You know when you’ve been Tango’d! Newcastle 0-2 Blackpool.

Posted on September 11th, 2010 | 108 Comments |

One of many missed chances against Blackpool.
One of many missed chances against Blackpool.
It was a day of frustration at St James’ Park today as Newcastle lost 2-0 to Ian Holloway’s Blackpool outfit – a defeat that spells the end of an 18-month unbeaten run at home.

An abject first-half performance followed by some abject finishing by Newcastle in the second-half sprinkled sporadically with some fantastic saves from Man of the Match Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal all combined to leave the Toon Army empty-handed.

A crowd of nearly 50,000 turned up at St James’ Park, and most of them will have been wanting to catch a glimpse of our new signings, particularly Hatem Ben Arfa, in action. As things go, the crowd did get to see a bit of Ben Arfa action, and he looked rather good and showed some good touches during his time on the pitch although I am sure most will have wanted the lad to have a more memorable debut than he ended up having.

Newcastle named an unchanged side for the fourth game in a row, and considering the performances we have witnessed in the previous three games I would say there is a bit of justification in that decision, although I, along with many others, would probably have preferred to see a more adventurous line-up against a team that is likely to be somewhere near the relegation dogfight come the end of the season.

Blackpool could have taken the lead on 12 minutes had it not been for a fine double save from Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal. Charlie Adam fed a defence splitting pass to DJ Campbell who had his attempt at goal saved only for Brett Ormerod to fluff his lines and have his attempt at goal saved aswell.

Then it was Newcastle’s turn to go close to breaking the deadlock on 24 minutes. Joey Barton drifted a cross into the box which Mike Williamson got his head to only for the ball to hit the bottom of the post and bounce clear. Kevin Nolan then spurned a gilt edged chance on the half hour as he fired straight at the Blackpool ‘keeper.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, the home team recieved a hammer blow. Alan Smith brought down Luke Varney in the box and referee Lee Mason awarded the away side a penalty. Harsh or not, Smith should know that by putting his foot into the mix there is always a possibility of conceding a penalty. Charlie Adam took the spot kick and sent Harper the wrong way to put the visitors 1-0 up at the interval.

Newcastle started the second-half looking for an equaliser although Blackpool remained resilient and didn’t concede a chance until the hour mark when Joey Barton broke through the tangerines defence only to be thwarted by Gilks.

The home side contiued to press for the equaliser but some poor finishing and good goalkeeping combined to make the search even more frustrating as time wore on. Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan, Wayne Rouledge and Andy Carroll all had chances to grab a goal but ultimately it wasn’t going to happen. Call it ‘one of those days’ if you will. They happen from time to time, although it doesn’t make them any easier to take when they do crop up.

Further salt was added to the home sides wounds in the final minute as they got caught on the break whilst searching for that elusive equaliser. DJ Campbell applied the finish from the edge of the box to seal all three points for the away side.

Questions will no doubt be raised over the validity of having just one striker on the pitch. In fact I predict that questions will be asked about everything ranging from the team selection, tactics, ownership of the club etc etc. All I’ll say is that we won’t get relegated by losing one game. Sure it isn’t ideal, but neither was the over-hyping that ensued after the Aston Villa game. Swings and roundabouts.

Newcastle head to Everton next weekend currently sitting in 13th place in the table, not too bad four games in, better than many predicted in fact. However, the lads will need to pick themselves up and try to earn a point to counteract the points we dropped today.

Howay the lads!

NewcastleSteve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

SubsTim Krul, Sol Campbell, Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa

Attendance – 49,597.

Post match interviews with Chris Hughton and Blackpool manager, Ian Holloway, are available here.

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108 Responses

  1. aod your gonna need 30 pluss this season too stay up ,wel get at least 40 mid table no probs for us coul have won the last 2 easly the goals will come and we will be winning

  2. worky i had us for a draw, it was 1 of those matches i had a bad feeling aboot but we will beat stoke city from the shitty city

  3. We have to be more positive at home, that was the main disappointment for me.

    Everton is gonna be a really tough game and we need to put on a massively better show to get anything out of the game.

