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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Confidence Trick – 18/Oct/15

by • October 18, 2015 • TBAWEComments (10)3849

The important thing about the cuffing we gave to Norwich to earn our first win of the season is to not get carried away. It’s one win. It wasn’t a great performance and defensively at times we were shocking but it would be churlish to over-emphasise the negatives so I won’t. There were plenty of positives. Perez was again, excellent – tireless, great technique, good spirit and quickly developing into a real favourite amongst the Tyneside tifosi. Clearly, the glory will go to Gini Wijnaldum who had a great afternoon but I enjoyed Mitro’s Supermac-esque finish as well as a performance which was strong, disciplined and well, more of that next week please. I thought Sissoko had a good game in general but he is really going to have to work on the defensive side of his game as well as be prepared to stick his head in every now and again.

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This was a win we badly needed after such a poor run taking us to the real low of the 6-1 pasting at Man City two weeks ago. This was what the Doctor ordered because I really did not fancy climbing aboard the bus for the SoS next week fearing we had a team of fannies representing us on enemy soil. McClaren has that monkey off his back and for the time being we can at least talk about goals, creativity, players rather than the head-fuck situation Ashley and his minions have brought to the club.

This is now a massive week for McClaren and all the players. I don’t doubt the mood will have been lifted by these 3 points

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but everyone at United should be aware that the right or the wrong result this coming Sunday on Wearside can define much of the rest of the season. A win and the talk will be about turning a corner. A defeat and we will be back in a trough of despair. A draw isn’t really adequate for us given our recent derby record.

I don’t think McClaren knows his best team and he has struggled to decide his most suitable tactics. The players have often looked lacklustre this campaign. A 6-2 win over Norwich isn’t one we’ll be talking about in twenty years time, but in the here and now, it matters a hell of a lot. Scoring  a bundle of goals should give belief and confidence. The pressure is now on Sunderland who don’t have a win this season and they also have a new manager in Sam Allardyce aka the Anti-Christ of football. United should travel to Wearside understanding why they have lost the last five of these encounters and be ready to play the game not the occasion. The players need to be committed 100% but also to be professional and retain their composure. Basically they need to be completely at it. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I don’t fancy seeing those nuggets jumping around like monkeys again. McClaren and his team can put a lot of credit in the bank with a win. There is no reason why they shouldn’t go there and deliver 3 points for our just and righteous cause. They are a very, very poor team. They are not to be feared.

Do it, no excuses.


Steve McClaren is going to have to learn quickly that talking shite is going to lose him valuable friends. His patter about having a party if the team gets 40 points went down like a lead balloon in the North East but it should have with Ashley as well. United has the eighth highest wage bill in the PL and so it’s not acceptable given that size of payroll to have that kind of mind-set. Whenever United finishes a season outside the top ten, it is failure.

On the same subject asking to be judged after a whole season (rather than the first ten games he originally asked) just seems like the start of the excuse making that Pardew indulged in that set so many fans against him. Well, that and shit football, abysmal results in the cups and constantly losing to the Mackems). McClaren needs to be careful about what he says because people don’t need a reason to be any lower with how the club is run.


There has been some talk about transfer windows of late with a big nod to January and heavy hints that United is going to do quite a bit of business. That will come as a surprise to some of you remembering the drip-feed of “no value” patter we’ve heard so often.  I’d heard quote early after the summer window closed that the “football board” (ha-ha) reckoned they had left McClaren short up front. Well, I’ll go to the foot of stairs, who’d have thought it. Likewise the genius football board we have has tumbled that the team needs more strength in depth, experience and maturity throughout the side. You never would have thought it would you?

Sometimes you just want to bang your head off a brick wall.


Back to the derby preparations. We’ll be doing a few bits and bobs of our own this week. We have a special podcast planned in the derby run-up and we’ll be doing in partnership with Sunderland fanzine, A Love Supreme. We hope to have that recorded for you early this week.  Similarly, we’ll be having a bumper issue of the true faith newsletter, The Special out to you on the morning of the trip to Wearside.

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Sunday afternoon was a good day to be a Mag, let’s now concentrate on lancing a big pus-filled derby boil.

And don’t forget those brown envelopes for Sam “Big Sam” Allardyce (spew).


Keep On, Keepin’ On …

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10 Responses to THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Confidence Trick – 18/Oct/15

  1. Andy bee says:

    When sissoko made his bow against Chelsea at SJP he was a monster , last year at the sos a mouse. Today ,agreed horrible defensive lapses apart, he was influential…….please be a monster Mr.sissoko next week drive/passion/pride/never say die/ …..and victory.

  2. Pat Hughes says:

    Brilliant result today – what a pleasant surprise. I’m sure we can leave the negatives to the pundits and media in general to try and slap us down from our dizzy heights – some of them will be relishing the challenge but I just don’t care. Can’t wait for match of the day, for a change.

  3. mike says:

    Dont let Tiote anywhere near the team. This guy must have serious issues very luck not to get sent off

  4. MM: Please do us all a favour and get The Special out sometime on Saturday if you can this week. Most of us will be nervous wrecks or beer-ed up across the morning hours of Sunday and will thus not be able to digest The Special in a usual pre-match way – just a thought. Keep up the excellent work, Anton

  5. Ant says:

    I was delighted with the 6 goals – I think we have a (small) set of very good, classy players in this team. Let’s not have any illusions that many other teams will play the way Norwich did yesterday, but at least I’m sort of looking forward to next week.

    Speaking of which.
    I had the misfortune to watch most of the Sunderland game on Saturday and it appears that it’s only taken the Lord of The Flies a week to drill his team into persistent fouling, feigning injuries and parking the bus in the most unreconstructed way possible. I suppose some things do come naturally but this is a disagreeable bunch (and they were up against a Pullis team, not Wenger’s) .

    Let’s see whether Sissoko goes into hiding and how long Mitrovic stays on the pitch after a few kicks and elbows; and whether Perez and Gini come back to us with their shins still attached to their legs.

  6. Bob says:

    There were quite a few fouls yesterday but, fortunately not serious. Mitrovitch was held, pushed and pulled a lotcand kept his cool despite not getting much from the ref. It’ll probably be tougher tackles next week, particulary with Mitro, Perez & Gini, just hope Mitro doesn’t react, or Tiote if he plays. Perez is again showing himself to be a real talent and shows it consistently, can’t understand how McClaren left it so long before he got a game. I hope Charnley recognises that and offers the lad a new contract now as he must still be on relatively low wages as they signed him from a lower division and as a young lad “for the future”. He certainly deserves more than a lot of our players, too many to list.

  7. tom Bates says:

    6 goals is a massive confidence boost when everyone would have taken a narrow win and for the goals to come from the new signings is pleasing especially as myself and others have suggested they weren’t going to be up to it. It’s just one win but shows what the team is capable of. The squad is thin but it’s still stronger than Sunderland villas and Bournemouths . With some decent fixtures to come we have the opportunity to pull out of the bottom three.

  8. John Bains says:

    Please do not give Sam Allardyce the nickname of Anti-Christ.
    There is only one Anti-Christ and always will be for all Mackems and that is Alan Shearer.
    Well done last Sunday – we look forward to next Sunday.

  9. Kev Connolly says:

    First time this season that the actual match was as good as the top-notch craic in the pub with the lads.