It was a huge game for 21 year-old David Edgar yesterday, and his mother Christine, who had traveled from their native Canada to see the game – at least saw her son score a very good goal from a corner by Danny Guthrie just before half time, which momentarily had Newcastle back in the game – but then came the second half.
David Edgar – looked quite solid at right back yesterday
David usually starts games nervously, but not yesterday as in the first 10 minutes he looked confident and put in some good passes at right back.
At the end his inexperience at this level cost us a goal as he brought down David Ngog in the box for a penalty, which is the 8th we’ve given away this season – what’s going on here?
His goal had come in first-half injury time, the defender heading a Danny Guthrie corner past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to put the score at 2-1 and give Newcastle fans some slim hope for the second half.
But of course we shipped another 3 goals after the break so it wasn’t to be.
David talked after the game:
“It was a day of mixed emotions for me,” “It was incredible to score against Liverpool, who are another big team, but it’s bittersweet because of the result.”
“To be honest I don’t score too many headers – it’s not a big thing for me. It was a good finish for me, and I was ecstatic.”
“My dad was here for the Man U goal, but he couldn’t make it this year.”
Of course it was January 2007 that David played at St. James’ Park against Man United in the 2-2 draw, and he scored Newcastle’s second goal in that game, with a great shot from outside the penalty area, and of course he well remembers that goal as he continued:
“It’s almost two years to the day, and I had that in my mind – I was joking with my sister before the game that I’d wear a T-shirt before the game with ‘That’s for you, mum’.”
“She’d never seen me play at St James’s before, and she was more nervous than me, to be honest. It’s good to have them here, and I got a goal for them.”
“We weren’t happy with the way we defended our set pieces, or the way we defended overall.”
“It was difficult to take, and conceding a penalty was hard for me personally.”
This will be good experience for young Edgar, and it’s interesting in our poll for Man of the Match that David is curently second behind the great Shay Given, who seems to be getting better and better at Newcastle.
We expect David to get another chance this Saturday in the FA Cup at Hull City, and the lad learns quickly and he also has a very good temperament, and will be listening closely to what the Newcastle coaching staff (Joe and Chris) tell him this week.
He’ll take that all in, and we look forward to a solid performance from David at Hull, with no penalties given away this time.