Newcastle – The Good – The Bad – And The Comeback

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!!

Comments  welcome.

35 comments so far

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #1

    jack wilshers twitter after game

  • Whitecap

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Anybody notice that Harper actually injures Leon Best with his elbow drop after the Tiote goal? Leon Best had to be subbed off right after, grabbing at his hamstring.

  • MacToon

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    The Gooners must be feeling pee’d off and maybe feeling cheated 😆

    ha ha ha ha hahaha.

    An unbelievable game of football and hopefully we can now move forward from last weeks shenanigans. One thing shall remain constant, Ashley shall remain a hated man on Tyneside.

  • korn8

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Tiote is a top player in the making. Maybe Ranger as well but he need to work really hard! Make us dream, Nile!

    But first and foremost: Let`s never forget that nothing is more important then this football club – even not a potentially geordie legend, what was his name again?
    I just hope this is the end of the pessimism that has crippled the club the last weeks…

    I love this club! Now let`s support it and everyone involved in the black and white shirt!


  • DanishToon

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #5


    Don’t think the FA will think highly of that comment – kind of a “no-twitter-comments-about-referee’s-campaign” going on 😉

  • Fostino

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #6

    game was crying out for a big centre forward and ranger made a great impact…unlucky with his goal effort too. lovendkrands was useless

    tiote, barton, simpson great games, jonas getting better at the crosses too, taught nolan had scored the winner

  • Thump

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    To be fair Nolan probably should have been booked for grabbing their keeper.

    On the other hand – 4-0 up, you f***ed it up.

  • polishgeordietillidie

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    arsenal keeper sczesny is a really t**t!!!

  • geordieforeva

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    How can I watch MOTD in USA?

  • mashearer

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    thump nolan was booked so it is fair and i dont see why any arsenal fan bring that up

  • Fostino

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    diaby was a sending off, nolans was a yellow..both were stupid…

    arsenal shouldn’t feel too hard done by, first penalty was correct, 2nd was generous but we should have got a legitimate goal from best being ruled offside when rosicky was playing him on

  • olivant

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12

    @Thump. Nolan got a yellow card, so he was booked. How fcking great to stuff it to arsenal. New classic no doubt

  • polishgeordietillidie

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #13

    hello everybody. im first time here. i read your comments for a long time and i support nufc from 1996 season. i used to live in england for 13 years and now im in poland but im back to live over there next year. i know some people from south shield when i used to come watch some games. im fanatic of nufc. so welcome on board!!!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Nolan actually in my opinion deserved a red card. Was totally unnecessary, specially for a captain of the team. Not in the game, just violent reaction.
    The GK is a scum thou, after every goal he wanted to waist time.

    But happy he didn’t get the red.

  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #15

    still 2-1… Wolves gonna take this? 20th against 1st… good for them.

  • polishgeordietillidie

    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #16

    i tell you what this keeper is even not really liked in my country!

  • olivant

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Oleg, don´t think it was a red, but the yellow he got was fair. Our game will improve when we get a wider midfield ,with Gosling, Ben Arfa, and Ireland. Will give us a lot more options. Ranger looked good today, just needs to step up

  • mashearer

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #18

    nolan didnt punch the keeper he just try to take the ball…diaby clearly strangles barton and push nolan

  • Jamma

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19
  • Thump

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #20

    He was booked for it? I didn’t see it.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #21

    We dont care about Judas,
    we dont care about ashley,
    all we care about, is N-U-F-C!!!!!!

  • olivant

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Thump, I saw it as a remark on the TV, they did not show the booking itself. Great great game, this is why I love football, and especially Newcastle. You never know what you get

  • Steve_48

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23
  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Lads, we got to move on and up now, the scum lost in squeeky bum time, today is a great day for nufc, we have got to push on and up lads. Toon army til i die. the crowd at SJP was amazing. the announcers here stateside were in awww of the geordie faithful and it showed why i love this club so much. After the week we have had, after being kicked while we were down, wrote off by everybody and going 4-0 down the toon army was keeping our lads in the game and that point is theres as much as the players. Greatest game i haveever seen i thinks…

  • Ryno10

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #25

    What an incredible result after falling behind so far. So proud of the boys! Can’t wait to see Nile develop into an unstoppable force. HWTL!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Steve_48 // Feb 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    ?? What’s that all about?

    Why is he a bastard?
    Everything he said was exactly right. (I am not sure about Barton because I haven’t seen the tackle, But this is what you expect from a team that got 4 goals after scoring 4).

    Actually his reaction is normal. Sure that Fergi would not reacted so quietly.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #27

    fantastic goals today.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #28
  • Flop

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Spot on Sgt. I think everyone who watched will remember that game for a long long time.

  • baro

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #30

    There was no bad!

    ALL good for today the lads played with their hearts!

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #31

    The PENO for the challenge on WILLO was never a PENO.We got a lot of Ref`s Decisions today but we played with a lot of heart in the 2nd half which is good to see.
    It doesn`t however disguise the fact that we never came out of the blocks in the 1st half hour and we need to learn from it.

  • nufcursed

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #32

    great game!we didnt play that well but the tremendous effort in the second half deserved us a point.a win would’ve been harsh on arsenal.ranger looked very dangerous. i hope he gets a chance instead of did ok today.not a player who can hold a ball but still dangerous in front of goal.
    after 1st half i thought we were going down again, now i still have some hope!
    if the fans can keep st james park as buzzing as it can be, i’m sure we’ll survive!


    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Can’t help thinking Ashley and Llambais will now be laughing thinking all is well. These cancers must be cut out of Newcastle United before we can move on. So proud of the team today and Barton and Nolan dragged us back…both proper leaders.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #34

    just look at the “poor” selection of England Squad, who the hell is kyle walker?

    and no Nolan and Barton?

    and no danny simpson?

  • seetow1

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #35

    kyle walker is in the england squad? methinks capello plays lots of fm. walker is my starting rb for newcastle in fm11 LOL.


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