The only disappointment last night at the Newcastle West Ham game, was the crowd was only 42,387.
Leon Best last night challenging Gabbidon
We say only because around 10,000 fans missed the chance of seeing Newcastle absolutely dominant against a West Ham side that just couldn’t contain Newcastle.
There were some great performances last night from many of the Newcastle team, but it was a team performance that routed West Ham, and of course it was a great night indeed for a certain Leon Best.
There was not better way for Leon to answer his critics, and he a a lot of them, than by the way he performed last night.
And the lad is obviously popular in the dressing room, because after each goal he scored, you could see how delighted his team mates were for him.
It was an astonishing story alright from this rather amazing Newcastle team this season, with another crushing victory under their belt and this time against a relegation side.
And hat-trick hero Leon Best was even a surprise inclusion in the absence of injured Shola Ameobi, and on the positive side we said it was a great chance for Leon to show what he can do in a black and white shirt.
Well he answered that question alright – and it was to his enormous credit – he was simply tremendous in in slotting home each of his goals, all with his left foot.
We shouldn’t question this lad’s character or indeed his burning ambition to make it at the Newcastle club – and he made a very good start last night after being in the wilderness for 12 months.
Alan Pardew was eager to praise his side for one terrific all round performance:
“I’m delighted with the professionalism we showed for 80 minutes. We were top drawer and West Ham didn’t have an answer,”
“It is about having a strategy where whoever comes in can carry it through for us.”
“Although Leon Best has a Premier League hat-trick for us – which is astonishing – I thought Peter Lovenkrands played his part, created space and caused a little bit of havoc himself.”
“It was Leon’s night. He deserved it because he’s been waiting for it but he came into a good team – Joey Barton gave as good a midfield display as I’ve ever seen.”
“He kept creating chances and in the end Leon was the main benefactor of some superb midfield play.”
Alan is right to say it was only for 80 minutes, because Newcastle became sloppy in that last ten minutes or so with the game won, and could have conceded a goal, which of course they did at the death against Sunderland, after also dominating Sunderland completely in that match at St. James’.
To think we had almost 28 minutes left when the score was 5-0 – we could have made it eight. 😀
But slacking off in the last 10 minutes is something the lads can learn from last night’s performance – but the great performance seemed to come from nowhere, and we were not expecting it – but it has certainly galvanized Newcastle United fans around the world – that’s for sure.
Newcastle are now in 8th place in the Premier League and next up after Stevenage on Saturday – Sunderland at the Stadium of Light – and that’s going to be some game.