Good To Get To 40 Points – But It’s Not Enough

Newcastle held the might of Manchester United last night and deserved their point, which took the Magpies back up to 9th position in the league.

Alan Pardew – pictured at last night’s game

It was really a game of penalties not given, with at least two turned down for Manchester United and a seemingly decent appeal early in the second half turned down, when Peter Lovenkrands seemed to be brought down in the box.

And it was a certain Javier Hernandez who kept jumping straight up in the air when anybody touched him, especially when he happened to be in the penalty box, and he was finally booked by referee Lee Probert in injury time, after another one of his efforts at getting a penalty was turned down.

Alex Ferguson came out after the game and said the lad wasn’t a cheater, but you could have fooled me, and he’s getting to be as bad as that other diver – Cristiano Ronaldo.

There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew had prepared the side well following the huge disappointment at Villa Park in the previous game, and the Newcastle players fought all the way, from the very first kick off.

This is what Alan said after the game:

“Getting to 40 points looks good,” “And with our goal difference, you would like to think that’s enough. But with five games remaining, we still have to push on and try to finish in the top ten.”

“We can be very proud of that result, but we go to Blackpool on Saturday with a big chance to break into the top eight, and we have to try to do that.”

“We owe it to the rest of the league to repeat what we’ve just done against Manchester United in all five of the games we have left.”

Referee Lee Probert had a good game last night, and if you went though all the penalty decisions, he probably got them all right by not giving them, and any one of the would have been a soft penalty to have given.

Pardew talked about the added time incident when Hernandez showed what a great actor he could become, when he literally jumped vertically in the air, after minimal contact from former Manchester United defender Danny Simpson.

He must practice these dives behind closed doors – because how else could they look so accomplished?

This is what Pardew said about the injury time appeal for a penalty:

“To be honest, my heart sank because I thought the referee would give it,” “I have to applaud him for the decision he made because it was the correct one.”

“Danny has stuck his leg out, but just retrieved it back in. The referee got the decision right and we got a deserved draw.”

“At the time though, I thought Peter’s was a definite penalty because I didn’t think he would go down in that situation unless he had been clipped.”

After the game it was all a bit comical as both managers thought their penalty appeals should have been given, but we suppose that’s par for the course these days.

But in truth a draw was the fair result, as it would have been a bit hard on the losing side last night, anmd even Gerguson admitted Newcastle had worked very hard for their point.

And in added time Nile Ranger had a small chance in the Manchester United penalty area – but was crowded out by three Red Devils defenders, but one of these days this lad is going to smash that ball into the back of the net.

Maybe at Blackpool on Saturday, because the Magpies have to capture all 3 points there,  since every other team seems to be able to do that these days, including Wigan Athletic last weekend, who were 3-0 up before a late goal from Blackpool – and bottom of the league at the start of the game.

A win at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, and Newcastle will definitely be safe.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Apr 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe not enough ed but we all would have taken this at the start if the season, i expect another point at blackpool who will come flying out of the traps but get apprehensive towards the end, we should have near enough a full team out on saturday and when tiote and barton are in the middle we are a hard team to take points of, i would bring nolan back and guthrie goes down to the subs bench.

  • ochytoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Nice piece Ed but a couple of spelling mistakes e.g. Gerguson :p

  • UTD111

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought United matched Manchester all over the park and we deserved a draw at the very least. Krul should keep his place.
    Wonder how much fat boy is hoping to get for Tiote?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    We are very inconsistent, we lose to a poor Villa side & then play very well against the best side in the country. If we can buy 2 strikers, a creative midfielder & a LB along with Arfa Gosling etc back we could have a decent next season

  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    i think were safe as it is with are goal difference, as for blackpool nolan will come in for guthrie but the team will b the same apart from that maybe ireland for lovenkrands

  • Mag52

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    I rather like Gergusun. It seems to sum up the bloke quite well.
    A good well earned point that yesterday. Full marks to Ireland for making himself available in the circumstances, and for giving us an indication of what he can bring to the team.

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7


    Gervinho (13 mill) / Arfa
    ————Barton- tiote- Dzsudzsak (10 mill)

    —————-Nolan / Arfa

    ——————-Erdinc/Gameiro (10 Mill)

    Carroll turned into Gameiro+Dzsudzak+Gervinho

    Must be a dream

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Old Gerguson had a face like a smacked arse last night.
    Mind saying that, his face always looks like a smacked arse.

  • Davies

    Apr 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #9

    The replays showed that Lovenkrands was tripped and Nani dived. There was definitely contact from Simpson on Hernandez, but he was stupid to make such a meal of it. A more subtle and well timed fall might have convinced me that he had been fouled. Still not sure on that one.

    Tiote handled in the area too. I’d say there was one clear penalty shout for each team last night. Things sort of get evened out, I suppose.

    Wonder what would have happend they were both given. Krull was on fire!!!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 20, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    hope ireland gets a start in blackpool game in place of guthre

  • Davies

    Apr 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Guthrie was actually very good last night, apart from one howler of a back pass to Enrique that Hernandez nearly latched on to. I refuse to call a grown man a name that sounds like something you call a pet canary. It’s Javier Hernandez. Stop with the stupid nicknames.


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