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These Poll Results For Today´s Game Are Scary

9:17 am, Saturday, February 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 157 Comments

Steve McClaren went out of his way yesterday during his press conference to say that West Brom are a very good team and have some good players.

But when you look at the clubs we have to play – Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City, Southampton and Tottenham – to name only four then West Brom at home is one of our easiest games left of  the 14 game left this season.

Tony pulis 2014

Tony Pulis – West Brom manager

And one way we could survive is to win our remaining home games since we are finding it hard to even perform away from home these days and we managed some way to lose in most games on the road.

So it;;s really surprising that nearly as many fans think we will lose today as think we will win.

Let´s hope we can get 3 points today because anything less is not good enough – and will put us even deeper in relegation trouble.

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157 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Is that what pulis looks like didn’t recognise him without a tracksuit and cap

  • 2 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    REPOST – never learn

    12 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    sitc@5 last thread

    Problem is that managers are obligated to face press before matches and after. It’s not only McClaren that get’s into repetitive platitudes when questioned.

    Others are also showing impatience if not annoyance with the press at the conferences – LVG and Klopp to name 2 recently.

    I tend not listen to them as they are either trying not to pat themselves on the back too much or repeating the usual mantra’s about luck, referees and/or we will see a reaction next week.

    McClaren’s real talk and that matters is on the training pitch and in dressing room. Now hearing that might prove illuminating!

    Rare to get any real insight from the conference

  • 3 sing in the corner // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Mags
    Absolutely…
    Maybe we should do an old Fergie style approach.
    He used to foster a ‘them and us’ attitude / everyone is against us but we are together. SM talks about a strong team spirit but I doubt it from what I’ve seen. One thing Fergie had in those days was a fearless strong leader to take it out onto the pitch. I don’t think Colo is or will ever be capable of that, unfortunately for us.

  • 4 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Firebug…you’re talking a lot of sense this morning…I take it you’re still out on the razz!! 🙂

  • 5 The Milkman // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Team for today
    Elliott
    Janmatt Taylor Colo
    Sissoko Saivet Shelvey Townsend
    Wjinaldum
    Mitrovic Perez

  • 6 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    sitc@3

    Yeah Fergie was old school but still a success at that routine till he went – only Mourinho seemed to be able to get away with it since but was eventually found out.

    Spot on about Colo. The Captain and voices in the dressing room point hasn’t been talked of much in recent weeks but is also a major fault when things aren’t going well.

    Only Elliot seems to have a voice and attitude ( could do without Lascelles Saylour impersonation on Weds with penalty taker!) but hope likes of Shelvey can step up in coming weeks.

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    sparky55

    PMSL:

    Never touched a drop!

    I always talk sense, well to me it makes sense anyway, hoping for a win today, but as we just cannot trust the team to perform, or the manager to set things up to give us a chance, I shall open several tins during the match, and finish with a few bottles of home brew should we lose, after that I won’t be bothered about the result.

    😀

  • 8 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    firebug666
    nail bitting moments isn’t it?

  • 9 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Milkman @5

    Like the team but just can’t see Sissoko succeeding as RWB – he struggles to get back when 4 at back. In a way injuries leave no option but to plump for a back 3 but I don’t think we can set up rest of team to play that way in such an important game – would love to be proved wrong though.

    Despite his power and physique saying box to box midfielder Pardew, Carver and McClaren have only played him consistently on RW and in most fans eyes were correct

  • 10 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    I never expect us to win. Sad but true. I think us and the mackems and Villa are clearly the worst teams in this league and I just expect the results to go accordingly each game.

  • 11 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    I’m the same…I’m a nervous drinker watching the footy…my run rate is a gallon a match…it helps numb the pain but then I’m knacked thereon in.

    The wife hates it when we have early kick offs…I’m asleep by 5 o’clock!

  • 12 lochinvar // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    What often distinguishes winners from losers is the tactics and leadership set by the Manager and Captain. We are woefully short in both areas.
    Will McLaren outthink Pullis on the day ?
    Will he start with Doumbia to keep their back four thinking and preoccupied to allow us to build a game and score early on and lead the game rather than follow.
    Will Colo deliver the verbal leadership and encouragement to the players around him.
    I wait in anticipation.

  • 13 geordie157 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Not much to pick from today. But would rather play a natural left back in Gibson or give Sterry a chance all be it out of position. Sissoko needs to be dropped.

