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Disappointing Evening For Our Lone International In Action

It was a very disappointing evening for Martin Dubravka and Slovakia in Croatia for their 2020 Euro Qualifier. After taking a surprise 0-1 lead into the half on a 32nd-minute goal by Robert Bozenik, it was all Croatia in the second half to seal Group E with a 3-1 win.

A 56th-minute goal by former Newcastle target Nikola Vlasic started the comeback, though it was coming for some time. Martin Dubravka just couldn’t get his hand on the ball and was beaten on the long-range effort.

The second goal for Croatia came soon after on a 60th-minute corner. There was nothing Martin could do on the header by Bruno Petkovic, who had it far too comfortable in front of the net.

Then to make matters even worse for Slovakia, left-winger Robert Mak was sent off after receiving a second yellow in the 66th minute. Ivan Perisic added a third goal for Croatia in the 74th minute as Slovakia’s collapse was complete.

This was a match Slovakia truly needed something from. They now fall to 4th place in Group E on 10 points and will need to defeat Azerbaijan in Slovakia on Tuesday night. Not only must they win, but they have to hope that Wales and Hungary draw when they face each other in Wales on Tuesday.

67 comments so far

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Nov 16, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Whos fault?

  • toon22

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2


    On the sauce ?

  • toon22

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next year ?

  • toon22

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Sports Direct mocked over ‘half time, half price’ promotion for England rugby world champions t-shirts



  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Sports Direct mocked over ‘half time, half price’ promotion for England rugby world champions t-shirts

    Do you think it will get them thrown out of the stock market ?
    Empower the Government to appoint an auditor ?


  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #6


    Two points

    If you lift copy from another site, at least have the courtesy to credit the site rather than try to pass yourself off as a clever dick.

    Speaking if which, the fact that Shola’s got degrees in Sports Science and played football at a high level, does not qualify him to do a good job as Loans Coordinator. Such a role is or should be part of the club’s young player learning and development function. Leaving young players to languish without good coaching and playing time doesn’t seem too clever from where I’m sitting – on the outside yes but can anyone say that Sorensen’s gained much from his time Carlisle?

    Jib, the tripe you post seems commensurate with your qualifications – an first and a doctorate in bullchit!

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #7

    That Croatian equaliser looked saveable

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    That post was a translation from a Mexican website that Tom asked for
    everyone but you knew it
    The other pompous guff isn’t even worthy of a response
    You really are a prick

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Dubs does seem to have a weakness getting down quickly to shots close to his feet
    He should take a leaf out of Allison’s book
    To hell with orthodoxy
    If a scruffy save with your feet is necessary – do it

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 16, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    lesh “the fact that Shola’s got degrees in Sports Science and played football at a high level, does not qualify him to do a good job as Loans Coordinator”

    Just curious as to what you would consider to be decent qualifications, in that case? I’d imagine a high-level relevant academic qualification and years of experience in the game would be ideal.

    While we’re all disappointed for Erikson, I think the rest of our loanees are having decent seasons so far, with the majority of them getting good game time. That suggests that Shola has done a pretty decent job so far.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 16, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Cal Roberts got a hat-trick for Blyth today in their 4-4 draw away. He’s scored 10 goals in 12 matches so far and definitely seems to be playing at a level lower than he deserves.

    Watch this lad rise up the leagues.

  • NY Mag

    Nov 16, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #12


    Shola is not questioned because of his qualifications / experience……but because of his opinions.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #13

    The Job of loans co-ordinator should be that of an ex top scout and possibly lower league coach or ex manager who knows from experience and who and what club fits a particular young player..he will have a good insight into management skills and who is more likely to bring a kid on and improve him at another club..

    Shola is not worldly wise when it comes to that ..its a very experienced football man that’s required..not an ex player who has supported Ashley openly in the media in order to score points and get the bloody job..because that’s what happened.

    Square peg in a round hole fills that position now .

    Jobs for the Ashley boys.. seriously bad choice .

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Can you see how it’s never Jabbas fault?

    Regardless of reality


  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #15

    My mag

    Shola hasn’t the brains to be in the job he has been given
    It’s just another yes man job

    Jabbas ego won’t allow reality to intervene

  • Online Guy

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #16

    And before anyone has a pop consider this

    Two People in my family have sports science degrees and one has coached at Newcastle ..now popping over to American universities and coaching there ..too young to be an experienced loans co-ordinator with the well being and important decisions they have to make regarding a young man’s future and life.

    The Job needs a seriously experienced hand as a young players future could suffer in the hands of someone winging it .

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #17


    It’s under Rafa Dubs was a bargain , a world class keeper ( maybe )

    Funny how that changed with an utter idiot as manager

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #18

    In the end that ego and his total removal from reality will be his undoing

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #19

    He can give away as many match day tickets as he likes

    It won’t achieve anything other than the end of this club

    Sadly he’s not a clue

  • NY Mag

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #20


    You’ve just proved my point…thank you 🙂

  • Online Guy

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #21


    Your right ..experienced mature football man ..like Redfern! Would be the right fit for that Job ..or maybe someone older who knows the game inside out who wants to wind down a tad .

