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I would say we are now at the panic stage

5 years ago

This is more a reaction to the Newcastle United result today than the performance itself.

Anger. That’s the feeling now.

Pure anger at Newcastle Utd FC.

Anger at its players, anger at its manager and anger at its board, Lee Charnley in the main.

Despite £60m spent we now find ourselves staring into the second tier of English football. We shouldn’t be there, but the reality is way different.

The board can’t strengthen the defence or buy a striker.

The manager can’t get a note out of the players at his disposal.

The players don’t seem able to shake off the pressure of this situation and put in a professional display. Sporadic wins don’t count.

The next few weeks promise to be very tough, barring a miracle. There is still some time to turn it around but today I’m afraid another nail went in the coffin.

In the movie ‘Titanic’, when the ship hits the iceberg the initial situation is nice and calm. It then gradually descends into panic, then chaos.

Then the ship finally goes down.

I would say we are now at the panic stage.

I’ll leave the manager’s future for others to comment on, though his selection today looked flawed.

Newcastle United…I’m just angry with them.

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Possession was 49% Newcastle and 51% Watford

Total shots was 11 for Newcastle and Watford 13

Shots on target was Newcastle 2 and Watford 5

While corners was Newcastle 7 and Watford 2

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Saivet 57), Colback, Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (Gouffran 80), Mitrovic (Lascelles 90+5)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Aarons, Riviere, Toney

Ref: Andre Marriner

Crowd: 20,611

(For instant NUFC fan/writer reactiom go HERE)

(To view the player ratings by fans and to add your own go HERE)

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