Eventually losing 4-0 but what did Rotherham fans make of their Tyneside experience?
Bottom of the Championship and looking nailed on for relegation but despite this, bringing over 3,200 supporters to Newcastle, seemingly intent on having a good time regardless.
A spirited performance in the first half and the incident where it could have been a penalty/remarkable save by Karl Darlow is undoubtedly a big talking point.
Beaten by four goals in the end but did that dampen the spirits.
Some entertaining comments from the visitors below.
‘For all fans going to Newcastle. Why?
What on earth are you expecting to see?’
‘A great ground and great pre and post match drinking, basically.’
‘Ditto… for the fun of the day/night/meal (I’m staying over) and I’ve never been to their ground before.
With the joke team we have , I expect us to get hammered and and expect nothing less of myself and my friends….’
‘Yes indeed (what’s that nightclub in a boat, is it still there? had fun there before (wink wink)…. and, I’ve just spotted Newcastle Evening racing is on that night OR Greyhounds – £20 for a 3 course meal, entry, free drink and trackside table in restaurant!! spoilt for choice we are!!, sounding like an awesome set of reasons to go.’
‘Led to believe Whitley bay has become a bit of a dive. And I thought it couldn’t get any better.’
‘The boat hasn’t been there for years lol. Going with my wife n another couple, booked into a nice hotel so it’s the game followed by a great night on the toon. Why wouldn’t you.’
‘Quite possibly one of the best grounds in the country, why would you not go?
I doubt, cup draws aside, that we will be back up there for many a year so, I’m going, expecting nowt from the game (like most of the other teams will be in the league when you play up there) but, determined to have a good time and support the team.’
‘Lost 4 at home, so not the best are they, now if it was Brighton say, we’d take 3 and a pigeon.’
‘Expect us to pressure every minute and chase every lost cause,You never know we could get a point fingers crossed but we will enjoy the day as its a great stadium and its near the city centre and the people up there live and breathe football.’
‘I’m mainly excited about the whole weekend, which is probably not good as I will end up drinking far too much before and after the game if I’m in a giddy mood :) :)
A few years back we had my Nephew’s stag do in the toon… and for a treat we said we’d all chip in and pay for him to have a lap dance in one of the clubs…
We came out about an hour later and NONE of us had any money left in our pockets and had to form a line at the nearest cash machine to get more money for the rest of the night .. good times :)’
‘One of the biggest days out for the Millers today. Unlike Villa and the other clubs that have come down from the Prem Newcastle was the one pencilled in for a weekend away. It was the date everyone loooked for and it seems that 3000 of us have made the trip up here with many staying for the night.
I’ve only ever seen people standing tall in Newcastle United shirts. It’s a pride thing, the same as most of us have when we’re wearing our replica kits. The thing that stands out for me is that they are different to every other clubs fans. They stand tall and unlike Leeds, Man Utd, Sheff Wed and many other big clubs, the first thing in a conversation is they’ll ask ‘how are you going on’ and they’ll listen and make you feel welcome.
Thats the fans but unfortunately the team will be different.’
‘In union rooms just getting ready for walk up to ground.
I’m really looking forward to this with nervous anticipation, this feels like a big cup game ( not that we seem to experience many of those) but so long as we don’t get embarrisngly battered I’ll be happy I think.’
‘Never been here before. What an amazing stadium. Newcastle fans very friendly. Brilliant day out.’
‘Lets face it, they’ve just got too much for us, we needed that goal in the first half, ref didn’t give it, no surprise there is there.’
‘Men against boys. Which is what you’d expect. First 45 minutes led us into a false sense of security.’
‘Why would I “expect” men against boys? it’s 11 professionals against another 11 professionals, apart from us I don’t imagine any other team in the Championship will go to Newcastle totally expecting to get battered.’
‘Because they are top of the league, we are bottom. We are on our way to a record number of goals conceded in a season. Their players cost millions and are paid mega bucks.Our players cost and are paid peanuts, relatively. They have one of the most respected managers in Europe. We have a reluctant fitness coach. We have laughable training facilities. Every comparison of the two clubs would lead us to expect a massive mismatch today and that’s what it turned out to be.
We all hope we can compete but it’s surely not a realistic expectation.’
‘I don’t think we’ve been embarrassed, despite the scoreline. We looked composed under pressure in the first half, but that goal was a body blow just before half time. Then when they scored so quickly in the second half, it meant that the game was a write off.
I don’t blame Warne for packing the midfield with 3 defensive types in Adeyemi, Vaulks and Smallwood, especially with Taylor looking dangerous with his direct running on the counter (considering he was thrust into the side due to injury – and a much better performance than when that last happened at Fulham).
However, I still think the players’ confidence is the highest it has been, and that is thanks to Warne. The players were willing, in patches, to play a short intricate passing game.’
‘Warny shows inexperience as a manager.
Can’t blame the players for the result as they were given no chance with Warnies tactics and formation.’
‘Were you there? Tactics in first half were excellent and I’m afraid some players were to blame for 2 goals.’
‘4141 with a high backline suggests we were going to press them and fight for the ball but instead we let them play long balls down the flanks where they had tons of pace and we looked terrible trying to play catch up.
We played directly in to their hands and were lucky to end up only 4 down.’
‘Anthony Forde ought to have gone down when the Newcastle keeper clipped his ankles. Too honest by far.
Check out Newcastle`s third goal, went in off his upper arm but at first looked liked a decent header plus the fact he got to the ball before Richard Wood.
Make no mistake we were taught a lesson that 2nd half, well outclassed.’
‘Tale of 2 halves. Great chance before they scored just before the break. Tactically excellent in first half, but second goal early in 2nd half killed the game for us.
Fourth goal exemplified the difference – we played a misdirected pass and they break to score. Why can’t we play short sharp passes to feet? So many slow, sloppy passes put the receiver under pressure.
Given there were 52 thou there today, their crowd was very quiet. Perhaps noise doesn’t travel 3000 feet upwards very well. Thought I was going to have a heart attack climbing into the clouds!’
‘Great stadium and chuffed I went to soak in the experience.
First time for me and no doubt the last given our circumstances. Has to be the best stadium I have been to including Wembley.
Facilities were top notch and the Geordie people are very warm and humorous.
Facilities excellent, just those stairs …on to the match. We were annihilated in the second half. Nothing more to add.’
‘We’ve had a fantastic weekend up here, apart from the match and i wasn’t expecting too much from that anyhow.
In fact about 40 odd minutes of that was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
It still ended up roughly the scoreline I thought.
I’m not even sure if we’d scored with that chance and gone in 1-0 at halftime instead of them, it would have made a lot of difference overall, they always seemed to have so many options.
Oh well I’m so glad I came up and experienced that stadium.’
‘We are at another low point in our history even though the team tried their best to the point where moneybags Newcastle had to really up their game and then I thought for all the money invested in the club by them (Newcastle), here they are in the Championship scrapping with the mighty Millers,funny old game.’