I want sunderland to get beat as much as the next Newcastle United fan….usually.

Questions have been asked earlier in the season when the mackems have been playing the teams in and around the black & whites and whether Newcastle fans would want their deadliest rivals to win.

These provoked some ‘strong’ responses with many fans saying they’d never want sunderland to win a match under any circumstances, whilst some were still afraid of the red & whites catching us and still others declared that we shouldn’t need to rely on other teams’ results and rely on our own results to achieve anything.

Surely now though all this has to be swept away, the current league position is Spurs 58 points, Newcastle 53 and sunderland 41.

If Newcastle win at Swansea on Friday, a sunderland win over Tottenham would leave us only two points behind with six matches to play.

With a twelve point gap and only seven matches to play surely even the worst black & white pessimist can’t think sunderland will catch us!

Just think how satisfying it would be if the mackems helped United into a Champions League placing, give them a little cheer on Saturday.

 

21 comments
GToon
GToon

Not quick? He's pretty fast I think. I think he is a very good player playing in a team whose style doesn't help him. I also think when given a task to do such as win it and make a quick pass like against the hammers he did well. Bet he would have been great in the KK side of the nineties in the same way that Clarkie might not have looked as good in this team. Let's see what better coaching brings to his game.

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

I know Tiote is a Cnut but I would have him in the team on a stretcher in front of Bobby tamblin's lirrul bruvva

Timptoon
Timptoon

The fact that Anita is so far down my list of things to worry about shows how low the club have sunk. Yes, he's more reliable than Tiote but even Tiote doesn't make my top 6. (Tell the truth, I'd almost forgotten we have him.) The order in which people should go: Ashley; Charnley; Carr; Willo; Sammy: Colo; Saylor; Gouff; Squidwort; Tiote ....

Hetton Mag
Hetton Mag

He is a decent technical player but just strong enough for the prem. How our wonderful chief scout keeps picking little guys eg Cabella who can't hack it I do not know. I'm not talking height cf Augerro, Messi but they have no strength. We seem to over pay for these midgets £12m for Cabella and how is he better than HBA?

GToon
GToon

I think these players look good in teams who move the ball quickly up front but when they face a battle in the slow moving game played by NUFC they start to lose out. Horses for courses I think and Carr has an idea of how we might play but it doesn't actually tally with the managers ideas of late. Carr might have been delighted at getting Cabella but Pardew played him in a team who didn't support the attack so he was often facing 2 opponents with no options available to him. If we had pushed more players forward I reckon Rivierre would have been much more affective too. I'm hoping for big changes this season, not just in terms of personnel.

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

bet the author wants Dummett to stay, says it all

Hez
Hez

Anita has contributed about as much as his height and manhood, little

ArtyH
ArtyH

I dislike writing or reading negative comments about our club. However on past performance and happenings to date I cannot see any good things to comment on. IMHO V.A has been hailed as a gifted technical player by P45dew and a few others, they must have better eyes than me as I've seen nothing of this in the player. I watched the West Ham game and saw nothing spectacular in V.A that would change my mind, one good game in  3 years is not good enough for me. 

Now tomorrow if NUFC sign 6 players who are more than journeymen and a couple of them are known to the EPL, that would be a good start. Having said that, I doubt the club will make any notable additions to the side. I would love to see Williamson, Goofy, Magamind, Sammy and V.A  moved on but I think we are stuck with them, no one else would be stupid enough to invest in them as footballers, but NUFC did, speaks volumes......

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

I think we are ignoring the elephant in the room. A certain Mr Tiote. If we are comparing the two (Same position) then I'd take Anita every time.

It's obvious we aren't going to go out and buy 10 players (and nor should we) But we have to get the best out of what we have in the squad so far.

The players I'm talking about are Krul, Janmaat, Colback, Sissoko, De Jong, Perez and Cisse. I would personally include Anita in that bunch, which gives us a good platform to start.

Mal44
Mal44

@Paul Patterson  Agreed. Hopefully the new coaching team and add something to the way we play and increase the performance levels of the players we've got. I'm hoping that we might be able to increase that list of current players you've mentioned, Cabella, Aarons for example. But we desperately need that new blood in some key positions; surely something has to happen in the next few days!

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

Christ on a bike paul Anita in front of TIote! You're having a laugh. At least Tiote puts in a tackle. Anita couldn't tackle a fish supper!

Slowlybutsurely
Slowlybutsurely

I don't get it, why is our 'united' football acting like everything has to be a secret, their is absolutely no communication, nothing to get our imagination going, if you look at our official website, there is 4 news reports in 2 weeks, if you look at Chelsea's, Liverpool's even Watford's! It is jam packed with reports this week,, it's not always about signings, just something coming from the club! Where is this passion? I don't know why I bother any more

v0ices
v0ices

@Slowlybutsurely that would involve employing someone to wrote the stories and keep the site updated thars money out of mash holdings pocket.

desree
desree

another player who has contributed little to the club coming out with empty promises. To everyone at NUFC actions speak louder than captains letters, owners interviews, begging letters, PR spin, failed signings and any other sad attempt.

Will Richardson
Will Richardson

Well written. The stats about Krul and Williamson producing more assists than Anita last season are shocking.

Oldgit
Oldgit

I like this guy, I feel he hasn't been given a chance by the previous head coach. I have a feeling that he will blossom and become more of an attacking midfield. Watch this space.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

I must say that I don't cling to any positives that are there..... I rationalise the situation in view of its weight and truthfulness....


.... and then insult the perpetrator.

AMarkDixon
AMarkDixon

To be honest the form and place in the squad of Anita is the least of our worries.