The “real tests”

Our real test this year?
Much has been made of the tests that have or haven’t come Newcastle’s way this term. In fact many have gone so far as to say after every game the next one is our first real test.

Here’s the score. Newcastle are 3rd in the league, flying high with the best defence in the land and showing some of the best team spirit that the Premier League has ever seen.

But, as say all the critics seem to be saying, it can’t be Newcastle that are doing well. It’s because they haven’t played the so called “big three” – Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Admittedly these are not easy games in the slightest and they can and will be a test of all our spirit, ability and our rock solid defence.

So many times that term “real test” has been used and to be quite honest it started to get on my nerves. I would say every game in the Premier League is a test but hey, I’m old fashioned. If it each game isn’t a real test then is the Premier League really the most competitive in the world?

Anyway for the first time the critics, both printed media and TV, finally stood up and noticed that Newcastle’s latest big “test” against Stoke was overcome with such professionalism they all became afraid.



What would they do with the backdated articles filled with negative press for the Toon under the customary headings ‘Manager walks out/resigns/given the boot’ or ‘Owner makes a belly of it again’ or ‘Toon humiliated/left in anguish/resigned to failure’. It’s all so easy isn’t it, so predictable and means that the journalists need to use very very little means to produce an article. Now, though, its all changing.

Gone are the days of pages of negative press culminating in pretty much every Toon fan forgoing the sport section for fear of reading our latest disaster on the back page. To be honest this season didn’t start well with the pre-season a bit of a state but since then who can complain? Journalists are writing favourable articles about us, even going as far as to say that we are, and I quote honestly, “a breath of fresh air” at the moment. It has quite simply been refreshing, I am not going to deny that.

It may not last long but the aim of this thread is to simply say lets enjoy it, we deserve it and we’ve waited long enough for it. Our real real tests are still to come but arguably they are not as hard as you may think. In seasons gone by we have fared well against the big four. We’ve fought hard, always been up for it and even though we haven’t got a result we could hold our heads with pride. This season I am sure will be the same.

Here’s the difference – we are actually going to worry them this time! Manchester United are definitely not the team they were; lets not be foolish they are quality but why cant we go to the Theatre Of Dreams, burst their bubble, and get a hard earned draw? It’s been done before…

Why can’t we go to the Etihad Stadium and get beat, which is likely, but why not give it a go? For the record Manchester City are a better away team than home team in my book, but either way they are quality. And then finally Chelsea at home, 52,000 Geordies screaming at our boys urging them on against the porous defence they currently have? Why can’t we take anything from that game?

This is very glass half full but why not? We have upset the odds so far this season. The real tests as many put are not in these three big games but against the likes of Swansea and Norwich teams last year which we dropped points and slipped up.

The real test is keeping everyone fit, making sure all the foreign players survive the winter period and keeping our best players in the January transfer window. Yes we have Everton to contend with first, and yes it will be a tough game, but the three games afterwards aren’t the “real tests” many keep harping on about.

Any Toon fan will tell you to expect the unexpected and at the moment that is exactly what is happening, and for once the unexpected is so positive we can only sit back and thoroughly enjoy it.

About Liam Southern Toon

Toon Fan. Aspiring Writer. Related to one of the NUFC ex players.

52 thoughts on “The “real tests”

  1. Good write up, Liam. Defo encapsulates the good mood on Tyneside. Long may it continue!! And I agree, I’m sick and tired of hearin “first real test” bantered about. Every club in the prem is a test. Look what Burnley did to Manure lol! Any given game, anything can happen. The lads just gotta keep their heeds down, graft hard, and look at every match like it was Barca.

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  2. Everton are the team to worry about as they are next up, no point in talking about Manchester or any other fixture.
    All the hype about whos coming up or that we havent played anyone yet is tripe, every game in this league is tough, no matter who you play and to get 3 points against anyone is an achievement.
    Yes Everton are the last team to win at our place in the league but we have reversed a lot of last seasons results already so why not Everton?
    And stuff the media, they have us pigeonholed as a disaster and they will be quietly waiting for the big bust up off the field or on it, good to see Pardew etc are not being suckered into making big noises, let the football do our talking.

