It’s a really bright sunny day in Raleigh, North Carolina – and to think its’ not even 4:00 am in the morning and the sun isn’t even up yet – but that is what happens when Newcastle give an awesome display like they did yesterday that was full of skill, commitment, goals and guts as our lads beat the European Champions Chelsea, and had to come back from a goal down in the second half to win an amazing and entertaining game 3-2 – and it was our first back to back league wins in almost a year.
Steven Taylor celebrates win with Krul after final whistle
And make no mistake about it – Moussa Sissoko will rightly get the headlines for his superb performance – his second in a row for the Magpies – and the 6’2″ player, who looks a cross between Patrick Vieira and Yaya Touré, was easily our Man of the Match with an amazing 83% of the vote.
Newcastle looked a great team yesterday and played some nice football, passing the ball around beautifully – and gone was the long ball into the penalty box.
Sissoko – the new Newcastle hero made some great runs at the Chelsea defense in that second half when we were 2-1 down, and this French International scored his first two goals for Newcastle in the second half – with the dramatic winner coming in the 90th minute – when fans and players alike went berserk, and the players, subs and coaches celebrated the goal on the sidelines.
And with games like this it’s small wonder that the Premier League is the most watched league in the world – and many of the games – including yesterday’s game at St. James Park are broadcast live around the world to the watching millions.
After the game there were great interviews from Pardew and Yoan Gouffran – who looked a very good player yesterday and shows both skill, speed and movement up front – and he seems to just love it at the club – and praised the fans after the game.
The only sour note was from Rafa Benitez, who said Colo should have been sent off and Chelsea awarded a penalty when he accidentally kicked his former team mate Demba Ba in the nose, and it looked badly broken and although Ba tried to carry on – when the nose cannot stop bleeding it’s broken – and then things can get a lot worse if you play on.
We should see Demba Ba wearing a mask shortly – much like local lads Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi have done over the last couple of years.
And Steven Taylor was monumental in a good Newcastle defense and we’re not sure how many shots he blocked in the game – but he did stop one in the fourth minute of injury time when Chelsea players wanted a penalty, but it seemed to hit him in the privates and with his face screwed up in pain – he got up on his feet to play on.
This lad has made a huge difference at the back with his excellent defensive work – and his inbuilt pride and passion for Newcastle United, having been born in Greenwich but brought up since a few months old in Whitley Bay..
But in truth these are the types of games Newcastle fans dream of – and it was just a phenomenal performance from Newcastle yesterday – make no mistake about that – a fantastic team performance and every single Newcastle player played a very good game.
It’s now 6 points from two games since the Reading disaster, and wins it what we need to climb that table – but we can now finish in the top ten this season if we can keep up this form – we are 7 points out of 7th place (maybe eight points with goal difference) – so we must keep up the good form and get the results to make up for the dreadful three months we had starting at the beginning of November.
If we can do that and keep all our players this summer and add maybe a top striker and a top midfielder before September rolls around – - then the squad can challenge for a top four place next season – and the players will have already played a third of the season together come August.
Sounds good to us – very good.
Howay The Lads!!
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