Newcastle gave a scintillating display of aggressive attacking football last night, at least for the first 30 minutes of the game against Manchester United, and it was reminiscent of the days when Kevin Keegan managed the club.
Wayne Rooney – bursts past Simpson and Tiote
But we have to admit that when Newcastle hadn’t scored, it started to look a little ominous, because how many times have the Red Devils withstood tremendous pressure, only to come right back into the game.
And of course that’s exactly what they did in the second half last night, but the Newcastle team were just determined to get something out of the game, and their courage and fortitude got them a valuable point – and they fully deserved it too.
It was a terrific game to watch, and the St. James’ Park crowd of just over 49,000 were involved in the game throughout, and gave the lads some great support – as usual.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local Newcastle press corps today about the game:
“It is such a difficult thing to sustain.” “I was pleased the crowd responded like that.” “We cannot go gung-ho against these top teams at times.”
“When I look back at some of the games we have had here, we have left ourselves too exposed against some of the lesser teams – especially at the start of the season.”
“You have to be patient. Manchester United sometimes win games 1-0 in the last minute.” “With what we have shown, you would like to think we have another win or two wins in us.”
“We will warm down and then prepare correctly for Blackpool.” “A game like that, we should win. That is the minimum if we put in the effort we did in this match.”
It would be disappointing to say the least if after such a great display last night, the lads cannot capture all 3 points at Blackpool on Saturday, as the Seasiders look to be on their way back the the Championship.
Bottom club Wigan were even able to score 3 goals at Bloomfield Road last Saturday, and they are the lowest scoring club in the league with just 32 goals in total from their 33 games played.
So Newcastle must take this game very seriously.
3 points at Bloomfield Road and Newcastle will be safe this season – that’s an absolute certainty.