The new decade didn't start off well, with wor thord defeat in 7 days, in wor worst performance of the season---so far!
The catastrophic 0-3 result, meenz we have fallen from 9th place and 10 points clear of the drop zone on Xmas Day, to 13th place and just 5 points above the drop zone on New Years Day!
|THE TOON ATTACK THE LEAZES END! (1st half)|
Add to that the fact that we sustained FOUR injuries durin the game, meant that we played most of the 2nd half with 10 men, az (of course), anly 3 subs are allowed in any game!
(Both Willems (groin) and Manquillo (hamstring) were crocked before half time and Shelvey failed to retorn in the 2nd half (hamstring again)---then Schar got a hamstring injury az well at the start of the 2nd half and had to come off, leavin us with a man short and aalmost certain defeat!)
Lejeune, in particular had a shocking game az he woz responsible for 2 horrendous passes to Lestaa players within 3 minutes of each other, which resulted in 2 goals for wor visitors in the forst half----one scored by ex Magpie Perez, who celebrated in front of The Gallowgate End!
Perez had intercepted Lejeune's suicidal pass across the box for the forst goal---and did virtually the same for the 2nd goal, this time passin to an unmarked Maddison who made nee misstayk in the 39th minute!
Reeely--it woz over at this stage az wor powder puff attack? didn't get anywhere near a goal in this period, with '40 million poond man' Joelinton, messin' up a chance at The Leazes End in the 24th minute, when he failed to control an easy baall! (aalthough wor manager, 'Broken Nose Bruce', in hiz post match comments, seemed to 'fink' that we did? have 'good' goalscorin' chances!)
|NUFC ATTACK THE GALLOWGATE GOAL (2nd half)|
Aaltogether we have ELEVEN senior players on the treatment table and a 'scratch side' will surely be sent oot in wor 3rd roond FA Cup tie at Rochdale on Saturday! *(Yet anothaa 'cup shock' waitin to happen!)
By the end of the game and 0-3 doon by this stage the 'alledged' 52,000 plus crowd (inc the 10,000 'freebeez'), woz doon to less than 15,000 az the game finished, including the 2,500 Lestaa fans, who (of course) stayed til the bitter end! to cheer their team on!
It doesn't get much worse than this (honestly!) and if new 'bodies' arnt fothcomin' in the January transfor window, then a lang hard winter of fan discontent, will surely ensue!
"HAPPY NEW YEAR!" ("NOT!")
Toon team: Dubravka, (Manquillo (Krafth 45), Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Willems (Yedlin 45), Hayden, Shelvey (S.Longstaff 46), Almiron, Joelinton, Muto
Attendance: 52,178 (2,500 Basil Brush Foxes)
The game woz a selloot thanx to the 10,000 free half season tickets again, BUT there were quite a few empty seats az the game kicked off----and thoosands by the end! (see pix below)
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY!
(The photos below were take 3 mins before full time)
|THE LEAZES END!|
|THE GALLOWGATE END!|
|THE EAST STAND!|
|ROW 2 OF THE MILBURN STAND BALCONY!|
The decision by wor owner 'The Fat Controller' to give 10,000 tickets away for every game til the end of the season to fill the empty seats, to give the impression that everything iz rosy in the NUFC garden, badly backfired yesterday! (He wasn't there eethaa, of course to see the fans reaction to this trueleee shockin' show!)