That second half today was one of the best performances from a Newcastle side in a long while, and it’s hard to remember the last time the team played with so much commitment, spirit and application, Newcastle fans can be proud of the lads’ performance this afternoon – it was simply superb in so many respects.
Yoan Gouffran after scoring Newcastle’s vital first goal
While there were so many positives to take out of the game – here are five of them:
- Mathieu Debuchy had another excellent game, and is quickly becoming a top player for Newcastle, and he had another outstanding game and is currently leading our Best Player poll with 39% of the poll.
- Four of the five Frenchman we signed in January were on display today – Debuchy, Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa and Gouffran, and every one of them had a very good game. And when you consider the fifth player, 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, was very good in the first half on Wednesday night, maybe we have signed five very good players, once they all get fully acclimatized to English football
- Loic Remy came alive in the second half and certainly got tied up in the emotion of scoring the second goal after 88 minutes, and his sixth for the club, and he rushed to the crowd and tore off his shirt in celebration. We hope that Loic will forget about possible bigger clubs coming for him in the summer, and sign for us permanently in January – he can have a superb career on Tyneside, and he only has to look at Demba Ba, who left us in January for Chelsea, but wasn’t even on the bench today
- Vurnon Anita came on early in the second half as it seems that Tiote was carrying a slight thigh strain, and Vurnon was simply superb and set up the second goal expertly for Loic Remy. This 24 year-old Dutchman deserves a starting position at Newcastle somewhere, and is pushing hard for a place in the Newcastle midfield – and to his credit he’s improved greatly since last season, when he was getting acclimatized to English football
- Let’s hear it for Shola Ameobi, who has endured much criticism at Newcastle, but put in a very good shift up front today, and John Terry will know he’s been in a game, and it was great to see Shola get applauded off the field when he was replaced by Papiss Cisse in the second half
Those are five positives Alan Pardew and the coaches can take out of this game – what were some of the other positives in the game today?
It’s a game in which Newcastle in the second half overpowered a strong Chelsea side – and that’s the truth – surprising as it turned out to be.
Fantastic performance from the lads. :D.