Newcastle United got the job done tonight, as they tried to hang onto their 2-0 lead they had gained at half time, but after 63 minutes gave away a poor goal and after that, hung on for all they were worth for the win.
It had looked rather easy in the first half with Barton dominant in midfield and an initial goal from a nicely put away Barton penalty after just 9 minutes, when Ameobi had been felled in the box.
And then just before half time on 42 minutes Martins headed home an easy goal after a great cross from right back Habib Beye.
But let’s not be too hard on the lads and while WBA were the better and more enterprising side in the second half, Newcastle still managed to get the win.
Sometimes, like in tonight’s game the result is much more important than how you play, and while we seemed to just give away the advantage to WBA in the second half, we still got the win and now have 9 points from our 10 league games, which is a nice improvement on the 6 points we went into the game with.
Hopefully this will give the players that extra confidence they need.
While Coloccini had another solid game at the back, he seemed to give away the WBA goal on 65 minutes, as he slipped at the worst possible time when he was about to cut out a routine through ball, and let Miller go straight through to score Albion’s goal.
And then it was touch and go for Newcastle United until the final whistle as WBA, to their credit, took the initiative and could have earned a point out of this game with just a little luck.
What we didn’t like to see in this game is that Newcastle sat back after the interval, which would have never happened with a Kevin Keegan side.
Kevin would have said at half time – OK we are 2-0 up let’s see if we can win 6-0.
But it seems like Joe Kinnear told the p[layers at the interval to hang onto their lead, but they were the better side, and this should not have been that difficult a win for us.
In no way will we criticize Joe however, but it will be interesting to hear his comments after the game, but he looked so relieved at the end of the game it was obvious he just wanted the 3 points, like any other Newcastle fan.
You could see the stress and strain on the Newcastle fans, and the commentators on TV were so sympathetic with the Newcastle fans as they were willing their team to the win.
Well a win is what we wanted and needed – and the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and we finally manged to get all 3 points.
It’s the we needed – but from now on let’s make wining a little easier for our fans. 😀
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Xisco, Geremi, Andy Carroll
WBA: Scott Carson, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ryan Donk, Jonas Olsson, Paul Robinson, James Morrison, Jonathan Greening, Robert Koran, Borja Valero, Chris Brunt, Roman Bednar
Subs: Dean Kiely, Carl Hoefkens, Marek Cech, Ishmael Miller, Sherjill Macdonald, Luke Moore, Pedro Pele
Referee: Mike Dean