Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beating Th Boo-Boys Fixing Th Front-Lin ... and Where to Play Gini; CHIEF SPORTS WRITER LEE RYDER ADDRESSES FIVE BURNING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A FRUSTRATING DRAW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beating Th Boo-Boys Fixing Th Front-Lin ... and Where to Play Gini; CHIEF SPORTS WRITER LEE RYDER ADDRESSES FIVE BURNING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A FRUSTRATING DRAW

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer @lee_ryder

ANYBODY who follows Newcastle United should know by now not to get carried away by a couple of wins.

And Saturday night's encounter with Aston Villa w V as concrete evidence that the club's inconsistency in the last decade continues to haunt supporters. Let's be honest, if you had been offered seven points from nine going into games with Liverpool, TottT enham and Aston Villa y V ou would have probably taken them.

That said, after scanning the rest of the results on Saturday before the meeting with Villa it w V as obvious that Newcastle are far from out of it when it comes to the battle for top-flight survival. The remainder of 2015 will see Newcastle continue to stave off that threat of the drop with games against EverE ton and West Brom.

Between now and then there will be plenty for Newcastle fans to discuss. Here are five questions that will be asked over the holiday period: WAS THE BOOING AT THE 1 END OF THE 1?1 DRAW WITH ASTON VILLA JUSTIFIED AFTER A BATTLING POINT? The boos were due more to frustration than an overriding feeling of discontent.

True, Newcastle still need a few additions and, on the evidence of this performance, a more dominant central midfielder might be one for the January shopping list.

But the Magpies are picking up points again and giving themselves a chance of survival.

Newcastle players feel they can finish higher than the bottom three, of course, but they need to start seeing games out like this one for people to start believing more.

If they do, those boos will soon stop.

2 DOES STEVE MCCLAREN NEED TO MAKE CHANGES TO HIS FRONT LINE FOR THE CLASH WITH EVERTON ON BOXING DAY? A lot was made of McClaren's decision to stick with Papiss Cisse and Siem Jong in the starting line-up against Aston Villa V.

But McClaren was merely handing Dutchman the run in the side he promised, and besides, there have been plenty of calls for the former Ajax man to his chance.

Unfortunately, his assist for the opening goal by Fabricio Coloccini was good as the day got for him.

He will still be haunted by the secondhalf miss which let Villa bV ack into game.

With Papiss Cisse now injured, there may be enforced changes anyway.

But even then, Aleksandar Mitrovic could not win the game for United after getting almost an hour, while Ayoze Perez also missed a good late chance.

Shooting practice maybe the order the week ahead of the clash with the TofTfees.

3 IS IT TIME TO BRING BACK CHEICK TIOTE OR SHOULD MCCLAREN STICK WITH JACK COLBACK AND VURNON ANITA? T Colback and Anita had done a ? Despite starting the season as third-choice keeper, Rob Elliot has helped Newcastle United bank important Premier League points de fine job of protecting the back four against Liverpool and Spurs. …

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