Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Premier LeagueEven though Newcastle United have enjoyed a month or so of mainly gushing headlines about the French revolution and the style of football in recent games, you just know it is only a question of time before the press will be sticking the knife in again.

Yesterday’s match at Swansea led to the aptly named ‘Harry Pratt’ writing the following comments in his ‘report’, appearing on both the Daily Star and Express websites;

‘If you can’t beat them, kick them. That was Newcastle United’s motto at Swansea yesterday.

Luckily for those who like the beautiful game, the below the belt dirty approach of Alan Pardew’s strugglers only worked for 86 minutes.

If you think it was harsh on the Geordies, it was not.

Booting your silky, skilful opponents at every opportunity, as they did throughout the first half, was unnecessary.

The 2nd half was a far more even contest and Papiss Cisse been anywhere near his best, Newcastle would have taken an unlikely lead.

With both sides ready to settle for the draw, Moore came off the bench to grab his first goal since late August’.

Whether Harry has previously been to Newcastle and got knocked back in the Bigg Market, or whether he is just going for a bit of attention seeking, the end result is the same.

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While Alan Pardew clearly told his players to wake up in the first half and get tight on Swansea, it wasn’t exactly the carnage Pratt is describing. United picked up two bookings and one of those was for high feet by Tiote and he didn’t even make any contact.

Those bookings for Tiote and Cabaye in quick succession led to a series of dubious cheap free-kicks as an inexperienced ref allowed himself to be conned by a lightweight Swansea midfield. In fact the worst challenge of the match was by Nathan Dyer and he only got a talking to.

A foul count of Newcastle’s 17 to their 9 was distorted by the home side’s players easily going down but where Pratt does a total disservice is in not recognising Newcastle’s second half domination.

Newcastle were easily as dominant in the second period as Swansea had been in the first, with the bonus of putting at least half a dozen decent chances on top of controlling the ball.

A final shot count of 14 to Swansea’s 10 tells you the true picture.

One good thing though, when the press start having a go at us then you know that Newcastle United are on the way back!

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28 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

It is sad that fans are now the point of least concern for clubs, making very little impact to what the club is actually able to (or willing to) do with regards to the football on the pitch.  There is a sense of bleak hopelessness creeping into football, fans starting to tire of ever increasing ticket prices that only serve to, in most cases, perpetuate the ever increasing wages for mediocre players who have no hope of ever winning anything in their lifetime.  The pot is sewn up with the likes of Man City, Man U, Chelsea etc all buying their way to the top with finances far beyond anything a mere fan can bring in with a ticket purchase.

If those fans stopped going, would it matter beyond TV audiences probably disliking games with zero atmosphere?  It does beg the question how accurate this article will prove to be, as more and more clubs look to slash prices in an attempt to lure fans back for publicity purposes rather than footballing ones!

terriertwo
terriertwo

Go back forty years and cap the players wages. I pay good money to support my team. They turn up and do very little and go home with a sack full of gold. Pay them a basic wage with incentives and maybe then they will pull their fingers out and put a shift in.

snodgrass2
snodgrass2

Don't worry. Football is killing itself.Remember why the world wanted to tune into our game? Fast furious competitive aggressive. That's what made it a product worth having. Look at it now. Gamesmanship and foreign influx.Highlight of most games is the possession factor. 70% possession is praised even if you never left your own half! Boring games where 6' 4" players fall screaming to the floor when a mighty 5' player gets too close. Commentators encourage the myth...." Oh there was contact" when everyone can see from the second to the twelth replay there was none. Games are held up at the most crucial exciting times because of feigned injury to stop the play. The foreign influence has slowed our game to a near standstill. (Arsenal Chelsea anyone?) Look at our crowds. Where is the fervour the testoserone? Gone. Our game is dying. When Sky move on, as they surely will, we may not be able to resuscitate it    

Harry Todd
Harry Todd

Low prices try Fifty six pounds at Chelsea and Man Utd, fifty two at Liverpool and mid forties at West ham,Man City and QPR and it is quite clear that you do not attend away games.If that's cheap let me know the ideal price.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Am surprised you have time to go to away games as your medical expertise must be a drain on your free time ? You are utter scum by the way, time to change your username...again ?

1957
1957

Prices to go to the stadium will need to drop as I believe Sky are planning to negotiate a pay as you view contract with the EPL for live or slightly delayed streaming of all games in the near future.

SGM
SGM

Cheap tickets are a must, less corporate more kids.


Also: season after season the bottom of the table is far more exciting than the top.


Who cares who wins its the same old, same old.


Who's got the bollix to stave off relegation is what matters.

GToon
GToon

@SGM Aye. Can't stand the media trying to whip up a frenzy at the start of the season about who might win the league. They should literally just give it to the club with the most money. The bottom of the table is great, you are right. And we are featuring in it!!!! Also the biggest game isn't even in the EPL - its the Championship playoff final. 

Marklp
Marklp

A whole generation of Toon fans have been priced out of SJP. Cheap tickets would be an excellent way of giving the club back to these fans. Cheap tickets and a large standing areas at the bottom of leazers and gallowgate ends is the way forward.

Alexh1984
Alexh1984

I always like reading your articles and this is another good one.

All I would say is that in other countries, germany for example, the tickets are way cheaper. I think Dortmund do a season ticket for £109. The atmosphere there looks incredible though.

On that basis I think cheaper tickets are a good thing.

Where they aren't are at clubs like our own. Without a shread of ambition they are being used to fill the ground.

West ham at least show some attempt at being a football club who try to progress on the pitch and will probably spend relatively largely before they move.

There has to be a reason clubs like spurs, west ham, Liverpool are all striving to get bigger stadiums and that can only really be financial. More stadium visitors means more spend in the club shops, bars etc. more jobs created in the local area, more visitors growing the local economy and so on. All things other clubs take seriously but what won't be at NUFC as it isn't beneficial to SD