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Our Man Of The Match Needs Playing Time – Could Become Hero

Daryl Murphy came on yesterday after 61 minutes for Mo Diame and scored Newcastle’s only goal after 76 minutes against Fulham and it was a very good goal too.

Daryl now has 5 goals in only 12 total appearances for the Magpies which includes only 6 starts and he’s our Man of the Match with a good 65% of the vote.

We’d be very surprised if Daryl doesn’t start the next game at Birmingham next Saturday since we need experienced players in the side who can produce the goods when it matters.

We need a good result in that match – like a win and all 3 points – before the long two week International break.

Daryl Murphy in training – need to play more often

That’s an excellent number of goals Daryl has scored given how little he’s played and he could yet be the Newcastle hero this season if he can score more vital goals for us – which he did while Dwight Gayle was out injured – and see us get that automatic promotion slot.

As Dwight gets his sharpness back maybe Rafa will start Daryl – at least at Birmingham next Saturday.

We need to start winning games again after taking just one point  from the last two games.

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55 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Bobby, Chicousa and me won the bingo, which was as good as it got!
    Nearly forgot – our under 18’s beat the mackems3-0!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll check the results later, can’t be arsed tonight

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    you said the atmosphere was stale and flat…
    Were you in your normal seat ( the corner)?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Sing in the corn do me a favour tell jail where I come from not the west of the toon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye, just didn’t feel the crowd were up for it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Why would sitc tell me!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #7

    The Spirit of 77?

    Rafa NUFC 2016-17 P37 W24 D5 L8 (+38) pts77
    Hoots NUFC 2009-10 P 37 W22 D11 L4 (+33) pts77
    Hoots BHAFC 2016-17 P37 W23 D8 L6 (+32) pts77

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Wonder if wenger be available in the summer, can’t play that shite again.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Gotta feel for Murphy, done very well when called upon but dropped as soon as Gayle comes back, would it not make more sense to drop Diame or colback and play with 2 up front?

    Negative and defensive mindset again costs us 3 valuable points at home.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Thought on the whole the crowd started buoyant and the east gallwgate kept up the singing fairly well considering we couldn’t get or keep the ball and kept conceding goals.
    Can’t speak for elsewhere in the ground as all I can hear is the singing where we are.
    The home crowd can’t ‘win’ anyway. I’ve heard people going on about the fans groaning and getting on the team’s back…then others saying it’s embarrassing the fans don’t walk out of booooooooo the players off.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11


    If you care to read my comment again I said the team that started yesterday, not the squad.

    To the Rafa neggars, of course there are bad days when he gets it wrong, he’s only human. I am just grateful looking at us being top of the table now and for most of the season there are more good days than bad when he gets it very right.

    It just seems that so many are ready to jump on the bandwagon when we have a blip, but were conspiculously absent in their comments when we beat brighton and Huddersfield away. Apart from Munster who is consistently just a miserable so and so, no matter what. It’s like some just revel in negativity and almost want us to lose to prove their point.

    Yes he got it wrong yesterday.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #12

    *dont walk out or…

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Look I had a good drink yesterday with good pals and my have upset some people I apologise someone told me a long time ago better to be man owen up to your owen mistakes

  • LeedsMag

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #14

    3 tough away games with a defensive game plan – Did we forget how to switch back to an offensive approach at home – I wonder if we are getting a bit too cautious and getting caught between 2 styles
    Defence certainly looks more suspect at home

  • magspuggy

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Full game on club website now if anybody fancies a post mortem..


  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought we were in for a special atmosphere when the PA played La Bamba at the start, unfortunately one of those days.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I was wondering how Rolando is getting on.. Been back training for a while. Clutching a bit, I know, but maybe he can give us another pacey wide option.
    Murphy has to start at the moment I think.mGood scoring rate for the limited chances he has had. Seems weird to have our top scorer benched but maybe his fitness needs time and could be better impact off the bench to freshen up when Murphy tires..

  • Our Toon

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18


    Step one is to agree rafa made a mistake because that’s something good that has been seriously lacking, no middle ground when he does get it wrong at home. 5 defeats in the championship at SJP, you’d think he’d have learned by now wouldn’t you?

    On the flip side, looking at our remaining fixtures the only one the really concerns me is an away game, Sheffield Wednesday away looks a real tough one.

    Wagner has done wonders with Huddersfield and the seriously limited budget he’s had, they still have to play Fulham, Houghton has got the experience of getting out of this league twice now I think. In all honesty I’d rather be where we are with the squad we have and with the manager we have but the difference between us and the other 2 managers is that they are more adventurous than we are….if we can be more adventurous at home then that will get the nerves out of the crowd and gives us something to shout about.

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    He definitely did get it wrong yesterday. Fulham actually set up to play on the counter attack but we actually let them have the ball for some reason. Maybe it was a curve ball who knows?

    Fulham are probably the best team with the ball in the division in my opinion so it was a strange move on Rafas part. Although you could argue if we played open and expansive they could have just picked us off because they’re also very good on the counter.

    But like I said yesterday that was our most difficult remaining fixture and we won’t play anyone as good as them. So no need to panic.

