Thursday, February 03, 2005

A point gained or two points lost?

Well, in light of the fact that our only shot on target resulted in a goal; last night's game has got to be seen in a fairly positive light. Titus' cross field ball finding Shearer, who moved one goal closer to Milburn’s record with a fine shot past David James in the Man City goal.

The problem is that, whilst we then proceeded to huff and puff we couldn't fashion any more opportunities to carve open Man City's defence, and our failure to kill a team off once again came back to haunt us in the second half.

Shaun Wright Phillips was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Bramble, and Robbie Fowler stuck the subsequent penalty past Given, with the Irishman going the wrong way.

With neither side playing particularly well, the game is only really notable for the return to the first team of Nicky Butt, who replaced Kieron Dyer midway through the second half, and Alan Shearer's 250th premiership goal. Otherwise it’s a simple case of one more point to the total, one more lead thrown away, and one more second half performance which was worse than the first. Quite why we can't keep playing well for 90 minutes is beyond me, but our repeated failure to score four in the opening 20 minutes has cost us yet again.

Whether Bellamy would have helped us to claim all three points is the inevitable question left hanging unspoken in the air.

I'll leave you to answer that one yourselves…

Other reports:, Talk Of The Tyne, BBC

Another Newcastle fan's view: Crinklybee (scroll down for inebriated match report)


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