|VIEW FROM ROW QQ, SEAT 85 IN THE GALLOWGATE END|
REST OF THE WORLD 10 NUFC 1 !!!
For the tenth time in wor history (oot of eleven attempts) we lost a penalty shootout in a competitive game!
This gans way back to 1971 when we played Pecsi Dozsa in the old Fairs Cup---and since then we have lost anothaa nine---winnin' just ONE v Wotfaad in 2006!---A absolutleee shockin' 48 year record!
AZ the game kicked off there looked to be aroond aboot 20,000 in the groond in the lower levels with 750 or so Lestaa fans in the top deck corner of The Leazes End!
A much changed team (from wor win at Sporz) took the field, with 7 changes from the startin line up in norf London (so much for playin wor strongest 11!)---But in fairnesss to old 'Broken Nose'--to risk the likes of Joelinton up front would have left us bare, especially az Wotfaad are due at 'wor place' on Saturday---ie: Premyaa Leegue status iz much more important than gannin oot in the 3rd or 4th roonds!)
We actually started off well az we attacked The Leazes goal and had a few chances to take the lead but just couldn't make the breakthrough!
The Basil Brush Brigade of Lestaa had chances az well and it woz they who took the lead with a wickedly deflected free kick by Maddison which hit Matt Richie and completleee wrong footed sub goalie Karl Darlow az the baall hit the back of the net!
Matt Ritchie then suffered a bad injury when a horrendous tackle by Choudhury, which desorved a 'red card'---however the ref decided that it woz 'a yellow' and the Lestaa player stayed on the pitch!---Ritchie wasn't so lucky and limped off 3 minutes into stoppage time! (0-1 at HT)
Again we came oot and started well az we attacked The Gallowgate End and the equaliser came 8 minutes into the 2nd half when a Schar free kick foond Willems in the box and he waz brought doon by a Lestaa defender!
Before we could shout "PENALTY!" the baall fell nicely to Muto and he had the easy task of side footin the baall into the goal to send the 20,000 faithful into raptures!
The game petered oot and unusually there woz nee extra time and the game went to a dreaded penalty shootout after the 90 minutes were up! I say 'dreaded' az we have lost so many in the past and it woz to prove true yet again!
NUFC won the toss and opted for the penalties to be taken at The Gallowgate End where the vast majority of the crowd woz!
It wasn't to be however, and for the 10th time in wor history we lost a penalty shootout, 4-2 this time, with both Shelvey and Hayden havin their efforts saved by Schmeichel in the Lestaa goal!
Lets face reality though!---NUFC wouldn't have won the cup anyway, once 'the big guns' joined the fray in the thord roond!
Changes made from Sporz startin' line up are in gold
Toon team: Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Clark, Fernandez, Schar, Ritchie (Atsu 45), Matty Longstaff, Hayden, Shelvey, Willems (Dummett 78), Muto
Attendance: 22,727 (anly 750 or so from Lestaa)
'The Geordie Times' predicted 19,000 to 20,000)
Explanation: Lestaa's nickname iz 'The Foxes'--hence 'The Basil Brush Brigade'!