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09.12.2017… Leicester (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Leicester City 3

St. James’ Park… Saturday December 9th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 52,117

Ticket: £41Programme: £3

Our 125th anniversary. A great occasion, a predictable defeat…

More words to follow…

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Newcastle Central Station…

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Newcastle United Will Never Be Defeated…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune (YC), Clark, Manquillo, Murphy (Pérez 71), Merino, Hayden (YC), Ritchie (Atsu 64), Gayle, Joselu (Mitrovic 88)

Not Used; Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé

Goals; Joselu (4), Gayle (73)

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (YC) (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90)

Not Used; Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic

Goals; Mahrez (20), Gray (60), Pérez (86 og)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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25.11.2017… Watford (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

St. James’ Park… Saturday November 25th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,188

Ticket: £41Programme: £3

The day that the wheels well and truly fell off, and a game that felt worryingly reminiscent of a number of our home offerings in 15/16…

We’re beginning to learn the hard way what Rafa was telling the idiots upstairs all summer (as he said at his press conference the following Monday, ‘ We are where we are, because of what we did’). Organisation and effort will only get you so far, you need quality to win consistently. Watford had it, and we didn’t…

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Friday; 17:22… Birmingham New Street…

Of most concern though was that, without Jamaal Lascelles in the team, we struggled from an effort perspective too. Too many players looked as if they weren’t really interested…

Positives? Jacob Murphy appears to be growing in confidence; and at least Daryl Janmaat spent the afternoon freezing his arse off on the bench…

I get the feeling that it’s going to be a very long winter…

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Saturday; 15:04… St. James’ Park…

Newcastle United; Elliott, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Diame (Merino 69), Shelvey (YC), Ritchie, Murphy (Perez 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 69), Gayle

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Aarons

Goals; None

Watford; Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos (Prodl 52 (YC)), Femenia, Hughes (Carrillo 84), Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar (YC), Richarlison (Pereyra 79), Gray

Not Used; Karnezis, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue

Goals; Hughes (19), Yedlin (og 45+1), Gray (62)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

04.11.2017… Bournemouth (h)…

Newcastle United 0 AFC Bournemouth 1

St. James’ Park… Saturday November 4th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,237

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Not a great afternoon. Things may have been different if we hadn’t had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside in the first half; a half that we had much the better of…

As the game progressed, and the injuries (Lascelles and Atsu) mounted, Bournemouth gradually took control. Although conceding in injury time never gets any easier, the one positive to be taken from the goal being so late was that the vast majority of the moaners had left early, and missed the opportunity for another whinge…

Anyway, this was the first of our winnable home matches that we haven’t won. It highlighted a few issues that we were already aware of, but it’s hardly a reason to go into meltdown…

International break, then Manchester United away (well, Birmingham v Forest for me). An easy three points to get us back on track… Ditto Blues…

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Pre-Match: Warming Up…

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First Half: A Newcastle Corner…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lejeune (YC), Lascelles (Clark 55), Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey (YC), Atsu (Murphy 83), Gayle, Joselu (Perez 68)

Not Used; Darlow, Diame, Gamez, Mitrovic

Goals; None

AFC Bournemouth; Begovic, Francis (YC), S.Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe (Defoe 77), Arter, Surman (YC), Pugh, King, Wilson (A.Smith 77)

Not Used; Boruc, Gosling, L.Cook, Fraser, Mousset

Goals; S.Cook (90+2)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

22.10.2017… Palace (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday October 21st… 3pm

Attendance: 52,251

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Not the greatest of games by any stretch of the imagination, in fact we didn’t manage to register the first shot on target until the 71st minute…

But it was a satisfying win nonethless. We kept going, made sure that we didn’t concede, knowing that at some point we would get a chance. It came in the 86th minute, off the back of Mikel Merino’s head from a Matt Ritchie corner. Three points, a clean sheet, and up to sixth place…

We look solid and well organised, and always likely to nick one from a set piece; hardly a surprise with Rafa in charge. With a new owner though, and money to spend in the right areas, you really feel that we could start to move through the gears…

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First Half Action: Newcastle on the Attack…

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Second Half Action: Newcastle Take The Lead…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (YC), Lejeune (YC), Manquillo (YC), Hayden (Merino 56), Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez (Diame 66), Atsu, Joselu (YC) (Mitrovic 78)

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Murphy

Goals; Merino (86)

Crystal Palace; Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt (YC), McArthur (Sako 88), Cabaye (YC), Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha (Loftus-Cheek 77)

Not Used; Fosu-Mensah, Hennessey, Puncheon, Riedewald, Tomkins

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

01.10.2017… Liverpool (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 1

St. James’ Park… Sunday October 1st… 4.30pm

Attendance: 52,303

Ticket: £48 – Programme: £3

An excellent team performance, and a fully deserved point…

A team that may be lacking in the expensive signings of its predecessors, but unlike those sides, one that is far greater than the sum of its parts……

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Pre-Match: Inside St. James’…

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Second Half Action…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Shelvey, Merino (Hayden 74), Ritchie, Perez (YC) (Diame 90), Atsu, Joselu (Gayle 79)

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Lejeune, Murphy

Goals; Joselu (36)

Liverpool; Mignolet, Gomez (YC), Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 84), Sturridge (Firmino 74), Mane (Solanke 74)

Not Used; Klavan, Can, Karius, Milner

Goals; Coutinho (29)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…