Newcastle coasted to an easy 3-0 win over Reading at St. James’ Park this afternoon with three expertly taken goals by each one of their three top strikers.
This was Newcastle’s third win a a row, and 10 points from the last 12 available, to start to complete the turnaround they have gone through under maestro Kevin Keegan.
Newcastle were 2-0 up at half time after Martins scored another good individual goal after 18 minutes, and then on 43 minutes Habib Beye, who had another excellent game today, put Michael Owen through and Michael made no mistake for another excellent individual goal.
Reading were quite a good side and give it everything they had but they had absolutely no threat in front of goal, which was the huge difference between the two sides. Newcastle oozed class and Reading none of it, but you cannot fault their players who as usual give it 100%.
Newcastle continued to carve out chances and play beautiful passing football, and they were 3-0 up, with a greatly crafted goal.Â Habib Beye, who was getting forward a lot, again laying on the chance, this time for big Mark Viduka, who fired home with aplomb, with his second goal in as many games.
After that goal Newcastle took the foot of the accelerator a little and brought on some of their substitutes.
Damien Duff got a run out for Mark Viduka and then Nicky Butt, who again was Newcastle’s outstanding man in midfield, got a standing ovation as he was replaced by Alan Smith. Nicky is playing his best football ever at Newcastle now, and is the key cog in Newcastle’s excellent looking midfield.
Lamine Diatta was then brought on for the last 8 minutes, and Lamine got a good reception, as he made his first team debut for the club, and replaced his Senegal team mate Abdoulaye Faye, and partnered David Edgar for the last few minutes of the game.
This game was over at half time and the only disappointment we had was that Newcastle could maybe have got more goals if they had pressed a little bit more in the second half.
Near the end Barton almost scored and they could so easily have had a couple more goals to make the win even more emphatic.
But make no mistake, Reading were completely outplayed by this classy Newcastle side and near the end Damien Duff went close, as it was all Newcastle.
Reading ended the game a well beaten side, just like Tottenham were last week at White Hart Lane.
Joey Barton, who had another great game, was voted man of the match today, and probably just edged out the in-form Nicky Butt, who for us was the best player on the field, as he stroked the ball about with real class.
But Newcastle now are starting to show their true class and the three upfront of Martins, Owen and Viduka gain looked a classy threesome playing together, and that was the big difference between these two sides.
Both full backs looked good, and Enrique is playing better and better with every game, and again for the third game running, not one single player let the side down, that was really good to see, these boys are playing for each other. David Edgar had a solid game at center-back and surely the 20 year-old Canadian has a good career ahead of him at St. James’ Park.
Another wonderful team performance from the lads.