SholaAmeobi23Saturday 22 December 3pm
Newcastle United 1 (Shola 81)
Queens Park Rangers 0
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A crowd of over fifty thousand who stayed with the team throughout, might just have saved our season.

Amazingly, today’s crowd was more than when we played Manchester City last week, particularly surprising considering that QPR brought only 922 hardy souls.

Anybody who’d looked at the weather forecast, or just glanced out of the window, would have seen little to convince them that they should turn up and pay on the door.

Just maybe it will be one of those moments when you can say I was there, when Newcastle got a vital win that set them on the path to better things.

What is clear is that Shola’s winner has almost certainly saved us from the possibility of seeing the new year in as a bottom three team and all the statistics associated with teams who have gone into the new year in the relegation zone and where they end up.

The mackems winning at Southampton might turn out to be not the worst result in the end but if that had been combined with less than three points for Newcastle, then the combination could potentially have been fatal in terms of morale.

KITBAG_SALEThe effort was once more there and the approach play ok but the final ball into the box is yet again abysmal. Jonas cannot cross the ball and he is seemingly not alone, it was little surprise then that our most creative player, Davide Santon was behind the winner.

His mazy run from left back carried him some sixty yards diagonally across the pitch and he fed Perch, who had a a simple ball on to Shola on his right, who stepped inside and coolly curled it left-footed past Green. Relief.

Rangers were abysmal and the least adventurous visiting team we’ve seen, seemingly wasting time from the first minute.

Maybe we should be grateful because their lack of enterprise meant they created not one decent chance and gave United only their third clean sheet of the season. As we know, if we had gone behind then we aren’t going to win.

The first half saw corners and free-kicks created but all wasted, Demba Ba has scored the odd stunner from deadball situations but was high, wide and handsome today. In open play he cut a lonely figure as United basically played a 4-5-1 to match the visitors, Jonas and Cisse deep on the flanks.

As the match wore on, the grim faces matched the weather and with creative options looking once again very limited on the bench it looked as though we were relying on what we saw in front of us.

Cisse had done ok in his less than best right midfield role and his departure wasn’t welcomed as Alan Pardew shuffled his thin pack. Shola was welcomed though onto the pitch, as Obertan also replaced Gutierrez.

SJP4United then straight away went to two up top and Cisse quite rightly will be wondering why they couldn’t have done that when he was on the pitch. The 4-4-2 though saw Obertan end up on the left and Anita on the right, with seemingly little initial improvement in our play.

There was though a bit of an old fashioned lift from the crowd with just over ten minutes left and maybe that lift helped as Santon surged across the pitch and helped create our moment of the match.

Marveaux had also joined the fray, in place of the yellow carded Tiote who now misses Old Trafford.

The goal led to a final charge from the visitors but that only led to at last some room for Newcastle to play in, Obertan looking decent on his return and Marveaux seeing his shot well saved by Green.

It might not be quite ‘United Are Back’ but it could be United back from the dead and a bit of confidence to use this result to start looking up over the next half a dozen league matches. Extra quality in the transfer window is an essential, today proved that sheer effort alone can only give us so much on the pitch.

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Anita, Cisse (Shola 61), Ba, Gutierrez (Obertan 61)
Unused Subs: Harper, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Mbia, Faurlin (Derry 79), Mackie, Cisse (Hoilett 64), Taarabt

Ref: Kevin Friend

Crowd: 50,180 (922 Away fans)

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45 comments
geordieminer
geordieminer

Great club captains bring players together. Great club captains bring the supporters together. Great club captains take a pride in their shirt. Great club captains are a focus for the younger generation. My grand son is in his second season as a season ticket holder but after what has happened is now looking for another team to support. Losing the future supporters??? Now that should be a worry for the FAT CONTROLLER.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Under ideal circumstances this could be a good thing, but after all that's gone on, the total mistrust by fans in the current administration and the lack of performances on the pitch...this really just comes across as too little too late, a desperate move and dare I say it a completely manufactured PR statement from the the CLUB NOT the captain.

