Game on! Newcastle United V’s West Brom

A warm welcome to West Bromwich Albion
A warm welcome to West Bromwich Albion
Welcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows ( Of what JC has billed as the most important game in 6yrs ) as we play host to WBA in this afternoons Premier league game (3pm kick-off), We go into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City, which saw us finish with just nine men following red cards to Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat. That was the eighth successive top flight defeat for us.
When the sides met earlier in the season, we came away with a 2-0 victory from the Hawthorns.
Ayoze Perez’s brilliant flick on the stroke of half-time broke the deadlock before a Fabricio Coloccini header sealed all three points for the United.
Speaking ahead of the game John Carver said “West Brom are a very organised side under Tony (Pulis) and they are a huge threat from set plays,” said Carver.
“Manchester United found it very difficult to break them down but we are the home team and we need to win the game.
“It’s going to be very tight. I can’t see there being too many goals looking at our record and at theirs, but we are determined to find a way to win on Saturday.
“We have had a bad run of games but I’ve seen enough from the lads that they want to be productive and they want to do something about it.”
Despite the other teams at the foot of the table picking up points from their recent fixtures, Carver insists he remains focused on Newcastle’s games and no-one else’s.
“I’m not worried about anyone else’s results. We are in the position where we can affect what happens,” he continued.
“It’s in our hands – we are not one of the teams in the bottom three. We can’t afford to worry about what everyone else is doing.
“I don’t think about what the teams are doing below us because I can’t affect that in any way.
“I’m going to focus all my effort and all my concentration on what I can do at this football club, and the earlier we can get results the better – starting with this weekend.”

TEAM NEWS
Newcastle – Daryl Janmaat serves a one-game suspension for his red card at Leicester last weekend, while fellow defender Mike Williamson starts a two-match ban having received a red card in the same game. United are hopeful of having Paul Dummett available following a hamstring strain, while winger Rolando Aarons could make his first appearance in six months following a series of hamstring complaints. Leading scorer Papiss Cisse is available for selection having completed a seven-game suspension but Siem de Jong (thigh) and Adam Armstrong (calf) are doubts. Massadio Haidara (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (thigh) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) remain sidelined
West Brom – Midfielder James Morrison is expected to face a late fitness test on a knock, while first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster is the Baggies’ only definite absentee, sidelined with a long-term knee injury.

Newcastle Krul, Anita, Coloccini, Dummett, Gutierrez, Sissoko, R Taylor, Colback, Perez, Riviere, Cabella

Subs Woodman, Satka, Abeid, Ameobi, Aarons, Gouffran, Cisse

West Brom Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Gardner, Fletcher, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Anichebe.

Subs Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, McManaman, Ideye, Berahino

311 thoughts on “Game on! Newcastle United V’s West Brom

  1. Well, some positives to be taken at least.
    A point for the first time in the living memory of most fans.
    An overall spirited performance.
    Heads not dropping after going down.
    And nobody could have said a winning goal would not have been deserved.
    Will it be enough after the rest of the days results? Who knows.
    I’d say it will give the lads a lot of confidence going into the last 2 games, of which ours are arguably the most favourable. I’d fancy a win against QPR after that performance, not so much prior to.

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  2. Big D…..Hull have Spurs away and Man Utd at home. My money is on them picking up no more points. It’s gonna be tense though…

    A much improved performance today, less gung-ho….we deserved the 3 points

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  3. wobblehog – I said earlier, a point changes the momentum and should lead us to victory next week.
    we are making hard work of it though

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  4. Well, at least we didn’t lose…we looked better, thought Perez should have stayed on though and Cabella been sacraficed, he still looks way too lightweight for this league and he doesn’t have the magic of HBA.

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  5. Well, I’ll take the point but I just don’t think it is going to be enough. Bein sports saying the Pep Guardiola has agreed to join City and that City have bid £100 mil for
    Pogba… 😯

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  6. Sorry 100 mil euros not pounds…

    I saw a better performance today but still very much lacking in front of goal. Not sure we will hang onto Perez either…

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  7. A point next week should do. Can’t see Hull getting 3 against Spurs or Man U. A draw at spurs maybe. GD will do us no favours in the event, that much is for sure

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  8. Fair play to the lads. They definitely tried today. Krul saved our butt a lot of times. I thought Colo was immense. Still can’t understand the ref. Cabella must be black and blue! He was hard tackled so many times and nothing was given. That Yacom (sp) should have had 2 yellows and been off today. He didn’t get a yellow until the last 5 mins of the game. He clattered our players (especially Cabella) all over the pitch. One of our guys exhaled and got a yellow card! Don’t get me started on the standard of refereeing in the Sunderland game today grrrr….