    Elliot
    Janmaat, Taylor, Colo, Sterry/Gibson
    Wijnaldum, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend
    Mitrovic, Perez

    Subs
    Darlow, Sterry/Gibson, Williams, Sissoko, Aarons, Riviere, Doumbia

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    sparky55 – the game is on at 2am Sunday where I live and I drink too. So I’m basically ferked for the day.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    WEll
    I don’t hold out much hope today in fact the rest of the season and the powers to be Charmless, Carr and McLaren should take the blame
    for the mess or defence is in.
    Looks like Mbembe was carry a ankle injury in the last weeks of January, Colback would be out for a while along with Dummett who’s hamstring is still plaguing him from December, along with Mbabu, Taylor who has not played since January
    A bloody recipe for disaster
    and to top it all selling Williamson

    Every TOON fan knew we needed at leat two defenders in the transfer window and what did we do F**k all sorry chasing Berarino for stupid money.
    If Ashley had any football brain me in his shoes would sack Charmless, Carr and Mclaren now for leaving the bloody mess we are in.
    IDIOTS the lot of them!!!!

  • 16 Newintoon // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    The true meaning of irony will be young Saido scoring a brace against us today. Any idea why we didn’t put a bid in for him?!! On that note, why didn’t we persue Charlie Austin?!!

  • 17 Ron Knee // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Here’s a cheery thought from The Mag:-

    “The trouble with Newcastle United and must win games, is that this season they haven’t been translated into points.

    A sobering fact is that on only one occasion in these 24 games, have Newcastle United won when they were expected to.”

  • 18 sing in the corner // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Frenchman
    I know the table doesn’t lie at the end of the season, but do you really think, say Norwich for instance have a stronger team / squad than us?

  • 19 sing in the corner // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    ..and WBA?

  • 20 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    How is sissoko undroppable he’s terrible can’t jump for headers, Touch is horrendous, can beat anyone for skill, when he has the ball he runs into trouble, runs around like a headless chicken and always wonders away from the wing. The best thing he does is run into balls put ahead of him but when he gets there he stops and looks for janmaat.

  • 21 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Can’t beat*

  • 22 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    sing@18 – maybe Notwich looks weaker on paper but I think they are a more cohesive team. I think they’ll show more spirit and honest endeavour than us as it goes down to the wire.

  • 23 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    * that was meant to be Norwich, not Notwich – but if there is a Notwich, I imagine they might be better than us and all; wouldn’t be hard

  • 24 sing in the corner // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    It’s goals that will save us in a drag race with Norwich, West Brom and Swansea. Our defence is worse, but we can blast our way out of trouble in the so called winnable games. If we have a strength now it’s all going forward so we have to play to that and take some gambles. Trying to defend and sit in games has got us where we are now so why not go for it.

  • 25 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Frenchy…HAHAHAHA…ferked geordies the world over…can’t beat it can ya! 🙂

    Beats dealing with all this sh!te sober that’s for sure.

  • 26 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    I would drop sissoko and Gini for all away games…they never do their jobs away from home and it’s virtually 9 play 11 every away game

  • 27 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    I think if you read between the lines it’s clear what has happened vis a vis the left back situation.
    The fact that all the fullbacks we went for – Guilherme Siqueira , Lucas Orbán , José Enriqué , Davidé Santon and probably as many that we didn’t hear of – were all to be on loan – speaks volumes
    Jetro Willems came to see his big pal Gini Wijnaldum at the beginning of the season while he was recovering from a close season knock.He loved SJP and the ambience of the Toon , he said as much on his twitter page (have you spent a weekend in Eindhoven ? Sheesh).
    I think we had a pre-transfer agreement destined for the January window then Jetro had an injury relapse and it was panic button time.
    If we stay in the PL Jetro will join us in the Summer mark my words
    With regard to the CB situation – I’ll repeat what I said in the Autumn . I think we had a CB all but signed up – it fell through – and we were forced into extending Colo’s contract.
    Some folk on here think getting a new player in is like going to B and Q to buy a new shithouse door.

  • 28 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Sing
    We might have better players than Norwich but our depth of squad I would say is the weakest in the league (except for midfield) but

    Defence NO depth

    Attack NO depth

  • 29 sing in the corner // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Charlie
    Take your point, but are you saying the other 3 have quality on their bench,? I’m not sure…

  • 30 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Win? HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • 31 davis_toons // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/641562/Steve-McClaren-crocked-Newcastle-stars-West-Brom

  • 32 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Jib

    Jib yes getting a new player is like that considering there are thousands of football players out there. There are MANY quality CB’s that are better that Colo at this moment in time.

    I think it was a no brainer call, by getting even 3 fallback options for a CB and we didn’t do it.

