Alan Shearer said Newcastle needed to spend £150m this summer to become a mid-table team, the figure just for top tier safety will be lower but at the moment it doesn’t  look quite as low as the £20m or so net spend that Mike Ashley has allowed so far.

Defeat to Spurs despite a resolute first-half, has been followed with a desperately poor 90 minutes at Huddersfield.

They were red hot favourites to be relegated and whilst the 1-0 victory doesn’t suggest they were any great shakes, they were certainly far better than Newcastle.

Reacting after the final whistle, Alan Shearer posted on Twitter:

“On the evidence of the first two games it’s going to be a long, hard season for Newcastle United.”

Impossible to disagree with the Newcastle legend as Rafa Benitez is left to feed from scraps in terms of bringing in Premier League level signings.

Dwight Gayle didn’t look anywhere near full fitness and so £5m Joselu had to come on and try to make a difference, he did relatively ok but looks far from the quality needed.

This was repeated around the pitch, with existing players and low cost new signings, such as Perez, Diame, Manquillo, all looking not good enough.

West Ham at home now looks a massive match, the final one before the transfer window closes…

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50

Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield  3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic

Crowd: 24,128

Referee: Craig Pawson

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  • Jimblag23

    What’s he talking about we were world class today.

  • Kev-82

    When you give teams as long on the ball as we do without closing down you’re just asking to be punished. I’m not saying I want him gone as I don’t but I’m not sure why Rafa seems to have this god like status with the fans, his tactics are bloody awful.

    • Soldier

      the tactics he uses are for top class players like he had at Liverpool & Real
      they`ll never work with the squad he has

      • HarryHype59

        Too true!

    • Mike Adam

      Kev, spot on! As I have said many times, great managers adjust formations and strategy based on the talent they have to put on the pitch, not try to make players fit into a system. This game screamed for speed and power, perfect game to play Mitro with Gayle or Joselu up top, and one or both of Aarons or Murphy. Merino looked lost, would loved to have seen DeJong in there, but he was nowhere to be found. In my opinion, the great Rafa has got it all wrong!!!

      • StevieB

        Quite possible , I’ve never liked this 4-2-3-1 since I saw it at Craven Cottage a year ago.
        If you want to play one up top with 3 around him you need to make sure there names are Aguero or Costa or Ibrahimovic or summit

    • Ramalingam Raghavan

      Few of his desicions will be baffling , that’s how he is.
      Trying to convince Ashley for funds.
      Even with Mitro I don’t think we would have got anything from the game.
      That midfield without Shelvey is bottom side. He has let the team down.
      After yesterday’s performance , afraid that we might be in relegation battle r just above. 15th n more would be over achievement
      Expecting better performances after the international break.

  • ToonTom

    Barring miracles from Ashley, we will need to keep our heads above 18th until the January window. Time is just utterly against us.
    Surprise us, Newcastle – come on, roll out a marquee signing, but please do it quickly!

    • Soldier

      what makes you think Jan`s window will be any different from the last

    • FatParosite

      True ambition that…

  • magpiefifer

    It’s not time that is against us,it’s Ashley!
    He’s obviously going for a hat-trick – of relegations that is.
    Until Ashley sells up we fans will continue to suffer from the woes he puts upon us!!!

  • SH.ER

    I hate to say it here, but yeah every hope i had is vanished after these 2 games
    We are ALWAYS gonna be an easy 3 points for the majority of the Premier League teams with this squad ;(

  • HenrySlade

    “On the evidence of the first two games it’s going to be a long, hard season for Newcastle United.”

    Welcome to Mastermind Alan, your special subject is ‘the bleedin’ obvious’.

  • TheFatController

    When is the next interview where Ashley talks about himself, whilst trying to make money for himself by offering it up for sale?

    So completely obsessed with himself he won’t sell the club without his greedy profit.

    As Keegan said, stick with it, one day he’ll be gone. And I doubt we’ll know anything about it til its announced so maybe one day we’ll wake up to some good news for the first time in 10 years…maybe.

