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Very Merry Christmas For Newcastle Fans

3:16 pm, Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

The situation for Newcastle United Football Club tomorrow afternoon is almost perfect.

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Sam Allardyce – Newcastle have great chance to give fans a perfect Christmas box

We have won our last 2 games and we are at home against the bottom club, Derby County tomorrow afternoon, whose only previous win this season was against us at Pride Park. We want to avenge that defeat and a win will also guarantee Newcastle fans across the world, a very Merry Christmas.

Sam talked about the team not being ruthless enough:

“The key for me is converting the chances we’re creating, we’ve won games, but not as comfortably as we should have done,” “Chances have gone that should have been converted. Birmingham was a penalty and a corner, Fulham was a penalty.”“Open play goals have become few and far between in recent games, but it’s not because we’re not creating chances, it’s just we’re not making the most of them when they are presented.”

“Anything less than playing to our maximum against Derby will mean we’re caught out, that’s the last thing we want after building our confidence in the last few weeks.”

“These games can be harder than the likes of Arsenal coming here, in terms of motivating the players. The jolt we got against Birmingham City when they went ahead after starting well proves the point.”

We now have 4 points from our last 2 home games against Arsenal and Birmingham City. We need to make that 7 points from our last 3 games tomorrow by this time. That will then be 3 wins on the trot, and a very merry Christmas for Newcastle fans.

We can’t think of anything better.

Comments welcome.



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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leo // Dec 22, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    for a second again i thought that there was going to be a gift under our seats tomorrow at the match, i am gutted now. haha

    a win will do though.

  • 2 Adam B // Dec 22, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    couldn’t wish for anything better for christmas than a win tomorrow and a win wednesday against wigan!

  • 3 Hadrian // Dec 22, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    shame owen didnt make it back , im looking forward to seeing him in the team when we play like we did against arsenal ect .
    as much as i like oba , i know for a fact owen would have put some of the chances away oba’s had .
    if we grind out a win tommorow ill be gutted , need a show of dominance to get some revenge for that pathetic loss away against them .

  • 4 Howie // Dec 22, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    a win is a win. i would take a 1-0 right now

  • 5 Hadrian // Dec 22, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    ack why?
    football is about pride !!! , i get no pride from scraping a win against teams with players on half the toon’s salary .
    i get a bit of pride from the lads representing us going out and smashing them!! , none of this pen in injury time malarky .
    i wanna see our defenders snapping their players , our wingers showing off , and our strikers knocking them in .
    THIS IS SPAR……Newcastle!!

  • 6 brett wilkes // Dec 22, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    at the end of the day its about putting points on the board, the performance is a bonus although i’m confident this will happen tommorrow. i reckon the likes of charlie, milner, oba and possibly butt will be smartin from that last performance at pride park. expect big things tommorrow. Ha’way the lads……….

  • 7 brett wilkes // Dec 22, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    aswell as every other player believing they were beaten by a shower of shite and the geordie faithful wont stand for that kind of crap

  • 8 Jewell // Dec 22, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    having bad feeling that we will lost or draw

  • 9 scott 9 // Dec 22, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    we should aim for another 6 points in the next 2 games viduka should play up front in a 4 4 2 with martins in my opinion we look a lot better with viduka yes another 6 points and arshevin in january that would be the best xmas in ages

  • 10 scott 9 // Dec 22, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    o and considering everton lose against man u and blackburn lose against chelsea is it there playing i think we will only be 3 points of 6th spot and as long as we strnthen in jan with quality players we are well in ncontention for europe

  • 11 Frankieboy // Dec 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Got early present wi the Makems n Smoggies both gettin beat today.
    Gonna settle into me local for a goal feast tommorra, confidence is high n Derby may suffer. The Titus horror show to follow on Wed and we’re off n flying

  • 12 Zero Cool // Dec 22, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Hadrian, we don’t have the points to complain about who we’re beating. If we were all glory supporting Manyoo fans than i could totally be on board with you. But we need every point we can get right now to qualify for Europe. We should walk into St. James’ tomorrow and slaughter Derby like…well the Rams they are.

  • 13 James // Dec 22, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    As much as I’d love us to batter the rams, Sam doesn’t play the style of football to do that. His approach is much more defensive and physical. So expect a hard fought 2-0 win.

  • 14 Tom_Toon // Dec 22, 2007 at 8:56 PM

    Hes keeps going on about being more ruthless, but his formations dont allow it, hes been saying it alot lately so maybe its 4-4-2 tomorrow? :)

  • 15 Tripp // Dec 22, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    4-4-2 worked pretty well for us earlier in the season before that bad run of form. We played it against hammers, spurs, toffees and scored 3 in each game. What formation did we play on opening day against Bolton?

  • 16 Howie // Dec 22, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    4-3-3 pretty much same team and formation just that beye,cacapa and barton have come in

  • 17 shearyadi // Dec 23, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    Well said Zero Cool!

    Anyone, supporting Toon ain’t easy eh? It makes you frustrated? Then don’t! Simple ;)

    Merry Christmas everyone…

  • 18 Len // Dec 23, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    And a very Merry Christmas to you Ed and the rest of the Toon army.

  • 19 Halliday // Dec 23, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Tripp we played 4-3-3 against Bolton.

    I think 4-3-3 works, Alan Smith from the front is a little shit for defenders so he should stay there. You lads heard about the possible swap of McCarthy and Viduka?




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