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Newcastle vs Sunderland – Match Preview

This is the most important game so far this season for Newcastle United.

It’s also a league game, so that’s always important, as we have to pick up some points this season, enough points  hopefully so that we’re not even in the relegation zone. That would be great.

And with the gossip press all over Chris Hughton, for some strange reason, the Magpies fans seem  to have got right behind this polite gentleman, who is managing the Newcastle club right now, and the fans will literally will the team on to a possible win tomorrow afternoon against those  local rivals in their red and white.

But don’t confuse the politeness of Chris Hughton with his extreme competitive spirit,  and his tremendous will to win and be successful as the Newcastle manager.

You can see that pent up emotion in Chris come out, whenever the lads score a goal – but he’s got it so that he gets himself right back in control in  about 5.5 seconds (we’ve timed it). 😀

Steve Bruce, the Geordie manager and Newcastle supporter, will of course not be supporting the black and whites tomorrow afternoon,  and he will do his absolute utmost to get a win at St. James’ Park – because that’s his job and he’s turned into such a great professional, and done very well so far on Wearside.

Indeed, Steve Bruce has gone up a lot in our view this week, following the  true and kind words he said about Chris Hughton yesterday, as he supported Chris fully as the manager at Newcastle United, based on Chris’ excellent record so far.

And Chris this morning showed that he was obviously both pleased and seemingly moved,   by the utter class shown by the Sunderland manager. Good on Steve!

In fact both managers  have waxed lyrical about each other, but that will not stop each of them going all out tomorrow afternoon for the win,  and give their supporters some bragging rights, which is what each set of supporters crave after these games.

Both clubs have done quite well so far this season,  with Sunderland on 12 points from 9 games and Newcastle one point less, and both have the same goal difference  of +1,  so they are both in decent shape.

We say this because we are not ones who want Sunderland to go down, or anything like that,  because it’s important for the north east area that both North East clubs are in the Premier League and both doing well.

As long as Newcastle can beat them twice a season of course.

And we don’t even think the Middlesbrough game is much of a  rivalry at all, because the Newcastle and Sunderland supporters are completely different from those down south in Middlesbrough.

Newcastle will have Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell unavailable for tomorrow’s game,  with long-term casualty Dan Gosling also not available of course.

As far as the Newcastle team tomorrow goes, we’d be very surprised if Chris does not start the side that did so well at West Ham last Saturday for a great 3 points, so this is the side we expect Chris to name tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Carroll Ameobi
Subs: Soderberg Perch Smith Guthrie Lovenkrands Taylor (R) Ranger

We’d like to have included Haris Vuckic as a sub, because of his very promising display on Wednesday night against Arsenal, but we think Chris will prefer Danny Guthrie, but we definitely think that big Nile Ranger will be a sub, and that he will get a game tomorrow  afternoon too.

One key to the game  is for the two front men to let the Sunderland defense know they are around with their physical presence, and when one of the local lads Shola or Andy tires in the second half,  Chris can bring on Nile Ranger, who’s another handful.

One weakness we’ve had in the last few games is the defense, and they’ve given away some very poor goals, and 13 goals conceded in 9 games is too many, and we just cannot afford any mistakes tomorrow afternoon, so Coloccini and Williamson will be very important players for Newcastle in this derby game.

But as we’ve said before, if there’s ever a game the Newcastle players need to do their talking on the pitch, and support their manager, it’s this game tomorrow afternoon. Whatever happens during the game, the goal is to be ahead after the added time runs out after 90 minutes.

And our lads should play the game as if their lives depended on winning it, and we want to see all the fight, enthusiasm and guts our lads have shown since Chris came on board 16 months ago.

But it’s very important that our boys pull it off tomorrow and get the win, first of all for their manager, the under-fire Chris Hughton, and then for their fantastic fans.

We’ll be ecstatic if Newcastle can get the win tomorrow afternoon – ecstatic.

Howay The Lads!!

57 comments so far

  • daffy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #41

    Charlie + Scottish , you lads seem fine + i can get your vibe , its tossers like toonruz & pearceet that bring your club down to the gutter

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #42

    Yeah anyway I’m off now so I’ll speak to u bout 3.30 tommorow daffy bout the score 🙂

  • jaynufc89

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #43

    Newcastle will win nuff said 🙂 Come 3pm tomorrow daffy will smell the coffee and realise history has repeted its self and sunderland have once again been beaten by the team they wish they could beat which is NEWCASTLE UNITED 🙂

  • daffy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #44

    Alkinou- you said it all . we,re never gonna agree as after all we are bitter rivals but but hey! credit to you for seeing beyond what alot on here cant + pointing out the comments policy .

