TimKrul22Saturday 12 January 3pm
Norwich 0
Newcastle United 0
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To win the accolade of worst match of the season takes some doing this year but I think today comfortably wins that argument.

I’m sure Alan Pardew will be saying it is a hard place to come to, important to stop the rot, a point’s a point you cannot grumble…you get the message.

However, there was quite literally nothing happened in this match. Norwich at least had the excuse that their best two strikers couldn’t start, we’ve only got one striker and though he started the lack of support was embarrassing.

Yes I’d rather draw 0-0 (one of our suggested pre-match bets with BetVictor at 14/1!) than get beat 7-3 or 4-3 or 1-0 or whatever but…this is desperately worrying for the rest of the season.

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Everybody tried their best, I think, but as both teams had isolated lone strikers it was little surprise there was so little goalmouth action. There will be no competition as to who is last game on Match Of The Day tonight, that’s for sure.

Positives? Krul dealt comfortably with crosses and made a few regulation saves, while Debuchy got through a quiet debut and Santon looked by far the most confident on the ball.

Coloccini had a stable ninety minutes and was helped by a Norwich team which offered as little as us going forward.

Looking for highlights from the match; Obertan had a snapshot beaten away in the first half and a few balls from midfield were on the right lines but poor in the execution as Cisse ploughed that very lone furrow.

Matches like this are where Marveaux should be trying to lay down a marker but he was no better than Obertan, which says it all.

Cabaye looked rusty (I don’t mean ginger, thankfully!) when he came on, while Perch looked like a defender/utility player in midfield and Anita had a more defensive role today which leads us to exactly who was supposed to be supporting Cisse today?

If Newcastle don’t add at least one, which should be at least two, attacking options to our squad this month then we could well be doomed. Nothing today suggested United have the goals to stay up, never mind prosper in this division.

I could see a plan to stop a poor opposition today but not one that would end up with Newcastle scoring a goal.

Anybody who thinks that at this moment in time, we are better off without Demba Ba, is officially Looney Toons.

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass (Bennett 77), Johnson, Tettey, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Jackson (Holt 68)

Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Perch, Anita (Bigirimana 84), Obertan (Cabaye 57), Marveaux, Jonas, Cisse

Unused Subs: Harper, Tavernier, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger

Ref: Anthony Taylor

Crowd: 26,752

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themilkman 5pts

All newcastle fans want from the players is to try and give 100% every game.of course.players cant always give that,but to at least try even when your not playing well.All the fans can ask of the players is try your best if its not good enough fair enough but to at least give everything you,ve got.

themilkman 5pts

A message from me to all the NUFC players you are not welcome at this fanastic football club,because you dont seem to care about upholding the integrity of the club. If all the players at the club dont want to be here feel free to hand in your transfer request to the club and hopefully mike ashley can arrange for you all to depart the building asap.Thanks mike

Nastynorm 5pts

Who would want 2 play 4 this loser, his tactics are at best hopeless, he still persists in giving collo the captains armband he's a joke as a leader, sissoko doesn't care because he's played wide instead of centre midfield, gini is played out of position making him look a bad player, he persists with Anita & tiote in same team making it a back 6, home & away, pleased tiote got an injury, I really don't get everyone in the 18 yard box 4 opponents corners wots the tactics there can mclaren please explain, better stil don't bother just resign ! it's only a matter of when your gone not if, I just hope it's not 2 late 4 whoever takes over

themilkman 5pts

Newcastle will be playing a hell of a lot a games in the championship next season. Hopefully none of the players will be here next season, i mean every single player so we can clear the decks for a whole new team.mikey please get rid of all these cancerous growths in the dressing room they are rancid through and through. Ps mikey please put our recently retired tea lady in the newcastle hall of fame thankyou and goodnight.

ArtyH 5pts

I had higher hopes for the team this season as I was glad to see the back of Pardew. However look at him now. So I believe the problem lies beyond the manager/coach, its much higher up, in fact it is the ethos of the club now which is a disaster. Unfortunately the way the club is run will not change under this regime so we face problem after problem and the higher achie look for a scapegoat to deflect the blame. What we really need is a new owner, its the only way to get the club back on its feet.

Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose 5pts

They never started playing for him never mind stopped

he`s been a disaster from day 1