It was a titanic game that Newcastle eventually won with a goal just before the 90 minutes was up – but the real winners in this game was the game of football itself.
Carlo Ancelotti – proud of his Chelsea side last night
The Carling Cup 3rd round tie at Stamford Bridge last night will go down as one of the great games played in the Carling Cup competition, and credit has to go to both managers for refusing to give up through lots of adversity.
Newcastle started terribly when a collision between Tim Krul and Sol Campbell almost gifted the first goal to the home side, and since Chelsea hadn’t even conceded a goal at the Bridge in more than 10 hours of play – the Magpies could have lost hope.
But the Geordies never lose hope these days, and after 49 minutes were 3-1 ahead – and on merit surprisingly enough.
Chelsea went down to 10 men – but they hardly gave up the fight, and amazingly did come back to 3-3, with just 3 minutes remaining, although they were helped by a very dubious penalty award for a supposed foul on Alex by Mike Williamson.
The rumors last night were that Hollywood producers were trying to contact Alex for several film deals, so his acting performance has already reached California, although of course that cannot be fully verified. 😀
And when all seemed lost for Newcastle, and Chelsea had even hit the post with a couple of minutes left in the game, up pops Shola Ameobi, Newcastle star of the night, with the perfect headed goal from a wonderful Gutierrez corner.
But there was still 6 minutes of nail biting time that the referee gave for added time, but then it was all over, and most people watching on TV would have sagged in their seats at the final whistle – after such an emotion packed game.
Newcastle have learned from their tough time last season in the Championship how to win the close games, as they had already done at Everton last Saturday, and the cardiac kids were able to pull off one of their best wins for a long, long time last night in London.
But as we said, credit foes out to both managers and to both the teams – for serving up a treat (or should that be a trifle?) of English football.
The game was just fantastic to watch, and Newcastle will soon have a lot more fans around the world, if they play with the spirit and fight they showed last night, and have showed all season.
And we already know Chelsea of course are one of the best club teams in the world.
It was just a fantastic game and English football was the real winner.