Ba Top Scorer for Newcastle, 2nd Top For Mackems…
As the game panned out it is hard not to believe that Newcastle wouldn’t have won comfortably if we’d kept eleven men on the pitch.
The first twenty five minutes had seen Newcastle looking in total control after Yohan Cabaye’s excellent second minute goal had put the black and whit…lime greens ahead.
Shola had done his job by forcing the save from Mignolet that came back out for Cabaye to finish but along with the thirteen other players he will feel hard done by that his/their efforts didn’t equal three points.
Six minutes left and the latest of god knows how many hopeful free-kicks was launched into the box with six minutes to go and O’Shea’s flick header was going wide, only for Demba Ba to inadvertently divert it past Tim Krul.
This brought back memories of Nolan putting Newcastle into the lead down their place only for Gyan to score with rebound he knew nothing about.
The fact Krul hadn’t really had a save to make up until that point is credit to Newcastle’s hard work and composure despite going a man down.
We might have lost two points on the day but we may just have found our team spirit and proof that rumours of Newcastle’s demise were just a little premature.
Full match report to follow.
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