Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton will take a lot of positives out of the win this afternoon at The Hawthorns.
Peter Lovenkrands – looked class today – should keep his place
And the three new lads all had a good part to play in the victor, and that’s probably the best news this afternoon.
Butt and Nolan dominated the central midfield throughout, Ryan Taylor put in the corner for Steven Taylor to head home Newcastle’s 3rd goal just before the break, and Lovenkrands looked class up front throughout the game, and scored a beautiful opportunist goal after 9 minutes.
Peter could have had more with a little luck, but he seems to have the goal instincts of a certain Michael Owen – and this guy was a free transfer?
In fact we’ll be surprised if all three don’t start against Everton at home in two weeks time.
And although our back four looked less than safe too many times this afternoon, the character of the lads shone through and it was a great team win.
Remember this games was one in which the result was much more important than the performance.
WBA got within a goal of the Magpies after 73 minutes, with a disputed goal, after a WBA player was injured and Shola gave them the ball, thinking the referee had blown his whistle to stop the game.
BGut in truth WBA were simply not good enough to threaten Newcastle too many times during the remainder of the game.
Chris Hughton has to be delighted with both with the performance and the win, and this will be a real tonic to Joe Kinnear, who we hope is recovering well in hosptial.
It’s probably best to keep him in there, so he can get some rest and some sleep, with it being two weeks until our next game.
Another reason this win was vital, is that it puts Newcastle fans in better spirits over the next couple of weeks, before our next game against Everton.
Chris said after the game:
“There were some big pluses today and I thought the three new lads were terrific,”
“Ryan’s deliveries were excellent and Kevin was solid in midfield.”
“Peter had a lot of energy and worked tirelessly up front and got his reward with a goal.”
On this performance the WBA defense looked terrible, and they have to be fancied for the drop, although the Newcastle back four tried again and again to prove they were not too much better.
It was yet another bad mistake for their first goal by Steven Taylor, and the back four looked all at sea, especially in the first half.
But a full house at The Hawthorns shows you just how well the Black Country team is supported, but they’ll have their work cut out now to stay in the Premier League.
Of course Newcastle are by no means clear, but what will please the Newcastle fans today is the positive impact each of our three new players had in the game.
And the lads showed great spirit – so things may not be as bad as The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail keep trying to make out.
And there will be some fans who will say it’s only one game and don’t get too carried away – we know that’s coming.
But Newcastle fans should celebrate and celebrate well, for this is only our 2nd away win of the season, and our 6th win this entire season, and it was such a vital game for us to win.
If we can beat Everton in two weeks time – watch out. 😀