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Five Minutes Of Lunacy Cost Newcastle The Game On Saturday

Newcastle played well in the first half yesterday, and were a little unlucky to go in at the break 1-0 down.

Sol Campbell challenges Jermaine Pennant yesterday

Once Jonathan Walters had put Stoke ahead after 27 minutes, Newcastle came storming back and were a little unlucky not to have been level at the half.

From the Newcastle view, the goal was not good, and Walters beat Sol Campbell at the near post to head home in great style, but Sol’s defending was poor, and he was caught on the wrong side of the Stoke player.

But at the half Alan Pardew would have been okay, even pleased  with the first half display, apart from that lapse in giving away the  goal.

But then only seconds into the second half the usually safe Steve Harper made a complete hash of things, and from a simple pass back, rather than just kicking the ball away first time, he hesitated and stopped the ball.

And he caused himself all kinds of trouble with that decision, and 10 seconds later the ball was put into the back of the net by Jermaine Pennant, it was hari-kari from Steve Harper and Newcastle were 2-0 down.

And then a couple of minutes later Danny Higginbotham hit a great free kick straight into the net, and a great goal from Stoke’s viewpoint.

But questions will be asked about the Newcastle wall, as the ball was fired at some pace straight through it, and players like Kevin Nolan were seen to be taking protective action  rather than trying to stop the ball.

So it was two catastrophically bad goals for the Magpies, and really all  three were poor goals conceded by Newcastle.

The 4th goal was from a long drop kick from the goalkeeper that was headed on, and Ricardo Fuller fired the ball home – and there was no sign of the Newcastle defense anywhere to be seen.

It was schoolboy defending and maybe we do need to bring in another big center-back during the summer. Also apologies to any schoolboys reading this.

We thought the defense had improved since Alan Pardew came aboard but this was poor defending from the Newcastle side.

And if we cannot correct that very soon, then we will lose a lot more games like this during the run-in – and that’s something we just cannot afford to do.

Two relegations in two years is just too much to take – well it’s too much for me with my dicky heart, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Its Not Good – Thing is If We loose against Wolves Next Week Were Going Too Be Dragged Right in It Again !!!!We are dropping Points and Letting Silly Goals in To easily . And No proper Centre Forward .

  • Panzermeyer

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Relegation here we come. The ‘better the devil you know’ support fat boy brigade better start to see some sense. Out of his long list of errors the sacking of our best manager since Bobby then selling our brilliant homegrown Geordie number 9 will cost this club dear.
    One benefit of relegation is that even the morons who support cashley might just have a moment of clarity and we can finally hound out the disgusting fat lump of sh*t and his lackys. Problem is he’ll clean out as much of the silver as he can on the way out

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    5 minutes of madness for sure but again poor tactics

  • olivant

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    If we avoid the drop this season I will be happy. Altough I think this season is starting to look like the last one we had in the PL. We are no longer a club that can afford to see itself as a major player in the PL. We need to fight snd work our way out of the bottom, and then we need to use a couple of years to rebuild, and then we can start to think about Europe.

  • taker83

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh Pardew,just shut the fck up.I hate pardew.Look at his record.How far is that crab better than CH?Asley shoud juz sell the club and take derek and pardew with him to wash his a$$.
    And why in the world he brought in s ireland for when the son of b is out injured but drinking in the pub.Why let routledge go?Even stevenage manager will have better brains.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Panzermeyer, because someone has a different opinion to you they are “morons”. I take it you live in your own little dictatorial world where you are leader (Fuhrer) and anyone who doesn’t think as you do should be put up against a wall and shot. I can only speak for myself, but I am NOT an Ashley lover or supporter. But I do recognise that Ashley is the owner of NUFC. Ashley and no one else. It’s not a happy predicament, but it is a fact and a fact that I can’t change. I can only hope that he sees his failings, realises that you gamble in casinos and invests in the summer. I unlike you will not predict us going down. “Relegation here we come”. But if it happens I will be heart broken (again) and unlike you I will not come on here full of glee and say I told you so”.


