Newcastle United have certainly been the surprise package of the season thus far. The team that was branded relegation fodder by the ‘experts’ at the start of the season are flying high in 3rd position and are yet to taste defeat in the league.
In fact Newcastle are one of only two teams in the English top flight that haven’t lost any of their opening eleven fixtures. I know all you guys know this but it’s nice to remind the likes of Mark Lawrenson, Paul Merson and Stan Collymore. These are all pundits I have heard speak blabbering crap about us, mainly pre-season. Or in Lawro’s case every week as he predicts us to lose just about every game, utter clown shoes.
To be fair though even the most optimistic fan would have to be a bit surprised to the start we have made to the season. It seems the more we are labelled the ‘underdog’ the more determined we are to prove a point and get results. We have a bunch of lads who play for each other, the manager and the fans. That’s evident and it’s a good feeling when you know the players care as much as we do as fans.
Of course many neutrals claim we are yet to be tested in the league. Well I for one can’t see many beating Stoke away, we beat our fierce rivals away from home and are the only team bar the top two to get anything from Spurs. I was having a conversation with a Liverpool fan who’s views remind me why I hate their club and their fans so much. According to the Liverpool fan our entire team is ‘gash’
Don’t worry folks I reminded him of some statistics, the fact our defensive record is the best in the country was one that I don’t think he believed. I also reminded him that whilst in the league they got smashed by Spurs and lost at Stoke, we deservedly collected four points from the two fixtures. Mind you Jose Enrique was ‘crap’ when he was with us, but he’s the best left back in the league since he’s gone to Liverpool apparently. Moronic, fickle, clueless, uneducated are a few words I’d use to describe his football knowledge.
Back to the thread, no one can argue that Saturday will be a mammoth test and by far the biggest yet. Newcastle travel to Manchester to take on the league leaders, City. Man City have looked like a team that are more than capable of winning the league with their star studded squad. They have rolled teams over with ease this season and have only dropped two points at this stage. They have won every game so far apart from their trip to Fulham, in which the Londoners held them to a 2-2 draw.
Newcastle have a real battle on their hands on Saturday and a lot of people will be watching on, eager for us to fail. But after hearing from Alan Pardew and some of the players, the lads will go into this game without any fear. It’s good to hear that the guys are treating this like any other game and believe they can get something from it too. Pardew has hinted that his team aren’t willing to just ‘park the bus’ which tells me we might have a go.
Let’s just go and have pop and see what happens, if we can keep our discipline and work hard defensively who knows? If this is the end of the unbeaten streak then it’s been a great ride and an outstanding achievement, but there again football is a funny and unpredictable game as I said before. So to the 1,700 or so stood in the away end on Saturday sing your hearts out as always and make yourselves heard.
I have been looking forward to this fixture in truth, last season this game had probably the biggest negative effect on me, we were outstanding and got nothing. If you can recall, Man City were awarded a dubious penalty that was outside the box, that came before we had a stone wall penalty turned down. Let’s not forget it was also the game that Nigel De Jong snapped Benny and cost him a chunk of his Newcastle career.
Whatever happens this football club has made me a happy and proud supporter these last couple of months- long may it continue. No matter what the score is on Saturday… love Newcastle we do. HWTL!