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These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players Yesterday

6:31 pm, Sunday, February 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 94 Comments

We are only now getting over the shock of what happened yesterday when the game at Chelsea was over after only 17 minutes when the Blues were 3-0 up.

We also have to realize that it wasn’t too surprising the Chelsea team laid off a bit in the second half and Newcastle did come back into the game a little – but of course by then we had lost the game.

But in particular it was good to see our two new Englishmen Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend having good games in the final 45 minutes and at least learning from the Everton debacle – which cannot be said for all the Newcastle players.

Andros also scored a terrific goal after 90 minutes after being given the ball by Jack Colback – and he made it look so easy – so maybe we will get more on the goalscoring side from the England International in future games – hope so.


Andros Townsend in action yesterday – scored a great late goal

Townsend was our Man of the Match with Rob Elliot again playing well in goal and making some good saves and Rob just edges out Jonjo Shelvey in the voting with the England International play-maker putting  in a  good stint in the second half.

But this was another unacceptable performance on the road by Newcastle and if we continue this form and lack of fight away from St. James’ Park – we will most likely be relegated in May.

It’s simply not good enough and our players know it.

But it was good to see at least three of them sticking in and fighting for the cause, even though all was lost by then.

Other players in the Newcastle side should take the example set by Andros, Rob and Jonjo and play their hearts out in future games away from home.

We only have six of them left and six games at home.

Here are the results of the poll.

Who Was Newcastles Best Player At Chelsea

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Tags: Andros Townsend · Jonjo Shelvey · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot

94 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    No one should have been man of the match

  • 2 OneAlanShearer // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Nobody. Nobody. Nobody was good yesterday. Shockingly poor. They owe us at leat one away result worth watching. Try Stoke.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    There should definitely be a no one selection.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    if it was not for our bloody cb’s we would have a great team imo !

    mbemba is my exeption but the rest !!!! colo/saylor/lescalles/satka/good are all a let down.

    the worst defence in the prem yet again ! (dunno if villa are worse off after today but you get my point)

    i only very slighty put a fraction of the blame on the rest of the team as mitro does good def work when he should not imo/sissoko should but his heading and marking is p*&s poor for someone who used to be very highly praised for his defensive work and wijnaldum who runs a lot without having much effect on the defensive side of things imo.

    a very basic skill is closing down and not giving them space or time on the ball ! we do it in home games but not away so pull your fingers out and go back to the library and book out the idiots guide to defending.

  • 5 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    how on earth can we get 2244 votes for the MoM when in the last 24hrs we have only 54 posters / usernames………….. just a tad suspicious

  • 6 Belfast // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Good goal and his reaction after it summed up how I felt, so he gets my vote.

  • 7 Belfast // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I think he puts it on Twatter Hibbit.

  • 8 dannitoon // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    How many times have u seen the kids satka, good n lassie play.. fool

  • 9 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Elliot got mine because he has to work with shit every week………………not an outfield player worth a vote

  • 10 BandB // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Do you need an account to vote?

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    I just spat my coffee all over ny keyboard with that one, that plastic keyboard protecter eas well worth the money.

  • 12 Toon Tang // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Just seen the spuds result. The plot further thickens eh

  • 13 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    @8 dannitoon

    if that was aimed at me !

    you ask a question then follow it with your pathetic name calling before you have the answer !

    think you know who the fool is here dont you ?

    and by kids would you like to tell me their ages ?

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Toon Tang,
    Spurs are very much in the race

  • 15 banjax // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Who was the best player V Chelsea what a bloody stupid question – they were all rubbish. They all had away day gutlessness which has been repeated over and over again at away games and now that we are out of ALL cup competitions, Newcastle’s Manager and his players are not exactly worked off their feet. They now have even more time to ‘Prepare’ (to fail) for their matches than clubs like WBrom who are still in the FA cup and have injury problems to boot. It is obvious the players don’t respect McLaren and as such we need a new no nonsense leader who will get the players attitudes right and ready to perform for every match home and away. McLaren out !

  • 16 Lindisfarne // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    That makes Sissoko ‘Muppet of the Match’

  • 17 Toon Tang // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Indeed they are mucker, 3 horses still in the race. Mancity never looked like winning anything

  • 18 Belfast // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Jail yer bike has a puncture, yer chains broke and yer metal dustcaps are in my pocket.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Yer right Belfast, I’m doubled up with laughter here your such good value, a little scamp, you’re breaking up with Tsunki was the best thing that happened to the blog.