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  9. If we don’t beat QPR then it couls all come down to GD and wors is diabolical

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  10. IMO at least I saw a bit of better effort,but sissoko is a bit of a sado,we need pace of Aarons to help the front guys as they didn’t get much help today

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  11. JILL spot on they kicked the **** out of the lad,that’s Pulls though he would have picked out the lad thinking he might just have a good day

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  12. so did the full house help or not ?
    or to put it a better way, did the team play better as a result of a full house and no protests etc
    Or was that just a load of baloney and the team would have played that way anyway ?

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  13. Tell you what popped into my mind this week. The 1974 homecoming of NUFC to Newcastle in an open topped bus after losing the FA Cup final to Liverpool. Newcastle had a dreadful game. They played so badly. Malcolm MacDonald sinking to his knees at the end of the game in tears. The team hadn’t expected anybody to turn out for the homecoming (yes, they had played
    that bad a game) and to their delight the whole Geordie City turned out to cheer them home as if they won! Some fan had even made a silver paper FA cup to give them. The players cried with emotion. I saw it on the tv and I was crying too. We just loved the players so much. And win or lose we played at Wembley 🙂 Good times. I think we need to show the players the love, they tried so hard today and they deserve it.

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  14. ah yes Jill you got that spot on.
    That’s what I have been saying though, we are being denied any hero’s at the club, all in the name of making a few million for Ashley.
    👿

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  15. no.
    been on about 3 or 4 times under this name, thats’s it.
    Been reading since pretty much day one though

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  16. Jonas gave his all. Dummett was better than Willo at CB as I suspected would happen. Colo was a better target man than Willo on set pieces. Actually caused them a few mild problems. They were poor as well. We’re a very lightweight side though. One point from a possible 27. You can’t get much lighter than that.

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  17. Well you are welcome, and thanks for your input.
    Hope to see you some more

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  18. If it wasn’t Newcastle I would have turned it off many times this season. The entire club management should hang their heads in shame.

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  19. Well at least the losing streak has been halted which should give the lads some confidence. You can tell the players who are really trying. Have been in exile from SJP all season but wavering for some bizarre reason for the last game of the season. Probably go up and visit my student daughter that weekend in Newcastle – can’t decide whether to go or not. Don’t want to hand over cash to Jabba but could be our last one in the premiership. Think hostilities need to be halted if we are still on a knife edge for that. I agree with Kim re Hull v Spurs. Could see Hull getting something there.

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  20. Thanks BB
    I imagine I’ll post fairly infrequently, just my nature I’m afraid. But nice to feel welcomed all the same.

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  21. Well done team and Carved for stopping the slide and getting a point. Now please build on this and get a win from one of our remaining games. I reckon Hull have stuffed themselves today and saved our skin.

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  22. One point out of a possible 27. Keep that in mind mates. We’re not out of it yet. Pathetic is as pathetic does. Getting safe is one thing. Getting rid of Ashley is an entirely different kettle of fish. He’s ruined the club and he knows it.

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  23. Let’s discuss the off season. Clear out time. Those on their way out:
    Sissoko and Krul: they both want to leave
    Willo: hopeless
    Raylor: too slow now, no longer able to keep up
    Riviere: no impact, can’t afford to keep him around
    Gouffy: no longer useful
    Saylor: might make a good ashtray. Made of glass.
    Jonas: leaves with honour intact
    Cisse?: flaky and injury prone. May have to stay as Ashley is a useless turd of an owner.
    Sammeobi?: worth keeping? not sure but moving him on wouldn’t bother me.
    That’s 10 outgoing at least. How much would that lot cost to replace with decent players? Don’t tell Ashley or he’ll cry.

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  24. so if Hull get the chop, will Bruce get sacked ?
    and if so, will cashley the coward be in there like a rat up a sewage pipe.
    scary thought really.

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  25. Wobblehog #260, yes, of all the blogs I think this one is the friendliest. There are some really nice, genuine people on here. I know how much I appreciate this blog.

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  26. G2 you didn’t mention Tiote, Sameobi, Obertan, or Prince Colo and there could even be more

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  27. BB mate, I didn’t want to depress everyone completely after that world class draw at home against poor opposition. That would be 14 players out then. No problem. The club has loads of money in the bank don’t they? And who wouldn’t want to manage this fantastic club under Charnley and Ashley?

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  28. Oh wait I did mention Sammeobi, so that’s only 13 new players needed. I’ll start writing the cheques now should I Mike?

