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.