Newcastle may have been a lucky side yesterday to come away with a point, but the defensive performance of the whole side yesterday, especially when the lads went down to 10 men in the last 15 minutes played, including the added time, after Gutierrez received his second yellow card, deserved the point.
Mike Jones ready to consult linesman John Flynn
Tim Krul was simply magnificent in the Newcastle goal yesterday, and he will get a hero’s welcome when he takes up his position early on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park when Chelsea are the visitors.
But the back four were also in terrific and defiant form, with Danny Simpson clearing off the line on 87 minutes, Steven Taylor putting his body on the line to several block shots in those hectic last minutes, and Fab Coloccini and Ryan Taylor both looking more than a little defiant too.
But as we expected the news today and after the game was all about the dodgy penalty Newcastle were awarded after 64 minutes.
And not much is being said bout the Manchester United goal, which will be the luckiest goal they will score all season, when a sliced Steven Taylor clearance after 49 minutes hit Hernandez in the back, and the ball rebounded into the back of the net with the Mexican not knowing what happened.
And not much mention of Jonas Gutierrez being sent off after 79 minutes, and Newcastle played with 10 men from then on in the furious finale to the game.
No, it’s about that linesman John Flynn, who waved for the penalty after 64 minutes, after Rio Ferdinand brought down a weaving Ben Arfa in the penalty area.
And we find out that John is due to return to Afghanistan for a third tour of duty soon, and that he has already made six trips to Iraq.
Flynn convinced referee Mike Jones that it was a penalty, after Mike had initially just given a corner after the play.
And it seems that Jones was not aware that he has absolutely no right to give away penalties against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but he just didn’t seem to know know that, another thing that obviously infuriated Ferguson.
Think of the first half at QPR, double the number of chances created by the opposition, and that’s what it was like for Newcastle after Demba Ba had brilliantly dispatched the penalty on 64 minutes to huge boos from the Old Trafford crowd.
You talk a bout a rearguard action – our boys were simply magnificent yesterday, and that’s what Alex Ferguson was even more upset at the final whistle, when he made comments that were not appropriate, especially about lineman John Flynn.
We’ll admit Newcastle were lucky yesterday, who doesn’t need luck to get something at Old Trafford, but a lot of the luck because of the hard work the lads put in during training.
And even though 76,000 Manchester United fans, and all of the media including the two very biased ESPN TV commentators, wanted the Manchester side to win, and win big, Newcastle were brave and courageous enough not to collapse under all the pressure.
And you’ll never see a better guts and glory display than what you saw from Newcastle United in the second half yesterday.
And it also means that the Red Devils could go 7 points behind their bitter rivals City, if Roberto Mancini’s moneybags side beat Liverpool at Anfield today – and that’s another big thing that was upsetting Alex Ferguson after the game, and the Scotsman showed very little class and poise after the final whistle had blown.
As I said, another way to look at this game, and it’s the Newcastle United viewpoint, is that Alan Pardew had many heroes out there yesterday fighting for the Newcastle cause in those black and white shirts, and we”re proud of the lot of them.