Newcastle Lose – Gayle Injured But Closer To Promotion

Newcastle did not play well tonight at Hillsborough and lost their third league game of the year.

The other times we lost were to Fulham at home and early in the year at Blackburn Rovers to give the 3rd bottom side the double over Newcastle and this defeat gave the Owls the double over Newcastle.

The loss at home to Fulham also gave Fulham the double over us this season.


And let’s be fair, the Owls  were the better side in both games having won 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Boxing Day.

This was not the time for Newcastle to put in a poor performance, but we did and it was nowhere near our best form and the game could have been out of sight by half time, but the Owls missed some early chances.

Dwight Gayle injures other hamstring

But goals by Lees and Fletcher in the second half gave Newcastle everything to do and it was the impressive Jonjo Shelvey who scored a late consolation goal to make it 2-1.

Brighton remain two points above us in the league table after their 2-1 win at QPR last night, but both Huddersfield and Reading lost with the Terriers losing 2-1 at Nottingham Forest and Norwich beating Reading 7-1 at home after being 5-1 up at half time.

Huddersfield have lost three of their last four games and seem to be crumbling under the pressure.

But hope we can get our act together for Friday’s game against Leeds United who are in good form with a 3-0 win at home to Preston today – this was a poor performance from Newcastle today when it really mattered.

And to make things worse Dwight Gayle has injured his other hamstring and could be out for the season which finishes four weeks tomorrow.

The Owls started this game like a steam train and created a number of early chances but failed to capitalize against a defense that looked far too nervous for a side at the top of the league.

Gary Hooper hit the crossbar and former Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher somehow missed after 15 minutes.

Just before half time Jonjo Shelvey hit the cross bar with an audacious shot from he half way line and maybe if that had gone in it could have changed the game.

But in the second half Wednesday didn’t miss their chances and won the game 2-1 and deserved their win.

Rafa will want to see a vastly improved performance from his team at home on Friday against Leeds United and he will have been disappointed with the performance of the team.


Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Loovens (Sasso, 46), Pudil, Wallace (Semedo, 73), Bannan, Jones, Reach, Fletcher, Hooper (Rhodes, 59).
Subs not used: Wildsmith, Winnall, Palmer, Forestieri.

Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame (Atsu, 72); Ritchie (Mitrovic, 79), Perez, Gouffran; Gayle (Murphy, 29).
Subs not used: Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Ameobi.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance: 28,883

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6 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 8, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #1

    April 8, 2017
    Our style of play has been shite ever since Cathro left for Hearts. Rafa needs to stop being over cautious and let the shackles off. We need to move the ball quicker not fart about playing it across the back.

    Can’t we recall De Jong for the last 5 games


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 8, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Soon as they scored their second Mitro should of been brought on not 15 minutes later.
    I will give him MOM because he showed some passion get up and go

    After they scored their second did anyone else notice how we pissed around passing the ball sideways for about three minutes from the 71st to the 74th without crossing the half way line. boils my pissa. Show some bloody urgency.

    Love to see us go with Murphy and Mitrovic up front and if we are going to HOOOOF the ball then it could be fun to watch and might get the crowd tingling, buzzing because St James’ is flat as a kippers tit after the first ten minutes at the moment –

  • toon kk

    Apr 8, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #3

    The worst part is knowing every game is going to be the same, back and sideways lethargic football, second to almost every ball. Hoof it up the pitch to our lone striker and hope for the best. So predictable. A team of good championship players not playing to there potential.
    We’ll play exactly the same against leeds, you can count on that.
    So fkin frustrating.

  • chicousa

    Apr 8, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree with your point on previous post re: Perez and his poor play as a #10. Having Mitro play there with Murphy as striker, would be an improvement over the lightweight, nothingness of Perez.

    As Charlie mentioned, Rafa should have brought Mitro earlier, as he immediately had an impact and from that point on we looked much better. Maybe next match

  • chicousa

    Apr 8, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe next match Rafa will start Murphy and Mitro? He tried it once earlier this year in the cup match away at Birmingham. But Mitro got his knee sliced open so did not get to see that lineup played out.

  • kimbo

    Apr 8, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Clueless Rafa again , I watched Football focus and they talked about a Spanish manager who would not change and Bernie Slaven said he was clueless and I thought he was talking about Rafa but it was Karanka.


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