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Newcastle Almost Doomed After Late Winner From Norwich

5:24 pm, Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Newcastle conceded in stoppage time in the first half and then conceded three minutes into stoppage time after 90 minutes and came out losing this game 3-2.

This was our eighth successive defeat on the road.

The Olsson winner very late in this game meant that Norwich gained 3 points on Newcastle today and we are now 6 points from safety – 7 points if you include goal difference.

It’s going to be very difficult now for Newcastle to avoid relegation – although it’s still technically possible.

We have taken one point from the last 18 points played for and with a record like that it’s difficult to stay up.

We have to get a string of wins together very soon otherwise it’s the Championship next season after what has become another disastrous season for Newcastle fans.

olsson celebrates late winner

Olsson scored very late winner

Newcastle kept coming back in this game, first of all through a penalty from Aleksandar Mitrovic after 71 minutes to make it 1-1 and then it was Mitrovic again who scored after 86 minutes to make it 2-2, but the Olsson winner meant we are now in a very precarious position in second bottom place and looking to be well adrift from 4th place and safety.

Not even  Rafa Benitez may be able to save us now, with our next game being at Southampton next Saturday.

That was the 13th loss in 16 away games this season for the Magpies, but at least we scored two goals and we missed some chances as well.

W are 7 points from safety but have only 7 games to play in the league and it’s going to be very difficult to make that up now.

But the senior leaders at Newcastle who have completely mismanaged the club have to take the full responsibility for the complete mess they have the club in at the moment – what they have done is almost criminal with their incompetence and complete ineptitude.

When was the last time a Premier League club who spent £82M in the two transfer markets this season were relegated?

It tells you that money was not spent on the right players and rather than Graham Carr bringing in players he liked – like Florian Thauvin as one example for £13M – maybe we should have brought in players the club needed to fill weak positions in the side.

Every one of the Board at Newcastle – Lee Charnley, Bob Moncur and Graham Carr – and the owner Mike Ashley have let down the Newcastle fans this season in no uncertain way.

It’s a crying shame.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Norwich?

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Norwich: Ruddy; Wisdom, Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Jarvis, Howson, O’Neil, Brady; Naismith (Hoolahan, 81); Mbokani.
Subs not used: Rudd, Bassong, Jerome, Bamford, Mulumbu, Redmond.

Newcastle: Darlow; Janmaat, Mbemba, Taylor, Anita (Mitrovic, 62); Townsend, Tiote (Perez, 46), Shelvey, Sissoko; Wijnaldum; Cisse.
Subs not used: Woodman, Sterry, Lascelles, De Jong, Riviere.

Goals: Klose 45, Mitrovic 72, 86 Mbokani 74, Olsson 90

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Attendance: 27,137

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sawbuck // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    @Toon Tang yeah but he’ll rant and rave about everything except Ashley.

  • 2 lochinvar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Who is this creative classy Dutch guy bak from injuries who we keep on the bench ?

    Norwich will have to loose all their games and us win four to have any chance but they play the Mackems at home so could well do for both NE clubs in one fell swoop….

  • 3 JamesToon // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Thing is, there could still be more disappointment even after we do go down. I’m not convinced that Ashley will leave and I’m not convinced that he’s willing to darastically change the whole policy and boardroom staff

  • 4 Ron Knee // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    We’re almost doomed, laddie!

  • 5 chicousa // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    We could have scored 5 goals today and it would not have been enough….this shoddy defense would have shipped 6! Time to clean house…

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Its over lads….

    Ashley deserves the championship in all honesty.
    Rafa is no miracle man. We where relegated at Stoke as many of you said.

    Ashley will be forced to sell. No idea what he will have the club for down there…it will just go southwards if he has no plans to invest as he says he doesnt.

    Anyway have not lost any sleep as I knew this was going to happen.

  • 7 nufconceandfuturekings // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    You didn’t need to use ‘Almost’, Dr Ed.
    V depressing. Need a miracle now.

  • 8 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Norwich will atleast get another 6points from their remaining games. Means we need to win atleast 4 of our 7 games.

    It’s a kind of winning run we needneed, that has never been seen before at this club since sir Bobby days.

    Those who think that will happen need their head checked.

  • 9 manxpie // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    rotonda i’m just highlighting the fact mbemba has made plenty of mistakes this season far more than saylor obviously but more than collo aswell
    same with janmaat
    same with sisko
    same with wiji
    same with mitro
    same with anita

    but people all blame the manager everytime and i’ve been saying it for years
    we haven’t bought enough and wat we have bought isn’t good enough

  • 10 Bambams // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:31 PM


    I just feel there will be a twist to come. It does look really bad but we need one thing that has deserted us all season…luck.

