Newcastle’s French Invasion Lands First Away Win…Just
Anybody who has watched more than a handful of football matches knows how quickly things can change in a football match but….
Newcastle were absolutely brilliant in the first half, Sissoko topping a great 45 minutes with a defence splitting pass that Cisse has been crying out for.
Once our number nine had slotted that one away, United were even more dominant, if that was possible!
Half an hour on the clock and the ball drops to Cabaye just outside the box, a vicious swerving right foot volley and we’re two up…what can go wrong?
If you haven’t seen the game then it is hard to get across just how dominant Newcastle were, yes Charlie Insomnia hit the pot but it was just about the only time they got in our half!
I think the signing frenzy won us the game today because as well as the contribution of Sissoko and Gouffran on the pitch, I think the expected presence of Sissoko led to Lambert going more negative than he otherwise would.
The second half of course was a different story, one to watch only through gritted teeth/through your hands/peeking over the sofa/whatever.
Villa made a couple of changes and went for it, Newcastle quite literally went to pieces.
From total dominance to not a shot on goal all second half, Newcastle were reduced to hoofing it anywhere. Villa weren’t subtle..which I think was the point!
Their total (non-) football saw an assault on our goal which led to the gift of a penalty from Debuchy, whether he actually touched the player is open to debate.
Nevertheless, with over 40 minutes left it was Benteke who converted the spot-kick and we endured a horrific forty minutes, plus five(!) minutes injury time.
Tim Krul was immense in that second period and if only his outfield players had shown the same composure. What you can’t ignore is that buying players in January means that it is never going to mean instant blending and we JUST got away with it today.
I’ll say nothing at the moment about the second half/tactics/substitutions/formation(!???) – suffice to say having Mapou and Shola playing in front of the back four might not be how we want to end matches…
Villa deserved nothing because of their route one football, sly and nasty ‘tackles’ and obviously, their fans!
Their ten thousand empty seats might have been lifted by the second half charge but here’s hoping that the Championship beckons for them all.
PS Moussa Sissoko is going to be a legend!
Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Lowton, Westwood, Bannan, N’Zogbia, Bennett (Weimann 46), Bent (Agbonlahor 46), Benteke
Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch (Shola 69), Cabaye, Gouffran (Anita 74), Sissoko (Mapou 80), Jonas, Cisse
Unused Subs: Harper, Williamson, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi
Ref: Mike Dean
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