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Former Newcastle Star Still Getting The Job Done

Daryl Murphy did well at Newcastle last season and was almost the perfect professional who was often praised by manager Rafa Benitez for his patience and professionalism when he wasn;t playing too much.

He scored six goals for us and was a great example to the rest of the squad with the way he committed himself to the Newcastle cause and got the job done for us when given a chance.

And last night playing at the Stadium of Light he scored the winner after 86 minutes in the 1-0 Nottingham Forest win, and that gives Daryl his 4th goal of the season.

After Sunderland took four points from their first two Championship games, they now have lost their last four league games and have only 5 points from their first 7 games.

Daryl Murphy after scoring last night against the Black Cats

That puts them in 20th place in the Championship table, and alarm bells should be going off in the Sunderland Board room.

We found out last year that clubs can quickly seal their fate by having a poor start to the season and that happened to Aston Villa last season.

And they are not doing much better this season with only 7 points from their first 7 games under Geordie manager Steve Bruce.

The Championship these days is really tough because of the huge incentive to get into the big money of the Premier League.

It also shows what a brilliant job Rafa Benitez did for us last season, and he hasn’t received the credit he deserves for that and probably never will.

Now Rafa needs to get us into the top six in the PL, and then he’ll receive plenty of credit.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Great to see Murph celebrating, too!!!!

  • toontaff2

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Stoke may be quite physical, especially in defence and up front, but Shaquiri, Jesse, Berahino Joe Allen aren’t!
    Our midfield will have a good test v Darren Fletcher and Joe Allen.
    Lascalles/Clark up against Choup-Moting, Diouf or Crouch.
    Zouma, Wimmer, Pieters, Shawcross, if fit, certainly physical!
    Butland, a top keeper.
    An established PL side (as were West Ham/Swansea) – hate Hughes – but this will be a tough fixture, though we will, of course, win 5-1! 😆

  • firebug666

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    toontaff2 #2

    That’s just bloody shocking mate, giving them a goal. 😀

    3-0 to the TOON, and send them home licking their wounds.

  • Spoof

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Stoke’s defence doesn’t have much pace about it, I bet Rafa sets us up to exploit that.

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    @ Spoof, you’d have thought a start for Atsu to run at Stoke’s defence would be an obvious move.

    I’ve given up trying to get a Rafa Bingo now LOL

  • Spoof

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6


    Possibly, but pace alone might not be enough , don’t forget we are at home so Stoke may try to keep it tight and not over commit which makes it difficult to exploit a slow defence, we need to draw them out and we will have to be clever to do that.

  • LetuscloneShearer

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Against Stoke I would play Gayle and Atsu, given their slow defence.

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Is Murphy after Shola’s crown as Mackem slayer? 🙂

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    The locals need to stop wearing those pink tops, it makes the ground look empty

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    heard the mackems are going to paint white stripes on the seats – bit late tho looks like the seats have faded like their football club

  • switch365

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    I see Aarons got 45 mins the other night. Hope to see him starting soon, has pace, skill, crosses well and a canny eye for goal too.

  • Jammy-D

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone else notice the bloke in the background of the photo … Hahaha … middle finger to the sky 😛 .. must be a mackem!!!

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Firebug. Definitely 3-0. This Choup-Moting looks tasty but we’ll handle him. Just be wary of Hughes bringing the lanky beanpole on for the last 20. He can be awkward to deal with especially at set pieces, what with him being all pointy and 8′ 10″…….3-0 it is.

  • Belfast

    Sep 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t decide who’ll get sacked first to be honest. Grayson or Bruce at Villa ?

    Sheffield United are doing very well could be dark horses this season, got a good manager.

  • Jack Root

    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #15

    From yesterday. Your living in the dark ages with talk of 4-4-2 the term is today so vague as to be almost useless in describing how a team lines up and plays. It’s like 4-5-1 which is also a generic term describing a number of formations. You might have missed Sky highlighting the creation of the Premier League and the evolution of tactics from the notion that there are only three bands- defence, midfield and attack. Watching modern football it’s noticeably about movement of players up and down, left and right. There are no lines anymore with players constantly trying to break them. Many of the high cost signings in the window were with that in mind.

    Breaking of the lines though is not new as we’ve always had defensive and attacking midfielders. Individual roles have fluctuated with the growing need to ” manage the characteristics of individuals” in a pro-active rather than in the reactive historic way. Though I am told that back in the 1980’s Waddle frequently operated on the wing where the weaker full back was. Not really that different from Ritchie’s role though he often works his socks off between defending and attacking. Not every player has to track back but you need to employ players that do.

    Modern tactics/ formations are designed to exploit opponents weaknesses and your strengths in a pro- active manner. Contrast the Huddersfield performance where an intended 4-2-3-1 formation did not function because a number of players did not perform, went missing and were far too static. Whilst against Swansea where it was just the opposite, with players taking responsibility and as a team showing individual qualities within a collective team performance.

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16


    Looks like it could be the start of another decade of laughing at sland.

    I’m working in sland atm and it’s bloody great, he who laughs last and all that.

    I do feel sorry for the ones who’ve bought season tickets, they’re having a right job even giving them away lol

  • supermac69

    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    26k at the stadium of shyte last neet, worra bunch tools, keep going lads you will be playing Gateshead soon hahahaha

  • Jack Root

    Sep 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Shelvey and Merino can play in the same side. There are a number of options with Shelvey playing -no 10-as the middle player in a 3 behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1. With Hayden and Merino dovetailing in behind as the 2. Fluidity between the two would be essential and Merino with his vision, movement and passing range being given more of an attacking role depending on the state of any game.

    Last season Shelvey was consistently the one to open up defences, He was our most creative player but Merino has already shown the same ability. Merino Is not yet fully fit and acclimatised to the premiership and i think we could see Shelvey at some stage during Saturday’s game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shelvey played in the number 10 role before too long. At Liverpool under Rodgers Shelvey was played in front of central midfielders. Additionally, on a few occasions he was selected as a false number 9.


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