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Now that's a wake up call

By Lee Ryder on Sep 12, 10 05:08 PM

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?

As a player, you can't fault Robbie Savage for what he does on the pitch, he's full of running, never shirks a challenge, chips in with his fair share of goals, does everything he can to win the game for his team, knows when to avoid getting sent off in the heat of battle and all in all is a great example of a player who plays for the shirt.

Perhaps his biggest problem therefore, has been his gob or his brain which is too slow when allowing him to engage in making such stupid comments.

Like Andy Gray, Savage thinks Newcastle United will be relegated this season - well what a brave prediction that is, a bloke on the outside tips a team that has just been promoted to go down the season after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Newcastle United would have folded like a pack of cards last season without its loyal supporters.

That's a fact.

The players and Chris Hughton and his staff played a huge part but when you have fans like the Toon Army who got behind those players from the very start in the Championship, it was only going to snowball.

So when the feel-good factor was at a stage where Newcastle could take advantage of it, what do they go and do?

Release a statement that dampens that feel-good factor - even if it was supposed to be a honest and noble signal of intent.

We don't normally make a day of it in these parts but did you know that tomorrow is officially the 17th anniversary of "the one that got away" for Rob Lee against Brentford.

Chewing the fat with Lee this week certainly made a few memories start flooding back to a golden era where Newcastle United seemed capable of taking on the world.

There's enough memories of Lee alone to write a book but interestingly this week while talking to colleagues about some of the great goals bagged by the Londoner that Toon fans seemed to love, there was a recurring theme.

And it wasn't talking about his hat-trick in Antwerp, or his blinder against Nottingham Forest or his header at Wembley against Chelsea - it was indeed that 'goal' against Brentford.

Newcastle United's encounters with Middlesbrough do not represent a local derby in the eyes of the majority of Toon fans.

But one thing is for certain when it comes to taking on Boro and that is that you don't lose a Tyne-Tees derby.

I might be wrong but playing Newcastle clearly means more to Middlesbrough fans then it will ever mean to us.


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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