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February 15, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 02/15/2011

Following some good performances of late that ended in disappointing draws, Tuesday night was a huge game for us.

The conditions at St Andrew's were awful - the pitch resembled a post-carny Newcastle Town Moor despite having been relayed in the pre-season!

Birmingham have a number of former Newcastle players in their ranks - Oba Martins obviously being one of them. The last time Oba and Newcastle were in Birmingham at the same time it ended in relegation for NUFC. We have made a lot of progress since that day. In 21 months since then, Oba has scored a paltry four league goals in three different countries.

Having conceded early on so often recently it was refreshing to see us fly into an early lead - Jonas played a great ball into the area and Lovenkrands netted with an excellent finish. There were only 96 seconds on the clock.

February 1, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 02/01/2011

"This is my home, what I want to be doing, the club I want to play for, the shirt I want to wear. That's it, 100 percent, I've just signed a five year contract and as it stands, I want to be here forever."
The words of Andy Carroll 65 days ago in an interview with The Times.

"We have to have a big club mentality and hold on to our best players"
Alan Pardew 42 days ago

Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool
1 day ago

So what is going on? I doubt we will ever know the truth. Carroll claims that he was pushed and the club totally deny that they pushed him (as they would).

George Caulkin of The Times (the greatest footy journo that there is) summed it up nicely when he tweeted "Carroll was not agitating to leave. He wasn't unsettled. And, yes, the transfer request was a mechanism used by NUFC. But..... he signed it."

Both parties are culpable. It can't be a surprise to anyone that this sale happened so late that we did not have time to sign a replacement. The token gesture that was an 'attempt' to sign Charles N'Zogbia was an insult. Does anyone really believe that Ashley's bitter rival Dave Whelan was going to sell his prize asset to him minutes before the window closed? Of course not.

Pardew had his say on the matter today, ending his statement with "....the decision was right for the club." Quite a turn around in 6 weeks.

It is OK though because Pardew can assure us that all of the mental £35m fee will go towards players. Then again he also assured us that none of our key players would be sold in the window so personally I don't believe a word. Amazingly Ashley still has support amongst the fans and those supporters will be mentally considering how they (or Pardew) will spend the $$$$$$$. If you are one of those people could you do me a favour and remind me where the tens of millions from Milner, Given, Beye, N'Zogbia and then Martins, Bassong, Duff etc went. Thanks.

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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