In what was Newcastle’s most important game in six years, Newcastle players produced an excellent performance of skill, commitment, passion and drive to get our first win in eleven games, and that dies some doing.
Vurnon Anita challenges former captain Kevin Nolan yesterday
But our players were ready for this game and we deservedly won the game 2-0, and that was our first win and our first clean sheet in over 12 weeks.
So the lads produced when they really had to, and we saved ourselves and didn’t have to rely on Hull not winning – although Steve Bruce’s side only drew 0-0 at home to Manchester United, and take the drop with QPR and Burnley – two sides who were promoted last year around this time.
Our best two players yesterday were undoubtedly Jonas Gutierrez and Vurnon Anita, who was a shock starter and an inspiration in central midfield – in what was a n excellent performance from Newcastle – when they were under such great pressure.
But the question to ask now is – how come we didn’t play like that over the previous ten games?
Vurnon had his best game ever for Newcastle yesterday, when the chips were down, and he will not be leaving Newcastle this summer, and the Dutchman’s played well in midfield and at full back for us this year – so he’s a good versatile player.
Jonas wrote his own fairy tale ending to his career on Tyneside yesterday with an assist and a goal when it mattered most, and he said it was like a Hollywood ending to his career on Tyneside, which lasted seven years.
There will now be a huge clear-out of players this summer, and money is available to bring in good new players – and we are looking forward to the club having a very good summer transfer window.
The club needs a very good summer transfer window.
It’s been an absolutely awful season for Newcastle fans – especially this year, when we amassed just 13 points from 19 league games, but it was a thrilling end to the season yesterday – and the fans finally had something to cheer about.
That game will live in the memories of Newcastle fans for many years to come – and we were so proud of our players yesterday.
They were simply terrific.