While we don’t want to get carried away, Newcastle United gave a display for the ages last night, as they completely demolished Ipswich Town 4-0, and the score-line doesn’t even tell the superiority of the Magpies, such was their complete domination of the game.
Bobby Robson – a right half in his playing days at WBA
In a game where the lads did us proud, very proud, they chased and fought for every ball from the very first minute to the last minute of added time, in a display that will warm the hearts of Newcastle fans everywhere, including Sir Bobby Robson.
Certainly the 2,000 Newcastle fans at Portman Road last night must have thought Christmas had come early, as Newcastle exploded into action in the first half with 3 goals in just 4 minutes.
Nolan hit the first two on 30 and 32 minutes, and then Ryan Taylor showed us why we bought him from Wigan in January, with another superb free kick into the top right-hand corner of the net from 25 yards out.
And Ryan laid on the first goal for man of the moment, Kevin Nolan, as the quality of our two Scousers shone brightly last night.
It could well be the lads were inspired by the lasting memory of our very own Bobby Robson.
And the performance was reminiscent of the Newcastle side Bobby built on Tyneside from 1999-2004, which played attractive football and went forward all the time – like Bobby Robson sides always did.
Hughton and his players had attended the emotional memorial service for Robson, who died of cancer in July, at Durham Cathedral last Monday afternoon, and last night Ipswich renamed a stand in honor of their former manager at half time.
Chris Hughton, who must take much credit once again, for having the lads ready for the game said:
“This group of lads were all at the memorial for Sir Bobby on Monday and that was an emotional occasion,”
“The players were delighted to attend and we all tried to put on a performance for Sir Bobby. It was a special result and a special performance.”
And for the record Nolan completed his hat trick on 50 minutes to complete a tremendous personal display, in what was an overall guts and glory display of football from the lads, and one that was great to watch.
The nature of their display made every Newcastle fan proud of the club last night, and that includes Sir Bobby Robson, a Newcastle fan throughout his long and wonderful life.