|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Sheffield United||1-2||Newcastle United|
| Nade 74.
| O.Martins 17,
|Date: 07/04/2007 Venue: Bramall Lane Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 16/04/2007 by ?|
|Toon fans were allocated 3,000 tickets in the lower tier of the Halliwells Stand and gave reasonable, if slightly restrained support to their side. That old favourite "He knocked you out, Shearer knocked you out" brought a guarded smile from Gillespie.
After some totally justified criticism following the latest in a series of non-performances last week though, today at last saw the players doing their talking where it mattered - on the field.
That improved attitude was evident in a starting XI boosted by some common sense managerial decisions, restoring the effective right-sided partnership of Milner and Solano and relegating the fitful Dyer and Babayaro to the bench.
Reshaped, we showed some welcome hunger for the fight from the off and a collective spirit that manifested itself in our getting bodies in the way of attempted shots and crosses.
On 17mins Martins was on hand to profit from Duff's cross and Milner's intelligent downward header to volley home at the Kop End for his 17th goal of the season. One goal ahead though is never a great position for us to be in, and the glaring miss from Sibierski just after the hour was always likely to be punished, rocking us back and asking questions of our temperament.
The inevitable happen on 74mins when a failure to clear the ball in our box eventually led to substitute Christian Nade firing past Given, with Newcastle down to ten men and Dyer waiting to come on.
But with the home fans roaring their side on to greater efforts in carving out a winner, we began to find some gaps on the counter attack and on 80mins Milner won a corner down the Newcastle right and when his right- footed out-swinger was delivered, Steven Taylor rose to head home his fourth goal of the season in front of a jubilant away end.
Given made a vital reaction save in the final seconds denying Sheffield another equaliser. While it's fair to say that we could have won by a greater margin, this display was radically better than the brittle and listless flops at Wigan and Charlton that saw us found wanting in all areas.
If nothing else, this success will hopefully put the SJP crowd in a more forgiving fettle on Monday and make for a less rancorous, more positive atmosphere.