Newcastle Star – Finishing First Always Matters

Nothing comes easy to Newcastle, so after putting in an excellent performance on Friday night at St. James’ Park in front of a capacity crowd, it would have been a great 1-0 win – a win we needed so desperately.

Then right of the blue at the death Chris Wood equalized and we suddenly had dropped 2 points in a game we should have won fairly easily.

Sound familiar?

The loss of 2 points may cost us the Championship to Brighton, unless we can win our last four games and even then Chris Hughton could have Brighton winning all their remaining games.

Isaac Hayden – finishing first always matters

At Newcastle seven years ago in our final 16 games of the season games Chris had the dominant Magpies winning 13 and drawing three and we also won seven of the last eight games.

We now need 7 points from our final 4 games to be mathematically certain of that automatic promotion spot and less than that by the number of points Huddersfield drop in their last five games.

Rafa has said he would take second place now – given everything that has happened and how much seems to have been against us this season.

Penalties that are not retaken after encroachment, stone-cold penalties that are simply not given – a referee giving away two dodgy penalties against us and each time sending one of our players off – all in the first 45 minutes of the game.

In that game we were still 1-0 ahead at Nottingham Forest, but lost 2-1 right at the end.

It’s been weird to say the very least.

Returning star Isaac Hayden will go all out to have Newcastle go up as Champions, but we will have to rely on the Seagulls slipping up.

This is what Isaac has said in the Mail today:

“Finishing first always matters, doesn’t it?”

“As much as you want to say it doesn’t matter or promotion is the main thing, and of course it is, but I think there will be a little bit of a sour taste if we weren’t to go on and win the title.”

“It was horrible on Friday just watching on from the bench, I don’t know what it would have been like on the pitch.”

‘It was a bit of an odd one because he is Leeds’ best striker and one of the best goalscorers in the division and he was just in the middle of the six-yard box, free.”

“But I thought we played really, really well and created a number of chances. The few weeks before we haven’t really been playing that well in all honesty. It’s been a little bit of a bad patch.”

“But against Leeds we came out and stamped our authority on the game quite early on, pressed them quite high and kept it in their half.”

“But it is about results at this business end of the season and the draw wasn’t ideal.”

One of the reasons we looked so good on Friday night was the return of the 21 year-old defensive midfielder from injury, and the former Gunner seems an emerging star at the club.

We need to get automatic promotion as soon as possible – that’s the only thing that really matters in the big scheme of things.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #1

    The squad we have had this season is totally set up to play 343 instead of this 4231 bollox.

    Enough with having Dummett and Gouffran on the same side and having to do everything down the right. Enough 1 man on his own up front. Really think Rafa’s stubborness has cost us so much, 40 games so far and never tried to change.

    Yedlin-Shelvey-Hayden-Lazaar(or another)

    CBs balance with left and right footer
    Yedlin perfect for wing back, by all accounts Lazaar is attacking as well, criminal that we spend mlney on him and not give him time to settle this season and played Dummett instead.
    Extra cover to allow Shelvey to do whatever he wants
    Big man up for Gayle to play off.

    This would have suited the players we have much more than Diame/Perez as an invisible 10 and no attacks down the left..

    Just wish at some point in this mammoth season we had tried to find a different way to play, maybe then around Xmas teams wouldnt have worked out how to play us and we would have been champions by now.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I hear you. But we need 3 points this Monday or Huddersfield will smell blood. This game is more important than Leeds.
    If he can play he must. Diame is good but he runs out of fuel early.


    April 16, 2017
    On chronicle’s articles:
    Disagree with Stones that our defense is weak for the PL. It’s stronger than I can remember. Lascelles is a big no nonsense CB who will receive offers to move. He makes mistakes but will improve. Clark is more the finished article, very good on the ball. Dummet is better than I think (thought). Yedlin is class, needs work, but has enormous potential.

    Whenever Anita is rejected he puts in a performance like the last. Mbemba is as good as the other two.

    Not to mention the rest. Not perfect but pretty damn good, given this is Newcastle.

    Rafa, improvement needed at Shelvey’s position, n.10, one CF, 1 winger. 4 players, 60 mil.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #3

    We do need to replicate the spirit of the Leeds performance then all will be well.
    Nobody can rely on good fortune. I just think Huddersfield and Brighton have had the benefit of Lady Luck, far more than we have this season. It’s an ingredient of every successful campaign, and it would be nice to see it swing back in our favour right about now. 🙂
    The way wolves kept handing the ball to Brighton in front of their goal was disappointing to see. The Huddersfield penalty in stoppage time …NUFF said about that!
    Huddersfield should be getting a tough game today against Derby, but I worry that Derby are almost at flip flop point, extreme outside shot for he playoffs..

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Steve Stones…….Jail, ready, go!…

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #5


    You have to have a UEFA coaching license to say things like that. Don’t you know we are 2nd in the league and can you not be grateful for our goal difference.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #6

    To flip flop or not to flip flop, that is a decision with very little gravitas.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #7

    In bed truth, Dubai should be given an honorary license:)
    That set up is quite exciting, seems solid and attack-minded.
    I don’t agree with his rejection of gouff dummet and Anita, and Perez, they’ve played their part in our excellent season. Look at the table for confirmation.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Bed truth?!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #9


    The truth is, I am in bed but don’t worry I am suitably attired (with smoking jacket and pipe!). As always the truth lies somewhere in the middle, we should definitely be playing 343 more frequently if only to keep the opposition guessing. And I agree, singling out individuals for blame is not sporting.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Bed peace!


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