    We deserve to get relegated 100%. Careless actions by a careless owner. Sure we spent 80 mil. But how did we spend it? Reckless and in panic.

    Stupid and pathetic way to run a club. Rich man’s games, it disgusts me.

  • 33 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    McClaren can pick who he want for the front five.

    The back four has to be
    Janmaat—Colo—–Taylor——Mbabu

    We need the high energy levels of Kevin beside Steven he will need to run for the pair of them .

  • 34 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Mbabu was so promising and then there is the fitness team at NUFC.

    What a joke.

  • 35 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    JEFF Some folk on here think getting a new player in is like going to B and Q to buy a new shithouse door.

    The problem is that the people trying to bring players in have the talents and capability of that shithouse door.

    Blame that on the man pulling the strings as well as his marionettes

  • 36 beermonkey // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    jib

    isn’t mbabu injured

  • 37 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Jib@27. Where there’s a will there’s a way. All you say may well be true but ultimately the club failed to get the left back we needed. The pathway to Hell (and the Championship) is paved with good intentions as the saying goes.

  • 38 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    It may well have been the plan to get Jetro for next season but that’s happening now is it…and if we didn’t get this alleged CB last summer we had plenty of time to get another in this window…but because our useless manager managed us into the relegation zone by the Jan transfer window, anyone worth their salt was soon put off.

    P1ss poor management from top to bottom and there’s no-one to blame but Ashley for hiring the biggest bunch of morons to run his 300 million pound business.

  • 39 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Jeff

    You’re obviously not that practically minded. I would never buy any door from B&Q anyway – there is much of the same store mentality as Sports Direct – buy it cheap and pile it high – so there is a quality issue and you have to be very selective indeed – perhaps that is the recruitment problem we really need to resolve.

  • 40 banjax // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Let’s put it this way if we can’t beat West Brom today, at home, in front of 52,000 people after spending a total of £80m on new players, then draw your own conclusions. All I can say is if I performed in my job as badly as McLaren, I would deserve the sack !

  • 41 jimmysmith // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    West Brom aren’t very good, but they might well do us at St James’ when we least need it.

    Mike Ashley you are a dud!

  • 42 AncientC // Feb 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Ed found a complimentary picture of Pulis. For those times when a picture of McClaren bordering on despair/conniption fit will not suffice.

    Miss you Pardew, mwah.

  • 43 toon kk // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Unless we put a shift in and play well
    We’ll be ripped apart today, West brom are a
    very hard working side.

  • 44 toon kk // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    It’s time people looked at our players instead of calling MA, Mash has opened his wallet, many say we have a good team it’s time they lifted there work rate.
    Look at Leicester they’re not top without sheer determination and very hard work.
    I don’t think our players give a fk tbh.

  • 45 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    I’m so pleased that Gorgonzola has given me the opportunity to explode a few misapprehensions.

    Thousands of footballers available ?????

    Say there are 10 decent leagues in Europe (I’m being generous) with 20 teams each with 4 good CB’s (I’m being generous)

    That is 800 (not thousands)
    400 of them will be lower half teams and not what we want

    Half will be reaching the end of their careers 200 left

    Most will be happy where they are, a lot won’t fancy Newcastle.

    That leaves a handful.

    We all saw a transfer and it’s complications at first hand with Mitro in the Summer because it occurred for the most part in Newcastle.
    We had to convince – his Mum – his Dad – his Brother – the family dog – et al that it was the right move.It dragged on for ages.

    That was a fairly simple transfer of an unmarried 20 year old.

    Extrapolate the Mitro experience to most transfers – then kick yourself up the arse for being so simplistic and naíve

  • 46 AncientC // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Online Guy // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    “This Blog has descended into farce.

    I want this Townsend idiot banned ..and his IP address noted ..and also any multiples he uses Banned ..Your answering him and responding to him and he feeds off that ..ignore him until I get rid of him ..the Blog has now become a haven for Childish Behaviour and Childish people

    Townsend is the final straw for me …ruined any morsel of credibility the site had left ..

    Ban the Idiot ED . now.”

    Somebody sent fishing for trout and caught a shark.

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I can only see a win if our midfield is up for the fight and play to their strenghths what chances we get we convert

  • 48 SUTTY1978 // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Jib, Willemstad has recurring injury problems? Surprised they didn’t sign him on the spot, should fit in nicely.
    The reason they were looking for a loan was for short term cover for Haidara & Dummett, McClaren has said as much. The club believe these two cover our current and future requirements for LB when fit. I can’t work out why you are always trying to paint this great sunshine and roses image of the club when it’s more like a dirty back street boozer run by a bunch of halfwits. They don’t have great plans in place, Charnley idea of succession planning is moving onto bourbons when the custard creams have run out.