    Nothing falls for us. Players injured…offsides that aren’t. …

    But I still don’t think it’s over, Norwich were there for the taking today but they certainly had balls dropping in the right places.

    Rafa will have learned more today than any other match.

    I haven’t even had a drink but still think it’s not over..

  • 11 lochinvar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Two of their goals today and Defoes the other week all came from no defenders back to patrol and protect the edge of the box…..Shelvey should have been covering their third and Janmatt and Taylor would both be better employed as semaphore operators as they wave their hands at the crowd more than the kids waving the flags before the game

  • 12 Burni // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM


  • 13 NUFCPaul // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Didn’t Ashley say he’d only leave if we won a cup or finish top four? Why would he sell the club at a lower amount as a Championship club? Surely he’d want promotion and sell it at a higher price as a Premier League club, right?

    Or, he could finally say enough is enough and cut a major loss. Even then, we could end up with a Randy Lerner type who screws us even more, if that’s even possible.

  • 14 Toon Tang // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Sawbuck maybe in later bids but go back into the back catalogue and there’s whole vids dedicated to mashers.

    Theres only so much you can say about Ashley, If the players have completely given up all you can concentrate on is giving them a damn good roughhousing.

    Not that it will help the cause much

  • 15 Sawbuck // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    If England votes for Brexit the pound will crash because the country will be screwed being run by bratpack from Eton…. but it would make it much cheaper for a foreigner to buy.

  • 16 Sawbuck // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    @Toon Tang OK I’ll take a look at those thanks for the info :))

  • 17 JamesToon // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Mbemba was awful today as well and Taylor is just…Taylor.

    Players who I think will defo stay:

    On the fence:
    Townsend (feel like a PL club might come in for him)
    Shelvey (same with Townsend, they both might have the motivation to stay and fight)
    Mbemba (wouldn’t be surprised if a champions league/decent European club like Monaco came in for him)
    Mitrovic (might also have the courage to stay and fight but he might show enough in the last few games to be a decent striker and could get an offer from a CL club)

    The rest will all leave and hope they do cos they don’t deserve to wear the shirt

    All this talk of janmaat wanting to leave for a better club, I don’t think he’s shown enough that he deserves to but wouldn’t be bothered if we let him go. Getting frustrated with Gini as he’s dissapparead the last few games (always disappears in away games)

  • 18 lochinvar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Last five minutes we had no shape at the back – and should have defended in depth ( but not necessarily deep ) and used Cisse and Perez on the break ….what does happen at our training ground _ do they watch the Great British Bake Off or something

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:35 PM


    my MOM Darlow kept us in the game first half.

    When the F**K are we going to learn not to give away STUPID FREE KICKS on the byeline – two came to mind on the bye line -Today and against Stoke.

    And at the end of a game today and the Chelsea game.

    And just before half-time and end of game.

    2-3 lose papering over the cracks, Norwich should of been out of sight first half.


    Was Winjammer and playing Today???????

  • 20 Toon Tang // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Sawbuck, the outcome of any vote will be what is beneficial to the elite. No more no less.

  • 21 lochinvar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Ed ” We have taken one point from the last 18 played for and with a record like that it’s difficult to stay up”

    No shite Sherlock

  • 22 Lanzatoon42 // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Good night the toon just hope rafa stays with us and bring scumberland down with us

  • 23 Sawbuck // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Toon Tang true but Tata steel is perfect example of why the elites want out, because the EU inhibits their ability the shunt the yokels around like pawns. They blocked EU tariif that would have save the Welsh plant.

  • 24 benjohnsen // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    It might seem drastic the changes that Ashley have to make, but reality they are not. He just need to hire some people who can actually run a football club.

    Fire Charnley and Carr would be a very good start. Try to hire best manager possible. (Benitez is not going down with the club) . Convince key players to stay and get in some decent Championship players and loan some promising young talents from the bigger clubs.

    Newcastle will still be able to promise a lot better salaries than most clubs. Mike Ashley also knows how much it cost him to have a club in Championship. No sports direct commercial internationally.

  • 25 lochinvar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    So if we leave the EU jobs will be lost ?

    Try telling that to the steel guys on Teesside and in Wales…..there’s an elephant in the room..and it’s Chinese and it’s crapping all over the carpet

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Is that right? 60% thought we would win against Norwich City? Have you not watched NUFC this season? Where does that come from?

  • 27 manxpie // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    so 4 home games left but 2 are against man city and spurs
    and 1 away game which is winable against villa
    so 7 – 10 points is all i can see
    so not a chance unfortunately

  • 28 jimiley // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    We are gannin doon but there are two big positives.
    We are gannin doon with the mackems..
    We are gannin doon with Mr Ashley.

