Newcastle United gave a wonderful display of attacking football in front of 42,000 fans last night, when they simply demolished West Ham 5-0 – and it could have been more.
Leon Best – scores his third goal last night – what a display!!
It could have been more because at 5-0 Nile Ranger missed the chance of the season, when he hit the ball two yards wide when he was six yards from goal, with Peter Lovenkrands completely unmarked on his right.
It was inexperience of course, but the 19 year-old has to make sure he puts those chances into the back of the net, and he still has to score his first PL goal.
But one thing coming out of the game, in which Newcastle thrilled their fans, was that it looks like Steven Taylor (hamstring), Leon Best – the toast of Tyneside today for a fantastic goal-scoring performance last night – Jonas Guttierez and the great Cheick Tiote (hamstring) were all injured last night and left the field.
All three may miss the game at Stevenage in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Saturday afternoon, and after last night’s performance we have to make sure we advance on Saturday, because an FA Cup run – based on the performance in the last two games, is something that is possible.
We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow with the injuries, but Alan Pardew could still play one or two of the youngsters and still field a strong side at Stevenage.
If the players are in training tomorrow, they will be buzzing after completely dominating a very weak-looking West Ham side last night, and two wins against Wigan and West Ham are exactly what the Magpies need to do this season.
Never mind the top sides – we have to ensure we win against the sides beneath us in the league – and do that both at home and away.
If the lads can do that then we should pick up quite a few points this season.
The lads were just fantastic last night – and we didn’t even see it coming, although on Sunday at Wigan, the lads created lots of chances that they just didn’t convert.
But one thing is certain, we have some very good players in the squad, and they all have big big hearts – that’s for sure.
We were proud of them last night.
And last night just has to be Leon Best’s finest moment in his football career – so far. The lad showed enormous courage and deserves lots of credit for the job he did for Newcastle United last night – when the chips were really down.