Not One Newcastle Player Dropped Their Head Yesterday

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!

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • nufc2009

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    wayne routlage wata great player

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2


  • jackdnufc

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    When you see the way the lads performed after half-time you would have thought we were playing at SJP. If we play like that and keep playing our football in the oppositions half I don’t see why we cannot win every single game left this season. It is ridiculously frustrating to see them play like that but to not see them do so throughout a game away from home. Obviously when we play the likes of West Brom or even the smoggies (when here is a more of a “rivalry”) I don’t expect us to dominate, but when you see them do what they did to Bristol after half time yesterday we need to and can do that more often. It may be the case that the tactic is to let the opposition tire themselves out then we go for the sucker-punch, but that isn’t great if we are already two down at the half.

    On that note, though, must be said it was a great show of teamwork and determination by the lads and Jonas, Enrique and practically the whole squad showed what the Toon have been about this season. Lets get the three points on Tuesday to prove ourselves. 3-0 is my shout! (It always is now!)


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    leon worst jacked it in yesterday, then as soon as we had scored to he picked himself up

  • pearceet

    Mar 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Great solo goal from Guiterrez !!!

    had we not score there i would have cried

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Good job spidey did score as there were 2 men square for a tap in – would they have been offside if he had passed ?

  • pearceet

    Mar 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    not if he passed it backwards to them. he should have done best was waiting

  • toonfan

    Mar 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I must admit im glad jonas never squared the ball because as replays show from the right hand side that best was in an advanced position to jonas so had he passed the ball best would have been offside well done jonas. Best is crap he should have been replaced after 60 minutes for ranger what a waste of money of all the new signings hes the worst of all and the most expensive

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Cheers Pearceet and toonfan.

  • Sav

    Mar 22, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t go overboard after every match, Ed. Its not supporting your team to put a spin on things after the final whistle has blown.
    The fact is, Gutierrez looked as if he couldn’t be fasched in the first half, he continually picked the wrong pass or gave the ball away cheaply and he went down easily under some pretty innocuous challenges.
    Its only after a presumed half-time rollicking that he made any kind of headway. And this is Bristol City. I still reckon Gutierrez will get far less change out of most Prem full-backs. For me, the jury is still out on this fella.


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