Next up for Newcastle United is a tough game at Blackburn on Saturday, and we expect our lads to turn up for the first half, unlike last Saturday’s Arsenal game, when the team was 4-0 down at the half and 3-0 down after only 9 minutes.
Joey Barton – did himself a lot of good on Saturday
Of course that all changed in that second half, with the greatest fight-back in Premier League history, and the lads managed to end up with a point and a 4-4 scoreline.
But if we can, at the very least, be level at half time on Saturday the lads will have a real chance of getting a Newcastle win for the first time in 6 games. That last win was way back when we hammered West Ham 5-0 on the 5th January, and Leon Best hit a terrific hat-trick.
The best thing Newcastle have going for them right now is the tremendous team spirit, which was witnessed in full force in the second half on Saturday, in a game that made headlines around the world, and was simply terrific publicity for the Newcastle club.
For example, the surgeon who operated on my foot this morning, knew all about the game, and Tiote running at the speed of light after he had scored. :D.
Joey Barton, one of the leaders for Newcastle United this season, scored two penalties in that unbelievable second half last Saturday, had this to say to the Evening Chronicle today;
“You’ll never ever break our spirit.”
“If anyone ever doubted the spirit, not only in the dressing room – but also at this football club, they only had to see the Arsenal game.”
“It’s a game I’m honored and privileged to have been part of, and it’ll live long in the memory.”
Of course last week, after Andy Carroll had left his home town club, it seemed that both Newcastle fans and players were more than a little shocked and disappointed.
But that magnificent comeback in the second half against Arsenal helped us all forget that, and if any player, even Andy Carroll, doesn’t want to be on Tyneside, for whatever reason – so be it.
And of course we have done OK without Andy, because but for those two injury time equalizers at Sunderland and against Spurs, the lads would have had 4 straight wins, with no goals conceded, in the four games after Andy was injured.
“If you look at our results without Andy, they’re all good results.: “We were all disappointed to lose Andy.”
“Not only is he a great player, but he’s a good friend to a lot of people in the dressing room.” “We’re quite a close-knit group, and the impact of losing someone like that would affect us.”
“No one came in, so it’s hard not to feel sorry for ourselves.” “We were in a little bit of a limbo, and that showed at Fulham, but we’ve bounced back and shown what we’re made of.”
It’s now important that Newcastle press on after the Arsenal miracle, and start getting some wins so we can push away from that relegation zone.
Indeed the next two games in just four days – at Blackburn on Saturday and at Birmingham on Tuesday night – are critical for the team, at this stage of the season.
“It’s all about momentum in football, as that second half showed. “If we get stuffed 5-0 or 6-0, the momentum’s going the wrong way, but we totally turned it on its head.
“We’ve got momentum, and we’ve got to build on it. “It’s one game, and one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
“Hopefully, we won’t play as bad as we did in the first 45 minutes again this season.” “We scored four goals in 45 minutes against Arsenal, and days like that are few and far between.
“No we aim to look for a few more.”
Let’s just remind Joey that it was even better than that – because half way through the seocnd half it was still 4-0 to Arsenal – so Newcastle came thundering back with 4 goals in those last 23 minutes with a fantastic display of guts and courage.
Now the lads have to show that fantastic Geordie spirit in every single game remaining this season, and then we’ll be safe enough.
The club can then go all out to strengthen the side in the summer, and may bring in 4-5 top players, although we still expect at least one free agent to arrive.
That’s what we are hoping for, but for some reason we feel confident it will happen, and we are also praying we can hold onto a certain Cheick Tiote, one of the best signings Newcastle have made in a long long time. We just love the guy!
Boom Boom Cheick Cheick Boom.
But of course before the end of the season, Newcastle must get some wins and get away from the relegation zone, so the Magpies are safe in the Premier League.
Note: operation on my foot went well – they got three separate bone spurs out – and I’m now told to keep my foot up (it’s in a surgical boot) for a couple of days – sounds good to me!