Job done? Brighton 2-0 Newcastle

Hoskins makes it two

Hoskins makes it two
Hoskins makes it two
I said prior to the match yesterday that I wasn’t especially bothered about the result against Brighton, and now we’ve been beaten again I stick by that.

Of course it’s never nice losing a game, but as soon as I saw the team-sheet I knew we’d be in trouble and to be fair it isn’t the result that is getting to me.

Instead it’s the performance of what are largely backup players who failed to cover themselves in any glory when there was a chance to put down a marker for a spot in the first-team. With a chance to impress only a couple of players took the opportunity to shine with the rest proving why there is such a distinct difference between this season and last.

In many ways last season was built on through the strength of players itching to prove a point, players like Ryan Taylor and Leon Best who would get a chance and try to impress enough to keep their place in the first-team. We haven’t had that this season and the only players to come out of the defeat yesterday with any real credit are Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana.

The truth is that Newcastle deserved to go out yesterday and were second best in pretty much every department. Sure it’s good news for our fixture list as we set about trying to maintain Premier League survival, but the fact remains that it’s another game we lost, and we’ve lost another player to boot after Shola Ameobi became the scapegoat for Lee Probert and the home crowd.

I’m also sort of blaming the fact we were down to ten men for the result but it was with eleven men when we were at our worst and Brighton deservedly took the lead just after the half hour mark after Wayne Bridge crossed for Andrea Orlandi to volley past Rob Elliot. James Perch had already cleared off the line and the best that Newcastle could offer in return were long range efforts from Gael Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi and Vurnon Anita, none of which looked likely to beat Casper Ankergren in the Brighton goal.

Shola Ameobi saw red in the 63rd minute after picking up a second yellow meaning that he will now miss the game with Norwich next weekend. In truth it was a harsh red when you look at the offences individually, but in a weird way it brought out the best in United and we actually started to play a bit with Sylvain Marveaux – on for Gabriel Obertan – looking to pull some strings.

However with just a few minutes left on the clock Brighton put the away side out of their misery and after Mike Williamson got caught the wrong side of Will Buckley the Brighton forward had the simple task of slotting the ball past Rob Elliot.

Another season and another FA Cup exit to a lower league team although on the day you’d be hard pushed to suggest just who was supposed to be the Premier League in all of this. Job done in terms of fixture list reduction, but it’s no real consolation to fans at the end of the day.

Howay the lads!

Brighton: Casper Ankergren, David Lopez, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge, Dean Hammond, Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker, Andrea Orlandi, Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes

Subs: Tomasz Kuszczak, Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Will Buckley, Stephen Dobbie, Kazenga LuaLua, Will Hoskins

Newcastle: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

Subs: Tim Krul, Paul Dummett, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Nile Ranger

Attendance: 21,740

497 thoughts on “Job done? Brighton 2-0 Newcastle

  1. lol

    “No deal! QPR fail to land Loic Remy despite offering to throw in Shaun Wright-Phillips” Mirror

    it was going smoothly until SRPhillips was mentioned..


  2. QPR are out of the frame. Remy has no intention of going there. This much is clear. We are the most serious club interest, so I don’t see why this is being dragged out…?

    My one reservation is that a few of the more reliable journo’s are saying Remy is only “luke warm” about joining us. I hope this isn’t true, because the last thing I want is a player who joins just because we are his only option.


  3. Deary me. Seems a lot of you lads n lasses have been beaten down into submission by the regime, to the point of no hope anymore.
    Have a little faith.
    I’ll ‘bare my arse in Fenwicks window’ if we dont bring in a new CB this month. 😯
    I think we may be having 2nd thoughts about Remy right now, or he may be having doubts about joining us. So I dont expect that to be sorted soon.
    We may even be moving on to another less expensive target, so we have more funds for a CB.
    I think Pardoh would flip his lid completely if the Board dont give him what he needs this window. He has already said more than he probably should have. If we are going down, he isnt taking the full wrap for it.
    I think we probably will see Dougal at the club soon or possibly someone else we have never been linked with yet. πŸ˜•
    Toon Toon


  4. Quite simply, the Regime can no longer afford to gamble anymore.
    The risk outweighs the gains.
    If they want to keep Pardoh at the club, and they clearly do, then they will have to back him. Now more than ever.
    Maintaining club stability is as vital as keeping our PL status.
    They already have egg on their chins, (yet again :evil:) thru their summer window gamble and susequent epic fail.
    The club is on the brink right now. I fully expect to see two more new faces before the end of the month. If not sooner.
    Just hope they are the right ones.


