Let’s be clear about last night’s game – we looked dead and buried at half time.
Michael Owen – captain gave good second half performance – when it mattered
There was every reason last night to think Newcastle were heading for defeat when the half time whistle blew, and we’re sure most Geordie fans were having another bout of severe depression. We were. 🙁
In the last 12 league games, whenever Newcastle have gone behind in a game, they ended up on the losing side. It was only at Derby, on 23rd December last year, when Newcastle were down twice in the game, were they able to come back to avoid defeat. We didn’t win, as Derby were 1-0 and 2-1 ahead, but at least we didn’t lose on that December day. That was because of two excellent goals from Australian Mark Viduka, which was the last tine he seemed interested.
Last night Newcastle equaled that feat and came back and get a massive draw, and many of the Newcastle players stood up to be counted, including Mark. We have to remember that mark, to his credit, had just returned from injury, but he put in a sold shift.
But the second half performance last night gives us some real hope that we can indeed remain in the Premier League. Let’s face it, Newcastle fans have had precious little to cheer about and give them any hope over the last 3 months.
But we just cannot allow any let downs on Saturday.
We played well last night, but we still only have 4 draws in our last 13 league games, and we must get the win and all 3 points against Fulham on Saturday. They are now 6 points behind us, and a win on Saturday will send them 9 points behind us, with only 7 games to play. 😀
The big advantage we have is that we’ll have a 50,000 home crowd to cheer on the lads. And the boys deserve that support, since they came back from the dead in the second half last night.
We should make no mistake that a defeat last night would have been a terrible blow to the club and our survival hopes this season.
It would have been so easy to have gone missing again, like our players have done in games gone by. But no, credit where credit is due, and most of the lads came out fighting, at last, for the club. It was great to watch – and maybe we really can secure safety.
And after Owen had scored a great opportunist goal, and missed another gilt edged chance, you could see the confidence grow in the Newcastle players. We started to play some decent, no , we started to play some good football in that second half, when it mattered most.
And Birmingham manager Alex McLeish had to admit Newcastle gave his team all kinds of problems in the second half, after clearly playing better than the Magpies in the first 45 minutes.
It was a heartening final 45 minutes and we think Keegan’s Newcastle Ship is gradually heading towards calmer waters.
But we MUST win on Saturday against Fulham. We cannot have any let-downs or new ship-wrecks along the way to calmer waters, because we’re not clear of the bad weather yet, not by a long way.
But we’re getting there.
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