Newcastle United gave a reassuring display today at Hull City, and were just a little bit unlucky not to win at the first attempt.
Michael Owen – had two chances in first half he would normally take
But it was a good open game and Hull City has their moments too, with Shay Given again saving everything that was thrown at him.
Joe Kinnear will be pleased with the display of his team this afternoon, and they delivered what Joe had promised – a good organized, hard working and attacking display.
There were several good performances from the Newcastle players with both Duff and Gutierrez doing good work on the wings, with Jonas Gutierrez putting in some terrific runs down the left wing in the second half.
Sebastien Bassong brought stability to the back and it was easy to see how he was missed last week, as his heading ability, speed of foot and general good reading of the game, made the back four look so much more solid than they did last week.
Butt picked up his 5th yellow card and will miss the game against West Ham on Saturday, but Guthrie was again in very good enterprising form, and Owen had a few chances that normally he would put away. Butt again looked a little off the pace and we expect Geremi to get the runout on Saturday, and he could do a decent job for Newcastle.
Young Andy Carroll, who turns 20 on Tuesday, had a very good first half and all this boy needs now is more games, so he can learn his trade in the Premier league – he seems to have everything it takes to be a good Premier player.
Andy’s a big lad, and can dish it out well, and he’s always a handful for any defender. A promising future striker for Newcastle, who in the first half played extremely well with Owen, who seems to like a big man next to him.
And Shay Given was Shay Given – a goalkeeper who must now be ranked as world class, after his superb displays for both Newcastle and Ireland this season.
The replay will be a week on Wednesday at St. James’ Park, but before that we’ll have the West Ham game at home, and we could certainly do with all 3 points from that game.
And if the lads play with the skill, determination and heart they did today, and with a little bit of luck, we could well get all 3 points.
But credit to the team and to Joe Kinnear and the training squad for what was a reassuring display from the lads for the Newcastle fans.
Only the win today was missing.
Maybe the Liverpool game was indeed a one off, and it was nice to get another clean sheet after conceding five in the previous game.
We’re sure Shay will be lot happer tonight than he was after the Liverpool game.