It was certainly a wonderful game to watch. Itâ€™s been a long time since weâ€™ve seen commitment and passion from a Newcastle side like we saw last night and long may it continue.
Let’s review what we saw last night.
- The good thing about last nightâ€™s performance was it just wasnâ€™t against the best team in the league right now, but we showed skill as well as commitment. It was like Bolton Wanderers yes, but at their very best, because Sam has lots of skill in the Newcastle side.
- If Newcastle serve up this kind of performance at St. Jamesâ€™ Park thereâ€™ll be queues trying to get in after the each kick off â€“ it was just great to watch in many ways.
- Some of the new boys had good games last night so perhaps we are seeing them gel together a bit now. Habib Beye had a sterling game and Rozehnal was steady at the back with the fabulous Steven Taylor, who epitomized Newcastle guts and fighting spirit. A future captain indeed is young Steven.
- We at last saw Joey Barton near his best. He fought tooth and nail for the Newcastle cause, and weâ€™re not sure how many miles he covered last night, but it had to be a lot! Joeyâ€™s obviously a good player, and he looked like the Newcastle engine room last night. A very good performance from the Liverpudlian.
- The Newcastle defense, apart from that first goal, looked a lot more solid than of late. All the back four played well but weâ€™d still like to see young Nâ€™Zogbia set free on the left wing. We think young Jose Enrique is a fine player. While heâ€™s not the finished article he has potential galore, and needs more starts at Newcastle. We’d like to see Milner and N’Zogbia on the wings in nearly every game.
- James Milner was a danger to Arsenal all night and he had one of his best games for the club. James has become an excellent crosser of the ball through hard work in training. He gave Bakari Sagna everything he could handle last night. And to think we nearly let him go to Aston Villa. 🙁
- Steven Taylor made a huge difference for Newcastle last night, and it was interesting he played at his best position, center-back. We thought Beye would play there but it was interesting Sam played him in the more important central defensive role. He played very well and looked what he is â€“ a future Newcastle and England captain in the making.
- Smith had his best game for Newcastle this season and gave another fighting performance and was voted man of the match. Alan is a great boy as witnessed in his interview with Sky Sports after the game. Heâ€™s all about team work and commitment and no wonder Big Sam, jumped at the chance when he became available at Manchester United.
- Sam Allardyce must have convinced a lot of Newcastle fans last night that he can do the job at Newcastle. The team showed the old grit of Bolton but also has a lot more class in the side than he ever could muster at Bolton. The result was an excellent performance of both courage but also of skill. It was good to watch and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with the way Sam has Newcastle playing â€“ nothing at all.
- After this performance, nothing but exactly the same fare is in order for our next game against Birmingham. The pressure will still be on the team to get a result, and it has to be all 3 points. It would also be nice if we can keep a clean sheet on Saturday, since it’s now a long 12 games since we last kept a clean sheet against Wigan Athletic, on 1st September, over three months ago.
What do you think? Please let us know – comments very welcome.