The Newcastle team v Cardiff has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez hoping to get a much needed three points to settle things down and give a foundation to build from.

Last week saw United lose 2-1 on the opening game against Spurs, a little unlucky when hitting the woodwork twice in the second half.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Joselu

and the Subs:

Ki, Murphy, Rondon, Muto, Hayden, Fernandez, Darlow

The manager resisting the temptation to start the likes of Rondon and Muto.

Rafa having little choice but to bring in Manquillo to replace Yedlin. That the only change from the team that started against Spurs.

Compare Rafa’ selection to the preferred fan option HERE

Cardiff v Newcastle Match Betting:

Cardiff win 11/5Draw 21/10Newcastle win 31/20

Both teams to score in 1st half 4/1Rondon to score last goal 13/2NUFC win 2-0 21/2

All Cardiff v Newcastle betting HERE



  • Mrkgw

    Sometimes Rafa’s decisions are baffling. Why doesn’t he add a bit of spark to the side by adding Rondon or Mutu?

    • Oldgeordie

      Couldn’t agree more.Love Rafa BUT….. Why get new players who are supposed to strengthen the team and play the same failures from last week? Hope he isn’t expecting an easy ride in Cardiff. Recipe for failure.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      If he Added Mutu there’d be plenty of Spark & energy 👃😂

    • robbersdog

      It’s not the norm for Premier League clubs to throw new signings straight into the first team. McClaren did it with Florian Thauvin and destroyed his Newcastle career.

    • Leazes.

      Maybe the newbies aren’t 100%

    • Tony English

      I think a repeat of last week will be on the cards, unless his hand is forced expect 25 or 30 minutes for Rondon, 10 or 15 minutes for Mutu.

  • Steve Smith

    Carragher getting the boot into Ashley on Sky. About time…

    • Virsino

      Absolutely – Well done Jamie Carragher

      • Ben Jones

        Erm hello? Jamie Carragher….big gob of nasal spittle into 14 year old schoolgirls faces….and here you are, lapping it up

        • Bob_the_Builder

          so once again you side with the fat c n ut

          • Ben Jones

            Right so if Carragher had have been supportive of Ashley you wouldn’t have mentioned his fetishism for gobbing on schoolkids? Be honest!

        • Virsino

          Oh, I didn’t see that happen on Sky sports this morning. Is there a reason you targeted that reply to me? You really are an absolute cretin.

          • Ben Jones

            No no it didn’t happen this morning but it did happen, you were targeted because you were the biggest cretin out of the people who mentioned him. Sorry

          • Virsino

            You know, I actually understand some of sane arguments of people who are not as anti Ashley as the rest of us, and often feel some of the slights against their character are in bad taste, even though their arguments are based on solid reasoning. You however, you are undoubetedly nothing other than a troll and a cretin. I am glad though that you copied my insult. Imitation is indeed the best form of flattery. You’ve been Troll-Blocked.

          • Ben Jones

            Music to my ears, everything you’ve written is exactly what I set out for and wanted to hear

          • panther

            I think thats you

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Sounds like an average Saturday night in for a couple from Middlesbrough that

  • Leazes.

    Craig Bellamy just said on Sky that…

    ….. ‘everything Ashley touches he’s been a success’….

    Carragher just laid into Ashley and shot him down….’What….Two Relegations a success’….

    Go on Jamie boy don’t let these idiots get away with it!

    • MrShack66

      He was spitting with anger.

    • Wezza

      Thats shocking that. At least Jamie has the guts to speak the truth.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Cardiff have a Filipino international playing for them & it isn’t manny pacquiao…mind blown

  • Toon

    That first 11 wouldn’t worry any opposition manager in the Premier League

    • Leicester Mag

      Or the Championship

  • Steviemagpie

    Glad Jamie is back on sky as for bellamy should know better .

  • Ashley-out

    15 minutes in and its rubbish

    • Leazes.

      Update…..30 minutes in and it’s rubbish

    • HarryHype59

      Yep! Both teams lack quality!

  • fdfsdökö

    terrible lack of quality

  • Peaky

    Retrospective ban coming for Kenedy….

    • scotty63

      correct – Sky are going to love replaying that one

      • panther

        wonder if they mention Arters volley through Joselus leg?

  • HarryHype59

    Kennedy lucky the ref didn’t that see his kick on the Cardiff player.