    • Blackburn1066

      I hope Kev is spot on

    • Geordiegiants

      Every morning I look on here for either a article saying he has sold up, or a one to report he has suffocated stuffing to many pies in his mouth.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Lack of quality in all areas of the pitch, the performance was shocking

  • lukegte

    West Ham have better players but are seemingly unable to effectively utilise them. If they win, NUFC are going nowhere but down. Unless the defeat sparks some investment… A commanding goalie and attacking left back are needed. And I can’t understand why Perez gets a game. Anyone? I’d play Ritchie in the middle, Murphy and Atsu out wide and Joselu up top. Gayle doesn’t look up for it.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Shelvey and Yedlin can’t come back soon enough and I’m done making excuses for Perez. He’s horrendous at this level. No creativity and hardly any pace. Plant him on the bench.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Spot on !, Look at that chance he missed which only goes to show why he was plying his trade in The Segunda.
      A Mike Ashley signing through and through bought on a whim with the hope he could be flipped inside of 18 months.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I’d rather nail him too it. Weak as water.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Very worrying for them but predictable all the same under the stewardship of Mike Ashley.
    I think his gamble of a mid table finish is ambitious and this squad will be lucky if they even stay up.
    I keep saying it but Ayoze Perez is absolute gash and a waste of space !
    He was terrible in The Championship and how he gets a game is beyond me with Jamie Carragher commenting on how all he does is get knocked off the ball.

    • Jezza

      The truth is that a lot of our first teamers were not even good enough for the Championship last season. We had a lot of passengers, carried by our better players Shelvey, Ritchie, Gayle and Clark. It is very telling that no other clubs have been linked with any of our players during the summer window. We have not got one really good player left at our club after ten years of Ashley’s squad weakening for profit policy. There is not one player at NUFC who would fetch £15 million even in today’s hugely inflated transfer market. That says it all about the utter lack of quality at our club. The bargain basement siginings we have brought in over the summer are no better than the players we already had. The squad we have got is not even as good as the one that got relegated in 2016. We are doomed.

  • Leicester Mag

    To survive the average is 40 points, 10 wins, 10 draws. This make do and mend patchwork of a team has no realistic chance of this. You need to win games, to win games you need to pose a threat. We don’t. No pace, little direction and little physical threat. Yet again an Ashley gamble plays against the odds and yet again the odds are against us.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      If this squad is allowed to carry on as is without serious reinforcements then you could looking at one of the lowest points hauls in the top flight in Newcastle’s history !

    • Jezza

      There are no goals in this Newcastle team. There is no creativity in midfield and no threat up front. I can see us finishing the season with one of the lowest ever points totals. Something drastic needs to happen in the next ten days if we are to have any hope at all.

      • Soldier

        spot on

      • Leazes Ender

        Ten days… the clock is ticking, for a chance of survival.

  • Leicester Mag

    Fans want to hope but this fat slug 🐌 sucks the life out of that quicker than the blink of an eye. When is enough? When he insults and belittles Keegan ? No, appoints a succession of washed up fakes, some who’s perspective on reality would make Walter Mitty blush?, nope, change the name of St James Park? Nope, relegated twice (and counting)? No, how about a sponsor whose business model preys on the poorest and least privileged? Cheek turned. Rafa leaves ?? Who knows but whatever we wish, say or do he will not change

  • StevieB

    Were are all the people who heckled us for being doomsayers now ???
    Outplayed of the alleged “weakest” team in the league , no direction in how we attacked, Elliot didn’t get 1 single long kick to its planned destination, manquillo was an absolute disaster , Perez was floating around begging to be dispossessed on every occasion , it’s soul destroying to be relying on him as number 10 when he was part of what took us down last time .
    Every time they upped the pace we were out of our depth , Diame started this season they way he played the whole of the last

    • Jezza

      Oh you’ll still get the happy clappers deep in denial banging on about the red card against Spurs turning the game on its head, how we would have won but for Shelvey’s rush of blood, how we only lost at Huddersfield because of Shelvey’s supension and defensive injuries and telling us not to panic because we lost our first two games last season too.

      • anyobrien

        Clap. Clap. Clap

  • GToon

    The sad thing for me is how it is now possible to watch the game (on TV) in total silence. I don’t even say a word when they score against us. No hope.☹️

    • StevieB

      Me too, the minute I seen Mooy rampaging around the pitch bossing the game I knew we’d get out worked off him . Happens all the time

      • GToon

        And how about that passage of play in the corner where they put about 50 passes together without a challenge from our lot. I’ve just got home from watching my middle son scatter the opposing midfielders in his academy game. I was stood with their parents and they were going mad at him. It was hilarious. Fast forward an hour and there are our lads just letting them pass it around. What an awful display.

  • StevieB

    The worrying thing is without a standard premier league number 10 and premier league striker any other scraps we get in through the door won’t be enough
    The unfortunate thing is they will cost 60m which Benitez won’t get.

    • GToon

      Wilshire and Carroll on loan maybe

      • StevieB

        Comfortably the two most injury prone players currently in the Premier League 🙄

        • Geordiegiants

          Pay as you play deals defo.

