By Joe Allon
Tuesday 14 Dec 2010 11:05:00
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In some games we have punched above our weight already this season. The humiliation of top 5 regulars Aston Villa blew peoples minds but we came crashing back down to earth with consecutive home defeats against Blackpool and Stoke which I had down as two home bankers. Getting back to the Villa game we were out of this world on the day. The game turned on a refereeing decision which saw Carew blast his penalty into the stands and knock Wraithy’s Dad’s dodgy Bovril into the middle of next week. From that moment we gave them a lesson in football and Joey Bartons sublime finish capped a fine display from our scouse midfield maestro. It was a great team performance, Nolan led by example and grabbed a brace but the day belonged to big Andy Carroll who took home the match ball after a man of the match performance and three clinically taken goals. I was delighted to hear that he had signed a five year deal with my old club. He really has got the world in his hands at this moment and I’m not just talking about Newcastle but England aswell. He will have the opportunity to lead the line for his country I’m sure  sooner rather than later. There is nobody else out there like him at the minute with the exception of Kevin Davies and Peter Crouch who are both coming to the end of their respective careers whilst Andy is only just beginning. Good times ahead foe ‘Dunston Ferguson’ if he screws his loaf on. He can I’m sure be a 20 goal a season man that we need. He has 4 already at the time of writing, so just 16 left kid.


There has been a bit of flack flying around aimed at Chris Hughton after the two home defeats. Many people saying we are lining up too defensively at home and that we should be playing two up top. Chris knows it’s a results game, but once he makes his decision he also knows that there is nothing he can do once the players cross that white line. With the Stoke game I have to say that I was disappointed that Shola didn’t get a start after his two goals against Chelsea who were fielding Terry and Alex in a reserve team that could still give Manchester United a run for there money. Against a strong physical Stoke side we should have been looking at two big lads up top and causing them problems, Chris didn’t opt for that though and don’t forget we were 1-0 up. If we had won that game nobody would be saying anything. We didn’t and everyone’s an expert, but that’s football.


By the time you read this we will know our Carling Cup fate, and I’m hoping we managed to stuff the Gooners. They are another team that have a reserve team capable of doing a job in the Premier League. If we have managed to get past them we really have a chance of winning some silverware this season and how good would that be for Chris the boys and us? Never say never. The drought has to end sometime. Why not now?


I live in Washington these days and being a former Newcastle Number 9 I get a lot of stick from the makems who live locally. I really cannot wait till Halloween is upon us and I can shut them all up. This side knows how big this game is to us and I’m sure that they wont let us down. Let’s hear it lads, ‘Hark Now Hear’…..


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