    • Peaky

      See below Harry…

  • Desree

    Cardiff perhaps the worst team I have seen in the EPL. The lack of quality from both sides is bad. Both teams fit for purpose

  • Leicester Mag

    Son now playing football with dog in garden had enough, actually at present dog showing more skill

    • Peaky

      What’s Son deeing in your garden in Leicester….has Poch dropped him v Fulham later 😂🤣

  • scumtest

    OMG… this game is horrible!

  • scumtest

    I bet sky and bt are soooo glad they paid all that money! 😭

  • Kenny

    the game is 🐴 💩

  • Wezza

    This ref! The game, everything is terrible. But what did we expect? We aren’t an ambitious football club anymore.
    Edit and yes Kenedy should be off.

    • scumtest

      THE most appalling excuse of a PREMIER league game I’ve ever seen, total utter pap!

      • Wezza

        I couldn’t agree more. Credit to Cardiff for pressing us but this referee is shocking. Ritchies yellow card was a tackle by their own player. No wonder none of our refs were at the world cup.

  • fdfsdökö

    wonder how muto or rondon are going to change our gameplay

    • Peaky

      Loads hopefully…

  • Leicester Mag

    Diame back to type, the lack of quality is shocking

    • Wezza

      He seems a different player.

      • Ashley-out

        he is back to his normal self

  • Ashley-out

    If it wasn’t Newcastle playing I’d switch off

    • Peaky

      I’m pleased it’s an early finish…I’m away oot….

  • fdfsdökö

    at least all know now two of the the three big championship contenders in PL

  • Wezza

    Manquillo scythed there and nothing given. What a joke.

    • panther

      not even sure he was injured, he was destroyed by Murphy today

  • Desree

    The two worst teams in the Premier League on display.

    But at least Mike Ashley has only increased the debt by 80m and now we are 144m in debt even though we made 140m in rev this year.

    NUFC, the Vietnam War of football clubs

    • HarryHype59

      Look on the bright side, our wonderful owner has made a £25m profit in the last window.

      • panther

        Hooray, shame he wont pay for an open top bus

  • Ashley-out

    next 3 matches, Chelsea, City, Arsenal, by mid September chances are Newcastle will be bottom

    • scumtest

      Or top? 🤔
      No, seriously it doesn’t look good 😝

      • panther

        top of money syphoned out of the club

    • Desree

      Pound for pound we are punching above our weight. Mike Ashley never lies. As most teams have spent at least 70m more this season, we are indeed punching above our weight.

      This is darker than Carvers darkest days

    • Peaky

      Without Kenedy…

  • Tony English

    Someone at Sky is getting sacked for selecting this shower of sh ite to be televised.

    Looks like my comedy bet on a Joselu hatrick won’t be bearing any fruit.

    • Peaky

      Is Hoss actually playing……???

      • Tony English

        He’s the one up front, sitting on a tartan blanket eating quiche and drinking pims.

        • Tony English

          Left the missus and the kids on the beach to watch this. Big mirror on wall under TV showing me view outside, will probably watch that in second half. A reflection of a seagull got man of the match in that first half for me.

      • Kenny

        i had the Donkey to score and Newcastle 3-1, making a right ass of me

      • panther

        He’s been starting quite a lot of Cardiffs attacks

  • GlasgowMag

    Poor, poor, poor how many times have we lost the ball this half Diame & Kenedy worst culprits!!! Manquillo shocking performance fatboys penny pinching starting to show no backup key area’s!!!

    • HarryHype59

      The team is woefully short of quality and the back up players are a joke. Manky is no more an EPL standard player than I am.

      • GlasgowMag

        Defo needs replaced but with who!! Mabye Murphy now that would be interesting at least he would be able to match his brothers pace!!

        • panther

          I like Murphy, think his brothers better though

  • Kenny

    wor Kens in for a 3 match ban

    • Virsino

      Ref gave a free kick for it. The incident has already been adjudicated on.