It may be totally genuine, a plea for unity out of a desperate plea for the club to collectively pull in the same direction and it may have been perpetuated completely out of good faith by the captain himself.  However, as it is a web-statement, it just casts too much doubt over the club being involved to try and avoid more protests...


What Colo SHOULD have done is address the fans through a media outlet, be it a statement on Sky, an interview with a paper...whatever, basically something that would give it more credibility.  And here we see the underlying problem, after so long of having zero credibility, the club is now seen a certain way by the fans...with a sense of mistrust, a pinch of salt taken with every public statement...and even what could possibly be a genuine heartfelt plea by the captain of our once great club who ultimately cares for the fans is now seen as nothing more than a fictitious PR stunt by the club to generate a less hostile atmosphere toward the owner and the players who do not seem to be giving their all.  Such a shame...

Alsteads
Alsteads

On the money. Couldn't of said it better!

worladandlass
worladandlass

@DownUnderMag absolutely agree in these circumstances any decent PR department would  have thought through the medium of expression and overcome some lack of credibility by putting him on  TV .  Its not even on the club TV channel !! Thats what makes me suspicious of its authenticity.

Pedrothegreat
Pedrothegreat

I think Colocini needs to stand up and be counted if he is going to garner any respect from the fans, he never shows up for us when it matters on the pitch, at least 50.000 fans still show up to watch him play though, what are we meant to do? feel sorry for him and cheer when he gets sent off for a stupid foul or miss kicks a clearance to the opposition. the dross on the pitch has nothing to do with the fans, the players need to be better simple as that, or where relegated, and Colo in particular is one of the players who needs to improve drastically.

SaveNUFC
SaveNUFC

So Ashley finally became the Captain? I don't think Colo ever visited the club website. Pain to say but relegate for a year or two and come back up again without Ashley seem far better than having Ashley around and undergo the same torture again and again.

Nicolaus Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus

It's a genuine letter from the club captain. You can tell by the language and grammar that it has been crafted by someone whose first language is not English (not to suggest it is poorly written, for it is not).

The commentators on this site perpetually deride Colo for saying nothing, now he is being ridiculed for speaking up.

I hate Ashley as much as the next man for the way he has suffocated our club, but I have largely given up attending the pages of the Mag as the columnists go out of their way to contrive fault in everything Newcastle United, even when there is no fault to be found.

scotty63
scotty63

@Nicolaus Copernicus The next thing you'll be telling us the earth isn't the centre of the universe - genuine letter my @rse

SaveNUFC
SaveNUFC

@Nicolaus Copernicus We all know how themag is like! To get to the point- most of the fans like me are not at all convinced about this letter. Why? Because Colo wrote it. It's not that we don't trust the Captain but it would have been much better if fatty or Charnley wrote it. If they do that it would mean they accept their mistake and that they are really sorry. But it seems like they have given all the blame to the Captain and the Captain is finally speaking up for the mistake most of which is not his fault.

WallaceWilson
WallaceWilson

I agree that the language suggests that Colocinni was involved in drafting the letter but his credibility is shot by his recent performances which have been uncommitted and his frequently expressed desire to return home to Argentina. Although the language is probably his the letter stinks of the PR dept trying to get supporters onside or at least negate what could be a toxic atmosphere for a must win game v WBA. The supporters don't deserve to be relegated but the club most certainly do

Nicolaus Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus

@SaveNUFC @Nicolaus Copernicus 

I guess my issue is with the Mag twisting everything to suit its agenda.

By all means, slam the regime when it's justified - and, yes, much is - but, for goodness' sake, don't try to incite the masses by claiming Ashley is behind every single detail that comes out of the club. A genuine letter from Colo is not far fetched at all.

SDmag
SDmag

"neither players nor staff would like to be in the position we are in at the moment"

No you would like to be showing up at game time putting in as little effort as possible, collecting your big fat pay packet and then going home and laughing at the fans. anyone going to the game on Saturday (  if you must ) give this guy and the rest of the useless fu#cks a sh#t loan of abuse.

