Newcastle did very well to come back so well from the Brighton disaster that took place last weekend.
Danny Simpson in action at Ewood Park
That 1-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium, after the Newcastle squad spent four days in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, was not the result we wanted to see, and put in doubt the whole mid-season break in Tenerife.
The game before had been Newcastle’s worst display of the season, when we leaked 5 goals in 45 minutes at Fulham, and to go down and out of the FA Cup to a lower league side for the second season running, was very hard to take for Newcastle fans.
To say it spoiled that weekend for a lot of us is a huge understatement , and yes we shouldn’t get too upset when Newcastle lose and put in a sub-standard performance, but a lot of us do. 😀
But on the bright side, Newcastle came back on Wednesday night at Ewood Park, and had loads of luck in that first half, but most teams would have cracked under the pressure,. but not Newcastle, not this season.
Newcastle restructured well in that second half, and James Perch put in one of his best ever performances in a Newcastle shirt, and the lads came away 2-0 winners and 5th in the league table.
There’s certainly some excitement being shown by Newcastle fans since that win, and Danny Simpson talked about it today and about his amazing goal line clearance:
“The fans will be buzzing because we’re fifth,” “We know the rewards of possibly winning the game on Sunday – we could be fourth.”
“We have a massive opportunity and you can see from the way we’ve bounced back from Brighton that we’re desperate to keep it going.”
“You can’t knock us for our determination and effort and the blocks on the line and goal-line saves are just part of that,”
“I don’t practice these goal-line saves. I don’t know whether it is just instinct or whether it is about putting your body on the line.”
“I will always try to do that, and if it hits me it hits me. It seems to be working pretty well this season.”
Before we were relegated in May of 2009 the tendency would have been to get carried away by where we are in the league and we’d talk about catching Tottenham or even the two Manchester clubs.
But we are a lot more down to earth these days, and as far as the game against Aston Villa on Sunday, it will not be easy.
But if the lads show the same commitment and dedication they showed at Ewood Park, then a win is definitely possible, especially when Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse should be playing.
That’s what we’ll be hoping for, in a game that will be televised live around the world, and then we’ll see where that takes us, before our next game at White Hart Lane the following weekend.
It’s a cliche we know, but we have to take just one game at a time.
Howay The Lads!!