MIKEL MERINO (2nd Toon player from left) HEEDS THE WINNIN' GOAL!
(GEORDIE TIMES EXCLUUUSIVE PHOTO!)
"HAPPY BORTHDAY DEAR JAMIE!"
A dour game against a Palace side that came for 3 points (rather than 'parkin the bus' for a point) and they "shaded it' in the forst half az WE couldnt get oot of 'forst gear'!
Atsu did have a shot which hit the side nettin--'but that woz az good az it got for us!
In total aa cant remember eethaa team havin a shot on target, which tells yoo a lot aboot the forst half!
But Cabaye woz a very lucky man az he made a horrendous tackle on Yedlin which could have broken hiz leg and anly got a yellow card istead of a red one! 0-0 HT
|1st HALF ACTION AZ WE ATTACK THE GALLOWGATE END|
It woz a bit better in the 2nd period and the forst shot on target came Diame's way in the 70th minute at The Leazes End (if my memory sorves me correctly?)
A minute later Shelvey had a shot blocked and we started to get on top!
It woz grandson Jamie's 8th borthday and aa woz prayin for a win for him, but az the clock ticked doon it looked az though the game would peter oot into a goalless draw!
|2nd HALF ACTION AT THE LEAZES END|
However! My prayers were answered with fower minutes left on the clock when supersub Mikel Merino (who had come on in the 55th minute) heeded past Speroni in the Crystal Baalls goal from a Matt Ritchie corner, to win the game az the crowd roared in relief!
A game that will probably be last on Match of the Day for sure! ( PS it woz 2nd last!)
Ne one woz happier than Jamie and the 3 points were hiz best ever borthday present! az we moved up to the 'dizzy heights' of 6th in the table!
"Happy borthday to yoo!
Happy borthday to yoo!
Happy borthday dear Jamie!
Happy borthday to yoo!"
Toon team: Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Hayden (Merino 55), Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez (Diame 66), Atsu, Joselu (Mitrovic 78)
Attendance: 52,251 includin' Ing-er-land manager Gareth Southgate, plus a very p*ssed lookin' Sting and Jimmy Nail