So you can snatch titles from us, you can call us a wee club, you can beat us time and time again and you can burden us with Gabriel Obertan! But the Premier League won’t be the same without you that’s for sure. So long Fergie, maybe it’ll be Manchester United who will only record 7 wins over the toon in the next 50 games…
Articles by Jamie Hardesty
So what I’m saying is, if Pards continues to approach away games in the same vein as the displays at West Ham and West Brom, playing for a point rather than a win, he will not only be lambasted by frustrated and disillusioned supporters, he will also then have to hope Wigan slip up. Paradoxically, the safe option of being conservative is in fact a risk itself!
In my 22 years as a black and white, which for all you oldies out there I’ll describe as our ‘modern history’, one thing has always been the same. One variable has remained constant in the sense that the toon have always been superior to the mackems.
I hold my hands up here, I thought Jonas was absolutely brilliant on Tuesday night. I’d go as far to say that without him, we may well have drawn or even lost that game. You could say, well yeah, it was classic Jonas. What do you expect?
Throughout 2012 there were whispers of his dissatisfaction of being paired in a substandard defensive partnership. Newcastle have needed a top centre half to complement Colo for the past TWO seasons now and still the void has not been filled.
The single biggest bone to pick I have with Pards is the unchallenged inclusion of Jonas. Ok, you know he’s going to work his backside off for you but his contribution going forward, as a winger should, is absolutely non existent.
Comparing those sides to some of the names in the ‘unseeded’ pot, I think we’ve actually gotten the better deal by finishing second in our group! Imagine having to face a Napoli or Inter Milan, or even a Falcao fuelled Atletico Madrid?