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Tuesday’s Results Mixed For Newcastle – Now 2nd Bottom

10:22 pm, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 86 Comments

Newcastle moved  to second bottom of the league tied on points with Norwich and Sunderland, after Sunderland picked up a point in a 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace and it was former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini who equalized in stoppage time for the Black Cats.

That point moved them above both Newcastle and Norwich on goal difference and out of the bottom three.

But Bournemouth had an excellent 2-0 win at home to Southampton to move eight points ahead of Newcastle who have two games in hand – but it looks like the Cherries are picking up points well with 4 points from their last two games.

borinui equlzizes

Fabio Borini equalized in stoppage time for Sunderland

Bournemouth are at St. James’ Park on saturday which is another crucial match for Newcastle and a must win game.

Norwich lost again, this time a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea and now have the same goal difference as Newcastle at -22 but have scored 4 more goals than us (31 versus 27) and Sunderland’s goal difference is -19.

Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 at home by Everton for their 18th defeat in 28 games and all looks lost for Villa as they are 8 points adrift of safety and  9 points if you count goal difference.

There are now 8 points between 4th bottom Sunderland and 6th bottom Bournemouth and 9 points if you consider goal difference – and  a gap is starting to open up and it looks like it’s any two from Newcastle, Norwich, Sunderland and Swansea for the drop.

It’s ridiculous when you consider the squad Bournemouth have and Newcastle’s squad yet we are 8 points adrift of the Cherries.

There’s something wrong somewhere with Newcastle.

A defeat tomorrow at Stoke should send the alarm bells ringing at Newcastle and if they don’t they should.

Swansea visit Arsenal tomorrow night and while that would usually be a home banker, the Gunners’ form has been erratic of late.

The Newcastle Board and Mike Ashley need to wake up from their in-denial state, and realise fully we are in very serious trouble of going down this season.

Newcastle must get something out of out game at Stoke tomorrow night.

Here are the standings after tonight’s games.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Poll · Prayer · Premier League

86 responses so far ↓

  • 1 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    here’s a question who’s better ben arfa or mahrez?

  • 2 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    mahrez seems to have a better work ethic,whereas ben arfa has more raw ability….but mahrez would get more starts from teams in the premier league then ben arfa goin off the last season or so…..just a my view like.

  • 3 kingkong // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    think they look very similiar. ben arfa may have more talent but mahrez is a better team player

  • 4 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    well for me mahrez is way way better so consistant in both scoring and assists and as you say wat makes a premier league player
    him n vardy bargains of the century by a long way

  • 5 NoahJ // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    bournemouth are safe now- they’re playing well- it’s between use, sunderland, norwich and swansea

    as gutted I was for sunderland to equalise in the last minute, I’d easily have taken this result + the norwich result at the start of the night, especially as sunderland we winning

    If we get even 2 points in our two games in hand (albeit against man city and stoke), then we’ll be in a strong position

    as merson would say “we have a free swing” against stoke

  • 6 jane // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    in the 7 matches Norwich, Sunderland, Swansea and Villa have played since we last played these teams have only picked up one point between them and it was nearly none. surely we couldn’t ask for much better than that.

    so now we can afford to lose our 2 games in hand 🙂

  • 7 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    wonder if jail has come to his senses yet lol?
    he must’ve been pissed earlier?

  • 8 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    hoping we’ll get at least 5 points from next four games…but it could 3 or 6 depending on how things go

  • 9 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    could be 0-1-2 or 4 aswell springy lol
    i’m thinking 6 tho when the hell do we find out when we play city tho?
    its been ages since we even knew we wouldn’t be playing them

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    “Believe me, we’ve tried every formation and system of personnel you could imagine.”

  • 11 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    ya right like…. with this team could be anything points wise…..nee idea mate when we play man city tbh.

  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Watched the bournemouth game tonight – don’t fancy our chances if they play like they did tonight miles better than Southampton.

    Looks like it could be three from four to go down and sadly most likely us with Norwich and Villa.

    Got a funny feeling if we loose tomorrow and Saturday McLaren is a gonna.

