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Now A Shock Home Defeat – Lose 2-1 To Huddersfield

5:11 pm, Saturday, August 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

Newcastle did not play well today in front of a sold-out crowd of over 52,000 at St. James’ Park and so much for making St. James’ Park a fortress this season,  as we did not play well and lost our second league game – this time 2-1 to Huddersfield – we will be near the bottom of the Championship tonight.

It has now been a disastrous start to the league for Newcastle and you cannot even say that Fulham and Huddersfield are two of the best sides in the Championship and it could well become another long hard season for Newcastle – but this time in the England second division.

That would be really shocking if that happens – we have had enough pain over the last two and a half years at Newcastle.

🙁 🙁 🙁

afa benitez after huddersfield loss

A stern looking Rafa Benitez at the end of the game today

Newcastle did not play well in the first half and again – just like at Fulham – the Newcastle defense went to sleep just before half time and Huddersfield scored through Wells in stoppage time for the first half – so we were 1-00 down at the break – just like at Fulham.

The team was booed off the field at the half on a day that was supposed to get us on track with an easy 3 points, but it didn’t turn out to be like that.

Newcastle started better in the second half with Matt Ritchie coming on for Rolando Aarons, and after 60 minutes we got a penalty and  Gayle’s spot kick was saved but he followed up to head the ball home and put the two sides level at 1-1.

So you would have thought Newcastle could have gone on to win this game but no – after 82 minutes Payne scored after finding some space on the right.

Time ran out and amazingly we could even be bottom of the league tonight.

We are going to get panned by the pundits – that’s for sure.

So that’s two defeats in two games – and three goals conceded and only one scored – and that was through a penalty and we couldn’t even score cleanly from that.

We did not expect to start the season in this way and if Graeme Souness was right and that Newcastle go into a crisis after two successive defeats we’re in a crisis.

But at least this time the games come thick and fast and we are at home to Reading on Wednesday night, but Newcastle will first have to get their act together before we give too many points away this early in the season.

Indeed Rafa may have to keep some experienced players like Cheick Tiote and yes – even Moussa Sissoko – at the club for this season.

This is not turning out to be a walk in the park a lot of people expected.

Even more pain for Newcastle fans today.

But not the time to panic.

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76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AMEOBI // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Haha absolute tools slating Newcastle after 2 games in a total different league, yet you all thought we’d walk it. Reality lads.

    Yes we’ve the manager and team just takes time, give it time.

    Booing at halftime and full time is an absolute disgrace, embarrassing fans at times.

  • 2 mattyNUFC // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    tough to swallow

    but we’ve got to keep perspective; worst team in the PL last season. if we lose faith this early in Rafa and his project, there’s no way back.

    take it on the chin, move on to Reading and hope for reinforcements before the transfer window closes

  • 3 NUFCPaul // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    gorgonzola – what’s the absolute, definite result of the next game going to be then considering you’re such an amazing expert? Win, lose or draw?

  • 4 ShirebrookToon // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Well said ameobi

  • 5 89Norcal // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    people calling for Rafa’s head already. just double facepalm worthy

  • 6 hate // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Who is shocked? I’m already get used to it. Nothing has changed, just the big promises again… NEED a striker (Gayle-Perez nowhere near good) and a CREATIVE CAM. And stop playing Anita. This could be a good start to get some results.

  • 7 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Stop with all this it’ll come good nonsense ffs! Haven’t you learnt anything?

    That’s precisely what got us into a state last season.

    Urgency needed! When we stopped with the softly softly approach back end of last season, because it was now or never and reality couldn’t be ignored, we went on a little run towards the end. They rose to the challenge.

    We need to challenge them and call them out. Patience has been tried to death at this club and it never works!

    Get on their backs early, it’ll either make or break them. Can’t handle, ask for a move so we can get somebody that can. Though that’s another argument, because aside from Ritchie, Diame and possibly Hanley, I wouldn’t have bought any of the others. Recruitment has been poor.

    It’s up to us to do it because the dressing room is sorely lacking in those no nonsense types. Lascelles would be a good vice-captain under a more experienced head. He acts the part, but the pressure is clearly getting to him now he has been formally given the leadership role.

    Soothsayers – OUT!!

  • 8 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley
    August 13, 2016
    Why not just play this?

    _____________Sels
    Anita_Lascelles_Mbemba_Clark
    Ritchie_Diame_Shelvey_Gayle
    _____Gouffran_Armstrong

    We need to go for it, 4-2-3-1 doesn’t suit us.

