Newcastle Players Awesome – When It Really Mattered

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • komfort

    May 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    nice to see boy george got released yesterday..& like him the premier league is looking less tight at the bottom.

    well done lads..1050

  • Johno Toon

    May 12, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    If we stay up i think the future is very bright ,

    I thought Nolan played very well last night if we get him into shape he could be a big assest to the club,

    Butt was very good as well

    Other than Owen i thought the whole team played very well

  • cicero

    May 12, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Greeeeat result, but lets not get carried away with words like “Awesome”; lets get some perspective we beat Boro at home. Fulham are going to be a tougher proposition.

  • cicero

    May 12, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the Makems have the hardest run in but Hull are in free fall and Boro’s heads will be down after last night, Fulham are well organized and will be tough but beatable, Villa aren’t as good as the press they’ve been getting, I was at the Villa/Sunderland game (work thing) and they were two bad teams but they scraped a lucky win, so this one is winnable as well.

    My Prediction:

    NUFC – Fulham (3 pts) / Villa (1 pt)

    Makems – Portsmouth (0 pts) / Chelsea (0 pts)

    Hull – Bolton (1 pt) / Man U (0 pts)

    Boro – Villa (3 pts) / West Ham (0 pts)

    But it’s in our hands now, should be a great atmosphere on Saturday.

  • Mimo

    May 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Great result last night well done! Defending was mighty nervous in the first half but improved in the second period. Midfield stilll looked one paced and lacked guile but everyone fought hard and in the end the win was deserved. Personally I’ve always had faith that some how we would stay up and we are now in the best position we’ve had for sometime so fingers crossed. Thought Guttierz and Owen were very poor, though Michael managed to get one good shot on target. Would be better if Martins was fit enough to play full game but looks like Owen and the excellent Viduka again though maybe Lovenkrands is a better choice than MO.

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    First class performance, looked like the lads could run all night long with there improved fitness.

  • sahota

    May 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    It was a moment(win yesterday) I will cherish for life if we can survive. Its in our own hands again now. We don’t now depends on other teams. I think if we win one of 2 games we will be safe as all results can not go against us. Either HULL or SUNDERLAND won’t now get any points. So com’on guys give us one more performance like yesterday. 2 wins would be excellent.

  • Micky Toon

    May 12, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s all set up for a win at Fulham to make us safe. However, this is NUFC and I reckon we will draw our last two games just to keep it “interesting”. We will stay up by the skin of our yellow teeth. 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    May 13, 2009 at 1:35 AM

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    May 13, 2009 at 1:35 AM

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