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Clash of the Titans aftermath: Di Matteo hails “Premier League” Magpies.

January 19th, 2010 | 130 Comments |

Roberto Di Matteo and Chris Hughton yesterday.
Roberto Di Matteo and Chris Hughton yesterday.
West Bromwich Albion manager, Roberto Di Matteo saluted the Premiership quality within Chris Hughton’s Newcastle United squad in the wake of their exciting 2-2 draw at St James’s Park. He also commented on how he saw the Championship as a “strange” league, where quite a few teams will be “in the mix” for promotion places, saying:

“It’s a strange league, so I expect other teams to be in the mix as well – Swansea, Leicester, Cardiff, I think Sheffield United will have something to say as well.

“You can see every week that any team can beat any team.”

Moving on to his observations about the Toon he added:

“Newcastle, you see they have the edge over everybody else with the strong squad they have and the players they have in their team.

“You look at their players and it’s Premier League all over, isn’t it?” (more…)

Maggies face Baggies in top of the table clash.

January 17th, 2010 | 69 Comments |

Maggie bird v Baggie bird. Who'll get the juicy 3 point worm?
Maggie bird v Baggie bird. Who'll get the juicy 3 point worm?
Newcastle United take on West Bromwich Albion in a crucial top of the table encounter on Monday night at St James Park. With the Toon drawing the Baggies in the FA Cup 4th round, the two teams are forced to play each other twice in the space of six days.

We will be looking to extend our unbeaten home run of nine wins and three draws at SJP but Albion will be a real test for the lads. Recently knocked off second spot after a defeat at home to in form Nottingham Forest, Roberto Di Matteo will be looking to his team to win the two games they have in hand
over Forest to position themselves back in second place.

Di Matteo was a great midfield player, who, you will remember, enjoyed a very successful playing career with Chelsea and Italy before being forced to retire following a horrific injury. His first steps into management in 2008 with Milton Keynes Dons proved successful, as he led the League One club to within two points of their second successive automatic promotion while they played attacking, attractive football. (more…)