Newcastle played a lot better last night than we did on Saturday afternoon against Hull City, and that was a bit of a relief, and in fact our record this season is not too bad, and in the seven games we’ve played so far this season in all competitions, we’ve won four, drawn one and lost two – and the two losses coincided with our two worst performances of the season – against Manchester City and Hull City.
Yoan Gouffran rifles the ball home in the 67th minute
And last night we saw Yoan Gouffran score his second goal of the season, and it was a beauty, and this player looks very good, and he will be pushing to start the game at Everton next Monday night.
And as well as being able to score goals, Yoan offers the team speed and movement up front – he looks a great buy for the club.
And we thought Mike Williamson had a solid enough game alongside Coloccini in central defense last night, and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Mike keeps his potion in the side for the Everton game.
The Stoke-born defender does come in for some criticism from fans, but more often than not, the 6’4″ defender comes into the side and does a good job at the back, and he will have done himself no harm at all last night, and we need his height and heading ability at the back.
Mike could edge out Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the back at Goodison Park.
But the two star men last night were no doubt Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi on the left hand side, and even before the game Alan Pardew had said both local lads deserved their chance, and they were looking good in training.
These two Geordie boys played very well last night
There’s a couple of things these lad give to our side – first of all they are both English and we need more English players in the side – after all we are an English club.
And the two of them have come through the Newcastle Academy, and we need to see more local lads coming through the youth ranks and into the first team – and they are excellent examples to other youngsters that they can indeed become first team players at the Tyneside club.
Maybe our two biggest hopes at the moment are 18 year-old striker Adam Campbell and 17 year-old forward Adam Armstrong – both are local lads who currently play for the England Youth side at their age – and both are extremely promising prospects.
But after that terrible defeat on Saturday, last night was a good performance, and a relief too, with Gouffran, Williamson, Dummett and Sammy Ameobi all pushing for a first team start next Monday night.
What do you think?
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