If there was ever a game of two halves it was today, and this match will go down in history as one of the greatest turnarounds and comebacks ever seen at St. James’ Park.
Cheick Tiote – went crazy after his phenomenal first goal for Newcastle
And with a little bit of luck Newcastle could have had the winner after Tiote had hit an astounding goal from 30 yards out to level the scores.
We have often said we don’t really care about the result as long as the lads give their all – and yet today in the first 45 minutes it was one of the worst Magpies displays we have seen in many a long year.
The defense, and especially Coloccini and Williamson, didn’t turn up for the game until we had conceded three soft goals, and at half time it looked like the score could be an embarrassing 8-0, but only if we played well in the second half.
But then Arsenal lost Diaby with a sending off and the game was turned out its head.
And let’s compliment Joey Barton – the two had clashed for a 50-50 ball and Dint lost his head and Joey kept his – and by so doing got Newcastle a point int his game.
Well done, Joey.
Newcastle came forward and warm weather Arsenal withered and withered bad.
Arsenal are great when they are hammering the opposition like they did Newcastle in that first half, but they don’t have the leadership in their side to withstand the hammering they took from a rampant Newcastle in the second half.
Wenger will point to the sending off of Diaby as the turnaround – and of course he’d be right – but he must be worried the way his star players disappeared in that second half, when the going got tough.
The opposite was true for Newcastle, and after one of the worst displays ever seen at Newcastle, in that first half, they put on a second half performance that was simply unbelievable, and at the end of what was a phenomenal game of football – Pardew looked disappointed at not getting all 3 points.
Whereas Newcastle had players like Nolan and Barton, and Simpson in mesmerizing form in the final 45 minutes, taking the game by the scruff of the neck, Arsenal didn’t have much leadership at all in their side (where did Fabregas disappear to?) and not one Arsenal player took the lead .
Arsenal were pummeled by Newcastle in that second half, but Newcastle were still 4-0 down with just 23 minutes to play.
We asked today for a guts and glory display and we got it – if only in the last 45 minutes.
It was the good the bad and the ugly today – but we’ll take the good and the bad – and concentrate on the comeback. 😀
And the main thing is that the lads can now build on this amazing comeback – and build on it for the rest of the season – after all we picked up a valuable point today and took 4 points off Arsenal this season – and were very close to doing the double.
Forget about Andy Carroll – he’s left because presumably he wanted to go – so he’ll never ever make Newcastle history – like Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer – but that’s his loss – he just doesn’t know it yet.
We now have new youngster in Nile Ranger, who looks just as exciting and today he put in another display like he did against Liverpool and Tottenham, and this time he scared the living daylights out of the Arsenal defense.
I’m even scared watching this lad – and I’m not even playing. 😀
Lots of bad things happened today in that first half, but we’ll take the second half comeback – and we’re just so proud of the lads today. 😀
It was the greatest comeback in Premier League history – fact!
What’s that about the lads never knowing when they are beaten?
And one last question – what the hell did Alan say to the players at half time?
Howay The Lads!!