In what turned out to be an amazing game of football tonight, in which Coventry scored both their goals in added time – one in the first half and the second, a full 70 seconds after the 2 minutes maximum allotted time, after 90 minutes – Newcastle kept their nerve and Michael Owen hit the winner after 13 minutes of extra time.
This was a game for the ages.
But the scares for Newcastle were not over and Coventry managed to hit the cross bar after 16 minutes of extra time, and Given also made a great save down to his left, to keep Newcastle ahead.
But Newcastle deserved this win, basically because they had the extra class that matters in games like this – but with any luck we could have been 4-0 up at half time.
After 45 minutes Newcastle looked to be cruising, and had a 2-0 lead with goals from Charles N’Zigbia – which was made by James Milner, and then James himself scored when he shot home from the left wing, when Geremi worried the goalkeeper, so we were 2-0 up after 41 minutes and looking for a third goal.
Then out of nowhere, a ball into the center of Newcastle’s box wasn’t cleared, and fell nicely to Clinton Morrison, who shot home with a wonderful shot.
That brought Coventry back into the game and the second half was just as exciting, but it looked like Newcastle had the game won after two minutes of injury time – which was the alloted time by referee Bates.
But then after 93 minutes and 10 seconds Coventry equalized again, when captain Scott Dann beat Coloccini in the air from a throw in, and headed down into Shay’s bottom left hand corner.
Referee Bates will need to explain how he managed to add an extra 70 seconds of injury time onto the maximum two minutes allotted. 🙁
But not only did Newcastle play very well tonight, and will probably not get the credit for it, because of the unbelievable two comebacks by Coventry, the lads also showed everybody they are made of stern stuff.
Most teams would have crumbled with the unbelievable bad luck, but not this group of fighters.
They picked themselves up, and Michael Owen showed again why Mike Ashley needs to sign him onto an extended contract, by again playing a captains part, and scoring another poacher’s goal.
After the game Kevin said the referee didn’t tell him why he didn’t blow for time after 92 minutes, and then he joked that the referee was enjoying the game too much.
But then he said he thought Newcastle had won the game tonight 3 times tonight.
Man of the match was James Milner, and Kevin wasa full of praise for his player after the game. Kevin believes James is way under-rated, and thinks he has played too many England Under-21 games, and should step up to full honors.
This tough game may hurt us against Arsenal on Saturday, since the lads may have taken a lot out of themselves.
But let’s give the lads full credit, they got the job done under unbelievable difficult circumstances.
In one of these games we are going to wallop some team by scoring with the many chances we create, and we’ll score 8 goals.
The lads did us proud again tonight, and we can hardly ask for anything more – they were great tonight in many ways, and remember good teams always find a way to win.
Well that was round 2 of the Carling Cuip – phew – now for round 3. 😀