  • foggy

    0-0 halftime. Cardiff the better team thus far.
    Josh Murphy has Manquillo in his pocket. Manquillo on a yellow may turn red 2nd half.
    Kenedy a lucky boy could have been sent off.
    Shelvey a pale shadow
    Two half chances for Perez, goalie in right position both time to deny.
    Ritchie on a yellow which was a wrong call by the ref.
    Toon need to improve expect to see Rondon and Mutu early doors second half

  • gordon

    Surely has to take Manquillo off – booked, carrying an ‘injury’ and a feckin liability to boot. I’d rather he played a centre-back there or three at the back even. Christ playing dummy at RB and Kennedy LB would be better. Knowing Rafa though he’ll probably do something bizarre😆

    • panther

      not sure it was an injury, thinking he just wanted out

  • Desree

    I can now see why Mike Ashley barely hesitated in agreeing to the players winning bonus. He must havebeen laughing his tats off

  • Leicester Mag

    Why the eff do we tolerate this as an acceptable norm?

    • Superdooperhooper

      Because we get accused of being ungrateful brats if we don’t . Now be a good boy eat your gruel and don’t complain !

      • Leicester Mag

        More of a 🐴💩🥪

  • HarryHype59

    I wonder where the Ashpologists are today? Ashley may as well rename this club SD United. You reap what you sow in football and the chronic level of under investment at this club is being shown today!

  • fdfsdökö

    who cares, in a year rafa will be off, we will be probably playing in Championship and even thefew good players we have now will be sold
    no light under MA

  • GlasgowMag

    Cardif support decided to stay in for the hospitality lol empty seats everywhere!!

  • Peaky

    Hate to say it but today is showing exactly why there wasn’t a hatful of clubs clambering for Kenedy’s signature in the window….

    • GlasgowMag

      Agree Peaky very poor!!

    • Desree

      He is our best player and he isn’t even our player

    • Desree

      Jonathan drape comyn player ratings article as follows

      All nufc players, fit for purpose!

    • panther

      had a mare, but hes quality

  • GlasgowMag

    Think I’ll join them 😭😭

  • Oldgeordie

    Trying to work out why I’m watching this rubbish

  • Wezza

    We missing Lejuene here. Free header for Cardiff. Now Perez got clattered no free kick.

    • Peaky

      Bang on Wezza…..Lejeune a huge miss….god help us the next three games.

      • Wezza

        Never know we could beat Arsenal since we are at home but looking at today, doubtful.

    • panther

      we were lucky Zahare is worse than hoss

      • Wezza

        Agree, he was VERY bad.

  • Oldgeordie

    Is that hope on the touchline?

  • Oldgeordie

    Give the ref a blue shirt.

  • GlasgowMag

    How many dead ball situations are we giving away this is how Cardiff score most of their goals!!

  • scumtest

    Feed the hoss and he will score… maybe

    • panther

      hed have to explode from morbid obesity first

  • Ashley-out

    why is Rondon not on in place of Joselu

  • Peaky

    FFS …..getting fuckingworse by the minute…

    • Wezza

      Good lord.

      • Kenny

        we need him

  • Leicester Mag

    Idiot

  • GlasgowMag

    Bad decision never sending off!!

    • Kenny

      studs up and from behind, howay, red

  • Peaky

    Daftcunt Penfold signed the wrong Murphy….

    • Kenny

      Daftcunt bong eyed fukwit

  • scumtest

    Yellow all day

    • Kenny

      Red all day, studs showing from behind

      • scumtest

        Not even worth debating, the lad is useless anyway

        • Kenny

          not the only one, is he

          • scumtest

            Nope, sadly

  • Wezza

    Yeah that was dangerous, probably right decision and ref sent Jagielka off last week.

  • fdfsdökö

    now we can lose and have a good excuse

  • Mrkgw

    Benitez – what the hell. Abysmal decisions in terms of selection and substitutions. Abysmal – and I make no apologies for thinking as much.

  • Oldgeordie

    Rafa is having a laugh. What is going on ? How many more donkeys ? Is he trying to show Ashley how bad we are?

    • scumtest

      Joking aside maybe he is 🤔
      No wins for a while based on this performance.

  • fdfsdökö

    why was that drama with rondon

    u have it for 2 games now and he gives him 15 mins
    wtf

  • Tino o

    Absolute garbage

  • Ken

    I think we bought the wrong Murphy typical shambles we are

    • Mrkgw

      My thoughts exactly in the first half.

  • scumtest

    Surely just put Rondon on now for 10 minutes and just lump it?! Anything!

    • Oldgeordie

      Used all of the subs.

  • gordon

    Jesus we’re a schitt team, playing worse than usual and down to 10 men and Cardiff haven’t had a shot on target. I’d worry if I was a Cardiff fan!

