Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle | Match Report (Mike Ashley Rant)
Sometimes you need to spend some to gain some. And that's exactly the logical and obvious thing that Mike Ashley needs to do. For this team just isn't ready, the starting 11 was almost the same as the championship side that we had last year. And if Mike Ashley doesn't cough up some serious money before the window shuts, he's going to be missing out on a considerable amount more come May. Realistically, we need some premier league PROVEN players in by the end of the window or at the very latest January. Not kids who have played about 10 games, instead first team starters for established premiership sides, That's obvious to see if you watched the game. Throughout the game we switched between being really bad or really boring by passing around the back. Sometimes we were passing the ball literally to the feet of the opposition; Mikel Merino and Javier Manquillo being the main culprits of that- more importantly we didn't look like like we had a clue how to play good football, completely lacking in ideas from the first whistle, and you can link all of this to the owner, Mike Ashley who has failed miserably to fund his investment in a way that satisfies Rafa and the fans. Pretending that he can't cough up about £20million even though he's going to get that back AND MORE guaranteed anyway, and added the fact that he can spend £200million on some building in Chelsea. If he can't afford to fund, by himself at least ONE premier league proven player, then he needs to sell up.
Maybe if you spent less money on pies and drink, you'd have enough to keep Newcastle in the premiership
moving onto the game, it was a 95-minute match but there was only about 10 minutes in total that had any sort of significance, the earliest of which was in the 4th minute where Mikel Merino passed the ball directly to Aaron Mooy who took a pot shot to the right side of goal that was easily caught by Rob Elliot. After 12 further minutes of struggling to get into Huddersfield's final third, we eventually had a good attempt, Ayoze Perez tapped the ball to Matt Ritchie who took a right-footed shot that would've gone into the bottom right corner if not for a brilliant save by Jonas Lössl.
Unfortunately for us, that was all we really had to offer in the first half apart from some missed chances and blocked shots, Huddersfield looked more and more like they were going to score with Dutch winger Van La Parra dominating the left-hand side for the entire half, helping to get in cross after cross after cross, but because it was Huddersfield Town, none of them went in.
Our fate was sealed 2 minutes into the second half after Aaron Mooy played a one-two with Elias Kachunga which left Manquillo all over the place before firing the ball into the right side of the net. 1-0.
On the 52nd minute Rafa finally realized that a change was needed, on came new signing Joselu for an ineffective Dwight Gayle. 14 minutes later, the ex-Stoke City man almost got himself sent off after a bad challenge on goalkeeper Lössl which was remarkably similar to Sam Baldock's foul that led to his dismissal when we played Brighton last August.
Newcastle really should've equalized on the 68th minute after a corner where the ball fell to Ayoze Perez a few yards from goal, but he hit it over the bar; Unfortunately, you now expect nothing less from the once-great Spaniard.
With 15 minutes to go Newcastle brought on Mo Diame for Isaac Hayden for some reason before Jacob Murphy made his Newcastle United debut coming on for Ayoze Perez. The ex-Norwich city man almost got a goal, pulling away from his marker in the box before hitting a deflected shot out for a corner. Obviously the corner didn't go to plan and it remained 1-0 to Huddersfield for the rest of the game
Newcastle should've arguably got a penalty for handball and Huddersfield could've got 2 red cards for a stamp on Isaac Hayden and a bad two-footed tackle, but the truth is Newcastle just don't look good enough for this level, the lineup is a championship lineup, the team isn't premiership quality.
Our next fixture is on Wednesday in the Carabao cup against Nottingham Forrest at 7:45PM (English time) at SJP, if we get shown up by them or play the same as we did here, then there will certainly be panic within Newcastle United supporters.