The memory of Sam Allardyce, with that black woolly hat on, bouncing up and down with his assistant coaches after Habib Beye had headed Newcastle 90th minute winner yesterday, will long live in our memory.
Habib Beye – scored the vital winner yesterday
If you wanted to see a manager completely committed to the Newcastle cause, there it was right there.
It was unlucky on a good Birmingham side, who made it very difficult on Newcastle in the second half yesterday but Newcastle should have been ahead after stretching Birmingham in the 20 minutes before half time. How Milner and Martins both missed chances from one yard out weâ€™ll never know.
But we needed a win yesterday, however we could get it â€“ and we got the 3 points.
After the game a little more composed Sam Allardyce said:
â€I think today’s monumental effort is a great credit to the lads because the huge disappointment of going 1-0 down to such a sloppy goal again was going to be a big ask for the nerves,â€ â€œThe lads came storming back with 14 shots on goal in the first half, hit the bar a couple of times, their keeper made a couple of saves, and instead of having the game dead and buried by half time, we’ve had to rely on a penalty.â€
â€œSecond half we had a bit of a lull which was, I think, down to the efforts of three games in a week. But the fans got behind us and we kept on going, kept on going, kept on going, and a quality ball and a quality header has put us three points on the board that we so richly deserved.â€
With 15 minutes to go, this game seemed to be going for the inevitable draw although it was anybodyâ€™s game at this point with Birmingham having played particularly well in the second half. But in truth Newcastle should have had the game wrapped up by the interval and had by far the better chances in the games, so at least on that basis Newcastle deserved the win.
But Birmingham look a much improved side under Alex McLeish and they have played well in his first two games in charge at Tottenham and Newcastle.
But it was Newcastleâ€™s day yesterday, and we owe it to the great skill of Emre. This is not the first time the little Turk has come into a game from the subs bench, and made his great skill work for Newcastleâ€™s good. It was an excellent corner from Emre, and somehow headed home by the ecstatic Beye. When interviewed after the game the Senegalese full-back could hardly contain his delight with a grin on his face throughout, as big as Tynemouth. But it was Newcastleâ€™s day, and the team had luck they had earned in the previous games.