PERHAPS it was inevitable Steve Bruce would wake up yesterday with a colossal headache and no more points than he started the weekend with, but the unexpected causes of both will infuriate him, and the headache may take a long time to clear.
MANCHESTER United’s players were ankle deep in brown smelly stuff in their changing room before kick-off – but they were made to look like they were swimming against a tide of the stuff once they got out on to the pitch.
CHRIS Hughton reckons Mike Williamson and James Perch passed their first Premier League test with flying colours – but has warned both there will be no let-up as Newcastle United strive for top flight safety.
AT a time when English clubs’ recruitment of overseas youngsters is attracting the disapproving attention of FIFA, one of Manchester United’s true home-grown talents sent their 10 men into the Carling Cup fourth round.
While Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all need to earn points in their fixtures against Aston Villa, Chelsea and West Ham respectively, the Premier League champions have a potentially pivotal role to play at 17th-placed Hull City.