We have to hold our hands up and say we doubted the lads could do it last night, after just 4 points and four goals in the last 10 games, but last night they got 3 goals and 3 points to prove us wrong, and all credit to the team and Shearer and his staff, for producing such a fabulous performance and result, when all was at stake.
Shearer and Dowie reaction to brilliant Steven Taylor header
Gareth Southgate is not impressed in the background
We have a few notes on the game last night, which was only our 7th win of the season, and our first home win for almost 5 months.
- Middlesbrough hadn’t scored an away goal all this year, and they were 1-0 after less than 3 minutes when an unfortunate own goal gave Newcastle the worst ever start imaginable. This could have dampened the spirit a little, but the Newcastle players kept surging forward. It was Middlesbrough’s first away goal of the year.
- Steven Taylor showed early in the game he was there to play, and as we had even suspected yesterday, hes cored with another bullet header from a good Danny Guthrie corner. This lad is Geordie through and through.
- Mark Viduka had hit the bar before Steven’s goal, and it was Steven who had a chance to put the ball in the back of the net, but just failed. Mark’s shot was right out of the blue, and he showed with that he was going to have a great game – which he had last night and got a wonderful ovation from the Newcastle faithful, when replaced with the eager Andy Carroll after 87 minutes. Andy seemed determined top put in a whole game’s effort in the 7 minutes he was on the field with injury time, and he went close twice with two good efforts. The boy always looks like a future star to us.
Viduka has 53% of the votes for Man of the Match last night – the poll is open all week on our home page.
- For the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 20 minutes of the second half Middlesbrough were starting to have more of the ball and get ion top a little. Shearer introduced Lovenkrands for Gutierrez after 65 minutes and Martins for Owen after 71 minutes. And those changes did the trick as Martins scored immediately and Danish lad Peter Lovenkrands scored yet another vital goal for the club,m and will surely win a new contract in the summer.
- Our back four and Harper were strong all night, and Butt, Nolan and Guthrie all had good games, and it was obvious they were all up for the fight. Danny Guthrie again looked like the very promising young player he is – certainly one for the future at Newcastle. Bassong and Taylor could form a good young partnership at the back for Newcastle, although we’ll need another center-back this summer.
Nolan had his best game for the club last night, and looked very comfortable all game in the Newcastle engine room. In fact the lads in the middle were so good that we didn’t seem to miss Joey Barton at all.
- There will be a few things Shearer will want to go over with the lads today, like what exactly happened with the own goal, in preparation for the Fulham game, which will be a lot harder than last night. However a Newcastle win on Saturday and a Hull loss at Bolton, could see Newcastle safe as early as Saturday night on goal difference.
- The TV commentators got completely carried away after Newcastle went ahead in the second half and they waxed lyrical about the Newcastle crowd and the City of Newcastle for such tremendous football passion – a tremendous advert last night for the Newcastle United club world-wide.
The scenes at the very beginning, of a mass of black and white before the game even started would have brought an emotional response from the many Newcastle fans around the world.
- We must go for two wins in our last two games, whatever happens, and Alan has made that clear that’s exactly what he will do because you never know. But on the form of last night we can give Aston Villa a game at Villa Park on the very last day of the season.
- It would be fitting to finish this disastrous season with 3 wins in a row. If we can do that we have a very interesting summer to look forward to, and presumably an announcement from Mike Ashley, that Alan Shearer is the long term manager at the club.
And we can probably expect Rob Lee, John Carver and even Gary Speed to join Alan at Newcastle.
But the job is not yet finished, and two wins in our final two games will wrap things up nicely, thank you very much.