It was a pulsating game that was beamed live around the world, and the game showed just what passion Newcastle fans have for this game as Alan Shearer had the Newcastle players playing out of their skins to get a fabulous 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough tonight.
Alan Shearer – his players played out of their skins tonight
And that was after going behind after just 3 minutes to an unfortunate own goal from Habib Beye.
Newcastle attacked from the first minute, and in the last few minutes when they were ahead 3-1, they launched attack after attack, and Andy Carroll went close twice near the end.
Maybe the lads are now a lot fitter than when Alan first took over, since they were full of running in the last 20 minutes of this game, and it was the first time since Portsmouth that we have scored 3 goals, but the side looked full of goals tonight.
The lads also got over an unfortunate own goal they conceded which was just so unlucky for Beye, but that didn’t stop the Newcastle players coming back with Viduka hitting a magnificent shot that came off the woodwork, and Steven Taylor almost had the ball in the net.
But then an absolutely bullet header from Steven Taylor from Danny Guthrie’s corner was a stunning goal for Newcastle, and showed why Steven started off as a youngster playing center forward – this boy loves scoring goals, just like his manager did.
And then Martins hit a beautiful goal only a minute after Shearer had brought him on for Michael Owen, who may have been slightly injured, and Oba ran to his manager Alan Shearer to celebrate the goal. We hope that groin is OK. 😀
And then it was that man Peter Lovenkrands, who go another vital goal for the club, when he hit an inside pass from Kevin Nolan, back to his best form, that almost broke the net.
Newcastle could easily have run riot in the last 5 minutes as Middlebrough were opened up again and again, and Andy Carroll was unlucky not to at least notch a goal.
The Cathedral that is St. James’ Park was just an unbelievable place tonight, and the Newcastle fans showed again why their support is lengendary. If only we had a decent tewam like Liverpool, think what it would be like.
But Alan Shearer has tonight proved he can get the lads ready for a big game, and his changes show he can read a game brilliantly.
The good thing is when it really mattered tonight, most of our players played out of their skins for the cause – a wonderful committed display that was full of guts and glory, that we haven’t seen for quite a while.
Tonight’s performance could be remembered as the performance that saved our season.
After the match a delighted Alan Shearer talked to Sky Sports:
“It is a magnificent feeling, it really is,” “I asked them (the players) to show courage, determination and to go and show me the ability that I know they have got.”
“It would have been easy for them to feel sorry for themselves after going 1-0 down, but again I mention the word courage.”
“They didn’t let it affect them. They went on and still had the belief they could get something.” “There were some big, big performances out there from big men. I couldn’t ask anymore from them.”
Alan has now to get the lads ready for the game against Fulham on Saturday, and the job is only half done, and another win on Saturday could well cement our Premier League survival for this season, with any luck.
It’s Alan Shearer’s first win, but this man has now shown he knows what football is all about, and at the final whistle it was so obvious his players just adore the man.
So do the Newcastle fans.
Howay The Lads!!