Newcastle Beat Manchester United – I Nearly Fell Off My Chopper!
How good was that feeling on Saturday afternoon when Newcastle beat Manchester United? Just when I had reached an age where I had began to wonder if football could still really stir my soul, along comes a victory at Old Trafford.
Despite the years I can still vividly remember the last time they did it. I got so excited I fell off my Chopper and destroyed my bell bottom jeans.
I know that Newcastle being Newcastle, we are more than capable of getting turned over at home this Saturday and therefore a sense of perspective has to be retained but make no mistake, this win does matter, even though it is, “just another 3 points.”
Belief is a huge part of a football team. Two seasons ago, as belief spread amongst the players, we soared to 5th. Last season, as it ebbed out of them, we headed perilously close to relegation.
So with wins like this, there is no reason why we can’t challenge for Europe again.
If you check the team that finished the season so well in 2012, NINE of the team at Everton on the last day were in the 17 picked by Pardew on Saturday. Only Perch and Ba have moved on.
Speaking of Pardew, if he is held to blame for everything that goes wrong at the club, then he has to be given credit for when things go right. It can’t just be luck. To say otherwise is pretty churlish.
Alan Pardew may not be the greatest manager in the country, but what he does have at this moment in time is the undoubted backing of his players, who are really putting in a shift for him.
Likewise, since Williamson came back into the team, our league record is W6 D1 L2. Just a coincidence ?
So with Southampton, Palace and Stoke to come, is the hope of Newcastle occupying a Champions League place on New Year’s day, getting a bit too carried away?
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