  • 13 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    on that link lindi …………”.We notice you’re using an ad-blocker. Perhaps you’ll support us another way? Become a Supporter for JUST £50 per a year” eeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr no thanks cheeky barstewards! lol

  • 14 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    that article hardly builds the confidence does it….almost sounds like he’s grasping at straws and maybe leaning towards blaming players abilities.

  • 15 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    charlie i never seen it but on sky it sounded like forster made some absolute clangers? is that true?

  • 16 JamesToon // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    We need to go 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 get the basics rights play it simple

  • 17 JamesToon // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Very worried about our next 2 games

  • 18 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    the midfielder for bournemouth…..arter..i believe it is…how’d he play?…..he’s looked good in a few games…busy player.

  • 19 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    i was only messin springy but surely now with the injuries clearing up finally (which i feel alot of people have either forgotten or just stupidly dismissed) we should start seeing better performances aswell as more options
    we certainly need cisse and doumbia to really step up!

  • 20 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    stoke is a game im not expecting anything from tbh….so if we get anything, to me its a bonus…..bournemouth home is a must.

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    deffo at fault for second goal – first goal mm maybe
    Arter played well – in fact they all did – Southy looked poor like, Bournemouth were in their faces all game never gave them time to settle.
    The lad from Wolves – why the F88k did we not go for him – bargain – scored again – oh sorry plays in England not good enough – we go for some foreigner – DUMDUM I think they call him has not played a competitive game this season not fit looks older than me and I’m 60 plus – typical TOON

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    How’s about this for end of season Scenario

    we need to stay up.
    Spuds need to win to win the premiership
    Result – Draw
    we go down
    spuds runners up!!!

  • 23 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    can only see one of doumbia or cisse starting if mitro fit…and thats only if he decides to change the shape of the team….if mitro has been struggling for fitness rest him no point pushing him and possibly crockin him for the next 2-3 games….but i really dont know what side will be out tomorrow i expect it will be the usual 4-2-3-1…which to me has really worked.

  • 24 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    cheers charlie and i’m with you on buying from the championship as i said earlier today surely there’s better defenders in the championship than a player in europe that has to totally accustom to this country aswell as the club and everything else
    afobe was i think an arsenal product aswell probably the best apprentiship you can get now a days

  • 25 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    im hoping that game means nowt cause if it does mean something to us….that will be one twitchy arsed day!!lol

  • 26 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    charlie i prefer we win and spurs lose the title and we beat villa and absolutley hammer them with as many banners as we are allowed thats my dream

  • 27 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    springy i’d rather start with either cisse or doumbia tbh and bring on mitro later on ala spurs game
    simply they have more pace and make better runs
    and lets face it he or perez hasn’t worked well away from home

  • 28 SPRINGY // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    what formation u prefer?

  • 29 Toonacious T // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Manxpie, thanks for your response on previous thread. I had given up hope tbh! I just can’t see us beatinh Stoke with a Taylor and Lascelles at CB. Taylor has one good game every now and then so hopefully it is tomorrow. I thought Van Djik was one of the few Southampton players to emerge out of tonights game witb some credit but no point going over that old ground. I reckon we will need to score three goals to win tomorrow night and that really would be a miracle.

  • 30 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    janmaat saylor lascelles dummet

    townsend tiote shelvey aarons


  • 31 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    4411 but with proper width and pace ala leicester
    that means its as gpod defensively as it is attacking i know gini is out but he hasn’t showed anything away from home and him and perez to come on will worry any team

  • 32 manxpie // Mar 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    toonacious tbf saylor when fit has done very well for us he just seems to get the brunt of stick for some reason
    but stoke haven’t got a prolific striker either
    so we certainly have a chance

  • 33 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    not sure if aarons is match sharp so i would go with townsend there and have sissoko on the right….but do get where ya coming from about pace…..and gini….has’nt done it away starting so maybe from the bench,but i really cant see macca having the stones to drop gini, sissoko or townsend for that matter(not that he should mind)thats why i expect…
    one of two from saivet/tiote and mitro/doumbia.