  • 20 AncientC // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    I thought Mitro gave a good account of himself, how much more could he give for the cause, aside from sending John Terry packing and putting himself around is an isolated position.

    Shelvey’s class was there for all to see… a few errors, but nothing drastic that cannot be tweaked. Townsend predictably gets bonus points for everything he did in the 90 minutes, for what he achieved in the 10 seconds that led to his goal.

    I am waiting to see what happens at Stoke. I didn’t think for a moment we had a chance against Chelsea… if the side is going to have an off-day, it may as well be in one of the games where the side is most statistically likely to lose anyway.

    Just to add, if we beat Stoke, the win record since Shelvey has signed would return to 50%.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Surely defeat at Stoke has to see him sacked, how will they arrange the board meeting without telling him?

  • 22 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    needs sacking before stoke

  • 23 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:20 PM


    do u think they will sack him

  • 24 NoahJ // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    The True Geordie absolutely nailed it this week. mclaren should be culpable for not ensuring the basics were in place against chelsea; the setup was so unprepared- we didn’t look like we wanted to go forward, but we didn’t park the bus either… it was a complete mess.

    I like confidence and positivity, but mclaren’s naiivety and downright ignorance to how desperate the situation is, is alarming. He’s still grinning and saying we’ll be up for it next week. This was how he was after the palace game, the watford game, the everton game. You can’t just keep pretending things will be ok…

    our away form alone should be the reason he is dismissed.

  • 25 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    The only vote missing of the above is the toon supporters paying hard earned cash to watch that rubbish. MCLAREN OUT NOW!!!

  • 26 toon22 // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Imho he needs sacking Monday at the latest.
    Dont care who we get in as anyones worth a punt over certain religation.
    Think Monks a good bet.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Probably not, sackibg him would be admitting a mistake!

  • 28 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:31 PM


    I agree Monk would be good

  • 29 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Monk was shafted at Swansea simply because one of the higher up couldn’t keep it in his pants.

    He’s a very good coach who was left in an impossible position

  • 30 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    I want to see our goalkeeper shouting instructions and calling players out who’ve been responsible for him having to pick the ball out of the net. I think Shearer was talking about a lack of character. We need leaders. You want that from your goalkeeper, CB and captain at the very least.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    You say every man and his dog knows. However, most people are calling for Charnley and Carr to appoint another manager. What’s the point of that?

  • 32 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    i see arma got his 18th and 19th of his 26 app’s so far at the weekend !

  • 33 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Even if they acted, they wouldn’t appoint a new manager anyway. They’d look for a head coach.

  • 34 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:48 PM


    Makes you wonder if he could do the job for us that our other strikers can’t

  • 35 lochinvar // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Fraser Foster seems to be doing well – tall keeper who commands his space and is a physical presence that adds extra clout to the defence.
    Dos Carr not recommend that we keep him – no didn’t think so he was sunning it in France.
    Another class decision from NUFC.

  • 36 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:55 PM


    Why did we let Forster go in the 1st place?

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    To be fair to the club on Forster, it was him or Krul and he had a nightmare against Leeds one game, I think that sealed his fate.

  • 38 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    @34 jb

    aye i know the feeling ! i’m kinda glad he’s not in a failing team and his confidence is growing mind you but i suppose thats no good to us if we do go down.

  • 39 lochinvar // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    McLaren is talking drivel ( previous article ) and that’s a sure sign he’s lost the plot.
    Training camp ? Why don’t they go and play on the beach at Druridge Bay?
    Team building ? How long have you got ?
    Fitness ? Ha! What on earth have the players and coaches been doing since last July – dining out at Greggs ?

    and where is Ashley in all this ?
    If Man Ure have been courting Mourinhio on the quiet who has he ( Ashley ) been chatting up ? The silence is deafening !

  • 40 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    @37 jfa

    i’ll second that.

    we always seem to do good with keepers (prob cos they get so much practice with our cb’s)

    and we do have 2 more young keepers who imo will become great great keepers also in woodman and woolston which one of the 2 will prob move on as they are not first choice !

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    It’s Ashley who needs to act. The shit’s at his door. Charnley and Carr are looking like a right pair of chumps. Why would anyone want them to use tgeir expertise to choose another head coach? How many top head coaches are there out there?

  • 42 sparky55 // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    I met forster in a glasgow hotel just after that performance against Barcelona and as most of you know he’s a tyne valley boy brought up near hexham where I used to live.

    I asked him if he’d ever want to come back to play for newcastle and his response was an emphatic

    “In a flash”

    If he does ever come back it’ll probably cost us 20 million but looking at his form he’s worth it.

