Another miserable afternoon at SJP saw us dismally fail to emulate our heroics at Old Trafford earlier in the season when we weren’t quite the rudderless ship that we are at present, capitulating to the reigning Champions but distinctly average Man United. Gosling was a surprise inclusion in the centre of midfield for the injured Sissoko with the absolutely hideous De Jong again preferred in attack with HBA back on the bench.
The opening half an hour was relatively dull with neither side really taking control of the game. We did fashion one of our very few chances when Cisse saw his header smartly turned over by Lindegaard. They, however took the lead not long before the break from a free kick outside the area by Mata. Gosling fouled (Ed: he didn’t) Fletcher to concede the free kick and with the crowd protesting the award of the set piece, Mata curled a free kick over the wall and beyond Elliot. They’ve never been beaten after going ahead this season and we never, ever come back from behind so it was game over. They nearly added a second just before the half time whistle when Hernandez was played in on goal but saw his shot come off the post with more crowd appeals after Williamson took a tumble in the build up.
They didn’t have to wait long before they wrapped the game up fully though, with a shockingly bad goal stemming from a disinterested Coloccini slipping for the second home game running, allowing a clear run for Kagawa, who played in Hernandez to square for Mata to get his second, composing himself before easily firing home. I’m now at the point with our captain where his ‘legacy’ is now one of someone who let us down, played under sufference for over a year and I won’t mourn his inevitable exit in the summer, I’m afraid to say.
The familiar format of players just giving up to allow a thrashing then played itself out. De Jong, who I mentioned earlier was mercifully dragged off to the only cheers of the day and I can’t adequately express my contempt for the Dutchman so I will summarise it in two words – fucking shite. I wouldn’t have blamed Ben Arfa for doing a Tevez and telling the incompetent Carver to go and piss off but of course our ‘coach’ would have knacked him because he’s geet hard and that and he definitely knacked Bellamy in the airport. Oh. Yes. Definitely.
They got a third just after the hour with another shambolic goal, when we were asleep to a quickly taken free kick which allowed Kagawa to square for Hernandez to get his goal. At this point, I called my mate in the Gallowgate – we were off to Leeds for a stag do straight after the game and I was hoping I’d get him to fuck it off so we could just get out of there and get away early. He wouldn’t budge though, so I sat through another 15 minutes or so and still left early and basically just wandered around for 10 minutes waiting for him. Up until this season, I’d only ever left a match early once – I’d always seen it as being a bit taboo and an abdication of my duty as a supporter. I think I’ve probably left before the end four times this season alone – the whole ‘experience’ is just a joyless chore, to be endured and if I allowed myself to be completely honest, going to the match is actually making me miserable.
I can’t report on their fourth goal because I wasn’t there but by all accounts it was a good one from Januzaj and another humilation was complete.
Not that my opinion makes any difference at all, but I’d like, in fact love to see Pardew sacked immediately. I don’t care who replaces him and I’m firmly of the mind that they cannot be any worse. It is unfathomable that the man hasn’t faced wholesale dissent from the stands but partly that has been down to a complete numbness enveloping the whole stadium. Admitting before the game that he can’t motivate the players, is in my eyes tantamount to resigning his post as manager in any case and whilst the problem with the players lies as much in sheer lack of talent and abysmal coaching as it does from motivation, really why should the players be motivated by a bloke who is sitting in the stands for the latest in a line of idiotic decisions?
I am also absolutely convinced that barring a miracle over the summer, we are going to be relegated next season. Of the starting XI today, I’d only like to see Tiote, Haidara and under new direction, Cisse pulling on a Black & White top on next season but we are no more going to sign 8 or 9 new players than I am going to wake up with a million pounds under my pillow in the morning.
I just wish the season was over – my final prediction is that we are not going to win another game for the rest of the campaign and there is absolutely nothing to look forward to.
Keep the Faith
Newcastle United – Rob Elliot 4, Davide Santon 4, Mike Williamson 3, Fabricio Coloccini 2, Massaido Haidara 4, Vurnon Anita 2, Chieck Tiote 3, Dan Gosling 4, Yoan Gouffran 1 (Shola n/a), Luuk de Jong 0 (Hatem Ben Arfa 4), PAPISS CISSE 4
Ref – Friend – 6 – Not to blame
Our Fans – 3 – Dying to be put out of their misery
Their Fans – 8 – Noisy.