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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

  • toonluvva

    Feb 16, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #81

    I saw Pink Floyd live at Newcastle Odeon performing Dark Side of The Moon. I even managed to get tickets in the quadrophonic section.

    Dark Side is probably one of he best prog rock albums ever made, I’ve worn out 2 albums just listening to it for hours.

    With Ashley, Barnes & Bishop in control the lunatics are well and truly on the grass.

  • Romford mag

    Feb 16, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #82


    I know mate , shocking really !

    Why not play him ? What’s the point of keep putting him on the bench and leaving him there ? He’s not really gaining any experience sat on the bench !

  • coming home

    Feb 16, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #83
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #84

    I don’t heart posts.

    If I can’t dislike them, it’s not right I like them.

    Apologies to all you heart hounds.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #86

    Shields Gazette
    Time running out for Steve Bruce?

    The clock stopped months ago.
    Put new batteries in
    Or wind it up. But I guess we do that already

    Doing nothing is not an option
    All we hear is post match drivel about second half performances being better than first half performances.

    Its tiring to listen to.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #87

    Unleash Atsu.

    The time is right.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #88

    A lot of pundits, fans and journalists have said Nufc are sleep walking into relegation.

    A lot of fans must be the same, can’t see the wood for the trees.

    This hasn’t just happened, form over last 14 weeks has had relegation written all over it.

    Performances in the games we robbed points before that 14 week spell, screamed we were in trouble.

    Saying what you see isn’t being negative, or wishing bad luck on the team, it’s showing concern, such a shame that’s shouted down on the blog.

    Being positive and ignoring what’s wrong isn’t of any benefit to anyone, criticism and negativity can be positive if it’s constructive.

    Irony is, quite a few can’t tell the difference.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #89

    January was the time to sack him, no good giving a new incumbent ten games. Probably give it to Jones so he can have his career ruined and end up managing in Cyprus.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #90

    Let’s hope that them good old northern boys from Burnley and Sheffield keep Fulham in their place.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #91


    Better late than never?

    Can that apply?

    I’ve said many times, Bruce is safe as houses!

    He like Ashley, is going nowhere fast.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #92


    I’d rather Ashley had a moment of clarity, sacked Bruce, begged Rafa to come back, signs papers to hand the club to fans if the sale doesn’t go through.

    If Carlseberg…..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #93

    Lazaar on the Watford bench again.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #94

    Shearer, if ya reading, save us!

    Tell your mate he’s taking us down.

    Tell him to walk, it’s the only way the club stays up this season!

    You know it, I know it, all the fans know it, unless you convince Bruce, we’re down!

    Someone Tweet Al ffs

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #95

    Well said the Wife, wood being seen from the trees. There are plenty of guilty parties around this blog. I’m not innocent but it’s good to see the big picture being acknowledged.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #97


  • Carson80

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #98

    Would rather have Bruce Forsyth than Steve Bruce. His post match interview would be funny “good game good game” then asking the crowd where do they want the defensive line “higher or lower”.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #99

    I agree OP, and it’s horrific to watch us slipping praying that other teams are good enough to beat the mighty Fulham.

    I mention my nephew is a Fulham fan. He said himself and his mates are very very confident of overtaking us, well before the time they play us.

    I didn’t argue with him!

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #100

    IF we were relegated, could Ashley pocket the parachute payment (>£100M), and then sell at a cut price £200M?

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #101


    Is that legit now?

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #102


    He’d be more likely to pocket the money, saddle the club with another £50m of debt, then demand £400m, if by some miracle we get straight back up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #103

    I knew you’d have your say Munster, let’s just forget you were moderated and then threatened with moderation after some pretty disgusting comments. No doubt we’ll have the prancing disco queen on later to stick his oar in aswell.

  • Reilly

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #104

    A hope so OP.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #106


    Can’t find anything else with today’s date, hope it’s true.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #107

    I’d be happy with that as well Op.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #108

    If anyone was willing to pay £200 that.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #109

    Hendrick, Joelinton, Gayle for starters!

  • Not another deJong

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #110
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #111

    Toe be omitted for Anderson, I mean!

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #112


    In supporting your local pub, you’re doing the right thing. Long may they prosper

  • jane

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #113

    “Would rather have Bruce Forsyth than Steve Bruce.”

    i don’t think he will come out of retirement.

  • Swlabr

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #114

    Dammit, missed the Pink Floyd surge half an hour ago. Just say, brilliant interpretation of Comfortably Numb there Tsunki. I was lucky enough to get to Earl’s Court on the “Pulse” tour in ’94. Probably the best gig I’ve ever been to.
    Then for my 70th bidet my son took me to see the Pink Floyd exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. Blood mind blowing!!
    All we have to do, is keep talking.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #115


    Think you’ll need a séance to get him in as a manager!

  • Carson80

    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #116

    Oops forgot he had died, my apologies if I’ve offended anyone.

  • onmeedsun

    Feb 16, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #117

    If the takeover can be completed say by the end of March, and it’s not conditional on staying up, I really don’t care if we go down. I’d rather have that than staying up with Ashley in place for the rest of my life. We could regroup, appoint a good young manager and it would give us time to put a coherent plan in place. SJP would be full and rocking and there would be hope.

  • toon22

    Feb 16, 2021 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #118

    If something dont change
    We are in the clarts, right up to our neck in the brown stuff

    Weve given the teams around us hope, something thats achiveable
    While going on the kind of run that gets teams relegated


  • Mund

    Feb 16, 2021 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #119

    Nothings changed with regards to BeiN being reinstated as it’s actually back already and has been since January it’s only the websites and official branches in process.

  • toonluvva

    Feb 16, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #120

    Following relegation Ashley will have to knock his famous 70% off the price of NUFC.

    Sadly I don’t think he’ll get any takers.


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