The Mystery Of Newcastle’s Disastrous Home Form – It Must Improve


Newcastle have a terrible home record this season, and it’s the worst in the Premier league except for one club – Huddersfield.

Newcastle have only 7 points from our 11 home games, and Huddersfield have taken only 5 points at home.

Even Fulham and Cardiff City have taken 12 points and 13 points respectively from their home games.

So much for making St. James’ Park a fortress, but why is our home record so pathetic – when we get over 50,000 fans at our home games?

Ayoze Perez puts the onus on the players, and they have to stand up and be counted.

Ayoze Perez – we must face up to it

If we cannot improve our home form before the end of the season, we could be in dire straights with another possible relegation.

And even against Championship club Blackburn Rovers, we couldn’t win and had to settle for a lucky 1-1 draw – but now we have a replay next week.

Here’s what the Spanish U21 International has said in the Chronicle today – starting with the draw against Blackburn:

“It wasn’t good enough.” “It was against a Championship team at home and we keep struggling at St James’ Park.”

“Something is wrong. It wasn’t good enough but we have to keep going now.” “We have put ourselves in a tougher situation because now we have a replay.”

“It’s going to be a long January but we must stick together and face up to it.”

“I don’t know exactly (know what is wrong) but it is a strange thing.” “You can’t struggle as much as we are in home games. That means something is wrong.”

“It is strange because there is no consistency, sometimes it is individual performances, sometimes it’s not like that and it’s team performance.”

“It can’t be individual every time as we have changed players and rotated. I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.”

“It is holding us back and it’s why we are struggling. We’ve won twice at home and that’s just not acceptable.”

“It’s not good enough so something should change.”

Newcastle had over 33,000 fans there for the Blackburn game which is very good for an early FA Cup tie.

But Rafa doesn’t seem to want the distraction of an extended FA Cup run this season – he probably believes the squad isn’t good enough to have a long run in the cup and also survive in the Premier League.

If we do beat Blackburn next week – which must be doubtful – we play Watford at home in the 4th round.

We have taken 4 points from them in the league this season, and we actually beat them 1-0 at St. James’ Park.

That’s one of only two games we have won at home all season long – the other was against Bournemouth.

So there’s always hope.

We must improve our home results if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

If we get only 7 more points for the second half of the season from home games, that will leave us with 25 points, and we need at least another 13 points away from home to survive.

Comments welcome.

 


14 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    We seem to have lost that desire to close teams down like we had in the last 6 months of last season Richie , Kennedy , Perez and Gayle were a nightmare for teams they just didn’t let teams settle! This season we seem to allow teams to come all the way into our half and build up confidence before we even put a challenge in doesn’t matter which team whether its Fulham or Chelsea.

    Only game this season where we looked more like the team of last season was against Bournemouth

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  • toon22

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    MA has no intention of selling the club

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed aarons generally is quite accurate and not affiliated with any club which makes it confusing how we’ve supposedly agreed terms with almiron. Must be Jose almiron, some random 12 year old Bolivian striker.

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  • c-dog

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe Kenedy and Perez would be better suited to having a pacy forward who runs the channels like Gayle ahead of them. Or maybe not.

    One thing is for sure, I would not be in the slightest bit disappointed if we cancelled Kenedy’s loan. Poor performances coupled with a clear attitude problem will only hinder our squad more.

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  • jarra mick

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Not really a mystery is it, our tactics of 9 men behind the ball and hoof it up to Rondon don’t work when we are at home and the onus is on us to attack. Surely Rafa the tactical genius can figure that one out!!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    100% take kagawa on loan. Don’t know what his wages are like but he is available going by reports, loan or permanent.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Nathan Jones is exactly the sort of manager we should take a punt at once Rafa goes.

    Sad but true.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    if we had replacements lined up i would be happy to see Kenedy out the door closely followed by Perez

    very disappointed in both of them this season

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    I guess with stoke job being filled, my prediction for Rafa replacement next season is still on. Hello Mr Moyes.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    hibbit

    i am sure the club would like to get rid of both but the club wouldnt want to replace they would rather save the wages

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  • Oldgit1

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Re Kenedy, I believe he is suffering from home sickness, he is a young father with two kids who are with his wife in London.

    When he was up here it was known that he was living up here with his wife and first born. It was reported that he shunned the night life and was happy to just going home with his loved ones.

    I believe that Rafa has now an opportunity to cancel this lads loan deal of 12 months as his performances are not up to scratch and mentally does not seem to be happy. Surely Chelsea will grant this young mans wish and let him return to his home club.

    His mental health is far more important, and it’s such a shame to watch the demise of such a talent.

    I would also get rid of Hayden, he obviously misses his wife and family. There is more to life than playing football, although I fail to understand a player signing a contract but his missus wants to stay in South Wales I wonder if she knew what she was signing up for when they got married. There are not many decent football teams in the area of South Wales.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Rondon has done well for us in that he has helped create chances for others its just a shame that none of the other players has been able to take the chances!

    Pretty sure Rondon would have scored a lot of the chances Kennedy , Richie and Perez have missed !

    Muto has to come into contention the second he gets back from the Asian cup he needs a proper run in the team

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  • c-dog

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Oldgit1

    you’re making excuses
    Kenedy has had far more poor performances than good ones since he’s came to England

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  • JohnJ

    Jan 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    The problem is quite simple……… we needs someone who is able to put the ball in the net on a regular basis!

    Home & Away!

    Someone who is toyally focussed on scoring goals for NUFC

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