A Worrying Second Successive Defeat For Newcastle At Huddersfield


This was another disappointing defeat for Newcastle, and in what was a close game it took a well-taken goal by Mooy after 50 minutes to win the game for the home side.

But Mooy was allowed inside the penalty box and had a free shot on goal, so our defending was not good in that instance.

Newcastle was well-organized and compact in the first half and kept going until the last whistle but what we seem to lack in the Premier League is real class where players can win the game for you in an instant.

That’s the concern coming out of this game.

We went close in the first half after just 16 minutes when a first-time effort by Matt Ritchie from the edge of the penalty area was brilliantly turned around the post by the Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Dwight Gayle trying to get a penalty this afternoon – no such luck

That gives the Terriers 6 points with no goals conceded following their first two games ever in the Premier League and Newcastle have no points with three goals conceded from our first two games.

But the main thing is we haven’t been able to score a goal yet, and for the second game running, we looked a bit toothless up front.

That seems to be the big weakness in this current side and will put even more pressure on the likes of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to bring in some class players before the end of August.

Otherwise, this could turn out to be another long and hard season in the Premier League, but we still think Rafa will work something out so we can get away from the bottom of the league table.

But if Mike Ashley doesn’t loosen up some money and help Rafa get some decent players in before September rolls around he is playing with fire not only with Newcastle and also with Rafa as the Magpies boss.

Newcastle had their chances in this game but we looked slow and laborious up front too many times, and you always thought just one goal would win this game.

As soon as Mooy scored in the second half on came Joselu for his debut and he did have a decent chance after 68 minutes, but the goalkeeper saved his toe poke.

And then almost immediately after that Ayoze Perez blazed over the bar from six yards out when it looked far easier to score – a horrible miss from the Spaniard.

Mohammed Diame and Jacob Murphy then came on – the latter for his Newcastle debut.

There will now be a tendency for fans to think the sky is falling in but it’s early in the season. – and Rafa must be helped in getting new players to the club – owner Mike Ashley needs to stand up and do his job.

But Rafa must be helped in getting new players into the club – owner Mike Ashley needs to stand up and do his job.

That’s the main thing coming out of this game, and there’s only one more Premier League game before September 10th, and that’s next weekend at home to the Hammers.

We need to win that game since West Ham has also started the season with two defeats.

The club’s next game is on Wednesday night in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest at home – so maybe we can win the next two games to relieve the pressure just a little bit?

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Teams:

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Billing, Kachunga (Palmer, 72), Mooy, Lowe, van la Parra (Quaner, 69), Ince (Hefele, 90), Mounie, Zanka, Schindler. Subs not used: Coleman, Malone, Lolley, Williams.

Newcastle: Elliot; Manquillo, Mbemba, Lascelles Clark; Merino, Hayden (Diame, 76); Ritchie, Perez (Murphy, 80), Atsu; Gayle (Joselu, 52). Subs not used: Darlow, Saivet, Aarons, Mitrovic.

Goals: Mooy 50

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)



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52 comments so far

  • willowdalerez

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Rotonda – Yes nous not noose sorry there but maybe Rafa could a noose to threaten players and Ashley with after the last 2 dsiplays!

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost

    There are definitely some SAFC trolls on here today!

    With four regular starters unavailable and with no help from Ashley, what chance did Rafa have?

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  • Bambams

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s two games and to be honest it has strengthened Rafas hand.

    Perez was woeful again, loses the ball far too much.

    Murphy should be playing, I wonder why Rafa has not given him a start.

    There will be a couple of signings this week. Which positions is anybody’s guess

    It’s only two games boys

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  • Mag52

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Huddersfield have outspent us to date in this window, despite their owner being worth approx one sixth of ours.
    Rafa needs backing in what remains of the window, or we’re in big trouble.
    It’s wallets out time fat Ash ! We’re still desperately short on quality.

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  • Reilly

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Perez always looking for the Hollywood pass.Needs to be dropped from starting.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Those saying they wouldn’t be bothered if Rafa walked are just as bad as those that blindly absolve him of any blame as if he is an infallible deity.

    He got it wrong today. Simple.

    The front 4 had many options available, he chose to go with a tried and tested failed system and play negatively. He then didn’t change it at HT. Once they scored he quickly ‘fessed up to the error by changing it – too late.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda

    Yeah, they are the types of game that we have to win… But that’s the exact same mindset that Huddersfield have when coming to play us. They were the better team, whether that’s down to a poor selection choice by Rafa, or them just having more quality… Im not going to get carried away by this result. It’s the 2nd game, we still have players trying to gel into the team.

    I don’t see the point in fans just damming this team to relegation when there is the whole season to go. I believe we will turn this around, atleast that way I can look forward to the rest of the season.

    Bring on West Ham!! (who btw lost there first two games conceding 7 goals- I guess they’re going to get relegated aswell considering there start too?)

    4
  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    As Alice Cooper once sang….

    Welcome to my meltdown
    I think you’re gonna like it
    That’s just the way things are
    When you are downnn..