  • 34 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    this game in a weird way might actually suit taylor and lascelles….if walters plays,he’s more of a battler not to pacey.

  • 35 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    whereas if colo was playing against walters(if he plays) he would struggle with his strength

  • 36 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    aye tbf springy i can’t either lol
    but sisko needs dropping for me as he really doesn’t have a position he’s part cm and part rw so needs it just to focus him if nothing else and he’s been shocking most of the season and i think we need to keep it tight but worry them at the same time and then bring on more power and pace with the both of thembut wat do i know lol

  • 37 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    for a big bloke sissoko is weak in the challenge and heading….with his physique and running he should be dominating cm but he lacks the work ethic and sense of danger and that quality control a good cm have, so we use his other asset his running ability….he has’nt been great but he does get assists and gets in attacking positions,which the rest of the team have struggled to do….but like you…what do i know!lol

  • 38 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    with colo and mbemba apparently out the next 2 games and mbabu not due back till at least the weekend….is taylor and lascelles it at cb….who else is there?….cant think of anyone!

  • 39 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    i shudder at the thought of the pace and movement of vardy against taylor and lascelles in a few weeks!

  • 40 MadisonToon // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:21 AM


    I agree about the problem with pace for our defense. Really, we are in the situation where we need to score more goals than the other team as we can’t expect to keep clean sheets against anyone with the backline that we have. Unfortunately, McClaren hasn’t gotten any of our strikers firing so the ‘outscore-them’ model is unlikely to work.

  • 41 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    siskos first touch is the worst i have ever seen full stop the thing is he has every attribute imaginable to be an absolute footballer but he really hasn’t kicked on with us but being able to control a ball should be standard tbh
    but i’d rather see wat an out an out winger could do with his chances and maybe an angry sisko might come on and show wat he can actually do

  • 42 MadisonToon // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:31 AM


    I agree that we should try without Gini and Sissoko and have them come flying off the bench. It would give us the flexibility to go with a different formation and could drive some excitement around the squad to get the job done. I think going week in and week out with the same squad, we aren’t really providing any motivation for good performances from either the starters or the subs.

  • 43 MadisonToon // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Which is especially true if you think about McClaren talking about how strong the squad is…well then use it!

  • 44 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    madi well that was my thinking but really tbh it won’t happen
    the biggest crux of this season has been not being able to pick a top 11 every game let alone for a few games in a row

    but i still see sack the manager lol by the same people who said sack pardew as that would change everything ycmiu!!

  • 45 MadisonToon // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    McClaren isn’t winning anybody over, but the players aren’t putting it together either. All of their play can’t be put on the shoulders of the manager and they certainly should be taking much of the blame for this season.

    I wonder what the talk is like in the dressing room – is someone laying into the players for not standing up and being counted? Is everyone pretending it’s OK? Would love to be a fly on the wall.

  • 46 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    ofcourse its the players aswell jesus they are the ones in control of everything
    but the answer is sack the manager lol
    it worked last time didn’t it!???
    didn’t it jail???

  • 47 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:21 AM


    Maybe our CB shortage wouldn’t have been so bad had Charnley not been so keen to cash in on Willo. He’d have been handy to have around just now.

    The £ signs seem to over-ride the little common sense that Charnley might have.

  • 48 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Sitting at second bottom’ll have a helluva negative effect on the players. They’ll be packing their trunks and flip-flops today and their agents’ll be hard at it too.

    The whole of Tyneside owes Ashley sooo much and boy oh boy, will he be welcome in the Strawberry.

  • 49 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    manxpie, I think those of us who wanted to see Pardew go were hoping, even expecting that he would be replaced by somebody better. Lessons learned and so on. That hasn’t been the case, obviously enough, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right sentiment at the time, in my view.

  • 50 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    i have no problem by that but the fact is pardew got blamed for everything
    when infact it was wat we are seeing again now wrong players bought at the wrong time not a big or good enough squad especially when injuries hit sound familiar?
    but yeah lets sack the manager as he’s responsible….!?

