Now That’s What I Call Walking In a Keegan Wonderland

March 30 11:57 2008 Print This Article

Terrific game, cracking performance, highly dedicated players give Newcastle United the greatest victory from all the rare wins we have seen this entire season.

We should have taken the earlier lead when Woodgate is so kindly to give the ball to Habib Beye inside the penalty area, too bad his left-footed strike only meet the crossbar, good effort and surely warm-up the game, as both side began to threatening each other side.

But it was the home side who is lucky to get the goal with a precision header from Darren Bent. It was something that should have been avoided if Faye can jump to deal with the ball earlier than Bent.

After the first goal, Spurs trying to get more and push United deep in defending their attack. Honestly, I feel like we will lose this one and start to wondering again about the relegation until Nicky Butt calmly control the ball just before the end of first half and drive an unstopable shot to give us the ballance.

One player that I seen have progressing very well today is Joey Barton. He’s tremendous today, he’s working very hard, defending well and supporting the attack efficiently. He also shows that he can steal the ball very well and pass it to his team mate and create the chances.

In the second half, we are even far much, much better than the home side. It looks like we are playing in St. James’s Park not White Hart Lane. We control the midfield very well, Butt is now our general in midfield and together with Barton, we have two solid rocks that can held the Spurs from getting into our field.

And when Martins is being fault by Dawson just outside the penalty, I know we have the chance to taking the lead. Spurs defends the free-kick poorly and create the room for Geremi to drive the ball between them into the right bottom corner, 2-1 for us and the Toon Army is going crazy.

I said to my mate who also watch the game that we will definetely win this one, and even with more goals. I was right in the 65 minute. With a great combination from our three strikers, started with Martins dancing with the ball skips O’Hara challenge before rolls it to Viduka, the Aussie giant didn’t wasted time and quickly turns the ball to Michael Owen who delightedly receive it and lifts the ball for his third in three games.

The party is completed when Martins finally scored his first goal for Newcastle under the Messiah. With eight minutes remaining, Barton perfect timing steal the ball from O’Hara in the midfield and gave Oba Martins a great passing. Martins running and control the ball before have a one-on-one situation with the last Spurs defender Dawson, before finish it low past Robinson. Another earthquake happening and 4-1 for Newcastle United!!!

From the official site, Keegan hails United 11 heroes, and said it’s hard to single players out because we had 11 heroes out there today.

“Even when we went a goal down I had seen enough to convince me we would get back in the game. Of course Nicky Butt’s equaliser has come at a crucial time but even then, it didn’t affect my half-time team-talk because I always thought we would get something.”

“But happened in the second-half was incredible and every one of the players deserves credit.” Keegan said “It’s a massive win but the performance was outstanding and it’s a very happy dressing room in there.”


Tottenham Hotspur FC:
Paul Robinbson, Alan Hutton, Jamie O’Hara, Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate, Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone, Didier Zokora, Steed Malbranque, Robbie Keane (c), Dimitar Berbatov
Subs: Radek Cerny, Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio, Adel Taarabt, Aaron Lennon

Newcastle United FC:
Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c), Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster, Alan Smith, David Edgar, Damien Duff, Andy Carroll

Referee: Steve Bennett

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