We’ve seen a replay of the game now so here are some of our reflections on Newcastle’s great win yesterday against the dour and good looking Birmingham City side.
- The game was in 3 parts. The first 20 minutes was Birmingham’s and the next 25 minutes of the first half was all Newcastle when they could and should have gone in at the interval two or three goals up. The second half was probably shaded by Birmingham, who came back well.
- The guts and will to win probably was what gave Newcastle the win, who in the end may have been a bit lucky, but there again they missed so many good chances before half time, they should have had it all wrapped up.
- Sam has to be worried about the defense with Rozehnal seemingly going to sleep on a long ball, when it should have been so easily cleared. If Faye is fit for Fulham next Saturday, he should partner Steven Taylor at the back, who looked strong again for Newcastle.
- Newcastle’s best part of the game was the 20-25 minutes before half time where they put so much pressure on Birmingham and had them completely rattled. They were obviously going for the win, as they will in the next 3 games. On another day we would have scored 3 goals in the first half, and even more.
- Nâ€™Zogbia and Milner had good games again. But why does Nâ€™Zogbia have to be a threatening player from left back. Sam â€“ please play Milner on the right and Nâ€™Zogbia on the left wing, at least at home. Then we will have a double threat which opposing defenses will surely find hard to contain.
- Barton is coming back into form, although very slowly. He was lucky not to be sent off for that foul down the left in the second half. He was extremely lucky with that one, just to get the yellow.
- Our captain Geremi still seems out of sorts right now, and doesn’t seem to fit in Newcastle’s team at the moment. Maybe he’s just going through a bad patch, and he’ll come out of it as the season progresses.
- The penalty looked like it was one, because the Birmingham player, Matthew Sadler, swung his right leg round to bring Martins down. And there should have been another one late in the second half when a Birmingham player, goalscorer Cameron Jerome, in the wall, clearly handled a Newcastle free kick.
- A good win by the Magpies and exactly what we needed. Another 9 points in the next 3 games and things will certainly be looking up once the transfer window opens on January 1st.
You cannot question the commitment of this Newcastle team, and they got the job done yesterday, although we’ll be careful to keep our feet on the ground – promise. 😀