Date:Friday February 24 2006
When things go wrong at St James' Park, Toon fans love nothing more than to have a scapegoat. Not just recently, but as far back as I can remember. Back in 1970s Frank Clark was the target of the boo-boys on the Leazes, and when he was hounded out he went on to win two titles and a European Cup with Nottingham Forest.
This season, no player has been put under the spotlight more than Jean-Alain Boumsong. But if there was one positive to come from bore-draw with Charlton on Wednesday, it was a third clean sheet in four games since Glenn Roeder succeeded Souness. The team's defence, which has been fiercely criticised in the past, held firm.
Roeder: 'When Titus went off, Jean-Alain seemed to take on all the responsibility; it was almost if he said to himself,
'I am the man now'. He started winning all the headers and challenges, and he did a lot better. What we need from him is a massive performance against Everton.
'It has been very tough for him because of the amount of criticism he has had this season. I can only assume that he has seen and heard about all that.
'It has put him under great pressure and when he has made mistakes, it has obviously affected his confidence. But he's a good trainer and a good listener. He is a big strong man and has taken it all on the chin.'
Reports Claim Mitrovic Fee Agreed (Tuesday May 5 2015)
McClaren Rejection (Tuesday May 5 2015)
Newcastle Statement On Carver (Monday May 4 2015)
Williamson Responds To Carver Claims (Monday May 4 2015)
Carver's Astonishing Leicester Claims (Monday May 4 2015)
Audio - Quinn Calls For Carver To Step Down (Sunday May 3 2015)
Audio - Carver On Deliberate Sending Off (Saturday May 2 2015)
Stats: Leicester City v Newcastle (Saturday May 2 2015)
Leicester v Newcastle - Team Line-Ups (Saturday May 2 2015)
The Newcastle United Injury List (Friday May 1 2015)
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|14. Aston Villa||35||9||8||18||-21||35|
|16. Leicester City||35||9||7||19||-15||34|
|17. Hull City||35||8||10||17||-15||34|
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|Match Analysis: Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
» Swansea : 05/05/2015 21:31:00
|Reports Claim Mitrovic Fee Agreed
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» Newcastle : 05/05/2015 18:52:01
|Copa America Call For Fernandinho
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