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The Coverage Of This Was Ridiculous Yesterday

12:09 pm, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

We saw headlines in all of the major national newspapers yesterday that Sunderland had beaten Newcastle in a closed-door friendly game yesterday 6-0.

The game was arranged principally to give some of the players on both sides who were returning from injury or who hadn’t played in  a while – some match practice.

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Steven Taylor – had a run-out yesterday

We don’t know the Sunderland team but the Shields Gazette published the Newcastle team which was a lot weaker than the side Sunderland played apparently.

These things happen in friendly games – but to somehow suggest this means something is just daft.

This is the team that started the game yesterday for Newcastle and apparently Marveaux was injured in the first half – but how come he is still a Newcastle player so late in the transfer window?

Newcastle: Darlow; Barlaser, Taylor, Lascelles, Gibson; Roberts, Gouffran, Longstaff, Marveaux, Aarons; Riviere

It’s just ridiculous the publicity given to the score-line – maybe it was a slow news day?

The results that matter for each team are in the 15 league games remaining – which includes a real derby game at St. James Park on March 20th between the two sides.

If Newcastle are beaten for the 7th derby in a row in that game we may even deserve to be relegated – as punishment simply because of the shame of it all.

We are still hoping Newcastle (and Sunderland too) escape the drop this season, but it’s looking decidedly dodgy for both clubs, although both clubs are getting players in this month.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Steven Taylor

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Tom // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    I don’t hope Sunderland stay up – I can’t hack the derby days anymore.

  • 2 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    According to Italian media NUFC among other PL clubs have been sniffing around Keita Baldé Diao a young Nigerian striker at Lazio

  • 3 juan // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    That’s the game which will confirm who will get relegated us or them. Hopefully them

  • 4 toonking // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    What’s cashley’s plan if the CL revamp were to really happen also what effect this have on finding the buyer?

    We all want better managers than pardew and macca and we all want better players than willo or obatan but if this happened the odds of going a season without willo’s and parjews will be minimal.

    This will be the final time I watch football, what’s the point watching PL football if your team’s best ambition is to stay in the PL?

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    if we somehow survive how many of the following have contracts finishing in the summer that hopefully won’t get re-newed.


  • 6 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Seriously , looking at the team that played , it seems like Shteve did sham a favour by loaning him the name NUFC and not the players for this match, I’m not sure how strong the scums team was , but most of the players in our team do not have a future at the club anyway. And the ones that do could have had a great game personally, but let down by the flops around them.

    Game meant nothing

  • 7 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:29 PM,,10278~14297137,00.jpg

  • 8 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I wonder if a compromise has been made between us and Spurs that we got Townsend for £12 million and agree not to persue Berahino. …..
    Time will tell

  • 9 chinleymag // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    As much as I want us to stay up and fight another day in truth we deserve to be relegated.Along with Sunderland and Villa we have been the most ineptly run team over the last few years. On the financial front we may be OK but its about how we get the right players in to maintain what happens on the pitch. All three of these clubs have failed abjectly on that front.The pre season relegation favs Bournemouth Norwich and Watford seem to be well run well organised football clubs living within their means and succeeding to progress and entertain For us to emulate Leicester or Southampton is currently only a pipe dream. Let these clubs have their day in the sun .With the current owners and coaching team we could buy the Barca forward line and still go downwhich quite frankly is what we deserve under the current regime

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM


    I have to say the first 2 goals against whu were absolutely outstanding and if you took that as a stand alone snapshot you’d say SM was the man.

    But then we go to watford and we’re back to square 1, though admittedly had chances again.

    a blind man could have told anyone months ago though that we needed a quick goal getter, top CB, top LB and a creative midfielder. sadly only one of these has been rectified in the form of Shelvey, although a lot of money has now been spent.

  • 11 jimiley // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    What do you mean? With a management team of Ashley, Charnley, Carr and McClaren, what can possibly go wrong? The more inepy you are, the more you seem to be welcome in the court of King Mike. We need to sign even more wingers and midfielders Mr Carr because we have some wonderful centre backs, full backs and especially strikers. Have done for years Mr Carr. Carry on.

  • 12 reilly // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    talk of norwich in for santoon,and spurs in talks with fulham for dembele.

  • 13 optimistic prime // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:43 PM


    The way they were talking was if the big clubs don’t get in they’ll start their own super league, they don’t want that as their cash cow will be dried out.

    Joke imo

  • 14 bladeuser // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Amateur team muppet manager inept owner a ch lb and striker were needed to have a chance of beating the drop so what do the lunatics who run the asylum do buy three midfielders this club along with its paying sheep deserve the championship and they are so on track to do it

  • 15 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Martinez is a disgrace. It’s high time something was done about his media comments about match officials. Mourinho would be heavily fined. It seems that Everton are content to roll over and use any questionable decision they suffer as an excuse for bottling games. Martinez is perfectly entitled to go into the dressing room, ignore the fact that City wiped the floor with his team, and tell his players it was all the referee’s fault.

    However, why are the watching public persistently belaboured with his ramblings. It was funny at first, but he’s arguably a bigger professional victim than Moyes ever was. He’s got the best group of
    young players only matched by Tottenham. He can’t organise the defence and simply can’t handle Stones who should push for a move.
    He’s a rare talent but is being badly handled. Because he is a smooth operator he gets away with murder and must be on borrowed time

    Martinez should be fitted with an electric collar that delivers a shock to him whenever he blames this sort of bottle-jobbery on officials – hell, give him a shock whenever he does his rubbish pointy finger celebration, too. Moyes is available and the word is he’s being lined up
    as a replacement. We will never have a better chance to beat them. McClaren how good a coach are you.

  • 16 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Sunderland don’t necessarily beat us because they have a better side they win simply because there work rate is far higher. Another reason we’re in the bottom three.

  • 17 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    The Europeans in their own domestic cups rarely see an upset and the final is invariably won by a first line team and this has effected their CL thinking.

    The Cop del Rey in Spain the last non 1st div side to win it Arenas 1919 .

    Coppa Italia the last non 1st line team to win it Vado 1922 .

    DFB Pokal(Germany) the last non 1st line team to win it First Vienna 1943 (Austria was part of the 3rd Reich and most German footballers were getting their nuts froze off outside Stalingrad ).

  • 18 TroubledToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    The very fact that this match went ahead is ridiculous!!!

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