It was 29th September at Leicester, and we were losing 1-0, and just before half time, Isaac Hayden was then sent off.
The game ended in our worst defeat since the dreary days of manager Steve McClaren – it ended 5-0, and after that, we had 5 points from our first 7 games.
It looked like we were definitely in for another battle with relegation.
We still maybe will have that fight, but in the last five games, we have three wins against Man United, West Ham, and Bournemouth.
And are up to 15 points from our first 12 games – the best we’ve been since five years ago when Alan Pardew was still at the club.[table “84” not found /]
We could drop a couple of places if Man United and Wolves win their games today – both are ahead at the time of writing.
Not only have we picked up points, but Steve Bruce has been true to his word, and he has had Newcastle play a more attacking style of football.
And the new front three of Allan Saint-Maximin (ASM), Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron have looked threatening, especially the two wide men.
We looked great last week in the first half against West Ham and yesterday, after being outplayed for the first 25 minutes and 1-0 down, we came back with two goals from Clark (second in two games) and DeAndre Yedlin.
The Magpies then held out well as the Cherries chased the equalizer over the last 20 minutes of the match.
We also had breakaways when we should have scored – much like last week at the London Stadium.
So hopefully, we still have that defensive resilience built up under Rafa Benitez, but now we have some real threat in the final one-third of the pitch.
Yes, we now have real pace with ASM and Almiron looking lightning fast down the wings.
Allan Saint-Maximin in action against the Cherries yesterday
So we even have some hope that maybe – just maybe – we can avoid a relegation fight this term and even finish above 10th place for only the second time under woeful and stubborn owner Mike Ashley.[table “32” not found /]
Steve Bruce has taken severe criticism, as most managers would after the way Mike Ashley stupidly allowed Rafa Benitez to leave the club.
But maybe he can now manage Newcastle to a decent season – certainly the players seem to like and respect him.
Yes, anything can happen in the Premier League, so it’s not really clear whether we can avoid a relegation fight.
But more displays like the last two and we should be able to pick up those points.
There’s a two-week International break, and then we have 6 games in December – so at the end of this year, we’ll know how we can fare this season.
But after all the nonsense over the summer, when we lost a world-class manager, a decent finish this season would mean success for Newcastle United.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Bournemouth?
- A. Saint-Maxmin (34%, 733 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (24%, 516 )
- Fede Fernandez (15%, 322 )
- Miguel Almiron (8%, 176 )
- Ciaran Clark (8%, 172 )
- Jetro Willems (5%, 98 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 65 )
- Joelinton (1%, 26 )
- Martin Dubravka (1%, 14 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 12 )
- Andy Carroll (0%, 10 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 7 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 5 )
Total Voters: 2,164
100 comments so far
Nov 10, 2019 at 4:53 PMComment #41
Wijnaldum never played like that for us
Nov 10, 2019 at 4:55 PMComment #42
Jane @30…………..He is!!
Nov 10, 2019 at 4:56 PMComment #43
This game is a humdinger
(as they say in N Carolina)
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:02 PMComment #44
he is on the The Wife’s radar too!!
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:02 PMComment #45
Mad Frog Boom 22
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:04 PMComment #46
Mad Frog Boom 22
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:05 PMComment #47
Frog the blog until evils gone!
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:07 PMComment #48
Do Citeh ever score from corners?
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:08 PMComment #49
Jane………. It’s always him who starts it and then expects his Shyte to go unchallenged .
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:14 PMComment #50
Your post @21 confirmed my point – it could’ve been lifted straight from the Daily Heil, Express and Essex’s favourite, the Telegraph!
You seem confident that the billionaire brigade would shove off in the event of a Labour government – and for what it’s worth. I see Corbyn as a liability to it.
Can we assume you are a billionaire who’d ready to up sticks, have been informed by one or some of them or even read it in the Telegraph or some other medium?
So if they did hop it so what? It’s not as though they contribute millions in tax is it? Maybe that’s why they’re said to be ready to move away – to avoid paying any tax at all?
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:15 PMComment #51
I was responding to Online and about how words and phrases are assimilated into language. If the cap fits Bettys you’re wearing it.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:16 PMComment #52
Bleatin' n Bruced
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:17 PMComment #53
The Wife – you might have to pick a neutral colour for cards, done of them appear to want Red! 🙂
I think the Beige card should be a caution. Ochre for sending off.
Bleatin' n Bruced
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:19 PMComment #54
Jib @41 – yeah he did when the camera caught his good side. 😉
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:20 PMComment #55
Re-post from previous thread…….
Perhaps it has already been mentioned but I’m sure it stated in the Chronicle that SJP can still be extended even if the new development should proceed as it seems it will. Although if I’d bought a property in this new building, and I wasn’t a Toon fan, I can’t say I’d be happy to have my windows full of the new stand and blocking all my light throughout the day!
