Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Third Straight Defeat Is Nott in the Script! TOON NEED TO BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSSES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Third Straight Defeat Is Nott in the Script! TOON NEED TO BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSSES

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Byline: The Chronicle FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 chroniclelive.co.uk JOHNGIBSON

NEWCASTLE are on a recovery mission after a double dose of disaster derailed their relentless persuit of honours.

It is unimaginable United could lose three times inside a week given the slick, well-oiled machine which took them to the summit of the Championship.

Yet that is the threat they face at Nottingham Forest tonight following a home defeat by Blackburn and cup elimination at Hull.

Should the worst happen, United could even lose their top spot if Brighton win at Cardiff - and that after holding a fivepoint lead this time last week.

Yet no, wait a minute, no, no, NO. Let us not don funeral black and become ultra -pessimistic.

The Mags have the right manager and enough in their squad to secure promotion with something to spare come the season's end. There is no question about that.

It is just the tunnel at this precise moment is a little long and a little dark.

Certainly Rafa's famous shuffling act, akin to a gambler holding a pack of cards, will take on extra significance tonight because he has a fatigue problem.

The bulk of United's big-hitters played for two hours in the EFL Cup thanks to extra time and now must go again only three days later.

The only other occasion when Rafa's second-tier squad has faced the prospect of three defeats back to back was at the very start of the season and it was emphatically despatched.

Admittedly there was a difference - the game was at home, not away and consequently Reading were dismantled 4-1. A one-goal advantage would do nicely this time.

The bulk of big hitters for two hours EFL Cup extra time What it is all about tonight is character.

must go three days Players with courage and a determination to prove their worth. Players who are hurting and want to right a wrong. …

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