It was a remarkable performance from Newcastle United yesterday, and after Liverpool were the better team in the first half, there was little doubt that Newcastle deserved to end up with their 3-1 win.
Jose Enrique challenges Lucas yesterday
It seems like the substitution of young Nile Ranger for Shola Ameobi after just over an hour, revitalized the Newcastle side, after Shola had picked up what looked like yet another hamstring pull.
But Nile Ranger was all action in the final 35 minutes, and put in a strong claim to start next weekend at Birmingham, if Shola is not fit, as seems likely.
And 50,000 fans were at the game yesterday, and that was a surprise since there had been talk of fans boycotting the game to protest Mike Ashley’s ridiculous sacking of Chris Hughton last Monday.
It was the second biggest crowd of the season at St. James’ Park, and the fans gave Newcastle fantastic support throughout the game, and Spaniard Jose Enrique has come out and thanked the fans for their support in such a vital game:
“I’m not surprised about the way they were behind us, because the fans are unbelievable,” “We were playing against Liverpool, and they are known for having great fans too, but our supporters were amazing – and this win is for them.”
“It’s a good win because not only is it three points but because the fans were a little bit angry because of what had happened at the club.”
“But we have to think about the future now with the new manager that we have. We think he’s a good manager for us. We felt sad for Chris Hughton, because he was a really good guy and he was in our thoughts today.”
“But we must look forwards now. It was a good reaction from the players. Last week, we had a bad week at West Brom but now we’ve got three points, and I think it’s really important that we got these three points.”
Not many playing squads could have gone through what the Newcastle players went though last week – and then put in the gutsy, brave and inspired performance against a strong Liverpool side yesterday, especially in the second half.
But the players at Newcastle these days are made of sterner stuff, and they don’t give up in any game – ever.
That has to give Newcastle’s loyal fans a certain amount of optimism that Newcastle will not follow the path of the club after Kevin Keegan was sacked, when the lads gained but 2 points from the next 6 league games.
Indeed this team has already exceeded that points total in their very first game under new manager Alan Pardew, and once again Newcastle players have shown they are mentally as tough as nails, and are proud to wear the famous black and white striped shirt of the Magpies.
There were many great performances yesterday, but none better than Joey Barton, Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote.
Joey Barton will soon be in the England squad if he keeps up performances like the one he gave yesterday, and he is now a huge player for the Newcastle club.
Let’s hope Newcastle can tie him down shortly to a long term deal, since he has but 18 months left on his current contract.
And not for the first time this season the performance of the Newcastle team yesterday made Magpies’ fans proud all around the world, as witnessed by the comments after the game.
Now for all three points at Birmingham next weekend, so the club can continue to push forward, and the next step for Alan Pardew is to bring some level of consistency to the Newcastle performances.
Howay The Lads!!