    CH has mentioned how important a winning mentality is and the need to keep the ‘feel-good’ factor going but sliding down the table brings a whole heap of pressure making these things very difficult.

    More risk and positivity please Chris.

    Still think we’ll be fine tho!!


  4. HAHA! It seems that the Craven Cottage faithful have had their dose of Mick McCarthy’s tactical genius.

    “The Hammersmith End had earlier labelled Wolves ‘a disgrace to the Premiership’ and, as a friend asserted after the final whistle, it finished ‘2-1 to football’”

    Won’t be long until they are known as the new Bolton…Just less successful and with a crappier stadium.

  5. It definitely appears to me that opposing teams have identified Pearch as our weak link in defence and are looking to exploit this. Lucky not to give away a penalty at wolves and was given the run around by Varney leading to Smith giving away the penalty.

    really gutted we lost & I hope it won’t be a game we look back on come May ala the Stoke and Wigan games last time around.

    Putting things into perspective though 9 years ago today many hundreds on innocent people lost their lives. Normally if we lose it ruins my weekend but today its only a game and that bigger things are in the mind of many people.

    So this game is done and dusted, nothing we can do apart pick ourselves up dust ourselves down and get ready for getting stuck into the toffee’s (yes the pun was intended)

    Up or doon I’ll always love the toon!!

  6. dave na a divent bet on toon matches, and dave was it my fault we got promoted then seeing as i backed them too win the leauge last season ? :) i know who,s fault it is jay jays

  7. Staffstoon good point mate, That is one of the things I was most dissapointed with the team seemed to be set up to basically stop them scoring, the problem is when we go a goal down it leaves us open. I think we should start our home games against the teams round us with 2 up front, and dont give the other team a chance to settle ;)

  8. Batty yeah mate it was down to you that we won the CCC mate :)
    HalftimeBovril you touched on something that I was thinking about earlier about Perch being Lucky not to give a penalty away against Wolves, there was a few earlier blaming it all on Smith for loseing the match today but I didn’t hear them slating Perch ;)

  9. Aye Big Dave, i must have a touch of the King Kev in me cos i would like us to be 4-4-2 every game as we just invite pressure otherwise. Some may say ‘naive’ but i would never claim to be an expert ;)

  10. Heard a fulham fan say the tackle wasn’t technically a foul but he knew he would take the man as well, apparently henry left the pitch smiling the fkin tossa!

  11. Say what you like, but there is NO WAY we should lose a game like this. Great start to the season so far, our three new signings on the bench, 50K in the stadium and we muffed it. Don’t like it one bit I’m afraid…

  12. Big Dave, would rather be on the edge of my seat and entertained than survive n bored sh!tless for most of the season.

    Guess CH has a bit more pressure on him tho :lol:

  13. toon lad none of us like it but were gonna have too lump it , there was no way man u should of let 2 goals in in the last min but they did

  14. I agree Batty, we’re still more than good enough for this league, cannot win all the time can we ?

  15. Just came on here after reading on bbc that it was Henry who broke Zamora’s leg today. The tossers won’t be laughing on MOTD tonight, will they? I’ve always been one who praises a good tackle which takes the player as well as the ball but this lad looks like he is going out to hurt fellow proffessionals at the moment.

    Good to see Cpt Cattermole off again too. How many players did he put out with long term injuries the year we got relegated?

  16. Without a doubt a wake up call to all concerned, but one swallow does not make a summer. The three points we have dropped here unexpectedly will equally be picked up unexpectedly at some point during the season. The fact that we created an equal (if not greater) amount of chances as the Villa rout should suggest to all the doom-mongers that perhaps today was just one of those days?

    An undoubted positive to take from the match is that Ben Arfa is the real deal. Even from what limted time he had on the pitch, it is evident that he is a step ahead of the game. Whenever he got on the ball in the final third he was always looking to make the play; at times he simply ghosted past the ‘Pool defence. Very encouraging signs from him, no doubt he will cause a shaky Everton back-four headaches next week.