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Very unsure how today will go.

    Do we go two up top it play with mitro with gini just off of him which seems to work well for us?

    With two up top do we play gini and shelvey in the middle? Doubt it…or move gini wide where he isn’t great and put Townsend on the bench?

    Tough selection choices as neither combinations seem to be great.

    I’d personally play Townsend left with mitro up top and gini off him. Think it works best, gini reminds me of van der vaart, not amazingly creative, has flashes, but a good goal scoring number 10.

  • 50 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    This blog never fails to deliver some real head shaking moments.

    Jeff
    “kick yourself up the arse for being so simplistic and naíve”

    How much are your getting paid for being the blog apologist for the regime and everything it does ?

    You find some half-assed excuse to justify every failure of Ashley and his minions – you should have been a Tory politician.

  • 51 Munster Mag // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Have we another inbred on the site?

  • 52 AncientC // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/959685/Live

    Hopefully Townsend will be dropped today. Somebody coaching a bit more intelligence into Sissoko wouldn’t go amiss either. How many times is Sissoko a shade away from playing a killer pass, only for it to hit a defender

  • 53 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Angels
    Jib makes a reasonable point. If you disagree with it, set out your reasons instead of slagging him off.

  • 54 SUTTY1978 // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Ancient

    That kind of performance is exactly what I said people should expect from Townsend. Another disastrous left wing signing. If we add all the wasted money up, we may as well have just bought Bale.

  • 55 JP...from The Rock // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    The undroppable Sissoko HAS TO BE DROPPED!! His performance in our kast match was a disgrace. Constantly losing the ball and our only chance to hold the ball as we kept playing through his side. He did nothing right and was an embarassment to the team. If he is as half hearted as he was against Everyon today he should never be played again!

    I think we will lose today and be neck deep in the brown stuff as we will no doubt continue to play via Sissoko. One of our biggest weak links. His passing is the worst from the whole team and we rely on him to create stuff!? It’s crazy and will see us go down.

  • 56 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Angels

    Don’t always agree with Jib and he can speak for himself but if the press reports are to be believed we went after 4 targets for LB and nearly had one. The problem seems to be that we were only after temporary cover and a logical ( possibly only?) explanation is that we have someone lined up for summer. Not many suitable LB’s would be prepared to move on less than 6 months contracts (with no contract option at end) particularly if they have family to move abroad

    I said earlier this morning that LB would have been covered by Hiardara and Dummet with Colback and Mbabu as further backup with even Lascelles as further cover to have all 5 out isn’t exactly foreseeable but yes was a considered gamble. If I am not mistaken Anita has also played there and some are suggesting Saivet can ( not sure on that).

    Am not happy with situation but can see a logic to how we have ended up with position today.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Jibberish,
    Wrong again, I’ve spent many a weekend in Eindhoven on the Stratumseind and it’s a cracking night out, the carnival is one of the best four day benders you can go on.

  • 58 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    As regards the poster (s) from the lyrics website and JFA fan just scroll on down ( easier on tablets and desktops than phone perhaps). Don’t engage don’t even report to Ed as another pseudo name pops up.

    We all do it with some posters anyway so not hard.

    WUMS and trolls only work if posters respond or get wound up – DONT EVEN READ

  • 59 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Jfa@57

    Must be if a weekend turns into a 4 day bender 🙂 beyond me these days 🙁

  • 60 hibbitt // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    been an interesting morning hope Ed can get this fool off the blog …………makes jib look like a saint …… no idea how today will go just depends which team turns up……….. have a feeling this could be a turning point one way or the other

  • 61 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Jail you saying that Eindhoven compares to the Toon ?
    And I don’t think young Dutch footballers are into beer festivals !!!!

  • 62 reilly // Feb 6, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    the irish pub in Eindhoven is a goodnight out

  • 63 m1c4a3l // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    For today Colback must be played at left back as he knows how to tackle not much going forward but there is stability there with him rather than a youngster or a half fit Dummett. Also what has Sissoko done recently to justify a guaranteed start? He walks in to this team every week? Townsend on the right to start then if we need Sissoko bring him on as an impact sub. Mitrovic and Perez or Mitrovic and Doumbia need to start.

  • 64 Spotlight Kid // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    @27, 25, 39

    Carr (as Ashley’s consummate DIY director of football) clearly regards French League 1 as the B&Q of the transfer market. And just what is the resale value of a B&Q shithouse door when you discover it’s warped and won’t close properly?

