This was a spirited performance from Newcastle United tonight against Manchester United, but after going 1-0 ahead in just 9 minutes from a goal from Peter Lovenkrands due to an Edwin van der Sar error, the Red Devils came back with goals from Rooney and Berbatov, to take all 3 points.
Two of the goals tonight were poor goals, on a water-logged pitch.
The first one was from Danish International Peter Lovenkrands, who was in the right place at the right time, as he stabbed the ball home from close range, after Edwin van der Sar had failed to hold Jonas Gutierrez’s bouncing shot from just 20 yards out.
It was a bad mistake by the Dutchman, and his hopes of setting a new European record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal was gone in 9 minutes of the game, and it was just what Newcastle needed. And Peter Lovenkrands needs to be played in the run-in, because he was again in the right place at the right time, to make it look so easy to score against the Red Devils.
But then after 20 minutes a really good goal from Wayne Rooney leveled the scores. Rooney received a pass 20 yards out, and the England International made room for himself before rifling the ball into the back of the net past a helpless Steve Harper. The ball seemed to take a deflection off Steven Taylor to make it 1-1.
But with the half time whistle coming Newcastle were doing well and still in this game, but then on 56 minutes a terrible defensive error let Manchester United in.
Oba Martins had an effort cleared off the line and Nemanja Vidic headed over from just four yards out, before the Red Devils scored what proved to be the winning goal, and it was another poor one to concede by Newcastle.
Steven Taylor attempted to chest the ball back to goalkeeper Steve Harper, from a long cross into the area, but the local Newcastle lad failed to get enough weight onto the ball and that allowed Park to get in. The South Korean tapped the ball past Harper, who seemed to pull out of the challenge, for the arriving Berbatov to slot into an unguarded net.
That was just a terrible goal to concede, and another bad mistake from Steven Taylor, that cost Newcastle a goal, and this is hardly the type of goal you can give away to the world’s best team, and it cost Newcastle at least a point, tonight.
But Newcastle failed to let up, once they went behind, and went after the equalizer, but it wasn’t to be, and this is the second defeat in a row, and just a single point now from the last 3 games. However, it was a much improved performance from the Bolton game on Sunday.
But we must play at out best against teams like Bolton and Hull City, and not keep the top performances for the top teams, like the Red . Newcastle have to find some way of playing at our best against teams we have to beat, otherwise we will be in big trouble this season.
Other results didn’t exactly go Newcastle’s way either tonight, as Stoke beat Bolton 2-0, to go one point above Newcastle, and Spurs, fresh from their Carling Cup loss to the Red Devils, just hammered Middlesbrough 4-0 at White Hart Lane, to go 3 points clear of Newcastle with a game in hand.
And Hull City got their first win in a number of games when Manucho scored in the very last minute for them to win the game 1-0, at Craven Cottage against Fulham, and gain 3 points on Newcastle. So they will presumably now be full of confidence for Newcastle’s trip there a week on Saturday.
Blackburn drew 0-0 with Everton at Ewood Park to gain a point on the Magpies, so everything now awaits our game at Hull City a week come Saturday, which is a MUST WIN game.
We cannot keep putting in good performances against top teams and losing, and then putting in poor performances against teams we should beat, and lose to them too. 🙁
Anything other than a win in the Hull City game, will see us in some serious trouble, but we should at least have Michael Owen and Nicky Butt back from injury for that game, and maybe even Danny Guthrie.
Newcastle are now 5th bottom and just one point above the drop zone.
Newcastle have just 6 points from the last 30 points played for, in our last 10 league games – which is hardly good – and relegation form, unfortunately.