It was all very routine as United yet again put in a display unrecognisable to anything we’ve been watching for the last 7 months.
After an easy trip across to a West Bromwich we stopped off at The Vine pre match. The Vine’s famous for its pre match kebabs and it didn’t disappoint , definitely worth a visit next time you go to the Hawthorns. A quick side not on WBA, what a pleasant bunch the total opposite to their city rivals who play in claret & blue. The pre match patter was all about whether United could keep this run going with many feeling confident we would. We’re now coming into a period of the season where Newcastle United can make or break where they want to be. This league is so weak there’s no reason why we can’t kick on and finish way up this league.
On to the game and Newcastle started brightly in the open 10 minutes with Sammy going very close with a fine effort that hit the bar. After the opening 10 WBA started to get on top in term of possession but never really threatened. Colo learnt early on if you don’t get tight to Anichebe and allow his footballing ability to your defending then you’ll be fine. Whilst Paul Dummett had England’s newest call up in his back pocket. On Dummett can we start giving the kid a break ?!?! He’s been one of our better performers this year, in particular when playing at centre half. Dummett’s got the better of Sterling and Berahino in the last two weeks which isn’t bad going the early season boo boy. Plus he’s one of us so I’m chuffed for the lad.
In all honesty the first half was woeful. West Brom went close through Anichebe whilst Newcastle looked comfortable with Colback, Sissoko and Abeid all looking tidy in midfield without really effecting the game going forward.
Newcastle took the lead just before HT, for once I didn’t dart off early for HT pint, after good work from Cabella and Janmaat saw Perez score with a quite stunning finish. If Wayne Rooney scored that the red tops would be spaffing their pants all week. On Perez I’m very excited about this kid. His movement, touch and nous inside the 18 yard box are all things that you don’t often see with a lad so young. He’s certainly the apple of Newcastle supports eye at the moment.
The second half was a formaility with WBA never troubling United. Across the pitch I felt we were never really troubled. In particular it was nice to Colo back to his best. He might not be the best when the chips are down but when we’re flying he’s an absolute joy to watch.
Newcastle’s second came after a sustained period of pressure. A corner was partially cleared when Abeid fizzed the ball out wide to Janmaat whos sumptuous ball was headed gloriously home by Colo( Quick point – is their a better felling than the moment just before scoring ? It’s like the moment just before an orgasm. That moments usually better than the actual thing!) Cue fantastic scenes in the away end. There’s not many better places to be in the world than a Newcastle United away end after a goal in front of masses. The rest of the game was easily managed by Newcastle with Colback in particular dictating the pace.
So, another game and another win. I’m bloody loving this. I don’t know if that makes me fickle but as Newcastle United fan you’ve got to enjoy these moments. Have a cracking international break.
Our fans : in fine voice. The Perez/Andy Cole ditty will become a favourite.
Their fans: Quiet but pleasant bunch. Nice touch on the Jonas front.
Mom: Loads of top performers but Perez gets it for that goal.
Enjoy your week !
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