From Rock to Toffees
By Darren Williams
Wednesday 15 Sep 2010 11:51:00
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So as I predicted, the sickly rollercoaster ride that comes with being a Newcastle Fan has started once again!!!

Following a fairly decent return to the Premier League which included an outstanding 6-0 drubbing of Aston Villa, my beloved Toon Army 
were brought right back down to earth with a bump last Saturday, as we were made to look very ordinary at times in our defeat at the hands of fellow promoted Blackpool. Before I start my rant, a quick message to Chris Hughton if I may, as i’m pretty sure our boss reads my blogs and values my opinions....Howay man sort it out, I’m already half bald to start with Chrissy boy, if we carry on like this, the few grey hairs I have left will disappear like kisses in the Rooney household!!!

Right, now I got that of my horrible hairy chest, as usual I’m going to summarise the game in true Dazza style...

Just under 50,000 Geordie’s saw our long unbeaten home record come to an embarrassing end. Jose Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge were unable to provide the kind of service that Andy Carroll needed, which resulted in too many long balls to Carroll which Blackpool dealt with. 
One of my star players Jose Enrique had a bad day at the office as well and seemed to be unusually running around like a headless chicken at times. Alan Smith continued to prove to me that he is a waste of time, space and money, however on a positive note I was encouraged by the sight of our new man Ben Arfa who looked half decent in the limited time he had.

To be fair, I can’t fault our effort, but it was one of those days where their keeper had the game of his life and we could have played for a further 2 hours and still wouldn’t have scored, it was definitely one of those days. 
I was at the game with my 7 year old son Jay who prior to the game said “Dad, we should beat these easily today shouldn’t we?” my honest response was “Should do son, but you never know”. Following the match Jay gave his assessment on what we had just witnessed by saying to me “Dad, we were dog poo... we should have scored loads, we were stacks better than them!!!” do you argue with that I ask you, a future Sky Sports Commentator in the making i’m sure you will agree.
Putting the disappointing defeat at SJP behind us, we move from Blackpool Rock to Everton’s Toffee’s (god i’m getting good at this) as we travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to take on the blue shell suit wearers in Merseyside. 
We still have quite a few players in the likes of Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Leon Best, Dan Gosling and Danny Simpson (Jesus how many Dan’s?) still earning money on the treatment table so it will be pretty much the same squad to chose from. It will however be interesting to see if Ben Arfa starts and my spies tell me that Sol Campbell had shed over 18 stone and is now faster than that Usain Bolt bloke and may figure on his 36th Birthday if Help the Aged give him clearance to play.
Prediction Time: Having Watched Everton battle to get a well deserved point against Man United, I think this game is going to be very hard. Bearing in mind Tony my Everton Supporting next door neighbour will bleat on for weeks If I predict a loss, I’m going for a score draw to give us confidence going into our next league game at home against Stoke. Before you all start I’m well aware we play Chelsea in the cup before we play Stoke. This game can quite simply come and go as quickly as it likes. A win against Chelsea would not only be totally unexpected but also a distraction to our league survival campaign which is my only priority.
The Stoke game incidentally is live on Sky Sports in which yours truly makes his long awaited comeback in the Fanzone booth to show the world that the Toon are back, so I call on all Geordies to tune in and give me all the support you can via your texts and emails.

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