  5. 😎 😎
    The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades. 😎
    😎 😎


  6. Shamrock,

    Basically they are either from Real or Barca.

    And to be fair, I can’t argue with many of their choices. Also Pique didn’t have the best season. So that one was debatable.


  7. DeDe@449…Of course you agree with Big Dave, we all know you’re the brains of the outfit and tell him what to say πŸ˜‰ ….apart from when he kept saying Debuchy wouldn’t come in this window, that was all him πŸ˜†


  8. Hopefully we’ll put a bid in 2day, not in the next few days and its a price Marseille will be happy with instead of weeks of haggling..

    Newcastle look set to add another Frenchman to their ranks in the coming days, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

    They claim Spurs were seriously tracking Marseille striker Loic Remy a year ago but it is now a straight battle between QPR and Newcastle.

    QPR are believed to have offered better terms but Remy is keen to join up with Newcastle to play with all the French players already at St James’ Park, including recent signing Mathieu Debuchy.

    L’Equipe say Newcastle’s official offer for Remy will arrive in the next few days. If the sum comes near Marseille’s valuation, OM will sell.

    Remy is now behind strikers AndrΓ©-Pierre Gignac and Jordan Ayew in the Marseille pecking order and the Ligue 1 side are keen on a permanent move rather than a loan deal.

    Inter Milan recently attempted a loan deal for Remy which was rejected by Marseille.

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen to boost his striking options following the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea last week.


  9. Im sorry but for the World team of the year how is marcelo in over…..ashley cole who won champs league? Philip Lahm? How does danny alves get in over Ivanovic who also won champs league?

    RVP can get stuffed though he aint replacing messi, ronaldo, or falcao!

    Messi deserved balon d’or. 91 goals in one year. Sensational add to how many assists he has aswell and overall gameplay.


  10. Richie you cheeky fuker πŸ˜€ yeah im still surprised Debuchy has came in but as Kim said I think that only happened cause we’re in the rele fight I think if we were sitting safe in mid table we wouldn’t have paid for him.
    So I hope being good to you me old bean


  11. Dave… :mrgreen: When he said he wasn’t moving in Jan I was a little surprised that you’d believe a word that comes out of any players mouth, none of them tell the truth, they only say what suits them at the time.

    Life’s good mate, got keys to the house, moving this Friday but for this month we’ll be spending Monday-Thursday here then the rest in the new house while wor lass works her notice πŸ™„


  12. Morning Richie ,Glad you got the keys now after so long looking.It’s strange living in two places at once ,my daughter is doing the same but for updating of property reasons. I been finishing off stuff while she’s in NZ , jammy cow ,she planned that one well.


  13. Richie I think he will be a good signing so i’m glad he’s here, I just hope a CB is next.
    Glad to hear you’s are getting sorted how far is your new house from where you are now


  14. Cheers Kim, the worst thing is going from a great house to this dungeon…still it’s not for long.

    Dave….about 1 hour 20 if we use the toll road.
    Aye he’ll hopefully fit in well, if we don’t get a cb though it’s a disgrace, as it has been for the 3 windows prior to this one πŸ‘Ώ


  15. Dave ,I see Dede was on last night ,are you letting him on now then? ,I will watch my colourful langauge if I know he’s around πŸ˜† It’s a good reason to attempt to be more ladylike. πŸ˜‰


  16. WEll its twatter but saying we have had bid of Β£9m accepted for lescott.

    dont know about you but at this stage would rather that than remy?!


