Newcastle gave a gutsy and good performance against Manchester United tonight, and there were many positives Alan Pardew could take from this game.
Alan Pardew – on sideline tonight
And Pardew seemed to have a good game plan, and the players were ready for this game, as they came out of the blocks like a steam train for that first 20 minutes – it was great to watch both sides attacking from the off.
And goalkeeper Tim Krul came in as though he hadn’t been away, and had a very good solid game, and made the save of the game after just two minutes, when he somehow stopped a shot from Hernandez who was only a few yards out.
A terrific save from the goalkeeper so early in the game.
Tim was safe and looked good throughout tonight, as was the defense overall, with the central defensive pair of Coloccini and Williamson both outstanding, and Mike Williamson still seems to be improving.
After the game there were protests that the referee didn’t give a penalty for one of Hernandez many dives – which he kept performing (do he practice them in training?), until he was finally booked in injury time – and you can expect that the Red Devils will say they should have had a penalty.
But that’s the way things go these days, because they the Red Devils were expected to win this game tonight, but didn’t and Newcastle have given Arsenal and Chelsea a chance – a small chance – to catch the Red Devils.
Newcastle got only their fourth clean sheet at St. James’ Park this season, and against one of the best sides in Europe, so that has to be good too. The other clean sheets were against Aston Villa, Fulham and West Ham.
And Cheick Tiote is a huge player for Newcastle, and transformed the side in the middle of the park – although he did pick up yet another yellow card in the second half.
That’s 11 yellow cards and one red card this season, and Cheick’s missed 6 games through suspension – and an area he must start improving – quickly.
Newcastle were still a bit impotent up front, but Stephen Ireland looked a bit classy when he came on, and he could prove to be a huge plus for the side these last 5 games of the season.
It looks like Alan Pardew will try to use Ireland up front, and he went close only minutes after he had come on, with a little sneaky shot that went just inches wide of the upright.
And Danny Guthrie played his heart out tonight, and looks a good young player who was passing the ball well in the center of midfield, and did himself no harm tonight. Danny had a solid game.
Gutierrez is also looking good out on the left wing and seems to be coming into some good form at the right time.
But Alan Pardew will be very happy with the point and a good gutsy performance from his players tonight.
Newcastle are back in 9th position in the table, and they must go all out against the worst defense in the league on Saturday at Bloomfield Road, and with captain Kevin Nolan back for that game, Newcastle could field quite a strong aside.
3 points on Saturday and we can all declare Newcastle safe – and the main goal of the season will have been achieved. 😀
Howay The Lads!!