Shelvey walks off the pitch after getting red card

Match report: Newcastle United 0 Everton 1, St. James’ Park, 13/dec/17, ko:7:45pm Att: 51,042

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The dark clouds swirling around SJP briefly lifted on a day full of optimism. The news broke early this afternoon that the Staveley takeover deal is close and it appears there may be light at the end of the Mike Ashley tunnel. I don’t know about everybody else but that news completely changed my outlook on tonight’s game – I was utterly resigned to defeat against Fat Sam until lunchtime but instead went into the evening full of hope.

A few pints in the Town Mouse (a must visit if you like your beer) and a saunter up in the cold discussing Rafa’s team selection and the conensus amongst the lads was that we were going to win. How wrong we were.

The game itself was almost exactly what I’d expected earlier in the week. Two poor sides with little attacking threat in a bizarre competition of who could be the most boring with few chances for either side of note. We hit the woodwork twice (don’t know how Richie didn’t score – and I had £5 on him to score first!) in an otherwise dreadful first half.

Darlow chucked one in his own net and that has basically cost us the game – Everton never really looked too threatening and likely wouldn’t have scored if we didn’t let them.

Tonight is where we need to begin being very concerned about how this season is going to pan out. Don’t let the boring nature of tonight’s game hide the quality of the performance NUFC put out – we were very very poor all over the pitch. Darlow was pathetic to concede that goal – you don’t win games in the Premier League giving people goals.

Our defensive performance seemed fairly solid but that was more down to Everton being toothless rather than anything positive from us. Midfield were utterly none existent to a man and Jonjo Shelvey is a complete idiot. We are now seeing why he was dropped and sold by Swansea – he goes missing in too many games and is a liability because of his temper. He’s not a young lad any more and it’s just not acceptable to be sent off like that. He should be docked wages (I’d be giving him a two week fine on football manager).

Going forward we look hopeless. Nobody in the side has any creativity and the lads just don’t work together as an effective attacking unit. Joselu finally dropped which has been a long time coming but what does Aarons have to do to get a shot – Richie has been very poor for weeks but keeps getting in the team. As soon as we conceded the goal yesterday we might as well have gone home – there was absolutely no chance we were getting back in to the game.

It’s all wrong at NUFC at the moment – bad result after bad result has dragged us back into the relegation mire and we are now looking like strong contenders to go down. Without significant spending in January (winger, striker, no 10, centre mid at a minimum) we will be relegated again, Rafa will go and we’ll almost certainly not get promoted at the first attempt again.

Putting all this aside, the thing that annoyed me the most was the reaction of our fans. It feels like around half of our crowd just go to the game to kick off at our players. How is it going to help young lads who are obviously struggling for confidence booing every misplaced pass or poor touch. Ironically cheering when players are subbed off. Screaming that players are shit. It is pathetic to scream abuse at our own team. If that’s all you can contribute then stop fucking coming – you’re not welcome. I lost my temper with two blokes in the strawberry corner about five minutes before the end and all they could do was threaten me and ask me to go outside. Get a fucking grip.

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Michael Carling

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11 Responses to Match report: Newcastle United 0 Everton 1, St. James’ Park, 13/dec/17, ko:7:45pm Att: 51,042

  1. nick says:

    Loads of our fans are cunts and you can absolutely see why other fans laugh at us, call us deluded and fickle or even hate us. As some kid on Twitter said, we might sell out the ground every week but “it’s just a shame it’s half full of fucking whoppers”.

  2. Brian says:

    I feel for Rafa…..he has been critisised for not playing Shelvey – and I was one of those critics……..NOW GIVEN A CHANCE, THIS IS HIS CONTRIBUTION…….How can Rafa select two time bombs ??? That bonehead and the Mad Serb!!!!
    Terribly difficult time for Rafa……who does he turn to???? The cupboard is fucking BARE, thanks to that fat cockney!!!!
    Just pray we get rid of him soon, and we can become a proper club again…..all of us deserve that……

  3. mac2106 says:

    I think Shelvey has thrown the towel in, from what I have heard about him he’s a bigger idiot off the field who thinks he’s Pirlo in training and loves bragging about the fact that he’s the highest paid playet at the club, and takes great pleasure in reminding his team mates of this fact. No loyalty a real mercenary.

  4. tomb says:

    20000 fans 30000 customers I think was quoted by one of our beloved previous managers.

  5. Dave says:

    Rafa is using what he has at his disposable, bearing in mind we have three games in a week. He was only allowed to buy within set budget (although he wasn’t allowed to use the agreed budget) for fees and wages. He was limited but needed players so bought what he could. I’m sure some of these players would have been moved on if he’d had adequate replacements but was reluctant to reduce numbers or couldn’t because of their wage demands e.g. Callback and Darlow. He doesn’t make the mistakes on the pitch and I’m sure he’s working as best he can. We all know Ashley’s failings and he is the one to blame, and probably to a lesser degree Charnley, aka his master’s voice. Couple all that with Bishop and that other fella Jason solicitor or whatever.

    • nick says:

      Mind, the squad is weak but some fans determined to stay behind Rafa (as I am) are overdoing it with how bad they are and it maybe doesn’t help our cause against the “Rafa-out” knackers.

      Rafa could get more out of this squad than he is currently and i think the takeover talk is a decisive factor. It’s affecting the manager and the team and it needs sorted out quickly.

  6. Dave says:

    On a positive note I thought Lascelles, Atsu and Merino all had decent games. Yes, they are going to make a mistake or two but they put effort and movement in. As usual, Merino was all over and had a lot of touches. They’ll all still young and can’t do it all on their own. They need help and movement by the others which wasn’t always there.

  7. Steve Walton says:

    Can I add a left back to your list think it’s about time we replaced Jose Enrique……….

  8. BigColl says:

    Was a bitter pill to swallow, and having Fat head’s smug face didn’t help. Kind of settled down now and on reflection, we were unlucky. What still winds me up is the referee. Shelvey was sent off for two top tackles that a few years back, would have had the crowd roaring with delight, played the ball in both circumstances. Should have been a pen and yellow card in first minute. neither were given/awarded, And bookings? everton’s histrionics were a disgrace, especially their left midfielder, Davies. but their time-wasting was rewarded with four minutes of stoppage time. Four minutes!! It took Rooney five minutes to walk off. And what about their players blatant obstruction down our right wing about as clear as you’ll see. honestly think Atkinson is a coward and a fool.

    • Dave says:

      Most are cowards and fools and the FA don’t help. Look at the tackles against us e.g. Kane, that Huddersfield fella and Rooney tonight add in Ali at weekend and all the pushing and pulling at cornerstone they back off with some exceptions of course. Then the BBC and the like highlight some cases but if the FA are going to take action they should review every game even if the ref has seen it.

  9. John Milton says:

    Cracking bit of writing that, Michael – nice one. Worrying as hell, but cheers.