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Newcastle out of sorts


First and Last: Wear-Tyne derby

Sunderland vs. Newcastle

No more tuxedos for Toon

The Toe Poke
John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

The Premier League relegation battle is intensifying already

Swansea's Garry Monk, left, and Eddie How of Bournemouth, right, are both facing relegation battles.

With 13 matches having been played, over a third of the Premier League season has now gone and, as a hectic December approaches, the relegation battle is taking shape.

Aston Villa's encounter with Watford on Saturday looks like the first of a series of "six-pointers" that also includes Villa's trip to Newcastle on Dec. 19 for a meeting of two traditionally big clubs, who are currently in dire trouble.

If Chelsea, currently 15th, are to be removed from the picture on the grounds of the sheer unlikelihood...

 By Lee Ryder

Newcastle out of sorts in dismal defeat to Leicester City

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren declares his side's 3-0 defeat against Leicester City as their worst performance.
Jamie Vardy equals Ruud van Nistelrooy's goal record in Leicester's 3-0 win over Newcastle.

Steve McClaren branded it the worst performance of the season since taking over at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle head coach was helpless to stop a seventh Premier League defeat of the season for the struggling Magpies, a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Nobody can argue that there had been signs of improvement in the last four matches under McClaren. However, that all went flying out of the window as Newcastle failed to cope with a Leicester City side that put in a fine display on Tyneside.


 By Lee Ryder

Improved Newcastle must continue momentum against Leicester

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says David Moyes, who was recently sacked by Real Sociedad, may be a valuable addition to Newcastle

Newcastle United were beaten out of sight the last time they faced Leicester City, as the game was done and dusted with just 17 minutes on the clock when the two faced off last spring.

United were so poor that you could just tell which way it was going to go seconds after the kickoff as they lost the ball and it resulted in a first minute opener for Leicester. At that stage, Newcastle may as well have packed up and gone home as they failed to match the intensity of a Leicester side who staved...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League atmosphere on the wane with ticket prices a concern

Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about this season.

As part of ESPN FC's look into changing crowd behaviour in the Premier League, we asked our match-going bloggers about their home ground's atmosphere. Is it on the wane? How could things improve?

Click here for a full breakdown on all 20 clubs and whether they believe their club needs to raise its game.

David Mooney, Manchester City

The atmosphere at the Etihad can be terrible -- it's nothing like it was at Maine Road.

What needs to be done is anyone's guess -- grouping vocal fans together and...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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Here are the results of our informal poll ...

(Figures regarding cost...

 By Lee Ryder

Rob Elliot the Newcastle hero as McClaren's men finally win away

Rob Elliot was in inspired form as Newcastle won away at Bournemouth.

Newcastle United were lucky at Bournemouth in their 1-0 win in Saturday's early kickoff and nobody can argue against that.

Sometimes, though, you make your own luck and, after goalkeeper Rob Elliot put on a first-class display, it would be harsh to deny him his moment of glory. After all, he climbed off the treatment table this week after a thigh injury and again played through the pain barrier.

He was in inspired form as he made five key saves to make sure that Bournemouth left the field wondering...