There was more positive than negative to take out of our game against WBA on Saturday, and that’s a nice surprise for Newcastle fans everywhere.
Alan Smith - great game on Saturday!
We’re not going to get carried away with one game but the lads battled well for the point in the second half and we saw with Tim Krul that we have some good young players only waiting to get their chance in the first team. And bot did Tim take hios chance with some wonderful second half saves.
Here’s some things we saw in the game at WBA:
- If WBA are indeed favorites to be promoted this season then we should win more games than we lose this season and with just a couple of weeks of drafting in new players we could have a good squad that can challenge for promotion. Come on Ashley, make a decision on whether to sell or not – so the club can move forward – before it’s too late.
- Enrique and Steven Taylor looked the part on Saturday, as both of them have that fighting spirit we are told will be needed in full supply in the Championship. Coloccini wasn’t good and we’d much prefer Hungarian youngster Tamas Kadar to be given his opportunity, after he looked good in pre-season.
- Alan Smith was great in midfield and he had one of his best games for Newcastle and will make a lot of friends with Newcastle fans for his 100% commitment to the cause – and by the way we wouldn’t mind it now if Alan remains captain. He gave a captain’s display and ran his socks off – you cannot doubt this lad’s commitment to the Newcastle cause – good job Alan!
- Damien Duff could be a big player for mus in the Championship as he took his goal well, and looked a classy player. But Damien has to stay involved in the game and he goes missing during the game too much.
- Gutierrez showed how frustrating he can be with good runs down the left wing, but his final ball was never good enough. We expect Jonas and Coloccini to both be moved out within 3 weeks – we don’t need them and it looks like they don’t want to stay.
- Andy Carroll looked the part on Saturday but not when partnered with Shola Ameobi. Why don’t we sign Peter Lovenkrands, since we are short of strikers and he’s a canny player and would provide a contrast with our 3 big strikers – Ameobi, Carroll and young Ranger.
- Tim Krul will challenge Steve Harper for the first team goalkeeper jersey before the end of the season, and could well get the position if he takes his chances like he did last Saturday. One thing we really like about Tim is that he’s Newcastle through and through, has been on Tyneside four years now, and we like players at the club who love playing on Tyneside. Good for Tim, and in these days when the club is looking foolish almost every day in the press, it’s good to have our youngsters 100% behind the club.
Comments always very welcome.