Newcastle 3 Nottingham Forest 1 – Highlights For Overseas Fans

Here’s the early edition of the video highlights which shows around the world for all our fans overseas.

A good 3 points tonight but the display was mediocre – room for improvement.

20 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #1


    Apologies mate I didn’t mean to come across as rude and ignorant mate. I do think for some odd reason you won’t have a bad word uttered about tactics or selections though…..puzzled as to why that is?

    As for Rafa failing, some are waiting and biding there time for this to happen, why I have no clue at all but he doesn’t help himself the way he sets up at home, and with his insistence to play Perez who is utterly shocking at this level.

    You used to be fair and balanced but since rafa has come in you’ve changed very quickly… it just the stature of Rafa or do you believe he’s making the right selections weekly?

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Karl Darlow 7 – Solid display from the goalkeeper who would be disappointed to have conceded but did his job otherwise.
    DeAndre Yedlin 7 – A much better player than Anita at right-back. The American linked up well with Matt Ritchie on the right-hand side. Needs more minutes on the field.

    Jamaal Lascelles 5 – He was at fault for the Forest goal and as captain needs to show a lot more than just leadership at the back.
    Ciaran Clark 6 – Mixed performance from the former Aston Villa man who looked all over the shop in the first half. He produced a lovely assist for Gayle’s first goal of the night.

    Paul Dummett 4 – Hard worker who is not good in the long run for the Magpies. The left-back simply cannot provide the threat Benitez’ side require.

    Matt Ritchie 7 – He was lucky with his deflected free-kick but the winger did well to provide a threat on the right-hand side. Ritchie in particular linked up well with Yedlin which is going to bode well for the future.

    Jack Colback 2 – Another poor showing from the 27-year-old midfielder who was unable to spark the game into life. He needs to pass the ball forward a lot more and be that driving force in the absence of Jonjo Shelvey.
    Isaac Hayden 4 – Without Shelvey next to him in midfield, Hayden’s performances have looked a lot worse. As a midfielder, he must help build up the play and provide an attacking threat. Just like Colback, he failed to pass the ball forward.

    Christian Atsu 7 – The pacy winger caused Matty Cash problems all evening as he constantly tried to make something happen in the game. Whether it be his direct runs or shots at goal, he tried to make a difference.

    Ayoze Perez 3 – Seemed anonymous throughout the 90 minutes. The Spaniard did not just produce a poor display in this game, but he has done this throughout the campaign. It is fair to say Benitez would be better off selling him in January.

    Dwight Gayle 8 – He didn’t get into the game as much as he would have liked, but he was still a threat to the opposition. Gayle got into the right positions to score both his goals, including a nice volleyed finish.

    here we can see the point why some fans wanted Dummett, Colback and Perez out, insted of them Mbemba,Diame/Anita,Mitro….
    because for sure they cant be worse than them

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    haha, what was that GK doing? 😀 😀

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Slow down a tad Ed, you’re forcing us to repost………

    Before I say anything, I haven’t been to a match for years so can’t comment with any authority on games.
    However, as an avid reader of this blog, I often wonder what goes on in some folks’ minds.
    Having been close to being relegated last season as a result of board and management incompetence, the powers that be were forced by the realisation that it would severely affect Ashley’s investment, to change their approach to running a football club and appointed (and subsequently retained) a manager with international credibility. When Rafa couldn’t stave off relegation, fans were seemingly desperate that he stay with Newcastle United and rebuild the club with a view to on-field success. It was fans’ desire to retain Rafa that he said it was that that convinced him to stay.
    He has made massive changes at the club by among other things starting an almost total rebuild of the first team squad. What Rafa lacked though was first hand experience in the Championship.

    So, unlike Hughton say, who has a few years experience in the Championship along with players he’s worked with for a while longer than the six months Rafa’s had, he’s started the promotion campaign from a difficult position. But nevertheless, Newcastle United is top, TOP of the League.

    Ok, some of the football may not have been pretty and we’ve lost some games we should’ve won.

    Now and sadly, it would appear that some posters are beginning to show signs of and voicing discontent with Rafa. Whilst agreeing that we’re all entitled to opine, it’s worrying that some seem to be falling out of love with Rafa. I find that astonishing.

    We’re winning more than we’re losing and top of the league and on course for promotion. But, Rafa’s style and his lack of playing time for a fan favourite in Mitro seems to be turning fans against him. Is the love that was there for Rafa fading? In six months?

    If it is fading and that that disaffection becomes too vociferous, there’s a real risk that the love that persuaded Rafa to stay at Newcastle United may yet persuade him that he’s no longer appreciated and leave.

    To the small proportion who voice and write of their displeasure, please step back, look back and then try to see the potential that Rafa could deliver.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Just one of those games that we had to win tonight!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Here’s my expert opinion,
    Good three points, made it very difficult for ourselves.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #7

    How can you give a Charlie in the Gallowgate analysis from the radio, unless of course a stream turned up?

  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s the goalkeeper that was on loan at Wigan a few years ago absolutely woeful.

