|Season 2007-08 Result|
|Newcastle United||1-0||Wigan Athletic|
| M.Owen 87.
|Date: 01/09/2007 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 06/09/2007 by Greavsie|
Being away for the great first match party and missing the Villa game, this was my first league game of the season. A quick pint in the Sporties then onto the bus. We had to pick up Chrissy & Craig & their mate who had ventured down to the club to avoid some potential harassment from the Sporties bar staff. It seemed a bit quieter than normal - nothing to do with Greeny, Sean & Roy being missing of course, we're just now all so much more mature and full of sensible conversation and quiet thoughtful contemplation........yeah right.
We got held up in a traffic jam by Birtley services which stopped the flow of air into the bus....it was scorching at the back, which only served to increase the thirst level - no chance of making it in to the ground for the free pint though. The young lass driving her car behind the bus towards the Redheugh bridge didn't seem too impressed with the leering, much to Chrissy's disappointment - never mind - its her loss........
Another pint in the Irish Centre, then into the ground...or at least tried to. The queues at the Gallowgate were ridiculous - whereas before you could really go in any turnstile at that end of the ground, now you are limited to certain ones. I guess there is an imbalance with too many people having to use the same turnstiles feeding the lower and middle tiers, and other ones having less people for the upper tier. Fortunately, one of the Stewards had the sense to open an exit, and let people scan the cards at a reader just inside, so I managed to get to my seat before just kick-off. I could see people coming in up to ten minutes afterwards. It needs sorting out - the shambles on Wednesday for the Barnsley game seem to show that its going to take a while, which isn't good enough.
The game was dominated by us throughout. Without the attacking flair of Keegan & Robson days, we still made enough chances to have won the game by half time. We look solid at the back, but again this was only Wigan, and we shouldn't get too carried away. With Kilbane being sent-off early in the second half with a second yellow, for what looked like a leading elbow to the back of Alan Smith's head, the game was surely even more there for the taking ( TV seemed to show a clash of heads, but who cares....ex-mackem b..tard). More chances came & went - however, as he has done on more than one previous occasion, Titus intervened. Getting the ball ahead of Ameobi (I think), instead of simply putting it out for a throw in, he booted the ball straight upfield to Steven Taylor, who passed it out to Martins on the wing. A superb cross laid on perfectly for Owen to turn away from his marker, get in front of the keeper and bullet a header into the net. One nil, three minutes to go, game over. Relief all round - especially for Owen who had fluffed a couples of chances in the first half. One negative point - Alan Smith isn't right-sided midfield player. We need to get Enrique match fit, so we can play N'Zogbia on the left wing & Milner on the right in 4-4-2.
So there you go, a comfortable, but not spectacular win, nicely rounded off with a few pints at the Sporties in the beer garden listening to the Mackems groan as they lost again. I'll take that every Saturday from now to the end of the season thanks very much.
Highlight of the day.....Who's that coming over the hill?, its Louis Saha, ha ha ha ha ha...." ask Beat, Sid, Davey Endean or George - it was priceless.