Right - I have almost sobered up (it is Tuesday evening), so where do I begin? 5 v 1 - haha! Unbelievable.
The most common feedback on the game that I have read from mackems has been along the lines of "The ref was your 12th man" and "We will still finish above you". Both of those statements make me laugh even more. When I woke up on Monday morning I felt like I had spent 48 hours doing constant sit-up's. My stomach was aching from all of the laughing that we did on Sunday night.
The truth hurts them and the truth is that we out-fought, out-played and out-everythinged (to sum it up I had to create a new word) them in every area of the pitch.
What a team spirit Chris Hughton has helped to build up at this club. Whilst I have seen better Newcastle United teams in terms of ability, I have never seen one with the spirit that this bunch have. Totally unrecognisable from the relegation team. The way we pulled back the Wigan game. The way we came back from the early pressure and deficit at West Ham and more impressively than all - the way we played in the derby.
Kevin Nolan typifies that spirit. If you didn't know any better you would assume that he was a local from Scotswood Road. Capello's number 2 (Baldini) was at the game supposedly to check on the performance of Jordan Henderson (and AC9). I'd be surprised if even saw the great mackem touch the ball (other than the occasional corner) and he was totally outshone by a number of our boys - Nolan being one. Super Kev is now the top scorer in the Premiership, a very decent effort for a midfielder though he could do with working on that Robbie Elliott-esque chicken dance goal celebration! He had enough chances to practice it on Sunday.....
Two local boys led the line magnificently.
Andy Carroll is unplayable when he is in the mood that he was on Sunday. He tortured Bramble and Turner on the ground and in the air. They did not have a clue how to handle him and Titus took a red after being skinned by the Geordie Giant (The Bensham Batistuta - call him what you will). A snidey Michael Turner trip on Carroll could easily have seen them down to 9 men. Carroll offered everything but the goal.
Shola was also outstanding alongside him. His penalty was unsaveable and his Matrix style bullet volley was phenomenal. He was even chasing back and winning sliding tackles. I am loving this new Shola - has he finally matured into some of the potential that he once displayed?
Joey Barton was also outstanding. He was involved more than any other player (apart from maybe Tiote) and his range of passing was a joy to behold. He turned Bardsley inside out and was delivering cross field passes straight out of the David Beckham back catalogue.
Chieck Tiote is mint. Is the football magnetically attracted to him? It certainly seems to be as it lands at his feet so often. I feared the worst when he was booked so early on but he managed to be heavily involved throughout without stepping over the line. He dominated their midfield. He had Jordan Henderson and the horrible little man Lee Cattermole in his pocket throughout. Enrique then dominated Henderson when he was moved outside.
The atmosphere was as good as any I have ever witnessed at SJP. The season long break from derby games and the fact that they have higher expectations now all fuelled an amazing noise. At 5 v 0 Michael Jackson was arrested in the Gallowgate as a naked supporter ran around the pitch. Well what do you expect? It was Halloween!
Plastic Geordie Steve Bruce and his perma-Halloween mask took a serious amount of stick. His grovelling apology to the sunderland fans on Monday made me laugh even more.
What a day.
A little bit too easy though.
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