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Mark Lawrenson heading to St James Park

6 years ago

Mark Lawrenson is heading up to Tyneside on Sunday and thinks he will be the bringer of good news.

Lawrenson says that Newcastle will bounce back from the Manchester City collapse and beat Norwich.

The former United defensive coach thinks United are in all sorts of trouble and have a transparent frailty about them.

Mark Lawrenson believes that Steve McClaren’s players will react to the massive pressure they are under and somehow find a way to get the first win of the season, even predicting a fairly comfortable 2-0 margin.

As the TV pundit points out, failure to win would put Newcastle in the desperate position of going to Sunderland for the 10th match of the season, still without a win.

Lawrenson is a guest on Sunday night’s Match of The Day programme and it will be adding insult to injury if we are forced to watch him analysing yet another Newcastle failure to win.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:

‘Like the other promoted teams, Norwich are doing OK so far – even though they are short of a striker.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are in all sorts of trouble. They were all right until half-time of their last game against Manchester City, but the way they then fell apart shows how frail they are.

Despite their poor start to the season, I would still say they should stick with their manager Steve McClaren because I think they will be fine in the end.

I am at St James’ Park on Sunday for Match of the Day 2 and I am expecting to see a bit of good news for the Magpies at long last.

It is almost as if things cannot get any worse. They are already bottom of the table and having goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for the season is another big blow, but I think they will react to being under such massive pressure by finding a way to beat Norwich.

They really need to because the Wear-Tyne derby is next up for McClaren, and Newcastle have got a horrendous record in that fixture in recent seasons.’


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