  • 51 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    im no fan of maccas and didnt think he was right for the job tbh….my fear is the players had the same thoughts…who’s he?…why him?….that leads to contempt and he doesnt have the personality to kick arses and put them in there place…if that means dropping players even selling them if they are not doin as he asks to show the rest of the squad he’s not to be f**ked with……its not all his fault the players either are not good enough or do not have enough respect for the bloke….thats the way it looks at times for me

  • 52 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    The whole regime at SJP are hopeless -none of them have top credentials or indeed any credentials to run a multi million pound outfit.
    Folk show be aware that if some say sack the manager it does not necessarily mean that all the others involved are absolved of blame.

    And King Percy was not sacked – he abandoned ship.
    Potential scenario for the last game – Spurs need a win to get the title and we need a win to stay up.
    I think our jacksies would get a good caning.
    Score tonight 2 -0 to the Toon. – Control Shaqiri and that knacker Walters and their lanky Austrian CF ( cannot usually hit a barn door) and 3 points in the bag.
    Fail tonight and we’re shagged.

  • 53 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    ano getting players (cb’s) to join is hard in our current position…especially better then what we have, but unless there tryin to sign absolute world beaters and dont want to waste time and money on lesser players…they’ve had 2 windows,roughly 60 days open transfer window and no doubt they can contact clubs before the window opened to ask about availability to get at least 1 player….but nowt…..our defence was shite last year,shite from the summer window to now… is very poor organisation….half arsed.. and it could cost us our league position….someone needs showered in shite for this happening.

  • 54 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:14 AM

    yes we signed mbemba but more was needed

  • 55 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    mister tuff
    i said earlier i think taylor and lascelles may be the better cb’s for the likes of walters ….so hopefully he starts, coz anyone up front with pace will rip us a new one tbh

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    springy – Walters is past his best – but we usually make him look good and give him a scoring opportunity. With pace – simple -do not get sucked too far up the pitch – and be well organised.
    I think disorganisation has been one of our problems.
    Hopefully with three weeks holis they’ve worked out some routines whereby Townsend can get a cross in for Mitro.

  • 57 Blofal // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    We seem to play better away in a 4-4-2 / 4-4-1-1.

    I think Perez will start due to his form in the practice match. I however think he should be a sub.

    I also recall Riviere playing very well out wide. Why not start both him and Townsend?

    I also think De Jong should start. He is a top player and he isn’t going to suddenly come into from sitting on the bench.

    And I also agree Wijnaldum and Sissoko would have a massive impact coming off the bench.

  • 58 Blofal // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    Janmaat – Saylor – Lascelles – Colback
    Riviere – Shelvey – Tiote – Townsend
    ——————-De Jong

  • 59 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:35 AM


  • 60 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:55 AM


    Make no mistake, Ashley never had any intention of winning anything.

    The crap ge gave out about wanting to win something was just an exercise to placate the fans. He said he wouldn’t interfere with the playing side of things buy he has by knowing that Charnley would do his bidding and drive the Club down.

    He made it clear that the appointment of McClaren was nowt to do with him but he could have taken that and control of building a decent squad out of the hands of Charnley and Carr. He wanted to be seen as blameless.

    But his neglect has been there for all to see – if he really did want success, he would’ve sacked Charnley or at least told him to get a decent manager in as well as the players we’ve needed in key positions.

    But no, he’s tried to convince the world at large that he hasn’t been running the Club into the ground and as far as me and many others are concerned, he’s been doing just that – albeit at arms length.

    Why? Given his current interest in accumulating a property portfolio I’m convinced he’s got his eyes on the land that SJP sits on. Yes, we know it’s owned by the Freemen and there are covenants controlling its use, but where there’s money, the law can quite readily be changed.

    That man is greedy and amoral with no respect whatsoever for anyone or anything.

    Maybe it’s time to invigorate the Ashley Out campaign but thus time with some powerful support instead of a van with some billboards on it.

    But where will that support come from? Maybe the Rangers’ fan groups can give some advice.

