Many years ago, I used to take great delight in seeing Newcastle attendances outdo Sunderland but to be honest, over recent years it has not even been close.

So I won’t mention that both teams played at home last night and there were virtually twice as many fans inside St James Park than went in down the road. I won’t even mention the fact it was £5 cheaper to get in down that road!

Instead I am going to extol the virtues of a certain Florian Thauvin (pictured above), ok it was only Northampton, but you can only take on who is on the other team.

Tormenting the Northampton defence from minute one, scoring one and making three, it’s not a bad return for an hour’s work and how the faithful loved it!

Suddenly we can be a threat at free-kicks and corners as he whips a delicious ball in, I can’t wait to see the beast get on the end of one of his set-piece deliveries.

Welcome to Newcastle United, Florian Thauvin.

Ok, I will climb off the perch and remember again that it was just Northampton Town, but if it is a taste of things to come I can at least look forward.

Last night was a job well done, a strong team on the park and a comfortable win, no banana skin, just a confident professional approach, and solid displays virtually all over the park.

I use the word virtual because of course there was an under performer or two but it would be churlish to single anyone out.

Sheffield Wed up here next, it’s a decent draw and should ensure a decent turn out, I truly hope the crowd is good, the Owls are sure to bring a decent following.

I mentioned before about singling people out, well last week before the Man Utd game I singled out Captain Colo as being over the hill. Well humble pie time because he showed he can still be a top defender as he turned in an outstanding performance, the taste of humble pie can indeed be pleasant, more of the same please.

So this weekend it’s Arsenal, a team who over the years have regularly left here with all 3 points. Well it is time to announce to the world that we are on the way back, their first half defending against Liverpool on Monday night was woeful at best and maybe the beast can take full advantage of their lack of regular centre backs?

Of course he will need decent service, step forward Florian Thauvin, this just could be a match made in Geordie heaven, it’s an exciting thought!

We will of course need to defend well and match them all over the pitch but we do have a genuine chance of taking their scalp on Saturday.

Some of you will say I am writing this before the beer haze dies, but for once I stayed off the sauce, and I am genuinely really looking forward to Saturday.

Of course, were we to beat Arsenal then all will seem ok with NUFC, but it’s not, there is still a lot of bridge building to be done by Mike Ashley etc, but it is a small step in the right direction as we have clearly signed quality players.

Take another small step Mike and sneak one or maybe two more through the door, we are only an injury or two away from spoiling the good work.

We are strong in many positions but still a little bit short in others. Competition for places can leave some players disappointed, but others will have to be on their toes, it’s a nice problem for the manager and produces good craic in the pubs beforehand for the fans. With various teams and formations chirped out between beers.

The reality of it all however is that the  season is still young and we only have two points, but there is much promise, and we can help to fulfil this promise by backing the lads to the hilt.

Ok, enough for now, I have no doubt someone will comment that I have gone over the top, if so, fair enough, but I thoroughly enjoyed last night, it was a refreshingly different approach to a cup game than what we have been used to in recent seasons.

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