Newcastle United were not at the races at all in those first 25 minutes of the Manchester United game, and we paid for it going 2-0 down, and in truth the Red Devils missed some chances and it could have been even worse by half time.
Fab Coloccini – returns to training this week
One Newcastle weakness is that we hardly ever start a game quickly and get immediately onto the front foot, and the second half of this season’s games are usually spent trying to get back into the game after a poor start.
And Alan Pardew has told the local press today, that we cannot start the game at Sunderland like we did against Manchester United, otherwise it will be bad news.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press this morning:
“The most important thing at Sunderland is to not get lost at the start of the game, which we did against Man United.” “My experience of these type of games is they start at an electric pace.”
“We must be ready for them. We need to try to get a grip during that early period.”
The good news is that Newcastle will be boosted by the return to training of captain Fabricio Coloccini, local lad Steven Taylor and Dutch international goalkeeper Tim Krul, and we hope all three are fit enough to start the game on Sunday.
And we should also see Danny Simpson return to the right back position, and while Danny has his critics on Tyneside, he’s probably a better player than he’s been given credit for.
A win against Sunderland on Sunday is just what the doctor ordered – to get our season going.
That’s what we are hoping for.
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