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Newcastle’s Terrible Start Because Of This – Hopefully

8:25 am, Sunday, August 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Who would have thought when the Championship League fixtures came out and we saw we were away to Fulham and at home to Huddersfield in the first two games that we would lose both those games.

Both those opposing clubs have won both their opening games.

If Newcastle cannot get their act together rather quickly, we will be playing catch-up once the August fixtures are over and we still have three league games and an EPL cup game to play.

Cheltenham may even be fancying their chances against us a week on Tuesday.

gayle scores aftre penalty saved huddersfield

Dwight Gayle heads in after his penalty was blocked

Things are not unlike what they were last year around this time, when it had been positive in the summer with the club spending some big money on new players, but once the season started we drew at home to Southampton and then lost away at Swansea.

This time around we lost 1-0 at Fulham and 2-1 yesterday at home to the Terriers and our same old problems are there – we find it difficult to score goals and our defense continues to leak goals.

All three goals conceded so far this season have been preventable.

Two years ago we got 4 points from the first 7 games and last season we got 3 points from the first 8 games before we got our first wins of the season.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long this season before we win a league game.


The thing that seems to be happening is that while it’s fine to bring in 8 new players and let 9 players leave the club, it also means we have a new team and it could take some time for the players to gel and start playing well together.

Rafa concentrated on the coaching during the summer and limited the travel of the squad so he could have the team playing well together before the start of the season.

We have been beaten and have even deserved to lose our first two games and it’s exactly what we didn’t want to happen – we were all hoping to get off to a good start.

The goal this season is to get immediately promoted back to the Premier League and if we cannot do that, it will be another tragedy at the level it was last season when we were relegated.

Last season the powers that be said we simply couldn’t get relegated and miss out the massive new money the Premier League is paying out over the next three years.

But rhat’s what happened even though the club paid out a massive £80M for new players last summer and in January.

We have to hope that Rafa can turn things around quickly and that this is only a temporary and initial blip this season.

If it isn’t, there is a lot more pain in store for the long-suffering Newcastle supporters.

Most fans this morning are in complete shock at the result yesterday.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    I don’t mind getting beat but it is the manner we get beat. If the players showed as much passion commitment to the cause as Ritchie did when he came on then we will be alright – as for the rest it looked like a Sunday afternoon kick-about in the park.

    I know there are a lot of new players time to Gel – but I would like to see a lot more passion and drive

    Did anyone sees a leader out there yesterday – someone who organised shouted at players – I certainly didn’t.

    Hopefully Rafa has it sorted for Wednesday night – as I said yesterday before the match I was worried about our forwards whoever he played and I can see Rafa having the same problem Wednesday.

    Anyway way to get Sunday papers – should be a laugh!!!

  • 2 jazzyp // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Edd we have spent 40 odd million mate on new players yet the same problems still persist .
    No creativity at all yesterday and we just look lost for ideas.
    Still we fail to address the left back position and continue to play a centre back at left back.
    Still we continue to use utility players rather than signing a designated player to play in one position and one position only.

  • 3 jazzyp // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    To be honest a massive worry is who do we play up front ??
    Perez looks shot.
    Gayle….well i can see why Palace sold him.
    Arma looks like he could do with another year out on loan, So who does that leave us with.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Moanster – man you are one angry dude.
    Might be an idea not to use the blog to vent any issues you have.
    you are not reading what others say, your hate campaign against Benitez is not needed at this stage of the season and has not attracted any/much support.
    Your posts are now all “I told you so” posts of a braggardly tone.

    You issue orders about not laughing -wow Comedy Police as well.
    You man King Percy was beaten yesterday so you lash out.
    You need to redirect your anger – maybe learn a few dance moves – could become the next Michael Flatley.
    Irish Jig combined with the King Percy Dance Routine would lift your spirits. Chill.
    “Get down and do dem funky moves”.

  • 5 Jib // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM


    Sorry to interrupt your stream of consciousness

  • 6 jazzyp // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    Yeah that looks like a bag full of goals to win us the Championship dude.

    Well done for pointing another useless statistic out…….clap……clap F@cking clap

  • 7 Jib // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    4 Mister Tuff // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:44 AM
    Your posts are now all “I told you so” posts of a braggardly tone.

    No they are not

    Mr Tuff partake in a discussion by all means – feel free you are welcome so to do – but leave the schoolyard stuff out and grow up.

  • 8 cyprus // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    ‘Rafa concentrated on the coaching during the summer’…

    Ed, actually no, mate. You more than anyone was championing the old style, Ferguson style, one man band management. Where Rafa was handling everything, from paint at Benton, to …

    Think symphony orchestra. No one man, no matter how gifted can emulate that.

    Back to the drawing board.

  • 9 hibbitt // Aug 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    never posted after the was just so disappointed with the game the result and Rafa
    fair do’s to the gallowgate they put on a show but then to be served up that crap just added insult to injury
    100% agree with charlie and jazzy same old crap
    only signing that looks worth the money MOM Ritchie
    one more point that charlie has made but is worth repeating why are we so lightweight its turning into a big problem the way teams bully us
    one very disappointed fan

  • 10 Carl819 // Aug 14, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Takes about 8 games for a team to play the way a manager wants, as shown last season ending with our best unbeaten run for ages. This is a new team and it’ll need to settle in. Rafa has won everything in the domestic game and people want him sacked already, football geniuses. Better odds on Newcastle getting promoted now, get yourself to the bookies and make a killing.
    Oh yeah, booing is really gonna’ help.

  • 11 The next Mike Williamson // Aug 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    When u look at our options in an attacking sense only Ritchie and mitrovic have been getting regular games over the last few years. Gayle could never get in pakaces team despite having zero competition and perez has been a bit part player. After those 4 what options do we have? At this rate we have start looking at gouffran and riviere. Benitez has completely forgot about attacking which this season is what we will be doing most of.

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