    In any event, we’ve been in the relegation zone all season and Ashley’s been content to sit on his backside and watch hus strategy run Newcastle United into the ground.

    It’s a shame that the FA’s got no power but in saying that, if he can stick his fingers up at Parliament, then what chance have we got? None, the Club’s set for the scrap heap!

  • 61 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:44 AM

    I am the only one who thought McClaren’s press conference was quite pathetic? It was like “don’t look at me, it’s the players who are to blame”. Echoes of Allardyce. The great pity is that Charnley doesn’t have the nuggets to sack him, because he’s just as gormless as McClaren. And yes, I know that ultimately Ashley is to blame for this fiasco, but that doesn’t mean the dimwits working for him should escape scrutiny. They are being paid good money and not earning it, as is all too plain to see.

  • 62 Veltman // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    It’s a must win game tonight.A point will be good as well.Stoke will be without Showross & Glenn Johnson,two experienced players.
    We have to take advantage & get something out of it.However,we CB pairings we have for tonight,tonking is awaiting I’m afraid.Looks like Norwich,
    Sunderland & Swansea may do us a favor to survive.I hope we turn up and score first.If we concede first though,nothing but all over.

    Jail – Sorry I missed out replying your comment yesterday.I face trouble accessing this site since yesterday morning.I hoped it was temporary but still isn’t working.I don’t know if it is the browser or something else but still couldn’t figured it out yet.I remember the other day another poster also claimed the same problem as mine.I currently logged in using another browser but it’s unreliable and very slow plus I’m on 2G 🙁

  • 63 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:13 AM


    You’ll have noticed there’s a big difference between us and Sunderland. Allardyce seems to have instilled some fight into his lads (witness their last minute equaliser yesterday) whereas we seem to give up the ghost when things go against us. We’ve no self-belief, no real desire to win – crucial qualities in times of adversity.

  • 64 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    I really hope we approach this game different than usual with different tactics. I can’t see we are getting anything other than getting hammered again if keep doing the same thing 4-2-3-1, I really hope I’m wrong.
    We need to play defensive game, more defensive than usual try to get a point with 0-0 score as main target. Definitely has to start with more defensive minded players, probably 3 defensive midfields, either Gini or Selvey can’t have both on the field from the start. I would prefer Perez than Mitro because he has a habbit of scoring quick goals not too complicated and quicker.
    Kinda like this:
    —————-Perez——–Townsend(free role)

    If we could steal a goal and win, that would be a bonus but main goal is 0-0 draw.

  • 65 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    We need to be able to withstand their attack because Stoke playing at home and they see us as easy picking.

  • 66 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    like we played vs Bournemouth or like Everton vs WBA, ugly game but NUFC and WBA got 3 points, we need points more than attractive football.

  • 67 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    unless we concede crazy goals like dubious off side or penalty, or deflected shots, then we go plan b which is attacking football.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Mar 2, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    I could well believe your theory but why spend 80M doing so, if he’d only spent 20M in the summer and 10M in January it would probably have been enough to stop any kind of protest.
    I’m not deluded at all or drunk. I know they won’t bring in Benitez as has been shown with the last few underwhelming appointments but deluded would have been mentioning Guardiola or Mourinho. Benitez is out of work and would be tempted by a 5M a year salary, something the worlds 18th richest club could well afford. I know exactly what we are under Ashley so stop your sniggering.

  • 69 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    jail is wrong, should go with
    because we only hired english manager, other than SBR and KK I really don’t see any successful english manager(s). one out another will replace and will have the same thing.

    I think Mazzari will be perfect, he built the foundation for what Napoli today while Benitez managed big clubs mostly.

  • 70 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Team against Stoke:

    ———Gini—Shelvey—de Jong

  • 71 Ron Knee // Mar 2, 2016 at 6:47 AM


    There is only one British manager in the PL’s top ten clubs. Perhaps Charnley will get the message one day?

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Fully agree with you, it’s very puzzling why the worlds richest FA and and league can’t produce devent managers.

