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All Coming Together For Sunday?

8 years ago
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I know history tells us to be wary but just maybe, Newcastle could use the derby match to get the season really underway.

While a few players such as Cabaye and Cisse been missing their spark a bit, others such as Ba and Ben Arfa have produced moments of genius so it hasn’t been all bad news.

As a team though the eleven players on the pitch haven’t really clicked and while loss of form has played a definite part in that, the injuries have been a major factor.

At last though, with everything crossed, there is a chance that we could have pretty much everybody available for the sunderland match. Alan Pardew has confirmed that he expects the likes of Krul, Coloccini and Steven Taylor to resume training on Wednesday, while Didier Deschamps has reported that Cabaye is back training normally in advance of their match against Spain.

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Interesting to look back at our one goal win last August and the eleven that started;

Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Barton, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Obertan, Shola

Only a year ago but it seems a lot longer, it’s a bit surreal to look back and see Barton was playing for us and Gyan still there for the mackems.

You might have heard somewhere we won 1-0 with a Raylor special, interesting to note as well that Demba Ba was on the bench and didn’t even get on!

In the meantime we now have Cisse & Santon in the squad and Ben Arfa & Ba to add to the mix. For the first time this season there is a possibility of getting what most people would deem our automatic first eleven on the pitch;

Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Cisse, Ba

For me maybe the crucial difference has been the disruption in defence, last season the solid back five gave us such a solid foundation, typified by three clean sheets in the first four matches.

If we can get Krul and the first back four on the pitch week in week out, then I think a lot more confidence will flow throughout the team and there won’t be the expectation on the likes of Demba Ba to score a couple of wonder goals per match to retrieve a point like he did at both Everton and Reading.

A solid backline will give the likes of Cabaye and others more confidence to push further up and feel secure on what is behind him.

If those eleven players can start and play as a team rather than individuals then they are more than capable of finding the form they showed towards the end of last season.

Confidence flows from winning matches, no more so than in defeating our friends down the road.

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