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The Wednesday Wonder: Newcastle

By | 13th May 2009

It’s time – yet again – for a whole team to get some recognition. All season long we haven’t been seeing teams capitalize on opportunities presented to them. That all changed on Monday when the proverbial golden egg fell into Newcastle’s lap, and they actually took advantage of it! With a late match on Monday night at home against fellow relegation candidates Middlesbrough, Newcastle was forced to sit tight and watch while the rest of the Premier League battled for position on the table.

West Brom was able to beat Wigan 3-1 to at least keep it close at the bottom. That is not where their eyes were focused, though. Newcastle was glued to the television watching Hull take on Stoke at home on Saturday. If Hull could win that game, then Newcastle would be that much closer to Championship competition next season. However, Stoke got out to a 2-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. A win by Newcastle would raise them out of the drop zone solely on goal differential.

Newcastle was desperate, and they needed a win. After a third minute unfortunate own goal by Habib Beye to give Middlesbrough the very early 1 – 0 lead, the Magpies looked to be in trouble. Everything seemed to be going downhill, and the crowd at St. James’ Park was already thinking about how easy it was going to be to win the Championship next season.

Not so fast, my friends! Like I said, Newcastle was desperate. They will not be relegated without a fight. People – myself included – thought that Newcastle was still looking good for the drop before this game happened on Monday. So go out an prove us wrong, Newcastle! That is exactly what they did. After being down 1-0 for about 6 minutes, they were fed up. Taylor – no not me – was able to find the back of the net with his head off of a Danny Guthrie corner. It cannoned past Boro keeper Brad Jones and evened the score at 1-1. That is how the first half would end.

A tie would not suffice for either team, though. Both were staring at the 17th spot a mere 3 points away, and the second half would be the definitive moment that could save one team and demote another. The excitement would be left until late, but for Newcastle fans, it was better late than never. As the 70th minute approached, Obafemi Martins was subbed on for Michael Owen, and he immediately made an impact. Less than one minute after coming onto the pitch, Martins slipped a shot past Jones as he too slipped. The game would remain close until the 85th minute when Lovenkrands powered home a cross from Kevin Nolan. 3-1 would be the final, and with that, Newcastle is in 17th place!

A few weeks ago this didn’t really seem as though it would happen, but a combination of Hull’s terrible stretch and Newcastle’s improvement on the pitch with Alan Shearer at the helm has helped them to barely climb out of the relegation zone. Newcastle aren’t safe by any means at the moment, but Magpies’ fans have hope, and they will do anything to stay in the Premier League for next season. Great performance Newcastle! You are this week’s Premiership Talk Wednesday Wonder!

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