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Newcastle Gave Us Some Hope On Saturday – But That´s All

8:54 am, Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Usually when we win a game – which has not been too often over the last year – we go just a little bit crazy and everything is hunky dory and great – and there´s a huge relief we have actually won a game for a change.

We think about 3 points and that´s better then just one point and a whole lot better than nothing – which is what we have taken from 13 of our games this season.

But it was a little bit different on Saturday night after we had seen Newcastle perform against West Brom as though we were a top six side.


Steve McClaren – on Saturday on touchline

And let´s get this straight – it was a brilliant and heart-warming performance from every single Newcastle United player – they made us proud on Saturday night – they played for the shirt – every last one of them.

And that was after we were furious with their performance a few short days before that at Goodison Park.

At Everton we were asleep in the first half and played like a relegation side and were comical in  giving away those two penalties at the death.

So one question now is – which Newcastle side will turn up at Chelsea next Saturday for the last game for 18 days before we visit Stoke?

The truth is we have no idea.

Make no mistake – everything now is not OK – one swallow does not a summer make.

And there are too many times this season that a great performance has been followed up with a (very) poor performance.

Newcastle are a complete enigma this season – we cannot work them out and the same goes for manager Steve McClaren – who before the game was under intense pressure to get the win.

Before Saturday 21 points from 24 games with the squad we have was simply unacceptable – and rightly so.

We don´t think Steve has done a particularly good coaching job so far this season, but we are also very willing that everything turns around from now on through the end of season.

It´s OK with us if Steve McClaren becomes a (very) successful Newcastle manager – that would be great!

But Saturday was only one game and the Everton game was only one game.

We hope our lads will give another great fighting performance on Saturday in London, but we seem to be a different team on the road.

That´s not good enough and Newcastle have to try to win every single game from now on – home or away – and that goes for the game at Stamford Bridge.

We have been let down far too many times this season by having put in some good (great) performances against the likes of Norwich, Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham only to play poorly in subsequent games – and of course it´s been so frustrating.

Newcastle are a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde side.

So we are now hoping the good doctor turns up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – and if we can win that game then we promise we will be celebrating 100% again.

We may even talk about the Champions League.


Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 funguswatty // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    The team should show up as I think it’s on the TV and I seems this season 5hsts when they do play well

  • 2 scout // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    17-30 against Chelsea. We could quite easily give them a game.

  • 3 Wayayman // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Relieved after the weekend, but we can’t rest in our laurels as Chelsea will be a totally different proposition to that weak WBA set up. Aarons didn’t have much to do defensively – other than almost give another penalty away showing just how bad a tackler he is- and he really cannot be played against Chelsea with their pace and skill down the right.

    Aaaaanyway, also wanted to ask that the people having some sort of school playground spat over supposed multiple accounts can actually just let it go. This is the Internet, it’s not real life. People are free to have multiple personalities online if their fragile ego and lack of self-worth demands yet they try to impress strangers who don’t actually care or read their posts anyway. Let’s stick to football eh?

  • 4 scout // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    5/1 to beat Chelsea that’ll do. They’re due a loss

  • 5 jimmysmith // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    I understand there’s more to the the game than attack. but if Aarons is even halve capable defensively, then he makes up whay is a very difficult left flank pair to defend against.

    Aarons and Townsend are both excellent down that flank, where as otherwise we’ve basically been insipid, or duff, or pathetic, or choose your own adjective of lack of efficacy.

  • 6 Mag52 // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:14 AM


    Sad that “French intelligent thought” is on the wane.
    Fortunately “British intelligent thought” is still going strong, as evidenced daily on this blog.

  • 7 jimmysmith // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Away to Chelsea. No, sorry, but we are 90% certain to get beat. It’s only a set of bizarre circumstances that has them out of the top three, and they are finally getting their sh@t together.

    As good as we played against Brom, no Chelsea and at home, and as good as we are capable of, we are basically no realistic chance.

    But we should at the very least give them a game, with the quality we now have on our books.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Yes, the blog is excellent. That is undeniably true.

  • 9 hibbitt // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party
    got to be honest mate i dont think WBA had a plan they were that bad !!!

  • 10 posada // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Mitro had a good game against Chelsea at home.
    I recall an FA Cup game some years ago against Barnsley when Chelsea lost 1-0.
    Barnsley had a big lad up front who battered them. By the end of the game John Terry simply did not want to know.
    Hope Mitro can keep his cool and do likewise.
    As Corporal Jones used to say – They don’t like it up em.

  • 11 Slank // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    We tend to play well at Chelsea (horses for courses) and so I’m optimistic.

    I would play the same team except for Aarons. Whilst he didn’t put a foot wrong on Saturday he didn’t have to as there wasn’t threat from WBA.

    It will be different at Chelsea with possibly Willian and certainly Ivanovi? raiding down our left side. Therefore, I would play Colback if he is fit in the left back position.

  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    If we can keep eleven on the pitch and have some self belief after Saturday’s performance then the TOON can beat Chelsea.

    Play as Leicester do with a high tempo chase harry, don’t let them sit on the ball and counter attack with speed.

  • 13 TomaKaThor // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Away at Chelsea, I can’t see us getting anything unless we pull of a total fluke, if we concede then its all over, we need to try and match Chelsea and not just sit back, I would play the same team apart from playing dummet at lb if he available…. simply because it will be a lot different to wba and aarons wont have it so easy.

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    I would like to see this team have a crack (433/451):


  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Lindisfarne – me too. I am tired of seeing Sissoko start every game. We should bench him. I think Sissoko is our worst passer of the ball and for being one of our main attacking players he doesn’t score enough. He’s due a rest anyway.

    I am eager to see Doumbia in Black n White, I think he can be something special and would be more clinical infront of goal compared to the rest of the lads.

  • 16 JP...from The Rock // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    lindisfarne- can’t agree with your back four though.

  • 17 Doumb & Doumbia // Feb 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    We need to keep on winning, we should be able to beat Chelski

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