Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has rightly said that his side were overdue a change in fortune after Damien Duff’s 90th minute goal gave the Magpies a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park yesterday in front of 48,000 screaming Geordies, who stayed to applaud both sides off the field at the end of a terrific and close game.
Charles N’Zogbia – MOM for Newcastle yesterday – sizzling performance
Substitute Damien Duff who came on after 88 minutes for Jose Enrique, who had another good game at left-back, and two minutes later played a superb one-two with Mark Viduka, before slotting the ball past Gomes, before the goalkeeper quite knew what was happening.
Joe told BBC Sport today:
“In our last two home games (Wigan and Stoke) we’ve conceded late goals,”
“We deserved our luck. It was a terrifically well-taken goal.”
Newcastle have now gone 11 games under Joe Kinnear and have 18 points, with four wins, two defeats and six draws. When Joe arrived on Tyneside in late September, Newcastle had 4 points from their first 7 games, and had suffered 5 defeats on the trot.
“The build-up to the goal displayed the type of skilful player Viduka is and then Duff showed his electric legs.”
Newcastle took the lead through Charles N’Zogbia, with goalkeeper Shay Given praised by Kinnear for the way he found the Frenchman with a long punt downfield. N’Zogbia has a terrific game yesterday on Newcastle’s left wing.
“It was a wonderful assist for the first goal from Shay,” “But he works hard on all aspects of his game, day in, day out.”
Spurs had equalized through Luka Modric on 28 minutes, in a goal that initially look yards offside, but the linesman was not in line with play and did not make the call, because he couldn’t. Joe Kinnear did well to keep control and say nothing to the officials.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was understandably disappointed that his team got nothing out of the game, as he told BBC Sport:
“The game was there for us to win at half-time and I certainly would have taken a point,”
“To get beaten like we did in injury time was a big blow. We had the chances and kept the ball well but we were hit by a sucker punch. In our position you have to pick up points.”
“We were the better team in the first half and had we taken the game by the scruff of the neck we could have killed them off.”
It’s got to be disappointing for a manager like Harry, who sees his team play so well away from home and come away with nothing, and Spurs could well have taken a point yesterday – and that was probably the fairest result.
But Newcastle have had their fair share of heartbreak with last minute goals conceded at St. James’ Park, so it was nice to have the shoe on the other foot yesterday, although that will come as absolutely no comfort to Spurs fans.
One last point, N’Zogbia is currently ahead with 52% of the vote as yesterday’s MOM – so if you haven’t voted you can do so here .