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Sunday, October 15, 2006

More crap

What else can one say? The Magpies have gone ahead in every home match this season, and yet they've taken only a third of the available points. It's scandalous. The defensive set is clearly lacking, and there's no prospect of reinforcement before January. Just think about it - ask yourself if other Premiership teams would covet any of our strikers or midfielders, then ask the same about our defenders. It's a different kettle of fish entirely.

TDH has to admit, guiltily, to having spent the duration of the Bolton match at a private kitchen in Kowloon and afterwards drinking bourbon at the bar in The Peninsula. For that reason TDH witnessed only the last four minutes or so. But is this really all of a piece? Would TDH not have made more of an effort to spectate if there weren't the sinking feeling of dread that the Toon were sure to drop more precious points at home against mediocre opposition?

It's a sad state of affairs. And again, TDH will go back to the initial prediction for the season: mid-table finish in the Premiership, interesting cup runs cut short when confronted with real opposition. It certainly looks to be on the mark now.


TDH also caught a bit of Wigan v Manure yesterday. Quite an exciting match, actually, and too bad that the Latics couldn't hang on. One has to say, though, that Manure can go through long periods looking quite pedestrian without Kiki Ron in the side and Rooney playing out wide. Wes Brown surely does not belong on that team. And where is all of Ole Gunnar's Shareholder United activism now? A distant memory, surely, for the Norwegian hypocrite....


Blogger Gamblog UK said...

El Hadje Djouff getting 2 goals in 3 minutes won't make the defeat any easier to take.

The player just rubs me up the wrong way, each and every time I see him play.

7:59 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I also really dislike Diouf, but I have to say there were times on Sunday when it looked like he could beat the entire Newcastle defence with his legs weighed down. Anelka also showed flashes of the talent which would have made him one of the world's best strikers if he had found the attitude and application to match.

The only toon player who had anything similar was Duff, for parts of the first half.

7:38 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Anyone else see CSKA Carioca against Arsenal last night? The Brazilians were firing on all cylinders, very exciting match. It does make you wonder why Dunga would waste his time with a bunch of superstar egos, magically talented though they might be, when he's got young, hungry back-ups like these. That Hoyte kid was continually victimized, but Cesc was Fab as always. Looking back, would a Cesc-Paddy midfield not have won the Champions League last year?

6:16 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

Didn't see that game, but I did see Chelsea school Barca last night. Ok, it wasn't that one-sided, but Chelsea were clear and deserved winners. It's clear that in this kind of form there isn't a defence in the world that would be confident of stopping drogba. Brilliant at leading the line before he scored. World class goal. then playing in midfield to a similar level as Essien. I think he should be stand-in Captain whenever JT isn't playing.

BTW - Essien is a bull. Drop Lamps, play Joe/Robben, Ballacks, Essien and Makalele. Essien is certainly better than Lampard at the moment.

9:50 AM  

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