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Their Honesty And Sportsmanship Was Outstanding

10:36 am, Monday, October 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

It was one of those games we will remember, not because we beat Liverpool at home, and that looked very possible until Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off, but because of the fight, guts and passion all our players showed on Saturday,  because we played 50 minutes with just 10 men against one of the in-form teams in England and held them – just.

lalan pardew brendan rodgers time ref

Alan Pardew - time ref – blow the whistle before they score!

It was like a win, and certainly the Liverpool blogs are rightly saying that it was 2 points dropped for the Reds, but they give credit to Newcastle for a fine rearguard action..

And it must also be said that the almost 52,000 crowd also helped big time, and they roared on their side throughout the game, and went crazy when local lad Paul Dummett put us ahead again in that second half.

This is what Alan said today in the local papers:

“It was one of those games where we needed the crowd to help us, and they did.” “Actually, their honesty and sportsmanship – they clapped Steven Gerrard – and their support was outstanding.”

“What Newcastle fans want to see is attacking intent, a tackle, a resilience and flair.” “I thought we showed all those ingredients.” “Sometimes we show our love here in different ways.”

“We can tease and be sarcastic in our support, but there was genuine love for Steven Gerrard because he’s got us to the World Cup with his captaincy.”

“It was a win, in a way.” “I was slightly disappointed, because of the game at 11 v 11.” “I thought it was even.” “We were perhaps shading it.”

“We got the goal as well. It’s disappointing I didn’t see 90 minutes of that team.” “It would have been interesting to see the outcome of the game.”

“It changed. We went down to 10 men.” “We had a bad break in terms of Cheick coming back from injury.” “He kept him onside.”

“Then we had to show the other side – the side our fans at home perhaps haven’t seen so much of in the games this year and last year.

“Where’s the resilience? Where’s the character?” “Yet on the road, we have shown it at Villa and Cardiff.” “Our home fans haven’t seen that.” “They saw that it is there.”

Newcastle fans have always admired Steven Gerrard, probably because of his total loyalty to his local club, and we remember in our relegation season, when he was applauded off the pitch in the second half, having completely dismantled Newcastle with a superb performance and two goals, in the 5-1 hammering they inflicted on us that day.

Of course he is also now the England captain,  which he should have been years ago – simply because he’s a real leader on and off the field – a legend who’s still playing the game.

Liverpool didn’t dismantle us on Saturday – that’s for sure – although they certainly tried in that second half.

All credit to the Newcastle players on Saturday.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Sav,
    People have been saying the same bout Torres for the last 3 years…. No, Cisse’s goals earlier weren’t a fluke, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t now struggling to play in a team, and/or struggling to score. He offers very little when he isn’t scoring, so he needs to be left out at the minute.

    A team with him and HBA in could potentially be a 9 man team if neither are on form. At least when Goofy doesn’t look like scoring we have his work rate and effort.

  • 2 cyprus // Oct 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Gerrard actually helped us in this game, still wondering how he got MOM. If I supported Liverpool I’d be upset as they did not ‘devour’ us at all in those 50 minutes. In fact, were it not for Suarez (maybe HE was MOM), we would’ve won this one.

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Lilongwe
    Agree – we cannot play both HBA and Cisse in the same team – on the defensive like playing with 9 men.

    thought the team that started was well balanced and the players stuck to the plan – solid back four with the full backs told not to bomb on and get caught out of position. the midfield got back infront of the back four to make a back seven shield that was hard to break down. Goufran who ran his socks off and Remy had the role of getting up and down the pitch to support Ben Arfa who was played as a get out as a lone striker in a unfamilar role.

    plan worked and stuck to it even down to ten men.

    I would start Dummet along side Williamson in central defence if Colo is not fit

  • 4 lesh // Oct 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    It’s just a pity that Suatez doesn’t have a jot of honesty in his blood. If he had, he wouldn’t dive so often!

  • 5 Scottiedog // Oct 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    How Gerrard got MOM when he should have been easily sent off is a complete joke!!! As for Suarez he has to be the worlds most hated player and really has not got a genuine bone in his rat faced body.

    Well done to all of the players and lets hope we can carry this forward to destroy Sunderland!!!!!!!!!

  • 6 Sav // Oct 22, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Fair enough but seems to me Remy has had his best performances on the wing while Cisse has at least been doing enough to distract the central defenders. As our main striker and target man, he hasn’t looked nearly as good.




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