While Newcastle hammered West Ham United on Wednesday night with five great goals – we also saw the miss of the season.
Nile Ranger – in action against West Ham
Nile Ranger had the ball about six yards from goal after a terrific run down the left wing by young Shane Ferguson, and all he had to do was plonk it into the net for his first ever PL goal.
But of course, amazingly, Nile put the ball two yards wide – and even the commentators said that is probably going to be the miss of the season, and they’ll be right about that too.
It was a pity of course. because it would have been Nile’s first PL goal, just like Leon Best had famously scored his first three goals ever in England’s top league.
This is what Nile told The Evening Chronicle today about that miss:
“I wanted to cry – I was distraught.” “It happens, I guess, and I have to get over it. It’s done now.”
Newcastle were 5-0 up at the time – otherwise we would have been exactly like Nile – we would have wanted to cry too.
But Nile shouldn’t dwell on the miss too much – in fact forget it right now – after all the game was well won at the time.
But hopefully he’ll get a chance tomorrow at Stevenage, and the lad is still a big handful for defenses to cope with – but just like Andy Carroll a year ago – he now needs to start scoring those goals.
Nile continued about his performance on Wednesday night:
“I didn’t really play my part against West Ham – I didn’t really make an impact.” >“I just took a touch and snatched at it. I got excited, and thought it was my first goal, but it went acres wide.”
Ranger is still only 19 years old and learning very quickly and these things happen, so he shouldn’t dwell too much on it – but you could see he was embarrassed big time after the miss.
“Obviously, all Leon needed was his first goal, and he got a hat-trick.” “I always felt he could do that.”“I’m waiting for that one – I need to stay confident.”
“Stevenage is another chance for me.” “I heard they’re doing well in their league, so we’ll out to go out there and give it our all.”
“The FA Cup’s a big competition, so hopefully I’ll be involved.”
We are big fans of the Londoner, and the thing we want to see most from him, is to become much more professional, and none of this stuff about turning up late to training.
Nile has to take in what Alan Pardew tells him, and learn his trade fully – and learning is always about making the mistakes – and then learning form them – that’s the only way.
Unfortunately we are all human beings – and imperfect at best.
“I used to watch Bergkamp play for Arsenal in the FA Cup, and Giggs for Man U as well when he scored that wonder goal against Arsenal.”
“I’m just waiting for that goal – hopefully it’ll come.” “I’m not feeling that well after the miss, but it’s about how you bounce back from things like that.”
If Nile gets a chance tomorrow we’d love to see him 100% committed in the game, and completely committed to scoring his very first FA Cup goal.
And Nile – it’s time to forget about the miss – it’s all over – just like the 5-0 hammering against West Ham.
Now Newcatsle have to do it all over again – and beat Stevenage tomorrow afternoon.
Maybe Nile can help us get through the next round tomorrow, because we feel sure he’ll get another chance.
52 comments so far
Jan 7, 2011 at 1:52 PMComment #1
Bet he cant, will hant him for a long time.
He needs to be loaned out to get some real matches under his belt.
Jan 7, 2011 at 1:53 PMComment #2
As they say here in Germany. “The end of the game is the start of the next game”.
Jan 7, 2011 at 1:54 PMComment #3
Nile just needs that 1st goal then I’m sure he’ll settle down.
Jan 7, 2011 at 1:56 PMComment #4
Seeing how he was banging them in for the reserves, I can’t help but feel that once he gets that first goal others will come. Of course in the EPL it’s another level but he get’s chances and just can’t finish them. A finish is a finish so if he could finish in reserves then he should be able to do that in the EPL.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:11 PMComment #5
i know this may sound silly and im not just talking about the shot but it seemed to me he was trying to hard in the game against west ham.
he seemed tense and was trying to take people on in impossible situations with 3 defenders around him when he had other options available.
jesus was a geordie
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:15 PMComment #6
Everyone who played football has had a miss like that. There is always the goal that should’ve been. I bet even Shearer still looks back to his penalty miss against Sunderland! It’s just the way things go and as long as he can get that right in his head and try and relax in front of goal he’ll be fine!
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:15 PMComment #7
its simple its just nerves he feels a lot of pressure at the moment with there not being an astablished 2nd striker he wants to take that role whilst there isnt anothere big name striker at the club so he is snatching at his chances like he said but i do feel he needs to be loaned out to a championship club this window
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:16 PMComment #8
Was Ranger not offside anyway? certain i saw the linesman flag.
Angryman the Angry fan
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:21 PMComment #9
When he first missed it, I was 99% convinced he missed it on purpose!!!
But I shall give him the benefit of the doubt.
He could have been like that SMB Gyan, who missed a sitter and then tried to blame it on the none existent bobble!!
