We watched the full Arsenal Newcastle game again yesterday afternoon – you can do that when you’re retired – and I got some comments from my wife about “have you not watched that game enough already” – to which the replay was – no.
Chris Hughton – can he get the NUFC emblem on his suit?
One of the things that was obvious in the game was that Newcastle had come for all 3 points and yes, we did have some luck with Arsenal hitting the cross-bar twice, but apart from one great save Tim Krul had to make – and did, the young Newcastle goalkeeper was not troubled too much – given it was at Arsenal.
Newcastle had a good game plan, and immediately after the game (the Emirates clock showed it was 4:15 pm), Andy Carroll, Mike Williamson and Chris himself, talked to Newcastle United TV about what that plan was, and that they had executed it well enough to get all 3 points.
And the TV commentators gave plaudits to the Newcastle team-work all the time, because it was one of those displays that will get Newcastle many many new fans around the world, because they played a gutsy game and never gave up – the type of display everybody just loves to watch.
And of course Newcastle have one or two top players in players like Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Fab Coloccini, Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote – and Ben Arfa too, when the Frenchman finally does return.
We also bet that Hatem BenArfa really enjoyed watching the game against Arsenal, and he”s probably just dying to return to Tyneside, where it looks like he could be joining a very decent side. If his injury allows it, maybe he can travel with the lads on match days to keep him part of the squad.
Yes, we’ve won our last three games and we mustn’t get too carried away, and indeed if we don’t win the next two home games against Blackburn and Fulham, it will show that maybe Newcastle are not as good as they have looked in gaining 9 points from the last 3 games, two of which were away from home.
But there seems to be significant hope that by the end of the season, this Newcastle side under the excellent coaching of Chris Hughton will be a lot better than the side that were completely outclassed at Old Trafford in our very first game.
Things are definitely looking up at Newcastle, and we continue to be amazed – but we’ll promise to keep our feet firmly on the ground.
Right now the only thing that matters is to get 6 points out of two home league games before Saturday evening.