  • shabunkin

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    i cant for the life of me understand why pardew would play campbell who is far too old and slow , also lovenkrands no use at this level, championship or spl for him . i cant see us going down …but if we dont beat wolves then the doubts may creap in

  • jimiley

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, How many goals did we concede in those five minutes? How many did we lose by? How many did we score? Stupid comment.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    The Stoke performance was one of the worst of the entire season. It was dreadful and what’s worse is the players didn’t seem to wake up after the second goal. Our passing was pathetic and I can only think of many nasty words to describe our ‘defending’. Sol Campbell should never play for us again. His ‘experience’ cost us a goal. He has only played well once for us against Chelsea. Every time he plays he seems uninterested and plays awful. Nothing like the player he once was. Lovenkrands again has been really poor and extremely ineffective. Recently he has done nothing and it’s like we’re playing with a man down with him in our team. He hardly got a touch on the ball against Stoke again. He has played really well for us in the past, but he should never play again as he is clearly a ‘championship’ player. Best was a HUGE BLOW for us as we lacked any goal threat. Ranger should have played instead of Ameobi. How many times does Ameobi have to play before every manager realises he is killing our team’s efforts for success. He is worse than Lovenkrands in my opinion. I know there will be the odd few that will defend him, but let’s face it he’s lucky to play for us and should have been a sold ages ago. Evey time I see him play it makes me cringe. As soon as Ranger came on he looked much more lively than Ameobi and was unlucky not to score again from a couple of half chances. Pardew’s decision to play a half fit Jose Enrique backfired big-time and now we have to depend on a promising kid in Ferguson or worse a prone to error Perch.

    These are worrying times now especially when all the bottom clubs won and took another 3 points to close the gap. We needs our best players fit!! Ireland where are you??? Ben Arfa on crutches would still make a difference and improve our woeful displays of late.

    Wolves is a massive game and one we cannot afford to lose!

    Howay the Lads

  • southerngeordie

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    GeordieGerman 1000 per cent agree with you. I am so fed up with the majority of people on here.

    The situation isn’t great but for christ sake it’s not disastrous. We have 5 games coming up against teams below us. Apart from yesterday we haven’t been playing too bad. People forget we are only just coming back from relegation if someone had offered me 17th at the start of the season i’d of bit their hand off for it. The comments on here within the last 24hours are a real sad reading – we’ve been dubbed the best supporters in the world. Any player who comes to the club is the first to acknowledge this, yet a lot of people on here make me sick.

    I’m no fan of ashley or AP of DL but i love this club and unlike all the morons on here i’m 100 per cent behind the team. You have bad days at the office – yesterday was one. If i quit after every sh1t day i had at work i’d have a CV as long as my arm.

    So please instead of getting on the hate band wagon, stop, think what’s important and get behind the team. It was always going to be tough this season, it was never going to be easy. If it does come down to the final day so be it. For those that want to moan and b1tch – F**k off and support sunderland or liverpool – we don’t want you, we don’t need you!!!!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    i really believe this is ash s last year at this club, as a takeover is on the cards, relagation or not, so all you lads , like me who want to seethe back of our cowboy owner, not long now

  • jimiley

    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    The lads seem tired and a rest will do them the world of good. They have played 30 league games and a couple of cup games so it is no wonder they are not playing as well as they were at the beginning of the season.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    jimiley, you have to be extracting the urine? Being ironic? They have just had two weeks off.

  • dak76

    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Unlucky to be 1-0 down at half time, more like lucky. Was at the match yesterday, they were terrible… no shape, no width, no attacking prowess. Campbell should never be allowed to wear the shirt again, memories of cacapa v portsmouth cam flooding back. No doubt he has experience, but that experience should be used to pass onto players, not on the pitch.

    Pardew was tactically inept yesterday…. why why wait until we were 3-0 down for 15mins before making any kind of tactical changes??. Should have been done at half time. He just stood on the side lines with arms folded making no attempt to encourage or direct tactics!!

