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September 29, 2010
Posted by Marc Duffy on 09/29/2010

If I was a betting man I would steer well clear of ever having a Newcastle United game on my coupon. A home defeat to Blackpool was followed up with superb away wins at Everton and Chelsea which in turn were followed up by another very poor home defeat.

I think most of us who watched the Blackpool game realised that 4-5-1 at home to bottom half sides does not work. 4-5-1 is perfect for those difficult away games in which you need to soak up some pressure but it is too negative when the solution is to take the game to a side. Unfortunately it would seem that Chris Hughton regards it as the formation for any fixture.

I have heard claims that we are actually playing 4-4-2 with Nolan as the second striker but that is not the case at all. Nolan is no more than an advanced midfielder - a strange role for him given his obvious lack of mobility. If Hughton uses the Carling Cup as a tool to motivate fringe players suggesting first team selection then this won’t last long - I never thought I would type these words but surely Shola should have been involved after his Chelsea exploits? Jonas, who was very positive when he finally got on, also had a good case for selection.

September 23, 2010
Posted by Marc Duffy on 09/23/2010

I honestly don't know where to start! That was amazing. What kind of football team can lose at home to Blackpool and then go away to Goodison and win, then rock up to Stamford Bridge and score FOUR! The wonderful world of Newcastle United Football Club.

I got into the ground just in time for kick off after the inevitable pre match beers and looking down at the line up's I thought we would do very well to walk away with a respectable defeat. They fielded several 'first teamers' whilst for us only Colo started in Saturday's excellent win at Everton.

September 17, 2010
Posted by Marc Duffy on 09/17/2010

"I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid"

September 14, 2010
Posted by Marc Duffy on 09/14/2010

Saturday was painful. I don't think any fan predicted a defeat at home to Blackpool, and judging by the way the players performed I think that they also assumed that three points were on their way. The similarities to some of the performances in the 08/09 relegation were frightening - the home defeat to Hull stands out more than any.

As we all know, Blackpool came up with us last season - though we finished 32 points ahead of them with a goal difference that was 39 better. We absolutely hammered them 4 v 1 at SJP and the key to that result and performance was targeting Stephen Crainey at right back. We destroyed them down the wings, so to see us pretty much ignore Routledge and Jonas on Saturday in favour of constant big hoofs down the middle was bemusing.

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Holloway completely out-thought Hughton. Blackpool were better organised and far easier on the eye than the one up front big boot merchants.

Marc Duffy Marc Duffy is a National Account Manager in the alcoholic drinks industry - a career in alcohol was obviously the natural step after following Newcastle United for all of his 32 years. Marc blames his father for his obsession with Newcastle United - since attending his first game at the age of 4 Marc has endured many ups and downs, and despite the lack of silverware remains positive that a trophy will be won at some point in his lifetime! (Wait, does the Intertoto cup not count?) Follow Marc on Twitter @MarcSDuffy

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