  • 9 SUTTY1978 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    The comments are the same as when we lost against Watford at home last season, plenty of people saying “we have a new team, they need time to gel”. We had bought 4 new players, Watford had bought 15.
    Playing 4231 is killing us. Playing four defensive midfielders is killing us. Trying to score goals when you have no creative players is killing us. Complacency of players and manager that think we are too good for the league are killing us.
    442 – get out there and attack teams, it’s not rocket science

  • 10 mattyNUFC // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    gorgonzola, spoof, munster and a whole slew of others, you’re the reason this blog has been a cesspool the last few years. even if we’d nicked a win you’d be moaning about the means to that end.

    almost every win our last time round in the championship was scrappy. a few highlights, but we were made to work for every single one. this team is vastly inexperienced compared to that one; Butt, Smith, Barton, Nolan. no world beaters but seasoned professionals. it’s going to take this team a little more time, but i’m convinced we’ll get there

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I guess my point is we have played 2 matches and there are 44 left YMFB mate. I haven’t found a way to watch the matches so I’m not suffering through it the same way but I don’t give up after 2 matches. Yes, we will have to play better, that’s obvious. There will be issues for a few weeks but the window isn’t even closed yet. We have Mitro and Krul to come in as well. I’ve been harping on about getting a senior striker for what seems like forever as well. The club should have pegged out the money required to get one weeks ago.

  • 12 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Its only 1 game, its only 2 games, its only 10 games, its only 25 games, its only relegation.

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Match day hilarity. A coop full of headless chickens ha ha

    WE’RE DOOMED! DOOOOOOMED I TELLS YA!!

  • 14 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Anybody else glad there were no match streams? 🙂

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Over here supporters who give up and boo their own club are despised. Some of you should take a good look at yourselves. Do you want Rafa out? Because you certainly sound like you do. Then what? Turn the club back over to Ashley and Charnley? You lot must be mad to even think about booing and whining at this point.

  • 16 lukes26 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    from listening to the game, it sounded like Ritchie was the ‘best player’ even though he was a sub

  • 17 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    So there was booing today? Classy. Maybe the booing will make rafa think twice about the so-called love of the fans that made him stay? The ‘fans’ who did that should boo themselves for their own stupid expectations. They built it up, not benitez.

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Gorgonzola grow a set and get behind your club.

  • 19 Our Toon // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Anita playing RW and Ritchie on the bench today, this is the Rafa who failed at madrid, Napoli and inter rather than the one of Liverpool and Valencia. He needs to stop tinkering and play his best XI

    Forresteri has been left out of the squad for tonight’s game, he’s not travelled with Sheff Wed. Could he be on his way?

  • 20 Budge123 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Flags looked good.
    First five mins great atmosphere but then fans realised nowt on pitch to cheer.
    Very poor and nothing creative.
    2nd half a shade better but not much.

    Need to turn things round sharp – performance and results or the flags will all be Rafa out ones!

  • 21 Grumpy // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    A new low…

  • 22 Munster Mag // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    There’s no point us wanting wide skillful wingers if rafa is going to persist with 4231. 442 or 4132 would surely help us, especially at home. Lascelles as captain and gayle in the iconic number 9 jersey may be bad moves. Time will tell. Glad we are home against mighty Reading next. Dare we dream of a few goals, shackles off?

  • 23 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Ed . There’s nothing “shock” – related to the defeat, both teams were unknown quantities. The problem is just nufc fans who have believed their own “bounce back” hype.

  • 24 Belfast // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Gorgonzola is beyond help. Theeeeeee most depressing poster in history.

  • 25 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Rafa is not the answer the way he sets his teams other can see we need two up top but he will not change so rafa is deffo not the man for this should have been pearson he would have layed in to them but to late now

  • 26 JamesToon // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    I don’t get people saying 4231 doesn’t work for us, Rafa has used It for 10+ years, and look at the trophies he’s won, and not just that, Huddersfield played 4231 ffs!

    The players clearly nervous and lacking confidence, the likes of Lascelles who have made mistakes and played poorly need to pick themselves up dust themselves off and improve, and show that they’re better than this.

    I’m going to the game v Bristol and just hoping to god I don’t see the same crap served up again.

