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Joey Barton’s Spot On With What’s Wrong With Newcastle

4:05 pm, Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

We repeat ourselves regularly when we say Newcastle have had a terrible defense for three years now – and the facts are right there to back it up  – and it’s frustrating that Newcastle still have not fixed the problem.

And to think our poor defense could be the main reason why we get relegated this season.

That’s one of the things we mean when we say the club is being poorly run over the last few years.

We have conceded 49 goals in 26 games so far and that’s on track to be our most goals conceded ever in the Premier League – 72.

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Sam Allardyce – concentrated on Sunderland defense first

So why has our defense not been strengthened – that’s a very good question for Lee Charnley next Monday night in the Fans Forum meeting.

And it just so happens that former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club show.

Joey quite brilliantly explains in a couple of paragraphs the difference between Newcastle and Sunderland, who now have the experienced and wily Sam Allardyce in charge.

“That’s the difference between Sunderland and Newcastle at this moment in time. Sam’s gone in and made defending his priority, getting clean sheets and staying in games.”

“You looked at Newcastle against Chelsea, and it would be unfair on defending to call that defending.”

”They’ve bought Shelvey – who’s a decent player – and Townsend – who’s a decent player – but they need defenders.”

We even think that Sunderland under Sam Allardyce have more chance then Newcastle under Steve McClaren of surviving this season – and the Black Cats are just one point behind the Magpies now.

Sam has loads of experience of how to take a side with poor players and save it from relegation – Sam and Tony Pulis are probably the two experts at that.

Sunderland made a great move by hiring the big man.

We have spent £81M this season on new players but the weakness before we spent that money is still the weakness after we spent the money – a poor defense.

And come to think of it the other weakness is that we still don’t have a recognized Premier League striker.

So it’s great that Ashley is coughing up the money now, but if it’s not spent on the right players it doesn’t do that much good.

And so it has turned out so far this season.

When you were building a good team in the past it was always the defense you fixed first, so you had a solid foundation and could keep the team in games.

Just like you build the foundations first when building a house and that’s exactly what big Sam has done at the Black Cats.

With Newcastle we can lose games in the first 17 minutes by leaking goals – as we found out at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

This doesn’t reflect well at all on the Newcastle Board of Directors who select the players to buy.

Comments welcome.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    and do you think the newcastle board of directors will give two hoots !!!

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I reckon Joey would probably be a great manager, he actually seems to have a brain and would be a real bast^rd to upset.

  • 3 Jib // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    The sage Joey Barton now states what my Granny knew in Autumn.

  • 4 nightfa11 // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    i dont think thats the problem..its inconsistency.. in some matches we defended very well…in some we just broke down..but the same situation is with attackers and some matches they’re great, and in some invisible..

    even if we put 2 new defenders into this set up…what do you think will happen? maybe we’d ceoncede 5 goals less by now, but so what? if midfielders and attackers are still invisible…

  • 5 jimiley // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    The fans have screwed this great club by allowing Ashley to pillage the club. Look at Rangers re Ashley or Liverpool re price of tickets. Those fans act decisively to stop the rot. We (myself excluded) have turned up week after week for years to put up with this rubbish. The fans are condoning what is happening to the club simply by their presence. They deserve, as a consequence, all the ….. that is served up. Next stop the Champiuonship.

  • 6 jimiley // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Tufty is talking bollocks about NUFC being inconsistent. 17 defeats out of 20 away games (7 points out of 60 for Gods sake) is very consistent.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    So how come you never listened to your granny Jibberish, you said we’d be fine!

  • 8 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    I haven’t renewed my season ticket for a few years now, I got fed up with watching dross, I still watch games online or TV when televised but there’s no way I’m putting money in the fat man’s pocket until I think we are competitive. I know many fans just like to see a team running around the pitch in a black and white shirt but I want more.
    Your right what you say many fans are the victim of there own downfall, they’ve supported a regime now renowned for sh.t football.

  • 9 marshy // Feb 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    it’s not the defense alone that is the problem, if the team as a whole dosen’t defend then the defense will struggle. the team just don’t do close marking and that to me is the whole problem, giving opposing players loads of room is just asking for disaster and that is what we get.

  • 10 goommy // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Defender?? I think tactic is a problem dude..

  • 11 Moonraker15 // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Yes, we could do with a couple of defenders but they are not as bad as the results away from home are showing. You can have the best defence in the world but set them up wrong and you will get beat. We beat Spurs and drew with Man U with those defenders and were unlucky in other matches but you put an inexperienced winger at full back v Chelsea their eyes light up. Totally useless management from a football romanticist. Defence is only as strong as its weakest link and by the way Colo should never be captain as we all know! Except McClaren.

  • 12 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    I would love to punch Lee Charnley in the face the fat Sh1t.

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