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Perfect chance to get back on track.

HAVING come to terms with the five-goal mauling by rampant Spurs, Geordies are ready to move on.

However, before we do, can Fulham and Spurs away both count as one-offs? I've heard so many folk call both matches thus!

What comes next ought to be much more palatable, and that's cheering.

We are about, 1after this weekend's break, to enter a run of matches which can put United back on the sunny side of the street.

The next eight Premier League games read Wolves (h), Sunderland (h), Arsenal (a), Norwich (h), West Bromwich (a), Liverpool (h), Swansea (a) and Bolton (h).

If you are an optimistic soul, six of those fixtures appear winnable. Or at least ought not to be lost.

We start with the visit of Wolves a week today and that should be three points.

I don't care who is their new manager - QPR came here recently with Mark Hughes in charge for the first time and lost.

Wolves are in a mess. Newcastle won at Molineux earlier in the season and are out to complete a double which would take us into the Tyne-Wear derby in a much better frame of mind.

That game is going to be a corker. The fact that it is already sold out with a 52,000 ceiling tells us all we need to know.

The Mackems have greatly enhanced their results since Martin O'Neill arrived.

They appear to have a grand team spirit and an admirable work ethic, just like Newcastle, so it will come down to who possesses the biggest number of tip top personal performances on the day.

Now Darren Bent is no more Sunderland don't have a goalscorer as regular as Demba Ba, nor a keeper of the quality of Tim Krul at the other end of the field.

However, they do have the find of the season James McClean (pictured right), a free-kick expert to rival Ryan Taylor in Seb Larsson, and a busy little beaver called Stephane Sessegnon.

It ain't going to be 5-1 this time round, but it'll be exciting and can still turn out to be a nice day!

What we know following Spurs is that Newcastle are a decent side being expertly put together by Alan Pardew, but naturally not in the same avenue as the likes of Tottenham.

None of us in our hearts expected victory in London, we just hoped for a much better result remembering that Wolves nicked a draw there and Sunderland only lost by a solitary goal.

The bottom line is that the Mags cannot afford to be without their big players in these circumstances and Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor were all badly missed.

Luckily, the first two are now back which will be a big plus against Wolves. Five of the next eight matches are on home territory which is why we can forget the nightmare that was White Hot Lane and find reasons to be cheerful again.

ST JAMES' PARK was crowbarred from history after 120 years as the ground signs were cut down this week.

Don't even get me started on this one.

United stand accused of grievous bodily harm on a grand old lady treasured by every Geordie football fan.

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Date:Feb 18, 2012
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