It was 83 minutes into the game when the capacity St. James Crowd erupted as Michael Owen headed in Geremi’s free kick, Newcastle were 2-0 up, and a huge sigh of relief could be heard all over Tyneside.
Michael Owen leads some serious training at Little Benton
It was the result all Newcastle fans had hoped for – a win – at last.
Our last win in the league had also, interestingly enough, been against Fulham, when Laurie Sanchez was manager, and Joey Barton had scored a penalty after 92 minutes to rather luckily snatch all 3 points at Craven Cottage. Sanchez was sacked after that game.
Apart from the run of 13 league games without a win, yesterday’s win also marked the end of other streaks. It’s the first time we’ve scored 2 goals since we drew 2-2 with bottom of the league team Derby at home on 23rd December, with two goals from Viduka, and it also ended the worst home run of form since 1978.
For Fulham they didn’t end many streaks, and went to 32 games without an away win. Yes, you’re right, the last time they captured all 3 points away from home was on Tyneside, when they won 2-1 on 9th September, 2007.
That’s when Newcastle were coasting to a win, but Fulham scored 2 goals in the last 7 minutes, one given away by a Titus Bramble lapse in concentration – what’s new?
While we promise not to get carried away with just one win, today has seemed so much better than previous Sundays for some reason. 😀
We’ve been reading reports on the game wherever we can – and we’re just about to watch the whole game again on tape. When Newcastle win we watch the games again – and sometimes a few times, but when we lose we just don’t bother. We’re not daft. 😀
In truth though, this season has been a complete disaster, but it’s not over yet, and now we can start showing the bravery and skill, owner Mike Ashley has asked for. Let’s see how many of the remaining games we can win – not draw – but all 3 points.
Our next step is to go to White Hart Lane, and that will not be an easy game by any measure. But we must think we can win that game, and then be brave enough to go out and do it. You must win the game in your head before you go out and win it on the field is an old adage that’s so true.
We certainly have the manager in place, who not only knows how to do that, but will be planning how to lift all 3 points all next week. But Levin will need good and spirited execution on the day, just like he got yesterday.
Now that some of our handsomely paid players are starting to show some drive and heart, and quite a bit of skill too, we can win the game next Saturday in London. 3 points will just about clear away the remaining clouds of relegation still hanging over the Tyne Bridge.
Newcastle fans have almost completed another horrendous season. But at the end of yesterday’s game, it was so great to see the happy smiles on the faces of those loyal supporters, at the end of the day.
That’s the job of the team on Saturdays – to send the Newcastle supporters home happy, and they certainly did that yesterday – big time.
Howay the Lads!