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Think Sheffield Wednesday will be the team to drop out of the playoffs ourtoon. Leeds v Brighton next Saturday and Huddersfield go to Bristol City who badly need the points.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #21


    Yep Huddersfield have to go to Bristol city but they’ve been on a shocking run, they’ve won 2 games out of 10 if not more, they are a side on the slide so not sure how tough they’ll find that.

    We’ve been done over a couple of times this season by teams that have done the double on us, Sheffield Wednesday play a high tempo, closing down and already beat us at SJP, hopefully we can reverse that result but it’s the only I see us dropping points in

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #22

    How does anyone know that the game plan was to let them have possesion, was it not just that we were utter garbage and couldn’t keep the ball.

  • dark x steve

    Mar 12, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Last call for help because I really don’t want to spam but from the previous post please check out my Newcastle united video simulating how we do in the premier league

    Could you guys please like the video trying to make some more Newcastle content when I can ? I know you guys are all great on here I see you commenting and posting all the time so if you could sub aswell it would really make my weekend, thank you all!!!

  • Clematis

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Derby sack maclaren!

  • Toon toon b&w army

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Pardew for derby

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Agree, I don’t think it was the game plan to let them have the ball all over the pitch. Rafa was anticipating them keeping it across the back 4 for periods and wanting us to come out more. I thought they did exactly that and so nearly came to grief at times, we did close down well in some cases and it was touch and go with them over elaborating around their box but they managed to play their way out, just about. Then a good strike changed all that, they gained even more confidence and we increasingly struggled.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Carver for Derby

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Could you simulate Wednesdays lottery numbers for me ?

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Their performance against Brighton on Friday night was embarrassing and exactly the same at Leeds a few weeks beforehand. So I’m not really surprised. Although I’m not really sure what his remit for this season was ? when they where in a relegation battle when he arrived.

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #30

    So their owner sacked Clement when they where in the playoffs, appointed a bloke with no experience whatsoever for the rest of that season. Headhunted mad Nigel Pearson that summer, sacked him a few months later and then reappointed McClaren and have now sacked him five months later.

    Aye he seems a bit of a Looney bin.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #31

    SM’s famous grin in all its glory in the interview post Brighton defeat, gobshoyting on about how fantastically well Brighton played… probably pushed the owner over the edge.
    He walks away, probably with yet another contract pay off in us back pocket.
    Who’s the c***??

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Half hour braek before back out in the cold jail you said they were garbage could you tell me whos to blame for that if you don’t mind .

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Gary Rowett 1/5 in the betting odds. Norwich and Derby both probably fighting it out for him now. I noticed Pardew was at the old firm game today. He’s second favorite for the job. Consolation prize.

  • Belfast

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #34


    He should probably just jack it in now. That’ll be another few million in the bank.

  • sparky55

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Rafa didn’t get anything wrong on Saturday…the team played badly, every player to a man made bad decisions on the ball, they all played badly, passed badly, lost possession with regularity and no-one stepped up to take responsibility…oh and yes…Fulham played out of their skins and it was definitely their day.

    So why is everyone on here saying Rafa got it wrong…he pretty much played the team that won us 7 points away from home in the last three games…so why all of a sudden is it Rafa’s fault when THE TEAM put in their worst performance of the season.

    Colback is out of sorts at the minute…and to remedy that I would simply put Diame in the defensive role and play both Gayle and Murphy up top.

    …but in Rafa I trust regardless.

    Players playing badly for a team that’s sitting on the top of table does not mean the manager is shite…not in my book anyway

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #36

    McClaren doesn’t even warrant the usual empty platitudes when he gets sacked nowadays apparently.

    “Since the turn of the year we have experienced a significant, unexpected and persistent decline in results, team unity and morale. Our form over the last 10 games would place us above the relegation group by goal difference alone.”

    “The Brighton game on Friday night was so far from what we expect to see from those wearing a Derby County shirt.

    “To ensure we are on the right path, it is important to put the building blocks in place so we can develop a team we can all be proud of. Players should wear the shirt with pride and share, espouse and exude the qualities and values we believe are important to the club, its supporters and the community.

    “We need a manager who shares our values and who is prepared to develop the team, staff and processes that will set us on course for a sustainable place in the Premier League. We are less concerned about timescales than we are about getting things right.“

    Steve give it up mate, and return to grass roots coaching, or a nice semi retirement job in the far East.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Is that twice in 2 years at Derby and once at Newcastle . Not bad that 3 times in 2 years . Must be a record that . Haha

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Have to give credit to Fulham for their performance but they only looked so good because we allowed them to.
    We’ll have to put this terrible defeat behind us and hope we get our act together soon.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Could it be a conspiracy to keep us down and Ashley gives everyone a bonus this is just a bit fun would not put out passed Ashley mind you no money to spend last jan makes for good reading.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #40

    I noticed a few comments on here concerning Shelvey’s lack of workrate. Haven’t seen a replay of the Fulham match yet, but of the one’s I have, Shelvey has noticeably put in a shift. It seems to me that he realises he can’t succeed at Newcastle unless he does, and certainly not in the EPL.


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