Goals change games and a goal by Michael Owen changed this game dramatically and Newcastle ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the end, and kept their 3rd away clean sheet in a row for the first time in 11 years.
This is exactly what the fans wanted to see after a rather deliberate first half in which Portsmouth did most of the attacking.
And but for fabulous reaction save from Shay Given after 30 minutes Newcastle could have been down at the break, but the Irishman somehow maneged to turn the ball around the post from the impressive Kranjcar.
We called for more enterprise after the break in our first half report, and after 52 minutes and for the second week running, Jonas put a beautiful defense splitting ball though for Michael Owen, who chipped it brilliantly over James and into the net. 1-0 up and against the run of play.
This is why Michael Owen is so sought after – he scores goals, and will continue to do so, as long as he keeps fit.
That seemed to give the Newcastle team confidence and as the second half went on the Portsmouth fans were getting agitated at their sides inability to get a goal, and then Jose Enrique went through and put a great short ball through to Martins who stuck it home with his right foot to make it 2-0.
But we still weren’t sure at that point if we could get the 3 points, after what happened last week at home.
Then after 89 minutes, Danny Guthrie scored a stunning third goal for the Magpies, as he raced onto Shola Ameobi’s cut-back from the right, to hit an unstoppable right-foot shot across the diving James into the left corner of the net.
What a great goal from the 21 year-old.
3-0, and the first away win of the season, and only the second this year, following our 4-1 demolition of Tottenham in March.
Goals do change games, and Michael got us that all important goal, but this was a team effort, and exactly what the fabulous Newcastle fans had wanted.
And in the 91 st minute Shay Given pulled off another brilliant save from Sean Davis to have the Newcastle fans roaring their heads off – again.
Well done lads – great effort.
Oh, and we are now 15th position in the league, and just 4 points out of 8th place.
Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Mvuemba, Davis, Hughes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.
Substitutes: Ashdown, Lauren, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Kanu, Armand Traore, Wilson.
Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Butt, Guthrie, N’Zogbia, Martins, Owen.
Substitutes: Harper, Cacapa, Duff, Geremi, Ameobi, Taylor, Viduka.