          • FatParosite

            Pay as you limp deal more like.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Zero hours contracts? I thought you were against them.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah I am, but they still get a contract with a small basic on a pay as you play deal. I believe Owens was £30,000 a week at Manure. Jabba would give them 10 probably.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Add Gayle to that as well and de Jong!! What a mess!!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Have you ever seen a Rafa Benitez team play? The closest thing Liverpool had for a No.10 role was performed by Gerrard and he’s not a classic no. 10. Hamsik moaned his way to the bench and out of the team about tactics.

      Rafa doesn’t do decimalization

      • Leazes Ender

        American spell check?

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Yes, the ‘z’ is included in the alphabet for Zebra and zephyr, not for democratisation, decimalisation or anything else.

          My apologies and I think I’ll get a proper language installed in my tablet.

          • Leazes Ender

            You pulled me up for that you hypocrite.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            and rightly so

  • GToon

    It may come to nothing but perhaps the only positive so far is that Ashley knows we are in trouble from the off and it’s his call if he wants his nose in the trough next season or wants to be back on channel 5. If we had fluked a few points so far that might not be the case. Can’t see it like.

    • Leazes Ender

      Ashley….well he Positioned the club at 15th, of course he knew we would be in trouble from the off….. a squad valued at nearly £80 million less than tenth placed Leicester City.

      Who in their right mind would do that to his own club again and again…. madness!

  • Steve Pearce

    As of ten minutes ago on the BBC’s gossip column we are thinking of resigning Big Andy. If and it is a big if, he can keep injury free he will be a big boost to our team. But I repeat – you of all people Big Al should be organising a syndicate to topple this Fat Bag Of Shyte and restore pride to our club and city. For it is your heritage that is being insulted and I can see no reason why you can’t lead the push to rescue us from this evil If it means losing your comfy chair on MOTD so be it – your club and city need you!

  • Cuh

    What’s this excuse about full fitness we are making for Gayle? Did he not play pre-season? Has he not been running about the last two games? Lössl’s save for Ritchie’s effort was very similar to mooy’s effort which we say Elliot was helpless against.

    If it were Mitrovic or Darlow who had done these, curses would be raining now. Playing favourites to our own detriment.

  • Cuh

    Why the hell didn’t we buy Ince? While we whine on for “premier leagie proven” playrs, out opponents are strengthening with french league strikers and unknown keepers.

    • anyobrien

      It’s is terrible forgot he was playing yesterday tbh

  • Cuh

    What happened to Cairney? The other Spanish boy from Bradford or whatever?

    And WHY the hell did we sell Anita? Only to get no replacement

    • StevieB

      Cairney ?? Where were we when Zabaleta ,Andre Gray,Harry Maguire and Samir Nasri were all on offer . Tell me one of them you wouldn’t have had in the team today ….and I dare anyone to tell me Nasri is no good after what we’ve just watched today from our current “number 10”

      • FatParosite

        Diame is great…

        • Geordiegiants

          Great at making Shola look great.

          • Cuh

            Shola would probably outperform Diame!

      • Cuh

        I didn’t think any of them would choose Newcastle, though I agree they would all have been great signings. They didn’t join Brighton or Huddersfield either. Clearly scared of joining the newboys

        • StevieB

          Samir Nasri is on the verge of joining some ropey Turkish team 🤔

  • Albert Stubbins

    We missed the boat on transfers again. What’s new? Newcastle united. Missing boats since 1969!!

  • Desree

    Clarko. Your stats are nonsense.

    • Leazes Ender

      There’s a reason for that…. he doesn’t understand how to interpret statistics like the journalists at the chronicle.

  • Desree

    It is a poorer squad than the one we got relegated with. We have a manager at odds with the owners. We have a bunch of players not wanted.

    My bet with bobbi fleckman looks good.

    Clarko will prove his stats mean zero.

    And the happy clappers no doubt will find positives in another relegation.

    • Leazes Ender

      I wish I had a tenner on now, it’s worse than I thought.

  • NUFCLX

    We got beat, we were sh*te, get over it. Roll on W. Ham. There appears to be loads of seats available at the Stadium of Shyte why don’t all you moaning negative bar stewards p*ss off there.

    • Desree

      Sadly we can not claim to be any better than Sunderland. At the end of this season we will be playing in the same league. We will also have a head coach almost as poor as Sunderlands. It is not moaning. Its just being fed up

    • anyobrien

      Ha ha class