i do feel sorry for him all that pressure on a 21 y/o in a new country and new league is ridiculous
    and wat will take us down!

  • 93 lochinvar // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Unthinkable but would Ferguson come out of retirement ?
    That’s how distorted things seem
    Thanks McLaren for nothing , literally nothing

  • 94 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Defo, mclaren has any balls he would walk now but i guess he hasn’t

  • 95 RUNAWAY777 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    did these players get good odds off the bookies for us going down,cause it seems thats what they want

  • 96 Belfast // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    I wonder if Ed put that poll up again now how many people would change their vote? 🙂

    Still the same shite defence so predictable.

  • 97 Sroka // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    That was depressing. Very little fight, very little tactics, very little class. On the up side, to stay up we need to win at the BARE minimum 6. I see 7 winnable matches.

    West Brom (H), Bournemouth (H), Sunderland (H), Norwich (A), Swansea (H), Palace (H), Villa (A).

    If we dont get a response and win against West Brom then i’m gonna prepare myself emotionally for relegation.

  • 98 LoughboroughDelight // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    For the first time ever I will be ignoring the match on sat. I will be doing up my house in Wallsend with no radio on……if we do play well you are welcome to pop round and join me in a painting beer whilst laughing at me 🙂
    I do not expect to win and I can’t keep ruining weekends on it. Fingers crossed I am wrong

  • 99 SUTTY1978 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    The team sheet didn’t have Wijnaldum’s name on it, he was totally anonymous all game, coincidence?

  • 100 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Must perform better on Saturday
    A sloppy goal gave them the lead
    We had unfortunate injuries
    The players have been working for each other
    We need a reaction
    Need supoort of 52000
    Need to put this behind us

    Usual shite then

  • 101 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Nor me either, i think it will get a lot worse, especially if mclaren sticks around

  • 102 NoahJ // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Elliot- outstanding
    Janmaat- good
    Colo- poor
    Mbemba- will be gutted if he’s injured
    Lascelles- was our best player against watford; very poor tonight
    Dummett- not his best night
    Sissoko- drop him; he has no right to be a guaranteed starter
    Wiji- as with sissoko
    Shelvey- passing was very poor
    Saivet- had his best game, but was inexplicably subbed
    Perez- outmuscled
    Mitro- unacceptable
    Aarons- he’s not a defender; will reserve judgement until he’s given a chance in his actual position
    Townsend- was everything I feared he would be from what I’ve seen of him at Spurs: fast but with no ideas or end product. will give him a chance though

  • 103 Rotonda heights // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Band B

    It’s funny if you believe in karma. Ash, Carr, Charnley, SM, wonga, the whole package really.

    A bunch of disparate and under qualified individuals panicked desperately in the transfer window yet still didn’t address the right areas of concern.

    If we go down it will be a hollow moral triumph over a despicable owner who entrusted part of his empire to cronies and familiars not in possession of the requisite ability, acumen and intellectual wherewithall to facilitate such an undertaking.

    I too am sad but also angry.

  • 104 stripes1009 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Can someone please explain to me, Siem de Jong came in against Liverpool and we won. He started against Spuds and we won ( I know he was took off at half-time) but he is a guy with loads of experience. I know he has a eye injury at the moment but he would walk into a lot of premiership teams at the moment……why not ours?

  • 105 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Aye just like a stuck record, usual bollocks

  • 106 RUNAWAY777 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    sm on ssn we have to forget about this,never mind that they need flogging for tonights show sack him now or everybody turn on the manager on sat he cant take that

  • 107 BoyDoneGood // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    SM was not my ideal choice, but I was cautiously optimistic – but how can he continually screw up with a squad of this calibre? Time to do the Newcastle thing: sacking a manager mid-term. For once it will be the right and essential move. Heartbroken.

  • 108 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Ohh he can because mclaren is deluded, he looks at our team performance different from us fans, i wish mclaren will go. ASHLEY STEP UP AND GET RID NOW before its too late!!!!

  • 109 oldarse // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    premier league laughing stock

  • 110 goalseeker // Feb 3, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    I didn’t expect any points tonight the stats were against us but I did expect the team would try.Everyone strolled around like it didn’t matter Elliott was by far our best player and after being beaten 3-0 how can you say the goalie was the best player. Not a bad shift for his first game by Townsend but fancy putting Perez up front on his own when he didn’t come up to their Central Defenders waist how could he win the ball. Sorry McClaren you have become the Wally without a brolly your tactics sorry to use a strong word were non-existent and I am waiting to hear him say we played well at times. I suppose truthfully we did just BEFORE the kickoff. I have never seen so many passes go to the opposition or even when we had the ball how many times did an Everton player just stroll up and take the ball away. Play like this and there is no hope how can anyone see us winning 6 or 7 games out of the 14 that are left. I am beginning to wonder if at my age I will see them back in the Premier before I go to the big stadium in the sky I bet they force me to watch the Toon every game as a punishment.

previous post: Townsend, Saivet, Shelvey, Perez Start – Doumbia On Bench

next post: Alan Shearer Reacts To Awful Newcastle