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‘No Excuses’ – Winger Promises Team Will Work Harder

Allan Saint-Maximin has tweeted the following declaration about last night’s performance along with a video of his touches.

Allan usually just retweets the compilation of his highlights from BNS Comps. However, this time, he felt compelled to make a statement.

This is the first game that the 22-year-old has started since his return at Manchester United in which both the result and performance was not good enough. While Saint-Maximin was far from being the worst offender in last night’s display, he still did not get the job done in the final third.

We hope that this is just a blip for a team that is still trying to find it’s identity. However, we fear that this failure to put in a performance consistently is in this team’s nature. That is a hallmark of Steve Bruce’s career where, for whatever reason, his teams just don’t show up from time to time.

Bruce and the lads have to do their talking next Saturday against Manchester City at St James Park. We’re not expecting a win, but we need to see a much better display than was witnessed last night.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-0 Defeat At Aston Villa?

  • Martin Dubravka (44%, 322 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (28%, 203 )
  • Jetro Willems (8%, 55 )
  • Federico Fernandez (4%, 27 )
  • Andy Carroll (3%, 20 )
  • Isaac Hayden (2%, 17 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 17 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (2%, 15 )
  • Miguel Almiron (2%, 11 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 10 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 9 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 9 )
  • Paul Dummett (1%, 8 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 5 )

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36 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Start by reimbursing the traveling fans.
    Disgraceful especially in the first half.

  • martoon

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Shocking performance and I’ll not repeat what others have said.
    What I don’t understand is we bring on Carroll and Gayle but don’t change style. Not 1 cross to the far post for Carroll to head back or not 1 long ball for Gayle to chase – sheer madness!

  • dee em

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey and Hayden simply couldn’t cope with the mobility and positional sense of Grealish, yeadlin panics under pressure and why he pushed Grealish in the back for the first free kick is beyond me. Sorry but whichever scout recommended spending 40 million on Joelinton should be shown the door.

  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    dee em

    Its not the scouts fault
    Who decided to actually buy Joe ?

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    The really worrying thing, was we really weren’t much better in the second half. Were just soo aimless and haven’t got a clue what to do. I feel sorry for these players playing under Bruce, because they are young lads who need guidance and direction, which is just glaringly obvious they aren’t gonna get under Bruce.

    I honestly dont blame Bruce either because it’s like flogging a dead horse. He is way above his level and aiming our frustration and vitriol at him will do no good.

    We’re honestly just soo ducked. Because no decent manager is goona work for Ashley they are all terrified of working under him.

    He will never ever get as lucky as he did when Rafa decided to help out, and he wasnt nearly as vilified then as he is now, so there is even less chance of anyone decent coming to manage us. Ashley is the very definition of a schadenfreude,along with his little chubby sycophantic bottom bitch Lee.

    Everyone knows this already but hes not going to leave or sell the club. Honestly it’s very easy to see us getting relegated with Bruce. All we have to look forward to is the outside hope of maybe scraping 17th place or relegation. Its disgusting to think about but we may just get on with our lives and stop investing so much into this shit show.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Definitely don’t agree with all the comments aimed at Shelvey, he was as good as anyone else on our team and a lot of his ‘hollywood passes’ did come off but not much was made of them, can’t fault him for that.

    We need to have Shelvey murdered, just to guarantee he cant possibly play another game. He is so bad its comical. Literally all he can do is Hollywood pass and break up every pass by passing it backwards. – Really!

    He cant pass a ball under pressure,- yes he can and does!
    He cant beat a player, – partially agree with that but then that’s not his game.
    He can’t tackle, – he can and does, as much as anyone else in the team
    He cant dribble, – yeah I’d agree with that.
    He can’t run,- most of his critics get that wrong, he never stops
    He has no desire to fight.- Don’t know why he keeps getting that accusation chucked at him, especially as he been accused of to much fight in the past hence his yellow and red cards.


    I do genuinely like him as a player and think he’s one of the few real class players we have, I’d put more blame on Mondays defeat to our makeshift defence which gave our midfield no chance to play. I think he’s being written off far to quickly by too many on the blog.

  • kimbo

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Almiron and Joelinton should be dropped for the next game.
    Extra man in midfield could be Schar, move Shelvey to No10 position and the Tea lady as the number 9 as she will cause more problems than Joelinton.

