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Premier League

St James' Park

2nd April 2011

Attendance: 49,939

Referee: Mike Dean

Nolan 22, Ameobi 45, Lovenkrands 50,Gutierrez 90 Ebanks-Blake 58
Steve Harper     Wayne Hennessey    
Danny Simpson     Kevin Foley    
Fabricio Coloccini     Richard Stearman    
Mike Williamson     Christophe Berra    
Shane Ferguson     59 George Elokobi     81
Joey Barton     89 Adam Hammill     53
Danny Guthrie     Karl Henry    
Kevin Nolan     Jamie O'Hara    
Jonas Gutierrez     Nenad Milijas     30
Shola Ameobi     Matthew Jarvis    
Peter Lovenkrands     68 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake    
Tim Krul     Marcus Hahnemann    
Sol Campbell     Jody Craddock    
James Perch
  59 Michael Kightly     53
Steven Taylor     89 Steven Fletcher     30
Nile Ranger
  68 Stephen Ward     81
James Tavernier     David Jones    
Shefki Kuqi     Michael Mancienne    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Date:Saturday April 2 2011
Time: 5:07PM


Now then. I have been saying the Doyle play will not work without Doyle. Should that not have been clear? It was not. Now I will say it still will not be clear.
02/04/2011 18:03:00
Play Fletch and Blake up front and hope for the best!
02/04/2011 20:41:00
Clear clear. I mean hear here. It's unclear. Glad Mick gave it a couple of minutes before hitting the panic button. You could have started with Messi up front today and it would not have meant zip. Comical across the field. The defending for the first goal was a complete joke- we had actually started the better team so instead of trying to get a foot on the ball and calm it down he has contadicted his faith in our ability to play the same formation thanks to the loss of one player and gone 4-4-2 which resulted in the inevitable disaster we witnessed. Aside from a ten minute purple patch after the goal they were the better side throughout and the final whistle actually came as a relief. O'Hara was screaming out for the ball from start to finish and some of his passing was tremendous, a touch too clever for some of our players today I am afraid, but Henry was too wrapped up in the occasion to get a job done, we lost the middle completely and as a result Jarvis and Hammill saw less of the ball than they get to see using what apparently is our negative 4-5-1 formation. We kicked off in 17th and would have maintained position avoiding defeat. When we throw your arms up in the air and toss your tactics on the floor after 25 minutes the white flag is waving. So, next week it is then.
New York City Wolf
02/04/2011 21:52:00
I hear. Perhaps it is I who have not been clear, or my Engish that fails me; the keys on the board have, I now notice, I meant Doyle plan, not play. I did not mean, was that not clear, judging from the match; but, was it not clear to see before the match? It was not, for SEB was expected to replicate the role.It worked, when it did, with Doyle. But we will still be seeing some one in the Doyle role. Clear? 'Blake and Fletch from the start and hope for the best' - AND be near certain of better than this misdirection.
03/04/2011 00:17:00
Nice to see a real debate brewing. I can see merits in both points of view. On the one hand, the outcome suggests that we need Doyle to operate the 4-5-1 system effectively. His absence, therefore, should make us rethink our formation, one based on the strengths of the players we do have at our disposal. Hence, a 4-4-2 system with SEB and Fletcher upfront. However, is this assumption correct? After all, one could argue that 4-5-1 failed us not because of the absence of Doyle, but rather because of the fragility of our defence in spite of the extra man. Even so, we looked more likely to score with SEB and Fletcher upfront. Conversely, we gave away three goals operating this system. In fact, the match turned on a couple of incidents: the foul on Hammill and Fletcher's miss. Had we scored on either of those occasions, we might have achieved a result. We would have won with a half-decent defence too: the lapses were shocking. And where was our much vaunted work ethic and commitment? As the results elsewhere went against us, we have to win the next two home matches: I shall be watching for any sign of a slide back into bad habits.
03/04/2011 08:00:00
True, SB60, the defence was poor, but that affects the outcome of whichever of the systems is adopted. 'A bad day at the office' (MM) is perhaps the best account that can be offered of the game; these things happen, we had an off day, it is a game after all. And all that is true enough. Thing is, when things happen for the better, and we have an on day, then it no longer a game, then it is the the result of good tactics, of endeavour,and of the prowess of someone or other.
03/04/2011 11:44:00
Had we played as well as we have been playing recently, we would have won yesterday, whatever the system adopted and in spite of the absence of Doyle. What really depressed me was the re-emergence of the Mr. Hyde team, the one that sleepwalks through games, losing concentration and making elementary errors. The defensive lapses were appalling but upfront Fletcher missed an absolute sitter. Instead of electing to go for the near post, he should have aimed at the yawning chasm to the left of Harper. On the other hand, the 4-4-2 system did throw up the chance and several other ones for SEB. On another day he would scored a hat-trick. I'll accept the loss as long as MM and the team recognise it as a kick up the backside. It seemed to me that they felt that they only had to show up to win, the same attitude that lost us the six pointers earlier in the season. There was no spark or sense of commitment. From the whistle I could see that we were going to struggle and we did!
03/04/2011 14:13:00
I had this down as a loss on my 'games left' also have us down to lose to S'land away. Next two games are crucial,Everton and Fulham,I've got those down as home wins. Villa,Stoke,B'ham away I'd had for draws,so we can lose those next two as wev'e beaten Villa!but we all know it does'nt work like that!. I think whichever way you look at it,we are in trouble,at the end of the day if we win all our remaining 7 games and all the other teams do the same,we are down!. I am sticking to my prediction of 44 points total and surely that will be enough?but I'd rather be in Newcastle's position with points on the board!. We are now getting down to the 'nitty gritty',games are running out,no time to recover if you make a mistake. I hope it does'nt go down to the last home game,WBA beat Liverpool so the annoying thing is even if we beat them they can afford it! UTW.
Crete Wolf
03/04/2011 17:48:00
If we had to lose against Newcastle, it's a pity we had to do so by three goals. We may have ended up above WHU. Good result at Fulham for us today though. Pity that Arsenal squandered so many chances against Blackburn yesterday. I am hoping that we can finish above Blackburn, Blackpool, WHU and Wigan, though I would settle for any three out of the four (WHU will probably escape). Clearly, the six pointers against WBA, Birmingham and Blackburn are going to be crucial. ,
03/04/2011 17:56:00
Our defense was very VERY shaky. LB is a major problem for me. Elokobi gets run around.. He is simply not good enough . If we stay up we need a solid LB. I think craddock, mouyokolo and mancienne shud get a look in, in the defense, but is it to late for people to start forming new partnerships?
03/04/2011 20:00:00
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