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Never mind Amir Khan, there could be a bigger KO at St James' Park on Saturday

By Lee Ryder on Dec 3, 09 01:13 PM

While Toon fans welcome the boxing world to Tyneside for Saturday's big fight - no matter what happens in the ring at the Metro Radio Arena will cause less ripples on the Tyne than Watford ending Newcastle United's unbeaten run.

Amir Khan v Dmitriy Salita - at St James' Park today to big up the fight - will be nothing more than an afterthought for many if the Hornets come to Toon and win.

In doing so they would cause a shock result in the style of Grimsby Town in 1992 when they put an end to Kevin Keegan and Newcastle's 100% record of 11 wins on the spin.

However, these are different days and while many teams rubbed their hands at the prospect of coming to Newcastle and winning this season, nobody has backed up their ambitions with action and long may it continue.

Whether it's the glare of the gigantic Milburn Stand as the players line up before the games or the sight of the away fans so far from the pitch - or the intensity that is all around St James', who knows?

But QPR and Donny aside, most teams have started games like Newcastle like rabbits in headlights.

And even the Rs and Donny didn't leave with the points.

It would be nice to think this could last all season but there's a long way to go.

But when the bell rings on Saturday at 2:50pm, Newcastle must get off their stools and come out swinging.

Then after three points we can all sit back and enjoy the boxing.

2 Comments

Lambicpeach said:

Howay the lads.... Just wanna win the title...

Dave Owens said:

Best game I've seen Jonas play. Along with Enrique, he absolutely murdered the defenders on his side of the pitch, but we looked poor on the right until the substitutions. Sooner or later, Hughton's going to have to bite the bullet and either play Guthrie centrally in place of Smith or Nolan or not play him at all, because he's lost on the wing. He wasn't as bad as he was last week, but (like last week) our central midfield was poor. When Nolan's mooching goals, he's great, but he's too slow and and a lot of his passing is poor when's he's playing in the centre and I'm afraid that Smith (though not as bad as Nolan and not as bad as last week) had another poor game. Oh, and despite the protestations of the crowd, Nolan did deserve to go. He lost the ball and went in too hard. We've seen it before and it nearly cost us the game.

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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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