    • panther

      dont care about Cardiff, I care about the team that plays Joselu, and I now think well both go down

  • robbersdog

    Awful performance; if we get the draw, I’ll be happy.

  • Wezza

    Anyone get a crazy feeling that we are going to lose 1-0?
    FCB chants.

    • Kenny

      Rafa will lock up shop and settle for a point

  • Kenny

    how is the Hoss still on the pitch

    • scumtest

      😭😭😭😭

      • Kenny

        exactly how i feel

    • scumtest

      Laugh or cry I think is the saying

    • Peaky

      Grazing on the sidelines…..

      • Kenny

        waste of time having Rondon if he plays Joselu in front of the guy

  • GlasgowMag

    Even though down to 10men and where [email protected] we might still nick this one!!!

  • scumtest

    One day shearer will be able to say something good about nufc on match of the day!

    • Kenny

      not this season

    • GlasgowMag

      Yip when fatboy leave’s 🤔🤔😂😂

    • panther

      nobody can while Ashleys involved

  • Laurents left foot

    Looks like 2 relegation candidates to me, both played awful today

  • scumtest

    Cardiff are the favourites for relegation… christ!

    • Kenny

      where does that leave us

      • scumtest

        Up a certain creek…

        • Leicester Mag

          Maybe could buy a Slazenger paddle for £9.99 from sheet direct

          • scumtest

            Buy one get the second one for the same price?! 😉

  • Wezza

    To be fair Arter should be off there.

    • Leicester Mag

      Ref as good as the teams

  • Desree

    Does Dennis wise, sam allardyce and any of these shills pay for a Sky subscription? How come sky take the side of ex pros and mike ashley lackys? How come their customers, footy fans, paying subscribers get treat with utter contempt? Corruption is why. Let’s bring em down

  • Andy Mac

    Easy to say after the event but does Rafa really need to play Hayden ? The guy wants away, isn’t happy oop North and offers very little at PL level

    • Kenny

      nobody else, thanks to King Rat

      • Andy Mac

        22 minutes of sheer incompetence, Sterry would be an option. Not a brilliant one admittedly. Wtf did we sell Baboo ?

  • Kenny

    at least Shelvey is trying

  • SuperDesHamilton

    If the ref wanted to really punish us he should of kept Hayden on the pitch…because he’s useless

    • scumtest

      Or play 30 minutes extra time!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Make it stop, make it stop!

        • Peaky

          😂🤣😂🤣😂

  • Laurents left foot

    I feel a last minute goal coming…

    • Oldgeordie

      Not for us.

      • Laurents left foot

        That’s what I was thinking 😟

  • GlasgowMag

    Kenedy’s like bambi at the moment stay on your feet man!!

  • Peaky

    Has Rondon nicked off and gone scurrying back to Birmingham in hiding…

  • GlasgowMag

    Here we go!!!

    • Leicester Mag

      What a shyte effort

  • GlasgowMag
  • scumtest

    Don’t be too harsh in the player ratings later lads! 😭

  • Wezza

    How has Arter not been sent off as well?

  • Laurents left foot

    6 bloody minutes! This is torture to watch

  • Virsino

    Mendez, bigger & fatter burns our new speedster Muto for pace. #Fûked

  • Peaky

    Fuckinghell another 6 minutes of this 💩..

  • Andy Mac

    “Quality is disappearing” 🙄

  • scumtest

    The donkey sanctuary better have space for 11 More!

  • Oldgeordie

    Sunderland here we come.

    • Leicester Mag

      They’ll be scared watching this!

  • Ashley-out

    Fukinwankas

  • GlasgowMag

    And fatboy has increased the ticket prices….well worth the money!!

  • GlasgowMag

    Penalty!!!!!!!!!

  • Peaky

    Don’t let Hoss take it FFS….

  • scumtest

    Ha!! 100% miss coming up!

  • scumtest

    Told ya

  • Wezza

    Oy my god

  • Kenny

    Nonces 0, Sheepshaggers 0

  • Leicester Mag

    This club are the biggest joke on earth

    • toonterrier

      And that’s on a good day.

  • Laurents left foot

    Absolute garbage that

  • Peaky

    Why didn’t Shelvey take that ???????

    • Kenny

      he would have buried it

    • scumtest

      Looks like Shelley left his balls at home leaving free kicks and pens to that lemon!

