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
Mal44
Mal44

So John, after his very good game against WBA why did you drop him for the QPR game and play Raylor in midfield who had been well below par for weeks?

Gordonthetoony
Gordonthetoony

Isn't that part of the problem with Anita. They play him everywhere and never give him a run in a settled position. He did have an excellent game and his work rate in chasing and putting opposition under pressure was immense.

Stephen McMenzie
Stephen McMenzie

He was absolutely brilliant yesterday, if it wasn't for Jonas he would have been MOTM easily.

Toon161070
Toon161070

Anita, and others mind you, have been terrible this season. Carver is blind. 

Alltomuch
Alltomuch

It was plain to see the body language of willo, guttez as when celebrating ignored him.

Just shows the egotistical prate lost the changing room

GeoffreyRDixon
GeoffreyRDixon

About time,one swallow and all that,next Cabella to perform ???

Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

Carver can get the best out of Anita. Pardew can't. Interesting.

amacdee
amacdee

You know I just have this nagging feeling that the last two clueless numpties havent had an ounce of tactical nous between them. Could a clever, intuitive, tactically aware manager get the best from wor Vurn ?

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@amacdee Ajax Technical Director said he was amazed we signed him and he wouldn't have gotten a seat on their bench. On his showing here I would have no reason to disagree

Ben Jefferson
Ben Jefferson

Aye coz he prob wakes up every morning thinking hes dreaming getting paid to play football

toonterrier
toonterrier

Well that's handy. If we sell Tim Krul we have a ready made goalie to take his place. That'll save Ashley a few quid. Anita had a great game yesterday which makes it his second decent one this year. The lad seems to have the skill so why hasn't he shown it before. Could it have something to do with the poor coaching or maybe Carver had a quiet word with him during the week in his office and gave his confidence a boost. Cant wait to see who they ship out and which donkeys we get saddled with next season.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox

And he is usually shite in all those positions.

1957
1957

I suppose this is all in response to Carver's positive motivation!