HarryRedknapp3As we managed to fall over the line to a 1-0 ‘win’ over QPR its got to be said that was one of the worst games of football I have ever seen in my whole life.

Caused by mainly two things;

a) QPR being one of the worst teams that have ever shown up at St James’ Park and

b) Our defensive starting line up.

Those two miserable things cancelled each other out into an insufferable bore fest that would kill anyone’s Christmas spirit no matter how jolly they were feeling prior to kick off.

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But this kind of performance from us on our own patch against a completely inferior side is no surprise whatsoever to all of us, or it shouldn’t be, it’s a typical Alan Pardew performance which we have come to expect in his 2 years here as manager. We didn’t exactly ‘win’ that game on Saturday afternoon but just managed to get the ball into their net on that bare minimal occasion, as the opposition had no chance of doing the same to us. QPR were hopeless. We were not much better.

If it became public that Pardew’s tactics are to strangle a game to death for 70 minutes and then try and steal it with his subs, then I would believe it. The thought of hammering a far inferior team for 90 mins making the afternoon not just more entertaining but a whole lot easier for us, doesn’t even enter his brain. We could/should have won that game by 2 or 3 goals without a problem if only Pardew had the ambition to do so. His starting line up sums him up.

Flight_Simulation_Northumbria_Flying_School_The_MagWhy on God’s green earth Pardew picked that starting line up against a team who have only won one game all season is one of the most baffling, negative, inexplicable team sheets I have ever seen. Having James Perch AND Cheick Tiote in the same starting line up, alongside Anita in the middle of the park, was totally unnecessary.

Was Alan Pardew THAT scared of Adel Taarabt? A player who is as consistent as the sun staying out in summer. If Taarabt played well last week, chances are he won’t be as good this week. That’s what players like him are like. Sure enough he was abysmal. He offered barely no threat to our defence, yet Tiote and Perch played for 70 mins until Cheick was withdrawn. Ridiculous.

Arguably those weren’t the most inexcusable factors of our starting line up. No, that honour goes to the decision to not just play a defender and holding midfielder together but to also play Jonas Gutierrez in the left wing position. Sweet Jesus Christ! The thought of this line up for a home game against Queens Park Strangers makes me want to burst out laughing in terrified bemusement. But Pardew actually did it! We had Jonas, Anita, Tiote and Perch as part of a front 6 with Cisse stuck out on the right wing. This is literally mind boggling considering the importance of a win and the quality of the opposition.

Playing the most defensive ‘wide player’ we have arguably had in our 120 year history in the advanced left wing position of a 4-3-3 is probably the LAST thing I would choose given the options available. I kid you not. I would rather we had played Sylvain Marveaux, Gab Obertan, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi, Davide Santon, Shane Ferguson or Shola Ameobi in that position before Jonas Gutierrez and I am not just saying that for dramatic effect.

Yet lo and behold ‘Mr 8 year contract in the back pocket’ went and did it! Incredible. The fact the game was still 0-0 with no shots on target by the time he was dragged off was of no surprise to me or any of us whatsoever. What a waste of attacking space.

As soon as Sylvain Marveaux came on the pitch after 75 minutes of nothingness, he got himself an assist within 3 minutes. That’s THREE minutes. Just imagine what he could have done with 90 minutes to work with. He almost got himself a goal just 2 minutes after that. He literally did more  in 5 minutes than Jonas Gutierrez managed to achieve in an hour. Now I am not saying Jonas is a terrible player, I am saying if you’re going to insist on playing him, then do it in a position that suits his game because he certainly isn’t a flying winger. He hasn’t been one of those since about the year 2009. Wake the hell up Pardew.

SylvainMarveaux4In fact, why am I even wasting my time by suggesting to Pards to wake up? It’s never going to happen. This is a man who thinks we have actually been playing well recently. He has been quoted several times using the words ‘in form’ to describe our recent games. He is a madman. He must be spending his Christmas at the head of a table wearing a mad hat, sipping tea with a white rabbit and some shrunken down blonde girl next to a vanishing cat that won’t stop grinning. Pardew is on another planet to the rest of us. When he believes things like ‘we have been playing well recently’ is when he totally unintentionally exposes his standards as a manager. Only an average manager who is used to fighting relegation every season would think that what we have been churning out over the past few games is of a decent standard.

The loss at Stoke wasn’t a good performance, we lost. We lost to two soft avoidable goals and created next to nothing in chances. Our performance at Fulham wasn’t good, we lost. We lost to two soft avoidable goals and created next to nothing in chances. Our performance against Man City was better but we lost. We lost to three soft avoidable goals (whilst being ripped apart consistently) and created next to nothing in chances. It’s a recurring theme. If that theme is the definition of ‘playing well’ and ‘being in form’ with the quality of the our squad available then you’re either lying or you’re topping yourself up at your mental tea party with Alice and the twins. Sheer madness.

