Newcastle players desire to win on Saturday seems to have captured all 3 points for the club.
Nile Ranger – tunred the game in Magpie’s favor
Even before the game started we lost Simpson and Coloccini to injury – and that wasn’t good news at all, after we had been looking forward to the Argentine returning to the fray, after missing 4 successive games – now 5.
To finally get all 3 points, after going a goal down in the first half, was a good result, even if the performance was again patchy.
Newcastle are missing far too many easy chances in these games, and
Jonás Gutiérrez and Andy Carroll missed simple chances in each half – and of course Jonas still has to score his first goal for the club.
It took 18 year-old Nile Ranger’s introduction for the again completely ineffective Marlon Harewood to change the game, and Nile was an immediate threat, and surely will start against Sheffield United.
We had Nile in our starting eleven, and Marlon will need to wake up, if he is to be given more chances in the starting side, in front of this lad.
We’d rather go with Nile, who epitomized the new spirit that is Newcastle this season, and the crowd are quickly warming to the London lad, because of his exciting play and all-out effort for the team.
When Alan Shearer joined in April, he immediately spotted this lad as a future star, and promoted him to the first team squad , and Alan will know a good striker when he sees one.
Kevin Nolan, who again rescued Newcastle with his 8th goal of the season, after 92 minutes, was pleased Newcastle finally ended up with all 3 points:
“We’ve gone through a bit of a sticky patch, and the lads have shown character.”
“We should have come away from Scunthorpe with at least a point. We didn’t, so we had to put it right.”
The win, however, came at a cost, with Zurab Khizanishvili facing a three-match ban after he was dismissed for supposedly fighting with Billy Sharp.
If Steven Taylor and Colloccini are going to be out for any length of time, surely we need to bring in another center-back before we lose even more points.
We’ve lost 10 points in our last 5 games, but are still top of the league, as it turns out.
Bit a win is a win, and this will give the lads confidence, and will prove that they can indeed get promotion in May with just a little bit of the required luck – we had that on Saturday – for sure. 😀