    “Not our fault mate! We can’t take it back now you’ve put hinges on… Tell you what, give us it back and I’ll talk to the boss and we’ll see about issuing a 20% credit note as you are such a regular customer.. Can’t promise anything mind…”

  • 65 Spotlight Kid // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    @35 not 25

  • 66 Lindisfarne // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Todays team selection is a matter of being dictated by circumstance, Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 6, 2016 at 5:57 AM has it right, 532 has not produced a good performance but may be necessary. Shelvey needs a DM alongside him and we need to start with two strikers at home.

    _______Mitrovic______Doumbia
    ____________Wijnaldum
    Townsend___Tiote___Shelvey___Saivet
    ___Colloccini___Taylor___Janmaat
    ______________Elliot

  • 67 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Spot Gini and Jetro

  • 68 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Holy Island
    That is a good team
    However I read somewhere that Tiote at the mo’ is not to be considered for selection.

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    magscar,
    Great idea in theory, but people don’t ignore them but answer bavk with what they think is a witty put down when all it is doing adding fuel. The blog then turns into a farce.

  • 70 Ron Knee // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    hibbitt

    I think we’re probably due a good performance today. But after that?

  • 71 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Lindisfarne

    Good twist – Saivet for Sissoko.

    Apparently Saivet hasn’t played that role in a season and a half (per some on here) but can do it and would help midfield whilst stiffening right hand side.

    Be very surprised if McClaren drops Sissoko though and also plays all 4 new signings from the start.

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Jib,
    Not saying it compares to the Toon but it’s certainly not as you tried to portray it.

  • 73 AncientC // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Sutty, more to come from Townsend hopefully. McClaren usually sets the side up to be more adventurous at home, so if Townsend gets a start today, he should be able to ply his craft. Let’s just hope that craft is not bombing the flank, running himself into a maze, then losing the ball.

  • 74 magscar // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Jfa@69

    Exactly my point. In course of last few days I have thought of a few witty responses or alternative lyrics to post but resisted the urge as it is exactly the response being sought and probably presents a new target. Might have done so anyway.

    It is harder when it becomes personal. Credit to you for not biting on the personal stuff – we regularly disagree but it’s beyond pathetic to resort to playground stuff and I am sure even your worst opponents would agree.

  • 75 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Jail for Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:16 PM
    Jib,
    Not saying it compares to the Toon

    SO WHY POST THIS ?
    Jibberish,
    Wrong again, I’ve spent many a weekend in Eindhoven on the Stratumseind and it’s a cracking night out, the carnival is one of the best four day benders you can go on.

  • 76 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    We could do with Villa beating Norwich.
    I have a feeling that the Unwashed may get a point at Anfield

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Jib,
    Because you insinuated that Eindhoven was shite, just because it does not compare to the Toon does not mean it is not a cracking night out. Leicester have a cracking team but they do not compare to Barcelona. What bit don’t you get?

  • 78 Lindisfarne // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Looks like we are back at the top of the Injury League:
    http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.php#c16

    I don’t think there is any room for not picking players on principles, Tiote is needed. However I would consider Sissoko playing with Gini in behind a striker. Against Everton the midfield of Townsend/Shelvey/Saivet/Sissoko did not have any defensive organisation and let the defence down.

  • 79 Mr Observant // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Told you all who the serial blog troll was a few nights ago don’t believe me? read back yourselves and you will see why I came to this conclusion. I wasn’t 100% sure until I read a certain comment from this poster and that confirmed it. One way ticket to shutter island for this individual. I would be offending weird people if I labelled them weird so I won’t.

    Seek help.

  • 80 Lindisfarne // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    “Three weeks off for a twisted sock” Mark Lawrenson

  • 81 AncientC // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Sunderland will get mauled by Liverpool. Allardyce is heavily overrated. I recall how Allarydyce only got West Ham promoted from the Championship via some luck in the playoffs, with the best squad in the division.

    The pinnacle of big Sam’s powers was playing hoofball to Kevin Davies at Bolton.

  • 82 sparky55 // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    We will concede at least 2 goals to set pieces today and Anichobe will score at least one whilst Colo cowers under his jump. Their midfielders and forwards are all big lumps…exactly the type of players Colo has nightmares against because he’s too easily intimidated and a coward.

    The big question is how many will we score?

    the answer is simple…We need minimum to score at least three or we’re knackered.

  • 83 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Jail

    Talking at cross purpose methinks.

    To you a place is worth living in if it has a good street full of pubs.

    To me , and I’m sure to young millionaire Dutch footballers (who were the subject of my post ) a good place to live needs a bit more than that .

