Easy pickings

By Lee Ryder on Jul 18, 07 02:13 PM

Not one of the Toon Army who ventured down the A19 last night is getting carried away but most people connected with the black and whites, enjoyed the trip to Victoria Park last night.

Even going a goal down to James Brown's opener - a player United looked at last season - could not dampen the atmosphere in the Rink End.

Joey Barton looked lively, Kieron Dyer ran them ragged, Zoggy looked interested (a big thing), Shola grabbed his goals and Michael Owen not only pulled on a black and white shirt, he also slotted in his first Toon goal since the hat-trick at West Ham.

Good luck to the Hartlepool United players and Town End fans but quite rightly this was an easy win for the Toon.

Shola was well up for the night and it would have been great to see him grab a hat-trick but he won't complain with two.

And Owen won't worry either but his fans will expect many, many more from the man who expressed an interest in the captain's job.

So 3-1 and even though some journos managed to get their scoreline mixed up after Ben Clark's disallowed header, Pools looked good with their new boys settling in well.

Perhaps another tilt to the Championship awaits?

Next up is Carlisle, another game United should win at a canter but for many it's just great to be watching and talking about footballers playing well again in a Toon shirt.


Ronnie ( Busker ) Lambert said:

Absolutely Lee, hopefully this last blip with the cops will quietly fade away so we can all enjoy a new era of Keeganesque excitement. Though the squad still needs bolstering with a left back, a big central defender or two and an appearance of commitment from Oba and Dyer, the buzz is definitely building. Good workout at Hartlepool made better by Owen's, Ameobi's and Barton's fire in the belly displays. Sadly the appearance of Dyer's grousing to Nigel Pearson at the finish caused a twinge of anxiety after the club patiently and costly nursed him back to peak fitness, and he is definitely another one who owes us a good season or two. I hope he realises that St. James' will always be a bigger stage than West Ham to fully resurrect his England dream, especially now, with Sam's revolutionary fitness regime. Michael Owen appears to have woken up to this reality with his statement about desiring captaincy. Barton's display on tuesday would be unnerving to any 'old boy' midfielder, but Kieron has other exceptional skills that can only complement Barton and the team. Good too that James Troisi had a good game as well as Stephen Carr who whilst failing to impress last term, may benefit from the new management a la Gary Speed, plus a more dependable defense. Bottom line we're a happier bunch of bunnies than we were at the end of last season. Roll on next season.

elyas,malaysia said:

I once lived in Newcastle from the age of 6-10 and since then, I've never stoped supporting Newcastle United .Now I'm back in my homeland Malaysia but keep daily updates on United.

Lee. Could you please tell your pal at the Chronicle to shut up and stop making up stories about United players leaving! We have just started the pre-season with a morale boosting win! Shola scored a brace, Owen got his first goal in nearly two years, Barton playing brilliantly. good game by Rozehnal, all in all a good start to Big Sam's era.

But now two days after, we've got this piece og garbage by your mate Oliver who says West Ham want Dyer. He's saying all sorts of factors that make the rumours of the move, incredibly real which I doubt very much.

He's then saying that Emre wants to move on. That story was made up by him months ago. No one else reported it. Now Alan is trying to start it again. Emre is a great player and one who wants to play for United under the new regime.

Obviously Alan yhinks otherwise and tryning to say the players he doesn't laike is on the verge of the move.

The problem is, United have just started life brilliantly under Big Sam. The fans are optimistic and are getting the confidence back that the club they love so much is getting it's magic back.

So Alan, don't start ruining things by making up silly tansfer gossips.!

Dyer and Emre are valuable to United and they would love to stay to help the club get back to where it belongs no matter what the injuries and problem they face.



Lee Ryder

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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