    Or something like that lol

    Not much to see today, an extremely poor game to watch and strangely I’d be more worried for Huddersfield on that showing, because what they had today I don’t think will improve on much. Whereas i think we looked exactly what we were, like the beginning of last season, a recently cobbled side getting to know each other on the pitch. I think i could vaguely see why Rafa set up the way he did but for me Atsu and Ritchie were on the wrong side of the park, and Mitro on for Perez to beef up our holding play. Never mind it’ll get there.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Disappointed with rafa that he won’t give mitro a chance even when we were as bad as we were today. I predicted 16th but that might be optimistic. I said at the time that we were poor against Spurs and we were, creatively. This was turgid rubbish again. Shelvey wud have made little difference today so let’s not delude ourselves. Rafa needs more creative players but he is going to have to find ways

    1
  • Spoof

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10

    If you play defensively with 2 banks of 4 then you have got to have pace in your side and when you break it has got to be in numbers, if you don’t break in numbers then you have no chance at all, think back to when Pardew played that system, he had Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi and Obertan who all just piled forward as quickly as they could and it worked for us as we kept it tight at the back and hit teams on the break.

    We did not break out in numbers today and as a result we carried very little threat, if this continues then we will struggle big time, however at the start of last season I thought that Rafa was dreadful, actually he was dreadful as he was to negative and paid our opponents far to much respect, but he learnt very quickly and soon corrected what he was doing wrong and if he continues with the same tactic of 2 banks of 4 expecting teams to come at us as I suspect they will, and I suspect that Rafa will continue with the same tactic then I believe that he will also address the breaking in numbers issue as well, lets face it, with Gayle (when fully fit which at present he isn’t) Atsu, Arrons and Murphy in the squad then we do have enough pace for this tactic to work, Hayden and Ritchie aren’t exactly slouchers either.

    So for me we have had a poor start, and I do believe that Rafa has to take some responsibility for that, but I also believe that he will address the lack of breaking out in numbers issue and then start to get some results, well he has got to address it because if he doesn’t then we are in trouble, but I do honestly believe that Rafa will get it sorted.

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  • Shot Bru

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Fair summary there Ed. The lack of goals, average players, no money, disharmony behind the scenes. It all points towards a relegation battle. The total opposite situation at Huddersfield. Personally I’m surprised Rafa is still here, probably for not much longer.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Ha ha Shelvey wouldnt have made a lot of difference today? On what do you base that? 🙂

    4
  • YoungMag :P

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    TikiTakaAcca

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:48 PM
    Comment #455

    ‘I come on here to voice negativity and I admit that. But it annoys me when people are so happy and upbeat about things.’

    Did you actually just post that? How fun your life must be… Annoyed at positivity? Like what the f***? Lol.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Not seen the game yet, but from reading it looks like a hard fought game that could have gone either way.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Unbelievable, just like last year when we didn’t start well, being consigned to the championship year after year. Oops we were champions.

    There is a definite need for a free distribution of those elasticated rubber pants here.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16

    .. Ways of creating more chances with this lot and that may mean showing more daring and taking good chances. Manquillo looks like another poor choice of full back purchase but merino has real quality. If rafa won’t adapt then he needs a pacy front man ASAP to allow his counter attacking plan to work. Otherwise we are in trouble.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Huddersfield are 6 points ahead of us even if we win 2 they could keep winning so it’s catch up already and by the way 4 goals and none against.

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #18

    They started Tom Ince, why couldn’t we hand a start to Murphy. If not today against another promoted team we were looking to catch on the break supposedly – then when? Especially given the forward 4 in that set-up were pitched out of pure hope rather than evidence they’re suited to that system as unit.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Repost

    If you play defensively with 2 banks of 4 then you have got to have pace in your side and when you break it has got to be in numbers, if you don’t break in numbers then you have no chance at all, think back to when Pardew played that system, he had Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi and Obertan who all just piled forward as quickly as they could and it worked for us as we kept it tight at the back and hit teams on the break.

    We did not break out in numbers today and as a result we carried very little threat, if this continues then we will struggle big time, however at the start of last season I thought that Rafa was dreadful, actually he was dreadful as he was to negative and paid our opponents far to much respect, but he learnt very quickly and soon corrected what he was doing wrong and if he continues with the same tactic of 2 banks of 4 expecting teams to come at us as I suspect they will, and I suspect that Rafa will continue with the same tactic then I believe that he will also address the breaking in numbers issue as well, lets face it, with Gayle (when fully fit which at present he isn’t) Atsu, Arrons and Murphy in the squad then we do have enough pace for this tactic to work, Hayden and Ritchie aren’t exactly slouchers either.

    So for me we have had a poor start, and I do believe that Rafa has to take some responsibility for that, but I also believe that he will address the lack of breaking out in numbers issue and then start to get some results, well he has got to address it because if he doesn’t then we are in trouble, but I do honestly believe that Rafa will get it sorted.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Lindisfarne that’s not correct mate

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  • Phil K

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki – so you believe defeat in the first two games is “nothing to worry about” ????
    Last season we didn’t have Premier teams to come. We had Championship teams for God’s sake.
    You may rank Burton alongside Liverpool Man U Arsenal Chelsea etc – but most of us bloody don’t

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #22

    No Yedlin, Lejeune and Shelvey. Little wonder we struggled!