  • geordietom

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    the games gone move on yes we were crap last night …

    i see TOOL22 is still saying Traitor to get his heart count up cant believe people heart him for his drivel …

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    To lighten the mood and in remembrance of better times you could buy this artwork from a charity shop in Bath for only £5 …. bargain 🙂


  • geordietom

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    should of said …

    yes we were crap last night move on …

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    We’re still closer to top 5 than relegation place 🙂

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m not writing off Joelinton, for me it’s a bad manager who gives zero guidance and horrible man management. He should be protecting him and the likes of Miggy by benching them so there isnt as much pressure on them.

    I promise ye a proper manager would transform these two. Lay the duck off them and stop blaming them for everything, no wonder they are low on confidence its all they must read is how rubbish they are, and dont fool yourselves for a microsecond by thinking they dont read it all, its all everyone does when we loose is blame to two poor bastards.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex it’s no good being able to hit a 50 yard ball from deep. Schar and Lejuerne are more than capable of doing that they don’t need an extra player standing on their toes all game. He runs when there is no need to run. Watch the game last night again and you will see him constantly moving into terrible positions. He presses forward when there is no chance of getting the ball. He is so static and flat footed when the opposition is carrying the ball through the centre. He doesn’t support the attack as he sits so deep leaving Joelinton as the only player in the centre of the pitch miles away from anyone. He could possibly do a decent job in Serie A as the game is so much slower.

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Big Joe isolated, Miggy looks like a new born fawn trying to run, Max shows glimpses but no real goal threat.

    And we are looking at fcuking defenders?
    The only way I see Big Joe working out if we have a proven goal scorer playing alongside him.

    Now we have two game Shelvey and three game shite Shelvey back. Thank god Sean has served his ban, hopefully he could spark some passion into the team.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    That picture is frightening, I wouldn’t take it for free let alone hang it on my wall.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolute clown. Great stuff. And you recommend Atsu who has been here years and somehow can’t manage to be a first pick. Shelvey was a regular and influential player who dropped out with successive suspension and injury and didn’t come waltzing back into the team as Benitez had hit a good run wlfith a solid midfield. Shelvey when utilised and supported properly ran some matches virtually by himself but now you have the inept Bruce and his bodged bunch of misshapes in midfield you are picking out single players as being the culprits when it’s pretty obvious they are struggling because those around them are inept or not up to the job, Bruce’s “style” is not working or all of those. Your idea is to monkey about with odd players to either put the boot in or add more headless chickens rather than see we need a couple of good midfield buys and give the likes of shelvey some room. More ability and mobility up front and a midfield that stretches us forward instead of compressing us to defence all game would mean more room for a player with an eye for an outlet forward, and more pinpoint crossfield passes to forwards who know how to get into position quickly.

    If I’m an Absolute Clown you have to be one of the performing poodles.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Every word of 83’s last comment I agree with. He manages to mask the bad sometimes with his Hollywood passes and free kicks when they work out, but even then there is still the bad in him.

    I get a feeling a lot of players are also played out of position which would account for the cluelessness. Bruce just doesn’t have a clue what to do, and the problem is hes to set in his ways to even try change it up, and changing players insnt changing it up.

  • bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Shelvey 2
    Joelinton 1
    Schar 1
    Willems 1
    Longstaff. M 1
    Lascelles 1
    Clark 2
    Fernandez 1
    Yedlin 1

    Says it all to me.
    One goal between the whole front line in 13 Premier League games. This will end very badly.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #19


    This argument isn’t going to go anywhere, I think he’s one of our best players, you think he’s crap, let’s see the position after the New Year, I believe I’ll be proven more correct than you but if I’m wrong I’ll hold my hands up and admit it, or not. 🙂

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #20

    One thing I will say in Bruce’s defence is I love the way people act like he does t see who’s the best players in training day in day out. One thing I’m sure of, if players are not on the starting 11 there is almost ALWAYS a reason for it. Be it not fit, not good enough, nog trying hard enough etc…

    There is a reason he keeps playing Almiron and Joelinton, because Gayle and Carroll are obviously not showing as much as the other two do in training. However he has run their confidence into the ground by continuing to play them when he probably shouldn’t. So at this stage starting a weaker 11 with gayle or Carroll might be the only solution. Buy dont expect them to do anything. Instead hope and pray that taking the pressure of Miggy and Joelinton for a few weeks gets them going if the come on as subs.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21


    Comment 10

    That’s the best post match summing up of the game so far on the blog.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #22


    Also re your comment of toon22, a lot of his hearts will be from the group of fellow students he is working with to destabilise the blog for his boss.