    Playing stoke at their own game was wrong. As soon as jonas came on and we reverted back to a 442 we seemed to be more of a threat, but by that time it was too little too late. Stoke had too much confidence by then and we just didn’t know what to do with the ball.

    On the plus side, young ferguson was impressive, he made some good runs at the opposition, and had one very good chance to score, was unlucky not to.

    All in all a very bad day, and honestly believe Pardew is taking us backwards (like when kenny took over from keegan). No doubt some will see this as a over reaction but after seeing this first hand I am very worried, you could tell by players body language that something just ain’t right. Barton especially..

    Credit where credit is due, stoke got it right tactically, their first goal was very well worked and taken, the rest were just taking advantage of a poorly set up team.

  • LeedsMag

    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    The Ashley haters and cynics (I am one),have every right to sound off on here- its an opinion forum.Its not disloyal or negative and its not showing a lack of support for the team.The only thing that will keep us up is the team and in particular if the senior players can once again behind closed doors get the team spirit up – I hope that togetherness is still there but I’m not sure – I certainly dont think Pardew helps.
    I’ve not heard any real +ve comments out of the players for some time about the togetherness – which is worrying
    Keep posting the frustrations and opinions – shows we all care – its better than kicking the dog or the wife

  • stuart no9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #16

    @15 your right m8, people tend to think because you have a pop at the owner, your a doom and gloomer, i always have a go at him ,at pards, lamparse, never at a player, unless it is sol,because they are not fit to be any where near our club, if that makes me a doom and gloomer so be it, all i want is to support a successful team and a well run club, any body who comes in just to take the p=== get rid

  • Thump

    Mar 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d like to remind you all that while we’re 4 points from relegation, we’re also 4 points from a European spot (under the assumption that Brum City gets relegated).

    Put down the knives and be positive for once in your lives.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    LeedsMag, right. but there is also no need to abuse other people when they have a different opinion to you.

  • Toonbyblood

    Mar 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    ‘Two relegations in two years is just too much to take’

    Ed does this mean you won’t be writing 20 articles about how Newcastle are now doomed to to be relegate because of 5 bad minutes after a fairly decent run?

    Would be a nice change from the 20 articles about all our players leaving.

    Now some good news: AC playing absolute shite for Liverpool. hehe. No Joey to bang in those crosses now aye?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #20

    no but there probably will be next season.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #21

    thump @ 17 ” 4 points from a european spot” maybe you would like to watch a rerun of that horror show yesterday, and as for being positive , i am , im positive we wont get a euro place

  • clinta2

    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I think the defense has gotten better overall under Pardew, but we still have these lapses in concentration, which always seem to hurt us.

    We are also not playing as well as we have been in recent weeks, lacking creativity and looking sloppy on the ball at times.

    It reminds me very much of watching the toon under CH, and since were still basicly in the same position in the table as when CH left, I’m wondering- Have we really progressed at all?

  • clinta2

    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed, you’ve changed! Yesterday (and most other days) you were talking about how great a job Pardew has done, singing his praises etc.

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #24

    I Think we will be ok – Nolan and the Rest Of the Squad will Dust Themselves down and We should be ok. Its a Bit Worrying but we do have Wolves Birmingham and the rest of the Bottom half to Play still – apart from Chelsea and Birmingham we are well Capeable of Getting results to stay up. The Double over Aston Villa Would Work Wonders . Chin Up Lads !!!!

  • Brutooon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #25

    imagine if we are being relegated :

    1) we beat sunderland 5-1
    2) we beat aston villa 6-0
    3) we beat Liverpool 3-1
    4) we beat Arsenal and Everton AWAY

  • clinta2

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #26

    @Brutoon will easily be forgotten though. Yes, they were good days, but a bit of luck in a few of them and it hardly compares to the results we’ve had against the poor sides in the PL, especially the loses at home.

    For NUFC its more important to consistently draw or beat the sides around us- the odd big/ luck win does nothing for us in the long term.


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