Another Shocking 1-0 Defeat For Newcastle

Newcastle  made a terrible start to 2007 by losing  for a second time this season to Blackburn Rovers with the winning goal coming with 16 minutes to go in the game and this was Newcastle’s 7th defeat in the league this season and eigth overall.

And in the last eight games in the league this was our 4th defeat and that set of results is simply not good enough if we want to be promoted.

And this was Blackburn’s first win since they beat Newcastle 1-0 on November 26th so this is a very poor result for the Magpies.

Isaac Hayden in action at Blackburn

And yes – it looks like we are missing Jonjo Shelvey a lot and that’s a weakness in the side.

The winner came from Charlie Mulgrew and with Brighton winning 2-1 at Fulham Newcastle are now two  points behind Brighton who have a game in hand on us.

This is not a good time to suffer a defeat with our next league game not being until Monday 16th January at Brentford – two weeks tonight and Jonjo Shelvey will still be missing from that game.

But Newcastle should have had this game wrapped up by ha;lf time, but once again we couldn’t take our chances and goalkeeper Jason Steele made some superb saves throughout the game.

It’s strange, but this is almost a repeat of the disaster at St. James Park when it was Mulgrew who also scored the only goal of the game late on – that time after 75 minutes.

Newcastle did get the ball in the net twice from Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark but both were disallowed and once again although Newcastle created chances we couldn’t score.

Mulgrew’s goal was direct from a free kick as he beat both the wall and goalkeeper Darlow to take the 3 points – and a double over Newcastle.

Striker Daryl Murphy was introduced late in the game to make his first appearance for Newcastle in the league but this is now the fifth defeat in the last nine games for Newcastle in all competitions – and we are getting too easy to beat.

Newcastle are starting to drop far too many points in the league with only 12 points from our last eigth league games.

But if you dont take your chances in a game this is what cvan happens – yet another shock defeat and this will hardly help our recruitment this month.


Blackburn: Steele; Nyambe (Evans, 63), Greer, Mulgrew, Williams; Conway (Gallagher, 42), Akpan, Lowe, Feeney; Emnes (Brown, 90), Graham.
Subs: Raya, Stokes, Mahoney, Bennett.

Newcastle: Darlow; Anita (Murphy, 86), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Colback (Perez, 75); Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran (Atsu, 84); Gayle.
Subs not used: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Mbemba.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 18,524 (6,943 Newcastle)

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21 comments so far

  • Steel Dust

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m starting to size up to the very real possibility we could blow promotion this year.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we may already have. Blackburn home and away. Sheff Wed at Home & Notts Forrest away when we finished with 9 & then got red cards reprieved.

  • Steel Dust

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    btw Ed, I wish it was the start of 2007, would still mean we had 5 months before Ashley arrived :))))

  • Australian Pie

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Darlow – 7 – was solid, not much work to do
    Anita – 6 – did defensively well but not penetrative enoigh in attack, prefer yedlin
    Lascelles – 6 – as usual
    Clark – 7 – las cells but helps in attack more
    Dummet – 5 – as usual
    Ritchie – 6 – As usual without his occasional creative flare
    Colback – 2 – cost us the game, never want to see him play again
    Hayden – 6.5 – great first half, poor second
    Diame – 6.5 – see Hayden
    Goufrann- 6 – His usual self
    Gayle – 6 – tough for him up solo against big back line

    Subs – can’t rate as not enough time or ball.

    Rafa – 5 – I like his consistency with the back line as it is keeping goals out but really needs to consider the teams he is putting out against certain opposition.

  • booboo

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #5

    i think the team played well waisted chances cost us the game today colback did well any one can make a mistake and is good player i think too many fans exspecting too much of him. but the gafa should have made changes early 3 points lost just cant wait too see shelvey back before the team below catch us….cmon rafa the team win and lose wit your decisions so i hope he wake up soon dont want a new manager just wanna see some new sh…experiment, formations , subs its all just static i expected and expect better.

  • chicousa

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Lacking quality in final 3rd. Not taking our chances when we get them. Conceding on a set piece. Sound familiar? Looking a lot like NUFC team circa January 2015 or 2016. ?