    • Danimal

      The obvious choice, from a poor field.

  • GlasgowMag

    Kenedy shocking shocking shocking!!!!!!!!

  • robbersdog

    This is awful; it feels like a loss. Kenedy had a stinker and the penalty put the tin lid on his performance.

    • Kenny

      straight at the keeper

    • Laurents left foot

      To be fair, we didn’t deserve to win this one, draw was probably right but still gutting none the less

  • Oldgeordie

    Send him home. Waste of space.

  • Kenny

    wonder where King Rats little fairies are then. 1 will be stuck in a lift

  • HarryHype59

    I knew he would miss that! Hope it doesn’t cost us at the end of this season.

    • Oldgeordie

      Don’t worry we’ll be down before the end of the season.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        playing like that we will be

      • HarryHype59

        Can’t really argue with that.

  • scumtest

    That was a shambles… but like Henry says, ‘there’s always next week’! 🤣

    • Andy Mac

      Not sure it was good enough for a shambles ?

  • Leazes.

    The last person I wanted to see take a kick… abysmal performance all game!

    • Oldgeordie

      I couldn’t believe it when I saw him with the ball.

      • Ram Kishore

        I expected muto or Joselu to take the kick

    • Milburn_Taylor

      his fee has dropped by around £15m

      • Leazes.

        Cardiff are the bookies certainties for the drop, so that puts it into perspective…… my god it was boring and Dummet has just said we came here to win…. could have fooled me!

  • Tino o

    You get what you deserve two worst teams in the league both will be back in the championship next season

    • HarryHype59

      This shambolic performance proves beyond doubt that another season of struggle is a certainty.

      To quote the line from the Mumford and Sons song re Ashley,

      “You really fuc*ed it up this time”

  • Mrkgw

    Few points. Firstly, shambles of a team selection, set up for the draw. We offered nothing whatsoever. Rafa to blame big time for that. Very, very poor.

    Manquillo is never, ever good enough. Play Sterry, anyone. But not Manquillo.

    Why sign Rondon when our stubborn Manager won’t play him. Hoss works hard but that’s about the lot in terms of his ability at this level.

    Kennedy had a stinker and no surprise that he missed that penalty. Lame, lame effort.

    Abysmal substitutions. Hayden – surprise with that one. Muto, fair enough but surely Rondon should have come on first. And finally, Murphy. Unbelievable.

    Again, no apologies for the fact that Rafa got this woefully wrong. Does he not realise that our support travelled at their cost to see that dross? Disappointing.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      once we went down to 10 men there was no chance of seeing Rondon. Joselu is far better at defending.

    • Carverlier football

      Don’t think we’d have seen the same subs without the red card. Based on that performance at least we won’t miss Kenedy next 3 games…

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal. if he does get suspended (and he probably should) you couldn’t have picked 3 better matches for it.

        • Carverlier football

          Just watch though – we’ll probably put in much better performances and still get nowt because the opposition’s better…

    • Ram Kishore

      After the red card we needed a Right footed player on the right.. Ritchie would have struggled.

    • Billmag

      For once my friend I can’t disagree with you.

    • HarryHype59

      I still don’t know why Rafa paid £5m for Manky. He was terrible for the mackems. Manky must have a great agent or be from the same Spanish village as Rafa and the Hoss.

  • Peaky

    I’m away oot now on the lash In Sheffield before Leazes completes and posts his 10,000 word dissertation…..

    • Mrkgw

      Enjoy it. Has to be better than that pitiful showing.

  • 52k

    Relegation fodder. Championship team for 3rd season in row

  • Milburn_Taylor

    that was a shambolic display, they played like strangers

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    hate to say it, but we could have used Gayle on that penalty. Would have loved to have seen that smug grin wiped off Warnock’s face.

    • Ram Kishore

      I thought Hoss was good shooter, should have been him atleast if not shelvey. But shelvey is poor in corners too.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Jos is dreadful at taking penalties. No chance it would be him.

  • Carverlier football

    Well the only positives I can think of are that Lascelles and Clark more or less did their job, and that I’m still certain we will at least finish ahead of Cardiff because if they can’t even take advantage of that performance then they’re doomed…

    • Oldgeordie

      Second bottom is still relegation.

      • Carverlier football

        That’s why they’re the only positives…

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Both of those teams will be relegated.