    I shook his hand when we finished chatting and his hands are like caterpillar dumper truck shovels…they’re fcuking massive.

    Really nice lad…hope he does come back

  • 43 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    @39 loch

    in other words macca wants a game he thinks we can easily win with next to no effort to build confidence !

    it’s the toon lol we will prob lose if we played a sat league team away from home.

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Just saw Brendan Pearson in Hexham Costa the other day. He’s on loan at Gateshead. I’d love to see him come through the ranks.

  • 45 sparky55 // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:14 PM


    I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know the lad…is he a Goalie as well?

    I moved down to harrogate 27 years ago so not fully up to date with the tyne valley footy scene any more!

  • 46 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Forster wanted first team football and Krul was always going to be ahead of him as at the time he was the better of the two, now I don’t know, his time at Celtic improved him massively

  • 47 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Surprised SM wants another friendly game after the last time, when we were battered

  • 48 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Aye, he’s a goalie. Very tall.

  • 49 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Jack that was pre-planning by the wily Mr Mac. he wanted Sunderland to get some false confidence ahead of our next thrashing by them.

    Oh hang on have I got that wrong.

  • 50 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    The other point re. Frazer Forster is that he was sold to Rangers for peanuts. Another plus for the smart barrow boy.

  • 51 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Celtic wasnt it?

  • 52 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Or Celtic even. 🙂

  • 53 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    I have a mate that works at Elland Road and he said there have been Newcastle scouts at the last 2 Leeds home games and due to be at tomorrows game against boro. I wonder who they are watching

  • 54 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Take a chancel

    Probably Karankor!!

  • 55 snowdone // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    There are many of us who don’t comment but vote. From yesterday’s match the poll got the ratings spot on. Tiote, Wini and Sisso were very poor. The latter looks a prime candidate for selling in the summer. Tiote looked as if he was on the slow boat to China. Wini needs a good rest and dropping for Stoke. Rolando should replace him in attack.
    I thought Mitro tried his best but was hopelessly isolated. Taylor is not fully fit and is unlikely to have his contract renewed.
    I don’t see Macca being sacked at present. Next five games must produce 3 wins if we are to have a chance.
    Our away form reminds me of the sixties when we couldn’t win away but SJP was a fortress.

  • 56 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Celtic got him cheap. We’ve undersold a few I think… anybody obviously undersold come to mind ?

  • 57 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    So has SJP been a fortress this year.

    I think I may have missed something.

  • 58 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:47 PM


  • 59 Back Door Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Shocking! Never mind taking the wasters off abroad to the warmth … I’d march them all up to the wilds of the Northumberland moors for training and make them sleep in tents.

    Sack Wally … it may not much difference but we’d certainly feel better!

  • 60 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    If my poor memory serves me correctly, it took us years to finally get a win in London. Haven’t had many since either.

  • 61 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 14, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Back door man

    Didn’t Pardew do something like that a few seasons back?

  • 62 AncientC // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    “Shocking! Never mind taking the wasters off abroad to the warmth … I’d march them all up to the wilds of the Northumberland moors for training and make them sleep in tents.”

    And take their mobile phones, so they couldn’t complain about their treatment to their Mammies.

  • 63 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Take them all to Catterick Garrison they’ll knock some fight into them

  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Most on this blog were happy to sell Forster when he left. I only remember a few posters agreeing with me he had the greater potential of the two.

    Different circumstances mean it is different to judge how they both would have progressed, but Forster was always the more commanding and vocal of the two. Woolston and Woodman both have excellent potential, not seen as much of Pearson, but he seems to be rated by people who have.

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    *difficult not different second para

  • 66 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    who does ur mate reckon were scouting

  • 67 lochinvar // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Catterick Garrison might be too easy for them – how about Hereford ?

  • 68 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    woodmans out of contract in the summer isnt he ???

    i fully expect him to join palace with his old man

  • 69 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Yeah, I think he is. Can’t see him going to Palace though. I’ve heard from some not entirely unreliable sources that his agent has been approached by several of the big Prem clubs.

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    On article, there weren’t three players who deserve to be titled best, maybe the three who weren’t as garbage as the others…..

