Newcastle United Fighting Back
For every Collymore for the scouser in ’96, or Gyan for the mackems the other year, there is a happier equivalent.
Of course it doesn’t just have to be a late winner, at times the satisfaction of drawing after all looked lost can be even more satisfying!
What about when Ba missed that penalty only for Shola to do his last gap mackem slaying last season, or what about Tiote’s rocket in that unbelievable four goal comeback against Arsenal.
Of course an added bonus when United send us home happy with a late late show is that all the miserable buggers who choose to leave early will never ever be able to relive that moment the rest of us enjoyed.
Back in 1990 we were 4-2 down to Leicester only for the McGhee/Quinn strike force to send us home 5-4 winners, then February 1997 saw a Shearer hat-trick against the same team for a 4-3 win after all looked lost at 1-3.
Then what about possibly Shearer’s greatest ever goal to equalise late on against Everton, only for Bellamy to actually win it for us at the death when we wre all still catching our breath after Big Al’s thunderbolt.
What will always stick in my mind though is a certain night in Holland, two goals up against Feyenoord and seemingly cruising into the next stage of the Champions League after recovering from losing our first three group games.
Suddenly though they were level and Newcastle just don’t do happy endings in those circumstances, that night though we did and Bellamy sent us all into raptures.
What late comebacks tell you as well is that your team has got character, the one thing that is every bit as important as ability.
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