I love Boxing Day away trips and to be fair, as we boarded the bus at 8.30, I was just hoping for a good day out and a shed load of beers to take away the pain of recent results. I expected nothing more than a bit of a hiding at the home of England’s most successful team for the last 20 years and I wasn’t let down in any way. This result and performance were entirely predictable and odds of 7-1 for a Newcastle win seemed optimistic at best. I expected nothing from Mike and Alan’s 2014/15 version of Newcastle United and got exactly that. It has become miserable watching us and the blame has to lie at the door of the owner and manager. Lack of / incorrect investment over the last 3 years and baffling / shite team selection has left us numbed to the abject failure that this regime offers. I find myself wondering whether it’s time to walk away in January and I hate the pair of them for making me feel like that. Pardew is a dead man walking. The last 2 weeks has seen us let in 12 goals and score 2. It has seen us tamely submit in a LC quarter final and set an unprecedented 4-in-a-row derby loss record. It has seen our threadbare squad stretched beyond its capabilities and seen our manager exposed for the smarmy charlatan that he is. We are a zombie club and all we seem to do is fight amongst ourselves. If we spent as much time and energy fighting the correct cause then we may get somewhere but right now it’s just shite. Still, Happy Christmas to one and all!!!
Anyway, a game of football took place and we got convincingly beaten. A penalty appeal was turned down as Mata seemed to trip Gouffran as he looked to get onto a ball over the Manchester United back four but as soon as it was turned down, you could sense it was going to be Pardew’s ‘game changing moment’ excuse regardless of the result. We didn’t look too bad in the first 20 minutes with a Janmaat effort forcing as decent save from De Gea but in the 23rd minute, a blocked Armstrong shot let them break and Falcao was played on-side by a ragged looking back line. He managed to square the ball for an on-rushing Rooney to side foot home. In the 36th minute, Gouffran gave away the ball cheaply in midfield and Mata played in Rooney who calmly slotted past Alnwick. Again, the back four didn’t cover itself in glory but the lack of bite in midfield meant as soon as we lost possession, the back four was exposed. Half time came and 2-0 looked a bit harsh but in hindsight, was probably about right.
Seven minutes into the second half, Rooney crossed into the box and Van Persie headed back across Alnwick to make it 3-0 and over as a contest. The rest of the game was played out a 3/4 pace until Jones fouled Colback as he raced into the box and Cisse scored the resultant penalty to make it 3-1. It was a consolation to be fair and a couple of flirtations in the last 10 minutes made it appear as though we finished the game strongly – we didn’t, they’d just stopped attacking.
A snowy trip back across the Pennines meant for a slow return trip which enhanced the misery even more but on a lighter note, I can confirm that there are now two things that can be seen with the naked eye from the surface of the moon. One is the Great Wall of China and the other is Paully’s yellow sweatshirt.
A special mention for Perez by the way. The kid was the stand out player by a mile at Old Trafford. His touch and movement were excellent all game. Don’t be surprised when we sell him in the summer!
Keep the faith eh!
Newcastle United: Alnwick 6, Janmaat 5, Coloccini 5, S.Taylor 5, Dummett 5 (Cabella 63 5), Colback 5, Anita 5, Sissoko 5, Perez 8 (Vuckic 82 NA), Gouffran 5, Armstrong 5 (Cisse 63 5).
Subs n/u: Woodman, Williamson, Satka, Riviere.
Our Fans: 8 good support throughout but naturally died off a bit after the third goal went in
Their Fans: 1 – the most overrated set of tits in the Premier League
Ref: Mike Jones 3 – this ref seems to favour the so called ‘top four’ and was shit today
DAVE TED EDWARDS