Another Shock Home Defeat In Front Of Sell-Out Crowd

This was Newcastle’s sixth loss of the season and the fourth at home at St. James’ Park and in front of sell-out crowd of over 52,000 as Sheffield Wednesday won this game 1-0 and but for some great goalkeeping  by Karl Darlow it could have been even worse.

Wednesday deserved to win this game.

But this defeat should put an end to talk about Newcastle easily winning the Championship this season – as we seem to be prone to shock defeats at home this season.

We’ve now lost to Hudderfield, Wolves, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday at home.


Glenn Loovens heads home the winner

The winning goal came after 53 minutes when defender Glenn Loovens headed home what was his first goal in a league game since April 2012 and his first ever goal for Wednesday.

Newcastle missed Jonjo Shelvey and now for the next four games there could be some nervy times at the club as it looks like we will miss the creativity of Jonjo in the middle of the park.

Rafa may need to change the approach because there are games coming thick and fast over the holiday period.

Sheffield were a very physical side and that’s what Rafa had talked about in the pre-game interviews, so it was expected and the players didn’t deal with it well wuith the visiotors fouling again and again in the first half.

But that sounds like an excuse.

It was local lad Jack Colback, fit again after his eye injury,  who got the nod to replace Shelvey in the middle of the park and while Jack is a solid player – creativity is not one of his strengths.

Dwight Gayle had an early chance after 11 minutes but he hit the woodwork after being put though by Mo Diame, with goalkeeper Kieren Westwood just managing to push the ball onto the woodwork.

But then Wednesday showed their prowess as they went close a number of times with Karl Darlow producing a wonderful save from Steven Fletcher.

Wednesday were on top and Liam Palmer had a great chance to put the visitors ahead after getting past Paul Dummett but he shot over the bar.

Then center-back Ciaran Clark had a decent chance for Newcastle but he headed wide from a corner when he should have at least forced a save from the goalkeeper.

But the first half was disrupted by a number of fouls from the visitors and at the half it was 0-0 with the Owls showing they were a force to be reckoned with.

Four minutes into the second half and it was Karl Darlow who kept Newcastle in the game with a fantastic save – again from Darren  Fletcher.

But four minutes later Wednesday took a deserved lead after more heroics from Darlow and it was Loovens who headed home to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Newcastle tried to come back into the game and Gouffran almost scored with a header but the ball was only just wide of the post and then substitute Christian Atsu put in a great shot that Westwood tipped over the bar.

This was a defeat that was very painful and it was a very disappointing  result after Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds had all won today and therefore gained 3 points on Newcastle.

If Brighton can beat QPR in the early kickoff game tomorrow they will go 2 points ahead of Newcastle at the top of the Championship.

It also makes our home game against Nottingham Forest on Friday a really vital game – but Newcastle must get some creativity from somewhere for that game.

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Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Colback (Mitrovic 80); Ritchie, Diame (Perez 69), Gouffran (Atsu 63); Gayle.
Subs: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Mbemba

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Loovens, Pudil, Wallace (Nuhiu 90), Hutchinson, Bannan (Joao), Reach, Forestieri (Jones 80), Fletcher.
Subs: Wildsmith, Abdi, Joao, Hunt, Sasso

20 comments so far

  • TheBoss

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #1

    No pace , no passion , no movement & no idea’s just about sums that display up.. Could of made 6 or 7 subs at half time if allowed. Constant sideways passing along the back line simply proves there was no movement or they were all moving away from the ball , nobody went looking for it , making space…Could go on for hours but simply it was utter garbage… Looked like a park kick about… And it wasn’t even good enough to be piss poor.. at least having a piss gives you some relief ffs…

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Very well said by The Boss.But One disagreement I think saying it was like a park kick about ,probably flatters them. Any how they need to regroup and avenge the Forrest defeat big time next match & then go to Ewood and do the same.