Alsteads
Alsteads

Just when you thought we couldn't be made a laughing stock any more!! Carragher and co must be putting their feet up this week laughing their cxxks off..............sorry boss don't have to rehearse or review any material for the weekends matches. Those clowns up the road have given us all the script we need!!

I hope the reality is dawning on these twxts what a laughing stock they are and I hope they are embarrassed. Started out as a kid wanting to play football like their boyhood heroes........... well take a bow, well done you all!!

Jamiekgordon
Jamiekgordon

Hahahahaha

Hahahahahhajahahahaha

Hahahahahahahaha...

I hope we have a empty stadium!

Coloccini caring, rocking horse!!!!

RexN
RexN

The Mag may or may not put up an alternative view (sorry, can't post links).


It may be that Coloccini can be taken at face value, If you look at the syntax, it has the hallmarks of a translation.


Deep down, I suspect that there is a message from the players that they want Ashley out too.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Got Bishop's dabs all over it, stomach churning guff.

toon tony
toon tony

"I speak English, I learn it from a book "

LINDSLEYCUP
LINDSLEYCUP

ASHLEY OUT ITS THE ONLY WAY 


THEY ARE STARTING TO REALISE THE DIRE CONSEQUENCE OF RELEGATION BECAUSE UNLIKE THE LAST TIME THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS WOULD NOT GET OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT FIRST TIME OF ASKING 


NottsToon
NottsToon

What a shameless attempt at PR, and reading around various forums, blogs and social media it seems that the majority have taken it with the contempt it deserves. Carlsberg don't do fvck awful PR, but if they did.......

patricia4206
patricia4206

that is so true and I agree with what you say and we have all been behind the team through thick and thin, but please fatso doesnt care what league we are in we are just a handbag on his shoulder promoting his goods.  I want nothing more than the toon to stay up and we will as usual be torn but the mackems cannot have the last laugh now can they.

MartinJW
MartinJW

I don't care who wrote the letter, although it is perfectly possible that the idea and sentiment came from Colocinni, who was then assisted in writing the letter (in the same way that the vast majority of football auto-biographies are written).   It actually does not matter. The position is clear though; the players and the club are saying that if there is a noisy and positive atmosphere against WBA, it will make the game easier and we are more likely to stay up.  I agree. I think the fans have an important job to do on Saturday. At present I think it is most likely that either we go down or Sunderland go down. If we go down, we will be keeping Sunderland up. It's that simple. If we go down, then there is no chance of Ashley selling as he will not sell the club at a loss as a Championship club. We could be stuck with Ashley for years in the Championship whilst Sunderland remain in the Premier League.  For this reason I will be supporting the players on Saturday, as I imagine will be the vast majority of fans.   I remember too well the sickening feeling when we lost to Sunderland in the play-offs and they went up (due of course to financial irregularities at Charlton) and we stayed down. If at the end of the game on Saturday we have 3 points in the bag, feel free to rip into Ashley then. 

FC Newcastle
FC Newcastle

If we stay in the over-hyped & overrated premier league, what will change - nothing. I would rather be in the championship where the greedy fat cnut cant pocket the $ky money than face another season of the spineless pathetic football we have seen for the last 2 seasons (at least).

Archduke
Archduke

@MartinJW Swindon, I think you'll find. I can see how traumatic it was. 

worladandlass
worladandlass

@MartinJW I understand this approach and having supported the team for over 50 years i don't want to see relegation again. However, the club have taken us the supporters for granted for the last 10 years . Many of us are at the end of our tether and our loyalty to this once great club has been broken. The regime must change or we will forever be mediocre at best. I can't abide mediocrity. We need a point, we need one for the last eight games and if we could have been arsed we could have got one.  We may not get one on Saturday, however  if they can't get one from the last three games we don't deserve to stay up. The Leicester v Sunderland  game is crucial.

patricia4206
patricia4206

colocinni our captain says he has told his family to stay away on saturday's game against west brom as he fears the reaction of the fans and then writes a letter begging for the fans to turn up and support the team if I heard him speak could believe it but would never believe what comes out of fatso and his crones ever


devonbay
devonbay


'' Years will pass and so will players, directors, coaches and managers, but what is always going to be there is yourselves, your children, your grandchildren ''  and Fatso !

