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Is Newcastle’s Nightmare Over?

10:16 am, Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

The almost impossible happened yesterday when Newcastle United finally won a football game.

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Newcastle United’s Loyal Fans - deserved the win

This was their 14th league game since the Fulham win at Craven Cottage last December 15th, and was almost two months after our 4-1 hammering of Stoke City at St. James on January 16th, the day Keegan arrived for his second stint as manager of the club.

What was cleat yesterday that Newcastle could and should have been 3-0 or more up at the break. Oba has a great right footed shot saved by American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, and Michael Owen, from 7 yards out, failed to head the ball home.

And of all people Faye almost scored with an overhead kick. Abdoulaye had a strong game at the back for the Magpies, especially in the air, where he was dominant. And they took danger man Brian McBride off in the second half, what a relief that was.

But this is what’s happened in quite a few of our games in the last few weeks.

But after 8 minutes Mark Viduka scored a great individual goal and then after 83 minutes Owen headed the ball home with a similar chance from a beautifully placed Geremi free kick. Geremi also looked very good yesterday and his free kicks are excellent. The Owen goal was a similar chance that he missed in the second half.

But Owen took his goal well in the second half, and is starting to get into the hearts of the Newcastle fans. Certainly Keegan seems to love the boy, and was singing Michael’s praises to anybody who would listen (Fabio Capello?), after the game.

The bottom line is that Reading, Sunderland, Middlesbrough all won and Bolton drew, while Birmingham and Derby County lost.

The relegation struggle is not over, that’s for sure, but maybe our nightmare is over, given that we finally won a game.

We have to give credit where credit is due, and it goes out to our players and of course the coaching staff. Not one player on Newcastle’s
team yesterday had a bad game and Butt, Barton and Geremi, who have come in for some criticism lately, all had good games. Good for them.

The front three of Martins, Viduka and Owen again looked menacing.

One of these days at St, James’ Park, we are going to take all our chances and be 4-0 up at the break. Then we can be sure that Kevin Keegan is starting to work his magic again at the club.

The lads played some very good free flowing football yesterday, make no mistake about that, and often played themselves out of trouble beautifully, and dare we say it, looked like a well coached team.

Let’s pick up at least one point at Spurs next weekend, to keep our run of two unbeaten games going – and one of those was a win. :D

Your comments are very welcome.



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Are_Moen // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    nice said. i think this is a turnaround.

    I think i never bin this happy on å sunday morning, cant enven feel the hangover:)

  • 2 George // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    The nightmare is not over yet, but it is starting to become only a bad dream.
    just a pity we did not get all 3 points at Birmingham and then it would be looking brighter.
    One thing, our season is becoming exciting for the wrong reasons and evry game is becoming a cup game 2 legged ones at that, Lose or draw away from home and win the game at home.

  • 3 GP // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Spurs score goals for fun, it’s just another game I want done asap so we can focus on Reading.

  • 4 johnny // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    GP well said mate. watched sum of the spurs game yesterday and they do play well. a point would be excellent, a good performance a good bonus.
    at least were creating and scoring now though eh?
    HOWAY THE LADS

  • 5 Leo // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    fayes headering was awesome, at one point he was angled away from the bal but still got his head on it and pushed it where he wanted it…

    i love that picture btw, i had my scarve on yesterday but i didnt wave it, i think i am supersitious too much maybe

  • 6 stjames // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    While the front three had a good game I feel the rest of the team more or less had a relatively good game. That is relative to their previous games. But the signs are there and they gradually seem to be recovering from the ” Sam syndrome.” :)

    Owen is shining in his new role. He always sets something in motion when he goes deep to retrieve the ball. :)

  • 7 Spyro // Mar 23, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    guys do not be so pessimistic about spurs, they are not consistent and white hart lane is far from a fortress, this is very much a winnable game. I want a draw at least

  • 8 Punk Skunk // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Hey Spyro, ya’ dead right there…It’s just no-one says their defense is pap when they let several goals in, go figure?..

  • 9 Tripp // Mar 23, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Aye, they may like scoreing goal, but they seem to like to concede them too.




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