The comments from Bristol City fans, both pre and post-match, are very illuminating.
A fanbase fearing relegation and who appear desperate to get rid of their Manager/Head Coach and who travelled in numbers to the north east, intent on having a good time regardless.
They expected to be comprehensively beaten and the comments once their team was announced, tell us even more.
It was almost unanimous that this was a line-up that would definitely lose and extra disbelief at the choice of their lone striker.
I have to say I’d never heard of Aaron Wilbraham but then when I find out he is 37 years old and hadn’t started a game for two months…it only makes that first 45 minutes all the more embarrassing from Newcastle’s point of view.
Maybe the biggest insult though was when they ran out of cider in the away end bars!
Comments from Bristol City fans via their top message board OneTeamInBristol:
PRE-MATCH AFTER TEAMS ANNOUNCED:
‘Wilbraham??? Give me strength! A 37 year old who’s not kicked a ball for a couple of months.’
‘Ok, after saying he’d be picking a team packed full of energy, I didn’t quite expect to see Wilbs up top alone.
In fact, I’m not sure there could have been a line up picked with less energy…
I’m afraid I fear the worst.’
‘Has to be a wind-up…will amend my 3-0 Newcastle to 5-0…embarrassing.’
‘On a serious note I’m angry for the fans that have travelled all that way and spent all that money for him to pick that.’
‘The only hope we have is Newcastle’s complacency.’
‘Be amazed if we score with that side. Maybe we can with changes near the end. But I’m struggling to see how we can even create chances with wilbs up there on his own. 0-0 would be an amazing result.’
‘In terms of score, I suspect that it might come down to will Newcastle coast a bit at 2-0 up or want to murder us!’
‘FFS Can someone please take a photo of Le Johnson eating a pie please.’
‘Stomach muscle injury for me from laughing after seeing that starting line.’
‘Can’t write much as I’m on the Metro, just wanted to say what a match!
We’ve had so many Newcastle fans coming up to us and saying how impressed they were with us and how they can’t understand our position, all so positive.’
‘Lucky LJ going by formation and players. Blatant attempt at a draw. Bet he was weeing himself at 2 up.
Or was this the tactics of a talented young manager.’
‘It was like a morgue in the first half from their point of view. Easily frustrated as they started passing the ball about the back.
Well pleased with a point and more than pleased that I didn’t put £20 on a 4-0 hammering.’
‘It’s always disappointing to let a 2 nil lead slip away but this is against a top top team.
If we do go down I’m pleased we are showing fight and passion like we did today. If we show as much determination like we did today I’m sure we can stay up.’
‘You really had to be there to feel how great the atmosphere was.
Playing the best team in the league, being up against 49k Geordies and being right up in the heavens ment the team and fans were really up against it but each and every one of us raised our game.
We all had to shout as loud as we possibly could to get our message of support accross to the players, every tackle, every clearance and every save was greeted with a war cry from our fans.
How we held on I don’t know but what I do know is as a club we held on together.
For 90 mins our current situation was forgotten about. Ok it was only a draw but today will go down as one of my most memorable away days.
I was expecting to get hammered by Newcastle, but I treated this game as a cup final and a small part of me believed we could nick a result.
Every Newcastle fan I spoke to were very impressed with our performance and our vocal support.’
‘Half time cider required to calm the nerves or suppress the dream.
Dutifully attended the kiosk and asked for a cider.
“An apple cider?” Yes please…. a three minute wait only to be told “none left – is blackcurrant OK?”
So a big well done to everyone for drinking the bar dry of cider.
A poor showing from NUFC for not stocking the away fans bar correctly.’
‘I’m sure Benitez sees it as two dropped given their second half performance.’
‘Cannot believe people are knocking a point at Newcastle, even allowing for being 2-0 up.’
‘Good point against the top team with plenty of premier league quality.
Newcastle had won 11 of their 16 homes games this season, so that result will give the team plenty of confidence.’
‘Apparently the Newcastle fans are pleased they got a point after their first half performance…’
‘Survived the Alamo!
I said 2 points from the last 4 games and I was spot on. However, didn’t think for one second that one of those points would have come at St James’s Park.’
‘The longest afternoon of my life, think I’ve aged three years in 90 minutes.’
‘When you’ve played Newcastle away and none of your rivals have gained on you, you have to say that’s a good day all in all.’
‘The ‘wonderful’ geordie ‘nation’ who whilst cantering to the title boo their team for one slightly lack lustre 45 min spell, (what enviable passion those noddies have) whereas we do nothing but endure the dirge that has been served up for 4 months without a whimper.’
‘They’re the most overrated fanbase in the country, for various reasons.’
‘At one point the noise from the Newcastle fans was deafening, I had never heard such a noise at a football stadium.
Newcastle were really on top of us at this point. Every man and their dog shouted as loud as they could to offer some encouragement.’
‘Just got home from Newcastle, great couple of days and well done all for the fantastic support.
Has anybody got any Sam Jacks videos or photos? How is the lad who sort of completed the four-pint challenge?’
‘He walked past me at about row T so he made it up all the steps in the ground!’