United faithful deserved better, much better
It was the bloke that was dressed as a hot dog that I felt sorry for the most after Newcastle United's latest failure in Wigan.
Seriously, all of the effort he'd made to watch that.
He and 4,999 others as well of course - but to go all the way to Wigan on Boxing Day, pay the money to hire a crazy outfit, buy your ticket, have a few pre-match drinks with friends, sing your heart out and then sit back and watch your team struggle against a team that will struggle to get out of the bottom half, it's enough to push most people to the limit.
It certainly wasn't the top day out that most people had anticipated and not for the first time the fans snapped towards the end, but I can't blame them - I was feeling bad enough myself yet my heart really did go out to them.
I mean what was that?
United lacked purpose, belief and the general know how to see off a team that aren't even what you'd call average.
True, we couldn't beat a team that will be relegated in March but Newcastle didn't even look like breaking Wigan down.
The only real scare for a team that contained two players we didn't even want from last season was when Mark Viduka's effort ended up heading goalwards before Titus Bramble headed the ball clear in the second half.
And that was it.
The Wigan fan in front of me turned round and in a sincere moment he muttered: "And I thought we were poor."
Big Sam was on the wrong end of abuse from the Newcastle fans who wasted no time in telling him in their own words they were sick of watching rubbish, well a stronger word that I can't repeat on this family Blog!
Allardyce only knows what he does next at Chelsea, will we emulate Villa and score four or net a point at Stamford Bridge? I doubt it very much.
Outsiders say that Geordies are moaners. We aren't at all.
The Geordies just want to see their team give it a crack and have a go at the opposition.
Not try to get in at half time at 0-0, wait for a gap, expose it and ride off into the sunset with the points.
That style isn't in the make up of this city or the people who live in it.
It's a live by the sword or die by the sword attitude and it always will be.
The manager of Newcastle United has to tap into that and get the fans on his side but at the moment it isn't happening.
They won't buy stats and figures, the team has to go out and play.
Arsenal at home aside, Newcastle have not done that this season.
Now would be a good time to start but with Chelsea away next, Man City at home and then Stoke in the FA Cup, it's not going to be easy.
United can't beat Wigan or Derby!!!
Chelsea next then...