Andrew Davis: Alarm bells ringing on Tyneside after week to forget for Newcastle United

Fabricio Coloccini is sent off against Sunderland
Fabricio Coloccini is sent off against Sunderland

Well, that was a week to forget and then some lads and lasses.

I don't know what was worse after the derby. It always seems to kick you when you are just starting to feel better with a few goals to enjoy after the shock of the Norwich game and goals galore.

The more you see of Calamity Coloccini and 'THAT' challenge, the debate over whether it was a pen-sending off are irrelevant such is my disgust with his increasing lack of leadership on and off the pitch.

Throw in the fact that we played the worst team in over 20 years at their own ground, then the alarm bells should be ringing as loudly in the dressing room as much as they are on Tyneside and beyond.

The grinning like a cheetah of Steve McClaren in defeat masks a deep worry that we are in for a season of continued relegation, like last season.

The fact we had so much of the play and could not damage and score is always a major worry with four winnable games to follow, especially with a resilient and salsa playing Stoke rocking up to SJP on Saturday (no that's not a typo on the salsa bit).

Alan Shearer adding to it on his Twitter feed encapsulated the Geordie feeling that it is time for performances weekly and not more emails, a clear call to the club to put up or shut up.

The injury to Jack Colback could be something either debilitating or mean we go a different route as there are some calls for De Jong to be brought in to change a back pass/side to side weak midfield.

For me it's a huge call with an equally ragged Tiote to firm up a team that's struggling to make chances even with the large total created against the Mackems.

The calls for experienced midfield and defensive additions in the summer are now quite jarring and still we get told there will be additions in Jan....The horse has bolted on that pearler.

Stoke are not a team to take lightly and even when we beat them 5-1 they had only 9 men and every other season we lose badly and meekly with various managers/coaches/players the list is endless of those not fighting for the team shirt.

Can a Mitrovic-Perez light which dipped last week for the first time rip into Stoke? We should be on the front foot to take the initiative away from a buoyant Stoke.

That's not something I have typed in a while and let's hope its stays that way this season home and away.

For me it's an away win, with the first goal being key. Our midfield being under stress weekly is a worry.

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