    Hope this is the starting XI v Bristol
    Sels
    Gamez, Mbemba, Lascelles, Galloway
    Shelvey, Hayden
    Ritchie, Forrestieri, Aarons
    Gayle

  • 27 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    We need players with more pace. All our central midfielders are box to box or defensive players. We need attacking midfielders and playmakers. All we had to do last season was to sign Raphael Guerriero to play instead of Dummett and then we would’ve stayed up. He’s now at Dortmund. Should’ve snapped him up. We need someone like Aly Cissokho who can run at the right backs. Resigning Obertan should be considered. But, like I said, we can lose the first 10 games and win the remaining 36 to win the league.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism of the club. But the sky is falling malarkey is ridiculous. Any supporter of another club visiting the blog would laugh themselves silly. Let’s give it time to gel. I still say we’ll know a lot about the team we have after the first 10 matches. If we’re down near the bottom by then, well it will be very difficult for Rafa to keep things optimistic. As it stands he’ll be very concerned. You can certainly count on that.

  • 29 Belfast // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Apparently Forresteri had refused to travel but apparently it’s from twatter so don’t be getting yer hopes up.

  • 30 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    How do soothsayers propose we concentrate the minds of not just the players, but also Rafa? He sure needs it just as much, getting way too caught up in the mindset of some nebulous project instead of the immediacy of the situation.

    It’s already been said, but imagine Pardew or McClaren picking those teams and setting us up like that in the 2 games to date, there’d be hell on. Rafa seems to get a free pass as if it’s all part of some master plan to be slowly revealed as the season unfolds. Bollocks! Unfortunately it isn’t, he’s got it wrong on most counts so far this season.

    We’ve played a team that sold 38 goals of talent in comparison to their previous season and another with 12 new players.

    No excuses.

  • 31 Moonraker15 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Where’s Forestieri off too?

  • 32 GEORDIE69 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Dear Rafa,

    I love you, but please get rid of your awful formation and use 4-4-2 so that we can dominate matches or we will probably be relegated with your awful formation.

    Kind regards,

    Chris Miller

  • 33 Belfast // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Apparently apparently so

  • 34 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    How about this team:

    Sels

    Janmaat Mbemba Clark Galloway

    Ritchie Sissoko Tiote Knockeart

    Gouffran Riviere

  • 35 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    GeordieTwo

    I have been with this club for a very long time. Supporters who wine and moan how the “negative” fans are out there please realise that not everybody is as ignorant to the decay of this club perhaps as you are.

    I am with this club in the Championship which is more that I can say for a list of ppl that used to comment on here so please do yourself a favour and leave our approach alone.

    I have proof as to why I or we are upset. There has not been a shred of evidence to show me from NUFC on the pitch that we are improving if anything we are decaying further and its upsetting.

    Wrong team choice again today, I am not sure what the top brass are thinking but we need quality over quantity now. 10000 Hayden’s are not going to win you games.

    Team lost at HOME to Huddersfield Town FFS give me a break.

  • 36 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Ameobi u want to wake up and get in the real world

  • 37 Our Toon // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Belfast

    He hasn’t travelled for the game that’s a certainty, hopefully rafa pulls his finger out and we get him

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Runaway777 stop with the nonsense. There’s nothing wrong with Rafa as a manager. He has already done some tremendous things at the club. He’s honest for one thing. He’s already rebuilding the roots of the club. The relationship with the supporters has improved a huge amount. He’s bringing in decent young’uns. Just stop all the doom and gloon. It’s just ridiculous and pathetic.

  • 39 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Matty

    What on earth convinces you? What have you possibly seen that gives you confidence that we can get promoted? The only hope I see is the January window, the current window and the fact that there are still 44 games left. Other then that we look like a team that has just been promoted to the championship, playing in fear of the opponent when we’re the ones with 52,000 fans cheering us on. At the moment it’s pathetic, regardless of new signings needing time, that’s the same with most clubs in this league. We are staying at a long hard season and if I’m honest I would probably say we will finish in 15th which will most likely see Rafa leave in January. Then, the championship will be our home for a majority of years until we are nothing but a shadow of our former selves. The club that teams face and be like, ‘wow, this used to be a huge club like Leeds, it’s so sad how badly they declined. Did y’know they used to be able to attract the likes of Rafa to manage there club?’. The future is looking bleak, a rather large contrast to many people’s hopes at the start of the season. We need to turn this around because we have always been a confidence club, when the players lose confidence we get worse until we’re in a pit that we can’t get out. Our only silver linings last year were getting in a new manager which increased confidence levels, but who wants Rafa out now? We don’t have that option, so he better get these players motivated otherwise we will be watching a repeat of last season.

