Just where do you start with this?
From every single conceivable angle, everything associated with Newcastle United is wrong. I’m convinced McClaren cannot lift this club out of relegation and if he stays we will be playing 2nd tier football next season. He simply has to go but probably won’t.
Alan Shearer calls the squad a set of “Monday to Friday” players? Hmm. I think he’s being generous. Doesn’t really do justice to those of us who actually work our balls off during a week. They are looked on with contempt by an ever growing group of us. The early optimism where decent performances were noted and acknowledged have far receded in memory.
There is no prospect of this club going anywhere except backwards under Ashley. The guarded hope that we had made progress in the summer has been exposed as a mirage. Ashley’s contemptible interview suggesting had seen the light in May should be rammed right back at him.
So, a match report then? Considering I walked out with 25 mins to go and watched all of 40 mins of the match in the stand, it will not be a comprehensive one.
The starting lineup again had Wijnaldum and Dummet paired on the left side. A disjointed combination as you’ll not want to see. Wijnaldum was highly ineffective while Dummet was spun around by Zaha. He was tormented once again by a half decent winger and such an obvious weak link at LB. Colback’s return made our midfield very marginally more compact, but not by much.
So it was a surprise which saw Cisse head United into the lead after 10 mins to a shocked away end. This wasn’t going to last. Our captain (of sorts) preceded to showcase his fading capabilities as a professional footballer. For both goals he and the rest of defence completely stood off Palace and despite the deflection for the equaliser, were utterly culpable for both goals that made it 2-1 before we could catch breath. Why doesn’t the defence attack the ball? Why do they stand off time and time again? There was another Palace player spare waiting alongside Bolasie. A procession. Just where was Janmaat? Missing once again for the second consecutive week. I was downstairs so I missed the third which ballooned over Elliot.
At that point we just thought, “Fuck it, why bother going back up”. There were a good load of us who were of a similar mind while the outside bar area was very busy. Picture a really exclusive Beach bar with all the glamour sucked out of it. We saw 20 mins of the 2nd half as best we could or could drag our eyes to watch the screen. The 4th goal was again weak as piss defending from a free kick with Bolasie having all the space in the world to get his second. We left well before the 5th for the Railway Tavern.
This walking out of matches could become a serious habit. I’m doing it now when before I simply wouldn’t in the matches I get to, which due to family and money commitments is getting less and less. Something I’m not proud of but when this pile of shite is served up by players you have no connection to then why bother. I know I’m not alone and this sentiment I’ll wager is shared by the majority if not all of my match going pals.
The best bit of the day was the pre-match drink around Borough Market which was a 2 hours very well spent and the main reason why I still do this. It’s arguably London’s best drinking circuit with pubs like The Market Porter, the newly renovated Wheatsheaf and many others all proper pubs with a bit of character and buzz. Some really daft tales from European trips, how to serve Guinness tutorials, politics, singing (which for our more enthusiastic companions means plastic glasses and an escort outside), and other general shite. Good to be alive with good people.
And then the match.
Newcastle United: No fucking points for anyone.
Our Support: Disbelief when we scored. More then just resignation when we inevitably went behind. Can’t fault anyone for either staying or leaving. The fact we sold the allocation is a tribute to our love of a good drink.
Their Support: Like the ground, like the area. The home support at least try to build an atmosphere. They don’t deserve the Charlatan sitting in the dugout. They’ll find this out soon enough.
GUY HANNAY-WILSON – Folow Guy on @tfGHW1892
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