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Newcastle United vs Stoke City

So this is what a relegation fight feels like. Sitting 18th in the league and three points adrift, playing an uncompromising team who are equally up for the scrap, and players who are about as confident as a bag of bricks.

These next seven games are about as important as they could get for Newcastle United, and everyone of them is as important as the last. Fortunately, instead of having Chris Hughton leading the charge, we have Alan Shearer. If players can’t get motivated to play for the black and white shirt when he’s manager, then they never well – it’s those players who we need to get rid of, whether we stay up or not.

The good news: Bassong is back, the Toon Army have taken up their full allocation of 2,800 tickets, and the mackems have to play Man Utd.

The not so good news: Taylor, Lovenkrands and Enrique are out and Stoke have only lost three games at the Potteries all season.

Howay the Toon.

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