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:24 PMComment #10
Couldn’t score in a brothel with a pocket full of 50s.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:25 PMComment #11
a seen the flag go up aswel Steady.. but no-one else seems to hav picked up on tht, it went up soon as he got ball am sure
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:27 PMComment #12
sunderland approach inter for sulley muntari and psg for Sessegnon for loan with view to permanent.! we should get in ther
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:27 PMComment #13
scumderland made a loan offer with view to permanent signing for sessegnon. Quite liked the look of him.
The Power Ranger
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:34 PMComment #14
I’ve seen worse tbh, (Yakubu @ World Cup!!). The only reason Sunderland want Muntari is because they will not be able to handle a certain Cheik Tiote with Henderson and Meyler or whoever they play, Cattermole? WIll be a good battle with Joey. Tiote is too powerfull for the lot of them. I would probably take a draw next week but i am hoping for a 2-0 win! Lets bid for Charlie Adam?
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:36 PMComment #15
14:20 still no players arrived hurry up man
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:38 PMComment #16
i no we should defo be looking for a win i think we wont get it a draw is what i recon
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:40 PMComment #17
Sessegnon got a massive potential,take a looks at one his video on youtube.When running with the ball,he keeps it so close with his feet that defenders have push him down just to prevent him from going further.Sort of a messi style.
If we get him on loan,this would be real icing on cake following the good news that had happened this week.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:40 PMComment #18
cant see us signing anyone today we would have heard something about a medical by now.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:41 PMComment #19
Let’s go for odemwingie.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:42 PMComment #20
think pardew wanted something in the pipeline so they dont play for there club in the cup game so would be cup tied for us, providing we dont slip up tomorrow that is.
The Power Ranger
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:52 PMComment #21
Did anyone know about this?
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:53 PMComment #22
If it’s time to forget why u still writing about it ed 2 days later? And anyway he was offside so wouldn’t have been given and even if he wasn’t offside the match was well an truly wrapped up not as If it was 1-1 in an fa cup final so how was it miss of the season?
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:53 PMComment #23
Pardew is taking the FA Cup seriously and i reckon we are dark horses for the competition…we are a team that is perfect for a good cup run if everyone remains fit… we have great team spirit backed by phenomenal away day support…we have got a few first class matchwinners like Barton, Nolan, Carroll and HBA when he’s back…only hope we get in a good foil for Carroll during the window as this would add another necessary dimension to the teams style of play…and for sure we need some luck with the draw.
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:54 PMComment #24
Seems like there wont be any transfer today. 🙁
Jan 7, 2011 at 2:59 PMComment #25
Sorry chaps bit of a random comment at #23…thought i was on another thread…trying to multitask while at work..the sort of thing only women are good at (no offence) anyway i reckon we have a good chance in this years FA Cup for what it’s worth 🙂
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:00 PMComment #26
offside or not he still should have stuck it away, hopefully he will do next time. he has to keep putting himself in there
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:00 PMComment #27
The power ranger I was thinkin the exact same thing about charlie adam
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:05 PMComment #28
sland want them players cos they aint got a team to play us next week, cattermole-meyler-welbeck-turner-zenden(suspended)-mhammody, they all injured ha. Unlucky!!
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:12 PMComment #29
Apparently Micah Richards is available… Yes please!
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:24 PMComment #30
where’s craigcoozy wonder if he’s got any info on incoming and outgoings
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:26 PMComment #31
what happend to those indians looking at the club
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:29 PMComment #32
Richards would be exactly the type of player the board are looking to sign. Young English player with bags of potential. Even if we were to get him for say £5m the board would see this player as a player with a huge potential sell on fee
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:32 PMComment #33
You lot not think Richards is a bit injury prone?
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:33 PMComment #34
None more so than S.Taylor
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:34 PMComment #35
“Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping to bring Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon to the Stadium of Light on loan this month.”
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:35 PMComment #36
@ AndyE93 // Jan 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM
That says it all then!
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:36 PMComment #37
nile does evetythin except score..the same hap against livpool…he hustles defences with his pace and power, and once he loses his goal cherry he’ll be banging in far tougher goals…just hop his attitude’s rite
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:37 PMComment #38
As to Sessegnon- I was impressed with him a few years ago when we were first linked, but I have not seen a whole lot of progress since and is now 26 and not the hot young prospect that he once was. I am not saying he is past it, but for the money I think more bang for the buck can be found, and perhaps a better player in this league. Also, be careful on trying to sign too many African players as loosing key players for the African Cup of Nations is part of the package of playing African international footballers.
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:43 PMComment #39
We dont need Richards when we have Colo, S.Taylor, Williamson, Kadar and Campbell (Though he is rusty and looking likely to leave soon)
And Simpson is just as good as any top RB playing for the big 4
Jan 7, 2011 at 3:51 PMComment #40
Carltonnufc, indians came nd went, yday! Moat still in newcastle thou but dont knw anything else!