Before the penalty decision today after 42 minutes of the Newcastle game against Barnsley, not one of the almost 45,000 Newcastle fans present would have ever thought that Newcastle would hit six goals before the game was over.
Peter Lovenkrands – scored two this afternoon
Until then the game had been evenly contested between the teams, but when Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele brought down Peter Lovenkrands, after the Dane had been put clean through by Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate, the game changed dramatically.
Luke was sent off and the penalty decision was given in Newcastle’s favor.
Peter Lovenkrands converted the spot kick, and in the second half Newcastle completely decimated the Tykes, and were 6-0 up after just 71 minutes.
The goals were from Lovenkrands (2), Guthrie (2), Nolan and a terrific individual goal from Argentine star Jonas Gutierrez, and yes, at last the Newcastle fans got to see the famous Spiderman mask!
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admitted after the game the very obvious – that the penalty decision and sending off was the turning point in the game.
“I think the game changed on the penalty decision.”
“It was a tight affair before that but we got the break. They had made it difficult for us and had also threatened.”
“We were fortunate, though, to get that first goal and to see Barnsley go down to ten men.”
“After that you either capitalise upon it or sit back and thankfully we capitalized.”
“It was a tremendous second-half performance and I’m sure the fans would have enjoyed it.”
Newcastle need to be given credit for playing the well against 10 men, because lots of teams these days find it difficult when the opposing team is reduced to 10 men.
But Newcastle kept the game wide, to stretch the opposition, and it paid off big time in the second half, as the Magpies scored three more goals within 15 minutes of the restart.
Newcastle are now on 72 points after 34 games, 21 of which they have won, and are 8 points ahead of second placed Nottingham Forest, and have a game in hand on the Nottingham side.
Would we have taken this position last July 1st when training started amid apparent complete dysfunction within the Newcastle club?
You bet your life we would!
It almost looks like the Newcastle club is actually well organized these days, surprising as that may seem. 😀
Chris even has his transfer targets for the summer transfer window already identified.
Howay The Lads!!