Not that I expected our excellent run to go on forever……. Actually, I didn’t expect it to last very long at all, but I really didn’t expect the West Ham and Burnley performances to be so poor. The West Ham game may have had a slightly better ending if Sissoko hadn’t lost his blob, but that shouldn’t excuse a pretty shit performance up to that point. The Burnley game was typical Newcastle United. We go and beat the likes of Liverpool an Man City but struggle vs. Supposedly inferior opposition. Unfortunately we’re now reaching a portion of the fixture list where I expect Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd and Everton to smack our arses, and given Pardew’s record vs the mackems, you can add another defeat to that little list too if you want, so we weren’t really in a position to waste the last 2 fixtures…….. But hey, Newcastle United and making things unnecessarily difficult for ourselves is our speciality……
What absolutely doesn’t help, is the mixed messages the manager gives out. Vs. Burnley we were being prepped for a back 5 with Alnwick, Steete and Satka all playing, yet when the team sheet was read out, it was the same back 5 as at West Ham. I can’t think of a single thing that is achieved by this. For a start, it didn’t seem to bother Burnley, and let’s be honest, why should it? We’re not exactly Real Madrid. They kept their style the same and if they’d took a few more chances, would have beaten us, so nowt to gain there. It meant for a bit of a dispirited mood amongst our support as we’d been fed the prospect of team of bairns and debutants being chucked in whilst not quite ready and to be frank, the names of those who did come in, aren’t quite of the standing to boost every Mag up s height when discovering the team news, so nowt gained there either. Just an absolutely, strange, strategy, for so little gain. Still, it’s not the 1st time we’ve said that at United.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea up next then……. They’re a bit warm aren’t they? Currently 5 points clear of Manchester City and looking every bit capable of going the whole season unbeaten. With top spot in Group G of their Champion’s League campaign already in the bag, there seems little chance of a rotated Chelsea side turning up at SJP as most of us would have preferred.
On their travels they’ve already beaten, Burnley (3-1), Everton (6-3), Crystal Palace (2-1) and Liverpool (2-1). They’ve drawn at Sunderland (0-0), Man Utd (1-1) and Man City (1-1).
Diego Costa has rattled in 11 goals already in his first season in the Premier League. Hazard is next with 7.
Gary Cahill is a doubt with a head injury whilst Nemanja Matic serves a suspension. It’ll be interesting to see what reception Loic Remy gets. Obviously he banged in a few goals, which is lush, but he never really wanted to be here.
Absolutely anything could happen here.
Sissoko and Colback return after their suspensions and with Tiote now back, I would imagine it’ll Abeid who makes way.
Cabella showed a bit on Tuesday, but there’s a world of difference between skinning a few 2nd division plodders and being up against this lot.
It was good to see Cisse on the scoresheet again.
Meanwhile, it’s not even funny how much of a better player Steven Taylor is than Williamson. Get this sorted out!!
Here’s a head scratcher for you to have a think about……. How come, no matter how shit Gouffran is, Pardew always finds a slot for him???? How can this be? He’s fucking, useless…….. What’s that you say? “Work rate”…. Really? Yawn!!!!
De Jong – Groin – no return date
Ryan Taylor – Knee – no return date
Coloccini – groin strain – doubtful for Saturday
Santon – Knee – no return date
Krul – no return date
Aarons – Hamstring – Arsenal (a)
Obertan – Groin – no return date
Good – Hip – no return date
Alan Pardew’s Possible Team (4-2-1-3)
- Elliot: 2. Janmaat, 5.Steven Taylor, 6. Dummett, 3. Haidara: 4. Tiote: 8. Colback: 7. Cabella, 10. Sissoko, 11. Gouffran: 9. Cisse,:
Alnwick, Williamson, Abeid, Anita, Ameobi, Perez, Riviere
Referee: Martin Atkinson
History vs Chelsea
A bit of a mixed bag to be honest, on and off the pitch.
1983/84 1-1 draw in what was to be a promotion season for both sides Chelsea won the division whilst we finished 3rd behind Sheffield Wednesday. Speedie for them, Terry McDermott for us.
1984/85 Back in the top flight, and joy at SJP with Waddle and Neil McDonald helping us to a 2-1 win. Kerry Dixon for them.
1985/86 Dixon again, Speedie again and Nigel Spackman, with Roeder scoring for us. 1-3
1986/87 Paul Goddard with the winner in a 1-0 win.
1987/88 Done them, good and proper, 2 for Mirandinha and 1 for Gascoigne. Chelsea managed to lose to Middlesboro in the play offs and were relegated.
1993/94 0-0, dull. Hoddle’s Chelsea were very poor.
1994/95 Andy Cole on fire, he hit 2, 1 each for Fox and Lee. See his stunner here
1995/96 A Ferdinand double in the league saw us to a 2-0 win. We started like a train. They would do us on penalties in an FA Cup replay after Gullit had equalised in the last minute of normal time
1996/97 Shearer and Asprilla were far too hot for that idiot Franck Leboeuf to handle.
1997/98 We did them 3-1 again with goals from Dabizas, Speed and Robert Lee. Di Matteo with their goal.
1998/99 Now under Gullit, we lost 1-0 to a Dan Petrescu goal
1999/00 Another 1-0 defeat with Poyet about to become a proper pain in the arse in a semi final later on.
2000/01 – 0-0.
2001/02 2 Eidur Gudjohnssen goals either side of an Alan Shearer header. 1-2.
2002/03 Woodgate’s debut, a fine 2-1 win, Fat Eddie Murphy with an own goal before Bernard lamped home our winner after good work by Viana.
2003/04 Ameobi and Shearer (with a wonder-goal) on target for us after Joe Cole had put them ahead, but a Robert Huth stamp on Shearer’s bollocks probably put paid to Big Al celebrating his winner with his missus that evening.
See Shearer’s goal here
2004/05 A win in the FA cup thanks to Kluivert’s header, a defeat in the league cup 0-2 AET and a league draw 1-1, when Babayaro celebrated with his Chelsea pals as they won the league.
2005/06 Bramble’s 1-0 volley earns us a place in The Interoto Cup. Stephen Carr red carded, Chelsea not arsed.
2006/07 Another 0-0
2007/08 0-2 Ballack and Malouda with the goals as they were just a bit too good for us.
2008/09 0-2 Shearer’s first game as manager, but Chelsea were too strong again. Lampard and Malouda on target.
2010/11 Carroll’s walked in effort was cancelled out by Kalou. 1-1
2011/12 0-3. Maybe if Luiz had been sent off early on the score would have been different
2012/13 3-2 to us and Sissoko outstanding.
2013/14 2-0. Gouffran and Remy with the goals
CFCUK – here
Gate 17 – here
CFCNet – here
A comfortable win for the visitors. 0-3
Costa is on fire. Hazard is a genius. Fabregas is brilliant and of course in Loic Remy they have an ex Mag in their ranks, and you know what that means.
CHRIS BETTS – Follow Chris at @tfBettsy1892