  • 29 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Rafa’s just been tinkering so far in all honesty and it’s not working. We are so poor that it was always going to take something more radical in selection and tactics to even give us a chance. And now it’s probably too late for that.

  • 30 jimiley // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    How can 60% think we will win today when we have only won two games away all season. We have lost 13 out of 16. Deluded fans. Zero wins out of 4 for Rafa. Not the sort of return we were hoping for. Still, he is earning well and can go in a months time. No stress.

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I and I got slated for saying we would get beat.
    and sadly I cannot see us winning another game.
    Players are shot don’t want the ball, don’t run past there man.
    Pedantic slow slow slow pass back and another keeper who cannot kick the ball.
    Relegated with 27 points I reckon – 2 draws against Palace and Villa.

    How’s about Raf throwing the towel in – saying I cannot work with this lot of losers – who basically don’t give a stuff.

    As for Rafa why did he drop Lascalles for that numpty Taylor.

    And for there first goal did you see Sissoko looked like he closed his eyes and dived forward hoping the ball would hit him or the ref gave a foul.

    ARGHHHHHH we’re Shite

  • 32 BeeGuy // Apr 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Damn, they scored 3, which I expected. I just did not think NUFC could score 2. Kept me watching while I paid the bills and cleaned my office. One more loss and I can sit back and enjoy the games rather than worrying how the mags will stay up.

  • 33 NoahJ // Apr 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    I really like Benitez, but:

    1) he needs to come out and explain to the fans why he thought starting Cisse (who has played about 15 minutes of football for months) was a better decision to starting Mitro (who was one of about 3 players who looked interested against sunderland, and who scored). Cisse’s miss on 51 minutes was unforgiveable

    2) he needs to commit his long-term future to the club one way or the other; I don’t think he’ll stay if we go down, but this uncertainty is a bit of a farce

  • 34 NoahJ // Apr 2, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    My thoughts on relegation:

    – I know there’s the whole ‘become a leeds/ blackburn’ argument, but seriously, how is living season after season of clinging on, gross mismanagement, ridiculous taking advantage of fans, and downright ignorance any better?

    – we can FINALLY clear out the players who think they are better than they are and also don’t really want to play for this club: cisse, sissoko, janmaat, coloccini, krul. I literally don’t even care about wijinaldum either- he’s gone missing far too many times

    – we can start to rebuild around players who actually do show some fight: Perez, mitro (praying they’ll stay) + armstrong, aarons, etc

  • 35 only one bobby robson // Apr 2, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Ah well gents championship here we come next years team looks good to me

    Anita. Lacselles. Mbabu. Dummett


    Perez. Shelvey. Colback. Aaron’s


  • 36 U.S Magpie // Apr 2, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Well Fellow Tooners, we are royally phucked and not just phucked, proper phucked Tommy. This of course is something that could have been fixed back in December or after the lets see where we are after 13 games speech. How is it that the fans know what we need and the fans know what we don’t need but the board have no phucking idea. Mike yes you gave money for the club so purchase players and a man of your word this season, the issue is you left an idiot in charge surrounded by more idiots. Watching the game today we look so much better playing to up front and can score goals, but when you have to really now and of the defense to stop goals we come up shorter than every team apart from Villa. Dutch international getting turned like a school boys and Taylor turning his back on the ball ( what a phucking whimp ). In a relegation fight Taylor you go into everything like your life depends on it and not worry if the ball hits you in the face. I say we are down for sure, only the biggest miracle in sports history will save us from relegation. And honestly I don’t think we have any left in the bag, but if Sir Bobby is looking down on St James park and has any influence over getting a miracle for the club then Sir Bobby please do your best. Yes Toon fans, I am asking for someone that’s dead to help our club, he probably will have more influence on future proceeding’s. Rest in peace Sir Booby.

  • 37 jimiley // Apr 2, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Rafa would have been a great signing in August when his considered incremental style would bear fruit over the course of a season. He does not suit a team with a bunch of wasters who need a kick up the arse. Big time. He is not a motivational coach a la Keegan and it was a keegan type coach we needed to sign. It is too late now. The players have given up.

  • 38 jimiley // Apr 2, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Almost doomed Ed? Another broken straw to grasp. We are going down and will stay down for a number of years. Hopefully Ashley will clear off when we do not come straight back up.

  • 39 jon.c // Apr 2, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    I was ashamed to be a Newcastle supporter at the way our fans kept the ball as Norwich waited to take their freekick what a childish way to behave blame them for the goal

  • 40 stripes1009 // Apr 2, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Yet another defeat when the Ref was Mike Dean……anyone notice this?

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