After going down to a shock early goal after just 3 minutes, this Newcastle side, full of fight and fury, finally showed what they were made of with a magnificent victory tonight at St. James’ Park.
This win puts us 4th borttom with just 2 games to play, and we have a better goal difference than the 3 teams beneath us. A win against Fulham on Saturday, when the lads should have renewed confidence and vigor could see us saved, if only because of our superior goal difference.
But Newcastle got off to the worst possible start and were one goal down after just 3 minutes, when Habib Beye unluckily put into his own goal, after Steve Harper had saved at the feet of Marvin Emnes, and Newcastle were already a goal down.
And it was Steven Taylor, who we said before the game might get a goal for the lads, scored the vital equalizer after just 9 minutes with a bullet header from a corner – another wonder goal from the Geordie native. It’s so good to have this boy back.
Michael Owen then saw a header just tipped over the crossbar before Emnes was guilty of a huge miss when he really should have scored Boro’s second. It was a huge let-off for Newcastle when the Dutchman had an open goal after getting his own rebound, and he amazingly shot wide of the target from 10 yards out, with only Harper to beat – hey the Gods are back on our side. 😀
But Newcastle have to be thankful to the two substitutes – Oba Martins and Peter Lovenkrands who both came on in the second half and both scored. We’ve said before players don’t hacve to start games to make a difference, and these two boys are Newcastle heroes tonight.
On 70 minutes Michael Owen made way for Oba Martins, and would you believe it with almost his very first kick of the match, Oba scored.
Kevin Nolan turned the ball into the Nigerian International’s path 12 yards from goal, and Oba stepped inside Andrew Taylor, and hit a right foot shot beyond goalkeeper Brad Jones, and Newcastle took the lead.
And the scoring was complete four minutes from time when Peter Lovenkrands, himself a second-half substitute, scored another vital goal for Newcastle, his 3rd this year, and this should give him the contract he yearns for on Tyneside. This lad scores when it counts as he did against WBA, Manchester United and now Middlesbrough.
It was Kevin Nolan again who put a low ball into the area, and Peter met it beautifully to hit a right-foot shot past Brad Jones from six yards out. Peter was then completely mobbed by his ecstatic team-mates, as the Geordie crowd went wild. That was the vital 3 points right there.
So the lads produced when it really mattered and the scenes on TV before the game of a sea of black and white flags was a very moving sight to behold, for us Geordies away from the homeland.
We need to take care of Fulham on Saturday, somehow, at 3:00 pm, and we ‘re sure 52,300 Newcastle fans will be there once again, roaring the lads on. If we can win that game we mayu well be mathemtically safe and we can really celebrate.
We were very worried about this game tonight, but we have to hand it to the lads – they were magnificent, and this was a huge huge win for the Newcastle club, that just may help save our season.
Howay The Lads!!