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  29. Is it safe to come out? Has Psycho stopped ranting? 😯

    Boy that boy is funny. 😆

    Carver of the Blog. 😆

    Tin hat at the ready. 😆

    He just makes things up in his own mind and believes it. YCMIU. 🙄

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  30. 14 Aston Villa 36 10 8 18 30 50 -20 38
    15 Leicester City 36 10 7 19 41 54 -13 37
    16 Sunderland 35 7 15 13 30 50 -20 36
    17 Newcastle United 36 9 9 18 37 61 -24 36
    18 Hull City 36 8 10 18 33 49 -16 34
    19 Burnley 36 6 11 19 27 53 -26 29
    20 Queens Park Rangers 35 7 6 22 39 61 -22

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  31. No worries Premand mate. Let’s keep the following (if they’ll stay that is)”
    Krul: still a decent shot stopper but I think he’s had enough of us
    Janmaat: probably already fed up but might stay for another season if nobody comes for him
    Colo?: sad to say but we need him until we’re sure we have 3 decent CB’s at the club
    Dummett: useful as a fill-in at CB but not great at LB
    Haidara: needs more time but at least has pace and moves the ball down the left wing
    Colback: steady and provides goals. Call him the ginger Pirlo but he comes to play
    Sissoko? I think he’ll be off
    Cabella: deserves another season to improve
    Perez: our only decent young striker. Armstrong is far too young yet and completely unproven
    Anita: decent utility player but that’s about it.
    De Jong: where was he today? Needs to stay healthy and play well next season.
    Aarons: needs to stay healthy and play well next season.
    Read it and weep mates. So much work to be done and nothing but a nasty turd for an owner.

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  32. Ok. Gk. Krul can stay. Defence Janmaat & Dummett. Haidara can stay as well. We need at least one CB and one full back given that we have the forest guy. DM Abeid and Colback are Ok. Attacking MF we have SdJ. Cabella & Sissoko. Cisse up top. Perez scored today. For me its about clearing out junk and finding a couple of good attckers. And a whole new defence. Hope our new foreign coach can bring afew with him.

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  33. We had better hope so Premand mate or next season will be just as difficult as this one has been.

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  34. Can I stop you there.
    I think Krul wants to go and will go
    Same too to Janmaat.

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  35. The lads look shot of confidence for me. Decent enough point after the lucky Hull result though and good to stop the rot. Here’s hoping we can beat QPR next weekend and Hull don’t win. Then the fans can 100% boycott the last game if they want to. That’s the way it should be done imo. Good to see the fans mostly get behind the team today.

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  36. If we stay up I would like to think we would try for Richards good defender and seems to have proved his fitness which was in doubt before

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  37. It’s the size of the job ahead that worries me. With Ashley and Charnley in charge we have no hope of re-building properly. He’ll tinker a bit in the summer but we’ll be one of the poorest sides in the Prem to start next season (I believe we’re safe now).

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  38. Don’t agree with judgements on Krul, Janmaat etc. Whether they want to stay will depend on who the new manager is and what his plans are. Obviously we know if a big CL club comes in and offers proper money, then any of our players are off, but otherwise they won’t want to leave if we get a proper manager in.

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  39. As an overall performance at home with relegation on the line we were dire. That’s what comes of 8 years of Ashley. No question about it, we will continue to be in trouble and poor for as long as Ashley stays.

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  40. Well for starters TDS mate, we’re not looking for a manager, we’re looking for a head coach. That immediately rules out most of the decent managers available. Then if you take into account who owns us, that rules out the rest. Even if we avoid relegation our problems are just beginning.

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  41. Wobble hog

    Always good to see new bloggers. I get surprised at how many people read the blog but hardly post. It’s great to see blog. Keep it up. 😉

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  42. G2

    The problem with engaging into a discussion with you is that you’re just going to keep banging on the same drum with absolutely zero flexibility whatsoever. You’re most definitely a glass half empty kind of person so I’m just not going to try.

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  43. I was aghast at how little effort we put into that game. Did that look like we were playing in a cup final? That was the challenge to the players. 3 cup finals. The players should hang their heads in shame.
    What was the crowd?

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  44. When you are as brilliant as Ashley as a football owner you don’t take advice, you give orders. To John: keep us up you tw@t! To Lee: find us some good, young, cheap players and sell Krul, Sissoko, Tiote and whoever else you can flog for massive profit. Do I have to do everything around here?

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  45. But TDS mate, look in the mirror. You reply with the same old drivel as well. When was the last time you offered some decent analysis of the players or the matches? At least I try to give an opinion of both. Come on now TDS you can do better. We’re here for you.

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  46. Betsy.

    Just seen your post. Not a chance. I watched in the pub .
    I was appalled at the effort we put in. I saw no difference in the effort from the last 8 games. Did you?

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