Newcastle got a valuable away win at Birmingham tonight, where it is really difficult to come away with all 3 points, and just think – before tonight’s game, Birmingham had lost only twice in their previous 13 home league games.
But Newcastle were again the better side, as they were on Saturday without being to get the win they deserved, but the lads made no mistake tonight, with two beautifully worked goals early in each half, and would you believe it- they were scored by Lovenkrands and Best – and our hats are off to these two strikers – they produced when it really mattered and we must say Best looked delighted after the game tonight..
Newcastle were late out of the tunnel at the start of the game, and had to jog into position, and then when the game started Coloccini played a hopeless ball right across the penalty area, and out of play for a Birmingham throw-in.
It was obvious Newcastle had to wake up, and wake up quickly, and that’s exactly what they did.
Enrique has a good run down the left and crossed the ball which was cleared to Gutierrez on the left wing, and the Argentine swung the ball low into the box about 6 yards from the goal-line and Peter Lovenkrands poked it home with his right foot – a goal out of nothing – and a wonderful opportunist goal from the Dane.
After the goal Birmingham took over and attacked the Newcastle defense, and it could have been that the goal came a little bit too early by Newcastle, as Birmingham attacked Newcastle for the next 25 minutes, on a very poor looking St Andrews pitch.
Johnson had a free header following a good Sebastian Larsson cross from the right, and he should have done a lot better but put the ball just wide of Harper’s right hand post.
And it took a great save from Steve Harper after 21 minutes , low to his right, to keep Newcastle ahead. These saves are so important and it was an excellent effort from Newcastle’s veteran goalkeeper.
Newcastle played a good first half, and again looked well drilled but different to the Blackburn game last Saturday, they had got their noses in front, with that great Lovenkrands strike after just 2 minutes.
And it was 1-0 at the break.
Then after only 5 minutes after the restart Newcastle were 2-0 up with a well worked goal, again from open play.
Gutierrez got the ball and worked it well down the left before putting in an excellent left wing cross that Leon Best headed home from 4 yards out – beating two Birmingham defenders to the ball, an excellent goal from Leon – and hey Lovenkrands and Best had scored – and you cannot ask much more than that from our two strikers tonight.
And Gutierrez made both goals, and he’s now starting to lose the criticism of not having a good final ball – Jonas made the two goals tonight with two excellent crosses – and he looked a very good player for Newcastle tonight – let’s give the lad the credit he deserves.
Birmingham had only lost two home games this season and it remained to be seen if Newcastle could lock up all 3 points for a great win when it really mattered.
But Newcastle were not going to give up any goals tonight, and again the defense looked well drilled, one obvious area that new manager Alan Pardew has had a major impact on.
The lads were the better side today as they were last Saturday, and the only difference was they were able to put that ball into the back of the net tonight.
A very good performance from the lads and a great result, and Leon Best in particular up front looked a lot better than Saturday, and it seems this lad is improving as he gets more playing time – and now has 5 Premier League goals in 2011.
On Saturday it was a good performance but a disappointing result, but with 4 points away from home against two teams beneath Newcastle – we cannot complain and we won’t.
An excellent display from the lads tonight and a fantastic result – and hey – hats off to Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best for getting the job done – two excellent goals from out two strikers. 😀
Newcastle now move up to 9th place on 35 points – a point more than we got in our relegation season, two clean sheets in a row, and into 9th position in the Premier League league.
Maybe Alan Pardew is right and we can finish in the top 8 this season, which would be a magnificent achievement for the team.
It’s hard to do much better than a win and a clean sheet, and now the lads have managed to do that 3 times already this year (2011) with 1-0, 5-0 and 2-0 wins against Wigan away, West Ham at home and Birmingham away – and all teams beneath us in the league, which is really important.
A great result tonight and we play Bolton at home a week come Saturday – so let’s ensure we get 3 points in front of a packed St. James’ Park in that game – the lads are getting the job done, and could even finish in a more than decent position in the Premier League.
This is a great result because we’ve now got about 12 days to bask in an excellent result, and surely we are getting close to being safe in the Premier league this season, and we’re just 2 points behind Sunderland, and with a better goal difference, and 4 points short of 6th place, currently held by Liverpool.
There’s a lot for Alan Pardew and Newcastle fans to take out of these last couple of games, and we’re even looking to be a more than decent side.
Finally, please make sure you vote for your Man of the Match tonight on our home page.
Howay the Lads!!
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