Leon Best – First Goal Was Not Offside – I Should Have Had Two

It’s clear now, in the calmness after the game yesterday, that Newcastle could even have beaten Arsenal, after being 4-0 down after just 25 minutes.

Leon Best in action yesterday – he had a good second half

And it was interesting in one interview last night when an emotional Newcastle manager,  Alan Pardew,  said we knew we were in trouble when we were 3-0 down after 25 minutes.

Bad news – it was actually 4-0. 😀

And he also said he would look back on this game in the years ahead, and talk about it with such pride – it looks like Alan is becoming indoctrinated on Tyneside – and that’s good to see.

And it’s not often we get a player interview the day after the game, but of course it was a very special game yesterday, and hopefully that second half can  re-ignite Newcastle’s season, because it showed us that the tremendous team spirit and passion is till there with our lads – and that’s very important.

Leon Best scored an offside goal a minute before he scored Newcastle’s second – but it wasn’t offside, and Leon should have had two, and we could have won it 5-4,  but hey we’ll take the point, and the lads just decimated the gutless Arsenal  team.

Arsene Wenger needs a leader in that team, and they’ll lose more points this season, simply because they don’t have any  guts and glory players in their side.

When the going gets tough, Arsenal players manage to disappear.

Leon talked about the game and this last week:

“It’s been an emotional couple of weeks for me. I’ve scored the hat-trick against West Ham and scored a goal now against Arsenal.””With everything that’s happened in the week, with Andy leaving, Shola being injured, everyone saying we need a striker, we need this, we need that – we showed today that no matter what’s happened in the week, we’re still together as a team.:”

“And we scored four in the second half after being down 4-0 against one of the best teams in the Premiership.”  “That first goal wasn’t offside, so it could have been two goals for me against Arsenal. ”  “I just need to keep plucking away and scoring the odd goal here and there to help the team. Never mind goals for myself, it’s about helping the team and doing it for the team.”

“Everything’s about the team and I think against Arsenal it was a proper team effort. We weren’t like individual players out there – we were like brothers on the pitch. We were doing everything for each other and working hard for each other. No matter what went on in the first-half, we didn’t turn on each other.”

“There wasn’t anyone who was giving up or sulking. We never stopped working and I’ve got the utmost respect for every member of the team and staff.” “In the first half, it was like nothing at all was going for us. We were 2-0 down after two or three minutes and it was the worst start we could have possibly had. The first half was so hard. We couldn’t get anywhere near them and it was just a matter of chasing.”

“It felt like even when we were chasing, nothing was happening and it was a matter of keeping trying hard. At half-time the manager said ‘keep going and give everything.’ And what happened next shows what we have as a team; commitment, work-rate, desire.” “I just think we respect each other so much. We never give up and we broke a team like Arsenal down to get a draw from 4-0 down.”

“The goals they scored happened so quickly, and obviously things like that happen against teams like Arsenal. It should have never happened, we should never have conceded goals like that. But when you play a second half like that, you can forget about the first.” “The fans here are our 12th man and we need them,” “We did get booed off in the first half and to be fair, we deserved it. But as soon as we got the first goal, they got behind us.”

“They saw that we were trying and they stuck behind us from the off. And when you’re players on the pitch, that gives you the confidence to keep going, even when things are going wrong. It shows how important they are.”

Leon came through nicely in the second half,  and could have had a couple more goals even, with just a little bit of luck.

But the way Newcastle dominated Arsenal in the air in those final 25 minutes, we don’t think Alan needs to change the tactics too much.

Young Nile Ranger can take over the battering ram role that Andy used to play, and if anything Nile is even more physical than Andy, and this boy could be some player in a couple of years, if he works hard and does exactly what Alan tells him top do.

But it was an amazing last 45 minutes which is bringing the Newcastle club stacks and stacks of terrific press today.

One question we have, is how bad is Leon’s hamstring injury, and of course he’s been withdrawn from the Ireland squad for Wednesday night’s game.

