£500m Manchester City 0 Newcastle reserves 2
Well another week in the massive soap opera that is Newcastle United.
I said last week that it would be great if we were still all on a high on Monday (today) and lo and behold it is as good as it possibly could be!
The fantastic performance at Spurs has been more than backed up with the fully deserved win at Man City, along with Saturday’s gritty winning performance against the now perennial pretenders that are Liverpool.
Oh how I laughed last season when they blew it, well they are further away than ever now and the delusional hot air their fans spout is just that…..delusional hot air.
Back to us and again I have to give credit to Alan Pardew, I am not for one moment suggesting he is out of the mire yet, or indeed ‘back from the dead’ as one banner so eloquently put it, but he is certainly moving things in the right direction, and it would be churlish and negative to not give him credit.
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However, football is a results based industry, and while he was lucky to survive until the end of September, he should actually be manager of the month in October.
There is no doubt that the dressing room is fully with the manager.
Wednesday night I overheard a couple of Man City fans following their manager’s lead by not offering Newcastle any credit. In fact all they could say was, “Sheffield Wednesday brought twice as many fans as you last round,” that might be true but Newcastle fans did buy all the tickets taken by the club, my response was simply ‘£500 million Manchester City 0 Newcastle United reserves 2’, a fully deserved win that nobody saw coming beforehand.
One thing that stood out about Wednesday was the disciplined work ethic, epitomised by young Adam Armstrong who chased every ball with energy and intent, I like the cut of his jib.
However, the main thing that stands out for me about the Man City and Liverpool games is the age of the squad, something that not even the MOTD pundits have spoken about, but with the exceptions of a few the squad is very young, and SHOULD only get better.
Aarons, Abeid, Cabella, Dummett, Haidara, Perez, Ameobi, Armstrong are all still young, while the likes of Colback, Janmaat, Sissoko, Krul, Obertan etc are hardly veterans.
The playing future may well be bright, I just hope they can all progress in a similar way to that of Southampton, who seem to have a conveyor belt of endless talent…….ask Sunderland!
I think every Newcastle fan was pleased to see Ryan Taylor back in the fold, he is a player who does not seem to suffer from ‘rich arrogant footballer syndrome’. I have never met him but I have spoken to one or two that have, with nobody having a bad word to say about him. The awful double injury he suffered would have seen a lot of lesser men throw in the towel, however not RT, clearly he put in the hard work and he got his just rewards at the Etihad – welcome back.
For every positive there is a negative and I felt for Gabrial Obertan on Saturday, we all know he has not had the best of times here, but he has played very well the last few games and was starting to look like the player we wanted him to be, let us hope the injury is not as bad as it looked.
So, West Brom on Sunday…….and due to a ridiculous oversight I can’t go, by the time I had conquered the aforementioned oversight all the tickets had gone, not bad for a Sunday afternoon game live on Sky.
I don’t see any reason why we can’t go there and get a result and if we do maybe we can really start to believe.
Have a great week everyone and let us hope this high continues next Monday.
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