There are reasons why we could argue that we should have got more out of the game on Saturday – and one of them was another very dubious decision by Rob Styles to award a penalty against David Edgar.
David Edgar – harshly judged to have fouled McCarthy
David made the mistake of touching Benny McCarthy in the penalty box and the South African took a dive, like he had been hit by a speeding bullet, and that’s the 9th penalty we’ve conceded this season. And was David preferred to Steven Taylor at right back, or was Taylor carrying an injury?
But there’s nothing we can do about what happened on Saturday now – other than learn from the game and the mistakes we made – and press on. It’s good that the lads have 10 days off, because they can regroup and be ready for the Man City game, and we need to show every fight the lads can muster for the full 90 minutes – they have to show the pride and passion that is Newcastle United in that game.
Despite all the furstrations and challenges that come with the Newcastle manager job, the fighting Irishman has no intention of walking away from the biggest job and biggest challenge Joe will ver have in football – as he said today:
“I love the game, so I’m going to fight my corner,”
“It’s a massive job and I like the people up here.”
“I love the club and being back in the Premier League. I said I’d keep Newcastle up and I intend to do that.”
“Once we get two or three players back fully fit – and I mean fully fit – I think we’ll be all right.”
“Only time will tell, but I’m very confident we will stay up.”
We (Ed) took a quite a bit of stick when we had the article out yesterday that basically said that replacing Kinnear at Newcastle was just not the answer.
But since he’s at least our manager through the summer, and he’s doing his utmost to keep the club afloat, in difficult circumstances he hardly created, surely the fans, even if they hate the man, can get behind him and the players, for the rest of the season, for the goods of the club.
That’s all we ask – we are like any other fans of Newcastle United, we want the club to do great, and we’re desperately disappointed with things right now.
And quite honestly, we don’t really care how we become great again, and if that means it’s through an unfashionable manager like Joe Kinnear , that’s OK with us, just as long as the club is making good progress in the right direction.