    Remember jumpers for goalposts years ago ? Well he was always a goalpost.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #9

    The lack of obvious paragraphing in my previous post’s down to and in no particular order…

    Poor copying/ pasting lost the line spacing and ……….. a few very tasty Singletons. *hic*

  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Serbian a think ? Terrible keeper.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #11

    The biggest disappointment this campaign is ayoze perez. What has gone wrong with him? Will you sell him in January before his price dips further due to abysmal performance like yesterday?

  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Pretty sure he went to the dogs after signing a new long term contract.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Perez is a mystery of a player there was times in the premiership where he looked a proper player and maybe because of this teams are trying to mark him out of the game in the championship!

    Think when we go up next season he will get one more chance in the premiership and then Rafa will either replace him or he will be used as a reserve

  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #14

    1 Feb 2016 – AYOZE PEREZ has quadrupled his salary with his new five-and-a- half year deal at Newcastle. The Toon have staved …


  • lochinvar

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Perez is a real conundrum. Is he missing his Mum or something? Or does he just need to eat more red meat and go the gym more ?
    What’s obvious is that he’s lacking any fight. Most of the time he’s ghosting around the wrong side of the opposition players and let’s them get away from him because he’s behind them and that lets them move forward more easily. He dwells on the ball and often fails to release a pass when needed and then looses possession.

    He’s better than that for sure but needs a real talking to so that he realises his potential not just for him but for the team as we need eleven on the pitch pulling together.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Has Ayose Perez really gone off the rails? If so, what’s brought that about?

    Could it be:

    * his wage hike’s gone to his head?

    * he’s playing (or seemingly not) for a move?

    * he’s been a flash in the pan?

    * he’s been Rafa’d?

    * he’s discovered high life?

    * the drink?

    * women?


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Just got in from match

    My take on proceedings – nowt different from Monday night except the result. Started off ok got lucky with first goal then total shite until there player got sent off.

    Can’t get my head around why RAFA plays one up front at home – Gayle who got hammered all night – needs a partner to take some weight off his shoulders.

    home line-up tactics sorry RAFA – inept – sorry back passes to Darlow hoof up to Gayle our lone striker – five foot nothing to head the ball – NO! whole team could not tackle – frightened I don’t know but most tackles Forest won – There no 22 Kasami was a powerhouse

    Now I know why Clark and Lascelles don’t pass the ball forward – they can’t.

    Started with two many lightweight midgets – Atsu, Perez, Gayle, Ritchie, Yedlin who got knocked off the ball time and time again.

    Merit marks

    Darlow 7 did nowt wrong but his distribution kicking was poor wish our defenders would come short to get roll-out from him.
    Yedlin 7 best of our defenders going forward – BUT cannot tackle
    Clark 5 – Poor at best to slow to many sideways passes and today couldn’t head the ball to save his life
    Lascalles – 5 as above ditto in everything he did.
    Dummett – 5 tackled well but distribution woeful except for one cross but no one gambled to get on the end.
    Ritchie – 7 MOM probably our best player tonight but still way below his best
    Colback – 6 did ok but his tackling was poor mistimed a lot and gave the ball away in dangerous positions.
    Hayden – 4 thought he was awful tonight looked like he could not be bothered wandered around the pitch like Shola looks a lost cause without Shelvey.
    Perez – 2 woeful – to easy knocked off the ball – only showed up last ten minutes.
    Gayle 7 ploughs a lone furrow up front – touch of class his first goal but needs to be stronger.

    Diame 7 what we needed when he came on showed bit of fight carried the ball and with that the TOON upped their game
    Mitrovich 5 what does he have to do to get a start – playing shit pumping long high balls upfield and still does not get on until the last 5 minutes. Me if I was Mitrovich I would be banging the boss’s door down to get a start,.
    Lazar 5 showed frustration at the end when no one moved to take a pass – get used to it pal

    RAFA 5 –
    did not like his team selection – far to many lightweight players to play in this league and only one up front

    Ref 4 poor made some strange decisions

  • CAC

    Dec 31, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Good to get the three points even though we didn’t play our best. Keep the wins coming and we can worry about style points when we’re back in the Prem.

    Ayoze seems to have totally lost it. I thought for sure this year he would make positive steps forward. Sure he is undersized and all, thought his quickness coupled with Mitro taking some pressure off him up front he would do well. I think Ayoze may be a player that is not really a ten in Rafa’s system but he isn’t really a lone striker either. I think he might do well up front with a big bodied target man, but as we know that isn’e Rafa’s system.

    I don’t understand how any fan can question anything Rafa has done to this point. He has us up top and now 10 points clear of third. Unlike the last three managers we’ve had I know that Rafa sees the issues we see and will do something about it. Since I’m in the states I can’t go to the games, but I hope that the smattering of boos I hear on TV from time to time are not indicative of the overall mood at St. James’. Get behind the team and get behind Rafa. 22 games to promotion!

  • magpie6699

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Funny how people score the players Toonfan8. I thought Atsu was dreadful and you gave him 7. Almost every attempted pass of his went astray, he couldn’t beat a man and I only remember one decent cross. On the other hand, Perez was average to me, not hopeless 3. He had one terrific run, took the ball from the halfway line on break-outs and used it and got in a fair few challenges (and fouls but why not!). I would have given him a 5. Thought Diame brought a sense of calm and purpose when he came on.

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Thats rating from internet, I havent seen the match. That is from one article


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