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Magpie Bemoans Newcastle’s Soft Start Against Chelsea

Newcastle’s listless start against Chelsea did not befit a team just one spot above 18th in the table and heading for a relegation fray. There needed to be a sense of urgency from the opening whistle but Newcastle came out of the gate with an air of complacency.

A struggle against the in-form Blues was likely in the cards no matter what, but the difference in approach for the second half made the first 45 minutes all the more unforgivable.

Jamaal Lascelles returned after missing the last two matches to captain the team last night. Lascelles made an early goal-saving tackle on Tammy Abraham, which after the match Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel labeled as reckless saying:

“He risks too much of an injury of the opponent and, for me, it’s a foul because of that. It’s reckless but it was not to criticize. It was just to discuss with the fourth official.”

So what is Jamaal supposed to do, just let Abraham have an unobstructed shot on goal?

It was good to have the captain back but in the end, it didn’t alter the outcome as some poor defending led to two Chelsea strikes in the first half. That proved to be all they needed despite the improved second half from Newcastle.

Lascelles was interviewed after the game and he was disappointed with the Magpies’ start saying they needed to be nastier. This is what he said as published in The Chronicle.

“I just think we did not start well enough.

“From our goal-kick, we kicked it out for a throw-in and that set the tone.

“We need to realize we shouldn’t need to go one or two down to get going.

“We were off them a bit and made it easy.

“Against a team like Chelsea you have to be nasty and if you don’t do that their quality will come through.”

Newcastle’s next match is on Sunday at Old Trafford. The table could shift dramatically by then with Fulham to play twice prior to kickoff. The following day is also one to watch as Brighton host Crystal Palace.

We once again have to keep our eyes on the teams around us but Newcastle still have their fate in their hands. But it’s going to take consistency and wins for that to remain the case much longer.

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468 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #441

    Ce50 – Damn that’s my fpl defender out wonder why he didn’t last out the last match….

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #442

    We’ve had a front 3 of St Max, Miggy and Joel before and they did swap around well causing the opposition plenty of problems, but Bruce did what he so often does, we got beat badly after a few decent games and he abandoned it.

  • Ace50

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #443

    After watching Chelsea game, I agree with Tinman and say we should be starting Jo. We scored 3 against Southampton and Wilson didn’t score. If Jo can try and be as mobile as Wilson, and hold the ball up too at times, then it will be more like what we were doing than what resulted at Chelsea with Gayle starting.

  • Ace50

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #444

    Tsunki. He took a knock and got taken off against Palace

  • Ace50

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #445

    Nicky, I bet that front 3 hadn’t been coached how to press together with the mf supporting that too

  • Carson80

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #446

    Think we might get some sort of result on Sunday, Manure aren’t as good at home this season been far better away.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #447

    Joel to me is our best bet to replace Wilson whether purely through the middle or in a more fluid front three. He musn’t be left isolated though, that’s essentially it, he’s just not a target man, but that’s a rubbish tactic anyway. Defend deep in numbers leaving one man up top, that’s a pile a shite. Play with a proper front 3 when we haven’t got Wilson to lead the line.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #448

    The Tinman,
    I honestly don’t know, I don’t think we’re left with much choice other than to swap them around. Maybe play Gayle against the Championship defences in Sheff, WBA and Fulham and hope we win those.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #449

    Why, why, why didn’t we get Rondon back on a 3 month loan. Biggest no brainer going. Was it the hierarchy being petty about his links to the R man. In Rondon’s own words ” this is his jungle” and would have been a perfect replacement for Wilson. Carroll, Joe and Gayle is just too depressing.

  • Shoulders knees

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #451

    The Problem I see is the players looked knackered v Chelsea, and we were starting probably the strongest available starting 11, we can all moan about lack of the depth of squad as much as we like but the fact is we have what we have and at the moment its not good enough, can you see with a new Manager Shelvey, Carroll gayle ritchie and Hendrick getting better? thats nearly 1/4 of the squad, add to that the injury prone Dummett, injured Schar, Manq and Wilson and yes controversial ASM he is not fit yet look at his knees!
    So what is the answer we dont have much option than play the nucleus of the Chelsea side.
    I would give the young lads a go @ Manure we wont get anything playing like the last game protect Miggy, Willock rest ASM as well

  • Carson80

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #452

    Team for Sunday
    Krafth Lasc Clarke Dummet
    Miggy Hayden Lewis
    ASM Willock

  • TheTinman

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #453

    Jail, Gayle up front against the weaker sides is maybe a fair compromise.

