Whilst the anger of Newcastle supporters is almost exclusively aimed at Mike Ashley, for Stoke fans they appear to…pretty much despise everybody connected to their club at the moment.
Reading these comments below from Stoke fans should give Rafa Benitez, the players and Newcastle supporters every encouragement.
The home fans want Mark Hughes out whatever happens today.
They don’t rate his players, his tactics, his team selection, everything.
Many Stoke fans are tipping a Newcastle win and certainly, if the Magpies take the lead today, then the supporters are guaranteed to turn on Mark Hughes and his team, as they did when recently losing 3-0 at home to West Ham.
A dodgy penalty set the Hammers on their way that day, about time Newcastle United had a little piece of that.
Stoke fans comment via their top Oatcake message board:
‘We all agree that Mark Hughes needs to be pied, however, the board don’t seem to be able to see it. Instead of not going to the games like some have suggested, I think we should do this.
Everyone buy a pie at the Newcastle game, just before kick off we’ll launch thousands of pies onto the pitch!’
‘Nah, there’s too much at steak in the game!’
‘I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter what team Hughes puts out, it will still be a shambles, its like groundhog day, after day, after day.
No cohesion, inability to hold on to the ball, to defend, to have a midfield that plays in the midfield rather than flat and narrow in front of the defence and that are so far behind our forwards leaving them isolated.
A team that we rarely see with more than one player inside the opponents box, if at all, and a teams with appears to be a set of isolated individuals who have just met in a pub down the road.
It doesn’t matter if its 3 at the back, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-4-1-1, whatever, the end result is shambolic.’
‘Adam has to start, he’s the only midfield player we’ve got who can play an incisive pass forward.’
‘If Fletcher is picked, the ‘Hughes Out’ chants should start well before kick off.’
‘That’s a good way to give the opposition the encouragement and advantage they need. Get on their backs before a ball is kicked.
We need to be united and create a hostile environment for the away team tomorrow not the home side.’
‘I think playing away will suit Newcastle as they can play with greater freedom than in front of their demanding home fans.
If I were Benitez I would ask their wide players to push on our full backs as both Ritchie and Atsu have decent pace.’
‘I think we had 38 team sheets pre-printed in August and his name (Fletcher’s) is on them all. He could get decapitated and I swear Hughes would just gaffer tape it back on and pick him.’
‘Those wanting Berahino to start are in for a big disappointment. Before yesterday he had played 32 minutes of football in 2 months. He’s not getting 2 starts in 3 days. I’ll also be amazed if Charlie gets a start, he’ll be knackered.
Crouch to start & hoofball, get used to it folks then you won’t be disappointed.’
‘Rafa is known for being a tactically astute manager he will know how to set up Newcastle to get a result, they have an abundance of pace and will be a threat on the counter attack they showed that against west ham recently.’
‘Counter attack? Are you suggesting we are going to go forward in numbers?
The man (Hughes) himself said recently when we are more expansive we get picked off. It’s gonna be a lump it job for the first 70 you watch.’
‘This our fourth consecutive home game against equally rubbish (as us) opposition.
I think we will scrape a win.’
‘I really hope I’m going to be wrong but I think a Newcastle win is on the cards.’
‘Wimmer is useless! I’d rather play with 10 men than have that useless tub of lard in a the defence.
18 f……. million pounds, there are defenders 18 million times better in a the championship who can defend properly, when will the next clean sheet be????’
‘Here’s some key stats:
Stoke have won their last four home Premier League meetings with Newcastle – against no side have they ever won five consecutively in the competition.
Newcastle have only beaten Stoke home and away in a Premier League season once before – back in 2011-12 when they finished fifth under Alan Pardew.
Stoke’s last home league defeat on New Year’s Day came in 1988 (W4 D3 since), which was also when Newcastle’s last away win on January 1st came (D1 L2 since).’
‘Depressingly I think the most likely outcome is a 0-1 defeat and Hughes keeps his job.
In reality, whatever the result, Hughes should go. He’s made us a laughing stock. EVERY paper writing about our weakened team capitulation. Worst goal difference in the league. Worst in europe. Worse than Swansea!’
‘I’m really worried that we’ll lose today. Even then I don’t think Coates would sack Hughes. A loss today and I think relegation will be looking more and more likely as the “winnable” games are getting fewer.’