Newcastle United attacked Stoke City form the first whistle at the game tonight.
After just 8 minutes Newcastle were goal up as Michael Owen gets a deflection in the six yard box and pokes home from close range. A typical Michael Owen goal and the crowd erupted.
Then after 20- m minutes Kevin Keegan was seen with Mike Ashley and Chris Mort taking his place in the Director’s box and Kevin was smiling and looked confident and relaxed.
The atmosphere at St. James’ tonight is electric and that spark has been passed to the players as Michael Owen in particular looks a completely different player from his performance last Saturday at Old Trafford.
Newcastle are winning all the 50-50- balls but then after 29 minutes Newcastle were reduced to 10 men when Emre was shown a straight red card. Eustace broke from defense and was taken out by Emre midway inside Stoke’s half. Uriah Rennie showed no hesitation in giving the Turkish midfielder a straight card .
Replays showed Rennie had no real choice but to send Emre off . Now we will really be short of midfielders for the visit of Bolton since Emre, Smith, Butt, Faye and Smith are all unavailable.
Emre – sent off with straight red card after 29 minutes
However, following Emre’s dismissal Newcastle continued to attack and from a beautiful N’Zogbia corner after 31 minutes Claudio Cacapa got nicely into space and headed the ball powerfully past Simonsen for his second goal for the club. A great time to get a second goal.
For the remainder of the half Newcastle didn’t seem to be affected by the loss of Emre and continued to attack right up to half time and looked a yard quicker than Stoke City. That’s what confidence and passion can do to a team and the players certainly seem up for the game.
But the game is not won yet, and we’ll probably have to use some of our substitutes in case some of the lads tire â€“ but a win is what all Newcastle fans want to see tonight.
Newcastle United: Shay Given (c), Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Emre, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka
Subs: Steve Harper, David Rozehnal, David Edgar, Kazenga LuaLua, Andy Carroll
Stoke City: Steve Simonsen, John Eustace, Leon Cort, Liam Lawrence, Jon Parkin, Richard Cresswell, Ricardo Fuller, Danny Pugh, Ryan Shawcross, Gabriel Zakuani, Rory Delap
Subs: Vincent Pericard, Salif Diao, Russell Holt, Anthony Pulis, Carl Dickinsonto
Referee: Uriah Rennie
Attendance – sellout