It’s just one game for the trophy of course, but it could be said that Chris Hughton has won his second piece of silverware in the space of four months – but we’ll not say that.
Newcastle should have won the game in the 90 minutes but Joey Barton surprisingly missed from the penalty spot after 86 minutes.
But as we now know this Newcastle aside are made of steel and they went on to win the penalty shoot-out and it was Joey himself who hit the penalty that eventually gave Newcastle the victory.
Newcastle had converted their first 4 penalties through Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Ryan Taylor before Joey smashed home the winner.
Certainly it’s an impressive trophy and is awarded to the winners of the game against Deportivo each year.
The first-half was again slow for the Newcastle lads, and Ryan Taylor didn’t look too comfortable at right back and his best position we feel is further up the pitch, and in the second half young James Tavernier came on again, and this 19 year-old lad is looking very good.
Early in the game Deportivo striker Michel missed an open goal and strikers Leon Best and Andy Carroll were both with headers.
Leon Best again looked sharp and it’s good news for Newcastle that the striker is looking a lot more comfortable in pre-season and credit to Chris Hughton who said the lads just needed time to adjust.
On 63 minutes, Best just missed wide with a header following a great cross form Wayne Routledge, and Tim Krul, a half-time replacement again for Steve Harper, showed he is breathing down Harper’s neck for that goalkeeper jersey, with an incredible save from Guardardo’s free-kick, when the Dutchman had to save full-length.
More displays like this from the young Dutchman will give Chris Hughton food for thought, and Steve’s number one position on Tyneside will come under considerable attack from the young lad, who has been at the Newcastle club since he was 17.
After 86 minutes goalkeeper Manu dropped the ball from an Andy Carroll header and brought down captain for the night, Coloccini, but he then saved saved Barton’s penalty.
There were some good performances from the Newcastle players last night, with Coloccini and James Perch playing so well in central defense, and Fabricio in particular looked supreme.
Perch is putting in some solid performances in defense, and it looks like he can play well anywhere across the back four.
Joey Barton’s passing was excellent, especially in the first half, and Danny Guthrie had a good game, as did Jose Enrique, and young James Tavernier again shone at right back in the second half.
It was a god performance from the lads and the right result.