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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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McClaren – Players Still 20% Short Of Being Fully Match Fit

Monday, August 24th, 2015 · 165 Comments

One of the positive thing about the performance at Manchester United on Saturday was that we defended superbly for maybe the first time this season, and it was our first clean sheet and something to build on.

But Steve McClaren also knows that the players are still not as sharp as they need to be and he thinks we will see another additional 20% from the lads.

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Steven Taylor – had a very good game for Newcastle on Saturday
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Poll – Can Magpies Advance In League Cup Against Northampton?

Monday, August 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments

Tomorrow night is the first time head coach Steve McClaren will get a chance to manage Newcastle in a cup competition, and it’s the League Cup second round home tie against Football League Two club Northampton Town.

Newcastle will be expected to win this game, but these games are never as easy as they appear on paper.

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97% Of Fans Still Want Reinforcements In This Area

Monday, August 24th, 2015 · 13 Comments

It was a terrific defensive performance by Newcastle on Saturday at Old Trafford to get a 0-0 draw,  and a good point, but we launched our poll yesterday after the game, and a massive majority of fans still want another defender brought in before the transfer window closes a week tomorrow.

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Steve McClaren towards the end of the game on Saturday
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Newcastle Could Sign Two Players Before Window Closes

Monday, August 24th, 2015 · 8 Comments

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that it was Aston Villa and Newcastle who were the two Premier League clubs who were interested in Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and with 9 days to go before the end of the summer transfer window, we could still see Newcastle bring in maybe two players.

Even though Newcastle played so well in defense against Manchester United on Saturday,  and got a good point in the 0-0 draw, most fans would love to see defensive reinforcements brought in.

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26 year-old Aymen Abdennour – Monaco center-back
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McClaren Reveals The Best Signing At Newcastle This Summer

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 · 43 Comments

We’ve always said that the best coaches get the very best out of the players they have available, and they do it in different ways – but it’s all about having good man-management skills – and getting the players to place their trust in you.

Steve McClaren seems to have those skills in abundance and a good example of that is how he has handled the Coloccini affair this summer.

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What a terrific shot this is at the end of the game
Our two best players yesterday with Coloccini outstanding

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Newcastle Will Get Better – We Are Improving

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 · 26 Comments

One of the most pleasing things about the clean sheet yesterday was that Newcastle were so organized in defense,  and in general way the players defended yesterday, and you could see how hard they had worked during the week in working on defense – cutting out crosses and blocking shots and good positional play.

The same thing may be necessary this week when we entertain Arsenal on Saturday, who another top team who start the game like a steam train, and again the first 20 minutes will be important as it’s been in our last couple of games.

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Fab Coloccini – tremendous display yesterday

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