As we reported last night shortly after the game at Bristol ended, it was really a bad news good news game for Newcastle yesterday.
Gutierrez – great solo goal – but no Spiderman mask
Bad news in the first half because the lads put themselves into a deep hole by giving away two soft goals, which doesn’t happen very often at Newcastle these days.
But once the lads were two goals down, the second half was a lesson for Newcastle fans – in how this team just never gives up.
Don’t forget it was a full 25 minutes into the second half before Newcastle scored their breakthrough first goal, which was a terrific opportunist goal from Argentine star Jonas Gutierrez, who ran his socks off for the Newcastle cause yesterday.
And no Spiderman mask from Jonas, and that was appropriate as Gutierrez made it clear Newcastle had to hurry up, because they still needed two goals in the 20 minutes remaining.
During that time Newcastle tried to get going time after time from the back with Coloccini and Kadar – who had come on for the injured Fitz Hall – spraying the ball around.
And we saw the figure of Tamas Kadar sprinting down the middle of the field at full speed, and with Bristol players laying off he hit a wonderful low left foot shot that Bristol goalkeeper Gerken saved, but not before spilling the ball – where was Andy?
A great effort from the 20 year-old Hungarian youngster, and it epitomized the spirit of the Newcastle players during a time when a third goal from Bristol would have killed the game.
Certainly the TV commentator kept repeating that far too many times for our liking, but he was also right of course.
But after the Gutierrez goal Andy Carrol came to the rescue once again, after being set up so well by the tireless Wayne Routledge.
And the Geordie striker couldn’t contain his emotions after equalizing, as he went crazy and a few Newcastle fans came onto the pitch, delighted with another gutsy comeback from the Magpies.
Routledge was another player yesterday who never stopped running, and another assist from this canny little player.
After that equalizer, there was only one team that could win it – and it wasn’t Bristol.
Somehow we’re just not as good on the road as we are at St. James’ Park, but there’s a lot the lads can learn from the game yesterday – a lot.
The defense needs to tighten up, and let’s be clear they’ve been great this season. So a new concentration on defense, and then hopefully on Tuesday night if we are level come the second half, we can go on and attack like we did yesterday and this time get all 3 points.
Things are not yet safe for promotion, and draws will not do it for the team.
We’re sure manager Chris Hughton will be drumming it into the players that all 3 points will be needed against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.
And then we’ll play Nottingham Forest at St. James’ Park next Monday night – and what a game that promises to be!