We have now watched the game twice on TV, and we have some observations to make on the Newcastle display – most of them good ones.
Chris Hughton – prepared the team well and the lads were ready
- The defense looked strong again especially in the air, and it has to be the rock on which the promotion drive is built this season. And it was another clean sheet so that’s six in the first nine league games – great!.
- Zurab Khizanishvili looked more than comfortable in his first game for the club, and it was his excellent run down the wing that set up Nolan’s 3rd goal and Newcastle’s 4th after 50 minutes.
It’s hard to know who is the better right back – Zurab or Danny Simpson, although Zurab is the more experienced player of course. Sign this lad in January!
- Steve Harper didn’t have much to do last night but towards the end it was clear he wanted a clean sheet and kept his players alert to that.
- What was Jose Enrique thinking in the second half when twice he put wayward balls back into the middle and almost gave goals away – hopefully Chris will get him to one side and blast him for his lack of concentration or whatever it was.
We have to hope that we get another specialist left back in just to give the Spaniard some competition and keep him on his toes.
- Ranger and Carroll looked close to awesome up front, and Nile was so unlucky not to get his first goal for the club. But on this performance it’s hard to think the Londoner will not play in almost every game this season.
That could be starting or coming on as an impact sub. His speed, height and physical prowess pose a danger to any defense – and hs such an exciting player to watch!
- Alan Smith was again a rock at the heart of Newcastle’s midfield, and it seems this Yorkshireman has personally taken it on himself to get Newcastle promoted this season, What a player he has been for Newcastle this season and his courage and bravery on the field are there for all to see – he should be the captain.
- Kevin Nolan was the man of the match last night, if only for his 3 great goals to go with the other 3 he had already scored. With the absence of Ameobi, Kevin has stepped up to the plate with goals, and he can get a lot more goals this season – a wonderful performance from Kevin last night and not too bad either from Ryan Taylor, who chipped in with a great goal and an assist.
- The team spirit shown for the lads has been a revelation this season and it was there for all to see. One little thing we noticed was Peter Lovenkrands putting an arm around Ryan Taylor at half time, as they walked to the dressing room, with Peter obviously just delighted about Ryan’s terrific goal.
- Owner Mike Ashley was at the game and on his own in the stands, and he seemed to have the weight of the world on his shoulders, as we didn’t see him smile once.
He’s obviously wondering how much the tribunal will award Kevin Keegan, and that could delay the sale to Barry Moat, which we are told he wants to do as soon as possible.
But since the debt at Newcastle is one thing holding up the sale, to have a substantial payout to Keegan will hardly help that.
- This is all great but we also have to realize that Ipswich were second bottom, and their defense was just hopeless last night. The players cannot get carried away with things (like we do!), and must get ready for two home games in 4 days starting on Wednesday night against QPR and Saturday against Bristol City, before the International break.
We need two wins, and we can then enjoy the two week break.
That’s it, and it has to be upward and onward from now on.
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Howay The Lads!!