Jacob Murphy had an excellent second half yesterday and scored two great goals for us and his performance in only his second game for the club showed this lad can score goals for us.
But of course, we know it will be that much harder for him to score in the Premier League but his temperament and determination to succeed on Tyneside make his future look very bright.
Jacob and his identical twin Josh were Newcastle fans at just 10 months old – they told their mother the exact strip they wanted and lo and behold it was Newcastle United.
But both lads want to play for Newcastle and Jacob got his wish when we signed him for an initial £10M last week.
Jacob was asked about his brace, and this is what he said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It was great to get them so soon after coming in. “It was a convincing win in the end. I was delighted to get on the scoresheet.”
I had a little bit of luck when it came off the back of my heel,” “I managed to stick it away. I was delighted with that.”
“That second goal was more instinctive. It fell nicely for me.”
“It’s a big relief, but it’s also a massive confidence boost. It’s what I needed to get me a bit more settled into the squad.”
“I’m delighted to get these two goals. Hopefully, I can continue from here. “It was nice to do it in black and white. Hopefully, there’s many more to come.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez even felt the performance last night was much better than at Preston on Saturday and even Rafa was happy.
So it must have been a good performance – especially in the second half we were ruthless in front of goal.
Bradford had played doggedly in that first half but didn’t exactly know what hit them in that final 45 minutes – two goals in the first 6 minutes didn’t help either.
Three players (almost) signed in 8 days and an excellent performance last night – things are looking up for Newcastle
Health Update: I thought I would give a bit of an update on my health condition.
My blood tests were good enough yesterday that I was passed to have my final chemotherapy infusion this afternoon here in Wake Forest, North Carolina – we live about 10 minutes from the all new Rex Cancer Center.
Since the side effects are cumulative, I expect things will be challenging over the next couple of weeks, but after that, I should be able to recover and get my hair back growing again – maybe in a different color – long black and curly maybe?
It’s difficult to know what effect the chemotherapy has had on the cancer.
But I’ll find out more at the end of September when I have my next cat-scan and will see what exactly the chemo has done – the last one showed cancer in multiple parts of the body.
While I remain confident, I am realistic too and know my condition – stage 4 prostate cancer – is not good.
But I live in hope and have very high expectations – like most Newcastle fans.
That’s one of the things that keeps me going!