Last night’s win by Newcastle at Scunthorpe United was a typical Magpies display.
Tim Krul – great game last night
They put Newcastle fans through hell and high water before they finally won the game last night, and in great style too, with a wonderful goal from 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi.
And I just don’t know how those faithful traveling fans do it, and even after Newcastle’s pitiful performance in that first half, the Geordie fans were right behind the team after half time, and willed their team on to win for them, which the lads did finally, in extra time.
The only thing the team spared us from was a penalty shoot-out – and I’m not sure I could have taken that.
The good news is that Newcastle could have easily succumbed in that first half or even after that, and they had the superb Tim Krul in goal to thank for keeping them in the Cup, with some brilliant saves.
The young Dutchman is still improving and learning too, and his distribution and kicking needs some work, but we think this lad can become a great goalkeeper at Newcastle United.
And Pardew will take some good things out of this game, including a decent first appearance by Sylvain Marveaux out on the left wing, and excellent substitute appearances from both Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
Both players looked good and helped sway the game in Newcastle’s favor in the seocnd half and during extra time, and the Magpies’ manager will not be able to ignore these two lads for too much longer.
And doesn’t 19 year-old Haris Vuckic, who turned 19 last Sunday, look a class player?
This is what Alan had said yesterday about Marveaux before the game:
“Since he’s been here, he’s struggled with his groin situation because he’s lacked football.:
“He’s slowly but surely getting there. We know he’s a very good player and I think he’ll certainly be ready to play soon.”
Sylvain showed he has lots of ability, but like a number of our new players, he will need time and games to acclimatize to English football.
And Demba Ba in particular was very disappointing last night, as he seemed way off the pace, and even a little disinterested.
Dan Gosling looked okay, showed he can play, but he needs more games to recover his sharpness, after a very long time out of the game., but we think Dan will become a very good player for Newcastle..
Since Newcastle won it was good news for the fans, but we also know we came perilously close to making an ignominious exit from the Carling Cup, much like we did at Stevenage last January in the FA Cup.
But the lads survived and live to fight another day, and we’ll see who we get in the third round in tomorrow’s draw.
A win is a win, and we want another on Sunday afternoon against Fulham, who lost 1-0 at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine, but got through on a 3-1 aggregate, after winning the first leg 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Things may even be looking up, just a little, for Newcastle.