Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United – Digesting a dire showing

Kevin Nolan celebrates after scoring against his old club

Nolan – Came back to haunt NUFC with a classic poachers effort before the break

There are a lot of Newcastle United fans overreacting right now, following a disappointing defeat to West Ham United. However, to say that Newcastle United performed quite miserably today would be a slight understatement. Up against old boys Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, it was almost written in the script that one of them would net against us, but to grab the three points is another matter.
In quite a sluggish first half, neither side showed much ambition to be fair. Newcastle tried to release Ben Arfa on countless occasions and despite all his classy dribbling, and checking in and out, no one looked for the ball. Moves … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United vs. West Brom – How will we line-up?

Paul Scharner scores against Newcastle United

Scharner – Scored in the final minutes to grab three points at SJP last year

Newcastle United will tomorrow take on a West Brom side looking to add to their already impressive points tally of 14, following a summer of changes at the Hawthorns. In their last outing at St.James’ Park; Roy Hodgson led his side to a 2-3 win, despite the best efforts of Demba Ba who scored a brace that night. Hodgson as we know, is now England manager and Steve Clarke, formerly of Chelsea, has taken the reins at the Midlands club. Clarke’s arrival has had a very positive impact and Brom have made a brilliant start to their Premier League campaign … Continue Reading …

Demba Ba debacle blown out of proportion – he’s happy at NUFC

Demba Ba celebrates after scoring his second goal against Everton

Ba – Showed absolute steel coming off the bench to rescue point for ailing Mags

There’s usually no better feeling in football than scoring in the dying seconds to achieve a result that looked virtually impossible. When Victor Anichebe powered home Everton’s second goal, it looked as if they were on course to take a deserved three points on an emotional night at Goodison. Unfortunately for Moyes’ men, they hadn’t read the script. The other substitute of the night, Demba Ba, wasn’t finished just and thanks to a chest-on from Shola Ameobi – the Senegalese man prodded home a priceless equaliser to make it 2-2. Pulsating stuff. … Continue Reading …

Is keeping Ba happy hindering Cissé’s performances?

Papiss Cissé celebrates after scoring for Newcastle United against Norwich

Cissé – All eyes on Papiss after a phenomenal first half season in the EPL

No one could quite believe their eyes from January onwards last season as Newcastle United’s latest addition – Papiss Cissé – began scoring the most ridiculous of goals the Premier League is likely to see for some time. He notched up double figures in Black and White despite only arriving at the end of the season and almost all his goals oozed utter class. A born finisher. A natural goalscorer. There’s isn’t much Papiss doesn’t have in his locker – he just really is a ridiculously good forward. But we knew this when he played with Freiburg … Continue Reading …