November 25, 2010
It is less than a month since the Halloween slaughter of the folks from the Village of the Damned. Even less since we turned over Arsenal at The Emirates. How circumstances can change quickly in football.
After the sunderland game there was a clamour from many fans of NUFC to get Chris Hughton tied up to a long term contract ASAP. After the Arsenal game more people joined in on that show of support and some areas of the national press piled in behind the likeable English/ Irish/ Ghanaian.
Then came a run of 3 games in 10 days that yielded only 1 point and all of a sudden we have a few callers to the regular local radio football phone in's suggesting that a 'more experienced' manager would be preferable. Yes, these voices are (quite rightly) in the minority but there was an obvious increase after the thrashing we received at Bolton.
November 16, 2010
Due to reasons beyond my control, the Toon Talk phone in will not be happening on Thursday evening.
I bet you were all lining up to phone in and give us some stick too!
November 14, 2010
What next for NUFC? Your guess is as good as mine. Our form is impossible to predict and this past 8 days have shown that to be the case more than ever before.
Despite our very impressive away form I could not see us picking up much from the Emirates. I would have been delighted to accept a draw before the game took place, but by full time we had 3 points in the bag along with a clean sheet and it was well deserved.
We were solid from back to front. Tim Krul was superb, pulling off a great save from Nasri, but also showing a mature head in slowing the game down when necessary and communicating better with his back 4 than he has done up until now.
Danny Simpson put in his best performance since arriving and our other fullback was yet again superb. The way Jose dominated Walcott made the England man look like a schoolboy playing against a seasoned pro.
November 10, 2010
Newcastle United striker Andrew Carroll will get his chance to shine for England in next week's friendly with France, as England boss Fabio Capello has been told by the FA that he can pick the in-form striker.
Carroll was the star of the show at the Emirates on Sunday, netting the winner in Newcastle's 1-0 win over Arsenal, and his performance sent yet another message to Capello, who will announce his England squad on Saturday.
November 3, 2010
Right - I have almost sobered up (it is Tuesday evening), so where do I begin? 5 v 1 - haha! Unbelievable.
The most common feedback on the game that I have read from mackems has been along the lines of "The ref was your 12th man" and "We will still finish above you". Both of those statements make me laugh even more. When I woke up on Monday morning I felt like I had spent 48 hours doing constant sit-up's. My stomach was aching from all of the laughing that we did on Sunday night.
The truth hurts them and the truth is that we out-fought, out-played and out-everythinged (to sum it up I had to create a new word) them in every area of the pitch.