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  3. Tell you what mate… as good as our position is i’m actually looking forward to a good FA cup run. I haven’t looked forward to the FA in 10 years!! 🙂

    If we get a bit of depth in january, why not give the cup a really good go!

    HWTL

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  4. Well I for one, am definitely just enjoying it while it lasts, for as long as that may be (25 yrs at the top will do nicely 😆 😆 ).
    Not gloating, or owt, just basking in the ambience. They’ll all be queuing up to knock us off wor perch.
    Bring on the next “real test” :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen: 😆

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  5. If and when we lose you can just imagine all the patronising headlines cropping up…like ‘brave little geordies finally beaten’ and trying to make out that we’re delusional even though no one here actually believes we’re title/champions league contenders… a good europa spot challenge is all i’m asking for this season. 🙂

    like you said… game by game. 🙂

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  6. Imo the first real test is the month of January , who comes , who goes and how badly will we miss Tiote and Ba when they are at the ANC for 6 weeks or so . Then again Guthrie has proved we have good cover for Tiote . As for all the crap about we haven’t played anyone just goes to show how some people have no real knowledge of premiership football .

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  7. Well I think Everton would be our first real test 🙂

    Ok just kidding. Anyway good write up Liam. And I actually am looking forward to November’s games. Win, lose or draw I just want a good fight

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  8. Agree with Chalky. Better to be looking down rather than looking up at the rest 🙂

    I think a point tomorrow would mean that we could only drop as low as 8th, even if every result goes against us after the Everton game. By that I mean no points from those three games, and all the others winning etc

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  9. Take no notice of the press or the goons and scouser’s who seem to think that there is a natural order in the prem and it should never change.If spurs do not make the top four i would love it to be you guys.

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  10. Icedog agree; anything to unsettle the likes of spurs, arsenal and liverpool so that they fear us but utlimately top 6/7 would be a fantastic achievement

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  11. I personally cannot get how Arsenal at home and the mackems away with the summer turmoil we had rammed down our throats can be classed as an easy start, Nor are spurs in their current form and correct me if im wrong but have liverpool/Man utd and Chelsea all failed to win at stoke already this season.

    Who gives a feck if its “easy” in their eyes, The same twats peddle the no easy games bullshit most weeks…. 🙄

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  12. A fantastic achievement for me is picking up more points and finish in a higher placing than last season . The icing on the cake would be doubles against the unwashed down the road and the bindippers . 🙂

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  13. Another real test, lawro keeps saying we haven’t had a real test but has predicted us to lose about 7 times this season already – he’ll eventually be right I suppose

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  14. CC…they are trying to destabilise us…and it won’t work… 😉 😉

    We need to rise above it and hope as fans we just keep on winning games. Then the muppets in the media will wake up to us….hopefully by then we are right up there near the top of the league..

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  15. They’re all tests!

    When you are up there, you’re there to be hit and tems will put that little extra effort in.

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  16. Like a few of said they are all tests but if I had to single certain games out as “real tests” then I would say the likes of , Fulham,Blackburn and Wigan at home are more of a test than the 2 Manchester clubs. No disrespect to those clubs but you’d be looking to beat them at home, last season we didn’t this season we did,test passed. Whereas The Manchester clubs we aren’t expected to get anything so if we do it’s more of a bonus than a “test” passed.
    Like Wyart Lane says, the “traditional” top 4 and pundits don’t like the natural order being disturbed and at the moment we’re muddying the waters and it’s not popular with them.
    Will it last? very likely not but this is football and every now and again, the unthinkable happens, I for one am just enjoying the feck out of it while it lasts.HWTL 😀

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  17. Agree with #2 Robert, we just need to concentrate on our next game.

    I’m probably the most guilty about getting worried with the up and coming fixtures but the players will only be thinking about Everton. If the players did worry about the Manchester clubs next week we wouldn’t of got a win against Stoke.

    Really proud of the players professionalism and here’s to being able to stomach MOTD in spite of Lawro the plank.

