Sunderland In Terrible Slump – Just Two Points Above Newcastle

With Newcastle being hammered 4-0 yesterday at Stoke, it’s hard to find some positive things to write about.

But there’s some really good news this afternoon, and we have to thank Sunderland for that, as Liverpool beat the Black Cats 2-0, at the Stadium of Light, and are still just 2 points above Newcastle.

Sunderland are on 38 points, and in 9th place above Stoke, but have a worse goal difference than the Magpies. A win against Wolves would not only give Newcastle a very valuable 3 points, but could take us above Sunderland too.

And here’s the thing, in their last 6 games Sunderland have 5 defeats and just one draw, at Arsenal two weeks ago.  So it makes Newcastle’s  slump look not too bad, with just 1 point from 3 games, but the Magpies have 3 draws and one win in the last 6 games, so have gained 5 points on Sunderland in the time.

The only thing that matters for Newcastle now is that everything these next couple of weeks, needs to be towards getting all 3  points against Wolves at St. Jame’s Park on April 2nd.

It was never really a 4-0 game yesterday at the Britannia Stadium, but the defense cannot give away such sloppy goals like they did, and expect anything out of the game.

That has to be put right, and the very fact that Steven Taylor wasn’t part of the debacle yesterday probably  puts him in line to get a start against Wolves.

And Coloccini looked good in the middle of midfield yesterday in that second half, and maybe he could get a start in place of Cheick Tiote against Wolves. Cheick is suspended for two games having picked up his 10th yellow card of the season just before half time.

Shane Ferguson had an excellent game yesterday, and is currently way out in front in our Man of the Match poll, with 73% of the vote, and is also rated the best player in the ratings poll, where you can rate each player out of 10 for their performance.

If you haven’t yet voted then both polls are on the home page down the right hand side.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Shane starts against Wolves, if there are any doubts at all about Jose Enrique, and of course he can also play effectively on the left wing too.

We should see Shane get a run-out in almost all of the 8 remaining games, and he was a breath of fresh air for Newcastle yesterday.

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Mar 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Urg, that badge on our forum 🙁

  • cheikmate

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    This is the only positive from this week really. And to lift the doom our next game is at home to wolves, but sunderlands next game is away to man city and stoke play chelsea. So in two weeks we cud find ourselves above both sunderland and stoke! So its not all too bad and makes the game against wolves even more so important. (like it isnt already important enough!)

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, did you write this article especially for Daffy ?

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we better focus on our own performances and forget about Sunderland. It was sad to watch our inept performance with an inept manager’s formation. 3-5-2 with a 36 year old completely static Campbell at the centre back position? Pardew must be completely mad. The next match against Wolves is now crucial to right the ship. Go back to 4-4-2 Pardew and use what meagre talent you have wisely. With a fool for an owner we can’t have the manager acting like a fool also. Stop playing Peter he is hopeless, tossed around like a toy against other sides big men. Now we lose Tiote for 2 games. Very difficult times ahead it would appear.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Shane played very well in the game against stoke and had a great run that almost resulted in his first goal for Newcastle but if Enrique is fit i would play him instead of Ferguson just because it is a very important game for us and Enrique is more experienced.
    I was thinking does anyone think Gutierrez could play up front? if so we could play Nile Ranger or Shane Ferguson left wing as the both have good space and we know Ferguson has a great left foot.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Shane played very well in the game against stoke and had a great run that almost resulted in his first goal for Newcastle but if Enrique is fit i would play him instead of Ferguson just because it is a very important game for us and Enrique is more experienced.
    I was thinking does anyone think Gutierrez could play up front? if so we could play Nile Ranger or Shane Ferguson left wing as the both have good pace and we know Ferguson has a great left foot.

  • G

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Interesting headline Ed. I personally feel that it isn’t terrible at all. Frankly, their lack of form is one of the few things giving me hope as a toon fan.

  • GAZ09

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Who cares about Scumderland we have our own problems

  • mightymag567

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    This should be the team for Wolves : ~
    Harper ( replaced by forster next season )
    jose if fit, if not ferguson
    Barton rw
    colocinni ( can pick a pass ! )
    nolan ( worried about his lack of creatvity )

    lovenkrands is championship standard and shola isnt good enough! not saying ranger is but give the lad a chance

  • jamesnufc86

    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    we cant start with lovenkrands again, he must start with ranger, lovenkrands does nothing for the team, he is to weak for the pl, id rather have pardew up front than him. I know he is one of our players and i am slating him , but i watch him every week he is quite simply an awful player

  • youngtoonfan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11




    Bring ranger on for ameobi on the 60th min.
    This should be the team for wolves considering gutierrez and best are fit and enrique is unfit which i guess will be the case. Anybody know when Ireland is back? if he’s back for the wolves game, then swap ireland for guthrie and then swap barton and irelands position, so ireland on RW and barton CM 🙂

  • youngtoonfan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #12

    *I mean LW haha 🙂

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Thought i was home ed , thanks for that , can you leave it there? We are in deep shit & looking over our shoulders. By the way Auntie Carrol was awful.

