We Will Conquer All!By: Allan | October 29th, 2010
First things first: it was nice to see Mark Halsey back in the middle for Saturdayâ€™s encounter. Hereâ€™s hoping heâ€™s put his recent health problems firmly behind him. To use boxing terminology: Mark was slightly â€śring rustyâ€ť on Saturday, with a number of iffy decisions affecting both sides. We were slightly lucky with the first penalty decision, as the player was running towards my end, and it did look like Cats just did enough to impede his stride. Although Villaâ€™s second shout looked as if there was no contact. However, Iâ€™m sure once Markâ€™s had a couple more games, heâ€™ll be well and truly back into the groove. Nevertheless, weâ€™ve been due a little bit of luck against Villa, so the three precious points were well earned in my book.
If anyone watched Match of Day2 on Sunday, theyâ€™ll see Gary Neville has now joined the elite list along with a number of his England colleagues â€“ i.e. those who have to commit murder before receiving a red card. Itâ€™s high time we signed a couple of players like that, as it might even up some of the decisions against us!
Moving on to Sunday, we need to start beating them on a consistent basis and prove once and for all who is the no. 1 club in the North East. Thereâ€™s been much deliberation about playing both strikers, but I think on this occasion, Iâ€™d stick with 4-5-1. The time to Bent and Gyan together is next Saturday against Stoke. The aim should be to stay in the game for the first 25 minutes, and then once things settle down, the better footballing side (us) should prevail. The Geordies will throw everything but the kitchen sink at us from start; theyâ€™ll be trying to show off, and prove they deserve to back in the big time. Self-discipline will be another important factor. Itâ€™s important, whilst players stand up for themselves, nobody gets sucked into anything. Lee be warned! Losing a man in a match like this isnâ€™t an option, if the game is still close.
Prediction for Sunday: 2 â€“ 0 away win, and a new DVD for Xmas: Bruce Bursts Geordie Bubble!