Back to football:- I’ve got to say in my opinion Almiron, even allowing for his not scoring, yet, has an awful lot to offer the team. He works very hard indeed and some of his defensive covering is first class. I’m sure goals will follow in due course and once the first one hits the back of the net at St James’ Park I bet the roof will reverberate with the noise! HWTL!
:~) 🙂 🙂
Bleatin' n Bruced
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:21 PMComment #56
Wijnaldum at nufc “any cameras on this one today boss?”
Wijnaldum “Oh. I……see…….” (Puts hot water bottle back into seat of his shorts)
Bleatin' n Bruced
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:24 PMComment #57
Oops McCardew. Have difficulty separating them.
Bleatin' n Bruced
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:26 PMComment #58
If we hadn’t wrecked it by selling our top goalscorers almiron would have been bagging the assists if not the goals by now. I feel sorry for him because his current duty is pressure relief for the defence.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:26 PMComment #59
You guys talking politics and bringing up terrorism don’t have a leg to stand on. Im assuming you’re from the UK. Pointing out individuals whilst ignoring others to use as a stick to beat with just shows your hypocrisy and double standards.
Maybe it’s best to keep that sort of thing off the blog as asked to.
Bills Son Is Back
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:29 PMComment #60
Jumping on the ‘Bill’s Son is an angry grumpy old man’ is actually an admission that you can’t back up your opinions.
If anything, I get stick on here for being too positive and not drowning myself in the moaning mire of the doom laden.
Like, hibbit who three times was asked and couldn’t back up his grumpy old man claim you can’t back up your claim that we have gone backwards, that we defend all game long and that we are one step away from getting thumped every game.
I gave you my opinions on why I disagree, coming back with a bland dismissal without any real counter argument is very telling coming from a someone who loves spouting off as if he’s the king of the blog.
It tells me you’ve been backed into a corner and haven’t got any real facts to back up your moaning.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:31 PMComment #61
There is no patent on the English Language. Words are words and don’t belong to anyone. Most words that are an everyday utterance can be found in some newspaper or another if one could be bothered to scour them. Re arranging them however so done would still coincide with something a newspaper has written so what is your point?
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:33 PMComment #62
It’s crazy how tight the middle portion of the table is.
Six points separate Sheffield United in fifth and Villa in seventeenth.
Half of the premier League are within three points of each other.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:35 PMComment #63
Bill’s no you get stuck on here for using a condescending tone towardsand actively lookin insulting anyone who tried to
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:36 PMComment #64
Hum try again
Bill’s no you get stuck on here for using a condescending tone towards and actively insulting anyone who tries to express an opinion which doesn’t match your own.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:38 PMComment #65
Bill’s you get stick on here for using a condescending tone”
Have you ever read Tsunki’s posts ?
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:42 PMComment #66
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:42 PMComment #67
Mané clearly watched Yedlin yesterday
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:44 PMComment #68
Citeh cannot play hurry-up footy
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:46 PMComment #69
I have to jump in on this politics conversation on one point made because it was the most ridiculous thing I have read on the blog (removing Toon 22 of course).
Lesh I suggest you go and read how much the most wealthy people in the country pay in tax very quickly and come back with a more factual statement than saying the wealthiest do not pay anything in tax.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:49 PMComment #70
Wijnaldum is having a field day playing the gap in front of
Citeh’s CB’s and Gundogan and Hernandez in front of them
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:56 PMComment #71
Jib, yes I agree completely, but tsunki will admit to being ott at times.
Bill’s seems to think he’s fighting a one man crusade against the rest of the world, even though the majority of that world had no idea they were at war.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:57 PMComment #72
Anyway, three meals to cook, back later
Jail for Ashley
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:58 PMComment #73
Bills Son is Back,
Do you have a picture of your face so I can put it next to Churnley’s on my bash a mole with a mallet game, if you don’t mind.
Nov 10, 2019 at 5:58 PMComment #74
You working for RMS now ?
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:04 PMComment #75
Guardiola got it totally wrong
Citeh started brightly playing down the wings
Unfortunately LPool probs have the 2 best FB’s
in the PL in Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:05 PMComment #76
Since you commented so confidently on something you think I said (about tax), may I suggest you re-read said post.
You’re beyond hope.
Of course one’ll find words in the media. That’s what some of it does… print words.
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:08 PMComment #77
Three meals to cook and what thanks d’you get? None! Plates cleared them they’re off leaving the chef to do the washing up!
Work, work, work, work……..
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:16 PMComment #78
Lesh you basically suggested that if we lost some of the wealthiest individuals from the UK it wouldn’t be a big issue as they are not paying the required tax.
If we lost these individuals the country would be crippled no doubt about it.
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:20 PMComment #79
Lesh………….. You may well think I was talking like an idiot in my last post, but how else will you understand me?
Nov 10, 2019 at 6:23 PMComment #80
Quick Lesh go and consult The Guardian for your reply .