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Typical Toon

By Lee Ryder on Dec 7, 08 01:07 PM

It would be easy to say that Newcastle United's collapse against Stoke City was simply unbelievable but after plenty years of practice seasoned Toon fans should be used to what unfolded in the closing stages against the Potters.

We're used to a plot that consists of two or three simple factors, last minute goals against, scored by either former players and/or players born in or around Newcastle!

It couldn't have been much better for Joe Kinnear in the first half after Michael Owen's two goals had United in full control.

And the Leazes singing section could be clearly heard singing the name of JFK as Newcastle looked in danger of netting three goals in a Premier League game for the first time this season.

But then...out came the same old tired script.

Geremi scores at SpursNewcastle United foursome Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye have more in common than just being gigantic names in the third world.

The Toon stars will be first to admit they've all had some tough times on Tyneside since signing on the dotted line at Gallowgate but after slow starts, some slower than others, the quartet are beginning to show their quality.

But did it all come together for the Toon's African aces at White Hart Lane?

United outclassed by Man U

By Lee Ryder on Feb 23, 08 07:11 PM

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S Premier League safety was still uncertain tonight after Manchester United pulled off a solid away win St James's Park.

A goal from Abdoulaye Faye with 12 minutes to go was as good as the night got for the Toon Army after two each from Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and strike from ex-Mag Louis Saha completed somewhat of a rout on Tyneside.

Shay Given was back from a groin injury to take his place between the posts and Keegan selected Abdoulaye Faye in front of him.

There was no hiding place for Newcastle United after their 4-1 defeat against Portsmouth and Sam Allardyce has now got six days to sort things out for the biggest game of the season at the Stadium of Light.

Big Sam's tactical input since he took over had meant United were unbeaten at St James's Park this season before yesterday's farce unfolded.

And although Toon fans aren't yet convinced about the style of play Newcastle are playing in this new era, winning football matches keeps managers in jobs and smiles on the faces of supporters.

How you win sometimes doesn't matter but how you lose, like Newcastle did against Pompey, matters dearly to the folk of Tyneside.

Defeat when a team is exhausted on the full time whistle, when they are soaked in sweat, blood and snot and have attempted to block every tackle, keep every ball in touch and challenged for every single header still won't make you flavour of the month.

But it will at least show your watching public you care and make them a little bit more forgiving.

I don't want to get carried away but part of Big Sam's revamp at St James's Park has been to get the defence sorted out and so far it seems he is going in the right direction.

That of course will well and truly be put to the test at Reading on Saturday but at the moment Cacapa and Abdoulaye Faye look like giants capable of finally ridding us of the dodgy defence tag.

We haven't quite reached the class of Kevin Keegan yet and we might never do that but if we can keep on churning out results like Spurs and Everton and get the away form sorted or at least show more fight unlike Derby and Man City, there's every chance we'll all be smiling as we head into the winter.

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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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