  • 84 reilly // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Eindhoven/Newcastle not much difference.

  • 85 Lindisfarne // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Jib

    How do you rate Saivet in his performances thus far?

    I think he has started very weakly and not keeping position, but came in to the Everton game more and more. Shelveys mistakes were more apparent and should have perhaps been hooked instead.

  • 86 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Leicester already 1 up 😀

  • 87 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Sparky – look Colo the coward

  • 88 Lindisfarne // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    GOAL – Man City 0-1 Leicester
    Robert Huth (3 mins)
    Posted at 12:48
    What a start this is. Leaders Leicester take the lead.

    Riyad Mahrez fires in a free-kick from the right of the box and Robert Huth gets across Martin Demichelis. I think the Manchester City defender got the last touch, but it doesn’t really matter because the Foxes are ahead.

  • 89 Mister Tuff // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    I’m with Jail on the multiples front. Get the beggars reported to Ed.
    He’s banned 4 in the last day.
    Not doing anything -does not appear to work.
    Others converse with them.
    There are obvious multiples and trolls who appear to be accepted -by some and not by others.
    Get them banned.

  • 90 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Flipping heck
    Man City 0 Leicester 1

  • 91 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    You tell ’em Mr Tuff a.k.a. Mr Plod

  • 92 Mister Tuff // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Just been watching Football Focus – that was some goal by Vardy.
    Hope they beat City. Don’t think Demichelis is a particularly outstanding player.

  • 93 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Shelvey will be much better today. He started to get into the groove as we got on top in the 10-15 mins before Aarons went and gave the game away.

    Mitro much better at home as the fans seem to help kep him on his toes and focused.

    My team today:

    ____________Elliot____________
    Janmaat__Saylor__Colo__Dummet
    ________Shelvey_Saivet
    Townsend___Gini______Perez
    ____________Mitro

    Sissoko needs a wakeup call more than most. Put his French squad place under threat and you’ll see an upturn in his form.

  • 94 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    If Dummet not fit then who knows!

  • 95 Jib // Feb 6, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Vardy is terrorising the MC defense

  • 96 Mister Tuff // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Ah speaking of multiples and trolls…………. I noticed you have not returned fire in the “ganar” debate after a jolly good caning yesterday.
    I would assume you researched further and accepted you need to study Spanish grammar further.

  • 97 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    i maintain newcastle 0 wba 4 but i dearly hope to be gobsmacked.is tiote fit by the way?

  • 98 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Always fancy Leicester when they go 1 up, such is their counter-attacking ability.

  • 99 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    JIB,

    You obviously fail to understand the appeal for PL.Why would anyone come to Nufc?

    Well.

    First team choice (we are talking CBs)
    Salary bump
    Potential great viewership.

    And if Alshey splashed the cash before and got god players since I criticised him on that good players would be coming in just like a few years ago a certain BA, HBA, and Cabaye did.

    So please stop talking crap like there where no players out there for us. Utter shit.

  • 100 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Ooof, Leicester almost make it 2.

    Vardy’s pace is such an asset and he’s very simple in his style but doesn’t need to be anything else, roasting the Man City defence!

  • 101 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    MAUTITOON

    they will rip us apart. And i hope so….so we can get rid of Mac.

  • 102 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Can remember when Leicester bought Huth, said we should’ve been in for him, was exactly what we needed.

  • 103 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    …….and still need

  • 104 Toon Tang // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Judging by the poll, we may just be ok today. Im trusting winbar theory and will hold my hands up if wrong.

    Ps my message yesterday still stands. If Leicester win today, they go on to win the league and I win some money. Cheers people

  • 105 Mag52 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    HWTL
    Three points today and we’re on our way. (Not holding my breath though).
    Whatever the result – Ash ley, Sports Direct – Out Out Out.

  • 106 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    MAUTITOON

    Well I’m planning to win today mate, I shall watch the match with a few beers and if we win I will be a happy chap, if we lose I will still be happy as I seek oblivion at the bottom of a bottle. 😀

  • 107 Rotonda heights // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    seeing Mahrez for 400K at leicester from the french league is a very damning indictment on all of Carr’s expensive ligue 1 flops

  • 108 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    firebug666
    me i won’t be watching pal with the unique aim of not jinxing my beloved team, the west ham match i couldn’t watch and followed the score on livescore and we won,it will be the same recipe today and i dearly dearly hope we win.IF WE LOSE IT WILL BE ANOTHER GLOOMY WEEK FOR ME AWAITING OUR NEXT SCHEDULE and venting my anger on wonder who.