And an update today, that Birmingham beat West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park, so West Ham are now rock bottom and Birmingham move up the table, and Newcastle are now 5 points above the drop zone.

We need to get 11 points as soon as we can get them.

Howay The Lads!!

31 comments so far

  • magpieboom_6

    Feb 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I said that to a friend of mine yesterday. Should’ve been 5-4 in favor of NUFC yesterday. The assistant referee got that offside wrong. Rosicky kept Best onside.

    I’ll take the point, but it should’ve been a historic win yesterday, not just a historic comeback draw.


  • magpieboom_6

    Feb 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I have to do it too….


    (And possibly second!!!!!!)

  • bentoon

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Great result yesterday.

    Im a little worried though, only 5 points in it. The lads really need to stay on form in the remaining games.

  • boater

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    magpieboom – it’s irrelevant mate. Had that goal stood we might have never gone on to get the next 2. You are getting into quantum physics theories, when you start correcting scorelines like that.

    I have been sneakily dreaming that the Nolan chance at 4-4 went in. But that is pretty greedy, and just think if we’d clawed back 4 and arsenal had got a last minute winner. don’t bear thinking aboot.

  • Spitfire

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    The biggest lesson to learn from this is : no lead is ever safe. Whether you are 4- nil up or 4 nil down the team has to keep the belief and application right up to the final whistle. Lets hope we can carry this forward now.

  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    just read this from newcastlerumours site.

    Rumours in Mexico are circulating that carlos Slim Helu one of the wealthiest men in the world is said to be interested in buying out Mike Ashley at newcastle. Lebanese-Mexican business magnate, philanthropist and the chairman and CEO of Telmex, América Móvil. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, Carso represented about 18 percent of Slims $65 billion in public holdings. It is understood he has been watching the premiership with great interest since the billionaires started moving in, and would like to flex his financial muscle in the english top division also. Taking a failing club like Newcastle and turning them back to title contenders would be away of showing this. Mike Ashley is a marked man in the north east, and this could maybe be the white night they are looking for.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Really pleased for Best, I’m not his biggest fan and believe he’s a PL squad player , however he’s an honest grafter and puts himself in where it hurts and that always gets a thumbs up me’.
    We need to bring in Ewtherton, he’s another body if nothing else. His fitness is a worry but he Brazilian, so he’s bound to have a but class, can see him becoming a bit of a cult hero if he arrives, a bit like Mirindinha or Siberski!
    However we need a clear out come the.
    For me’ I would say goodbye to;
    Krul ( tough call, but Foster is my N.01)
    Campbell ( no explanation needed)
    Routledge ( championship at best)
    Smith ( not done it )
    Guthrie ( not consistent )
    Lovenkrands (like the guy, just not PL quality)
    Best ( see above comment )

    That’s 7 out, not including Carroll how we haven’t replaced!
    We don’t need top quality 1st teamers to replace those players , but a fresh input us needed and at least two top quality players needed. One must be a top striker !

  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    interestingly on this blog too .. saying h bought newcastle for 275 .. rumours of course


  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    not too sure on dates of these rumours .. but the first one from newcastlerumours is recent

  • magpieboom_6

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    boater…..agreed, however there’s nothing saying that if Best did get that one that we wouldn’t have gotten the following three either 😉

    sweendog…..that may be good, just to get Cashley out of the club. however, that guy’s financial muscle won’t matter with the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.

  • sweendog

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    magpieboom_6 .. ways around the ruling .. ie paying for the marketing of shirts etc with crazy deals etc. .. as for this new buyer .. just a rumour but hope it could be true

  • free giveaways

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12

    This is great news;

    But now Ranger has pulled out of the england u20 squad with an injury so Lovenkrands is our only fit striker.

    We have to sign someone now. Ewerthon would be the best option imo. But someone I haven’t heard anyone mention is Olivier Kapo. He’s a free agent and can play up front and wide. I always thought he was a decent player.

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13

    really sweendog? surely stability and a proper long term view on running the club is what we’ve wanted/needed for years?

    sometimes its better the devil you know.

