Newcastle Get Good Reviews – They Were Brilliant – Oustanding

We watched the game again yesterday, and how Newcastle were not at least three goals up at halftime, we don’t know.

If we had a couple of the Man City strikers on our side, it would have been 3-0 at the half.

Ritchie missed an easy chance, and Dwight Gayle missed a couple that were easier chances, but it was 0-0 at the half against Huddersfield.

We’ve seen this all before in the last two years where Newcastle dominate – cannot score – and the other team comes back and gets something out of the game.

The two managers shake hands before the game

That’s what Huddersfield tried to do in the second half yesterday, but our lads kept their heads.

And the goal came after 80 minutes when Perez was quite brilliantly set up by Kenedy with Islam Slimani also involved as he challenged the goalkeeper for an Atsu right-wing cross.

The Terriers did have a chance right at the end of a full five minutes of stoppage time, but Dubravka finally pounced on the loose ball.

There was a huge roar from the Geordie crowd at the end of the game – our lads played so well yesterday it was great stuff to watch.

And we never thought pundit Paul Merson was a fan of Newcastle United but he raved about the team on Sky Sports after the game.

This is what Paul – who had predicted a 2-0 win for the Magpies – said after the game:

“I think Newcastle are now one win away from safety.”

“I think if they get one more win, Southampton and Stoke will have to pull up trees to bring that back.

“So for me, one more win…West Brom, they’ve got, West Brom at home – you would like to beat, that’s your cup final.

“If you were told at the start of the season that you had to beat a team who had won two in 30 to stay up, you’d take that.

“Newcastle were brilliant first half. Absolutely outstanding.”

“First 30 minutes – 10 shots they had at goal”.

“Gayle should have had a couple of goals, they kept on going, they were very good.”

“The goal…Perez gets it, plays it out to Atsu, he plays the ball into the box, it falls to Kenedy at the far post.

“Talk about don’t panic, gets the ball and instead of just lashing it at goal he composed himself and a lovely five yard ball and Perez taps it in.

“Definitely, definitely deserved to win the game.

“Brilliant result for Newcastle.”

It was an excellent performance from our team and as Paul says – a brilliant result for us.

We agree with everything Paul says – for a change.


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12 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Mmm, Merson said that? Really? Another April Fool Ed? 🙂 Beat you to it mate!
    Seriously though, any praise the lads get was fully deserved. The crowd being so patient must have helped enormously. There was a definite feeling that a goal was coming though, just a matter of time. The roof lifted off the place when it finally arrived though.

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    It was bloody freezing as well yesterday, that goal certainly warmed the old cockles up though

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Target now has to be to finish 10th.

    Difference between finishing 17th and 10th is £14m in prize money given the £2m per position these days. Sure Rafa is fully aware. If there isn’t a takeover that will be precious cash. We’ll make a profit of £45-60m this season so that will be the kitty unless somebody prises Ashley out.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Giimps, wasn’t it just? Being an old scooter boy Scarborough was always the first run of the year at Easter. Used to get back from the match and jump on the old Lambretta and zip off to Scarborough. Might be my memory playing tricks, but I remember Easter being warm and sunny. That rain yesterday cut like a blade!! 🙂

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    So, seeing as we are nearly safe…..who is going to be playing in the Fizzy pop next season?
    My guess is that the 3 at the bottom of the league now will stay there, West Brom for obvious reasons, Stoke because they are on a terrible run and it’s difficult to break that cycle and Southampton as they have some bad games (mainly away from home) to contend with.
    I think West Sham ,Palace and Udders are capable of getting points ( Udders due to there defensiveness, I think they can get a couple of draws which may be enough the way the bottom teams are playing and unfortunately West Sham and Palace have better teams than those below them with players who can hurt on their day…..imho

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Mind, that was in the 70’s of I suppose, before this global warming kicked in! 🙂

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    I was a Vespa boy back in the 80s , your right, Scarborough was a T shirt weekend, I liked the Dunbar ones as well, apart from the walk across the golf course back to the tents at kicking out time

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Didn’t feel much global warming yesterday mate ?

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Never got as far as Dunbar
    Usually hoyed the towel in at
    Coldingham / Eyemouth
    sometimes even never
    got past Haggerston castle
    must have been soft shites

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I do remember camping near
    Beadnell one Easter and waking up
    to snow on the tent !!!!!

  • c-dog

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I do think we’ll stay up but things can change quickly and our next few games are tough. As Rafa says the target is 40 and I’d be happy with that. We look more like a team every game. It’s crucial Rafa stays.

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    You missed out on a treat at Dunbar, probably my favorite few weekends of my youth.


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