On a day when West Ham produced one of their greatest wins ever in defeating Champions Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford – with another wonder performance and goal from Carlos Tevez – Newcastle didn’t produce anything special at Watford.
Newcastle finished an extremely disappointing season with a scrappy 1-1 draw against bottom of the league Watford at Vicarage Road this afternoon.
The draw puts Newcastle at 13th place in the table with 43 points – their worst points total ever in the Premiership (44 points being the previous worst).
Sam Allardyce – welcome to the club – and it can only be up from here!
Newcastle had Shay Given back in goal and local youngsters Taylor and Ramage were at the heart of the Newcastle defence. With Scott Parker missing with a hernia problem Shay took the captain’s armband.
Matty Pattison was included for a rare appearance (first game since February) and played on the left side of midfield.
Charles N’Zogbia was not even on the bench – which does not look good for his future at Newcastle.
There were places on the substitutes bench for youngsters Alan O’Brien and Paul Huntington.James Milner equalled Shay Given’s record of 53 appearances in a season since the Geordies entered the Premiership in 1993 – well done James!
Newcastle took the lead in the first half with Kieron Dyer – who in today’s News of the World is reported as one of the players Allardyce will attempt to offload the summer – scored the first goal after 29 minutes.
Nobby Solano – who we hope is still with us next season – found space inside Watford’s half – following a pass from Dyer – who continued his run behind the hosts’ defence and a beautiful through ball from Solano found Dyer.
Dyer then slipped the ball nicely under goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Kieron Dyer -scored opening goal
Shortly into the second half however – on 52 minutes – Nicky Butt was adjudged to have handled the ball. This seemed a harsh decision against Newcastle but Marlin King made no mistake from the spot.
The afternoon ended badly for Michael Owen as he was stretchered off the field on 66 minutes – after an accidental collision with Matty Pattison.
Michael Owen – carried off on a Stretcher
It looked like a concussion and after the game Nigel Pearson said:
“I saw him in the medical room after the game. He was chatting, and there is no problem at all. “He has mild concussion, but it is nothing too serious and he is fine.”
Newcastle can judge themselves a little unlucky not to have taken the full 3 points when Nicky Butt went close with a header late on – which actually hit Kieron Dyer.
After today’s game Michael Owen now has 7 goals for the club in the last two seasons in which he has played only thirteen games.
If Owen does have the audacity to leave the club in the summer – each goal will have cost Newcastle about â‚¤2.4M – not a particularly good return for Newcastle………..to say the least.
After this season – when even Middlesbrough finished above us – the only way we can go is up – and that cannot be soon enough for supporters.
We can’t wait for next season – but before then hopefully Big Sam will clear out the players we don’t need – and bring in several players who will wear the black and white shirt proudly – and play great for us!
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