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Let's make it a happy Monday

By Lee Ryder on Sep 22, 06 12:44 PM

Everton at home then and it isn't to be taken lightly either.

The Toffees are unbeaten so far this season and United go into it after a sticky night against Liverpool - the team that Everton took apart 3-0 on the same day we lost 2-1 at home to Fulham, the team that lost 2-1 to League Two outfit Wycombe at home in midweek.

I know that it's never logical to read football games like that but I think out of that little sequence it suggests it is not going to be easy against unbeaten Everton at St James' Park.

But it's still the sort of game we should be winning at a canter at home, right?

United were rock solid at West Ham and pretty tight against Levadia Tallinn before that but it was a bit more like the comedy eight minutes against Fulham at Anfield.

You cannot lay into Steve Harper for the second goal, it was just a fluke, and if he hadn't have slipped it was an easy collect.

Add on to that the fact he kept Liverpool at bay at least a dozen times, you have to confident with Harper going into the next five weeks.

And if you aren't - tough basically, there is no way Glenn Roeder will risk young Dutch stopper Tim Krul unless he has to.

Not that Krul isn't capable, far from it, he is one of the most confident kids in the club but Harps is more than worthy of his chance, finally.

In front of him will be Craig Moore - arguably the best defender at the club at the moment - and Peter Ramage who is now in his best position.

Regardless of what Everton have done and can do, Newcastle should be good enough to beat Everton.

Duff, Martins, Ameobi (if fit), Emre, in form Parker and Milner teamed with a good defensive display need to show Glenn Roeder they are big-game players by seeing off Everton and handing them their first defeat of the season.

If not Super Sunday will be quickly followed by a seriously Blue Monday.

*CATCH up with Mick Martin for a talk-in at Idols before Sunday's match with Everton.
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5 Comments

ZORRO said:

Everton is gonna be a tough one....but hey, weve got it at home and the Toon Army are not going to take this game lying down...so come on true black and whites ..stop moaning ..sing high ...coz the toon boys on Sunday are gonna fly....ps (I hope lol)

PAUL METCALFE said:

if we can tighten up the defence & play everyone in theie right positions then we might have a chance for sunday & the rest of the season

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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