    • Peaky

      3 from Newcastle,Cardiff,Huddersfield & Brighton….

      • Carverlier football

        Watford?

      • HarryHype59

        I have a bad feeling both Brighton and Huddersfield will finish above NUFC. Both have invested heavily and will be better than last season.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    what has happened to Kenedy

    • Leazes.

      Think he’s playing as an individual to showcase his talents for future sale…. too many twists and turns resulting in lost possession, lack of control on the ball when he did have it too…. not a team performance.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        Rafa needs to sort it out by next week

        • FatParosite

          Kenedy won’t be playing next week….

    • WildBill

      The bloke is ridiculously one footed mate. When he moves to the right he looks like he’s about to fall over all the time. Worse PK than Hos last year! That’s our one pen for the season wasted. Shelvey if we ever get another, if not him then Dummat. At least he’ d blast it. PK was the icing on the cake of another awful performance. Neither team deserved to win.

      • Leazes.

        If he’d been sent off for that kick we might have won the game….someone else would have had to take the pen.

  • kingfisher

    SJP should be empty for the next home game but the 50,000 will still be there. How on earth can anyone with half a brain cell condone what this man is doing to our club?
    When the penny finally drops with the 50,000 that the ONLY way to get rid of Ashley is to STOP GOING it will be too late because Rafa will be long gone, and lets face it, if he left today, no one could blame him!
    It’s an embarrassment supporting this club.

    • Billmag

      For god’s sake change the effing record say something about the awful match we’ve just witnessed.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        you complaining about the complaining is far more annoying than the original complaints

        • Billmag

          Every post for god knows how long has been the same, and you can go and take a hike aswell.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            there’s no shame in repeating a narrative that people need to hear. just because you’re numb to it doesn’t mean others are.

      • GlasgowMag

        Ok that was [email protected]!!!🤔🤔😂😂

        • Billmag

          👍

      • kingfisher

        Ok Billmag.While so called “lesser teams” who we will be our rivals for relegation are out spending us,(and why was that ?)is anyone really surprised with that result?
        Rafa says the new players will take a while to get used to the Premiership (then why didn’t we sign them earlier) ?
        Answers on a postcard to guess who 😁

        • Billmag

          But castigating 50,000 people for going in every post isn’t doing any good what so ever, Ashley is a poison on our club but keep blaming supporters for going is never going to change his mindset IMHO.

          • FatParosite

            It’s meant to try and get the SJP going fans to re-evaluate. Of course it’s not going to change Ashley you doink. Ashley comes on here through Bishop paid trolls of which I’m not sure of your membership.

          • Billmag

            Who the [email protected]@k are you calling a doink, I’m not sure of your membership either doink I’ve got an opinion and because it’s [email protected]@@@@g different to yours I’m a troll, you are no different from some of the other know nowts on here when someone says anything different from your opinion I’m suddenly one of the illustrious brothers from Manchester. I have supported NUFC for nigh on 60 years and a dipstick like you comes along and questions my membership what a clown.

          • kingfisher

            Fair comment Billmag.Blaming supporters will never change his mindset however supporters stopping going will,because Sky,BT etc who pay Ashley millions every season will not be happy with a half empty SJP and consequently less Newcastle games will be televised and that will result in Ashleys profit taking a nosedive, and being a business man, this would hit him hard.

            I know I post regularly about the 50,000, but throughout the 50 odd years I’ve supported Newcastle,Owners,Managers and players have come and gone and the only constant throughout that half century has been the fans loyalty in supporting the team no matter what happens on, or more importantly, off the pitch and if the fans keep on renewing their season tickets year after year (as of course is their right) then Ashley has no reason to change.I believe the only weapon left to us is fan power.
            After posting comments about the 50,000 staying away,I always get many more upvotes and like minded fans agreeing with me than those who disagree with my views, so on average there must be more fans who want Ashey out than those who want him to stay, consequently I have to assume that most, or certainly thousands of the 50,000 are not happy and want him out, therefore surely it’s logical to question if there are thousands of unhappy season ticket holders, then why on earth go ?

          • Billmag

            I hate Ashley with a vengeance, upvotes on here are meaningless, I have been supporting this club nigh on sixty years and also seen some really bad times but constantly calling people sheep that go isn’t right IMO, clubs now can manage on half empty grounds there’s that much money floating around and fatty is more interested in advertising his tat direct than to be bothered how many is in the ground.

