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Sometimes the Toon play some pretty amazing football

2 years ago
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Almost the end of 2018 for Newcastle United, another year of Ashley, another year of not getting transfers over the line…but we don’t support the toon for all that garbage.

We follow them for those amazing moments in games when the lads in black and white make magic. When those lads show us they’re actually superhuman and do the things on a football pitch we only wish our bodies were capable of.

So let’s talk about Newcastle’s best moments of actual football in 2018.

The first that comes to mind was all the way back in February and a lovely move from a free kick to score against Man Utd. Shelvey pinged it long, Lejune rose like a salmon and knocked it down to Dwight Gayle who did a filthy outside of the boot lay-off that Matt Ritchie ran on to and smashed past De Gea…whilst every toon fan screamed get in ya fu..er!

Never has a goal from a set-piece felt so satisfying. Really felt like that goal was a sign the lads had some attacking edge to match Rafa’s tactical nous.

Or how about Jacob Murphy’s breakaway goal, this time against the biggest team in Manchester, and for a few minutes when we thought Rafa’s game plan against the big teams was really gonna pay off. Ciaran Clark of all people played a diagonal through ball that spilt one of the most expensive defences in the world.

Murphy got the ball with a good 40 yards to goal, he sprinted away with the City defenders chasing him down and when we think he’s got so close to Ederson that he’s blown it, he dinks it over a 40 million pound keeper like he had a sand wedge for a foot. Sublime.

More recently, how’s about that second for Rondon against Bournemouth. Ki switches the play to Kenedy, who puts in an absolute pearler of a ball. Rondon rising like Michael Jordan and absolutely steamrollers the Cherries defender whilst simultaneously powering a header past the keeper. We realised we’ve actually got a proper striker! Ghost of Sir Les indeed.

Another one from recent times being the perfect example of counter-attack football, this time against our relegation rivals Huddersfield. Dubravka to the back of the Terriers net in 10 seconds.

Started by the toon playing out from the back with Lascelles and Schar, who pumps a ball up the touchline for Perez. In a lovely moment Perez takes a touch on his chest to put the ball into his path and plays a no look pass to Manquillo, who dutifully lays it into the path of the on rushing Rondon and he powers it home mid-slide.

Such a slick move and fabulous team goal. No doubt a product of endless hours of Rafa’s drilling on the training pitch.

Maybe all the moments above are obvious choices, and maybe not the level we’ve had in yesteryear, but god I loved remembering them.

Great moments in 2018 and gave me so much pride as a Newcastle fan and pride in our lads.

There are still some pretty amazing footballers at our club and an amazing manager.

Happy 2019. NUWNBD.
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