It was a good game last night, and we thought the play showed both Birmingham and Newcastle to be two teams who can avoid the drop this season.
Alex McLeish – quite happy with point
Birmingham are a hard team to play against, especially at St. Andrew’s, and we have great respect for the management capabilities of their new Scottish manager Alex McLeish.
At half time last night it looked ominous for Newcastle as Birmingham had taken a 1-0 lead through impressive James McFadden. But Keegan did motivate the boys at half time, when all seemed lost, and Newcastle came out looking a different and much improved team in the second half. Newcastle captain Michael Owen’s opportunist goal gave them a well deserved point.
Michael could so easily have had another after 50 minutes, when he was clean through, but for a great save by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Maik Taylor. And one pleasing aspect of the second half was how Owen and Martins both looked very menacing to the Birmingham defense.
After the game this is what Alex had to say:
â€œI think Newcastle deserved something for their second-half performance after the first half had belonged to us. We couldnâ€™t get the second goal that would have given us some breathing space.â€
“Newcastle have many influential players and they caused us problems in the second half, but we are continuing to pick up points. At the end of the season, points like this might be like gold dust and we are difficult to beat at home.â€
While Newcastle may have just possibly squeaked the win with their second half performance, we think overall a draw was a fair result and both teams moved up one place in the league table.Â It broke a 4 game losing streak for Newcastle, thank goodness!
Now for Fulham at home this Saturday, and we cannot have any let downs, after our second half performance last night. We expect an all-out attacking display from the lads, and hopefully Keegan’s first win in his second coming as manager at Newcastle. 😀