Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Worth waiting for

Newcastle Utd 3 - 1 Peterborough

Mutiny may have been in the air before and after Saturday's match at St James' Park, but on the pitch all the fight was from our team who ripped the heart out of a visiting Peterborough side, and in doing so drove Fergie Junior to the departure lounge.

Having waited fifteen months for his first goal for the club Spiderman produced a stunning solo goal to open the scoring. Taking the ball with his back to goal in our half, he turned his man before racing down the left flank with the ball seemingly glued to his feet, before cutting inside as he got the box and lifting his shot into the Gallowgate net with his right foot. Disappointingly we didn't then see the web-shooting masked crusader celebration we've been waiting, with our Argentine winger preferring a low-key celebration, apparently in protest at recent speculation linking him with a move to Roma.

A second goal quickly followed, with Bigger Lad powering a header home from a corner to leave Posh with a mountain to climb. The visitors may have knocked our callow side out of the League Cup, but against the bigger boys they were simply outclassed, even after our flying winger hobbled off with a slight injury to be replaced by Ryan Taylor after only 22 minutes.

Danny Simpson became the second player to break his duck for the club with a left-footed lob early in the second half. From then on, it was simply a case of keeping Peterborough at bay, after they finally roused themselves from their torpor. Having been left pretty much alone for much of the match, Steve Harper was called into action, and having denied a couple of decent chances, he was eventually beaten after we failed to clear a ball which pinballed around our area and eventually fell to Dean Keates to score a consolation for the visitors.

However, there was never any real danger that we'd allow Fergie's team a way back into the match, and with many of the chasing pack dropping points we're now six points ahead of the teams in the play-off places. The one note of caution to add is the sight of the Smoggies now firmly in mid-table after a couple of defeats under new boss Gordon Strachan. To be blunt, we simply can't afford to take our foot off the pedal.

Other reports: BBC


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