          • kingfisher

            Ok Billmag point taken, but do you see my point that surely it’s double standards when thousands of fans go to SJP and pay thousands of pounds for the privilege when they don’t like what is happening to their club and hate Mike Ashley ?
            I suppose at the end of the day we’ll have to agree to disagree, after all as they say, football is just a matter of opinions!!

          • Billmag

            👍

  • ToonTom

    I genuinely cannot fathom why Lascelles, Shelvey, and Rafa collectively allowed one of the worst players on the pitch today to take so crucial a free-kick and so critical a penalty. The psychological pressure of failing to take 3 points with our run of games coming up means that the skipper or the manager or the man who would have scored it or even the egotistical child who missed it should have screamed “Leave it for Shelvey!!!”. I know at least 100,000 Geordies who were screaming it, myself very much included …

    • Carverlier football

      Exactly my thoughts – I can’t criticise Kenedy for wanting to take it but someone should’ve stepped in. I can only imagine he was the designated taker after Ritchie was taken off? There’s no way he’d have let Kenedy get the ball off him…

      • Danimal

        Funnily enough, a few minutes prior, I was wondering what would happen if we got our annual penalty award. In the absence of a specialist (Ritchie being the only known one in the squad), I would have thought you go for someone who will at least strike it. Shelvey, Diame, Dummett, Lascelles. Kenedy didn’t come to mind at all. Murphy would have been an ironic choice to win the game after his brother took all the plaudits.

  • Kenny

    if i had a ticket for the Chelsea match it would be down the bog and i would be on the drink next Sunday.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    On the one hand, a draw when down to 10 men isn’t anything to be ashamed of. But on the other hand the entirety of how the toon played during the match WAS.

    • Virsino

      Yeah, unfortunately stats wise, that draw papers over the gaping cracks.

    • Kenny

      no excuse for that krap mate

    • ToonTom

      You take that view when you get a 0-0 without the gift of a critical penalty 30 seconds from time. But when you get one and you squander it BEFORE YOU EVEN TAKE IT, there is NO solace in whichever way you spin it. It’s one point gained but an entire team and city crushed.

    • HarryHype59

      Indeed, also Fat Mike has managed to make a £25m profit in the last window.

  • Duh

    Good time to add an option to buy on the Brazilian, Mikey likes a distressed asset

  • Billmag

    Kennedy should have been replaced at half time can’t remember one thing he did constructively, and to cap it all after taking a shocking free kick he goes and takes a lousy penalty.

    • Kenny

      did not complete one pass in the first half

      • Carverlier football

        Too busy running into blind alleys…

  • Steviemagpie

    Ritchie would have took pen if he hadn’t been subbed

    • Carverlier football

      Might still have been on the pitch if Hayden hadn’t got himself sent off

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        this. Rafa couldn’t risk another player being shown a red.

      • Steviemagpie

        True will work out well for Hayden will be able to go home and see his family which is what he is after .

  • Ashley-out

    nothing will change until Ashley is gone

  • GlasgowMag

    Well mabye we are missing a trick!! Never mind empty stadiums on televised games to get rid of the fatboy, just keep on playing like that and Sky won’t want to show us anymore so he will lose the tv revenue simples!!🤔🤔😂😂

    • Leazes.

      Whatever happened to the entertainers?

      • GlasgowMag

        Distant memory or was it just a dream!!!

      • Peaky

        Reincarnated….alive & well at Anfield….sad,bad times on Tyneside.

    • Billmag

      Spot on.

  • ToonTom

    Last comment on this. So Kenedy was the designated taker in the absence of Ritchie (God only knows why either of them are ahead of Shelvey but there you go). So the worst player on the park is in line for the critical kick, and no-one mans up and says “You haven’t played well enough to take this”. That’s all it takes, lads. A bit of responsibility. Lascelles should have stepped-in and prevented what everyone watching knew would happen – including the guy who took it, I suspect. No guts, no glory.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Looking forward to the game today. Pleased to see Rafa keeping faith in the hapless Joselu rather than going with somebody who might actually score. Hopefully we can hang on til late in the game, win a penalty, and nick the 3pts.

    • Nart

      Joselu is our leading goalscorer this season…

      • fistsofsteel2

        I should think so too……he gets £50k per week.