  • 109 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    MAUTITOON

    I always watch mate win, lose or draw, but when we lose I have to face all those gloating Makems, that’s what makes losing even harder to take.

  • 110 Mister Tuff // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Whilst we are in trouble a defeat today massively increases the risk of relegation – the less games we have increases the odds.
    Cannot even predict what might happen today but my thoughts are.
    Aarons in defence – liabilty – a granny from the local care home would do better.

    Interesting to see Townsend – again – never been impressed with him.
    Will he stick to the wing/will he cut inside for the row z shot. What about his pace – Barkley ran him down the other night ending up toppling him after a powder puff challenge.

    When will Doumbia get on – they are complaining about lack of goals. Interesting to see how fit he is/how long he lasts – could he have been played against Everton?

    Wally should get the bullet if we lose – any other club he would have been.

    Oh – defence – all started to go wrong with the Colo deal in the summer -they won’t do anything to dislodge/drop him.

  • 111 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    is it true doumbia and mitro both are startng?

  • 112 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Jonas GutierrezVerified account
    ?@elgalgojonas
    We go down, we come back we finished 5th, we fight in europe and you help me with my Recovery always in my heart geordie nation

  • 113 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)
    i don’t want to see us get ripped bro and neither do i want macca’s head, all i want is some resolve,some passion,a will to fight, respect for the fans by devoted play from our players which on wednesday’s night was quasi inexistent bar saivet, elliot, mbembo and lascelles with whom i was pretty impressed by the way he played,red card a bit harsh for my liking i have to admit.that’s all i’m demanding, but what are we fans and supporters receiving?Bitterly miss keegan and chrish houghton here.Someone here, i think toonbrother was heavily slatted here on wednesday but how right he was in what he said.

  • 114 toonking // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    HT
    city 0-1 leicester!!!!!!!!!

    if they can hold onto this lead I can’t see any reason they shouldn’t be made favourites to win because man city are the very best attacking team.

  • 115 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Leicester showing that you don’t need quality players to compete in this league…

    So why can’t we?

  • 116 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Go on leicester

  • 117 toonking // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    why waste time getting wound up from the same chaotic state of our club when we can enjoy a once in a blue moon footballing event.

  • 118 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Once in a blue moon?
    A Newcastle win?

  • 119 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    firebug666
    this season i only missed the west ham game and look in what precarious position we are. i think i should take an oath not to watch any of our matches at least,not till we have reached the 42 safety mark. well i think our team needs sacrifice more than anything for survival now.

  • 120 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Benwell

    About to laugh until I saw you trying to frame Jeff.

  • 121 BandB // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Tuff,

    Ed my have cut off a couple of tentacles, but I think we will soon see he hasn’t got the head. I think we’ve already seen a couple of new tentacles.
    Unless Ed make it impossible to change your username between posts (something that takes seconds and only requires one account) he will be soon be swamped again. A new name appears with an innocuous post to get through moderation. Then at night he kicks off. It is how he operates.
    Wait and see.

    HWTL

  • 122 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Hey who’s jeff? i’m new I was saying earlier it would make sense if we played Saivet as left back as he was a winger and is now a dm. I’m trying to laugh as we have been unfunny this season at times

  • 123 BandB // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Or maybe he doesn’t wait that long……

  • 124 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    MAUTITOON

    Chin up mate, look how optimistic you can be, thinking we could get to 42 points.

    A win today could set us on our way, (though that has been said a lot this season).

    I will always try to keep a little hope alive within me, until such a time as we are relegated.

    Try not to give in to despair mate, and hopefully you can enjoy the game.

    Without seeing the line up I shall go for a home win, maybe 3-1.

  • 125 BandB // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Well that couldn’t have been timed better.

  • 126 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Benwell

    Who are you trying to fool? You’re a long time reader who has too much time on there hands.

  • 127 toonking // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    youngmagpie 114

    The answer to that is easy.

    our bunch of crap players are mercenaries whereas leicester city’s poor players are extremely passionate. they work overtime during matches, they’ll put everthing into both defence and attack, they play for one another.

    We had that in the championship season, shola, nolan, barton, jonas, carroll, saylor and harper.plus many more but they gone now we’re left with players playing to help get them into the champions league.

  • 128 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Young magpie. I’m new completely I have only just found this site. give me a break I’m only 15. Are new posters not allowed on here?

  • 129 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    2-0!!

    Brilliant!

    Kante is a quality player, Anita on steroids and speed.

  • 130 toonking // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    benwell

    their’s more chance of england winning this year’s european cup or aliens flying by my house.

