Survival hopes dashed – where do we go from here?

Newcastle were plunged deeper into the relegation mire on Saturday afternoon and are now sinking fast after the worst possible outcome played out at Carrow Road following Norwich’s injury time winner. And sadly Newcastle can have no one but themselves to blame after coupling sorry set piece defending and mindless indiscipline to see another so called ‘must win’ game end in defeat.

Players giving away these ridiculous free-kicks in dangerous areas is costing Newcastle crucial points. Unfortunately these particular points could prove to be the final nail in Newcastle’s Premier League coffin.

Newcastle certainly had a fair chunk of ill fortune on the day too with a clear handball in the lead up to the winning goal and Rafa was unhappy about the amount of stoppage time in the first half when Norwich scored the opener. But the days of blaming others has gone, Newcastle are in this mess because they are a poor side who concede far too many goals. Rafa is running out of games to turn this around with now only seven games remaining.

There are still positives to take from the game, even if there are no points. Newcastle responded well to going behind and again Rafa showed good in-game tactical flexibility. Mitrovic has hit some goal scoring form…finally and Papiss Cisse has added a threat to the side too, forcing a fine save from Ruddy to deny him what would have been the winner.

But the sad truth is that Newcastle can’t seem to perform for the whole 90 plus minutes of a game and certainly lack confidence and a match winning mentality. Where there is still hope that with 21 points left to play for, Newcastle can gain enough to catch two teams above them. The worrying thing though is that for sections of the games against Sunderland and Norwich, we were second best and only able to claim one lonely point.

Don’t give up yet though…Mitrovic hasn’t.

173 thoughts on “Survival hopes dashed – where do we go from here?

  1. GASH it’s time Gino and Townsend weighted in with a goal or two we shouldn’t be putting all our eggs in one basket with a striker,Mito keeps asking for more balls into the box from the wings he cannot do anymore than keep asking

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  2. Ice – I’d be tempted to drop Gini. He’s completely pulled out of the races.
    Who do we play instead tho?

    Townsends looked ok in the last two games but he needs more support inside the box, not just from Mitro, others should be busting a gut to get in there.

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  3. GASH that’s always been my beef we never get a midfield player running beyond the striker when the bloody odd time we attack,they want to watch a vid or two to see how the likes of Speed and Nolan do it

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  4. Nolan and Speed make ours look like schoolboys.

    Gini was doing it at the start of the season now its all left to Mitro.

    Sissoko has the pace, height and power to get in there but its rare he does

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  5. well going off the last few away results. we need to score at least 1 or 2 to win. So lets go all out attack and ask the midfield to work their socks off for once

    Its almost a given that Saints will score, so we need to score more 😉

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  6. GASH Siko is a powder puff mate all gob and nee action I would drop him in a heart beat it would do him good,play Perez in his position and go with Mito and Cissie,we have to attack now as we cannot defend to save our lives,what’s to lose?

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  7. If we can attack as we did second half v Norwich we have half a chance, second half last week we were a good 10yd further forward and it made the world of difference, These lads have to put a shift in for the full 90 plus or we are scuppered.

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    DAVE Ime a dummy when it comes to technology,Ime thinking of buying a new laptop in next couple of weeks what laptop would you recommend?

    Ice I will have a We look later see what offers there is mate and let you know

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  9. DAVE cheers mate,as long as it has a re-writer on it,from there Ime lost,have always bought Dell products in the past but know things move on,had this one 8yrs nee bother but Mrs has jammed and broken the SD card in the laptop

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  10. West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
    A Villa 1-1 B’mouth
    C Palace 2-0 Norwich
    So’ton 2-0 Newcastle
    Swansea 1-3 Chelsea
    Watford 2-1 Everton
    ManC 3-0 WBrom
    Sunderland 1-2 Leicester City
    Liverpool 2-0 Stoke City
    Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United

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  11. West Ham 1-1 Arsenal
    A Vill 0-1 B’mouth
    C Palace 1-0 Norwich
    So’ton 3-1 Newcastle
    Swansea 1-3 Chelsea
    Watford 2-2Everton
    ManC 3-1WBrom
    Sunderland 1-2 Leicester City
    Liverpool 2-0 Stoke City
    Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United

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  12. S’ton look too good up front for us to cope.
    could be the final nail in the coffin

    Come on toon! Show your worth

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  13. Absolute disgrace.

    We’ll look back on the Pardew days as the glory days after a few years rotting in the championship 😆 . I’m done.

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  14. I have to give Ashley and the board credit because it’s a miracle we aren’t bottom of the table and for making this the most depressing season in my time supporting the club.

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  15. Time to stop relying on the “experienced” players. Maybe the odd youngster might put in some effort. Couldn’t do worse than Munich’s cheats. Hope Janmaat never plays another game for us along with Sissoko

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