This Newcastle player is simply superb
Well! What superlative can I add?
One of the most extraordinary Saturdays at St James Park ended with champions elect Chelsea being the latest team to be put to the sword!
Credit must go to every single player on the pitch in Black and White (and orange ) but one or two things really caught the eye.
Starting with our right-back Daryl Janmaat, for the first 20 minutes he was tortured by the very skilful Eden Hazard, he was turned with ease one way then another. However, instead of throwing in the towel, he took a step back and learned from each situation.
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After this first 20 minutes the effectiveness of Hazard was diminished to such an extent that he eventually had to change positions to try and influence the game. Janmaat is simply superb, he defends well and is a threat up the right wing!
Steven Taylor was rightly criticised for his sending off, it could have cost us dearly, but up to that point he had been excellent. Putting his body on the line to block shots, helping Colo keep Costa in check, he was in fact the Steven Taylor we all want him to be!
His encouragement for Jak Alnwick was noticeable too; a pat on the back, a clenched fist of support, a ‘thou shalt not pass’ defiance. The sending off was simply adrenalin and exuberance and as in the end we held out, we should not overly condemn him.
What about Perez, our slightly built Spanish gem, standing up to the brute physicality of John Terry, cleverly using his body to ensure that the ball was protected. His little run that almost put Jack Colback in was brilliant to say the least, I see him more as a link up man than an out and out forward.
When Cisse came on and we had the lead, young Perez defended with his life also, showing bravery and intelligence. He is a gem and he is our gem, and cost a fraction of what we paid for our previous Spanish stars (money grabbing misfits) Marcelino and Luque, it is a breath of fresh air seeing this kid’s attitude,
I was not overly excited when we signed Jack Colback, apart from the fact he was indeed pinched from our friends from down the road, I saw him as a player who did the hard graft with quiet effectiveness, a spoiling type player. God, he is so much more than that; he is intelligent, hard working and skilful, with an engine to match, and to see him mix it and come out on top against ‘superstars’ is a joy to behold. Roy Hodgson has to come looking again soon!
I could in fact go through the whole team after Saturday,
I have spoken before about the age of the team, the potential is there to become a force, so again over to you Mr Ashley. The team spirit is plain to see, they play and fight for each other, please for once do not sell in January, let them develop further as a group.
We have exciting fixtures ahead and while I think we may struggle against Arsenal with so many injuries and another suspension for the hugely effective Moussa Sissoko, you just don’t know with this team, they have something about them that shows no fear so anything really is possible.
A quick word or two about our vanquished opponents; 2-1, three points, ha ha, now do one back to your West London mansions, or as in the case of some of their fans ….Glasgow? What is it with their love in with fans of Glasgow Rangers, maybe you need them there to ensure your allocation is taken up…
I am not even going to comment on Mourinho and his excuses, other than to say what a knob, fact is we won – again!
After the Arsenal game we have two exciting fixtures coming up; Spurs away and of course the eagerly awaited game with sunderland. I believe we can win both games, I also think the players believe we can win both games also and how good will Christmas be if we do.
Could we at last be getting close to a visit to the ‘ twin towers’, well it was when I was last there. Could silverware be in our reach, let’s not run before we can walk, but exciting times are here upon us so who knows?
Finally, I have to give praise to Pardew and his team, not reluctant praise but genuinely deserved praise, the knives were out (incl mine) and he stood firm, if anything the whole affair gave the management and team a resolve to fight, a resolve that has produced a bond not seen for many a year up here, long may it continue.
St James Park is rocking again, and I love it!
Have a great week everyone and keep on dreaming, I am going to.
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