Newcastle played only just above half their capabilities yesterday, but it was enough to get a 2-0 win against Sunderland.
Michael Owen – two goals won the game yesterday
- Newcastle had won the game by half time when Michaelâ€™s lucky penalty put the Magpies 2-0 up. Quite honestly we thought the penalty was a harsh decision and thought the handball was accidental
- Newcastle looked much better than Sunderland in the first half, they were more organized and just looked better as a team than Sunderland
- It looked like the Sunderland players were more affected than the Newcastle boys by the occasion and looked a bit nervous especially the two central defenders who looked too susceptible throughout
- The first goal by Michael Owen was a classic text book goal. Michael was 10 yards outside the penalty area when he started to run in, and Geremi sent in the rigth wing cross that Michael met about 12 yards out and powered his header brilliantly past Craig Gordon. A first class goal by Michael Owen
- As Roy Keane said â€“ it was a good goal for Newcastle but a bad one for Sunderland to concede as Paul McShane had no idea where Owen was. We don’t think Paul even knew Owen was coming in and that was poor defending
- Newcastle showed much more class than Sunderland in the first half and they seemed able to just contain Sunderland after the break, when the Wearsiders tried to get back in the game
- But even with their possession in the second half Sunderland had only one clear-cut chance when a bullet header from Jones was brilliantly saved by Steve Harper going full length to his right
- Itâ€™s the sign of a first class goalkeeper when he has little to do but then produces a great save to keep a clean sheet, his 4th in the last 5 games by the way
- The Newcastle defense played as good as they have all season and looked extremely solid. Taylor and Faye took no chances whatsoever
- We did notice again that Jose Enrique tends to do too much on the ball, and this is something he’ll have to fix, otherwise he will be caught in possession too much. He does have lots and lots of potential though, and still looked good yesterday
- Newcastle did give the ball away too much, especially in the first half and Geremi was guilty at least twice of presenting the ball to a Sunderland player.
- However, as Kevin pointed out the mental approach of the Newcastle players was just first class – and they were determined to get the result from the first kick of the game. And as it turned out that’s exactly what they did, as some had even promised
- Next up is West Ham and another 3 points there would be great