  • 71 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    his old man joins palace and we send him onloan to crawley town
    if he doesnt join palace i bet he joins a london club so his mum can do his washing

  • 72 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:41 PM


    He doesn’t know but reckons Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt are who most scouts watch

  • 73 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Townsend scored a corker, hope that game doesn’t dent his confidence

  • 74 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:50 PM


    bot midfielders but if they sell them for the same price they flogged that right fullback bayram was it
    they might be worth a punt

  • 75 expatmag // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    21st Century

    Re Forster. We sold him to Celtic for £2.5m which was good money at the time for an untried kid.

    Apparently, a clause was written into the transfer that we would receive 25% of any sell on value.

    Celtic sold Forster to Southampton for £10m which meant we got a further £2.5m from the deal.

  • 76 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    I don’t think Woodman senior or junior would at this stage be shortsighted enough to sign for a team based on locality. Having said that, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him head to Spurs as a long term lloris replacement.

  • 77 expatmag // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:55 PM


    Sod it. Lets cut out the middle man and send them all for some warm weather physical training in Helmand Province. See how fast the fcukers can run then……lol

  • 78 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Better than I thought then – so we got £5m for an England class keeper.
    I suppose keepers are often undervalued.

    Just imagine. We beat Villa by 6-0 and suddenly our GD improves so dramatically it’s as good as Bournenouth’s.

  • 79 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    typo alert

    It’s NOT EVEN as good as Bournemouth’s

  • 80 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:05 PM


    spurs would be a good club for him
    but then i think spurs would be a good club for any1 at the moment
    i would think them and southampton are tops if you want a club that will progress u

    mind you i think man u have another crop coming through that kid they got at left back looks good

  • 81 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Most fans were more than happy to take Celtic’s money for him. it is rewriting history to say otherwise. Forster made a massive rick in a friendly at Leeds (I think) and after that most fans were happy to keep Krul as no.1 and get rid of Forster. Most probably hadn’t seen much of him as he excelled in the lower leagues for Norwich.

    I’d probably say that losing Paul Barron when Hughton left has had a bigger impact on Krul’s future progression and it would likely have impacted on Forster as well. Forster has always been far more vocal, but when Forster left there was little between them other than that.

  • 82 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    I thought Man U’s Under 18’s are in the middle of their worst run of form since the 80’s? Lost 5 in a row before beating Stoke yesterday, and just lost 6 players from the Under 16’s and 15’s to Man City according to a City academy coach.

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    That left back puts in a cracking cross mind. Early delivery, whipped, good height and good areas. Shame they don’t have a striker to thrive on that service..

  • 84 lochinvar // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Expat mag
    Helmand is too safe for them these days … how about Pennywell ? That would focus their minds !

  • 85 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:13 PM


    man u just sacked there under 18s manager
    think nicky butt has taken charge as he is looking after the under 21s

    there trying to get the bloke in charge of spurs set up

  • 86 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:15 PM


    Send them to Syria they’ll have to move fast there!!

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Have they? I think there are serious problems at Man U at the moment. City are blowing them away in terms of their investment and development of youth. While City are pouring cash in, Man U have apparently reduced spending on academy and development by around 30%.

  • 88 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:22 PM


    didnt know they had cut spending i did read somewhere if they didnt get champions league they would cut spending

    man u could go the way liverpool fell away if there not careful
    not sure jose is the man to rebuild the empire though

  • 89 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:29 PM


    You’re a hard man tonight.

    Maybe you can lay your hands on a tiny slug of something to mellow you – that’s assuming

  • 90 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    ….. assuming… forgotten what I was gonna say!

    Hey ho and it’s good to see you’re in good fettle.

  • 91 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM


    Just had my meds lol

  • 92 magscar // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:38 PM


    You are correct.

    Forster had been on loan and was still 3rd choice behind Krul and Harps. Perhaps having seen how few games Harps had played behind Given then Krul he could see the writing on the wall in terms of his own 1st team opportunities and wasn’t prepared to wait. As I recall matters he forced issue on basis of play me or sell me and there weren’t too many fans rallying to his cause at that time.

    There was a similar play me or sell me with Thompson in KK’s first spell and off he went to Bolton.

    Don’t think either party was wrong – players have to have ambition and clubs can’t give way to threats however well intended.

  • 93 jayphoto // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    @takeachancel – scouts will have been watching Alex Mowatt! Been watching him for 2 seasons apparantly but think his contract is running down?

  • 94 jayphoto // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    In my opinion Krul was some way ahead of Forster when we sold him. The thing is Krul has gone backwards in last 2 seasons whereas Forster gets better and better.
    Remember alot of articles and interviews with coaches saying forster trained like a man possessed and had a stellar attitude and soaked up teaching like a sponge so no surprise hes been successful! Would love to see him back one day!

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