  17. Think we cud of played for 6hours today n not scored it was jus one of those days, campbell,tiote n hba all to start next week for me like

  18. It’s all well and good saying “you can’t win ’em all” but Blackpool at home? Give me a chuffing break! I’m sure the shaky Everton defence who are sat behind an Everton attack who just slammed three past Man. Utd will be terrified.

  19. jt, 1st paragraph , if i hadnt just read it i would have written more or less exactly the same thing m8. wats wierder tho is somehow i have 2 usernames nd the other 1 is jt n all. lol, honestly whilst reading the 1st para i thought if id written it,had a smoke nd forgot id posted it lol frickin weird eh

    yea like the everton game, i can c us getting a draw. we are creating chances, nd always look capable of scoring. am pleased ben gets ur approval jt, i just listened on radio.

    so wat will ch do about tiote, straight swap for smith ? or maybe have them both in goin for point? whats happened to guthrie, injury ? just wondering what a most defensive minded midfield could be ?

  20. Just finished watching the game on football first.

    Coloccini was awesome. He won’t get any credit as we conceded 2, but he really stood out for me today both offensively and defensively. Come to think of it, the whole back four did well for 90% of the game.

    Ben Arfa looked good and should definitely have Nolan’s place as he would cause serious damage in that free role position. He always looks to receive the ball and move it forward. Quality little player.

    Overall the team didn’t play too bad. Nothing great, but certainly not the worst performance I have seen.
    For me, the main problem was Barton and Smith not making themselves available for the pass enough. Especially Barton, who knows just how much responsibility he has on his shoulders being our only playmaker. Sometimes he would see Jonas or Routledge running into a blind alley, but rather than bust a gut to give support he would just ball watch. Not good.

    Also, I don’t think Carroll held the ball up well today. His first touch and decision making was a little off. Thing is though, you can’t expect a young lad to play well every week so I suppose he has earned his below par performance today.

    As for next week against Everton…

    Stick with the 4-5-1 as we will need to battle hard against the likes of Osman, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini and Arteta. However, I would drop Perch and Nolan for Taylor and Tiote. This will give us more competitiveness in the middle and also more of a threat from set pieces and crosses. Something Everton clearly struggle with based on their game today.

    Also, Stick Carroll on Distin next week. The Frenchman has looked SHOCKING for Everton for about 18 months now. How he still gets the nod ahead of one of their upcoming stars is beyond me.

  21. What a shite day, beat by talentless feckers, then the train gets stopped in Durham because some prick climbs on the train and gets the shock of a lifetime, not pleased :(

  22. Just watched an interview with Chris Hughton who said this result was a “reality check”. If the reality is he hasn’t bought the right players, is tactically inept, or can’t motivate his players to beat a team who will probably be propping up the table come Christmas, he shouldn’t be there.

  23. just seen the lua lua goal on telly, some celebration ;) hope its the first of many for the lad, coz if he start scoring then he’ll be a real star.

    i hope ben arfa keeps barton on his toes. also when gosling comes back nxt yr, hopefully hes good enough to challenge for that position ;) thats some competition for 1 place innit. things look good, celtic kept a clean sheet as well

  24. Lee- After Man Utd equalised the toffs looked weak at the back. Had it not been for some poor finishing they would have been trounced. The ending to that game was a one-off.

  25. i know people are saying,it’s a one off etc,but we should not be losing to the teams who will be in the shake up come may.
    we’ve now played wolves and blackpool and taken 1 point from a possible six.
    newcastle have put themselves in a dodgy predicament,and could have the granny smashed out of them,confidence wise during the next few weeks.
    everton will be a tough ask,judging by their fightback against man utd.if we lose that game,then give it the sacrificial lamb against chelski in the cup,we’re then looking to try and get a result against stoke,who are tough to breakdown.
    i hope todays defeat will serve as a kick up the arse,because we cannot afford to get into a rut in this league.interesting times ahead indeed.

