Over 1,300 Geordie fans made the long 720 miles round trip to Bournemouth yesterday getting picked up by the buses in Newcastle at around 2:00 am on Saturday morning.
As the commentators said on NBC Sports yesterday – those are the real supporters – and of course they are absolutely right.
Steve McClaren and Eddie Howe before the game yesterday
As usual Newcastle got great support on the road yesterday and they were rewarded with a great 3 points even though the performance was poor.
Rob Elliot and Newcastle were able to keep their second clean sheet in a row – but it was mainly due to the brilliant efforts of Rob Elliot in goal – and Rob has revealed he even played against doctor ‘s orders yesterday.
Steve McClaren has admitted that getting out of the relegation zone was the main thing yesterday, but it was also our first road win since January and that would have sent the supporters back home happy with all 3 points.
They could talk about that Perez goal and the many Rob Elliot saves for the seven or more hours it would have taken to get back to Newcastle after the game.
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening – and the beer would taste even better?
This is what McClaren said after the game about getting out of the bottom three:
“I think that is the most important aspect.”
“That and sending those 1,300 fans back home with a smile on their faces after what must have been a long journey through the night and a long day going back.”
“That’s the most pleasing thing for me.”
Newcastle didn’t play well and we will expect a vastly improved performance at home against Leicester City in two weeks time – and we need another win in that game.
We can do that if we can play somewhere near our best against a good Leicester side.