In one of the best Premiership games seen this season, a battling and superb Newcastle side gave league leaders Arsenal all they could handle tonight at St. James Park.
James Milner – had outstanding game for Newcastle tonight
Things looked a little ominous for under-pressure Newcastle, when they went a goal down with Arsenal’s first attack of the game. Their big striker Adebayor, superbly controlled a cross from the right with his chest, and brilliantly volleyed home, in one single movement. It was a wonderful goal.
But Newcastle kept going and it was obvious what their game plan was. That was to harry and bustle the Arsenal players at every opportunity, and as the game progressed Newcastle were getting more of the ball, and coming more into the game.
James Milner, on the Newcastle left was prominent and Joey Barton had his best game of the season, as he wrestled the midfield from Arsenal in what was a terrifically competitive game that was enthralling to watch.
Half time came with Newcastle right back in the game, but struggling to get an equalizer. The second half continued much like the first half had ended, with Newcastle pushing hard for an equalizer and keeping the pace of the game non-stop. The Magpies were giving the Arsenal team no time at all on the ball.
The equalizer came after 60 minutes following tremendous Newcastle pressure. Geremi played a corner across the goal and the ball broke loose to young Steven Taylor who smashed it in off a post to send the Geordie crowd ecstatic. The last 30 minutes was exciting stuff and end to end, as both teams went for the winner. If any team was going to get all 3 points it looked like it would be Newcastle, as surprising as that may sound.
At the end probably both teams were happy with the point. Arsenal because they were made to work so very hard by an inspired Newcastle side, and the Magpies because it broke a string of two successive home defeats in which they played very poorly.
This hopefully will be a turning point for Newcastle this season, but they will need to take all 3 points against Birmingham City on Saturday. Anything less will not be good enough after a tremendous performance like this.