Well, it was only Stoke so we musn't get carried away – especially given our ‘unreasonable expectations' – but, despite playing with 10 men for an hour.
We saw more football from the black ‘n whites tonight than we've seen in all the games combined so far this season, and perhaps half of last season too – full committment all round, and some really encouraging passages of play.
The massive area of improvement tonight was …
After 10mins tooing and froing, we had a decent 20 minutes spell where we kept the ball and probed for openings. We created only one, which Owen bottled with the keeper closing on him. Stoke seemed to realise they had little to fear, and gradually took control.
From our perspective, the 2nd half was an abomination: we were truly appalling. While I'm not really feeling charitable, it looked to me as though fatigue may have …
How many times we ever witnesses a Toon manager being sent-off in Newcastle United competitive fixtures? Not too often I'm sure and JFK who has been sending off by Mike Riley might be the first in our Premierships years.
But one thing that's for sure is we are too often to dropped points after doing good. This is some kind of a curse that I don't really understand until now. We are too easily given …
After making just eight appearances for Newcastle this season, Shola Ameobi will end the season as Stoke City player after signed a loan deal with the Potters for the rest of the season.
Before the confirmation of his loan signing, Ameobi has been named in the Newcastle squad for tonight's reserve team match against Manchester United at Northwich Victoria. He finds the target in last week's 2-2 reserve draw at Bolton Wanderers.
Newcastle manager Kevin …
I’m expecting some fun tonight, OK Stoke will be big and direct – brilliant, there is no way we’ll cope with this very brainy tactic so we’ll have to counter it. We have no players apart from my team. This team can only play one way – attack.
I honestly can not see any other way for us but to go 100% at them. Go at them with every damn thing we’ve got. Width, pace, …