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


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.

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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 comments so far

  • AMEOBI

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #2

    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

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  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #3

    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?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said ameobi

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • hate

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    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!!

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #9

    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

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #13

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

    WE’RE DOOMED! DOOOOOOMED I TELLS YA!!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Anybody else glad there were no match streams? 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #17

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Gorgonzola grow a set and get behind your club.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #19

    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?

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  • Budge123

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20

    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!

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  • Grumpy

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    A new low…

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    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?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    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

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    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

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Where’s Forestieri off too?

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  • GEORDIE69

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32

    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

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Apparently apparently so

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #34

    How about this team:

    Sels

    Janmaat Mbemba Clark Galloway

    Ritchie Sissoko Tiote Knockeart

    Gouffran Riviere

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Belfast

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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