Saturday Night’s Match (Propaganda!) Of The Day
Like a lot of you I don’t want to watch/read anything when Newcastle lose, when we win though…so I recorded Match Of the Day.
It was billed beforehand as a tough tough game for Newcastle, a resurgent Palace under Tony Pulis were just edged out by Chelsea last week and before that they’d won 3 and drew 1 in the previous five games, plus only conceded one goal in that 5 game run.
So Newcastle go to Selhurst Park; play good football in really difficult conditions, absolutely dominate the opposition (67% possession away from home!) and out-point Palace in everything; total shots, shots on target, corners, fouls AND goals.
I thought the running order of Match Of The Day would possibly reflect the fact it was the result of the day and we are the form team (6 wins and 1 draw in last 8 games) but this is how they lined up;
Fulham v Man City, Liverpool v Cardiff, Man U v West Ham, Palace v Newcastle, Stoke v Villa, West Brom v Hull, Mackems v Norwich….well at least we were on before bloody Stoke!
Worse was to follow though because when they did eventually get to our match they showed the absolute bare minimum and never in a million years would you have guessed that Newcastle had absolutely battered the in form home team.
I suppose we should be grateful they did actually show the penalty incident, our three goals and Gouffran hitting the woodwork but they did their very best to try and somehow make out it was a close game.
The highlights were then bettered (worsened?) by the absolute garbage in the studio from Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Kevin Kilbane.
The discussion appeared split in two; one part was about how the match had went from a Palace point of view and how they were/are affected by the result, then secondly they were fixated about a supposedly crucial miss from Cameron Jerome. It was ludicrous the amount of time they gave to this as they (and Pulis) were given maximum air time as to how this was a big turning point in the game. Bear in mind they hardly had another shot in the game, this Jerome opportunity was a half decent one but not a sitter and Newcastle were two up at the time and dominating. Every bloody match you could point to something that happened to the losing team that could have potentially changed things.
You have to have balance though, although this obviously doesn’t appear to apply to Match (Propaganda!) Of The Day.
I know Alan Shearer has his critics as a pundit but he’d have fought our corner if he’d been on this Saturday.
Newcastle made to look fortunate despite a three goal away win and 67% possession, you couldn’t make it up.
I had a quick look on the BBC website and the mention alongside Match Of The Day says;
‘The day’s other matches include Liverpool against Cardiff, Sunderland versus Norwich and Crystal Palace at home to Newcastle.’
Ranked below the mackems goalless bore draw with Norwich – rock on!
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