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12 comments
desree
desree

Here is a radical idea, instead of buying a black and white top with a magpie and newcastle city council logo to show we support our team (and rile our owner and get back at him), how about we just show our support by stop booing our own players

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I think Williamson has been made a bit of a scapegoat, a target for fans frustration.  Is he a world class defender?  Of course not.  But he is a victim of circumstance in many ways.

Realistically, he should be no more than a squad player at best, he should be there to come in for one or two games here and there to cover suspensions or injuries...he should NOT be first choice. When he came in previously for those couple of games he seemed to be focused and more importantly kept it simple.  He didn't try to overwork the ball, he did the basics needed to clear the ball from danger and defaulted to other players to distribute the ball.  It seems since he became first choice through necessity, he's thought he needed to add more to his game and THIS is where the problems lie.  I think he just needs to realise his own limitations and focus on the simple things that got him a lot of plaudits not so long ago.  Fans at this club a passionate but sometimes that means they swing from one extreme to the other - remember Perchinho??  

Certainly we need new defenders in, but I think Willo suffers a lot of stick through no fault of his own, he's just being asked to play above his level because of prior lack of investment.  I think the bridges have been burned though and it's probably time for him to move on...(I think Carver's accusations were a huge point of contention and I think the player probably needs a fresh start in the Championship for his own confidence if nothing else).

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011

Why is Williamson getting the most stick? At least he try's and heads the ball or manages to make contact with the ball when he kicks it and is at least back up to the squad. Squidward is an absolute joke, he should be convicted in court for impersonating a footballer, he is a shocking excuse for a footballer, conference or league 2 at best and he gets no where near the stick Williamson does.

nev fur
nev fur

Article hits the nail on the head. Williamson isn't the problem, it's those who sign and continue to play players not up to it to blame. The lad always seems to me to try his best and no-one can ask more than that from anyone. The sad thing to me is that "the best supporters the world has ever had" continue to give abuse and make fun at games to the likes of Willuamson thinking it makes them look clever, the real terrace wag. Sadly it just shows ignorance. Real supporters would support and encourage all of our players to try to get them producing their best and the poorer players to play above themselves and save the abuse, if we lose, for those responsible for fielding that lineup.

It's not new though, Willo can join Perchinho, Barton, Dabizas, Tommy Gibb and many others in enduring this world level of support. For what it's worth I also think it's time he is moved on along with Saylor and Collo but the chances of us signing another two CB's after Mbemba ( hopefully) are nil. Get one if we are lucky and probably not in time for the season starting so I think at least one if not two of them are staying for now at least. Another prem quality LB also needed but as we don't seem to be getting linked to any of them I can't see that happening either. Defence is still a major concern but abusing our own players at games is not the answer. Really hope we get Austin so we can hopefully score more than we concede, difficult though that may be, but not holding my breath

Mal44
Mal44

I agree. It's pathetic the level of abuse directed at Williamson on this site. He cost around £1 million and is probably the lowest earner in the squad. He was signed when we were in the championship and should have been used as a back up when injuries demanded. Instead, despite the fact that we have needed a top class CD for goodness knows how long, nothing has been done and Williamson has been thrown into the front line on an almost continuous basis. You would think reading the above article that he had never had a decent game in the black and white shirt. I can think of numerous examples where he has played well and pound for pound he has given a lot more to the club than many others I could mention; if I recall he was our player of the season in 2013/14.

Having said that, I agree he should be moved on as in my opinion he is not PL standard but I'm sure McClaren realises that. But what purpose is served by the continuous criticism and abuse I have no idea. As you say supporters should encourage their players; I find it hard to believe that some supporters(?) are actually booing him when he comes on the pitch.

lager_arm
lager_arm

Williamson is rubbish but steven taylor is far worse, he's and absolute embarrassment and contributes nothing to the club but avoids half the criticism Williamson gets for some reason

KevinHarland
KevinHarland

I'm happy to keep him on as 4th choice CB for the time being but, realistically, he shouldn't be getting game time and we need to bring in two more CB's on top of Mbemba because Taylor and Colo are not the answer either in my opinion. I'd be happy if we started the Southampton game with Colo and Mbemba but Colo needs to sort himself out as he was suspect last year.

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

I can guaranteet that iron Mike Williamson will be in our starting 11 for the Southampton game, God help us!!!!

keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

How can you guarantee that? Do you pick the team?

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

I wish I did Keegan, but I know Newcastle all too well I am afraid, watch that space

Nutisbak2
Nutisbak2

I don't think he will go anywhere. It's unlikely anyone is going to offer anything for him, lets be honest Charnley should have accepted the offer from Leeds whatever that was, even if it involved us paying them to take him off our hands.


My one hope here is that Pardew who obviously liked him (he picked him so often!) will try and buy him from us.


However if I am honest I do not think Williamson will be going anywhere until next summer, even then who knows what will happen.

lee1987hughes
lee1987hughes

Hit the nail on the head, if this defensive joker is still playing for Newcastle in the next few weeks there is something not right and we are doomed once again