BrianKD
BrianKD

The most contemptable attempt to get fans to stop protesting and go to the game in spite of what the club have systematically done over the last few seasons. they have constantly penny pinched and treated fans with utter contempt. Shows what happens when the knowledge of the management can be put on a stamp and still have room for "war and Peace".

The captain if he deserves to be called that has never given an interview either in good times or bad, except in his native Argentina, I don't believe for one minute he is a fan and only wants away. He has the best chance of that if we go down and he would be released as they wouldn't want to pay his inflated wages. It has been written by Bishop, Colccini probably has never seen the letter.

Westwood McKeag
Westwood McKeag

Older readers may remember the letter Manuel wrote to Mr Fawlty ....

Jail for Ashley
Jail for Ashley

We don't hear a thing through out this whole sorry debacle. They thought that Geordie John would pick up his five points, a few new faces in the summer and that they could quietly announce that John deserved another crack at the whip and we could all be dismissed with another 50M in the coffers. Now the realisation that relegation is on us they have asked for our help. Shameless, spineless cretins the lot of them, Ashley, Churnley Moncur and their sycophantic PR team.

Get these spineless barstewards out of our club.

AO.

geordie4567
geordie4567

Why does everyone at the club insist on referring to these important games as "cup finals"?

Everyone knows that the club policy is to lose cup games!

patricia4206
patricia4206

anyone who believes  our captain wrote a script like that must be deluded.  He is unable to speak on the tv let alone write a letter.  we have been behind this so called team for what!!!!!!! ticket sales and season tickets are the way to hit the fat man



DavidDrape
DavidDrape

i believe his english is poor & i have never seen him shout at team mates during a game and he supposedly said after the man united/ben area incident post match dressing room argument said 'i don't even want to be here but back him in argentina'' 

terriertwo
terriertwo

I Newcattle fan from Barcelona. What he mean we don't deserve to be where we are. We be rubbish every game with no proper chairman, manager, captain or staff who organise the players into being good on the grass. We are doomed but jamesis park will be good for building houses or places for students to live in the future as its not good for football.

worladandlass
worladandlass

Woeful attempt to get the supporters back onside ! Coloccini does't mention his complete lack of leadership on the pitch and is own inept performances as contributing to the mess the players and club have created. God help us if the "brains" behind this is little ruse is running the club. Still no word from Ashley personally , surprise suprise. Perhaps the players need to man up , play together and become more professional only then will they get the support they plead for. Until then form me at least they get what they currently deserve nothing.


lupamac
lupamac

please buy a season ticket .your captain lee charnley alias Fabricio Coloccini

A lex
A lex

Pass me another puke bucket - the first one is already full.

alreet
alreet

Trough needed. In fact upgrade to a silo.

Big Hairy Man
Big Hairy Man

Signed "your captain" .... It's now also "your club". Written by Coloccini? My big fat hairy @rse

toonlee75
toonlee75

More propaganda. Bloke has all of a sudden got a good hand on the english language. Not doubt some of the happy clapping sheep will lap this up. But i urge you not to belive a word protest get on the pitch act now or we will be another blackpool or pommpy.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

I was thinking that. How does his English suddenly become this good when you don't hear a peep from him normally?

Albert27
Albert27

We do deserve to b in this position because the club is a disgrace.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

We are exactly the position fans deserve and wanted in many respects even relegation was what many fans wanted. To achieve the FCB leaving although never worked last time but short memories for many.

Big Hairy Man
Big Hairy Man

@Toon Magpie Last time Ashley quickly realised that were were going to bounce back up into the premier league because we had a competent manager and a squad of fighters. What chance of that happening this time?