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #45

    Can’t wait for the game… nervous and excited…

    Look, daffy, I’m not intersted in getting into a slagging match, I come on here to talk about football, not throw insults around. And I do respect Ed’s policy on swearing etc…


    It’s really sad and pathetic that you come on here as a Mackem and try to wind everyone up. Surely there are similar sites for Sunderland fans… so go on them. I would never dream of going on your network, firstly out of respect, and secondly because I’m not that sad. All you’re doing is slagging off our team and fans and you’re not even doing it intelligently. Your viewpoints are childish and outdated so go away and grow up.


    I think there will be goals, I think it will be close and i think we can edge it. Form seems to go out the window with games like this so predicting the score is always hard, but it’s such a massive game, we’re at home and we have players who genuinely want to play for us and will relish the chace to go out and win this, so I don’t see why we can’t.

    Come on the Toon!

    Charlietoon, loving post 34 as regards to the Bramble comment… made me smile.

    Let’s all shout for the lads tomorrow and pray for a Toon win. As Ed says, we’ll all be ecstatic…


    Howay the lads!

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #46

    I miss ben arfa

  • daffy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #47

    Rowan – I have posted on this blog in the past not just on derby games , what is this fkin communist russia? for gods sake its a football blog all be it an nufc one, when or where does it say in the rule book of life you can only post on your own teams blog site? FF. sake man grow up & get a life ! Look if you cant hack a few words from a rival fan then pity you .

  • CT

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #48

    daffy,post45, you are right son, but if your own blog is so,??? It`s a bit like I guess havin a dirty secret,u luv us n u want to be part of us but we wont let you.!!!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #49


    Yes, there is no rule against it, just strikes me as weird and quite sad… my main objection is that you’re on here to poke fun at us and, politely speaking, stir poo, rather than make legitimate comments on football. Looking back at your posts on this subject, is that not a fair comment?

  • The Oracle

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #50

    Ah dear friends it came to me in a dream NEWCASTLE 1 SUNDERLAND 0 WRITTEN ON A SIGN POST so for the first time in my life i went and placed a small wager with the local bookies HWTLs

  • Wallsend Mag

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #51

    Come on boys! We’ll have the last laugh at half 3 tomorrow!


  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #52


    You make a good point, Ed, if a seemingly obvious one to anyone in the NE, which is that the fans here are right behind Hoots.

    The lazy, biased and vindictive press often turn around to blame their poison tales on the loyal toon fans. As the dust settles and some of the hacks start to cough and look around for someone else to blame for starting all this it will be the ‘unrealistic and delusional’ fans who are fingered.
    Tomorrow is the ideal occasion to stuff the lies down their throats in front of the world’s TV cameras with a show of backing for Houghton and the team.

  • xfer

    Oct 31, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #53

    Looking forward to that lineup Ed. Only reason I would start Shola is because he is a local lad and has done decently well so far.

  • Beardsleys Boot

    Oct 31, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #54

    I can’t agree with the respect given to Steve Bruce. He made no secret that he wanted to manage the Toon but when we went down he went to the red and white circus telling the press that he had always wanted to manage sunderland. No integrity and would now never be accepted north east’s biggest club.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #55

    Very much off topic here…

    How does everyone wash/ keep their new Toon home shirts? I find myself being very delicate with it because of the big black plastic Northern Rock sticker. It’s already slightly peeling. Anyone got any tips? It’s meant to last two seasons…

  • moonraker

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #56

    Steve Bruce is a self-satisfied, patronising bastard!

    Chris Hughton has his critics and I am one of them despite being right behind him cos of the job he has done.

    However the last thing he needs is the support of someone who has twice turned down the Toon.

    These managers make me laugh with their undying support for their colleagues, which makes no difference to the situation at all.

    The only thing that matters in their job is results and with the money Bruce has spent he needs the support of his own fans not other managers who would jump into his seat if the job was to become vacant!!

  • moonraker

    Oct 31, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #57

    Monster @ 55:

    Divnt wash it!


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