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Fans Have Their Say After Worrying Performance Yesterday

There are not many players who could hold their heads high after what was a poor performance at newly-promoted Norwich City yesterday in the 3-1 loss.

Newcastle were outclassed and outplayed from the first whistle to the last and our once water-tight defense was taken apart and conceded three goals.

It could have been even worse if the Canaries had taken the three chances they had before they finally scored after 32 minutes with their striker Teemu Pukki getting a hat-trick.

With only one goal between the sides at the half, we were still in with a chance.

But we continued with the same poor form and low energy and allowed two very poor goals in the second half before Jonjo Shelvey scored three minutes into stoppage time.

Norwich deserved to win the game yesterday by mo0re than two goals and in a sense, we were a little lucky to get off so lightly.

It’s only two games gone and two defeats but far too early to panic.

But the pressure will be on head coach Steve Bruce to get some points on the board soon.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki scores the first goal after 32 minutes – it got worse

While it’s true we had only three draws and seven defeats in our first ten games last season Steve Bruce will not be given the time to turn it around as Rafa was given last season.

Rafa is world-class and he had earned the right and trust to save Newcastle, which he did the last two seasons after a terrible run of results in each season.

However, we must keep supporting Steve and the players and hope the Geordie manager can get more out of the players than he has so far.

And we still think this is a (slightly) better and more balanced squad than we had last season.

Only a few players like Martin Dubravka and Isaac Hayden as two examples, maintained their level of form yesterday.

We hope this is just a bad day at the office and not the way we will continue to play.

Where was that well-drilled defense of last season yesterday?

Next game is at Tottenham next Sunday and that’s a big test for the lads and for Steve Bruce too.

We hope we can take something out of the game or at least make it a close game.

Another poor display and results in seven days will not help anything.

And in the next eight league games, we have to face four top-six sides in Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea and also have games against Leicester, Watford, and Wolves.

That’s a very tough schedule – to say the least.

Here are some comments from fans after yesterday’s poor and rather alarming display.

First here’s Steve’s press conference after the game.

28 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    No comment

    Just having my say

  • beefman13

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Every bugga knows he’s the wrong option man, just the cheap option.

  • Bigjim67

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    oldarse/ anglo saxon,
    why did you change your name and picture? did you get banned for being an obnoxious bitter old racist homophobic chav? or did you just fancy a name and picture more suited to your personality which I’ve just described.
    and i always say the opposite of what cockneymafiaout is saying. many times ive said it’s stupid when fans turn on other fans for being armchair or not singing loudly enough or not being local etc. all it does is create divisions. seems you are just persisting with this current thick person technique of labeling any two people you dislike as the same, and repeating endlessly hoping to get other thick people to join in. ‘duh, sumbodys repeeting sumthing, it must be true.’
    and i bolted because i don’t want to waste time on here anymore where pond life like you & people like toon22 & baloney prattle on about dinnington & alts & shills all day. mainly because it is extremely boring. there are a million better things to do than read that jibberish. barely anybody talks about football. that’s why ive not been checking much the last week.

  • Zele

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    As I have said before, this team is in transition.

    It’s Benitez team with two new faces trying to play a different way and it didn’t work.

    Bit like an orchestra where the string section have different music sheets to the brass section and the conductor has lost his baton.

    With regard to Brucie’s challenge putting it into perspective, Benitez had many of the players for a year before he was able to field a team, formulate tactics where all the players clicked and results followed.

    Perhaps Brucie has to throw away the Benitez template and create his own. And quickly.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    He wasn’t even an option it’s just Charnley and Bruce met on the same bus and got Chatting, no BS the truth.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    OH ho got you, Williamson, no hiding place eh.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8

    The traitor hasnt got a clue how to fix the mess we are in
    His managerial record shows this is just about the norm for him as manager, -133 GD and counting
    Maybe some of those who claim we should give him time and stay positive can expalin exactly how thats got any chance of happening >?

    So we get rid of the traitor, it seems very likely atm
    Who do we drag in next ?
    As i cant see anyone wanting to stir the brown stuff for Jabba this season

  • Trent1211

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I get why pro-boycott passion can seem sanctimonious and why matchgoers might rail against it. It’s like the old Bill Hicks joke about ex-smokers “I’d quit smoking if I didn’t think I’d become one of them.” Nobody can ‘tell’ anybody what to do. You can argue strongly and that’s it. It isn’t personal. It’s conviction you’re right on either side of the debate. Some of the reactions from those that are still going to the match is way OTT ironically seeing as they seem to think being pro-boycott is some kind of lunacy/heresy.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Our strikers dont look like they are going to get many goals
    The team has no shape and seem devoid of tactics
    We suddenly cant defend
    We seem to have the injury problems back all of a sudden
    No plan B , it seems there no plan A either

    But somehow being positive and giving it time will magically fix all of these problems ?
    The traitor is the 2nd worst manager in the prems history
    He makes Pardue look good

    Its never Jabbas fault

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    So we are away to Spurs on Sunday and its televised

    Anyone looking forward to it, feeling positive ?

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Why are we in this mess ?