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Most of us on here have followed and supported the club for a long time gorgonzola. You don’t have proof of anything. You have an opinion based on 2 matches. That’s all it is.

  • 41 AMEOBI // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Runaway

    I’m in the real world, supporting my club.

  • 42 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Time to gel? Huddersfield town has 12 new players so PLEASE ENOUGH with that crap. West Ham had the entire core ripped out as Bilic came with new players they where off from the word go so please.

    Please don;t give me the time to gel crap. Its crap.

  • 43 manxpie // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Haha well at least the scum are already down

  • 44 Ron Knee // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Yes, and I blame Rafa for Nitro’s red card!

  • 45 illusionerx // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Can anyone just list down the users who are posting negative comments? I just wonder if things started to turn around where you all be? If you are that negative, why not provide some of your “professional” solutions to the team? If you are that good, why not just sack Rafa and you take over his position?

  • 46 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Tsunki

    Benitez sure as shite built it up too. Many a quote out there of him speaking about things beyond this season. Yeah he always added the caveat about concentrating on this season, but it still translates as not being solely grounded in the here and now.

    Hoots not once remarked about more than the next game, ever. His interviews and post-match got boring and repetitive, he chose his words very carefully, but it did the job necessary and kept everybody grounded and focused.

    I suppose just the fact it’s Rafa in the Champ, players, manager and fans alike getting ahead of themselves was inevitable, even if he never did personally allude to the future, was bound to happen.

    I remember the sense of apprehension and of the fight to come last time. This time all the pre-season fluff created a sense of entitlement and expectation.

  • 47 mattyNUFC // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    YMFB

    what’s that about 1000 words? not to disregard your entire post, but I am

    my only response would be:

    there is no one left to save us. no hero around the corner. that was and is supposed to be Rafa, because past him, there is nothing but freefall. So, instead of becoming bogged down by the negativity, i look for the very faint positives at this point; Ritchie, the fact that we have two other hopefully solid CBs in if Jamaal can’t cut it; an enterprising midfielder in Diame; the promise of more signings that can hopefully only improve the squad; Rafa’s experience to soldier through this learning curve

    anyway, there’s been enough negativity associated with this club over the past decade. I’m choosing to see what positives i see, and hoping for the best

  • 48 dannitoon // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    FFS wat a shite report.. why not go n hang yaself..

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Talking about the January window when the summer window hasn’t even closed is ridiculous YMFB. If Rafa gets forced out by the whinge brigade, including many on here then we really will have a disaster on our hands because Ashley is waiting in the wings. Talking about finishing 15th after 2 matches?

  • 50 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    I expected Benitez to sign Spanish La Liga prayers, but instead he’s gone for too many British championship standard players. The only two I approve is Ritchie and Diame.

  • 51 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Geordie whats he done wheres our points dont tell me to pipe down come back when he wins something

  • 52 geordie157 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Sounds like its either us or derby who’s so say tapped up Forresteri, would be a good signing.

    Go get him and assombalonga!

  • 53 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Anyways, I’m off out to get some gash. Gunna start off slow, but pounce later on when everyone’s slashed. The best way to sink a defeat in is to get your end away.

  • 54 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    GeordieTwo

    2 matches. Sorry I have an opinion on watching the club for over 30 years. I have an opinion based on the fact that we got relegated, on the fact we lost the best players and haven’t replaced them with anything but players to make the numbers.

    I have an opinion from the play that I have seen and heard from the commentary that its poor with no attacking zest or creativity. I have an opinion having seen our defence being rubbish for the last I don’t know how long.

    Bottom line I have a justified opinion. I don’t go around commenting and patronising to you because you feel we are doing great. You feel we are doing great good for you lay off my comments.

  • 55 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Rafa will get credit off me when we start wining geardie till then he’s done nowt

  • 56 mattyNUFC // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    geordie157

    those two signings would go a long ways i feel

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Runaway do the same as Gorgonzola. Grow a pair and get behind your club. Come back when Rafa has won something? Hahahahahaha. He is one of most winning managers in Europe. That’s why people were so excited when he came to us. That hasn’t changed. We’ve lost 2 matches that’s all..

  • 58 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Ketsbaia9

    Agreed…..feeling the same. Completely blown away by the lack of quality in our signings. Done nothing for me.

