September 2010 Archives
Even my uncle's dog could have told us what the main threat from Stoke City would have been when Tony Pulis and his abject team came to St James' Park.
And we all know who it was...Rory bloody Delap!
For almost an hour, Stoke didn't cause too much damage and 10 throw-ins later, a 1-0 lead has turned into a 2-1 defeat.
There weren't too many who saw that one coming were there?
An incredible night at Stamford Bridge that will surely go down as one of the most memorable matches in the club's history.
That's no exaggeration by the way, this long overdue victory had Chelsea fans as sick as parrots as they staggered up the King's Road after they were overcome by the black and whites.
Not many teams have Chelsea fans crying into their beer do they?
Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is as honest as they come - and ahead of the trip to Chelsea, the gaffer wanted to make it clear to Toon fans that he was making "significant changes" to his side.
Gone, it would appear, are the days of even harbouring hopes of winning a trophy the word from boardrooms up and down the country, given the financial climate, is that this is the way forward.
Winning the FA Cup and even reaching the final last year has done very little for Portsmouth as they sit slumped in the lower reaches of the Championship.
By the same token when Middlesbrough won the Carling Cup in 2004, it brought a feel-good factor to the club which not only sent them into Europe but paved the way for the UEFA Cup the next season via the league - and some memorable Euro nights along the way for the fans.
Surely staying up AND trying to win the Carling Cup should be a possibility for Newcastle?
The day belonged to Hatem Ben Arfa at Goodison Park after a memorable strike we could well be talking about for years.
If there was one big fear going into the new season for Newcastle fans it was that the current side lacked the type of player who can turn a game on its head.
Well in the 23-year-old, they seem to have found one.
You have to feel a bit for Chris Hughton this week don't you?
The Toon boss has done a magnificent job since taking over as full-time gaffer - well some might call it miracle working given the circumstances he was handed the reins in - but it doesn't take long for the rollercoaster to get revved up on Tyneside.
Then he loses one game, unluckily, against Blackpool and all of a sudden we're all trying to pick his team for him!
I see that as no bad thing and part of the Geordie fibre in these parts, with football debate part of everyday life - unlike other soul-less outposts around the UK.
And so it was a case of another one for the scrapbook for Newcastle United at a windy day at the club's Benton base.
Or at least it was the annual photo call for the Magpies as it turned out to be a case of all smiles just a couple of days since the loss against Blackpool.
Perhaps more tellingly were broad smiles from Steven Taylor - who we understand remains on the transfer list until his contract is resolved - and Andy Carroll - who didn't look anything like a bloke who wants to sign for Spurs.
Jonas Gutierrez couldn't stop laughing as he struggled to keep his hair under control and as Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie and Leon Best edge closer from injury problems, competition for places looks as good as it has been for a few seasons.
Now you see it - now you don't, has Newcastle United's tremendous display of cutting edge against Aston Villa evaporated already?
On the evidence of the defeat by Blackpool you would have thought so.
Attention will now turn to Chris Hughton's selection at Goodison Park already for Saturday with first team starts for Jonas Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge is possible doubt.
So then the mighty run of 26 games unbeaten comes to an unexpected end against the team that could well finish the season rock bottom in Blackpool.
Blackpool have had a decent start to be fair but how much can you read into early season results?
Remember Burnley beating Man United and having a decent start anybody?