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Can the Mags outwit the Foxes on their turf?

January 30th, 2010 | 60 Comments |

What's on the cards at the Walker's?
What's on the cards at the Walker's?
Match facts.
Location:
Walker’s Stadium, Leicester. Kick Off: Saturday 30th Jan, 5:20PM. TV: Sky Sports 1.

With this weeks new signings Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge being joined by on loan defenders Fitz Hall and Patrick Van Aanolt today, the face of the Toon squad is literally changing day by day, and at times even hour by hour. Both new(er) lads trained with the rest yesterday morning and will almost certainly go straight into the squad as the Toon take on Leicester City’s ‘Foxes’ at the Walker’s stadium. Leicester City are expecting their biggest attendance of the season so far for this fixture, with almost 29,000 tickets sold before the game.

Leicester have always been a bit of a dodgy team for us, so I’m hoping we do alright today but I still feel a bit uneasy about this match. The Foxes are suffering from a bit of a blip having lost their last 3 games so we should be able to take advantage. but they will also be keen to get back on track as they lie only 3 points outside of a play off place. Commenting on those 3 matches City captain, Matt Oakely, said: (more…)


What do we think of the Newcastle engine room? – Part deux.

January 7th, 2010 | 66 Comments |

Looking and feeling a little rusty in the middle?
Looking and feeling a little rusty in the middle?
The previous review of the current squad, took a look at the Newcastle defence, an area that this season we’ve been surprisingly strong in, given our poor reputation in recent years.

Today’s review looks at arguably the fulcrum of a successful team, the midfield, the place that could and should control a game and dictate the style of play. Our midfield this season has been very much part of a strong defensive ethos, and while we have grafters in there, we’re also lacking some natural creativity and pace.

Looking at the current crop, it really makes you pine for some of our former midfielders who have graced the hallowed St James’ turf in the last couple of decades. Reminisce about the grace of French wingers David Ginola and Laurent Robert. Recall the guts, determination and drive of Robert Lee and Gary Speed. Consider the guile we had in Emre, albeit fleetingly, and the sheer brilliance of Nobby Solano. Even having pure pace a la James Milner, Keith Gillespie to worry the opposition. You can even look at some of the less popular characters. We would kill for the pace of Kieron Dyer and dare I say, I could forgive Jermaine Jenas. Possibly even Damien Duff is a big miss? Maybe that’s stretching it…

Anyway, that was the past, what about the present? (more…)


What do we think of the Newcastle engine room?

October 27th, 2009 | 60 Comments |

Looking and feeling a little rusty in the middle?
Looking and feeling a little rusty in the middle?
Yesterday’s review of the current squad, took a look at the Newcastle defence, an area that this season we’ve been surprisingly strong in, given our poor reputation in recent years.

Tonight looks at arguably the fulcrum of a successful team, the midfield, the place that could and should control a game and dictate the style of play. That doesn’t bode well for our side at the moment because arguably, we have a midfield full of players who are very similar and lack pace. Therefore, the pace is often pedestrian and the game often goes stale.

Looking at the current crop, it really makes you pine for some of our former midfielders who have graced the hallowed St James’ turf in the last couple of decades. Reminisce about the grace of French wingers David Ginola and Laurent Robert. Recall the guts, determination and drive of Robert Lee and Gary Speed. Consider the guile we had in Emre, albeit fleetingly, and the sheer brilliance of Nobby Solano. Even having pure pace ala James Milner, Keith Gillespie to worry the opposition. You can even look at some of the less popular characters. We would kill for the pace of Kieron Dyer and dare I say, I could forgive Jermaine Jenas. Possibly even Damien Duff is a big miss? Maybe that’s stretching it…..

Anyway, that was the past, what about the present? – (more…)