Sunderland Just Beat Newcastle


Our concern that Newcastle seemed to pick up lots of injuries once Alan Pardew arrived last December, has been backed up by web-site Physioroom.com

Ben Arfa – out from early October with broken leg

The web-site is useful on checking on the players Newcastle have injured and when they are due to return, although they are not always up to date and the site lists the current injuries each club has.

It currently shows Newcatsle have Perch, Williamson, Harper, Kadar and Ben Arfa out, although young Kadar is now fully fit.

At the end of the season they also list the number of player days a club has had through injuries to players,  and in that list, Newcastle have just been pipped by local rivals Sunderland.

Out of their official 25-man squad, Newcastle players were missing for a total of 1643 days.

In the 2006-2007 season with Roeder in charge Newcastle were top with 2019 player days lost.

In the season before that in 2005-2006 Newcastle were second, with 1743 player days lost, and again behind table toppers Sunderland.

Physioroom.com’s Stuart Mills commented on Newcastle’s injuries last season:

“Newcastle have really suffered with long-term injuries to important players this term.”

“I imagine after the upheaval in the early part of the season they will be very satisfied with what has been achieved.”

“It is hard for the big four to cope with this level of injuries, however for the rest of the league, with smaller squads, it is very tricky.”

Newcastle fans will remember when Newcastle were nearly always top of the Premier League Injury table every week through the season.

The club seemed to get so many injuries from around 2004 through 2007 when Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were managers, and the lack of Newcastle’s best players through injury arguably cost both managers their jobs.

Graeme Souness insisted that the training be as though the lads were playing a game, and while that;s OK – it did lead to a lot of injuries during training.

And Souness often pressed players to come back before they were really ready, and that added to the malaise.

Last season was not helped by Dan Gosling being injured almost the whole season, and Ben Arfa being out from early October – so there’s a lot of player days racked up just by those two players.

To be fair to Pardew, both those players had their injuries long before Alan arrived on Tyneside,

Leon Best was another player who was out for most of the season, although when he did play he was a revelation for Newcastle, scoring 6 goals in 11 appearances for the side.

Hopefully, the problem with Leon’s ankle has now been fixed by the surgery he had in April, and we hope Leon can keep improving next season

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will point to the number of injuries to try to keep his job on Wearside, but the terrible slump since January was almost frightening.

Sunderland eventually pulled out a couple of wins to secure their PL safety, and of course ended above Newcastle in the league table, when they smashed a woeful West Ham side 3-0 at Upton Park and Newcastle threw away a 3 goal lead at home to West Brom. 🙁

But to try to end on a positive note, we understand Alan Pardew will cut out the hand-to-hand combat training next season – so that should help. 😀

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222 comments so far

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    #1

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Gotta give credits to the team. They strongly suggested i go for a 1 stop strategy… and well.. it PAID OFF.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    70k a week for Gervinho. He’s got to be coming here now.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Plus they are FINALLY upgrading the facilaties, with under soil heating this will help ALOT against potential injuries from Training.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    @toonfan76

    Source?

    @Gorskin… id recomenned something along the lines of a bouncy castle… some of our players tend to be fragile… Willo injured during training :/

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Lads, just got in from work can anyone tell me the lastets on Gerviho or any other potentials please?

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Just what was said on the last thread, Apparently Jamie Dalton has said that’s what the toon has offered him.

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  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    No new news on Gervinho or Gamiero. But Cabaye will sign offically for newcastle Next Friday.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Apparently Gervinho won’t be going to Arsenal, as Arshavin is certain he’ll be staying. Makes us favourites to get him, and has been reported that alongside Cabaye, he’ll be revealed next week.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    toonfan76

    What you heard mate?

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    ohhhh thanks ppl.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Is this Jamie Dalton a reliable source?

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Nufc_mo
    @Gorskin… id recomenned something along the lines of a bouncy castle…
    Not a good idea – some bairns got hurt on a bouncy castle the other week.
    Perhaps just train in table football? – no doubt someone would sprain a wrist!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    cwarr07 Colin
    For all those asking Gervinho & Cabaye will be confirmed as #nufc next week.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheapest solution against injuries in training is wrapping the players in bubble packing. It will also keep them warm.

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Gervinho is a top quality player, maybe if he signs it will encourage some more good quality players to join or even stay. (Jose)

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    £10,ooo a day that works out.
    i wish it was me………..

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    GG what do you make of this Cwarr07 guy?

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  • jaw4life

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    This has pretty much been written above but I’ll summarise anyway Cwarr07 and Jamie Dalton (journo on twitter) say.

    Gervinho and Cabaye to sing sometime this coming week. That agreement reached with N’zogbia but efforts to tie up Gerv and Cabaye are taking priorirty and that Gameiro has been given deadline of the end of the week whether that is Friday or Next Sunday I dont know. But it looks like this is going to be a very busy week.

    …………….Krul………………….
    Gosling…..Staylor….Collo……Enrique(?)
    ………………… Tiote………………………………
    …………………..Cabaye……………………………..
    ..Gervinho…….Ben Arfa……………N’zgobia…
    …………………….(New Striker?)…………………

    Bench : Harper,Nolan,Best,Simmo,Willo,Barton(?),Jonas

    Thats a crazy team…we would have 10 to 15mn to find that top notch structure….obviously my line up is making alot of assumptions. Buts its not looking too unrealistic atm

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    wayne rooney had a hair transplant
    cant wait to see the results
    britans next top model
    haha

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  • jaw4life

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    *Striker

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    jaw4life

    What a line up mate. I really hope its pretty near the mark next season.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Afternoon all, any news or we in for another day of waiting?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    toonfan76, I don’t make anything of him. I just follow him with eyes closed hands together in silent prayer that he’s right.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #25

    I think we should all go to the cinema 2nyt and watch the new x-men just to pass the day in 😀

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #26

    the only player im conviced on so far is nzogbia.
    just by his comments on twatter the other day.
    it would make it even sweeter, if he rejects liverpool and joins us.lol.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    you on twatter kevy??? lol

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Jamie Dalton is not on Twitter. Where is the info from him comimg from?

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Kevy
    That’s very eerie mate because that’s exactly what am doing today

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    If he’s right about Gervinho and Nzog then he must be in the know cos he’s been saying it for weeks, but if he’s wrong he will loose a lot of followers in the coming weeks. I really hope he’s right.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    yea im kevytoon

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Well, nothing new about Gervinho, but after i thougt a while about Gameiro, i’m afraid, it’s beyond all hope.

    You maybe Know it, but Paris saint Germain have been buyed four days ago by some Quatar’s prince.

    So , they probably can now give the 12 millions euro NUFC have already offered to FC Lorient.

    And there’s no doubt Gameiro prefer going to Paris.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    What the news on Nzog?

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    @ niafron
    If that’s the case then we definitely won’t be getting Gameiro.

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  • toonruz

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Gamiero will allso sign for us there is no other bid from any other club only us have permission to talk to him

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Well, never said never. But i’m far from optmistic…

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  • jaw4life

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #37

    I really don’t want Gameiro anymore! arghhhh

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    The Jamie Dalton comment was posted by someone else on the previous article.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    toonruz

    I have never read a more optimistic toon fan then you lol. Whats the latest mate?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Yea it certainly looks like Gervinho will be coming to us now. But i’m trying not to get too excited because all my life i’ve only been treated to disappoinment as a Newcastle fan.

    Not too sure about Gamiero though. Most french insiders have said he will join PSG or to Spain. If we don’t get him, we already have made our move for Shane Long as a plan B. Its all good so far. Just need a pacey goalscoring winger like Nzogbia.

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