If Pancake Man and Co keep this up we'll be up by Shrove Tuesday!

By Lee Ryder on Dec 6, 09 05:08 PM

What's the best way to make yourself an instant hero at St James' Park?

Well running round like a man possessed in two sub appearances so far and then scoring a strong contender for goal of the season so far isn't a bad way of going about it.

And more appearances like this from Fabrice Pancrate could turn out to be a superb find this season.

Desperation or just plain shrewd judgement by Chris Hughton?

The first signs of Pancrate looked good in his reserve team run out against Hartlepool but fears that he wasn't up to it when he fizzled out due to lack of match practice have since been allayed.

And when Hughton was keen to keep on playing down his arrival when on trial, not to mention trying to smuggle him in and keep him a secret it looked like the judgement of Sheffield United and Burnley looked to be correct.

Whatever your verdict so far, nobody could complain after his Christmas cracker against Watford.

For if the three points picked up against Watford go on to decisive come the end of the season, then what price can you put on the goal that won it when we had 10 men?

Keep it coming Pancake man and we'll be promoted by Shrove Tuesday!!


Francis Vincent said:

Falling into the usual trap here Lee. One thing we should have learnt from the past few years is to keep our heads down and get on with the job and don't attract attention. You know that the feeble minded fans of other clubs take great pleasure on intruding on our forum boards and statements like 'Up by Shrove Tuesday' leave us wide open to attracting unneeded attention from those that love to see us fail. I'm all for optimism but let's do it in a discreet way,never forgetting that there is nothing to be proud of in anything we do this season.It should be considered a shameful period in our history and the sooner we get out of this division ( and then hopefully the Shopkeeping regime gets out) the better. Let's just do it in the least noticeable way we can.

Alan Thompson said:

Best things about Saturday (apart from THAT goal - and he was being held - which the blind Mackem ref failed to notice) were that Jonas, Louvenkrands and Simpson were better and Harewood flagged less. Worse things were that Nolan abd Guthrie looked lost and Smith was nowhere near the top of his game. Central midfield, as ever, causing us problems.

BM said:

Couldn't find a place to put this, so i'll put it here:

Let's make the Boro Game a Sell-out

Just thought i would encourage the Chronicle to encourage fans to get behind the team for the Middlesbrough game and hopefully get the , stay-away 8,000 fans or so , to reconsider . This match is one of the most important of the season and with a sell-out, i'm sure it will be enough to spur the lads on to victory and a top of the table Christmas present for the Toon fans.

Furthermore it will show the North-east who truly has the best fans and dispel chants of "Where were you when you were (you know the rest)" when we hopefully return to the Premiership.

Johnny said:

Already got my ticket BM!


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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