Calm down dear, we’re only two games in!

Don’t panic, yet
The 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday evening wasn’t exactly surprising. Well, not to me anyway…

However it seems to have been a catalyst for some to extinguish any hopes that they may have had for this season based purely on this one result.

Now I’m not suggesting for one moment that everything is fine and well and I know we didn’t exactly cover ourselves in glory at Stamford Bridge, but the result was far from embarrassing and, on another day, we’ have found the back of the net with at least one of our three guilt edged chances that fell to Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba on the night. Another game on another night maybe?

Personally I think a bit of perspective is needed. The mood is down at the moment seemingly, but we’ve mustered three points from our first two league games, and tough league games at that. We beat Tottenham who would have been in the Champions League this season had the other team we have faced thus far not actually won the competition last season.

Surely that isn’t too bad is it?



Chins up. There is plenty of time to go in this season so don’t chuck in all your expectations just yet, especially not based on a loss against the European Champions.

I also understand that a lot of people are less than impressed with our business in this window to date, and with only just over 72 hours of the transfer window remaining some are understandably nervous regarding both incoming AND potentially outgoing transfers having an effect on our season.

Yes I’ll be annoyed (but only with the board for failing to back their manager) if we fail to bring anyone else in and yes I agree that it is leaving us vulnerable to injuries and suspension with our hectic list of fixtures. However, we still have a good team with some cracking players, don’t forget it.

Many of you won;t agree with this of course, but at the end of the day we’ve played two tough games to start the season with. They were never going to be easy, regardless of whether we’d signed five, ten, fifteen players, and I’m happy with the three points we have so far.

The rest can wait until/if/when it happens…

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198 thoughts on “Calm down dear, we’re only two games in!

  1. Looks like no more players in at the toon. We had a chance to push on and strengthen our squad but we haven’t. Disappointing end yet again!

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  2. Troy, you can’t hide your hissy fit behind a couple of smiley faces.. boy o boy, I have never seen you so mad. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed 🙂

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  3. SHARPY i understand mate,i made my own little protest two yrs ago by not re-newing my season ticket i had for many yrs,i just pick and chose the games “i” want to go to,and bye dog shit from the club,a poor effort at a protest but made me feel better 😀 😀

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    @Rossco

    I hope that’s a double bluff from Pards. 🙁 😯

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  5. “We know who we are watching If there is movement on targets we may trigger ourselves” presumably referring to Debuchy

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    @Aussie

    You know why the disclaimer is there. 😉

    All because of you. 😆

    @Hitman

    Keep your powder dry fella. 😉

    It’s not over til the fat man sings and Lambias streaks owa the pitch. 😆

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  7. The disclaimer is there is because you are an attention seeker Troyster, no other reason… 🙂

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    @Aussie

    Stop nibbling man! 😆
    You know where it leads 😆

    I’m willing to discuss footy with you sensibly. I would love to rip it out of you but I’ve learnt I can’t do that as you bang doors and go to bed in the huff.

    Now talk footy and leave the Micky taking to me. 😉

    What about Pards’ suggesting we aren’t in for Carroll?

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  9. No Carroll mate, not unless Liverpool totally drop their dacks… I’d prefer a small pacey forward so we can counter better. We are lacking that more than a big target man.. still like to see some defensive cover tho…

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    @Moreno

    It’s natural to be able to write better when angry, in love or happy.

    I write all my best love songs when I’m in love. 😉

    Mrs S loves me to get the acoustic out and sing a love song in the back garden to her. 😆

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  11. The totally bizarre thing is that for 18 months we’ve heard Pardew telling us that the defence needs strengthening, yet we still have our Championship defence.

    Almost negligence on the part of the club imo.

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    @Aussie

    I would like to see Cazza here for the right price and wages but if they pull a fast pacey forward out of the bag then fair do’s.

    If all this speculation over months comes down to Anita signing then even the diehard Ashley fans must be critical of their messiah.

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  13. Troy,
    I hope the Carroll deal ISN’T still on, not unless Liverpool will accept 12mil.
    Not saying he isn’t a good player, simply that he isn’t worth more than that.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Loïc Remy, Andre Ayew, Martin Harnik.

    Would much rather we went for these players if we were ever going to spend that kind of money.

    Don’t believe we will though.

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  14. Personally i rate Cabaye as good if not better better than Modric certainly in terms of consistancy so if an offer was to come in we can start the bidding there 😆

    I think board are waiting to see ..A..if we qualify for next stage of Europa and B. Who they may need to replace quickly

    Carr said end of last season they were working on January targets then because all summer targets were already identified so it may be case we have just not been able to get those and unwilling to look at players who were not good enough to be a target in the first place.

    Also by time January window opens we will know if we losing Tiote or Ba/Cisse to ACON

    Yes its a risk not to strengthen squad but a calculated one given the current squad was good enough to challenge up til the end last year and technically you can argue with players left and those brought in we are stronger already.

