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Newcastle Need To Get A Grip – Starting At Bolton On Monday

Newcastle now find themselves in a terrible run of results, with just 2 points from the last six games, and only one point from the last three games against much lower opposition, and two of those were at home.

Haris Vuckic – looked a good player last night

It’s obvious where the problem lies – it’s the defense – and since Steven Taylor has been out we have looked a different side, and very prone to giving silly goals away at the back.

Up front and in midfield we looked okay last night, with Demba  Ba simply brilliant with another two goals , and if he scores many more goals, some top club    may even come in for him next month.

Ba now has 13 PL goals in just 18 appearances  for Newcastle – and 20 goals in 31 appearances this year, if you include his exploits at West Ham earlier this year.

And we saw Haris Vuckic prove why he’s such a hot young  property in central midfield, and he hit the bar last night with a wonderful long range shot, forced a terrific save from Ben Foster with another, and almost scored again with a close-in opportunity.

Haris can be very pleased with that performance last night, and he could be forcing his way into starting place consideration more quickly than we expected, and may even challenge for the withdrawn striker role?

This is what Pardew said after the game:

“Demba was terrific. He was the pick of the bunch with two great goals and a great all-round display. It typified his season.”

“But six games without a win is a concern and that was evident tonight. The crowd were a bit desperate and we were a bit desperate.”

“But you can’t win Premier League games unless you are disciplined and controlled.”

WBA showed those qualities last night as a team, and they have now taken 14 points from their nine away games this season, which is the fifth best away record in the Premier League.

Discipline was one of the problems last night with Newcastle, and it’s been true in the last three games too, we have not been disciplined especially at the back, and in the last 6 games we’be conceded a massive 14 goals..

All three of West Brom’s goals last night looked like Newcastle had been ambushed, and came after Newcastle had enjoyed long spells,  seemingly in control of the game.

But you cannot keep letting soft goals in like Newcastle did last night and expect to win too many games in the Premier League.

James Perch is simply not a center-back, however hard he has tries to be one in this emergency role, and while he had some good tackles and plays last night,  we have to think that Mike Williamson will now be rushed back, for the Monday night game at Bolton.

That had also looked like a fairly easy three points for Newcastle last night,  but so did our last two games and even three games, all against lower sides in the league.

But we have just a single point from those three games and have conceded seven goals in the process.

The result last night was a devastating one, but the play was not, even though all three goals were very poor ones to give away.

Newcastle players will have less confidence now with just two points out of six games, and that could be the big  problem, but they will have to snap out of this as quickly as possible.

They will need to play at Bolton as though their lives depended on winning that game, and don’t expect Lady Luck to be on their side.

It certainly hasn’t been in five of the last six matches, with only the Man United game where Newcastle seemed to have any good fortune at all – and yes we had a lot of it in that second half.

Newcastle made headlines earlier in the season with their magnificent run of results, but now we are making them for the exact opposite reason – a terrible run of results.

The players have to stick together and concentrate a lot more than they’ve been doing , especially in defense,  and surely Mike Williamson now has to be put back in the starting line-up.

That’s whether he’s match fit or not, because we have no cover at all in the back four, and quite simply he’s the best we have available.

The squad is proving what we all always thought – that it’s completely  paper-thin.

But  surprisingly Newcastle are still very well placed in the league table and it’s certainly not the time to panic, but rather coolly look at what happened last night, analyze it and take that into the next game at Bolton on Monday afternoon.

The sooner Newcastle can get a win, the quicker we will be over his nightmare spell of results.

Bolton will look at last night’s game and think they can get a second win on the trot next Monday afternoon, and we’ll see what this Newcastle  team is made of in the next two or three games.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • NottsGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    27NottsGeordie // Dec 22, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    If for the second goal Perch was at the back post and Coloccini was in the middle who would of got blamed for the goal? Coloccini? I dobt think so.. Everyone blames Perch but if you actually watch the game with your head instead of your heart you’ll realise Perch was at fault for non of the goals and he played well. Obviously everyone will still be blaming Perch because their too thick to understand the game of football.

    Stupid new thread.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    We better fekin demolish Bolton like no other on Monday. I’m still furious about that result and our players. What a horrible performance.

  • NottsGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3


    Remember what happened last year at Bolton? 😀

  • nimo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Was at game but was sure it was perch on sharner for both the second 2goals.. not saying collo couldnt of done better but just watch em back.. i may b wromg as not seen highlights other than.on.my.phone

  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    If you watch the reply Notts perch was marking McCaughly but was in front and not behind him and just lost him for the goal.But he wasn’t to blame for losing the game played ok

  • jarnytoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    I know the defensive performance wasn’t great last night, but we looked good with the ball and did well going forward. I reckon pards will give willo a start on monday and i for one will be chuffed with that!!
    Vuckic did well but i’ll be happy to have cabaye back with tiote in the middle. Also, as much as i like besty…..get ben arfa on ffs!! The man is the only one who can dribble with an end product to come from it!!

    tight game monday but i reckon 2-1 toon!!

  • jon.c

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    I am sorry to be negative but the gremlins are in since the fat controller changed our St James park to Sports Direct we have not won a game irest my case m,lord.
    Reports say Tiote does not want to leave so why push him out other teams keep their stars and prosper just buy a couple of players to keep our squad up Weare told we have money in the bank so spend or we will be fighting relegation again in may.Come on Ash think ahead

  • tweaked

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    need to pull elbows outta asses and get some points on the board… and for the love of … will someone just shoot perch

  • stuart no9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    i really hope we get a good hiding at bolton, Thats not being nasty towards the players,thats our only way of making these idiots who are TRYING to run our club , and IMO that includes pards to realize that we are NOWHERE as good as these dreamers think. so getting a drubbing might just prompt them into buying.We have to be honest, a win at bolton will just paper over the cracks, it wont remedy the problem, they need to see how bad we really are then hopefully act.

  • ryanteah94

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Cant believe pardew was that stubborn when ameobi came on he was playing on the wing with ben arfa off ba, doesnt want to be provf wrong. Have to keep vuckic in the team imo midfield off obertan tiote cabaye ben arfa with vuckic behind ba. Gutierez looks very slow and bulky this season, put obertan against robinso

  • Dannyo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Thanks for the reminder…

  • Tiote

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Colo had his worst game in a long long time. Long n odemingie had colo in ther pocket. Perch made some fantastic tackles around the box. Nt half as bad as ppl make out his is. A decent squad player.

  • martoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed, a team cannot come in for Demba Ba in next months transfer window because of the transfer rules about playing for 3 clubs in one season – the same is true for any of the players we signed in the summer. That is why it is the likes of Tiote, Krul and Colo that the tranfer rumours are about.

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Notts Geordie @ 1 and Tiote 12 – agree with every word. People pointing the finger at Perch as usual, instead of Captain Wonderful. |Culpable for the 1st and 3rd goal, and those of you with Sky Plus, just slow down the run through of the 2nd goal, and look at his atrocious positioning. It was Saylor who was making him look a decent centre half – look at this seasons goals against when Colo has played without Saylor, including the Carling Cup games. Obertan, Simpson, and Best, are barely Championship standard. Vuckic was good, but we all know that he’ll be dropped on Boxing Day. Tiote is nowhere near the player of a year ago, and his ball retention is dreadful because he can’t pass, and his control is appalling.

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Martoon – what are you talking about – Ba has only played for 1 club this season – us.

  • summesam

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Suddenly i don’t fear a 25 M bid for Tiote. He was not anywhere near his best and lost far too many balls from pretty simple passes. The first goal, he passes the ball directly into the feet of a West Brom man. Hope this was a oneoff day for Tiote.

  • martoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    JimmyMagpie – it is all to do with registration periods and the end of last season with West Ham counts as the first period – maybe somebody can explain it more clearly than I can.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    The wheels have come off big time, and suddenly we look a very weak team, with WBA looking FAR more technically astute than us. If we sell Tiote for big bucks, I’ll take it, but only of its re-invested. And please if I hear any more Obertan love on here, i’ll come over to you lot with a shotgun in hand.

  • taker83

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    We will lose again if that #### wateva Alan Pardew don’t have a game plan.HIs tactics and first eleven selection sucks.NO shola amoebi plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    My simple perception of the transfer rules are if club signs a player in say jan 2011 they can’t sell them till the following jan in 2012. I’m not sure what effect a player being transfered from say Forest to Toon in summer then Toon to Darlo in the next jan?

  • matt11_25

    Dec 23, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #21

    I noticed one person pointed it out (Tiote I believe) so i stopped reading… but COLO definitely had a TERRIBLE game. I hope he wasn’t 100% fit because he was absolutely tore apart by Odemwingie and Long.. they looked like studs.. Give Perch a fookin break this wasnt nearly his fault, have to say he is sorry in the air tho


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