  • JamesToon

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7


  • sing in the corner

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Big, massive shout out to all the away fans this afternoon. Tremendous loyal backing with no reward today.
    The team needs the support of the fans right now, not stupid comments like ‘…stop going to the games..’ or words to that effect that I have read today… Although I accept that we’re upset and venting on a blog is probably the way to do it,if any..
    Howay the lads! We are still up there!

  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘..Newcastle are now two points behind Brighton who have a game in hand on us.’

    Ed, We have nothing to worry about with Brighton as they cannot deny us promotion. It’s the teams below us who could replace us in the automatic spot.

  • jimmygscot

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    did anyone catch the rare sight of a forward pass from Colback?
    Sorry it was really a diagonal.
    Colback and Anita in the same team what a joke.

  • beefman13

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I thought we might loose today, that said we were by far the better team, and should have won by three imo at least, just a freakish result against such an ordinary ordinary team. Like a lot of others i suppose Colback has got to be running out of time, what a liability this kid is.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    In comparison Reading were 2 down away from home and came back to win with three second half goals of which two were in the last ten minutes .

    Says something about attitude , application and determination.

    Early in the game Ritchie was furious with Gayle for not passing when Ritchie was clear on goal ( Gayle took a shot ) and that rather suggests our team spirit is now somewhat more fragmented

  • clinath@ed

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Not big on picking on Colback, like his attitude and his graft….but, today he was all over the place. His decision making was awful, and his instinct to look to go backwards when under any kind of pressure is very frustrating. Desperately need another creating MF to play next to a defending MF…..two together isn’t working.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    It all comes back to Rafa.

    Setting up defensively once again. This is the championship, we will have 60-70% possisseion, we dont need to be so defensive at all.

    Now no Diame and Atsu, not that he got the most out of Atsu anyway.

    So now Gouffran HAS to play LW with Dummett behind, once again limiting our attack.

    Teams know how we setup now and how to counter it. We are crying out for a physical presence up front, Gayle playing off Mitro i am convinced will work. With Diame and Atsu away, this is totally how we should set up next week but no chance of that happening, instead Perez will come in at 10 once again and be invisible.

    The off field stuff has been fantastic since Rafa came, but tactically he has been defensive, predictable and stubborn to changing things. He has his favourites and those he will refuse to use properly even at the expense of the team.

    Even before the defeats, how many games did we scrape wins by 1 goal to lesser teams, saying well we got the win thats all that matters…well eventually you dont get the breaks in those tight games and wins turn to defeats.

    If we attacked in each game from the start we would be so far clear it would be unreal.


    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    We are a bang average team.

    If Gayle got injured tomorrow we’d not score another goal

    Colback proved yet again he’s not good enough even at this level

    Raffa please wake up and drop Colback

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    We think we can walk it in & everyone will just roll over. Get real. Start giving some off the others playing time. We’ve seen nothing to speak of from Lazaar, Yedlin,Murphy & even Tiote. If they are not good enough get rid . Colbaeck is done – let him go back to Mackems on a free. If we don’t get back this season we will be just another like Blackburn,Wigan,Cardiff,Leeds Derby,Wolves who will take years to get back. But let’s face it this side would be straight back down – simply not good enough

  • toonluvva

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #17

    People on the blog have been too harsh on Colback!

    Personally I think he was Blackburns, MOM.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Sing in the corner why should we support a manger who can’t make subs at the right time will not play two up front at home or a target man away from home who can hold the ball up for midfielders to get up to support ?

  • kimbo

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Well Rafa where is Mitro. You have done a good job on him.

  • Pitmatic

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Colback gives the lie to the idea that it’s better to have local players in your team. The guy is just a fouling machine. If anything, the fact he’s from Newcastle — and ex-Sunderland — just makes him try harder, and so give away even more brainless free kicks. We desperately need an upgrade.

    Rafa has given this club a credibility it has lacked for a long, long time, so I’m reluctant to criticise him, whatever his faults. I hope he gets the players in that make his system work, starting this month.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Stop with the bloody moaning man will yous,we dominated them today ffs and their stats was literally 0 at half time,we are still in the top 2 and have plenty of games to play yet,Rafa has a tough job to keep the players motivated.

    Yous don’t know who trains well and have no idea who deserves a place in the first team only Rafa and the coaches know this so keep of your Fifa or Football manager because real football ain’t easy!


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