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Toon can't afford another false start

By Lee Ryder on Aug 21, 08 01:09 PM

NEWCASTLE United's first game of the season at St James's Park is almost with us and - by the time everybody has got their season tickets safely in time for the match - there won't be too many Toon fans heading to Gallowgate without the thought of victory on their minds.

Last term the opener against Aston Villa resulted in the Toon Ultras' convincing Bring Back the Noise campaign whipping the place into a frenzy and even though the Geordie nation raised the roof at SJP, the Villains still escaped with a point.

But while the 0-0 draw with Villa wasn't a disaster and the fact that Newcastle had a just above average start under Big Sam - one thing the false start did do was put doubts into the minds of most home fans.

Failings such as not being able to score at home crept into United's games later in the season.

In fact, even registering a shot in the Liverpool game was an issue as the steady start unfolded into a farce meaning the first part of the season had cost Newcastle any chance of a decent finish in the table despite NINE new faces/

This time, with only four new players on board, United go into the big clash with Bolton on the back of a superb confidence boosting result at Manchester United.

On the subject of false starts, Bolton's last visit to Tyneside also resulted in another stalemate.

It was 0-0 that day and for all the good Newcastle did at Old Trafford last weekend, 0-0 this time would mean all of that hard work would almost have gone to waste.

WHAT'S YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BIG CLASH WITH BOLTON?

13 Comments

Adam Knox said:

The point at Old Trafoord will be nigh on worthless if we dont follow it up with 3 this weekend. It will be a tough test for Tayls and Colo to cope with aerial onslaught that Bolton are bound to deliver. Davies and Elmander like to put it about, so we'll have to marhsall them carefully. No stupid givign away set-pieces would be a good first move!

Other than that, we need to play to our strengths and keep the same atittude we had against Man Utd. If we are to do anything this season, we need to make sure we pick poitns up against the bottom teams. THe sotry fo the last few seasons has been points against the mid-table clubs and dropping points to top and bottom alike.

ronnie lambert said:

We simply cannot afford to lose or draw on Saturday Lee, the progress in the Geordie psyche in these last 2 weeks since Valencia is priceless to the club, but more importantly us fans. There would be mass Hara-Kiri in the Bigg market, traffic at a standstill for 3 days on the Tyne bridge as totally depressed fans clambered over the rails. Oops! hope the power of suggestion isn't heeded here mate but you know what I mean. Anyway, the spirit displayed at an admittedly below-par Man. Ure. on Sunday suggests that the new signings have lifted the team spirit from last year. Heck, Keegan had already turned them around from that awful phase of fear towards the end, barring a couple of minor blips. But the strength of our 2 new ArgenTyne's and young Gus have been nowt short of a revelation to the side. If any fear starts among the fans, can we blame you for starting it?

Mal said:

I think it will be one of those games where we will dominate but there won't be much in it scorewise as we haven't much firepower up front available to us at the moment. The way kk is likely to sets us up though (with wingers) means that we will get plenty of chances, and I reckon it'll be 2-0 to the toon which will set us up nicely for our visits to coventry and arsenal.

Paul Patterson said:

Alright, we need a win.

A start to really boost this season, four points from six and we’ve already been to Old Trafford, what a chance. The only thing that remains is that the side does us, the Geordie public proud, does the business and just simply plays for the shirt, that is all that is required for a game at home against Bolton Wanderers.

I’m firmly in the camp of victory for Saturday, lets be positive, Spidermans web must be itching to be spun, ready to be fired and Oba Martins is ready to flip his way across the goalmouth.

Com on lads- Make some noise.

LETS HAVE IT!!!!!!

TOON TOON. . . .

Paul.

Expat Mag in Oz said:

Since the massive show ay ManU, this game I think now becomes as important as last weeks. They now need to prove and show they can lift there game against lesser sides. I believe this has always been a problem in the past with NUFC. Last season Derby finished on 7 ponits and 4 of them where at Newcastle's expense.