    Shoulders, I can see why we would opt for the pace approach and play our attacking midfielders together without a striker. It’s probably our position with the most depth (which doesn’t say much) but maybe the pace could cause some problems. I’m just worried they’d be too lightweight and get bullied all game

  • TheTinman

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #454

    Maybe Joel will be a bit of a goal machine in the new look Jones fluid 4-3-2-1! 😆 😆 😆

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #455

    It’s Grim Up North(-East)…

  • Shoulders knees

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #456


    don’t we normally 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #457

    Where do we draw the line with why oh why. It drives you mad thinking about some of the deliberate mistakes that are made.

  • Adamn_92

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #458

    I think Joe, as weird as it is to say, is probably the best replacement for Wilson right now. He occasionally gets his link up play right and provides a bit of an outlet in holding it up or drawing a foul if it’s hoofed up field. Gayle didn’t provide anything Monday night, which is a shame as I thought he’d really grab his chance in the team. Carroll gives away free kicks constantly and won’t help us at all. Also we seem to go completely one dimensional when he’s on the field, just aim for his head. I'[d be half tempted to try out Yannick Toure in all honesty, reports from the under 23s is that his finishing needs work but he’s fast, mobile, strong and links play well. So essentially could be a harder working and more energetic Joelinton but with determination to impress and not shot confidence so likely better touches. Certainly won’t do worse than our other back up options.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #459

    At any normal football club whoever was responsible for not signing your player of the year and second top scorer for £16.5M and spunking £40M on Joel would be fired or banished to scouting at youth level. Unless of course it really was Ashley that was determined to buy him, if that’s the case then that alone tells you why we are in such a mess.

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #460


    Some of us who look into the nightshift do look into the Blog during to the day and read the football chat you mention – and the bickering. The nightshift does provide some light relief, wouldn’t you agree? No, ok.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #461

    It’s hardly surprising we started slowly and off the pace v Chelsea, when we witnessed the team strolling out onto the pitch 2 men short. Wtf is the manager doing at this point? He should be sending them all out with words of encouragement. Dear dear this man is SO out of touch! The in post match interview he says the players are “enjoying it”!
    Ffs Touchel gave a detailed analysis!
    The problem is I think Jones has been brought in to save Ashley from sacking him, but Bruce still has control of the team!
    Scandalous way to run a top football team ! Not fit for purpose!

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #462

    Rotonda heights

    Why didn’t we get Rondon back?

    I think you miss the point of Ashley’s transfer windows. He aims and succeeds in cutting costs, he doesn’t want to add to the head count.

  • TheTinman

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #463


    I’m not sure why you’re addressing that comment to me. I have absolutely no problem with the night shift at all. I’m in bed and not concerned with the blog at that time. I’m not really someone who reads back through pages, I just go with the flow

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #464

    The Wife, can you remember the name of that restaurant in Dingle? Sounds great!

  • Shoulders knees

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #465

    I hope Federico is back for weekend but who knows

  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #466

    Lesh that’s all very nice but it’s also bland, totally not football related or even really nufc related bar the takeover smush.

    When people do start talking nufc in depth during the day it inevitably leads to controversy, difference of opinion and heated exchange. That’s not bickering, that’s the blog. If you can’t moan here where can you?

    Some have a problem with that concept I agree and descend into ridiculing with profanity and personal threats of violence. That’s bickering.

    But if you want a late night music chat or reminisce over old holidays ad nauseum without the trials and tribulations of being a toon fan getting in the way, surely that’s the stuff of another type of blog?

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 17, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #467

    What, this isn’t the desert island discs blog?

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #468


    I do apologise for wrongly adressing my nightshift-related comment to you.

    My post @460 should’ve been addressed to Tsunki who I’m sure will note that The Wife adds to conversations from time to time.

    Tsunki, see a above.

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