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Alan Shearer played his part in Newcastle United's downfall this evening after picking a team with no grit, no bite, and a resignation at kick-off that the team was to be relegated.

David Edgar was the crown jewel of mediocrity in the match, and one may question why the 22-year-old was picked for the vital clash. Edgar was slow, clumsy, did not track back, or in fact, keep track of anyone or anything around him. He did not contribute anything to the game in terms of supporting the midfielders, and in the end got himself sent off due to his own mistakes.

Jonas Gutierrez was left out completely by Shearer, and instead Kevin Nolan was played -- a player so slow, and so uninterested in what happens to Newcastle United FC that his sulking and no-stamina, no-running approach to the game gave Villa acres of space which they utilized completely.

All four forwards - Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, and Shola Ameobi were ineffective, and lacked any sharpness.

Jose Enrique had a good game for his side, as did Steven Taylor and Danny Guthrie, although, Guthrie's energy levels dropped considerably during the game.

Despite nervy moments, Fabricio Coloccini did his job at the back, and Damien Duff can hardly be blamed for his deflection which led to the Villa goal. Duff ran enough to show that he cared for the club he has been at, for the last four years.

If Ryan Taylor had been played at right-back, Jonas Gutierrez on the right wing, Damien Duff on the left side, and Jose Enrique at left-back; would the result have differed? No one will know the answer to that question. But due to the poor offensive display of the club, these changes seem logical enough to have been implemented. But- Big Al saw it differently.

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Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 24 2009

Time: 6:32PM

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Elvis lyrics :D... Dead and burried too, just like you lot. How fitting :P
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24/05/2009 18:35:00

Nice one mex.
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24/05/2009 18:36:00

It was put on a plate, I merely served it ;)
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24/05/2009 18:39:00

Gonna pack a 50,000 seater stadium every week in the Championship are you? Paying those clowns ridiculous wages? Your club is so terribly run you will have a VERY hard time surviving in the Championship financially. Only way you're gonna shift the wage bill is if you sell, but why would anyone buy your players? And why would anyone else other than your idiotic owners pay there stupid wages in the first place?
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24/05/2009 19:15:00

i love it
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24/05/2009 20:00:00

Lol! Over run by spuds! Oh well! Great news is that Toons get to Scunthorpe next year LOL!
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24/05/2009 20:23:00

Newcastle will bounce back immediately. The club has little debt and will be able to cut out all the high wage earning rubbish and make a profit selling the likes of Martins and Nolan. The fan base will remain consistent especially if Shearer stays whilst you will an attractive loan destination for the Big4. Relegation is possibly a better thing than survival as you will retain the parachute payments from the Premiership but will be able to rebalance and re-establish your squad rather than be deluded enough into thinking that a couple of players will make you a Champions League team
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24/05/2009 20:43:00

Lol! I'm very impressed you know I was a Chelsea fan! Fair play mate! I actually wish you well, you'll prob win the Championship in record breaking points. Should be a good Football Manager next year Lol!
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24/05/2009 20:47:00

I, on the other hand, didn't realise you're not a Newcastle fan!
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24/05/2009 20:54:00

Newcastle will struggle as most of the players are on long term contracts with no relegation clauses so are tied to mega money payouts
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24/05/2009 20:54:00

I'm not but I think all this gloating is foolish. A number of the players will look to leave to either return home or play in the Premiership. Newcastle will recoup a significant amount here, and will reinvest it probably in highly rated youngsters and top Championship players who will consider them a step up. The Spaniards, the Argentines, and the likes of Geremi and Martins will all command a decent transfer fee.
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24/05/2009 20:59:00

Good luck to you and i hope you bounce back straight away, the Premiership needs you. It could so easily have been us, and with the football we have been playing it should have been.
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24/05/2009 21:15:00

Oops thought I had logged on to Vital Spurs busiest I have ever seen Vital Tumbleweed, maybe you should get relegated more often. Lets drink to that while toasting bankrupcy.
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24/05/2009 21:17:00

yes we will pack that stadium every week, and no we wont be paying those high wages, all those overpayed players who dont will be sold, and yet again all you spuds, mind ur own club
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24/05/2009 22:08:00

Were fine Mr Ameritool, we have not been relegated, about to have our supposed stars sold from under our noses to prop up our owners bank account before taking the cash and running leaving a shell of a football club who will enjoy playing quality sides like Scunthorpe, filling a corner of our stadium for home games and going bankrupt over a couple of seasons. Yep Spurs are fine so we have the time to pop by here and wish you all the worst for life in the Championship. Take heart and remember you are a big club, capable of attracting the top players and only a step or two for Europe and the glory it brings... Oh thats right your not, you are a Championship side, relegated from the premier league, an unmitigated failure. LOSER!!!
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25/05/2009 05:46:00

As much as i enjoyed toons relegation i hope spurs crash and burn, i used to think the geordies had the most deluded fickle fans but the southern fairies have taken over. Dont worry spuds your season of turmoil will come, all this gloating at other clubs failure just proves how bitter and twisted spurs fans are it must be hard being in chelsea,arsenal,westhams shadows all this time
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25/05/2009 09:12:00

Gonna pack a 50,000 seater stadium every week in the Championship are you? Probably not but hows does 40,000 sound? Paying those clowns ridiculous wages? No, they'll all be gone, new start n all. Your club is so terribly run you will have a VERY hard time surviving in the Championship financially. You could be correct, but it'd make my day to see Mike Ashley in financial ruins. Only way you're gonna shift the wage bill is if you sell, but why would anyone buy your players? I dont know, but remember Sunderland and Hull are still in the premier league. They might want them. And why would anyone else other than your idiotic owners pay there stupid wages in the first place? They're based on contracts, just like at that place where you work, except it's a bit more expensive to sack footballers than it is to sack bin men.
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25/05/2009 15:15:00

At the moment we're a crap premiership club, but at least we're the best Championship club !!!!! roll on next season !!!!!
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25/05/2009 15:20:00

Seems its the usual gang of Spurs mongs spouting their typically baseless pile of *****e. We'll be alright, been relegated before, probably will be in another 20 years. It'll be mildly amusing to be getting bigger crowds in the Championship then Spuds will be getting in the Premier League. No consolation for not being in the PL but hey, we deserved it this season.
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25/05/2009 16:24:00

villa fan in peace..a sad day for the prem, i grew up wanting to play like shearer-as im sure almost everyone did in my year. I hope you guys come bouncing back straight away the prem looks weird without the mighty newcastle utd.good luck next season
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25/05/2009 18:38:00


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