Newcastle United participated last night in one of the most entertaining games of football seen in a long time – and as we said last night – a game for the ages.
While they should have won the game 2-1, if the referee had bothered to look at his watch, the lads still came out on top, when most teams would have folded with lady luck so against them.
But the Newcastle lads participated in a game in which they played wonderful attacking football and let’s credit Coventry too, with an amazing comeback, which just fell short at the end, but it took the cross-bar and another brilliant save low to his right by Shay Given to stop the Light Blues scoring a third goal.
Every player on the field seemed to give it their all – and credit to both teams for an amazing game, that was entertaining to say the very least.
The winner last night was the game of football, as the game was beamed live on TV to the US and many other countries around the world.
It was exciting, but if you are a Newcastle United supporter, a little hard on the old heart, for some of us.
And don’t tell us the referee added the time on for an injury that happened just before the full 90 minutes was up – the extra time is added for the delay of the game in the first 90 minutes, by definition.
So the commentator’s confident explanation that the referee had every right to add on more than a minute in a two minute injury period, because of an injury that happened before 90 minutes was up, was a load of rubbish – and that’s being polite about it. The referee screwed up – period.
And after the goal, Kevin was seen to hold up 3 fingers to the official, indicating rightly, they had allowed the game to go another 3 minutes when it was supposed to end after 2 minutes. Most managers in Kevin’s situation would have held two fingers up to the official, let’s be honest. 😀
There were no stoppages for anything in injury time – and when 2 minutes was up Nicky Butt had the ball in the Coventry right hand corner of the field, and tried to get a corner kick, but a goal kick was awarded – the game should have ended then with Newcastle leading 2-1.
And once Coventry scored, and everybody lined up to kick off again the referee had by then woken up – and blew the final whistle, and it was over 4 minutes of added time on the clock. Not good, and we’re not the first team to suffer because referees don’t, or won’t, blow for time when they should.
Kevin showed his displeasure with his stone face in extra time, because he knew his team should not have to play the extra 30 minutes – but being professional like our lads are – they still won the game. 😀
The extra time may have an adverse effect on us against Arsenal on Saturday, but with the spirit this side has shown already this season, we seriously doubt it.
There’s no doubt the Newcastle United boss is starting to work his miracles again, and you would hardly have recognized this team from say early March, when we couldn’t buy a win.
The team goes forward all the time and sprays the ball about the park beautifully, and watch for Newcastle soon becoming the TV darlings because of the entertainment they serve up.
In fact they are so entertaining why wouldn’t we call them the entertainers – oh sorry that’s already been done hasn’t it – oh well – it does seem like déjà vu all over again.