    0-2 leicester !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    title winners leicester
    HWTL

  • 131 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Wow 2-0 leicester

  • 132 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Mahrez the best value PL signing of all time?

  • 133 davetoon // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Can’t believe Danny Simpson might be a premier league champion at the end of the season

  • 134 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    firebug666
    i wish only that mate.Though i’m at present so critical of our team i’ll never back off from supporting them, cheering and encouraging them be it in the premiership or whatever division we may find ourselves.we are toon for life and proudly so.

  • 135 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Benwell

    I know I’m right, let’s wait till a later date and you’ll prove my point for me. 🙂

  • 136 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Toonking what do you mean?

  • 137 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Well that’s a nice welcome, thank you for your kindess

  • 138 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    No problem.

  • 139 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    MAUTITOON

    Well said mate.

    Now lets see what delights Macca has for us, team news shortly.

  • 140 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    I came to chat with fellow fans about my beloved team and get abuse, nice!

  • 141 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Benwell

    No abuse, the guilt trip isn’t working.

  • 142 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    anyway lineups should be out soon, wonder who is playing

  • 143 MAUTITOON // Feb 6, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    firebug666
    time for a 40 degree mauritian rhum for me.hope the team does well and win.won’t be able to watch but my sincerest wishes are with macca and our players.

  • 144 reilly // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    this burnley kid is the one that is using multiple acoounts.
    a new name will appear just before or after him coming on or leaving.

  • 145 reilly // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    *accounts

  • 146 toonking // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    benwell

    first part just banter over unexpected events and newcastle’s chance of win.

    as thy scored i just added the leicester city part in.

  • 147 firebug666 // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Team v WBA: Elliot ? Janmaat Taylor Coloccini (c) Aarons ? Sissoko Tiote Shelvey Townsend ? Wijnaldum Mitrovic #nufc

  • 148 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    I would play

    Elliot
    Janmaat Taylor Coloccini Saivet
    Sissoko Shelvey
    Perez Wijnldum Townsend
    Mitrovic
    4-2-3-1

  • 149 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Reilly

    Jeff from Benwell
    Benwell boy

    I must be the only one seeing this haha.

  • 150 Benwell Boy // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    toonking

    Leicester should win now and I hope we can win

  • 151 reilly // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    grow the fk up and stop killing the blog.

  • 152 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Hahahahahaa
    3-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful game it really is!

  • 153 chewbaccy // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    would have the new citeh manager have fared better today lol

  • 154 damma99 // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    3-0 Leicester. Who needs big time charlies.

  • 155 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    0:3 HAHAHAH!!!! Lovee itttttt Geeett iiinnN!!

  • 156 BandB // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Reilly

    Burnley admitted to being a troll at the height of the last outbreak, which identical in style and tactics to this one.
    He was moderated and it stopped.
    About two weeks ago, another poster posted one word ‘youngmagpiefromBurnley’.
    That was him checking whether the name would escape moderation (I think all Ed does is block a name or phrase).
    Within the hour young magpie himself was back, then it all kicked off again.
    He is ALWAYS on at the same time as the trolls. Sometimes there is JUST him and the trolls posting, him laughing his nob off while tut-tutting the trolls…talking to himself.

  • 157 benjohnsen // Feb 6, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    My take on Newcastle transfer strategy.

    I remember Newcastle put forward a strategy around 2011 of only signing young players on long term contracts and bring forward youngster from the club.

    The implication of such a strategy has shown disastrous for Newcastle. Think about it.
    Signing young unproven players on long term contracts has shown us four cases.

    1) The player turns good. Newcastle can keep the player and build around this player. In Newcastle case, we sell on the player with massive profit. Basically, you push out the top percentile of players in your squad.

    2) The player doesn’t turn out as expected. You are able to sell the player and get the player of a potential long term contract. You lose mostly on the outlay for the player and the long term implications are not catastrophic.

    3) Worst case scenario. The player show promise but are never able to get the required level and the refuse to move to another club and will stay to fight for their place/ salary.

    4) The player is good/ok when not injured.

    Newcastle problems is that none of the above build a squad fighting for top 10, let alone the very top. We push out players like Ben Arfa and Cabaye (by not building – evident after 5 place season) and sign unproven players to fill the gap.

    The players that should leave the club, don’t. They stay.

    When you always go for bargains you will end up with risky players, hence our injury stats.

    The longest serving players are not here because they are the best, but because they never attracted interest from bigger clubs.

    This is what I call a recipe for disaster.

    If you are looking for evidence, think about players associate with each point. I bet you will find many on each point, and if you find them a place under 1) point they are no longer here.




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