Dave B said:

Wingers that attack, defenders that defend, a striker that is faster over 10 yards than Mr Bolt, and a manager who knows the City like no other.

These are some of the reasons why I bounded down the stairs like a kid at Christmas yesterday and greeted the postman like a long lost brother. Yes it had arrived. Can any envelope bring such mixes emotion - its like getting a tax rebate, and a court summons all at the same time.

All the above positives aside - if Bolton get a sneaky winner lets not all wring our hands and shout the end of the word is nigh (or in some cases already here).

One result a season does not make.

paddas said:

I agree that the Bolton game is now the big priority, because the Man Utd is now history. I also agree with the strategy of getting several Argentinians. They are tough durable pro's who will support each other and our young players. I don't agree with letting Faye go to Stoke , heis a big versatile player who would be useful in sucha small squad. Finally what is going on with Barton either use him (no one will be fitter) or sack him for the shame he brings on all of us.

Phil said:

GREAT WIN AGAINST UGLY BOLTON! Why the "small" crowd? Probably people got "burned" last year watching Alladyce's legacy from Bolton. It could also be frustration or cynicism over lack of ambition in signings, or even a mini-show of contempt for such policies as Joey Barton's retention and his wages. After last week's great show at Man Utd., and today's win, we definitely have a lot to build on, but after the starting line up,plus two or three others, we're definitely short on quality, especially when the inevitable injuries pile up. Smith and Ameobi have to go, and as Kev says, IN with a top quality player in defence, M/F, and forward. It's asking too much of key players to win, when you start bringing in juniors or unskilled players like Smith into the team. Let's hope for more top drawer signings soon, and continued success!

ronnie lambert said:

Aye Minty, good win but very nervey from where I was sitting, behind Shay's goal in the Gallowgate. Boy were we lucky not to conceive at least one goal, and I don't mean the penalty. Collocini was the difference between last season's dodgey defence as Taylor continues with his death wish. Somebody please get him a straight-jacket or put him in goal so he can handle without worry. He might easily have been sent off for two blatant hand-balls. Last week's great 11 man effort was today put into context with some very poor performances from Butt, Martins and Duff who was aware of his shiter and virtually begged to be subbed. Thank goodness for the professionalism of Geremi and Owen who rescued us from a crowd boo-ing at the final whistle. O.K. so Bolton are the worst spoilers in the premiership and came to kill the game, but on last week's team effort, this was definitely after the lord mayors show. How Given got man of the match ahead of Gutierez beats me, someone who made that choice is probably a girl with a crush who only lifted her head from her knitting to watch the pen. Get these other 3 signings quick, including this wow man cos at least 3 are panicking already. A very good three points though, after Bolton tried their hardest to get back in and were unlucky not to do so.

ronnie lambert said:

Aye Minty, good win but very nervey from where I was sitting, behind Shay's goal in the Gallowgate. Boy were we lucky not to conceive at least one goal, and I don't mean the penalty. Collocini was the difference between last season's dodgey defence as Taylor continues with his death wish. Somebody please get him a straight-jacket or put him in goal so he can handle without worry. He might easily have been sent off for two blatant hand-balls. Last week's great 11 man effort was today put into context with some very poor performances from Butt, Martins and Duff who was aware of his shiter and virtually begged to be subbed. Thank goodness for the professionalism of Geremi and Owen who rescued us from a crowd boo-ing at the final whistle. O.K. so Bolton are the worst spoilers in the premiership and came to kill the game, but on last week's team effort, this was definitely after the lord mayors show. How Given got man of the match ahead of Gutierez beats me, someone who made that choice is probably a girl with a crush who only lifted her head from her knitting to watch the pen. Get these other 3 signings quick, including this wow man cos at least 3 are panicking already. A very good three points though, after Bolton tried their hardest to get back in and were unlucky not to do so.

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