    Jabba and his colossal ego

    Until he is gone we wont improve

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Time wasters, these Blades.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee

    not very sharp either !!!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15

    But dirty, hibbit! They should be down to 10 men.

  • Reilly

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    ‘Don’t take Newcastle United fans for granted’ – Steve Bruce’s warning to his players.


  • Ajs22398

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Let’s be honest the people who go to matches just want to crow on about how they are better supporters than anyone who boycotted when Ashley does go yet it’s the boycotters who actually tried to do something. Fair enough boycotting might have zero effect but it has a far better chance than going to matches giving Ashley your money then not even creating an atmosphere.


    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Bruce gave an honest interview said what we all thought….not good enough all round but to me he looks like someone who already knows the players wont do what he wants,he looks defeated and clueless how to get it back,seems to be lacking anger, determination to lead and kick arse…ana he’s under pressure but need to see something from him….coz if he looks like he’s not bothered or clueless the players will be the same.
    If bruce doesn’t get a good start, would he quit to try and save the club from relegation?….or would he string it out till maybe pushed knowing that the longer he’s in,the more chance we have of goin down….all hyperphetical i know,just i genuinely dont think charnley will sack him coz he’s his appointment and would make him look stupid…again…..once again i hope im completely wrong bruce does well,i just dont believe he’s big enough/good enough for the job.

  • Reilly

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    The players over the past couple of season have give their all for the fans and club.
    Shockin comment to make.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    i think he’s lost the dressing room in record time, the heads were down on Saturday no one had a clue how we were set up.

  • Arizona Fan

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #21

    We look to be devoid of passion, not talent. We look to be devoid of ideas, not talent. We look to be devoid of a manager, not talent. I think we have enough talent to be respectable. Note I did not say good. I do not think the boys want to play for Bruce no matter their public words. There is a fine line at this level between winning and losing and often times it is the passion that overcomes, the slight tactical fix of the manager or the free flow of ideas that a player has.

    Toon 22 you have been right all along in this I bow to your brilliance.

  • jane

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    toon22 is brilliant.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Which of our players are above average?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #24

    He’s a nice man

    He’s an honest man

    And does like a beer

    But he’s hopeless as a manager

    And aah wish he wornt here.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    At some point there will have to be a mass boycott for Ashley to go.

    Right now his retail empire is crumbling. For me he’s well on the way to blowing his fortune as the high street is never coming back and he seems a one-trick pony when it comes to business and is stuck in the 90s early 00s.

    Not wanting to get political, but Brexit is going to hasten that decline and will be the final nail for the high street. If it doesn’t happen people like Mike Ashley will find it much more difficult to navigate the new anti-tax avoidance directive. Belgium is already on his case.

    Either way he is in trouble.

    I’m sure he’d wish for Newcastle fans to not give him any more problems than those he currently has to contend with.

    Boycott. Make that the story of every home match, the primary topic of conversation when discussing Newcastle and when Sky cameras roll up. It will make journalists and regular people dig deepr for the story if it is a persistent boycott.

    There will be bits on Mike Ashley and his business practices at Sports Direct. As weeks go on there will be deeper features pre-match on what has happened. Commentators will have to note “St James Park is nearly half empty because of their owner Mike Ashley and their issues with his running of the club.”. Negative PR when he least wants it.

    We are more powerful than we think. Just because it isn’t a simple, quick and easy cause > effect doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

    It’s best to do it now, this season whilst in the PL. Be pro-active, not reactive to our inevitable relegation.

    You can either have relegation this season and make a real fist of getting Ashley out or you can have relegation and then get all upset and be back discussing this in 10 months time.

  • dougie

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    I worry about Bruces health and state of mind,2 games in and I think it’s starting to dawn on him what a task he’s got in front of him.Deep down he knows he’s got no chance of doing what his predecessor managed with this squad.I think in a couple of months when we are rock bottom of the league and everyone is giving him grief he will be begging for the sack.The parasite makes dangerous decisions.

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #27

    From Earlier, with a bit extra added.

    A bump in the road ?
    More like the cheddar gorge !
    We need Rafa ! Not the makems secret weapon (5-1 Brucey )
    We need rid of GREEDY COCK-ney
    We need a good manager and a new skipper.
    Joey Barton where are you ? At least we would go down fighting !
    FFS ! What a shambles they were yesterday.
    I hope some of the players read this.

    We should seriously be prepared for championship football next season. hopefully not free fall to the makems league. Rondon and Perez are seriously missed in my opinion as well as the obvious ( RAFA ) Look at some of the players now they are as if they are blind folded without Rafa. They’re not sure what to do.
    It’s as if Fat Lad has slit his wrists but not quite deep enough so it’s gonna take time.

  • captainmarvel

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    It is virtually impossible to get rid of Ashley, even if he sold the club there are so many add ons (shirt sales for one) merchandise that he would still be attached look at Rangers and how much he gets for merchandise against that of the club.
    Look what he’s done regarding the Gallowgate extension how did he get away with that! Its criminal how much the low life has affected NUFC. Fit and proper! Bullshit!


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