    Lesh spot on also.

    Mind Shola is trustworthy decent bloke but he would be better off coaching academy .

    As we all know Academic qualifications don’t mean much without experience in the field ..time and coaching will give Shola that .

    Jib are you reading ? Go to bed it’s way past your bed time.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 17, 2019 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Another crazy decision by Ashley and Charnley .

    Will we see more of the like of Gibson who left for Everton leaving ..is Sorenson mismanaged ?

    I’m surprised at what’s gone on at Carlisle .

    Somethings not right at Brunton park ..they have always been pro Newcastle and worked together over the decades.

    Manager sacked this week .

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #23

    NY mag

    Everything’s hunky dory at our club right now
    Let’s hope Jabba is here for another 13 years

  • carltoon

    Nov 17, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #24

    OLG. my daughter studied Sports science. Now works in Thailand.

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2019 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #25


    Yes, knowledge and experience in a profession is very useful in enabling the learning and development of people, in this instance players.

    That said, being a trainer requires more than the technical knowledge of the job – having the ability to identify peoples’ learning and development needs in the context of the role for which they, the young players are being trained is important.

    Rather than ramble on, ask yourself the question – would an F1 driver be a good driving instructor?

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 17, 2019 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Strategies to bring the disillusioned fans around seem to be continually discrediting the previous manger, throwing money around for questionable players and trying to install the current head coach on a podium of football thinkers. Neither seems to have succeeded so far in bringing more than about 40k to SJP. One reason is many are skeptical whether our current sustains.

    Looking at overall performance statistics so far this season, we are 2nd bottom of EPL table in terms of x-points. Taking points minus x-points as a (soewhat objective) metric of luck we are the third luckiest team so far. Statistically, there is no difference in our last year’s performance at this stage (when we were “grinding out” results with Joselu et al.) and this season (when we have a £40M “striker” and a £16M winger are at our service). Athough a few optimists are seeing signs of free flowing football already, since form is temporary and class (or lack thereof) is permanent, when stats catch up, this balloon may deflate.

  • Trent1211

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #27

    I see Jib still thinks this is Jib’s world and we’re just living in it.

    FFS do you not have any life outside this blog?

    There’s an ebb and flow of different posters but you’re here as a constant.

    Go out and have a walk in a park, keep off your laptop and phone for a few days. It’s borderline psychopathic the amount of time you’re on here and that’s before we get to what you actually post. It’s obsessive and unhealthy.

    As for the Bruce apologists the Premier League is littered with very poor managers in the longer run of things who can string a short term sequence of results together. Form is temporary (lack of) class is permanent.

    He’s a bluffer and not fit to polish Rafa’s glasses before they get tucked into his jacket pocket.

    Tolerating Bruce is part of the Stockholm Syndrome within our fanbase that allows Ashley to continue and us to aspire to mediocrity as the height of our ambitions.

    Stopping going to the match and paying Ashley for the pale imitation of what our club should really be is the only lever we really have to to try and speed up his departure.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #28

    The only way Ashley will depart is through a sale
    A half empty stadium would hinder that.
    Spending a lot of time on a blog when my work is
    internet related and I have time to kill waiting for
    downloads is hardly psychopathic.
    That’s like saying reading a book in an airport departure
    lounge is psychopathic.

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Shola is a nice guy who I’ve met a few times, to say he’s a bit thick isn’t wide if the mark – wasn’t aware he managed to get a sports degree but I’m presuming it was a paid for or honorary degree …
    Remember when he called the police because he thought he’d been victim if a burglary…turns out cleaner hadn’t turned up .. people saying he’s intelligent clearly have an agenda ….wonder who that could be 😀

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Why would a half empty stadium hinder a sale , more likely it gives the buyer leverage to make an offer

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Jibs still on 14.4k modem … Waiting for downloads rofl

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Sorry jib, couldn’t resist 🙂

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #33


    According to you MA should have been hung, drawn and quartered by now for false accounting and God’s knows what else you accused him of.

    What’s the latest?

    How many more fake prosecutions will you predict?

    We should be told.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #34

    You thinking leverage would make Ashley lower his price
    makes you thicker than you believe (falsely) Shola to be.
    You are lying about meeting Ameobi – he’s really quite

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #35

    People saying they’ve met Shola and he’s thick clearly have an agenda ….wonder who that could be

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #36

    JP was in the Toon this weekend

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #38

    Hahah I’ve heard it all now, jib ( the original Walter Mitty ) calling someone a liar – the world must be flat as well

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Has your download not finished yet, it’s been going for months if not years

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Switzerland are in Gibraltar
    Schar is on Tyneside

    If Xhaka is talking to anyone in the Swiss squad
    about the Toon it will be Kevin Mbabu who won’t
    be giving us a glowing report


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