  • 59 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Geordie two not getting your own way lot of people think the same way as me

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    It’s all right Gorgo, calm down. Someone will be in with your meds shortly. Say anything you want on here. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say when we start winning.

  • 61 Jib // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Brighton and Hove Albion star Anthony Knockaert has insisted he is happy at the club amid reports of interest from Newcastle United.

  • 62 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Not happy. Give the french players a chance. Riviere has pace. He just needs confidence. He’ll tear this league apart.

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    It’s got nothing to do with any of us getting our own way Runaway. It’s all about the club’s success. That includes providing support in the difficult times. If you want to help chase Rafa out be my guest.

  • 64 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Re-sign Medhi Abeid

  • 65 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Hail no matter what’s said, the sense of entitlement built up out of the sheer simplicity of having bagged Benitez as a manager. Are you saying he should have been downbeat about the changes he was making? I can’t remember a soundbite where “we are going to win every game in style” was mentioned.

    Two games in with a transitional squad and already “We should have got Pearson”. It’s pure Kafka at times. The comedy is desperately hewn from incredulity.

  • 66 bettyswallocks // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    This is worrying for sure. We are going to need some creativity in midfield or we can forget promotion this season.

  • 67 Pat On The Heed // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Hail. No excuses but what do you propose be done about it? Sack the manager? Bench the egos? Boo at the stadium? All knee jerk stuff and triggers more self destruction.

    Last time we were relegated we didn’t buy anyone, apart from hand loven k a permanent contract. This is half a new team, and the other half were just relegated. The confidence was brittle and probably blown apart now.

    There is an obvious short fall in terms of striking options. I’m writing off Arma, rivière this season as anything other than wild cards. Mitro was still missing sitters every week into March, so we can’t rely on him. I would have kept Cisse but given he’s gone, we need
    one maybe two similar proven finishers, and to start loaning out the fringe players.

  • 68 NUFCPaul // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Kets – that ‘getting some gash’ comment is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here. You really do live in a little fantasy land. Enjoy those Saturday night repeats of Top Gear on the Dave channel while eating a reheated curry from last night.

  • 69 welshgeordie9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    I hope Benitez don’t come out with judge me after 10 games.

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Two games gone and have been poor in both, so what makes you think we will be good anytime soon, there’s more players to get rid of not just gourffran and rivière.

  • 71 msk21dec // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Back door man.. dont get me wrong i loved 4231 when protugal played it in euro2000 against england.. with Figo, Rui costa etc running the show and Real Madrid with the team of Raul and mcmanaman and Redondo played it to the letter but nowadays all managers playing it don’t have a clue. The formation to play is 442 for Newcastle players especially if you got british players as your core as newcastle have done for this championship season.
    I think after transfer window closes rafa will slowly get a settled side but this will take a good few games. so as a newcastle fan all i will be hoping is we get a top 6 finish either auto or play offs. no way will we walk this league like everyone thought it will be very close. only because rafa thinks he’s too clever for this division. he is not and he needs to play players in the right formation in their favoured positions no more messing about. over to you rafa. also young players like aarons etc aint gonna improve or play well unless they get a run of games to get into a rhythm. i.e. when ever sissoko or wijnaldum or janmaat have crap games they always play and stay on but players like aarons and armstrong get subbed and dropped thats why we never see the best of them.

  • 72 kimbo // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    We lost today because the useless spanish waiter played Anita. Any manager plays this crap slow player who passed the ball back everytime aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Please please never play Anita again.

  • 73 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    It’s not a fantasy thing though. I’ve pulled 8 girls on a night out before. Hoping to do the same tonight,

  • 74 jimmygscot // Aug 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Forget about promotion this season.This squad is useless. I am having doubts about Rafa we have needed a LB and a striker from the word go.
    Gayle couldnt even score from the spot. pathetic.
    They are not even workmanlike. they are so slow.
    Aaaaarrrgh

  • 75 Mag52 // Aug 13, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I sense some double standards on here when bloggers are complaining about a few boos at the end of today’s game.
    If the team perform poorly then boos are in order. During the last couple of seasons, boos following the final whistle would have been applauded by all those who couldn’t stand McClaren or Pardue.
    A bad performance is a bad performance, and just because we have Rafa in charge, that shouldn’t be any reason to hold back on criticism by those who have paid good money to watch it.

  • 76 KevinLee // Aug 13, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Don’t fking use Lascelles again!!!!!




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