The Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan had every right to be proud of his players last night, after their Carling Cup extra-time victory over Coventry City.
Jose Enrique challenges Coventry captain Jay Tabb for the ball
Newcastle looked like they were cruising home with two goals in the first half from N’Zogbia (21) and Milner (38) and were looking for a 3rd when Clinton Morrison pulled one back in first-half injury time.
And Coventry fought every step of the way in the second half, to play much better than they had done in the first 45 minutes, and finally forced the game into extra time with an equalizer very late in injury time.
And it was that man Michael Owen once again, who scored another opportunist goal, to put Newcastle into the third round draw. The news about Fabio capello not being sure of Owen will certainly have to be put to bed if michael keeps scoring like this.
And a little note to Mike Ashley, who we hear was dining on Cornish pasties throughout the second half, please get that pen out and have Michael sign his new contract.
There’s no way this lad will not be at Newcastle for another four years, so let’s get him signed up now.
The Newcastle manager after the game praised the pluck and character of his players, as he told nufvTV:
“It was a hell-of-a-game,” “There were a lot of positives for us in the first half.”
“We were two up and could’ve been three or four up by the time we conceded in injury time.”
“In fairness it was a great goal by Clinton Morrison but it’s changed the complexion of the half-time team talks.”
“They have then equalized with a last throw of the dice, but where they got the extra three-and-a-half minutes from I don’t know.” “In the end we’ve won this match three times.”
“But I was delighted with the character and fitness of my players in extra time.” “They can be proud of themselves tonight and there were some great performances.”
“It was hard work and I don’t know how much I’ve aged during that one, I’ll have to check the mirror.” “But I think the fans would’ve enjoyed it and I’m relieved we’re in the hat for the Third Round.”
A great performance from the Newcastle United team, and the lads have done us proud, once again.