Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Could Toon Could Be Carved Be Carved Open at Open at the Bridge, the Bridge, but They but They Must Not Must Not Surrender Surrender

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Could Toon Could Be Carved Be Carved Open at Open at the Bridge, the Bridge, but They but They Must Not Must Not Surrender Surrender

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Byline: Like us on Facebook facebook.com/newcastlechronicle Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron JOHN GIBSON

WHAT HATHA looms on the horizon is the match from hell if you are John Carver and a bunch of grounded Magpies looking desperately to take to the wing.

Because waiting tomorrow in the swanky part of London are Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, smarting not only at Newcastle becoming the first team this campaign to defeat them but because they have somehow allowed champions Manchester City to catch up.

Both stand this merry morn with identical records, even down to goals for and against (44 to 19). Only the alphabet puts Chelsea ahead of Man City.

However, it's Chelsea's away form which has rendered them human - only one victory on their last five trips and a points-dropping double visit to the North East, where a 0-0 draw at Sunderland was followed by a shock 2-1 reversal at St James' Park.

Since that glorious day - the most exciting, tingling match I've seen in years - United have imploded, losing five of their seven matches and having manager Alan Pardew take to his toes.

Now, having been held at home 3-3 by the second worst team in the Premier League (Burnley), and been knocked out of the FAF Cup A Cup by the worst (Leicester), the Magpies must confront those who are top of the pile.

Chelsea have won all nine of their PL encounters at Stamford Bridge, and United's only hope is built on their unpredictability where the unexpected occasionally happens.

Logically making a solid case for a Magpie victory requires much stretching of the imagination.

Honestly, poor Carver's job application is beginning to look as threadbare as Jak Alnwick's time in the unrelenting glare of the spotlight. Including his second-half substitute show against Chelsea, Alnwick leaked 18 goals in seven and a half games. …

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