In game that will be long remembered in the history of Newcastle United, our lads beat Manchester United by 3-0 tonight, for their first win against the Red Devils in 10 years.
And make no mistake about it Newcastle deserved all 3 points tonight, because they outplayed this mediocre Manchester United side.
And it was Bobby Robson who was then manager of Newcastle when we won 4-3 at St. James’ Park.
And if he was watching from up above, Bobby would be as proud as any other Newcastle fan at the simply magnificent performances of every single Newcastle player tonight, as they all seemed to play out of their skins.
The Newcastle side maintained a high tempo throughout this game and went ahead after 33 minutes with a brilliant goal from, well who else, Demba Ba.
The Senegal striker ran onto a high ball that had been headed on very well by Shola Ameobi, and he hit the ball into the net with his rigth foot in one movement, and Rio Ferdinand was unable to do anything about it.
It was a striker’s goal, and on 25 minutes he seemed to have been fouled in the box by Ferdinand and Newcastle should have had a penalty as the repeated TV replays showed it was a foul.
But Ba got his 15th Premier League goal of the season and it will be great to see him wear the number 9 shirt just as soon as possible.
Newcastle played an excellent first half and went in at the break 1-0 ahead on merit.
And then would you believe it, but after just one minute of the second half Newcastle got a free kick just outside the Manchester penalty area, and Cabaye put into the top left hand corner of the net for a simply wonderful goal, and the Newcastle fans went crazy – all 52,299 of them.
And then Mike Williamson had a decent chance after 55 minutes from a left wing corner, but he headed over the crossbar form close range.
The Red Devils seemed to have pulled one back after 59 minutes, as Nani’s cross from the right was flicked on by substitute Danny Welbeck to Wayne Rooney, who stabbed the ball past Krul into the goal.
But no – Danny Simpson somehow was there to clear off the line in dramatic style, for his second wonder stop against Manchester United this season.
Newcastle played it very tight in the second half, and Manchester had most of the possession, but they were having difficulty carving out any decent chances, and there was none at all in the first 45 minutes.
The central two defenders, Coloccini and Mike Williamson were very solid at the back, and in fact the defense looked like they had looked in the first 11 games of the season. – very good indeed.
The neutral observer will have seen Newcastle stop Manchester United dead in their tracks tonight and defend superbly, and then on 90 minutes a high lob into the Manchester box saw Phil Jones stoop down to head the ball into the back of his own net, and it was 3-0.
A terrible mistake by the former Blackburn man, but that really summed up the game, and Newcastle were simply the better side tonight, as mancsheter Unietd went down to their seocnd league defeat ina row.
It was simply a terrific match to watch for the neutral and unbelievable if your were a Newcastle fan – these are the games we simply live for.
Demba Ba was taken off right at the end for Gabriel Obertan, and Ba got an ovation he will never forget, as this was like the days of old when Newcastle had a good team.
On this evidence Newcastle now have a good team once again.
We were proud of every one of our players tonight, because they were simply magnificent.
There was lots to take out of this game that was positive, and Davide Santon already looks a good player and Mike Williamson showed he can fill in well for Steven Taylor, and of course Coloccini was simply magnificent as our captain – one gain.
What a way to start the new year and after the game Warren Barton the former Newcastle full-back discussed the game on Fox Soccer channel over here in the US.
Warren said he was so proud of every single Newcastle player because they were all simply magnificent – and that about sums it all up tonight.
I have nothing more to add, other than to say it reminded us of the time we hammered Manchester United 5-0 at St. James’ Park. 😀
What a team.
Howay The Lads!!