It’s A Close Call For Man Of The Match

It’s a close call for our Man of the Match on Saturday when we had a shock result and lost to Bournemouth  1-0, with the goal coming in the 92nd minute.

It’s difficult to know how worse it could have been just before the International break.

We were expecting the win, but it didn’t come.

Rafa and the players were angry at the end of the game – but so were Newcastle fans;  we have to look at the overall situation, and it’s not that bad – certainly much better than two years ago under Steve McClaren.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Former Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie is our Man of the Match with 20% of the vote, and he twice went close to scoring on Saturday.

Matt Ritchie – Man of the Match

Next in line is Rob Elliot who had another good game in goal for the Magpies and here’s one player like Matt,  who turns up for every game – it’s no wonder Rob is so popular at the club.

Frenchman Florian Lejeune is quickly showing he’s going to be our best center-back this season and he had another good game – he’s turning out to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.

There haven’t been too many fans voting after the game – the vote would have been three times what it is if we had won.

That’s the way it is – if we had won we would have been very positive – about everything – even the weather in Newcastle.

But it just wasn’t to be – but we can still pick up from where we are and do well this season.

We’ll try to stay positive – as difficult as that is after two painful defeats in a row.

And maybe Paul Merson will take us to lose at Old Trafford – that would be a good omen.

Keep believing in Rafa – he can do it!

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41 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 6, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I didn’t vote as I was at a wedding in the back of beyond this weekend, without 4G coverage. I had planned to watch it on a stream when I got in, but saw the reactions on Twitter and decided against it.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    glorious morning on the banks of the Tyne cold and crisp great for a morning walk – clears the mind after Saturday’s disappointment.
    Sale of the TOON – can’t name source but was involved on and off the pitch with the TOON, he was speaking with present members of staff last Wednesday and things are happening with the sale.

  • magscar

    Nov 6, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    hibbit and Charlie

    Keep up the positives 🙂

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Charlie in the Gallowgate, I to hear a lot of things that turn out true from a very good reliable person connected to SJP and It’s the Female with the hairy legs ! Lol. Seriously it’s A.S. all the way but Mr Greedy is holding out for every penny he can get and more. However if he doesn’t get real they could walk and we could be stuck together forever with him.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    well i hear nowt guys only what i read in the papers and on here so keep the info coming

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6


    Let’s hope your source is right.

    And referring to Ed’s view that poor results could adversely affect the reported take over, I wonder whether they may actually move things on.


    Reports seem to suggest that Ashley’s valuation of £380m differs from Stavely’s which is said to be £300m.

    One ‘expert’ suggested that the Club would be valued at £280m because it’s not an established Prem club, that there’s a perceived risk of relegation.

    That being so, Ashley’s failure to adequately invest in players in the summer would necessitate substantial spending this window to try to secure the Club’s Prem status.

    We are led to believe that Ashley wants rid of the Club, according to some, to finance some other venture and needs cash by December. He won’t want to jeopardize it and should be keen to sell rather than run the risk of relegation and a substantial devaluation of the Club, leaving him stuck with it – losing a major asset in Rafa.

    That being the case, he’ll not be keen to spend and a combination of the above factors could force Ashley to reconsider his valuation and reduce his asking price to something nearer that of a potential buyer this making the Club’s sale more likely.

    My reasoning could be flawed I know and as we all know but like many, I live in hope that Newcastle United is sold to a buyer who wants to be a success. But not to an owner whose source of riches is err, dubious.

    Fingers crossed and hope that every cloud does have a silver lining.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    ash’s greed allegedly scuppered the mansours, so I always have that in mind. Great to hear from Hibbit, Sparky and Charlie with positive updates though.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8


    that’s what I was saying last post. top 6th and ash will dig his heels in. 11th not nearly so secure and sets alarm bells ringing

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonder,…. Fingers crossed

  • jimmygscot

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Not sure how anyone can be named man of the match after that pitiful performance. We should start a new vote on who do you think earned the wages.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11


    ash wants to sell now
    when the monsours came knocking he didnt want to sell

    lets just hope we are rid of him

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Previous post:
    Any potential owner basing a multi-million pound purchase, and many years investments, on a 2 games performance, isn’t worth having.

  • expatmag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Bilic sacked

  • beermonkey

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14


    will they come in for rafa

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    It does not make sense for any prospective buyer of the club to let it be known what they are budgeting for player transfers, it will only make MA hold out for more. Therefore ignore any articles any where that relate to this aspect and save your breath discussing it.