  26. Well I said I thought we were due a banana skin and a bad result. Not gonna cry over spilt milk but thought we never turned up, (Mr England in perticular was sh!t), the ref gave them a pen they played for and us nowt at home all day, (including allowing them to take a freekick early after banning us the right all game). But it’s no good crying about that we played sh!t and deserved nowt. Its worth noting to all the Hooton ar!e lickers, we had 2 internationals on the bench and by the time hoots made a change it was far too late. Benny looks promising and, im sorry but, compared to our current two wingers, who NOBODY can argue have NO final ball, he has a brain and looks classy, Hoots you kept the ‘WINERS TOGETHER’. Benny and Tiote, (proper internationals) at Everton thank you. ;)

  27. Trojan- When we start being outplayed by those around there will be cause for concern, but
    that hasnt occured. We have dominated for large periods over the last two games, lacking the finishing of the Villa match.

  28. JT

    We were unlucky today with some of our finishing, but that said blackpool defended well and the Villa game was a complete fluke, one of those games were you score every time you shoot, I hope people realise that now.

  29. jt,it’s all well and good dominating games,but if we dont have the the 3 points after 90 minutes it’s not much good to us.okay lets hope it’s a freak result,but we should not be getting beat off these teams,if we are to stay up.

  30. Sure the same starting eleven deserved to play together again, but I think if you’re oozing real confidence you are happy to make changes. CH looks scared to drop Nolan and Smith, for fear of some dressing room drama.

  31. Well,i have done the 19matches prediction for this year(2010),as i long as we get 24points or above in this year,we are most likely to be safe in PL.

    And Judging from 4 Matches,it is still possible. ;)

  32. I would be far more oncerned if we weren’t creating chances. In airness we had a bucketload of them, and we could probably still be playing now without scoring one.

    We lost three points today, but not many expected us to get 3 points against Villa. The same thing will happen again – we will pick up three points somewhere where we aren’t expected to….

  33. Dude fair play url put a gutsy display n wanted to win.url keeper had a blinder.but if u take ur “blinkers“of we had way more chances than url n it wasn’t meant for us to score today.n if u really think we cc team den guys please don’t argue wit him your`ll be wasting yourll time.but if you got anyting good to say wellcome to our blog.n I must say ben arfa can win us many points this season from the few mins he was on he looks like a very intelligent player like me lol.but he needs to play off carroll.I think nolan shud b dropped for him.smith needs to b dropped aswell but not dat easy it usually takes time for new player to settle in [tiote]further more we haven’t seen him play.I jus hope hughton does the right thing.toon toon I’m out

  34. I see we had 22 shots at goal, 57% possesion. doesn’t mean nowt, but it shows weren’t ouplayed.

    Like I said, I would be more worried if we wern’t creating chances.

    On another day we could have scored 4. Move on to the next game.

  35. Rich – It’s better than what he put in the first place, and second place evidently! ;)

    Unless fiddling with kids and interfering with animals is accepatble of course!

  36. Think I’ll put £40 on us to lose 3-1 next time, bit of reverse psychology might work wonders. Gutted about the result but we could still be in the championship so I’ll not moan til we’re down, which I very much doubt will happen. HWTL

  37. WHY DID THAT ONE SHOW AND THE 3 I SUBMITTED AFTER DIDNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. bad day in the office..sorry we could have a good had jump start on teams around us..u are never going to get the points back..what ever people say it was a massive loss for us in terms of points should always play his best ben arfa is are best player bye far and should have been on from the start of the secound half..we missed chances yes..but your better players dont miss as much as others..carrol made chances out of nothing easterday and we didnt take them..nolan could and should be the top scorer with the chances he has missed already in the last 2 games..thats why i see ben arfa and u cant be beat goal scoring players and gosling we are going to miss big time who nows were the goal is when it matters for a young lad..when nolan thinks about it he misses easier chances but when he doesnt have to he scores.

