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 3:56 PMComment #41
cheers coozy was not doubtin you just didnt hear anything else about it cheers mate let us know if you here anything else
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:02 PMComment #42
Who is Moat? That guy linked with buying us when we went down?
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:02 PMComment #43
Bit dissapointed theres been no news in the last couple of hours like, would of prefered the larsson rumour to be at least backed up summit than just paper talk. Looks like there’ll be nowt done till monday morning now. Still hoping Gosling gets a shout for the bench tomorrow though!
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:04 PMComment #44
Look at this article:
I notice that they do not consider either HBA or Gosling as on the injury list. Does that mean there fit?
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:09 PMComment #45
a personally think they’ve come over and ashley/llambias have says the club is not for sale so they’ve went back home and moats from the north east thats why hes stayin maybe seeing family or something
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:40 PMComment #46
We all miss sitters I had a run from the halfway line took it round 2 players 1 on 1 with the goalie rounded him open net and hit the post it happens but I still got a hatrick that day it must be so nervous playing infront of 50000 people he’ll settle in time just hope we scores against Steve and it’s forgotten fast
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:41 PMComment #47
miss of the season? hardly yous are forgetting heskeys sitter agaisnt sunderland on wednesday
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:52 PMComment #48
Thought craigcozy would be on today?
Jan 7, 2011 at 4:56 PMComment #49
see that vid you youtube poet’s corner or sometin ranger is sitn in the car ..He looks proper thug like..Pure gansta
Jan 7, 2011 at 5:01 PMComment #50
Jan 7, 2011 at 5:31 PMComment #51
i seen a post from craig coozy before sayin no one had checked in, and he was hopin that someone would soon… apparantly that has not happened
Jan 7, 2011 at 11:11 PMComment #52
I am afraid when he score a goal, he be banging goals for FUN hahaha