While the actual match was pretty desperate against West Ham, you have to also admit that the (lack of) support from the terraces was pretty shocking.

With St.James’ Park all but full, it would have once been thought impossible for fifty thousand Geordies to be so quiet.

In these days of all seater stadiums the atmosphere has suffered at every ground.

While the shockingly misguided decision by Mike Ashley to get rid of the ‘singing section’, that he actually gave the go ahead to create, took away any real focus for singing/support throughout the match – no matter who the opposition were, or how any particular match was going.

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I don’t think there has been any lack of effort by the players last season but a combination of loss of form and injuries, have conspired to make things difficult, with the added hindrance of the reluctance of both manager and players to stick with the 4-3-3 that served us so well last season.

Whatever the problems on the field, the one thing that has never harmed the team over the years is a bit of support from the crowd.

No matter what, there always used to be at the very least, a roar with ten fifteen minutes left to try and help the players back into the game. Then also when the injury time minutes were announced.

Where have these gone?

The responsibility for getting the season back on track is not down to eleven people on Saturday, it is fifty thousand and eleven.

Let’s all start our season at 3pm tomorrow.

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