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McLeish - Defeat Was A Kick In The Teeth

Alex McLeish has described today's loss to Newcastle as a kick in the teeth...there seems to be a few of those today with unhappy players, fans, and a manager.

Speaking to the Official Site following a game that had players telling him to 'eff off' and even journalists taking the urine about him ingratiating himself with the fans by taking off N'Zogbia and replacing him with Ivanhoe, today had it all didn't it...including yet another blinking loss.

McLeish however was, as is now standard, pleased with the performance and believes it was a kick in the teeth that we didn't at least take a point from the encounter, especially again as we have a 'ref blaming moment' where he believes Heskey didn't foul in the lead up to their winner.

It's a kick in the teeth, I thought we were worth a point, if not all 3. We made a number of chances, in the first half we were especially good, we kind of controlled the game and to go behind was pretty awful to bear. The goals themselves were disappointing, but for us to create so many chances? Tim Krul was in fantastic form.'

In the second half so not much, and he does kind of indicate tha to his credit and he does point to the plethora of chances that Benty especially had that we didn't convert.

'I thought the performance from our guys was very, very good at times. We still have a tendency to make errors but it's definitely a good performance from the players.'

It's just another one of those weekends isn't it.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 5 2012

Time: 7:41PM

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Having him as a manager is a kick in the teeth.
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05/02/2012 19:47:00

i think his comments are spot on.
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05/02/2012 19:47:00

I agree with him, we deserved a point and we played well. We should however, have kept N'zogbia on.
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05/02/2012 19:49:00

we played well at times, but we have said that before, it is points that count and again, we come home without any. Sadly it appears his changes made the difference in a negative way today.
the fear
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05/02/2012 20:08:00

Interesting opinions about the changes...IMO...Ireland off/Bannan on was a poor substitution BUT if it was brought about by injury then fair enough.....I actually agree 100% with Zoggy off/Heskey that stage it was the only time Newcastle were bossing the game..Charlie was running into players/blind alleys..the ball was not sticking up front..I thought Heskey had a very POSITIVE influence on getting us back in control but I understand that with some fans what ever he does he will always be the fall guy..I don't think Heskey should start but I do think he is still a useful alternative from the bench..the third change..Clark off/Gardner on..agree 100% but ten minutes earlier...GG will be a 15 goal a season midfielder IMO..but it is all about opinions and we all think we are right
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05/02/2012 20:20:00

Whatever happened it was lovely to see Bannan and Gardner combine at the end and almost score. Crackin cross from Bannan, his passing was good. If only we had a manager who could fully utilise the talent we have...........
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05/02/2012 20:37:00

I agree krfeskivilla Gardener was a very good sub and I would of liked to see him on the pitch earlier. I think it's getting close to the point where he should be given a half to show us what he can do.
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05/02/2012 20:38:00

Fully agree with P.Avfc. However, we were good enough for a point today at least. We are defending too deep though.
Pride of Lions
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06/02/2012 00:19:00

Bannan annoyed the hell out of me today. He kept trying to find that pass to put Bent through from 40 yards! Play it simple FFS. Maybe try to keep possession a little bit before it comes right back at us. Yes, the cross at the end was good, but that move was made by Gardner. I'm pretty sure if he'd given Gardner the half we'd have taken at least a point and if we hadn't, who would blame him for introducing the player most of us want to see?
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06/02/2012 00:35:00

GG is so close to his first goal. Nearly scored with his first touch against Wolves, again today. You can see how desperate to score he is. Once the first goes in the pressure will ease and he wil become a regular goal scorer. We have so many talented young Players.
Adam Deuce
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06/02/2012 01:28:00

Don't you just love performing so "well" and losiong week after week? I wouldn't mind so much if we were playing decent football and wee could see a plan coming together but we are simply not. I also accept the argument that a big part of the problem is the players and their egos, not doing as they are told etc but it's up to the manager to manage those players and if he can't he either needs to have the balls to drop them and play the kids or just get rid, if not then he's not a good enbough manager regardless of what he's trying to do on the pitch. As for bringing Heskey on........can anyone really defend that in this day and age? OK, had he come on as a striker for someone that was injured I could understand it but replpacing a fit winger with him....even if he was ionjujred, we have better options for the wing. Madness!
villan of the north
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06/02/2012 05:13:00

He tried to defend the draw with thirty minutes to go. Heskey constantly looses possession, is clumsy in the tackle and is slow. He is very good in the air however as long as you don't want it to go anywhere in particular. Stephen Ireland isn't a defender so having a hissy fit when he doesn't properly cut out a cross is just nuts. If we could play with capable fullbacks then Petrov and Clarke would be more than enough of a shield for the defence to not ask flair/attacking players to do so much at the back in the first place. Eckscuse can take the whole back four with him when he f***s off. (except you Cuellar as your our best defender, chin up, surely he won't be manager much longer?)
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06/02/2012 06:51:00

Played o.k yesterday, on another day we could have been 2 or 3 up by half time. The Dunne/Warncok combo cost us again...I wish they'd ***** off
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06/02/2012 08:38:00

Definition of kick in the teeth: Getting lumbered with a relegation-experienced manager from your closest & most bitter rivals who week after week gets poor results because of setting the team up in a defensive manner, and turns fans & players alike away.
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06/02/2012 13:06:00

McClueless is more of a kick in the balls than the teeth, Heskey is useless and absoloutly changed the game in newcastles favour although he is a better option for the hoofball tatic than Bent but I think instead of Heskey being a good option for hoofball the better option would be NOT TO PLAY HOOFBALL, it was gardner that got us back in control not Emule but it was far too late, I seriously can't believe some fans seem to be happy with what McClueless is doing to our club its madness...
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06/02/2012 18:55:00


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