Huge Sigh Of Relief Heard on Tyneside


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.

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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!



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16 comments so far

  • Rob

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Thank god we won i heard the georied roar in gateshead

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  • Chris F

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    i think you may be getting a bit carried away expecting 3 points at white hart lane, ed.

    quite a bit carried away.

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  • hanzemre

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    :)yeah Ed ur abit carried away. So am i. Suddenly just nice to have positive thinking & high in confidence to carry things on. Actually i am hoping the same organised team to surprise Spurs. The point is “Just do it” with strong believe & confidence maybe we’d winning it who ever knows.

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  • domtoon

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s the keegan effect – it’s infectious 😀

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  • m.

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    we can do it at three point lane!

    spurs ain’t quite motivated for the rest of this premier league – we can absolutely do it.

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  • Hammy

    Mar 23, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Guy walks into the job centre in Newburn.
    Sees this job:

    “Trainee gynecologist , 50K a year,
    no experience required.”

    Interested, he goes to the counter.

    “What does this job entail?” he asks.

    “Well, you have to help undress the women, shave their vagina then rub this special oil into their nether regions. Here is an application form.”

    “Wow that sounds good, where do I go now?”

    “Plymouth” says the man behind the counter.

    “Eh? isn’t the job local?”

    “Yes it is, but that’s where the end of the queque is”

    Ho,ho,ho……

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  • Spyro

    Mar 23, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree Ed, we CAN do it at the lane, its only spurs for gods sake, there a good team but far from unbeatable. Anyway we proved at Stamford Bridge that on our day we can match anyone, we didnt deserve to lose that game.

    KK will go for the 3 points as he should, but if we draw we draw, if we lose we lose, it aint the end of the world. COME ON THE TOON!

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  • Spyro

    Mar 23, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    lol @ hammy

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  • milnerfan

    Mar 23, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    i think a point a spurs will be good. Keeps us unbeaten and after watching spurs push pompey around i cant c us getting 3 points.

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  • valle

    Mar 23, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    I really doubt we met fulham at home 2 times this season… Are you sure it wasnt September 2006?

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  • Macca

    Mar 24, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #11

    The win was good, it was great but lets not get carried away, it was against Fulham and some people are acting like we won the premiership, a wins a win, it’s great, lets just not take it out of perspective.
    And against Spurs away 3 points, I don’t know, I don’t even know if we can come away with a draw, I don’t think so. They’ve been on good form lately, they’re on a high, they beat Chelsea in the final and they drew with Chelsea midweek they’re in a winning mood and their players, players like Robbie Keane are having a real rich run of form and well, we beat Fulham. Us against them, away, I don’t know, a point if we’re lucky on our day if everyone is playing really well and Spurs play badly then ya maybe we’d get 3 points, but looking at our form and theirs, they’ll be definite favorites. But anythings possible at this stage of the season.

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  • AdamCF

    Mar 24, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Man.. talk about bi-polar Geordies.. Last week you guys were all floating down the Tyne.. now you’re walking on it..

    (Funnily enought, that’s part of the reason why I’m a Toon fan.) 🙂

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  • Ryan

    Mar 24, 2008 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we have the quality to win spurs no matter how good their form is. Btw, we have just won some confident in Fulham match. True, it may not be the same rank/standing with spurs but we play quite well and we quite dominate in the 2nd half. Sunderland can beat Aston Villa 1-0 on away match. Why can’t we do the same coming spurs match? We also show the quality when against Chelsea. Which I don’t really see we losing that match. We are just underachieved.

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  • Greek Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I posted before the game that we needed 11 lions on the pitch on Saturday…… and we got them!

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    we are going to win the league haha, joking

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  • Ant

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah Leo, When Keegan first came in I looked at the table and realised it was mathematically possible for us to win the league…It didn’t take long for the beer to wear off…

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