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Newcastle Only Have Themselves To Blame For Sickening Loss

Newcastle were the better side in the first half of the game last night and should have been ahead at the break,  but the chances we had we couldn’t put away.

In the second half Hull began to find their rhythm a little bit and came back into the game and it was much more even with Hull pressing for the winner late in the game, but Newcastle defending well.


Newcastle players cannot believe it during shoot-out

But then Newcastle were put in the ascendancy again by the sending off of Hull player Dieumerci Mbokani after he head butted Jamaal Lascelles after 89 minutes.

Hull couldn’t even freshen up their side in extra time because they had already used all their substitutes whereas Newcastle had used only one.

All the advantages in extra time were in our favor.

We went ahead after the impressive Achraf Lazaar had hit the cross bar, with a goal from former Hull player Mo Diame , his third of the season – all in cup games.

But then we went to sleep and conceded within 77 seconds of taking the lead after goalkeeper Matz Sels dropped the ball and Robert Snodgrass equalized.

With a one man advantage Newcastle dominated extra time but we couldn’t get the winner.

The penalty shoot-out was simply an embarrassment for Newcastle.

Only Christian Atsu scored from his spot-kick, goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was the hero for the home side and saved from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran and Dwight Gayle hit the woodwork.

Hull scored from their three penalties and they should be given credit for the way they fought after going down to 10 men and they simply never gave up.

To be third bottom of the Premier League shows Newcastle still have some work to do to both get promoted and then to be a force in the Premier League.

It was a huge chance lost by this Newcastle side who have now suffered two sickening defeats in a row after winning the previous nine games.

It’s never been easy to be a Newcastle fan and that’s been demonstrated by these last two games – both of which Newcastle should have won.

In short, Newcastle simply blew it last night and we also gave up 3 points on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers – 3rd bottom of the league.

We have to get back to the real business of this season and that is winning Championship games and racking up the points.

We should never play a weakened side again this season in the league – the last thing we want is to have to be down below for a second season – that would be a real killer.

It’s going to be a tough test at Nottingham Forest on Friday night and Rafa has to get his troops back up to speed and ready for action.

We desperately need a win in that game and put these two sickening defeats behind us.

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6 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I gave MOM to Anita as well.

    Shelvey, whom I have heavily critcised for last year’s ridiculous performances, had a very good game too. Diame may not have been outstanding, but he ran himself to the ground and never hid.

    We must remember that oftentimes Hull lost sight of the ball, and they are in the PL.

    I was among the first to criticize Rafa (eg. See makems, Norwich last year; hence some blog abuse), but I won’t criticize him for this. He’s got me first on 40 points, leading. He keeps that up, I’ll have nothing but praise for him.

  • cyprus

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking at the other MOM votes, lascelles was alright, but Clark was much better.

  • ash1001

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #3

    That match was there for the taking last night, Rafa has to stop messing about with the team, we should be playing our best team wherever possible and last night was one of those occasions. I would think we would all have thought Darlow would be in Goal and Dummett at fullback, and the likes of Perez and Mitrovic would at worst be on the bench. Yes there is a squad but the top teams play there best side most weeks. Sorry Rafa but in my opinion you got it wrong, and I think you will know that.

  • NoahJ

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think it was a “sickening” loss- it was disappointing, and the penalties were farcical, but we completely dominated the game (look at the stats), I just think we ran out of steam by the end.

    the main objectives for me at the start of the year were promotion with cup run, and I feel I’ve had that cup run now, even though it’s gutting not to have gotten further

    let’s move on and be up for forest on friday

  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki // Nov 29, 2016 at 11:58 PM (previous thread)

    Rafa did get to see how we gauge against a PL side, albeit a dire one. Lessons learned.

    Lessons will not be learned, they never are. We didn’t even practice penalties in training (!). Hull are the same inconsistent Championship side that scraped up through the play-offs. Bruce left because there was no rebuilding close season and Phelan was left trying to cling on in the top flight on zero budget. In fairness he’s making a decent fist of it, but PL standard side they are definitely not – and would be odds on to drop down again if not for Swansea and Sunderland making such a determined bid for two of those relegation spots.

    Truth is we lost against an average to decent Championship side, worse than that we lost to ten of them. But having succumbed meekly to bottom 3 Blackburn last weekend that shouldn’t really surprise anyone, and certainly not with Matt ‘Pat-a-Cake’ Sels in goal..

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I think some of the squad grew up last night. A few tried too hard. The squad did not have enough confidence when up with an extra man to crowd the 18 yard box. They laid too deep. I hope that lesson will be learned. Shelvey and Hayden need to learn to look left and right. Too much passing to the left. Hull played them for that. Lazar and Gouff were open and have good shooting skills. I’m glad they did not practice penalties, Rafa had them working on ball control and pressing. I think this game will improve them vs the Championship, and leave them wanting to draw a PL side in the FA Cup. And if Mitro and Perez are good boys, have them in the squad.


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