It was only a draw yesterday, but somehow it was one of the most pleasing and gutsy performances by a Newcastle side in some time.
Steven Taylor – after scoring dramatic equalizer yesterday
Maybe it was helped by Newcatsle getting the dramatic equalizer from Steven Taylor with a minute to go of added time, when the the TV commentators were only talking about a Chelsea win, and had written off Newcastle.
That’ll teach them.
Or maybe it was the very good performance of four Newcastle youngsters, who were hardly over-awed to be playing at Stamford Bridge.
Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua and Shane Ferguson all had their moments in the game, and did themselves no harm at all in front of a delighted Alan Pardew.
Nile Ranger made the equalizing goal when he out jumped the Chelsea defense to head the ball back over for Steven Taylor to expertly power his header beyond Cech.
That’s what Andy Carroll used to do, but Andy didn’t have too much luck yesterday when Spurs over-powered Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield.
Andy has only scored in one game out of nine for The Reds – and we don’t understand that, because he used to score at Newcastle. 😀
By the way, it would have been very easy for Steven to have hit the goalkeeper yesterday, but he timed and placed his header in great style.
Two goals in two games for Steven – and the local lad has now scored 16.7% (1/6) of his total Newcastle goals (12) in the last couple of games – he’ll be starting as striker shortly.
Newcastle had 12 first teamers out yesterday, mostly with injuries, and a number of us thought we may be in for a hammering yesterday.
But once again, when the youngsters were given their chance, they got the job done, and that’s got to be very pleasing for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches – not to mention the Geordie fans.
And after two minutes Newcastle were already a goal down, but you cannot criticize this Newcastle team of being short on guts and passion.
It was the way our lads fought back for an unlikely draw, which they fully deserved, that fueled the imagination of Newcatsle fans around the world after the game.
A win against West Brom on Sunday, and the squad can take a very well deserved lap of honor for an excellent first season back in the big time – and we’ll all be flying.
Howay The Lads!!