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Sunlun breaking records almost daily
    16 games in the Championship
    One win !!!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Charlie…that was our secret! No one was to know Ashley had accepted my £150 offer!

    Rotonda was trying to get me to raise my offer…the missus is not going to get a Christmas present this year…

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    So will West Ham come in for Rafa you would think they would be making calls to him behind the scenes….

    West Ham do have a decent team on paper they just need better organisation and coaching which he would provide a front 5 of Chicarito, Lanzini , Carroll , Ayew and Antonio is miles better than what we have!!

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    David Moyes the former Sunderland, Manchester United and Everton manager will be appointed by West Ham until the end of this season and will bring former West Bromwich ­Albion manager, and his former ­assistant, Alan Irvine with him.
    West Ham approached several working managers it is understood but none would break their contract mid -season.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    LCP…I don’t think Everton will be coming in for Rafa!

    …probably a bigger chance they’ll go for Wagner or Hughton (not that I think they would)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    But the Everton situation is interesting

  • expatmag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22


    Moyes till the end of the season apparently

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 6, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Just seen that goal mitro scored against the hammers round the keeper more then that dud joselu can do.

  • martoon

    Nov 6, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #24

    There was a good text yesterday to the BBC in their football coverage to the effect of ‘have football club owners been zapped with the memory eraser from Men in Black?’ They don’t seem to remember how badly a manager has done at a previous club – David Moyes to West Ham they must be mad?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Hiring the uninspiring David Moyes is bad enough, hiring him for six months as a caretaker is potentially disastrous, the players won’t give a hoot about him as they know he’ll be gone in May, a decision that even makes some of Ashleys barm pot stunts look reasonable.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Sam Aladyce(?) definitely has one of those memory zappers.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 6, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    West Ham nailed on relegation, along with C. Palace means (as someone has already stated) there is only one relegation being fought over. Might expect Swans to stay in their nose dive and keep all the promoted sides up.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 6, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28


  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think a manager appointed this early in the season has ever failed.
    Even Di Canio , Poyet and Advocaat managed it at Wearyside

  • AncientC

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    I do not see why a potential new owner having a large transfer budget set out for the club, could lead to Ashley raising the price or holding out for more. The less fit for purpose the current squad is, the more the buyer should be able to reason on bringing the price of the club down, not up. If you’re buying a business and assess that the infrastructure needs a large budget to bring it up to scratch, you wouldn’t expect the current owner to put the price up on that reasoning.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Ritchie is so important to us. I don’t think he had as good a game against Bournemouth as is being made out, but that’s probably more to do with how much we have come to expect from him every week than owt else.
    Shelvey looks a shadow of his former self at the moment, which is a concern when Merino isn’t in he side.
    This two week break may have come at a good time for us.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Not liking reports Merino is more likely to be out until 2Dec…

  • Belfast

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Some of the abuse being directed at Joselu is ridiculous and completely over the top. You would think Mitrovic was Ibrahimovic reading the blog and listening to the likes of Jesper and Manxpie. Meh !

    Also this virus safe thing continues to block me from coming on here ?

    Is this my punishment for slagging off the hearts and page numbers ? I’m sorry. Help!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    West Ham will go down with Moyes for two reasons. One – he’s outdated. Two – they have different type of players to what he is able to work with. Joining them I think will be Stoke & WBA. Outside chance of Southampton/ Palace/ Swansea.

    I just looked back over the last 30 teams to get relegated (10 years), and only 5 of them had a foreign manager – Jol, Karanka, Martinez, and Avram Grant twice. Garde did about half a season with Villa. Solkjaer, Magarth, Benitez & Silva have also been involved trying to save ships that were already sinking. Quite remarkable when more than half the managers are foreign. And it’s odds on to be another trio of Brits this year.

  • martoon

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Lindisfarne @27 – I like your thinking – I’ve changed my mind David Moyes would be a brilliant appointment for West Ham 😀

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Looking at your pic
    may I ax a question
    “Are you the only gay in your village ?”

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37


    I understood your bid to be a gambling and reckless £35 with no due diligence undertaken and my counter offer was £45 on the undertanding I would have access to the books. Now you are telling the media here that you’ve gone back in with a very cavalier £150. What the deuce!!!! Christmas is cancelled.

  • Belfast

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Five times in a row. Virus safe has blocked this site. It’s a real shame like because I really really like the hearts and page numbers and the whole layout shabang in general.


  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #39


    is the picture telling us something.

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #40

    I’ve just heard Andy Carroll back on Tyneside ? He must be Christmas Shopping


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