  39. the result Of Braca game make me feel a little more cheerful now.

    It’s show that in a game of football whatever can happen
    they played new promoted club at home and lost 2-0
    aye you see we as good as Braca :)

    I watched MOTD and we wasted our chance again this time
    but on the plus side from all of the match review I read whom really watched the game say that we played well and created good chance so that still do me just hope in the future we can convert some chances to be some goals !!!

    about tactic I know what frustrations come from but you have to put the perspective that this team play really well last three games and you can’t just throw the new faces into the team right away it’s more complicate than that and If we were the winner that wouldn’t have been the case of whinning right now

    If the team lack of gut , effort , commitment , desire for playing the club I will start worrying but right now they have all that and play well , create chance so I better pray next time we have some luck.


  40. I nearly had to go out and buy a new telly as the red mist came down and I was a hairsbreadth from chucking the glass I was holding through the screen. just as well I didn’t as its an expensive new one and I hate sleeping in the shed.
    A few more games with that result and it could happen though. I get really p!ssed off when visiting goalies seem to be able to pull off world class performances for their only time in their career against us.

  41. The tactic of tucking perch in beside the centre backs punished us yesterday. their man on the left had the freedom of st james and that was where the penalty come from. don’t know if it was a deliberate ploy or perch just getting caught out.
    CH will go to everton with only one up front.
    Campbell in for williamson
    Triote in for smith
    Ben arfa in for nolan

    the last one i can’t see happening more likely ben arfa for spidey as everton are just a battling side and we have to be prepared to put the foot in

    Nolan is going to cause big debate all season. where does he fit in the side?

  42. We were very unlucky yesterday. I am glad at least it was just a bad result and not a bad performance.

  43. Gutted after our result but their was a little respite in seeing mccarthy being pis*ed off and cattermole spoiling sad steve bruce day.
    Wolves cannae keep playing like that authorities have to throw the book at them.
    Cattermole should be kicked out of football. Thug

  44. lets put it in perspective, we had “one of those days” against Villa where every shot went in and we had “one of those days” against Blackpool where they didn’t, end of story
    if we were at the bottom end of the table with 4 games to go then that might be a problem, we’re mid table with 4 games played and all the criticism for CH because he lost 1 game just seems very deja vu, CH’s choices were a big part of us winning the CCC lets not forget that
    all those calling for HBA to be on from the outset, give me a break, would you really buy a player and throw him straight in without even a look over him? if you would, then thats why CH is a manager and you’re not….
    1 more thing, who’s nicked my avatar and why can’t i reset it?

  45. budalovesa patsy says:
    September 12, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Campbell in for williamson

    Why would you drop Williamson? up there for player of the month and he, again, had a pretty solid game yesterday.

    In fact, the whole back four played well, the only thing which caused us trouble was the pace and movement of the front men, which it would for most defences.

  46. Batty
    No often i say this but i agree with you
    The football so far this season is a hundred times better than when we went down.
    the match yesterday flew by which is a good sign couldn’t believe the stadium clocks at times

    We have the squad to rest players when their form dips lets hope CH uses the opportunity and is not too loyal.

    every game in this league is tough. nobody gives you anything

  47. Well our midfield never got going, so we started to bypass it, not good.
    Their ‘keeper had a blinder.
    We dominated possession but couldn’t score.
    Why did we show them too much respect & play 451?
    They were playing a 433 away, effectively.
    We beat ourselves.
    Git bolshy yarblocos.

  48. “In fact, the whole back four played well, the only thing which caused us trouble was the pace and movement of the front men, which it would for most defences”

    I’m sorry but I dont think Varney or Ormerod are lightning fast its just that we were exposed too often by throwing men forward in an attempt to score and then equalise. We should have learned from the Wigan/Blackpool game that Blackpool enjoy playing on the break. Yesterday we were naive, nothing more or less.

    Sol Campbells experience may prove to be useful in the future but its on the flanks that we look most vulnerable defensively.

