A single goal from that goals man Shola Ameobi, was enough to give Newcastle a good win tonight, but it took a couple of great saves from goalkeeper Steve Harper to keep the clean sheet tonight.
In front of a fantastic crowd of 43,904, in only our second home game of the season, which bettered the crowd at the Stadium of Light last night to see Chelsea.
What does that tell you? Either the Newcastle fan support is better than Sunderland’s, or Sheffield Wednesday are a bigger draw than Chelsea – take your choice! 😀
But the lads delivered the result we all wanted to see – another home win.
And it was Shola Ameobi again who was on target as after 15 minutes.
Steve Harper’s long ball downfield was helped on by the towering leap of 6’5″ Andy Carroll, and it was Shola who was onto the flick, controlling the ball with his chest, and then hitting a wonderful low shot between keeper Lee Grant and his near upright from 12 yards out.
A great finish from Ameobi once again.
And then on 27 minutes it’s Ameobi again as he put in a beautiful header which was denied by the agile leap of Owls’ goalkeeper Grant, who somehow got to the ball which was bound for the top-corner. A great header and a wonderful top-drawer save.
Things were fairly quiet from then on until half time with Newcastle looking very tidy, but then Sheffield lifted the pace of their game and from a free kick it was Michael Gray who clipped over the wall, and forced a save from goalkeeper Steve Harper, as he palmed the goal-bound effort over the bar – a fantastic stop from our goalkeeper.
And on 52 minutes Steve Harper came to Newcastle’s rescue again as Francis Jeffers got in behind the Newcastle back-line and the former Everton and Arsenal man had only the goalkeeper to beat, but Harper smothered his shot – another great save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
But good teams win lots of games 1-0, and the lads played out time with another clean sheet, and it’s another 3 points from the lads.
This keeps us in 3rd place on 7 points, with the top 6 sides all on the same total, and only separated by goal difference. Ours is 4 with Cardiff top on 6 and Middlesbrough with 5. It’s interesting that West Brom are 5th, so that all three relegated clubs have made a good start in the Championship.
Now it’s Crystal Palace next on Saturday, and we’d like to see all 3 points there, but that’s going to be a very tough game.
Howay The Lads!!