  • Jose_Horny_Enrique

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #14

    how about the young spanish play Iker Munian? he can play in an attacking midfield role or upfront? he is still only a teenager, could be worth a try in the summer?

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    we aint a struggling club and we have a manager so the second link must be pretty old… a wouldnt mind him taking over to be honest hes the official richest person in the world according to forbes…but i honestly think its a load of tosh

  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Iker Muniain is a great young player but its weva he could cope in the prem straight away we’d be talkin about 8million for a player tht might need 2 or 3 years first b4 he comes good

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Donno what we will do if Best is out.
    We just have Loven and Nile.
    Who can go in there to play?
    Nolan as a withdrawn striker

    Barton`s tackle was no better than DE JONG`S
    tackle on HBA when you look at it in Slow motion.
    Got the ball and followed through with both legs(not feet)
    Difference:DIABY`S eg didn`t break but it could have.
    Just sayin i was disgusted when HBA leg broke and the tackle was over the top force but so was Joey`s.
    Joey`s legs didn`t go over the height of the ball so that saves him

  • blissna

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #18

    I feel the result was fair given that the penalty that Williamson engineered was a bit suspect. That’s the way it is.

    We WON 4-4 in my mind anyway!

    Na-na-na-nana-na-naaaaa-nana-na-naaaaaa GEORDIES!

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #19






  • kilcline

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #20

    jammy liverpool pricks

  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Way too quiet on here whats going on? Lol

  • Toonmania

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    i was thinking the same thing just didn’t say it, did you hear why Torres said he left because of lack of ambition and investment in the team lol!! Carroll joined apparently because of the ambition lmao!! whooops not it wasn’t it was the money he went for silly me !!

  • Toonmania

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    sephir0 // Feb 6, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Way too quiet on here whats going on? Lol

    Read above we are being taken over (by alians) i think

  • sephir0

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Lol it just seems weird, there is always a decent amount of people on here saying their peace, i thought after yesterdays match everybody would be on here buzzing still!! where have you all gone? have your really bin abducted? how much do they want for your release….. i’ll get on the blower to Mike Ashley and ask for some funds!! LOL!

  • magpie999

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Just watched this on you tube


    Sorry to say it but we can’t replace him, there just isn’t anyone out there like him

    shame hes a greedy b@stard

  • nufc90

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #27

    i think yesterday’s result could be a huge factor in determining the rest of the season for us. people said carroll going could be the turning point in our season, but i feel yesterday turned the tide back in our favour..just think of the confidence all the players must have now, everyone is buzzing and i bet they can’t wait for the next game.

  • giimps

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Personally, I think the fans and the way got behind the team as soon as we had a sniff may well sway the likes of Tiote and Jose.
    Joey just needed reminded we love him and the club is the biggest thing ,actually bigger than the sum of its parts IMO.
    I think there is no other team in the country/continent/world that could have pulled off that result from where they were after whats happened.
    This could indeed be the catalyst to get our season back on track after the poor result against Fulham.
    We need a good result against Blackburn, then we may have Ireland available with Ben Arfur not far behind him.
    We may just have enough to hover mid table (which will be some feat by the way) and with a bit of good luck we may be a little higher.
    Let the drama begin.
    As for the stories from football manager about newcastle being bought by a mexican multi billionaire…………lololololololololol

  • Smithy

    Feb 6, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Great come back best game i have ever seen. Simpson really shined, i haven’t rated him all season but if he keeps that up he’d get a shout for England.

  • branunited

    Feb 7, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #30

    in Mexico it is said that Carlos Slim Helu, a finalized buying of Newcastle, in the amount of 275 million, and we become the richest club in the world.
    I hope the news is true, I have the dream of playing in Newcastle, I’m third-division player in Mexico and I have 16 years of age.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    I have hunted this all over the net and it seems to all point to an article that was written by a student reporter in 2009 (it’s not a real story) so don’t get too worked up over this.


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