    Priorities.
    Dont lose anyone
    Beat the Greeks
    Shut the Window
    Stuff the Villa

    and if between Greeks and window shutting someone sneaks through the door ..great and if no-one ..great, all the bullshit speculation and silly season rumours can end

    Even Simmo may get a bit of confidence not reading every day he is being replaced.

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  15. “Mrs S loves me to get the acoustic out and sing a love song in the back garden to her. :lol:”

    I didn’t know Big Dave was in to love songs… 😆

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  16. Spyro @ 165

    That post makes a lot of sense mate. Not sure if Ashley is thinking alone those lines, but it does make sense.

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    @Spyro

    If we get thru this window without selling any stars then that’s a huge bonus but I’m not sure if the players will feel elated if we don’t strengthen.

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  18. Newcastle will not buy a player for the sake of it, to make up numbers or if the deal is not right. If you understand this you will not be surprised or angered if we don’t get another player in. We have seen the the past few windows and I can’t see things changing.
    Does it make it right? Not really but this is the way of things as it stands..

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    @JJ

    Now come on, I put the disclaimer up for the likes of you & Chicken. You know you can’t take the banter when I give it back. 😉

    On football, I do think Cazza is worth up to £15m. I would love to see him back.

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  20. Troy @171

    Last season we were being critical saying the board weren’t showing any ambition, which was a bit unfair on the likes of Ba and Cabaye who are now both rated over 10mil…

    I guess we won’t know at the end of the transfer window, but rather by January if the board decisions will prove to be correct this time round.

    Campbell/Amalfitano/Bigi could turn out to be stars in the cups/Europa.

    I will be disappointed if we don’t add a defender though.

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  21. Haha so looks like we aren’t going to bring anyone in! Gonna enjoy people coming on here ranting and raving 😆

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  22. [email protected] ,The only trouble with waiting until january for striker if we need one ,for instance should we lose the Dembas ,is everyone knows we need one and will hold us to ransom.
    Also on the stuffing Villa thing ,they won last night scored 3 goals and that may well of instilled some much needed confidence for facing us.We can’t take anything for granted and you know what we are like for slipping up in games we should win. Much as I can see what you say makes some sense we can’t excuse the board for not sorting out a CB by now in all honesty,even the most pro Ash brigade would have to admit that much.

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  23. JJ(on the list of players)
    Who’s the first guy you mention there? Haven’t heard of him, and is certainly one I’d like to hear the crowd try and chant.

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  24. [email protected] .If being p****d off inspires you to write articles I have a feeling you might be firing a few off once the window shuts somehow. 🙄 😉

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  25. Andy,

    He plays for Gabon, talented pacey striker/winger who plays for Saint-Étienne.

    He scored three goals and got three assists in the ACN in four games.

    I’ve only ever watched him play for Gabon, but the stats say he has scored 19 goals and got 7 assists for Saint-Étienne in 46 appearances since last season started. He is only 23.

    I reckon he’d cost around 9million pounds.

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  26. Still he’s just a player I like. Be interesting to see how he develops in the next few years. No doubt he’ll be a big name 😉

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  27. [email protected] ,Only problem there is he’s another one we’d lose to Acon .

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  28. [email protected],Exactly ,so we’re screwed then. 😉 🙄

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  29. Kim true,

    Ivory Coast play Senegal on Sept 8 and then again on Oct 12 so I guess we’ll know by then… Hopefully Senegal lose and then we won’t have to worry about ACN for another two seasons.

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  30. JJ
    Bit like Enkelburg Humpadink 😉 Sounds like a good player from those stats but I’m with Kim that we’d lose him in January(If Gabon get through), meaning we might only fein(is that a word 😕 ?) interest.

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  31. I see Pards has now said he thinks our transfer dealings for this window could well be over 🙄 They will keep an eye out for anyone interesting but unlikely. Also said Andy Carroll not coming back as far as he is aware. Well I can get on with stuff now that I know it’s all done with and switch off SSN.

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    @JJ

    Cabaye came with a reputation and cost about £5m didnt he? whereas BigiBigi cost next to nixy and no reputation.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

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  33. Yeah i noticed Villa won last night

    Agree we could have done with a CB as cover for Colo/Saylor but if one of those 2 crocked (probably Taylor) ive no probs having Perch stepping in.
    In misfortune of both 1st choice being unavailable as long as we not talking long term injuries Willo (while not ideal decent to have as 4th choice). How good is Good could be he jumps ahead of Willo – aint seen the kid play so i cant pass judgment..but we cant buy on off chance we might pick up a serious injury

    Pardew has already said that Ashley expects more playing time from squad/younger players this season.So i was never expecting too many signings.

    Maybe later into season we do have a few injuries and our hand gets forced into playing someone like Campbell or Streete ahead of time. Sink or Swim ..if you good enough you are old enough.

    Could just be because over the years ive seen too many supposed quality signings ( and not just signed by us ) turn out to be clueless , id like to see a couple of local lads burst through and start a couple of new chapters in black n white folklore.

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  34. TC aye mate went there too done that,sometimes just need a push to bring the grey matter into line 😀 😀

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