Former Player – Newcastle’s Season Started Last Saturday

40-year-old Lee McCulloch, the former Wigan Athletic and Rangers player, has praised Newcastle after we got our first win of the season last Saturday.

It was a tale of two halves with Watford being well on top in the first 45 minutes, but Newcastle came back superbly in the second half thanks to subs Perez, Schar and Ki, who all had impressive games.

Perez got his first goal of the season after 65 minutes, and that was the winner although Watford went very close to equalizing in stoppage time.

Ayoze Perez – after scoring the winner against Watford

This is what McCulloch told BBC 5 Live.

“This season for Newcastle has obviously been very, very disappointing,”

“The first half against Watford they should have been three or four goals down (true).”

“Second half, I think Rafa has changed the tactics, they’ve pressed higher, they’ve passed the ball faster and the fans played their part today.”

“The substitutes played their part, especially – Deulofeu going off for Watford, and Ki and Perez coming on making the difference and winning the game with a set play.”

“I think this is the start of Newcastle’s season, you can tell that after the goal – the confidence game flooding back, albeit the last 10-15 minutes was nail-biting stuff.”

“But the leaders stood out, they stood up to be counted and the game management at the end was tremendous.”

Our lads were nothing less than heroic on Saturday especially the way they fought to keep the lead in those final 25 minutes.

Now we want exactly the same thing against the Cherries on Saturday at St. James’ Park but with an improved first-half display.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

1 comment so far

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    People did and will still be saying that Watford should have scored three but they didn’t, in some of Newcastle games we should have scored several but we didn’t.
    Sorry to say but that’s football, it was nice to see Perez score and yes I am one of the people that ask why does he still get a starting spot and honestly I still think the same way.

    Putting his fingers in his ears to sillence the doubters has now put an even bigger target on his back, if he starts the next game which he could I hope he scores and shits me and some other up, but if he has his usual game going and looses the ball on one of his runs or misses his usual sitter and falls over then he is back to square one with the fans.

    I honestly wish him luck if he starts, if he starts banging in the goals that win us games it would make me happy to send him a thank you card.


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