  • hibbit

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #23


    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    yes we were crap last night move on …

    Move on to what though ………………….Man City coming up not a pleasant thought if last nights team turns up,

  • martoon

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    geordietom is right we were crap but we’ve always been unpredictable even under Rafa. It is disappointing because Villa were there for the taking – they are not a good team however no point dwelling on it – we’ll hopefully raise our game against city and actually I think ASM & Miggy could get quite a lot of joy from their defence.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25


    Good comment by you but you’ll probably be accused of being in love with Shelvey rather than just being able to appreciate what he can and does bring to the team.

    And yes we could do with a ready made more mobile midfielder to complement his game, I do keep banging on about him but Bradley Dack is just waiting for someone to buy him from a struggling Blackburn team, can’t see why the likes of ManU or Liverpool haven’t gone for him already.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I really tend to agree with EGB on fool22. There have been very very few times on here that I’ve seen where he hadn’t spouted on about an agenda or something irrelevant to the point. I can remember ONE time where he looked like he might maybe be a fan. Every other time its droning on and on about the same thing and if it’s not that its something irrelevant to the actual conversation, almost like he does have an agenda.

    Common sense would tell you it doesnt seem logical that somone is paying him to disrupt the blog, I just cant see that being the case, so I dont know what to make of him/her/it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27


    So did you buy it?

  • cyprus

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    You said it Neil, a team struggling to find its identity. How could we play so well, just two weeks ago and then do this? Crazy.

    The team’s coaches need to watch this game and draw some conclusions. Because, in the last several seasons, this is a regular type of display: defending for our lives against run of the mill teams.

    We can’t be a counter attacking team only. The whole team needs to push up in unison when we attack. Players, in order to avoid being caught out, stay pegged in their positions, so we rarely crowd opponents anywhere but deep in our own half.

    We need to let go a little bit. If that means a big loss or two, so be it, till we get it right. The forwards are too isolated.

    Our MF was totally outplayed, so what to do, apart from buy a playmaker? Play three in the middle, for starters.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards. Give City something to think about, I’ll be happy. Just don’t play for a 0-0, it ain’t gonna happen.

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Almiron appears to be getting more stick than he deserves. It needs to be recognized he is being used in a position that does not suit his style. He also has to do a shift trying to cover Yedlin’s defensive frailties, which he didn’t have to worry about last season with Dummet backing him up.

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Last night
    Newcastle United U23 3 Stoke City U23 2. Newcastle United Under-23s came from behind twice against Stoke City’s second string to claim a 3-2 win in their Premier League 2 clash. In-form striker Elias Sørensen came off the bench to grab the late winner, netting his 16th goal of the season

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    “This,” to me, is not a blip. A rebound finding the head of a lunging defender and entering the opponent’s goal was a blip.

  • barkel

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #32

    The thing with us is we are good or absolutely pathetic!
    When was the last time we played well for at least 80mins?
    We have players with obvious ability but every one of them has mistakes in them.
    Just look at last night, yeds needless foul, dubs could’ve set the wall better, goal.
    Fedi needless foul, dummy ball watching, goal.
    Shelvey came back far too often to collect the ball.
    We played out from the back at pretty much every goal kick and it clearly wasn’t working.
    Miggy miscontrolled simple passes.
    ASM always had two men on him and we still kept playing to him rather than a free man.
    I don’t think we got anything right.
    Still could beat city at the weekend tho … or get smashed 0-7

  • martoon

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib not sure where you get your info from but it was 4 – 2 and it was striker Elliot Anderson who scored!!!! 

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha ha
    Last years report
    No-one spotted it ?

  • toon kk

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #35

    If we’d played all night, we still wouldn’t have scored. Our forwards need to show composure in front of goal, it’s not a race, everything is done at 100 mph.
    Hate the way we play as a team but if we don’t stick with Rafa’s style we get ripped apart.

  • cyprus

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Ok, last night was dismal. Any positives?

    Yes, 11 attempts, 5 on target. Unfortunately, all but one, an excellent ASM effort in the corner, right at the keeper.


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