NUFC 2 – 1 Spurs

The first Premier League game of the 2012/2013 saw Tottenham Hotspur make the journey up to St James Park (I refuse to call it by that other name, you know the official name) for a 5:30pm kick off. Yes we had to wait until 5:30pm on a Saturday tea time instead of the traditional and much-loved 3pm kick off. But never mind there was a massive buzz just on the metro on the way to Newcastle for the game, nearly everyone kitted out in the new shirt and feeling very optimistic for the new season starting. And why not eh? We had a cracking season last year and should look to maintain that level of performance and attitude this season too.

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Newcastle 2 – 2 Spurs

Another game at St James Park against a Spurs side who have had a pretty good start to the season as well. Also a team we always play well against at home, usually producing some very good matches, this one was no different really. The first half we saw some good play, but lack of shots on goal by either side looked like the score was going to be 0-0 at half time.

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Wolves 1 – 2 Newcastle

Our fantastic start to the season continued with a 2-1 win over Wolves. Although the scoreline makes it sound a lot closer than it actually was. Although at the end of the game Wolves did have the ball in the back of the net which would have made it 2-2. But before that we really did outclass them all over the pitch. They seemed to completely crumble after scoring our first goal. Which saw Demba Ba get his 4th goal in 2 games, with a good header from a Cabaye corner.

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Newcastle 3 – 1 Blackburn

It had felt like forever since we had a home league game, after a few away games. We don’t usually have the best of times at home against Blackburn. They have a very impressive record playing at St James Park, over the past few seasons. Coming out on top quite a few times, but things can only change and get better right? Yes that is very right!

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Transfer Window Closed!

The transfer window slammed shut last night at 11pm and we were left with no new number 9, or even a new striker for that matter. Was pretty quiet throughout the last day of the window, but surely into the last day any efforts were too little too late. We’ve had since the summer, actually know we’ve had since January to scout targets and get someone sorted out with the Andy Carroll money which has now well and truly disappeared.

I am not at all surprised that we have not brought in a new striker, but more left disappointed. Surely that had to be the main priority due to the lack of firepower our current forwards have. None of them looked premier league quality last season so it looks like we are in for another difficult season on the goalscoring front – although everyone was saying that at the start of last season and up popped Andy Carroll scoring goals for fun! Then after selling Carroll that question came again about where the goals would come from and we managed to score 4 against Arsenal!

So maybe it is to soon to write them all off, but I for one am not convinced by them at all. Lovenkrands by far the worst, just not good enough at all. When he is “playing” it is actually like having 10 men on the pitch. He doesn’t ever seem to be involved. Also selling our top scorer in midfielder Kevin Nolan takes away our goals from midfield, Joey Barton even bagged a few last season as well.

So a very quiet last day of the window with a little bit of speculation that we tried to steal the transfer of Bryan Ruiz who looked all but certain to be joining Fulham . . . and why would the club think he would pick us over Fulham when they are playing in Europe this season? Probably just so it looked like they were actually trying to bring someone in!

I would have taken a loan deal or two with a midfielder and a striker our squad is very thin. Especially when you see Sunderland taking Nicklas Bendtner on loan for the season. I would have easily taken him on loan! But again we didn’t even make any effort to bring him to the club.

I hope that they start working on it now to find some targets for January – hopefully it won’t be too late by then! We don’t want to have too much pressure put on the strikers we have at the moment when clearly they are not good enough – let’s hope I am wrong and can laugh at this blog post in the future!

Newcastle 2-1 Fulham

After a first half which offered very little from both teams, the game really did look like it was going to be a 0-0 draw as goals did not look likely. But after half time a fierce shot from Cabaye from outside the box could only be parred by Schwarzer for Leon Best to slot it home. It took the striker just under 20 minutes to double his and teams tally, with a good turn and shot to make it 2-0. At that point it looked like we would easily see out the rest of the game with a second consecutive league win. However the final 10 minutes seemed a little bit tense, with the ref seeming to want Fulham to get a goal. Tim Krul continued his fantastic form producing some very good saves to stop Fulham from finding the back of the net. In the 88th minute a well worked free kick and header from Clint Dempsey saw the consolation goal for Fulham, although the 5 minutes of injury time were rather tense!

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Joey Barton Saga

The long running saga of Joey Barton’s future has eventually ended today after he signed a 4 year contract with QPR. Being in the last year of his contract, after rejecting one the club offered him a few months before the summer. Talk was that Joey would be available but no clubs seemed very interested. His set up of a Twitter account seemed to be the beginning of the end, it was only a matter of time before he overstepped the line. That happened after the pre-season friendly game against Leeds. When Joey pretty much said that the squad was not good enough to play in the Premier League as he does not want to spend another season in the Championship. Hopefully that will be ironic signing for QPR today!

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