  17. Liam at this stage a CB is more important for me, Ba is a great goal scorer but we still couldn’t win games because the defence is so crap so that has to be the priority…..that said we still need a striker though…or 2 πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:


  18. Richie @469 ,Your not joking mate ,I come from a long line of dockers and merchant seamen so blame it on that πŸ˜‰

    Liam@470 ,I would be well happy if that’s true mate.


  19. Kim he turtures me about when I will let him go on, I told him at chrimbo I sent Toonsy an email to see if he would let him on, so he asks me everyday has Toonsy got back to me yet πŸ™„ .
    So I registered him lastnight before he went to bed and he was over the moon, so he’ll only be on an odd time when im about as I said to him that some people say bad things to which he said yeah lots of his friends in school say bad things.


  20. Kim one of the main reasons I wasn’t letting him on was that I don’t want bloggers feeling awkward knowing a 10yr old is on the blog so if he’s on just be yourself as I said it will only be an odd time he’s on


  21. I would be very happy with Lescott too, but 30 and Β£9M. ❓
    Nah not gonna happen
    He’s got great PL experience tho.
    I reckon Moyes would have him back if he had the money.


  22. Richie, It’s funny ,all the people saying we are sunk without Ba’s goals but West Ham still went down with him in the team πŸ™„ . I just think at this stage a CB of quality is needed before a striker as all the goals in the world won’t help if we can’t keep them out the other end.


  23. I wonder if Β£9m is that bad? We could arguably get a good 4yrs out of him? Shedloads of premier league experience.

    Him and colo would be terrific


  24. Big Dave – Just dont let the youngun on the blog when we have lost a match, as it gets a bit spicey sometimes as people feel the need to vent their frustrations.
    Apart from that most of us can be quite civilized. πŸ˜†
    Anyway the more opinions on here the better.
    Let the Lad loose


  25. Liam ,I say go for him as our strict age policy could often mean we miss out on decent experience, there needs to be some flexibility imo.


  26. LST – I agree. Manc paid something like Β£24M for him a few yrs ago.
    He is worth Β£9M in my eyes despite his age.
    Just goes against all the clubs stated transfer policy thats all.
    I know he has had back problems recently tho, which could be a concern too.
    Plus he is currently earning Β£90k/week. πŸ™


  27. Β£90k phew no wonder hes happy on the bench.

    In reality the max we could offer is Β£50/60k thats a huge cut and not one he would likely take.

    Shame take him on loan though for 6 months he would shore us up no end.


  28. The Chron’s reporting that Norwich may come to soon for Cabaye and Saylor.

    Nothing new defensively, then. But I wonder we’ll go for, formation-wise. All I can think of is a 4-2-3-1:

    Krul; Debuchy, Colo, Willo, Santon; Bigi, Jonas; Obertan, Anita, Marv; Cisse.

    Our subs bench doesn’t bare thinking about.


  29. Blip – incredible how strong that team looks compared to sat! πŸ˜•

    Add cabaye, taylor, new CB and ST and suddenly we can all relax again.


  30. Wonder if its worth getting rodwell on loan from mancity and sinclair. They are seldom used


  31. Think next 3 games are going to be crucial too our season, if we got 7 points from those games we will be laughing. However its hard to see such a turn around in form considering how shit we have been. A point be a great start away to Norwich the weekend


  32. Got a good feeling about the Norwich game.

    For some reason the sale of Ba and purchase of Debuchy has given me a lift.

    Once Cabaye and Saylor are back. I can see us climbing the table.

    Bringing in a defender and forward would also see us have some quality on the bench for a change and competition for places.

    The only position we’d need to fill then in the summer would be another quality out and out striker and obviously any outgoing players.


  33. So Pep wants a job? Get him over here and tell him the only way to surpass Mourinho is to fulfil the later’s mentor’s dream-the impossible-win a major trophy and Newcastle United πŸ˜‰

    Maybe the Sultan of Brunei or Bill Gates can buy us at that point…


  34. Newkie,

    I think Pep would do his nut watching our lot do their thing. He coached a team full of unbelievable individual talents who all put in a massive amount of hard teamwork and workrate.

    We can’t even get our bunch to do that, they all play as individuals. With the exception IMO of Colo, Cabaye, Perch, Anita and Cisse (most games).


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