Win More Important Than Performance Tonight

It got a little painful to watch in the second half last night against WBA at St. James’ Park, after the team had set up a winning 2-0 interval lead.

Joey Barton – scored penalty after 9 minutes

But the nerves seemed to get to the players, and as Joe Kinnear mentioned after the match to Sky Sports News, we started to defend far too deeply, and gave away the initiative to WBA, who are hardly one of the best sides in the league.

But we had gone 9 games without a win, and mind games start to click in as the minutes ticked by tonight, and certainly Newcastle looked very nervous, especially in the final 20 minutes.

The scenes of the Newcastle fans in obvious pain and anxiety as the minutes ticked by, were shown often by the TV cameras, but the lads didn’t give away any more sloppy goals, and deserved the 3 points, although as Damien Duff told Sky Sports after the game, the players made it very difficult for themselves.

Hey – but a win is a win.

The WBA goal was terrible, and we all thought Coloccini had a simple through ball covered, but he didn’t cut it out, and the ball went straight through to Ishmael Miller, who then swept the ball past Given and into the goal, and it was then game on at 2-1.

Another terrible goal for Newcastle to concede and with just 25 minutes to go.

But credit to the lads for hanging on, and gutting it out, even though it wasn’t a graceful win, but we desperately needed the points, and the added confidence it will give the team. Job done by the players and we refuse to be too critical.

Joe Kinnear now has completed 4 games as manager with a win, a defeat and two draws with 5 points from 4 games, and that’s not too bad  a start at all.

Hopefully we can improve on that as we get more players back from injury, with captain Michael Owen now due back next Monday against Aston Villa.

As Joe said after the game, we’ll take a look at the league table tomorrow morning, and see the team in 15th position – and that’s sounds good. We could even have been in 14th place and above Everton with a 2-0 win – on goal difference –  but let’s not get too greedy right now.

Here’s how it looks:

Pos Team     Pld GD Pts

14  Everton    9  -6  9
15  Newcastle 10  -6  9
16  Wigan      9  -2  8

The bottom line from tonight is a win is a win, and it gives us 3 vital points at this very delicate stage of the season. 😀

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • toonoot

    Oct 29, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #1

    3 points is 3 points!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 29, 2008 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #2

    for now!..


    Oct 29, 2008 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #3

    1 st


    Oct 29, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #4

    4th haha as was said 3 points is 3 points

  • micknufc

    Oct 29, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #5

    well,sitting there watching that second half was not that much fun,dont want to come down to hard on the lads,weve won the game after all but barring our fast start and some wastefull finishing ,we could have took our foot off the gas.but for me we just sat back and waited for them to make the breakthrough.nobody around me was in the slightist bit suprised when they got that goal.
    but 3 points were a must we got them thats what matters.. dont relish the next game though.

  • bobby martins

    Oct 29, 2008 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #6

    The win was possible largely to a positive start. But Kinnear baffled me with his insistence on Amoebi staying on for full 90 minutes. The last 30 to 40 minutes we need to keep that momentum going thats when he should have bought NZog into the game. We let Manc and Sunderland score crucial 2nd half goals due to this defensive mindset.

    Well lets just give Kinnear the benefit of doubt being away from the game for this long and do away with his over reliance on the long ball. He did well to get Barton and Guiterraz. Barton’s through passes were top notch. The difference was there to see when we were attacking with both these guys covering ever blade of grass on the pitch. Geremi and Butt should now be looked as backups and provide experience.

  • Shola Ameobi

    Oct 29, 2008 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Gives us abit of breathing space above the spuds at least. If we pick up points in the next 3 games we should stay above them for a while, can only seem em picking up 1 point, or 2 if their lucky in their next 3.

    Just got the catch the unwashed now.

  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Guthrie and Barton were completely overrun and out-passed tonight, especially 2nd half.
    Joe has a lot to do before we face Villa if he wants to get anything out of that game. If Owen returns it will be Martins dropped to make way but without his pace, opposing teams can peg us back too easily.

  • Bart

    Oct 29, 2008 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #9

    It could be game of the season by 2nd half ruined it all.
    1st half was really nice to be watched, both sides attacked beautifully esspeacially us

  • ginkoh

    Oct 29, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #10

    First Half = GOD
    Second Half = DOG

  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2008 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #11

    We don’t get a special prize for finishing above Spurs.
    …Only for finishing 4th from bottom or better.

  • Archie

    Oct 29, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I live in the Middle East and was up ’til gone 1 in the morning watching the game – just couldn’t drag myself away.
    It was an excellent result but a couple of things were, yet again, blatantly obvious.
    One of the commentators described Ameobi as “a stumbling Bambi”, which I think just about covers it. Going down for the penalty was a stroke of genius as he’d already lost the ball. As they say its not easy when your second touch is a tackle.

    The other thing that continues to surprise is that every manager who comes in seems to be of the opinion that we are capable of just sitting back and defending a lead. Strange, considering that all previous managers thought the same and were proved wrong.
    I wish that once we get a lead they’d just keep pushing instead of sitting back.
    Excellent result, but I cant understand why JFK insists on leaving Zoggy on the bench.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Agreed with most comments that the second half was a terrible performance. I practically lost my voice at that stage and everyone around me we in the same mindset.

    You could see the attack had gone after the 2 goals were got.

    As for Given and defence. Whats waste of a clean sheet.

    If we play like that on Monday we will get spanked of villa. I think JFK knows that.

    Hats of to Joey and Martins header – excellent.

    3 points is 3 points but we need to keep focused and enjoy the ride.

    Lets hope tonights matches help us out. IE everyone below we gets beat.

    ESPECIALLY SPUDS!!!! 2-0 to Arsenal.

  • Keith

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Great first halk, thought we played very well at times, big difference was having barton and jonas in the team, duff looked very good. Second half i think the nerves kicked and with wba down two nothing there was no pressure on them to get anything out of, the goal was poor to give away but it might be an important one, the lads hung on and scrapped there way to victory, that should give the lads confidence that hey we made a mistake but we recovered from it and got the points, we have to take the positives out of these things

  • Bosck

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    I have to disagree ed about the goal. the simple fact is that it was a quality through ball and a quality finish from a powerful and extremely fast striker. even if collocini hadnt slipped the pass would still have gone past him. in actual fact given was at fault for the goal as he rushed off his line far too quick. he should have held back instead.

    taylor again made a mad run yesterday to try and tackle someone in midfield and it was only a great cover tackle from collicini that stopped a goal.


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