After watching the game again last night, what was clear was that it was played by two sides, approaching their best form and with players brimming with confidence, after both teams have dragged themselves away from the bottom of the league, and gone on good runs.
Damien Duff - cameo appearance but he got the winner!
But Harry’s comment at the end to Sky Sports ,that he didn’t know how Tottenham lost, was just a little bit exaggerated, as for once Newcastle scored the late goal to take all 3 points.
But neither side really deserved to lose yesterday, and it was a game that both teams could be proud of, and it was all action for the full 90 minutes – some entertainment, that’s for sure.
It was hard to pick a player on the Newcastle side who didn’t have a good game, much like last weekend, and again it was another superb team performance, and Joe is starting to make a huge difference at St. James’ Park – that’s one thing that became clear yesterday.
We had worried a little in case it was a bit of a flash in the pan, but it seems like Joe has drummed into his players that they cannot get carried way with things, unlike the fans.
Resilience and consistency is starting to be the way this Newcastle side plays, and just how good can young Sebastien Bassong become?
He looks the star of the Newcastle defense in nearly every game these days, at just 22 years old.
It was great to see Kinnear at the end of the game smiling, and just soaking up the electric atmosphere, which is St. James’ Park on a winning day, as the fans stayed to cheer both teams off the park.
Kinnear took time out to praise the wide men:
“Duffers was ever present when I came here,”
“I put him in and he picked up an injury which knocked him back for a couple of weeks and to be fair to Charles, he has come in and done very well.”
“I feel I’m getting the best out of all three wide players. Jonas has come in and done well, he was exceptional – man of the match – at Portsmouth.”
“Charles has got the first goal, even though it was an incredible pass by Shay Given.”
“So all three wide players are making it difficult. There’s a case to play any two from the three.”
“Whichever two from the three, you know you’re going to get a good response.”
Charles was probably the Man Of The Match yesterday, with an energetic and sterling performance, which was one of his best displays of the season for us, and he showed that left wing is definitely his best position.
Zog scored the first goal brilliantly, and set up Owen after 70 minutes with a chance that Michael will score from 9 times out of 10, but yesterday he blazed over the top from just 8 yards out. Oh well.
The only negative point from Newcastle’s viewpoint, was the Spurs goal, but it was a strange goal to concede, and in studying the replay several times, Modric came back from an offside position, and was just offside.
However, it was very close, and the linesmen was at least 5 yards behind the play, and in no position to see whether Modric was off-side or not. So he let the play go on, probably rightly so, and Modric took his chance very well for his first goal for Spurs.
But we had that bit of a luck, right at the end to grab all 3 points, when a great one-two between Duff and Viduka, opened up the Spurs defense, and Duff poked the ball home and then went into orbit – as did the Newcastle crowd.
It was an excellent game, and some advertisement for the Premier League, and a great result for us yesterday.
Now for Wigan on Friday afternoon, when we need to do it all over again.
Howay The Lads!!