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Newcastle United Hits New Low In 2-1 Carling Cup Loss To Tottenham

newcastle spurs carling cup Newcastle United Hits New Low In 2 1 Carling Cup Loss To Tottenham

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Newcastle United, it just did. In the battle of the two bottom teams of the Premier League, Newcastle lost 2-1 at home tonight to fellow underachievers Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup in front of their lowest attendance in years.

The performance by Newcastle was utterly pathetic, lacking any passion, character, pace and commitment. Newcastle looks like a team with nothing to play for and without the leadership of a permanent manager, which is exactly the situation they find themselves in.

At St James’s Park tonight, there were massive pockets of empty seats visible as United fans decided to stay at home instead of supporting their club. In 1992, 14,000 saw a first-round League Cup game against Mansfield. Tonight the attendance was 19,743. This at a club where their average attendance in the Premier League last season was 51,122. The lowest attendance since St. James’s Park was redeveloped, before tonight, was 33,000.

The attendance was so small that oftentimes you could hear the players shouting instructions to each other from the field.

Tottenham, for most of the first half, looked equally as apathetic until Roman Pavlyuchenko scored his first goal for Spurs with a header, and Jamie O’Hara soon followed up with a second for Tottenham. Michael Owen picked up his fourth goal of the season near the end of the match.

If it wasn’t for Owen, Newcastle would be in even deeper trouble in 2008.

Newcastle To Announce New Manager

Things will seemingly get even worse for the club who, according to newspaper reports, seem likely to appoint Terry Venables as Newcastle manager either on a permanent or temporary basis.

Venables hasn’t managed in more than four years since he was sacked by Leeds United in March, 2003. At Leeds, his managerial skills were pathetic. The last person Newcastle needs now is another Londoner trying to sort the club out. Newcastle fans and players are sick of Dennis Wise and Mike Ashley, and Terry Venables will be no different.

The only thing Venables will be able to do is to schmooze the British media.

Newcastle, if they do decide to hire Venables, will drive the value of the club down even more than now.

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6 Responses to Newcastle United Hits New Low In 2-1 Carling Cup Loss To Tottenham

  1. SSReporters says:

    Unless Newcastle strike it rich in the other transfer window or Venables is a competent manager then I think Newcastle are going to be relegated. That's right…

    Tottenham started slow last year and rebounded, but Newcastle are just in shambles…..they cannot stay up IMO.

  2. Weston says:

    How predictable, I knew that no matter how the game ended up, be it a defensive struggle ending in a 1-0 win or a 5-4 shootout, the game would result in thousands of media articles saying “(insert losing team) crisis at new low after terrible loss”

    The barcodes actually had more chances than Spurs – one shot was cleared off the goal line by Woody – and had more posession, so its not like either team played terribly, Spurs just had better finishing. I just hope that actually winning a game on domestic play can get big MO on Spurs' side.

  3. The Gaffer says:


    Did you watch the entire 90 minutes? It was one of the most boring matches I've watched in months, especially the first half. If Spurs had been playing anyone other than Newcastle, Tottenham would have lost.

    The Gaffer

  4. DoublePivot says:

    That game was abysmal. Neither team are going to stay in the Prem at this rate. I saw one or two things that game me hope as a Spurs supporter, but even they were might be a stretch.

    Gomes is looking quality.
    Woodgate is class.
    Giovanni turned the game when he came on.
    Lennon and O'Hara give it their all.

    Zokora is still shocking. Assou-Ekotto can't be bothered. Pavalychenko is very slow. And Bale has lost his pace.

  5. Weston says:

    No, actually I did miss most of the first half, ahha. Hopefully Pompey's defensive trouble continue through sunday and Spurs start to roll on.

  6. terry venables rejected their offer, so how about some one who can do alot with very little like dick advocaat from zenit st petersburg?

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