This is the most difficult match report I’ve had to write this season. I’ve not felt so utterly bereft after a loss for such a long time. To a certain extent that’s not a bad thing. I expected us to win today and that’s certainly different to how I felt before we last played Bournemouth.
The lads I was enjoying some pre-match scran and peeve with today were all of a similar mindset regards expectations, especially once we saw the line-up. Gayle getting a start was a very pleasant surprise. Gayle and Joselu in the line-up was a moment that induced a collective heart murmur. It looked like we were playing 442 which was an exciting/surreal/excusemebutwhatthefuck moment all at once.
We really went for it in the first 20 minutes. For me, and forgive me if I’m being a little OTT here (a fair amount of booze and waking up on a train 2 hours outside of Newcastle with my face buried into the seat gives an indication as to my current mood) but I thought it was the most ‘gung-ho’ start to a match we’ve produced this season. Shelvey was dictating the ball and, for the first time in while with Hayden alongside him, was the more advanced of our 2 central midfielders. We were dominant and the chances started to come thick and fast.Read More »