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Newcastle's biggest enemies this season are themselves after easy Swan hunt

By Lee Ryder on Nov 30, 09 12:54 PM

You can say what you want when it comes to whether Newcastle United are good enough to get out of the Championship - but 18 games into our first second tier campaign since 1993 and it's pretty clear that the standard in this division is arguably as bad it has ever been.

On the back of the Swansea game the gut reaction by many Toon fans was that the second half was one of the poorest of the season, good job we were unbelievable in the fist 28 minutes really wasn't it?

If Swansea's defence is supposed to be one of the best in the division then I can't wait until we play the worst!

Newcastle created plenty of chances in the second half against the Swans and it was only poor finishing that prevented them adding to their tally.

And where's the good football in this division?

Who was it who said "there's a lot of good football played in the Football League", well I'm still waiting to see it!

West Brom aside and perhaps QPR in patches, it's been a case of teams just trying to battle away and grind out a result against Newcastle.

Bristol City parked the bus in front of the goal at St James' and got a point.

Blackpool scraped and scraped in order to dig in and get a 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road earlier in the season, the same at Scunthorpe while at Nottingham Forest it was Newcastle's failure to turn up after the international break cost them dearly at the City Ground.

Fair's fair, all three teams that have beaten United this season deserved it overall.

But did they do it by playing this great football we were warned about?

I don't think so.

Maybe we're all getting carried away with it and maybe we're talking too soon but this tough division that Newcastle would struggle to back up from don't seem to have turned up so far this season.

Newcastle can only throw it away this season.

11 Comments

Nathan said:

To be fair though Lee we play anti football a lot of the time, especially away from home. In this league it gets results and suits our current squad down to the ground. Results are everything for now. I'd take an ugly 3 points over a pretty draw or an exciting 3-2 loss. All about getting back to the big time, and if playing ugly gets us there then so be it.

Maggiepie said:

John I was at the game and don't recall ANY jeering of the team - just the usual anti -MA songs.
Of course, during a game a misplaced pass or getting caught in possession can lead to an involuntary groan - we are human after all- but all I heard was total support.
This is the News of the ("can't be bothered about the truth or journalistic integrity so let's make something up and then we can head back to the pub") World , you know!

Tad Caster said:

We were great for forty minutes. They barely got out of their half. After that, I don't know what went wrong. I feel for Smith missing that sitter, but he didn't have a particularly good game and neither did Nolan - all his old faults came to the fore. Jonas had a really poor second half, losing the ball left, right and centre - until the last five or ten minutes when he came to life. Harewood was good, but in the second half, he didn't look as sharp, to put it mildly. Guthrie was abysmal throughout. I could defend him by saying he's playing out of position, but he rarely played out wide, so that excuse doesn't cut it. He was ball-watching far too often, his passes were poor and both defensively and offensively he offered little support. I hope this is temporary, because he makes a hell of difference when he's on form, which he has been lately. Louvenkrands looked - for the first time - like he had something to offer. Enrique, Taylor and Colo were good throughout and Harper made one hell of a save from that deflected shot.

Tad Caster said:

We were great for forty minutes. They barely got out of their half. After that, I don't know what went wrong. I feel for Smith missing that sitter, but he didn't have a particularly good game and neither did Nolan - all his old faults came to the fore. Jonas had a really poor second half, losing the ball left, right and centre - until the last five or ten minutes when he came to life. Harewood was good, but in the second half, he didn't look as sharp, to put it mildly. Guthrie was abysmal throughout. I could defend him by saying he's playing out of position, but he rarely played out wide, so that excuse doesn't cut it. He was ball-watching far too often, his passes were poor and both defensively and offensively he offered little support. I hope this is temporary, because he makes a hell of difference when he's on form, which he has been lately. Louvenkrands looked - for the first time - like he had something to offer. Enrique, Taylor and Colo were good throughout and Harper made one hell of a save from that deflected shot.

Dave said:

No jeering, apart from me having ago at those who continually leave the games 10 or 5 mins from end, they have no concerns for those of us who stay the full 90 mins and block or obstruct, if you're leaving early have some thought and dont hang around just GO.

john bowery said:

if ah want to go , then a,ll go, each to his own, so wrap up moaning

toongonebad said:

not sure where newcastle are at really, are we a good team in a bad division or is it just the nature of the game down here and everybody gets dragged into the same type of play? I think we would get punished in the PL all of these wasted crosses from spiderargie and taylor when hes fit, really poor. we miss a proper left winger. w.brom have shown what good tactics and play can do with and average team. when was the last time newcaslte looked like a team that was putting into practice what they had learnt on the trainning field? we're winning but it always seems a struggle and so what if "everyone wants to beat us" thats such a stupid statement i keep hearing -whats new there? this is football right? i still believe we are not putting our weight about enough especially away from home but then again maybe we're not good enough...

dessa said:

no wonder the Mackems won it

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