United picked up an expected defeat at Chelsea. I didn’t see the game so I don’t feel well placed to comment on the performance (unlike some) but from the highlights the three points were never really under threat for Chelsea and the only positives were that knocked the ball about again, created one or two good chances and it wasn’t 5 or 6.
Roll on Spurs on Wednesday.
Here’s what the press have been saying:
Lee Ryder Evening Chronicle – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/lee-ryders-big-match-verdict-6689907
I have no respect for Ryder or anything he writes. Like many fans, he’s angry and uses the article to snipe at Pardew and believes United are in a false position in 8th. He talks very little about the game though does make valid points regarding the team the manager was able to put out,. I think he was banned for the Chelsea home game and seems to believe it was a fluke and suggests Pardew fluked the win against them. He’s part of the ‘why aren’t you playing players in their proper position’ brigade, which is nonessential to me.
He’s not happy and he doesn’t like Pardew. I might not agree with his opinions or his reasons but I could stand him more if there wasn’t the endless stream of negativity against the manager regardless of the result or performance.
Stuart Rayner The Journal – http://www.thejournal.co.uk/sport/football/match-reports/chelsea-3-newcastle-united-0-6689447
Rayner laments United’s injury list but believes senior players haven’t stepped up to the plate, particularly Anita (who I sadly don’t rate). As a result United shot themselves in the foot by not taking chances and gifting Chelsea a couple of goals. A fairy balanced detailed report and he’s not hopeful for Wednesday.
Dominic Fifield The Guardian
Fifield unsurprisingly concentrates on Chelsea’s ascent to the top of the League and Edin Hazard’s excellence. He believes United presented themselves well enough but hit the self-destruct button on more than one occasion and Chelsea really are a team on the rise.
Like many Guardian match reports, much of the article is taken up by post game manager quotes. Louise Taylor in disguise.
Chelsea reaction – We aint got no history – http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/2014/2/8/5392770/chelsea-newcastle-premier-league-match-report-hazard
They don’t really talk about United and delight in Hazard’s performance. They mention we created a few chances in the first half but report is was a very comfortable win, which it was.
NUFC verdict – I Wish I was a Geordie – http://www.newcastleunited.us/
The USA fan site for United again provided an excellent read. The site is well maintained, easy to read and very well written. Obviously I’m biased but while writing this piece I tend to have to trawl through 4 or 5 opposition team sites to get a match report of note, with updates only being provided for big games or months apart. The United blogs I’ve seen so far have been updated quickly, without compromising on the quality of writing.
The Chelsea game features on the front page of the site so you’re straight into it when clicking onto the site. Their analysis of the Chelsea game mirrors my own – it’s unfortunate to have a ‘what do you expect’ attitude and many fans say we cannot ‘compete’ but there was very little chance of getting anything from the Bridge, as there hasn’t been for much of my time following United (which includes the pre-Abramovich era).
I’m a big fan of positivity (even though you’d be hard pressed to find any at United) but at the end of the piece they have a ‘on the bright side’ section. They correctly say that the performance qualifies as an improvement on last Saturdays shambles, although that was hardly difficult.
This looks like a great blog and you can follow them on twitter at @NUFC_US
So United remain in 8th, let’s hope on Wednesday we play well and get a point or three against a beatable Spurs team.