Sol Campbell, the former Arsenal and Tottenham star, played a great game for Newcastle yesterday, and was instrumental in getting Newcastle a well deserved point.
Sol Campbell yesterday – tussling with Salomon Kalou
The 36 year-old veteran helped Newcastle put up a strong defensive performance at home against the Premier league champions Chelsea, and Newcastle never wilted in this game, and their courage was well rewarded with the draw.
Afterwards, the former England defender, after his first Premier League start for Newcastle ever, talked to the press:
‘It’s always nice to come back at home, whenever it comes you’ve got to take it and get on with it.”
‘I’ve been training hard and working hard and it’s great to be out there.”
We must say Sol looked very fit yesterday, and it was good to see how he covered in defense, and was not shy in telling his fellow defenders where they should be.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was rightly delighted with the display, which was full of guts and courage after Newcastle started the game like the proverbial steam train, and were 1-0 up after just 6 minutes with yet another goal from big Andy Carroll.
But there were lots and lots of good things Chris (and the Newcastle fans) would take out of this game.
The excellent performances of both Sol and Steven Taylor at the back, another goal from Andy Carroll, an excellent performance form Cheick Tiote on his return to the side, and two very good full back performances from both Jose Enrique and Danny Simpson, who is continuing to improve this season, and that’s great to see.
And Wayne Routledge threatened to come back for Newcastle this season, after putting in a very lively performance out on the right wing, and once again Tim Krul didn’t let the side down and is getting valuable experience between the sticks, and looked the Newcastle goalkeeper of the future
Nile Ranger looked more than a handful when he came on for Shola Ameobi in the second half, and had two excellent runs on the Chelsea goal – and this lad is starting to look the part at Newcastle, and it’s small wonder Chris wants to keep him at the club and not send him out on loan this season.
And we have to remember Nile is still only 19 years old and will only improve – and just think of Andy and Nile up front for Newcastle in a couple of years time.
Altogether an uplifting performance from Newcastle yesterday, and now we have to keep that up at West Brom on Sunday, and we don’t want to see another dreadful performance like at Bolton – ever again this season.
Consistency is the key for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!