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  18. the two things that keep coming up that are really p1ssing me off are: “They haven’t played anyone yet” and “Despite the loss of their best players in Carroll, Enrique, Nolan and Barton they’re doing well”. The latter really annoys me as it is BECAUSE they left we’re doing so well. With Carroll we played unattractive one route football, with Ba he can run at defences, jump high for the header and has a great work ethic. Enrique was good at going forward but often left Jonas to defend whilst he was tracking back, whereas R.Taylor and Gutti work in unison. Nolan was slow, good poacher, but slow he would remain on the bench I’m afraid. Barton whilst possesing Beckham like passing again isn’t the fastest, he didn’t track back enough to aid the RB and his temperment on and off the field as we know was ridiculous. Rant over :mrgreen:

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  19. Scott
    Agree with you except for one area…
    Enrique is a good defender too. Very few right wingers got past him amd going forward he was far better than Raylor.

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  20. I kind of get where your coming from, any team can be dangerous on their day.
    But if we don’t acknowledge that our next 4 games are more difficult than our last 4 games, then we have got too big for our boots!!!
    Yes we can pick points up from these games but let’s be right, we are going to have to work as hard as we did against Stoke.. if not harder.
    We are now starting to pick up injuries and aren’t close to having the kind of strength in depth the top 3 have.
    I also think your wrong, the top 3 do not and will not fear us!, the reason they are so successful is that they fear no other team, they respect them.
    It’s a lesson we have to learn, if you fear teams, you don’t play your own game if you go out fearing your opponents.
    In the meantime tho, we have Everton, then a 2 week break, let’s beat Everton first please.

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  21. Good read Jobey 😀 No matter what we do there will still be pundits running us down thats what they love to do, and if we win any of our big test it will only be because they didn’t play well or we were lucky or some other shite excuse.
    Fuk them all I say its us against them Howay the Lads

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  22. I think we can take points from both ManU and Chelsea this season. That only leaves Man City who I fear will do the double over us. But if that is the worst thing that happens to us then we will be in fantastic shape come the end of the season! Again I am hoping for and seeing as realistic a 60 point season with 16 wins and only 10 losses. Incredible to consider this after only 2 seasons back in the Prem! Hoping to see a very solid display tomorrow and then take advantage of the break to get some players healed.

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  23. JJ
    I agree with what your sayin but I just think that Enrique did at times leave us exposed. Though out of the players I listed he’d be pretty much the only one I’d have back (except maybe Carroll who if we were playing two up front would make a better partner than best in my opinion). Raylor though does have same tendency as in Enrique however that he can sometimes give the ball away cheaply, but all full-backs do that, its what makes there position so hard.

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  24. Looking back to last season, in order of preference, we all would have had the same preferrence to retaining our three Spanish speaking players….1.Enrique 2.Collo 3.Guti.

    Enrique is gone, Collo maybe also. Guti has signed on the dotted line, and is performing out of his skin so far this season. I hope that Collo signs up, cos I think his experience will be essential over the next 2 – 3 years.

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  25. Ice im going for a 3-2 win mate 😉 are you meeting up with Toonsy ? ifso makesure you have your wallet with ye 😆

    Jay hows you mucker whats the craic

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  26. Dave – Mark and Ice in the same room. It’ll be tight in there 😆

    Be interesting to see who squeaks loudest 😉

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  27. TOONSY ill be in the strawberry for sure with icepup he will drinking 😀 i will be driveing 🙁 its 40min back home,ill have my russian hat on to hide my ponytail,hope i forget my wallet pup has a big thirst 😐

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  28. Ice I heard Toonsy has a big thirst aswell with short arms and very deep pockets 😆 just thinking Ice you maybe be better giving it a miss 😀

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  29. Ice – I might pop in Strawberry. We’ll see. I usually go in Fluid pre-match but it depends what the rest want to do I guess, although if they don’t do what I want they will all be walking home 😆

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  30. TlR – Not really an “official” one although I would like to organise a game where everyone meets up etc.

    Just saying that if anyone is about and fancies meeting up then I’ll be about. And Marktoon, Jay Jay and Jobey. Jobey is the one who looks like an emo rat, Mark looks like an emo, and Jay wears shoes and shorts.

    I’m the only normal one 😯

    Just preparing the S Club 7 CD for the trip up 😉

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  31. aye but when jay wears shorts they still look like long troosers…unless there is mini shorts, then he just looks like little Jimmy Krankie 😆

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