  49. The defence should not be altered yet , after all the first goal was a penalty and the second came against the run of play when we where going all out for an equaliser . IT was a few class saves and poor finishing at times that cost us the game . The changes that should be made for Everton are Tiote for smith and HBA for ? . Lets face it CH aint gonna drop Nolan so either Jonas or Routledge will make way . CH needs too have a word with Perch though , another yellow card yesterday , before long the lad is going to make life hard for himself with the refs and that would be a shame because he looks a decent play with potential .

  50. Charlie adam was/is there top out field player, great vision, spots a great pass.
    We shoulda went in for him.
    He works tirelessly for the team.
    All this crap of defenders getting to far up the pitch when we’re behind just clogs the attack & leaves us exposed to the counter.
    Defend from the front, attack from the back.
    Keep y’shape, has to be the mantra.

  51. Although they did win with a ‘won’ pen & a last min breakaway.
    But the fact is they kept us busy throughout, due to there formation, spirit & tenacity.
    If we had got a goal, i could see us killing ’em, but, alas, it didn’t pan out that way.
    Ok, sick now, over & out.

  52. I Love Mike
    Agree with Williamson’s performnances but CH didn’t convince Sol to come here and sit on the bench. He will want to play him and if I am right I would rather Colo stay in the side.

  53. budalovesa patsy says:
    September 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    I Love Mike
    Agree with Williamson’s performnances but CH didn’t convince Sol to come here and sit on the bench. He will want to play him and if I am right I would rather Colo stay in the side”

    I think Sol was brought in for cover, not to replace, imo at his age, he doesn’t hold the cards, the club does.

    Lets imagine it this way, your CH and i’m Mike Williamson, i’ve been playing excellently for my first Premier league games, i’m up there for player of the month, as well as this i’ve got two assists, look dangerous on corners and free kicks and have been unlucky not to score.

    You call me in to say Campbell, a man who is 36, has a contract only until the end of the season, has hardly played a competitive game in god knows how long and is not match fit yet, is going to replace me.

    It would be terrible management imo to play Campbell just because of who he is, neither Colo or Williamson have done anything to deserve being dropped.

  54. Aye,
    it’s the midfield not properly doing it’s job, as per.
    Not a criticism, an observation.

  55. Having watched the highlights, it is now obvious why Hughton bought Tiote and Ben Arfa as we cannot afford to carry both Smith and Nolan as excess baggage this season, both too slow and contribute very little overall in most games.

  56. Team for next game

    Collicini – Campbell – Williamson – Enrique
    Routledge – Barton – Nolan – Jonas
    Ben Arfa

    Bench: Krul, Perch, Taylor, Ranger, Lovenkrands, Vukic, Tiote

    Solves a few problems and keeps Nolan in team cos CH not strong enough to drop him. Tiote for Nolan at somepoint. Guthrie back in to contention when fit. Maybe use only one wide man to allow an extra harder working midfielder at times. 2 wingers plus Ben Arfa is probably a bit too open. Routledge is not strong enough going backwards – mayme of the pressure Perch is put under.

  57. Sol was not my idea of a signing. I am a huge fan of Kadar and would rather see him play in the team. But as I understand CH had to convince the man you love that Sol was worth his salary. Mike would in my mind only agreed if CH convinced him Sol would play I see no way Mike would be paying a bit part player the salary Sol will be on.

    Kadar is one of the best footballers at the club but because of Sol he is pushed out.

  58. Knocky
    You were doing great with your team assessment until you mentioned Guthrie. The guy is championship class on his best day

  59. On reflection, the game was a bit of an enigma, a pen on 45 (can happen to any team) and a break away goal when we were pushing for an equaliser on 90 min (can happen to any team). Apart from that we created loads of chances, they were always threatening up front with their pace and movement, but still, we looked the more accomplished team. But hey, as has been said, it was one of those games.

    No need for big changes I feel for the Everton game, just maybe the memory of this game as inspiration. Dare I say it, but yesterday, we were just unlucky.