    2
  • willowdalerez

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Right. Am off now. Hopefully a good signing or two or three before the window closes but not really thinking that will happen. Better to hope Rafa can get the lads drilled and hungry, keep up morale and get Lejeune healthy and Shelvey to show some discipline. Hammers next we will beat them. I believe that, Rafa doesn’t like losing anymore than we do!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Young mag

    I am rafa’s biggest fan but he has been given a gun with no bullets.

    Rafa has obviously been let down in the recruitment stakes and has had to settle for 4th or 5th choices due to ash’s endless false economy, penny pinching, lessons not learned and possibly charnley’s ineptness too, when Rafa’s been telling the world he needs players to compete.

    ashley could not make it any clearer he has zero interest in the club and wants out, but won’t sell at a lower price. Things have come to a head and the tipping point is right here, right now. Even with rafa this squad is not good enough to stay up, we weren’t with wijnaldum, sissoko, townsend etc and we have a much weaker squad now.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Despite our annoyance at carragher I think he has our number about the team rafa and Ashley. He may be annoying but that’s not the point sadly. I’m off for a swim with the young lad, need to cheer up. That was really poor

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  • Bambams

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    2 goal Tino

    Thank you for that link in previous thread.

    Much appreciated

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    YoungM\ag, we’re shyte and we know we are!

    3
  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Lindisfarne it actually was as you will see, please correct me when you’ve seen it if you don’t agree.

    It was hard fought in that they pressed very hard and we didn’t respond well to it. But the lack of quality in both sides was separated by the narrowest margin, two almost identical shots, Ritchie’s which was well saved, Mooys which wasn’t. Apart from that a pretty dire spectacle by both sides, it would not have been surprising if we won by that one goal. It’s was rubbish.

    2
  • toon kk

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    We’re not good enough for the premier league. SIMPLE AS.
    There’s only a handful of teams we only have a chance of picking up points from,
    Believe it!

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #30

    RH

    I think Rafa will stick it out for this season. He’s an honourable man.

    1
  • magspuggy

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I think rafa got it wrong today. Perez was terrible he gets brushed off the ball so easy and him and gayle together does not work imho. Manquillo tried his heart out so did ritchie. Ref had a stinker and got several things wrong. Dont quite understand why murphy didnt get a start and whats the crack with mitro ? Either play him or sell rafa ffs 15 million sat on the bench and perez gets the start when a gust of wind could blow him over.

    All said and done its only our second game and we have plenty of time to get things sorted. No need to panic or boycott the club. Time to get behind the team and be the 12 man.

    Keep the faith . Hwtl.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Phil K sorry but that does not make sense. How is it going to be any easier in the Prem? Don’t understand your point at all ha ha what was everyone expecting?

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  • nufcursed

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    CHAMPIONSHIP HERE WE COME AGAIN!

    This club is fckd up! Even with Rafa as manager, we’ll be relegated. there’s no quality in our squad. Only players good enough for the PL are Ritchie, Hayden and maybe Murphy, possibly even Mitrovic.
    All the others are Championship level!!
    Cannot believe that useless Gayle is our main striker. Mitro is a lot better than Gayle. Worrying thing is that Rafa doesn’t make the right decisions.. Playing too defensively, hoofball, no Spanish passing game..

    Without a quality striker, attacking midfielder, defender and goalkeeper we’re doomed!
    WE WON’T BE ABLE TO ESCAPE RELEGATION AGAIN! TAKE NOT MIKE ASSHLEY! AND SELL UP PLEASE! YOU’RE DESTROYING THE CLUB I WAS SUPPORTING BEFORE YOUR FAT ASSS CAME ALONG

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34

    😆
    To be fair, the tipping point is reading the neggers’ comments on here

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #35

    We got beat by spurs with ten men. We lost an away by the one goal which separates two awful team displays. I told you it would be a shaky start but I bet the same ones who were predicting 6th place are the same ones ordering pull-ups in bulk from Amazon right now 😀

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Gayle may be a better goal scorer. But mitro suits the SYSTEM rafa wants to play. If not we can never retain the ball in the final 3rd.

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  • john tudor

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #37

    i think he will go b4 the end of october

    0
  • manxpie

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m hoping Kane gets proper snapped and a nice injury that’d cheer me up a bit

    1
  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #39

    What a bunch of lily-livered shameless bottlers ha ha ha give the lads at least the grace of half a dozen games my oh my i really hope Rafa reads this blog he could probably do with a laugh right now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 20, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Ilovetoon
    “My deluded view”…or something like that…haway its our second game….is it deluded to say give the team a chance as it early in the season….nar…yes we are all disappointed by our start to the season and the lack of investment/players coming in but give them a chance to at least get up to match fitness before righting us off.

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