  • 73 mindshaft // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Given our terrible away record I can only see a defeat tonight, Bournemouth are going well at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised to lose on Sat … given the other game in hand is against Citeh then I imagine a bit of a gap is going to open up and it’s us, Norwich and Villa for the drop

  • 74 Santon03 // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Ron, Jail

    It’s confusing why no decent british managers lately, I mean the amount of money and the quality of our squad if managed by foreign coach/manager, I believe should be in much better shape.
    Is it their tactics? or their management skills? or just outdated approach?
    mostly just short term success, then all going down hill.

  • 75 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    British managers
    Like our England Football team, like our rugby team.
    BORING – one dimensional – got no flair, grind out a result, do not get beat,

  • 76 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Why does Shtevie talk about ‘consistency’ and the failure of the squad, rather than defining the capability of the squad and the ability to play at a good standard?

    The League table shows how poorly we are playing and if we play the same until the end of the season we will be relegated. Putting the onus on the players to avoid this situation only leads to fear of failure. I would hope that over the past 18 days there has been a focus on the type of football that is needed to avoid mistakes, apply pressure on the opposition and developing alternative ways of scoring so that we are not predictable and easily stifled.

  • 77 lochinvar // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Representatives from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool held talks on Tuesday with American billionaire Stephen Ross about a new European Super League. (The Sun)

    Was Ashley invited ?
    Was he distracted by the prospect of the Championship ?
    Is Stephen Ross interested in buying a club to play in his new European Super League ?
    Answers on a postcard please to….

  • 78 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    If we are relegated it will not look at all good on Shtevies CV, despite the circumstances and yes British managers are very capable at getting promoted from the Championship. But suddenly become dinosaurs when pitted against the standard of PL managers.

  • 79 Mag52 // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    What we mustn’t do tonight is concede early on.
    We’re not a good team for coming back from behind, especially away from home.
    A point at Stoke would be massive. I’ve a feeling that Aarons might get on the scoresheet again.

  • 80 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    The results have given the TOON a great chance of putting a gap between us and the Mackems and Norwich with the next two games
    we all know the TOON
    they will BLOW IT – BIG TIME

  • 81 Harley // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    I think considering everyone has played twice since we last played, the results have generally gone in our favour. We can’t expect them all to lose.

    It’s all in our hands. 6 points from tonight and Saturday and suddenly the sun is shining.

    Massive, massive 2 games coming up. I hope the players realise.

  • 82 lochinvar // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Just a pity that Southampton gave their cozy neighbours three points last night to ensure future south coast derbies . A Southampton win and then three wins for Toon including beating Bournemouth would have changed the look of the table significantly.

  • 83 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    The way the fixtures have worked out in March, we have a great chance to pull away from Norwich and the Mackems plus catching Swansea.
    But alas not POOR NEWCASTLE

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016
    Swansea City

    Stoke City
    Newcastle United

    Wednesday, 5 March 2016
    Manchester City
    Aston Villa

    Newcastle United


    Swansea City
    Norwich City

    Saturday, 12 March 2016

    Norwich City
    Manchester City

    Swansea City

    P – P

    Sunday, 13 March 2016
    Aston Villa
    Tottenham Hotspur

    Monday, 14 March 2016
    Leicester City
    Newcastle United

    Saturday, 19 March 2016
    West Bromwich Albion
    Norwich City

    Swansea City
    Aston Villa

    Sunday, 20 March 2016
    Newcastle United

  • 84 posada // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Is Collo really injured or is he in another one of his huffs.
    I’m heard there have been some straight talking from some players. Some expressing the view that it’s impossible to set up a team any which way that will compensate for his total lack of pace.

  • 85 posada // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Taylor and Lascelles should be ok if they get the right prep, the right support from the manager.
    Taylor is experienced at this level. Lascelles is not a kid.
    What is he 22 ?

  • 86 catchy in norway // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    ehh, I’m baffled by Ed, we may be in the bottom 2 but the results have been great for us, the teams around us have played 2 games more, so it leaves it in our hands right now, which is a million times better than hoping others do you a favour.

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