  • jimmygscot

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    What did you expect with both Anita & Colback in the side. reminds me of the McLaren days.
    Can only blame Benitez no plan B without Shelvey.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #4

    One man team?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa needs to rest gayle he’s not god mitrovic who can score to but no its got to be gayle well fifa he’s weak

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa needs to read to them : What is a Football Club by Sir Bobby Robson & put some pride & passion into playing for this Club because I saw little of it tonight!

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #7


    Get the fullbacks forward. Get the ball into the box from wide areas.

  • toon kk

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #8

    We have always had two exstremes to our games and tonight was certainly the wrong one.

  • Bambams

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Mitro should be given a chance.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Too many hot & cold players like Diame. Brilliant one week but woeful the next.

  • chicousa

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Regrettable performance. Looked clueless in attack. Clearly missing any creative spark with Shelvey out, Colback ineffective and Hayden did not step forward to fill the Shelvey role either.
    Agree with those who would like to see a 4-4-2 with Mitro and Gayle up front, at least while Jonjo is out!
    The good news is that the transfer window is about to open and today provided dramatic evidence of where we need to strengthen: we need an attacking and creative central midfielder and a left winger!

  • AncientC

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Gayle seemed quite irked early in the game, unhappy that the midfield behind him were not pressing higher up the pitch. I am sure that will be worked on in training.

    I know it will never happen, but 4-3-3 could be an interesting option, if a drastic change is needed while Shelvey is out.


    Yedlin and Lazaar would naturally protect their flanks, being FBs by trade, but also offer pace going forward.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Got to really go for it against Forrest. After all they struggled to beat our nine & had 11 PLUS the Referee all game. Go 4 4 2 with Gayle & Mitro up top. At least that cheating ex Gooner won’t be playing.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #14

    We’re at our best when we get full backs forward, wingers come inside, and have creativity from deep.

    Lineup for blackburn:
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Lazaar
    Hayden Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran

  • kimbo

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Anita in the team what planet are people on.Tonight Rafa got it completely wrong, Perez was sh*te, Colback what the f**k , those players are the reason we got relegated. Dummet !!!@@@@@.
    Shelvey is the only Premier league class player apart from Lascelles and Clarke and maybe Darlow.

  • Belfast

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Like I said at half time Mitrovic for Colback and 4-4-2. The only time they looked uncomfortable was those last ten minutes. We just played into their hands for 80 minutes. We need to play Diame in the deeper role where he’s more comfortable.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #17

    A top team does not lose 4 games in the Championship with only half the season gone.
    And we really are struggling if we think Shelvey is a top player. I cannot understand why he is not man marked and rushed off the ball as he has no pace or engine. Every team in the Champioship gives him the freedom of the half way line to hit some great passes.. It would be totally different in the Premiership and then we would see how good he really is.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Dummett, Colback, Gouffran,Anita, Hayden and Diame. Premiership players??? Yeah, in a relegation team.

  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 26, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #19

    What a shower of Shite, sat here ready to watch a Newcastle game at home which is a treat in the states as we don’t get many games to watch for Newcastle at homes now there in the Championship. Well, how phucking stupid was I to think that Newcastle would actually turn up. Sorry Rafa but Colback and Anita together if you look at our history when those two play we don’t look any good. Colback looks amazing passing the ball sideways and backwards but the kid does not have a forward pass in his whole body. Why we didn’t have Diame playing there and put say Astu playing behind Gayle makes me scratch my head. As for the Ref, first half foresteiri fouled like six times and at least half were bookable and nothing, Hayden hit him once in the second half and received a booking, just another Ref not earning his pay check and being inconsistent. I hope Brighton win so that may put a fire under the arses of our so called professional footballers.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa is a top manager who deserves all the credit for getting the team where it is. There are only a handful of Premiership players in the squad worthy of the name and he gets more out of the team than the players are capable of as individuals. He is too cautious but he knows the players limitations and they are a bloody lot. There is a reason for his caution. He is too clever for us armchair managers. Even the really crap teams can give us a game but the managers tactics get wins when we would normally lose.


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