These Poll Results For Today´s Game Are Scary

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.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against West Brom?

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157 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

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

  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    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

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • sparky55

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

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

  • The Milkman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

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

  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6


    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.

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7



    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.



    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    nail bitting moments isn’t it?

  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    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

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • sparky55

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    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!

  • lochinvar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • geordie157

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

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

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

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    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!!!!

  • Newintoon

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #16

    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?!!

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    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.”

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    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?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    ..and WBA?

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    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.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Can’t beat*

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    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.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    * 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

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #24

    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.

  • sparky55

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • sparky55

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

    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

  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    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

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

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

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30


  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #32


    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.

  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    McClaren can pick who he want for the front five.

    The back four has to be

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

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

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

    What a joke.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    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

  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36


    isn’t mbabu injured

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • sparky55

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #39


    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.

  • banjax

    Feb 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    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 !


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