Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Villa It Be Payback Time for the Toon Tomorrow?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Villa It Be Payback Time for the Toon Tomorrow?

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FACTS are incredibly tricky things. They can paint almost any picture the artist so desires.

For example, it can be accurately said Newcastle have won five of their last six Championship skirmishes keeping four clean sheets in the process, which is very, very good.

However, it can also be pointed out with equal accuracy United have lost three of their eight league games this see saw-season - which is not good at all in terms of automatic promotion.

There you go. You take your choice.

One thing, of course, is obvious. The Mags cannot afford to bow the knee at Aston Villa tomorrow or that minus column will take on the look of Becher's Brook.

Geordies don't like Villa Park. United were relegated there in 2009 to the taunts of claret and blue fans and last season a 0-0 draw on the same bloody battlefield left Newcastle mortally wounded and heading only one way. 'Mock the Magpies' has become a Villains' pastime which ignores the desperate failures of their own historic club.

So Villa are owed and owed big.

'Mock the has pastime Rafa knows ignores desperate of their historic that - he was in charge of that goalless finale - and he is one-eyed about victory and promotion.

Therefore, it can be argued United won the wrong match 2-0 against Wolves with for once the league so much more important than the cup because of the prize at the end of the day.

Promotion above all counts whereas in Premier League midtable the cups provided an opportunity to win rare silverware. Mind you, many more draws like this week and we will be talking of a League Cup and Championship double!

Perhaps Villa supporters would do better to look inward with concern rather than across the park to those visiting in black and white.

Their team, an unmitigated disaster last campaign, have not taken too well to Championship football residing 18th in the table while their wayward young rebel Jack Grealish is in hot water after police had to be called to a Birmingham hotel at 8am to chuck out him and his rowdy mates following an all-night party. …

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