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Cast your mind back to the night we beat Juventus 1-0 to keep our Champions League hopes alive back in 2002.

Had somebody then told you that in seven years time we could end the same week with defeats to Scunthorpe and Doncaster within days of each other you probably would have laughed in their face - or accused them of having one too many!

But after a disastrous week so far we are in danger of stooping to a new low and possibly one of the biggest low points in United's history.

Cup of joy!

By Lee Ryder on Sep 21, 09 05:37 PM

No matter what camp you're in when it comes to prioritising your hopes and dreams for the season there can't be a Toon fan out there who would find losing to Peterborough United an easy one to stomach.

The debate over whether getting promoted or doing something unheard of to most of us - winning a trophy - will rumble on.

Of course getting promoted has to be the main aim this season but success in the Carling Cup wouldn't go a miss either.

It's as patronising as you can get but the money men who are trying to sell Newcastle United will tell you: "These things can't be done overnight."

But while that, painfully, may be the case - 10 months (which usually fly by) in a football club's history CAN be deemed as pretty much overnight as far as the big picture is concerned in what has turned into a not so beautiful game for Toon fans and the recent lack of urgency in the club's snail-paced sale is damaging Newcastle.

And long after Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Seymour Pierce's Keith Harris and Tom Sheldon are back in the comfort zone of London's wine bars and theatre district - the reality is Toon fans could well be rolling up at Boundary Park, Roots Hall and the other St James Park if things aren't sorted.

ALAN Shearer was in the stands tonight at Whitley Park as Newcastle United's young guns dumped Newcastle Benfield at the semi-final stage of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

The Toon kids triumphed 2-1 on the night as heavy fog descended on the bumpy pitch in the shadow of United's training ground.

Shearer has already been impressed with Nile Ranger since taking charge of Newcastle but had to watch United fight back from a goal down.

There was a positive vibe in the air on the way out of the Britannia Stadium but it could still have been so different had it not been for the hunger and desire of Geordie boy Andy Carroll.

The big striker answered our prayers when he leapt off the bench then climbed higher than anybody else to power home a big, big goal that could yet spark a great escape for Newcastle United.

Carroll was clearly up for it and is determined to succeed where plenty of others have failed at St James's Park.


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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