    I agree, I think it will be the same team for Everton apart from Tiote for Smith.

  60. we had too lose at home some time , i dont think we will lose more than 5 at home this season so we,l be ok . might get a point at everton then go on too beat shitty stoke city .

  61. budalovesa patsy says:
    September 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    “But as I understand CH had to convince the man you love that Sol was worth his salary”.

    hahaha the name’s tongue in cheek mate, lets not regress this debate to ‘Ashley lovers’ and ‘Ashley bashers’ eh, its childish and generally a bit thick. On the subject of the singing, is his experience for one year on our maiden season back in the Prem not reason alone to sign him? Seems pretty sensible to me.

    “Mike would in my mind only agreed if CH convinced him Sol would play I see no way Mike would be paying a bit part player the salary Sol will be on.”

    How much is he on like? Again, as said, Campbell didn’t hold the cards, we did, he is a 36 yr old wanting to carry on a Premiership career, and thanks to his personal circumstances, a move here would have been a great deal. Baring in mind how sensible we are now being in relation to wages, I doubt he would be on anything special, in relation other players wages of course, not mine :D

    hmmmmm imo opinion, you have fallen into a trap that many have fallen into, blaming Mike Ashley for everything that happens at the club. What does Ashley know about singing a player? Negotiating contracts? Agreeing wages? Ashley is simply the bank, we go to him for money, he will have nothing to do with the day to day running of the club and that includes signings, wages etc.

    In fact, I would wager he has absolutely nothing to do with the club apart from coming to watch a few matches and giving us money when needed.

  62. batty says:
    September 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    we had too lose at home some time , i dont think we will lose more than 5 at home this season so we,l be ok . might get a point at everton then go on too beat shitty stoke city.”

    I agree m8, need to take a few on the chin and roll with the punches. We weren’t going to win them all, it’s always the mark of a fighter how they deal with this, not the successes.

    You’re getting sensible in your old age ;)

  63. buda,

    i like Guthrie. Not the greatest in the premier by any means but if Barton picks up a knock (see Wolves) or he gets banned (3 yellows so far and an easy target for refs) Guthrie is our only option

  64. I Love Mike
    Good banter mate
    I like your style
    Disagree on certain points buy hey ho that’s life
    Cest la vie as the french say

    In this season we just want the team to be away from the drop zone so they can play without fear. A long way to go till next May

  65. brendanmaloney says:
    September 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Can any of Williamson, Colo or Sol play Right Back?

    We have right backs who can play right back mate :D

  66. budalovesa patsy says:
    September 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    I Love Mike
    Good banter mate
    I like your style
    Disagree on certain points buy hey ho that’s life
    Cest la vie as the french say

    In this season we just want the team to be away from the drop zone so they can play without fear. A long way to go till next May”

    Good stuff mate, bit of debate, healthy. Can I just point out something to, our final run in of games, last 7 something like that, our season finishes end of March as I think we need to be safe before then, otherwise, there maybe trouble ahead :D

  67. “our season finishes end of March as I think we need to be safe before then, otherwise, there maybe trouble ahead”

    This season’s fixtures in March aren’t as bad as 2008-09. If I recall we had MUsa, Arse and Chelski all within a month. You play and lose against them and all of a sudden losing becomes a habit thats difficult to break.

  68. Going to everton next week batty, then man city and Wigan :) have you heard anything on the news about the lad on the train?

  69. Apart from the top couple of sides, any team can and does beat any team in this league. Was it that much of a shock yesterday? I think we were due a result like that. Blackpool are obviously a decent away team and they beat Wigan 4-0 away aswell. Some teams do that where the pressure is off and they get people behind the ball. What they have had is a ‘poor little blackpool’ image that has allowed them to catch teams unprepared and sleepy away. It won’t continue for much longer though because the league will know what to expect from them. The first 5-10 games in the championship, we were an unknown quantity aswell. Im not getting too down about it because I think we could go there and beat them.