This is part three and the final piece of the season review, and goes from the time Andy Carroll was sold to the end of the season.
Cheick Tiote – running wild after fabulous Arsenal equalizer
Newcastle did not do too well in February, and in their five league games they got one win and three draws.
But the home draw against Arsenal was a highlight of the season, as amazingly Newcastle were 4-0 down after just 26 minutes in that game, and at half time it was still 4-0.
And even after 65 minutes it was still 4-0, but Diaby had been sent off early in the second half.
Then Newcastle did what looked like impossible when they scored 4 goals in the last 24 minutes, with two penalties from Joey Barton, a good goal from Best, and a Tiotes thunderbolt equalizer after 88 minutes, his first goal ever for the club, and one that will be remembered for decades to come.
Newcastle looked like heroes and they got amazingly positive press around the world for the greatest comeback in Premier League history.
That was the beginning of what would become a terrible second half of the season for the London club, and they even managed to present Birmingham, of all teams, with a gift goal after 90 minutes and lost the Carling Cup Final with former Magpie Oba Martins tapping the ball home.
In the crazy scheduling of the Premier League Newcastle had only two games in March and they lost both of them – at home to Everton 2-1 and at Stoke 4-0, when they did a Bolton and gave away silly goals – but it was never really a 4-0 game.
And Newcastle started to pick up injuries – most of which were in training.
But the injuries would severely weaken the Newcastle side in the run-in and many players went out injured.
The most visible was loan player Stephen Ireland, who picked up one injury after another, and he ended up playing just two short sub appearances, before he picked up yet another injury, which meant he would miss the rest of the seaosn, and so he was sent back to Villa.
Whether Newcastle will sign Ireland in the summer is an open question right now, but we still think he would be a decent buy.
Bur Newcastle got a vital win in their next home game when they saw off Wolves 4-1 – a game Newcastle should be winning, but in the next game, according to up and down form, Newcastle were just hopeless at Stoke and lost 1-0 to a side that was below them in the league.
But that poor performance was followed by a great 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United. and it was a pity Newcastle didn’t play consistently well against the lower level teams, as they always seemed to do against the big boys in their games last season.
After holding Manchester United, the lads were back to playing poorly again, and were a little lucky to get a 1-1 draw at Blackpool, a team that would be relegated from the Premier League.
And after being completely hammered at Liverpool the lads won another game they had to win when they beat a 10 man Birmingham side 2-1 at home, but it wasn’t easy.
And again Birmingham would be one of the sides relegated, and in their final 6 games of the season, The Blues picked up only one single point, and had the worst goals for record in the league, scoring only 37 goals.
Near the end of the seaosn it looked like Birmingham were going after a 0-0 draw in almost every single game, and they looked so boring and not ambitious at all.
Newcastle had a great chance to finish in the top 10, and a fantastic result of 2-2 at Chelsea using a lot of the youngsters was met by the lads being 2-0 up at half time in the last game at home to West Brom.
That became 3-0 up in the first minute of the second half, but then of course a dramatic collapse in the last 30 minutes that ended up with Newcastle literally throwing away 2 points and 9th place in the last minute of normal time of the season. 🙁
So the lads finished 12th – but we would have taken that last August for sure, and the lads did great last season.
Now to strengthen the side for next season, and while it seems like a number of players will be coming in, we have found out that Joey Barton will not be offered a new deal on Tyneside, which was a complete shock.
And in those circumstances it’s really hard to see Jose Enrique staying at the club/will want to at at the club.
We hope Kevin Nolan stays and signs a new deal, but at the time of writing there is again some upset amongst the Newcastle fans, associated with Joey’s situation, since he had a great season and was very popular with the fans.
But it looks like Mike Ashley as usual will do what he wants to – we just hope that turns out to be the very best for Newcastle United.
Note: This article was written last Wednesday.