SholaAmeobiSQ30Saturday 5 January 12.30pm
Brighton 2
Newcastle United 0

Total rubbish.

Shola’s double booking and sending off might have been laughable but that is also a word to perfectly sum up the performance.

The first half was tedious and with neither side really threatening, it was a surprise when the goal actually came. A low cross from our right was met by Brighton’s Orlandi with his back to goal but Williamson didn’t get tight enough and the player half turned and hooked the ball beyond Elliot.

Any hint of fightback was hard to find and half-time saw Ranger and Dummett on for Abeid and Perch, Santon moving to right-back with Dummett going to left. Ranger allegedly joining the attack.

A soft booking for Shola two minutes into the second-half was followed on the hour mark by another, with the Brighton player theatrically rolling over four times. It didn’t really change the game for better or worse as Brighton continued to look the better team, which didn’t take much.

Marveaux replaced the embarrassing Obertan with twenty minutes left and gradually Newcastle looked a little more of a threat, though it was only thanks to a number of long range free-kicks that Krul punted into the box which produced a few possible situations.

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The home keeper still wasn’t tested though and then with five minutes left it was Williamson again to blame, getting the wrong side of his man and a simple through ball was finished off through Elliot’s legs by Hoskins.

I can’t claim that anybody played well but I could have guessed beforehand who could be guaranteed to have been least worst. Sure enough Anita and Bigirimana worked tirelessly but when you have the likes of Sammy Ameobi and Obertan offering so little and frequently giving the ball away, it is an impossible situation.

While he was on the pitch Shola reminded us how limited he is when asked to play from the start and while the likes of Dummett and Tavernier battled away, they aren’t any kind of an answer to this season’s, or probably any other’s, shortcomings.

Santon’s frustrations were there for all to see and he should really have been booked when kicking the ball away but for once a bit of leniency was shown to somebody in black & white (maroon) by a ref, the Italian full-back didn’t stop trying and did ok but his obvious talent is in danger of being driven from this club if the quality of his teammates doesn’t improve.

Two words sum up our current position, one of them is Nile and the other is Ranger. A player with little ability and far less heart, I’m embarrassed he is even still at the club never mind getting on the pitch. Leon Best was poor to average but as it stands now, if he was still here he’d be our number one striker if anything happens to Papiss Cisse.

Under Mike Ashley we’ve never gone beyond the 4th round of the FA Cup, is that another strand of his ‘five year plan’?

Brighton: Ankergren, Lopez, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Hammond (Crofts 82), Bridcutt, Dicker, Orlandi (LuaLua 60), Mackail-Smith (Hoskins 70), Barnes

Newcastle United: Elliot, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch (Dummett 46), Santon, Bigirimana, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid (Ranger 46), Obertan (Marveaux 70), Shola

Unused Subs: Krul, Ferguson, Amalfitano, Campbell

Ref: Lee Probert

Crowd: 21,740

15 comments
G Dubz
G Dubz

Signing is some 19yr old kid for 300k from the second division, I'm not excited are u?

wor monga
wor monga

It’s not easy…the selling club has to be satisfied first…then the agent (agents) has to be satisfied…and most importantly the Player has to also want to come…he’s in demand, and he may have certain preferences which means a club like ours might have to sell themselves very dearly…


...it’s not as easy as buying an ice cream although to read some of the offerings on here there’s quite a few think it is!!

phillstinchy
phillstinchy

I agree that its not as easy as buying ice cream (although that was a very good/funny analogy)

But it is not rocket science either !!

1, Have a list

2, Enquire with Club (If you agree with valuation, then pay it, if not move on to next name!)

3, If bid is excepted, then negotiate with agent and player and pay him what's he worth. If he doesn't want to come, same as above applies.... Move on to next name!)

4, If point 2 and 3 has gone well you have a new transfer!

Take the Charlie Austin example,

Leicester bid 12m and it was

rejected,why?? Because QPR want 15m.

If you believe what has been heavily rumoured and we want him then i have a simple tip for the board.... Pay the f@#king 15m !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@phillstinchy The bids will be matched to the highest bid, Leicester are more than likely creating a smokesceen for another target, there is no advantage in going public and they know Austin will not go to them.


He's on honeymoon, I suspect he's weighing up the chances of getting a game at Chelsea as that's the 'ambitious' move, moving his family oop norf again, the difficult but could be rewarding move or taking Saints of West Ham which will be the easy compromise. 


I suspect Chelsea will make him richer, us & the others will be similar wages.


No it's not as east as just paying the £15m. Qpr will prefer to sell to us or Chelsea simply we will pay the fee in one go.  

phillstinchy
phillstinchy

@Duke Fame I do agree with you with the potential choices and dilemmas he has.

I used him as an example as to how to progress a transfer in response to @Wor Monga,

But with him we won't know 100% if he will or not if we don't offer what they want. Chris Ramsey was interviewed on talkSPORT yesterday and sai they haven't received a single bid at the asking price.

We are not going to get to the negotiating table with anyone decent not paying what his club wants, or at least close,like the Monaco centre back ( I cant spell his name sorry), we bid £12m, they value him around £21m. (I'm not saying pay £21m for him before I get slaughtered, its another example of the way they are conducting business)

In Sports Direct if I take a pair of £70 trainers to the counter and instead of paying the cashier that amount only give her £40, what do you think will happen?

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

@wor monga  It's not easy you say? Well how comes all the other clubs in the Premiership seem to manage to sign new players during the transfer window?


It's only not easy to sign players when your club has got an owner who's policy for the past 8 years has been to sacrifice footballing success to line his own pockets.


Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

I think he has been misquoted. What he meant new signs rather than signings are imminent at St James's Park. As in yet more awful red and blue signs emblazoned all over the stadium to advertise the fat parasite's horrible business. 

mactoon
mactoon

Whether it is intentionally misleading information from the club or just premature announcements of deals that take longer than intended it still shows you shouldn't take any notice of the press speculation. It's well recorded Newcastle do not discuss their targets or transfer kitty so the stories of 90 + targets we have been linked with are obviously wide of the mark. We will see players when they are signed

WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney

@mactoon Your right about Newcastle not sharing info to the press about transfers until they are actually done and dusted, a lot of the speculations that come from the press are more accurate than what you might think, the reason for this is because the press know who our agents are and follow them, so when the press see one of our agents going to a certain city or talking to another agent they know what our most likely candidates are in that city or from that agent, however a lot of transfer dealings are done primarily over a phonel.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

I'm sure there will be signings . But of what caliber ?

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@TonnekToon Well, Georginio Wijnaldum should be announced this week, he is almost perfect for us.



Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Not sure why people are fretting over signings, they will be coming as the sole objective of them arriving is to keep the gullible and the curious content.

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@Chemical Dave heads the moaners win, tails the optimists lose?


We'll see, as ever but I get the feeling that you and a few others are determined that NUFC fails just so you can say "I told you so". 

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Of course signings are imminent.... so is the start of the season!