Newcastle made a disastrous start to the game against Arsenal this afternoon and were ripped apart with 3 goals in the first 9 minutes, and our defense looked absolutely abysmal, woeful and they defended like schoolboys.
But Diaby was sent off early in the second half, and that started one of the most amazing comebacks ever seen at St. James Park in the second half, when our lads came storming back with 4 goals and an incredible first goal from Tiote.
And but for a disallowed goal by Best for offside which clearly was onside as shown by the TV cameras, the lads could have even won this game 5-4.
The lads were 3 goals down in just 9 minutes and it reminded us a little of the Portsmouth game in November of 2007, when Portsmouth were three up in 11 minutes.
But today it was a lot worse, as the Newcastle defense had no answer to Arsenal’s attacking prowess.
Things went wrong immediately for Newcastle after just 40 seconds when Theo Walcott outpaced the Newcastle defense and Coloccini right through the middle and easily hit the ball past Harper.
And if that was a bad start after a couple of minutes Newcastle were two down as again our two central defenders hadn’t yet tuned up to play and cross from Arshavin again from the left was headed home unchallenged by Djourou . 2-0
Than on 9 minutes Walcott from the right wing sent in a simple cross and Robin van Persie – again completely unchallenged in the middle of the penalty box – headed home with ease.
So where were Coloccini and Williamson in those first 9 minutes – the answer is nowhere to be seen .
It was an abominable display from the Newcastle defense and especially from the central defenders and it was 3-0 after 9 minutes.
Where was the spirit and passion in the side in that first half?
But after the 3rd goal went in Newcastle did a lot better and held on for 16 minutes before conceding the 4th,ad and yes I;’m being cynical but this performance has to be the very worst one for many a long day at St. James’ Park.
On 25 minutes Sagna sent in another simple cross from the right and Robin van Persie again headed home completely unchallenged and it was 4-0. The Arsenal defenders would have found it a lot more difficult to score like they did today, and we though the Arsenal defense was weak.
More on that later. 😀
No more goals conceded by Newcastle before the half time whistle thankfully came – with the worst performance in a half at St. James’ Park probably for decades – and where was the pride and passion?
Arsenal could have scored even more goals in that first half but it was a case of them not pressing as much as they could have against a team they completely and utterly outclassed.
Then after just a few minutes of the second half Barton and Diaby clashed and Diaby seemed to push Barton to the ground and was deserving given a straight red card – he lost his temper and Joey didn’t – and so Arsenal were down to 10 men.
It looked like a 50-50 ball and it was stupid of the Arsenal player to do what he did, and there will be no appeal from Arsenal about the sending off – we’re sure of that.
Newcastle had more of the play now and then after 67 minutes Leon Best got a penalty when he held the ball up nicely and Koscielny brought him down in the box.
Joey Barton took the recognizably for the penalty and hit it nicely to the goalkeeper’s right as Szczesny moved to his left.
It was a good penalty by Barton and it was 4-1.
Nile Ranger then came on for Peter Lovenkrands after 73 minutes and made an immediate impact – talk about an impact sub – and for the rest of the game this lad was a thorn in the Arsenal side as they just could not contain him – this boy is fast!
And he’s an Arsenal supporter – get in!
Newcastle kept pressing and then on 73 minutes Best seemed to score a perfectly good goal, which was ruled offside and the TV replays showed Rosicky had played Best onside.
So it should have been the second goal for Newcastle, and as it happened, if this goal had been allowed, Newcastle would have had an incredible 5-4 win.
But one minute later Best did score with an excellent opportunist goal, and it was 4-2 with Newcastle seemingly in the ascendancy and Arsenal obviously now rattled.
Nile Ranger was starting to cause Arsenal all kinds of trouble, and the 19 year-old set up Best with a header from a corner, but the former Coventry man headed the ball over when it looked easier to score.
A little later Nolan put Nile Ranger almost through and the lightning fast Ranger was just beaten to the ball by the Arsenal goalkeeper. Ranger seemed to turn the game for Newcastle with his unbelievable energy and speed.
And then would you believe it on 82 minutes Williamson was fouled in the box and it was another Newcastle penalty again beautifully dispatched by Joey Barton. It was 4-3 and could the lads get one more goal.
Then on 86 minutes an absolutely incredible goal from Cheick Tiote equalized the scores and it will be the goal of the season at Newcastle – and what an unbelievable strike it was too.
Barton took a corner and the ball looped outside the box, and the Ivorian hit it with his left foot on the volley, and it went screaming low into the back of the net. What a terrific goal to level the scores at 4-4.
Tiote after scoring – a magnificent strike!
The Newcastle players and fans went absolutely crazy with the 4 goals in 20 minutes form the Magpies.
And if you don’t think Alan Pardew cares about Newcastle, he was punching the air in wild abandon, in what had been an incredible comeback by this supposedly well beaten side – remembr the lads were four goals down after 25 minutes – incredible.
And Nile Ranger set up Nolan beautifully with a knock down in the first minute of injury time, and Kevin hit the ball beautifully but just an inch wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
There was only going to be one winner but unfortunately time ran out and the game ended at 4-4.
It is the first time in Premier League history that a side has let a 4 goal lead slip.
We don’t know what the odds of getting a point were at half time, but if you bet on Newcastle coming back to 4-4, you would probably be a millionaire right now.
Lots of good things to take from the second half – when Arsenal were reduced to 10 men – but the first half was the worst we’ve played in many a year – we were simply pathetic.
But it’s an unlikely point for the lads and we are now on 31 – juts 3 points short of what we got in our relegation season.
Only Newcastle could have done this today – only Newcastle – we’re so proud of the lads in that second half , and it will give the lads confidence after being absolutely ripped apart in that first half.
Arsene Wenger must be pulling his hair out at Diaby.
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The second half display could now reignite the season fr the Magpies, but Pardew and the palyers must get their act together in defense – they were abysmal in that first 45 minutes – and that’s being kind.
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Best, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Guthrie, Richardson, Ferguson, Ranger
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Wilshere, Fabregas, Arshavin, Walcott, van Persie
Subs: Almunia, Eboue, Squillaci, Gibbs, Bendtner, Rosicky, Chamakh