Scunthorpe 2 Newcastle 1 – Iron Men too tough for timid Toon!

Posted on October 20th, 2009 | 12 Comments |

Colo, we need you!!
Colo, we need you!!
Uh-oh! Newcastle left Glanford Park with absolutely nothing tonight as Scunthorpe took all three points with a 2-1 win, and it would take a brave man to suggest the St James’ garden is rosy right now.

Despite having plenty of possession and creating a number of decent chances, Newcastle spurned several of them and were unable to prevent Scunthorpe scoring twice and that was all it took to swing this game the Iron’s way.

Due to work commitments, I was left to listen to the game on Radio Newcastle and the commentary of Mick Lowes and former assistant to Sir Bobby, John Carver. It didn’t sound great. Scunthorpe were backed by their biggest crowd in 21 years, and as with many teams this season, were obviously pumped up for this as they’re playing a relegated ‘big boy’ who are second in the league. But Newcastle appeared to have the better of the first quarter, although they couldn’t convert possession into goals.

Scunthorpe began to have the better of the play towards the end of the first half but the teams went into the break all square. Having missed a chance before the break, Woolford made no mistake after Khizanishvili was outpaced by Hooper, to make it 1-0. Hughton responded by swapping Geremi for Harewood but it was Kevin Nolan who equalised just after the hour, following what sounded like great build up play.

However, when Harewood got in the way of a clearcut chance for Carroll, the impetus we had stolen swung back to Scunthorpe. And it was Woolford who was the hero, grabbing his second and his team’s to make it 2-1. Which is how it stayed as Scunthorpe celebrated a big victory and condemned us to back-to-back defeats and leaving us with 2 points from a possible 12. Not exactly brightening the mood on Tyneside.

Tonight there seemed to be several things wrong, which many of the more informed supporters have recognised –

– The depth of our defensive cover is woefully short and we miss Taylor and Coloccini (say what??) and we seem to struggle to cope physically with attacks.
– We desperately lack pace throughout the team.
– We’re still not creating enough.
– We’re definitely not scoring enough with only 2 goals in 4 games now.
– Hughton will start to be criticised from various quarters for some peculiar decisions (Geremi in? Ranger ignored again from the start? 4-5-1 with Carroll the lone striker?).

With a tough game against another team who will be up for it and bouyed by a good result tonight, we need to give ourselves a shake for the Doncaster game. Smith is sure to be a miss, as he’ll be suspended, but he can only do so much and without the pair largely responsible for our sound defensive displays or the ability to score more than we concede, you start to wonder where the points will come from.

And yet we’re still second in the Championship…………


Harper, Ryan Taylor, Enrique, Simpson, Khizanishvili, Geremi, Guthrie, Smith, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll.

Subs – Krul, Tozer, Kadar, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Harewood, Donaldson.

Scunthorpe United

Murphy, Bryne, Williams, Mirfin, Jones, Togwell, McCann, Wright, Woolford, Hayes, Hooper.

Subs – Slocombe, Wright, Spence, Canavan, Sparrow, Thompson, Forte.

Att – 8,900 – (2,000 Mags) approx

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12 Responses

  1. Aye, depressing stuff. Let’s hope we can turn things around for the match against Doncaster.

  2. what can yoy say,CH is not the man for the job we need a leader and he isnt it,and if ashley carnt see this the fker needs an MRI.

  3. not suprised in the slightest to be honest,this has been in the post for weeks.
    the team have been muddling through,and a lot of luck at times to achieve results.
    our distinct lack of pace and creativity,is being found out by the other sides and exploited.
    i posted earlier today,and expressed my opinion,that we could easily lose this game tonight.
    the only time newcastle look like getting somewhere is without mike ashley,s involvement,as soon as he starts to make decisions it spells disaster.
    when he returned last january after his self imposed exile,that,s when things started to go wrong.

  4. Norn Iron Mag says:
    October 21, 2009 at 12:04 am

    “What a pile of rubbish cant say im surprised though.”

    NIM, That would be a great club motto which perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Newcastle United supporter down the years. It would certainly be better than ‘Triumph by great defence’, which is probably the most inappropriate motto in human history.

  5. Who`d a thunk it two years ago, we would be getting beat by teams like Blackpool and Scunthorpe.
    We had a new billionaire owner who stated he would be investing 20 mill. a year and few posters wish lists contained players under ten million, “top o the world ma”!
    We were looking at a top four and European football, yeah !
    Then it all turned brown, took a while before most realized
    what was going on, the blackout of any information kept some hopes alive, “no news is good news”
    But the reality is here and do not expect any improvement,
    It is what it is.

  6. Sorry about that, depressed myself reading it, have to get me self into a messianic mind set, or something.

  7. chuck says:
    October 21, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Chuck, BTW, your comment was passed for moderation because of the ‘Scunthorpe’ bug. It blocks Scunthorpe every now and then because there’s a very rude word in there.

  8. What planet do managers live on sometimes?

    ‘On balance we deserved to win the match’

    Come on Chris! Were not idiots, or blind for that matter.

    Why don’t they just come out and say ‘ We were poor, we didn’t deserve anythin and we desperately need to improve’

    He should also come out and tell everyone (including the ownwe) that the squad is woefully thin and unless we bolster we won’t be going up.

    But alas, he needs one of his midfielders to do that for him.

    Yes men very rarely put their head above the trench!

  9. Oh dear…..Chris needs to dig deep and earn his corn now! The recent points dropped, and terrible performances, should be a wake up call to Chubby to get rid asap!

    Maybe it’s all a giant conspiracy, by the players, to play badly and force Ashley’s hand?

    Actually I’ve just read that back and it’s implausible……even for me!

    I feel a blog coming on!!

  10. hahahahah i told all of ya that we dont have enough quality to win the leauge wait an see what will happen at doncaster and sheff