STOKE CITY FC 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Stoke were good value for this win, although you might not have got that impression IF:
- you had watched the MOTD highlights
- listened to any of Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew's sour faced comments
- read the majority of the reports of the match in the press today.
Stoke are still massively,and wrongly stereotyped in the media.The Beeb's coverage particularly of the first half did not accurately portray the balance of play,it was better for the second.
For Mr.P his team were the better of the two and deserved a result because they had a game plan,AND they had carried it out.What twaddle....was their game plan then to lose the match?They had the best of the play...the stats don't bear that out.Take a look at posession and a corner count hugely in our favour. Oh and they should have had a penalty.We can only presume this was the occasion that Demba Ba blasted the ball against Huth from all of a yard and a half !
As for some of the halfwits who produce column inches for the papers,well we don't really need to go there.We've been there before and nothing much is changing in their mindset.There is football for the 'purist',and then there is Stoke's ugly Pulisball.Some of these clowns need to actually get to the match,AND with an open mind.
What they would see is some pretty useful passing football,much less route 1.N'Zonzi and Whelan a producing some neat stuff in the midfield,probing rather than battering visiting teams defences.
Just after the break Begovic fluffed a take from Ba's long range shot.Cisse was quickest to the ball,to provide the opening goal.Gaining some confidence from this Newcastle enjoyed their only period on top.
Everything changed with the introduction of Jerome and Kightly,joining Kenwyne Jones,already on for Crouch.Increased mobility unsettled Newcastle.Jones ought to have scored with a header from Kightlys delightful 'dink' from the left.
On 81 minutes a Shotton throw in down the right was met by Jon Walters.With his back to the Newcastle goal he flicked the ball over his shoulder for Jerome to run on to.He made for the corner ,turned back before delivering a fine cross.Walters on his way toward the box rose to head this ball above keeper Krul into the far corner of the net.
Four minutes later the comeback was complete.N'Zonzi received the ball from Shotton in midfield,pushing it to his right to Walters.He looped a wonderful ball forward onto Jones'head outside the Newcastle box.His knockdown to the right was met first time by Jerome,his strong shot on the run giving Krul no chance.
So 19 points from 14 games,10 points from the last 12,9th in the table, subs doing so well what they are paid to do.
Oh and take care what you read on the messageboard.....someone is bound to be knocking Jon Walters performance.
'Don't know why Pulis picks him week in week out!' Plenty of evidence ....you just need to be able to see it.