  • carrollsinger

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Good to see judas have a great game again lol

  • Oleg G

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #15

    The Last 6 games in the League:

    1 Chelsea 13
    2 Liverpool 13
    3 Everton 13
    4 Arsenal 12
    5 Tottenham 11
    6 West Ham 11
    7 Wolves 11
    8 Bolton 10
    9 Man U 9
    10 Fulham 9
    11 Man Cit 8
    12 Wigan 8
    13 Stoke 7
    14 Birmingham 7
    15 Newcastle 5
    16 A.Villa 5
    17 Blackpool 5
    18 WBA 4
    19 Blackburn 2
    20 Sunderland 1

  • Oleg G

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Look at W.Ham, Wolves, Sunderland,

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #17

    When Liverpool bought Carroll they forgot something…

    … Barton.

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #18

    We wont go down , neither will yous but its very thight & the bottom teams to their credit have are making a right fight for survival + i couldnt call it atm , can anyone?

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Oleg G
    We still have to play the 3 team below us in that.
    I still think we can beat Birmingham and Wolves.

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #20

    norwegian league kicked off this weekend. I have two favorite teams, Brann and NUFC. They both suck.. LOL

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Go on to BBC Predictor and do this for yourself

    1 Man U
    2 Arsenal
    3 Man City
    4 Chelsea
    5 Tottenham
    6 Liverpool
    7 Bolton
    8 Sunderland
    9 Everton
    10 Newcastle
    11 Stoke
    12 Blackburn
    13 Fulham
    14 Blackpool
    15 Aston Villa
    16 Birmingham
    17 West Ham
    18 West Brom
    19 Wolves
    20 Wigan


    Mar 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    21 i doubt we will end up 10th but would love to raid relegated wolves and wigan, would be brilliant to get doyle jarvis and rodellega then a bunch of younger talents coming through

  • Thump

    Mar 20, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Can’t say I can Daffy. Reckon Wigan and West Ham are on the slide, though. The other can go to Wolves or Brum, really not sure. It only takes a solid run of games in this years table.

    I’m going to say this one last time: we are 4 points from relegation and 4 points from a European spot. We are in a very interesting position and if we are to stay in the EPL, we need to bring back some fight. It’s that simple. Couple of wins and mid table is ours.

  • Thump

    Mar 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Actually speaking of Wigan, has anybody seen anything of Moses? Has he lived up to his ability or no?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    We’re not 4 points off europe. Get your facts straight.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #26


    “West ham on the slide”

    You looked at the table/results recently? West Ham have beat Liverpool 3-1 then beat Stoke 3-0 and looked amazing in the 0-0 with Spurs they defended very well and looks so dangerous on the counter.

    Last 6 games they have got 11 points

    Also ill note they have Robbie Keane, Demba Ba who scored 5 in 4, and Carlton Cole (11 goals) Victor Obina (8 goals) Piquionne (9 goals)

    They are on a MASSIVE rise and NOT on the slide.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Stoke are playing Chelsea and i don’t expect them to win and Sunderland are playing Man City who i also don’t think will win. If this happens and Newcastle Beat Wolves then we will go 9th. If Everton and Bolton lose their next two games and Newcastle win theres then we go 7th but that probably will not happen since Everton’s next two games are against Aston Villa and Wolves and Bolton’s are against Birmingham and West Ham.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 20, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I have a feeling we’ll need to beat West Brom to ensure safety on the final day. That thought is not a pleasant thought considering how this squad folded two years ago on the final day of the season.

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Wolves are no push over lads got a good result at Villa yesterday


    Mar 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #30

    ED sir , could you please loose the Mackem badge ?

    I cant eat …and im off my Brown Ale at the sight of it …HUggggiiieeeeeee…!


    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #31


    Iv Just returned from a diplomatic mission inside Buhtan….News black out there for six months (Embargo) And ..Im Desperate for news of Newcastle’s result against Sunder*and at St James’s Park earlier this season…Was it a good Game ?

    Thanks DAFFY.

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Think the badge should stay , brightens things up , last year on-line? cant remember, sorry.

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    What is the injury situation at the moment? When will the likes of Enrique, Jonas, Ireland, Best and Gosling be fit? And when is Ryan taylor back from suspension? Must be next game. Tiote does my head in with all his yellow cards and suspensions, we have no pace in the middle of the park without him.

  • clinta2

    Mar 20, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle in slump still 2 points behind Sunderland. Weren’t we 2 points beinds them 2 months ago when they started there slide?

  • howay man

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #35

    simpson williamson coloccini ferguson
    ——–barton nolan guthrie gutierez
    —————–best ranger

    ameobi, lovenkrands and harper dont deserve to play again

  • Brutooon

    Mar 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #36

    How is that Ryan Jarvis was called into the England Squad and Neither Barton or Nolan was being consider???

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #37

    does anyone know if there is a clause in Ireland’s loan contract preventing him playing against villa?

  • baro

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #38

    Aston Astajev the agent of Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine striker Artem Milevsky revealed that he rejected a deal from Newcastle United because he wants to play in Italy or Spain one day…

    Seriously Italy or Spain? Not England? He is a very good attacking player and is very talented. And is a player that looks like one that would fit right into our squad.

  • baro

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #39

    By the way if Jose Enrique is leaving in the summer HOPE NOT but i have no idea reliable this site is but says Taiwo is about to join Aston Villa.

  • taker83

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Please remove Pardew’s picture fron the blog and put Sir Bobby Robson’s photo.Feng shui tips.


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