So it was not a win or brave loss, it ended up being a gallant draw, and indeed it was just that – a gallant draw.
This basket case of a football club regularly bounces both ways – from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Players who could not beat Sheffield Wednesday reserves deservedly led Chelsea by two with only fifteen minutes to go, OK they ran out of steam toward the end and indeed could have lost, but it was an infinitely improved exciting performance.
I can’t keep coming on here extolling the virtues of players like Coloccini one week, then laying into them the next. They have to show consistency and at the moment some are only turning up against the better teams!
I read with interest the Jose quotes, and he is exactly right, some players only sweat blood in certain games, if Saturday’s performance was a consistent benchmark then top 8 is not out the question, however a consistent repeat of last Wednesday would see us relegated by Christmas.
Alexander Mitrovic, what a character and indeed potentially what a player, I fully expected Jose’s men to incite him into reacting, niggle him, irritate him, wait for the moment, flashpoint, then red card and off.
Instead we saw a player who held the ball up well, showed strength and composure despite being marked by three men at times and linked up well with Ayoze Perez. I also loved his interaction with the fans, he is my type of player!
Look at the second goal, Gini is unmarked because three Chelsea players have their attention firmly fixed on Mitro. This makes us a threat at corners and we have not been that in a long long time.
Probably be a step too far to expect the same against Man City this weekend but interestingly enough they do have a slightly wobbly defence at the moment.
It was also noticeable how much more effective Gini was playing further up the pitch, it is what we need to see and where he needs to play.
Hats off as well to Kevin Mbabu, after the debacle of Sheff Wed he performed admirably on Saturday, he is both tenacious and pacy and NOT a natural left back, but didn’t he do well.
Come on Moussa, up your game, we need more from you, we need you to dominate games like Toure mostly does for Man City.
So this Saturday I am watching from afar, off to Paris for some race meeting of sorts (any tips anyone cos I got no idea about horses?) but I will be hoping and you never know…
So what else is interesting in the premier league so far this year? Well not a great deal really, but over the channel a certain HBA is making the headlines for the right reasons, and to think we gave him away, whoever made that decision is an idiot of the highest order.
A quick word on our fans, often St James Park can be eerily quiet, but it does not take much to get us going, yes even us older ones.
Indeed the atmosphere against Chelsea was cranked up to near the levels we were renowned for, and it was good to see the Newcastle fans and players come together as one, step forward again Mitro!
Fingers crossed that was may be finally edging in the right direction.
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