Blog on the Tyne at the Stoke City match

By Administrator Newcastle on Sep 26, 10 03:00 PM


Al Young said:

Disappointing, to put it mildly. Perch had another nightmare, Ben Arfa went missing in the second half and Routledge drifted in and out. Stoke ae an ugly team who play ugly football, but at this rate, they'll be in the PL longe than we will. Our best players were Colo (again) and Tiote, so why on earth Hughton took him off is beyond me. Nolan should have gone. It doesn't seem that Ben Arfa is a winger, does it. We had a lot of the ball in the first half and didn't do enough with it and panic began to set in during the second half - Perch, obviously, but Williamson too and, towards the end, Barton. Carroll did a great job in defence, but at the moment, the long balls and knock downs ae going nowhere. Nolan's not quick enough and Routledge can't read the game. What on earth was Jonas trying to do at the end when he passed it to their defence? Mind you, he wasn't the only one and it was noticeable that he got behind their defence, which no-one else was doing, and made a couple of chances (one of which Nolan should've buried).

Geordie Lee said:

Hugely disappointing yesterday. We played the game in front of their back four and rarely got in behind, eventhough their defenders were seriously lacking in pace. It took them 45mins to realise what we could all see, and even at 1-0 down, they sensed blood.

This morning I see that Routledge is being connected with a move to Liverpool. The Scousers really are in trouble!!


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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