Newcastle came back and at last had some luck, when they scored after 89 minutes to win 2-1 against a battling Birmingham side today.
Newcastle had only themselves to blame when they found themselves behind after just 9 minutes. David Rozehnal was badly at fault for Birmingham’s goal. Rafael Schmitz played a long ball forward which David Rozehnal defended badly as he allowed the ball to roll across him and he was then out-paced by Cameron Jerome who easily rounded Shay Given to score.
A terrible goal for Newcastle to concede.
But after 36 minutes as Newcastle came back into the game Martins was brought down for a penalty and the Nigerian took the penalty himself and scored, although Taylor did well to get a hand to the ball and would feel himself unlucky not to have saved it.
Just before half-time Newcastle were coming back into the game and Milner had a powerful shot come crashing off the cross-bar.
Half time came and Newcastle were quite well placed to get the 3 points they desperately needed. But Birmingham started the second half well, just like they did the first half and it was obvious this was not going to be an easy game for the Magpies.
After 69 minutes we saw our little Turk Emre come on for captain Geremi. As the game went on Newcastle were pressing for the equalizer and the crowd was cheering them on as much as they could.
But it looked as thouh the game was going to peter out to a disappointing draw when Emre took a corner after 89 minutes. He curled the ball beautifully in to the near post and Habib Beye, of all people, headed the ball into the ground and into the nest for a classic winner for the Magpies. It was Habib’s first goal for Newcastle and again from one of our set plays.
The crowd went wild as at last Newcastle had a little bit of luck at last, and after 3 minutes of added time the game was locked up and Newcastle got their first 3 points in 7 games.
It was a hard working performance by Newcastle, and there’s one thing you cannot say about a Sam Allardcye side â€“ and that is they just never give up.
3 points is what we wanted and in the end 3 points is what we got. A great result for Newcastle United, and it should do wonders for their confidence. But Sam will still be furious with the goal we conceded.
But hey, it’s 3 points, which is exactly what we needed this afternoon. That will raise the spirits again of the fans, after our great performance in mid-week.Â Milner again had a very good game, and must be pushing for an England place on this form. Oba Martins and Smith also had good games. At the back Rozehnal looked a little shaky, and obviously was at fault for the goal, but our own Steven Taylor had another solid game as did our two full backs.
We just have to keep a clean sheet some time, as it’s now 13 games since we last had one against Wigan.
But it’s 3 points and we’ll take then – thank you very much.
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