|PEREZ SENDS IN A CORNER AND WIJNALDUM HEEDS HOME (centre of pic)|
'GEORDIE TIMES EXCLUUUSIVE!'
"IT FEELS LIKE A DEFEAT!"
If you'd asked any Toon fan before the game if we would be happy with a draw against the champions of Ing-er-land, 99.99% would have taken it!
To be 2-0 up and then concede 2 late goals waz heartbreakin' but not entirely unexpected az we nearly hoyed aall 3 points away at the end!
We played well for a change and went straight for goal from the start with Perez gannin close orly on!
|VIEW FROM THE MILBURN STAND BALCONY WITH THE EAST STANDS LIGHTS BLARIN'|
THE CIVIC CENTRE AND THE NORTH SEA BEYOND ARE ON THE HORIZON!
It waz indeed Perez who gave us the lead just before the break when hiz shot went in off the post @ The Leazes End to send the crowd into raptures!
Wor lead waz doubled midway through the 2nd half when a Perez corner foond the heed of Wijnaldum and he foond a space at the far side of the Gallowgate goal to put us in wonderland az the roof lifted off the stadium! (see top pic!)
Then 2 subs by Chelski proved to be the tornin' point when 1st sub Ramires hit an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul to half the deficit with just 10 mins to gan!
Worse waz to follow just 5 mins later when a free kick by 2nd sub Willian unsighted Krul and the baall ended up in the back of wor net!---A 'KRUL' BLOW for aall of us!
It could have been worse at the death when anothaa free kick by Chelski waz palmed away by wor goalie and the game ended aall square!---but! it felt like a defeat after bein' 2 up!
A much (much!) better performance than wor last 3 games and we can anly hope that this iz a revival at last!
Man of the match : It haz to be Kevin Mbabu who waz makin' hiz Premyaa Leegue debut and MUST be in wor startin' line up next week against 'The Blue Moonies' in Manchester!
Toon team: Krul, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu, Sissoko (De Jong 92), Anita, Colback (Obertan 55), Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic (Toney 85)
Attendance: 48,682 (3,161 Pensioners (of various ages!)
The crowd waz less than we predicted (50,000) but with adult prices startin' at £39 and juniors at £22 and of course a late kick off for live telly, it wasn't that bad---waz it!?