In a tremendously fast paced game today, Newcastle got the win they thoroughly deserved when James Milner hit home from just 6 yards, after a Steven Taylor header came off the bar from a Jonas Gutierrez cross.
And there was just 60 seconds of added time left.
Now we understand what Keegan means when he says we may not be the most gifted but weâ€™ll be the fittest as this game was played at tremendous speed by the home side.
And watching from the stands was Fabricio Coloccini, who is expected to sign for the club soon, and the Argentine must have been impressed with what he saw from the Newcastle side.
It was a typical display from a Keegan side as they surged forward all the time, particularly in the second half after surprisingly going down to a Joaquin goal after 38 minutes, after they had been on top in the first half.
The goal came from nothing and had to ask questions about the center of Newcastle’s defense as Joaquin found himself one on one with Given, following a cross from the right that was headed over Cacapa.
Joaquin made no mistake and rifled home expertly.
But in that first 45 minutes Newcastle had played some good attacking football and we thought at half time it may be some second half.
And what a final 45 minutes from this Newcastle side.
Not only did they come back to finally win the game, but they surged forward at every attempt and each player seemingly playing as though their very lives depended on it.
And this was a pre-season game!
Not sure what Kevin is feeding the team, but keep it up.
This was a wonderful game to watch for the home fans, and maybe the nufcTV display speeded up the game but it was played at a fast pace, with Newcastle no doubt hoping to wear out this talented Valencia side, in the second half.
The first goal came from a Gutierrez corner from the right and Duff, who had another terrific game, headed the ball firmly past a statuesque goalkeeper.
It was a great goal by Duff after 76 minutes.
And if you though Newcastle would relax, think again, because if anything Newcastle increased their pace and rhythm, and continued to surge forward at every opportunity.
Then they got exactly what they deserved and theyâ€™ll be called lucky because they scored another good goal with just 60 seconds on added time left. But they made their luck by always looking to attack, and if they play like this this season, we should be able to get a bucketful of points.
Again it was the energetic Gutierrez on the right and he got in a cross that Taylor hit against the bar, but it came out to James Milner who made no mistake and rifled the ball into the net to give the Magpies a deserved win.
A fitting finish to a tremendously energetic and exciting game.
We were surprised at how good the lads looked, and it’s certainly true this team is fit.
It’s exactly what the Newcastle fans needed to see, before our tough game at Old Trafford next Sunday.
But with a superb fighting performance like this under their belts, against a good looking Valencia side we might add, there will be no lack of confidence in the side – that’s a certainty.