Just like former coach Lee Clark 5 days ago and his team gave Newcastle all they could handle – and so it was tonight as Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City looked an excellent side, especially in the first half, when they were the better side.
But this was a wonderful win for a Newcastle side who worked their socks off, and after being second best in the first half, we’re not sure what it was Chris said to them at half time, but they came out looking like a different side in the second half, and started to close Leicester down.
And it was another wonderful Danny Guthrie goal on 52 minutes that would give Newcastle all 3 points.
Guthrie, who looked good all night, collected the ball from outstanding teenage striker Nile Ranger, and hit an unstoppable 20-yard drive into the roof of the net, for his second goal in as many matches. What a goal!
At Newcastle when the team scores – everybody seems to celebrate – including the security staff who were seen to celebrate on the touchline with an ecstatic Danny Guthrie.
Before going much further this was a game that looked like it was in the Premier League as both sides played some lovely attractive football, and the Foxes gave us everything we could handle in the first 45 minutes.
And it took world class save from Steve Harper after 21 minutes, who looks inspired these days, to keep Newcastle in the game, as his lightning instincts allowed him to get his right hand to block the ball and save his side. And since the ball took a deflection before it got to him the save was even better.What a save from Harper!
As the TV commentator said – that was a Shay Given type world class save, and there’s no better compliment than that.
Steve also saved well going to his left on 37 minutes, from a free kick. He saved us in the first half.
Newcastle did have a couple of claims for a penalty and on other nights they would have been given at least one.
But good teams win 1-0 and this is another excellent 1-0 home win.
And Nile Ranger showed tonight, especially in the second half, just how good he can become and when he was replaced near the end the crowd gave the 18 year old a standing ovation – something he will no doubt long remember. This lad worked his socks off and assisted in the Guthrie goal and has an ability to hang in the air that is something to see.
Overall summary of the game – the lads did us proud again and the football they played was terrific to watch, but the fighting spirit and cohesion of the side was also there for all to see.
And this was the 4th clean sheet in a row in the league.
Maybe we even needed to get relegated to find ourselves again – but a brilliant if very wet night on Tyneside – and the lads are now 2 points clear at the top of the league.
And the game being on national TV would do nothing to harm Newcastle’s fame as the best supported club in the land, and the crowd were again just unbelievable, although the attendance of 38,818 was lower than had been expected.
But of course my wife just pointed out it was pouring down with rain in Newcastle tonight,as she had been on the phone with her Dad in Newcastle, and the match was also live on TV – so there’s the probable answer.
One more observation – of the 7 subs tonight only 21 year=old Tim Krul was not a teenager – we need to sign more players in the next 18 hours.
If this performance doesn’t inspire Ashley to help out Chris Hughton, nothing will.
Howay The Lads!!