|ANDY CARROLL EVENTUALLY COMES ON IN THE 81st MINUTE (near touchline)|
This woz one of the worst first half performances ever seen by a Toon team at SJP yesterday teatime!
The anly efforts of note came half way through the half when Almiron burst through Brightin's defence, but shot straight at their goalie to deny him hiz forst ever Toon goal in 15 games of tryin'! (Or is it 16?)
And then just before the break £40 million man Joelinton heeded wide when it looked easier to score! (he haz scored just 1 goal in 6 starts, now!)
We had 'nee shape' az the away team pounded The Gallowgate goal in the openin' exchanges and indeed throughout the half!
NUFC were very lucky indeed to gan in level at the break, after 'Nee Where Near' Brightin spurned several chances to take the lead and there were loud boos at the end of the half! (their groond iz miles away in the countryside--hence 'Nee Where Near'!)
The first half of the second half woz just the same and things anly changed when 'Broken Nose Bruce' belatedly brought on 2 subs in the 73rd minute!----Namely, St Maximin and Ki who both changed the game instantly az we attacked The Gallowgate goal!
Schar then brilliantly 'acrobatically' cleared a shot from the goaline at The Leazes End late on to deny Brightin the goal they undoubtedly deserved!
'The Gatesheed Angel' Andy Carroll finally got onto the pitch in the 81st minute to the loudest cheer of the match, with chants of, "He's one of our own!", from the Toon faithful!
He had a couple of chances, but couldn't find the net and yet another stalemate against relegation fodder woz the outcome!
The team woz boooed off at full time as well, but the boos wornt az loud az at the end of the first half---indicatin' that we had played slightly better near the end!
Small comfort for the 'alledged' 43,000 crowd!
With a trio of games against teams near the top to come soon (Lestaa, Moan U and Chelski), things are lookin' bleak to say the least!
Stats: We have never scored against Brightin in the top flight at home in 3 attempts and haven't beaten them in 5 attempts home or away!
Possession woz 20/80 in wor visitors favour, which just aboot sums it up!
Toon team: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems (Carroll 81), Almiron (St. Maximin 73), Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu, Joelinton
Attendance: 43, 316? (including 1,300 away fans)
It looked a lot less than 43,000 and season ticket holders who didn't torn up were still included in the attendance!
*PS: The Geordie Times pageviews have been much lower than usual----a result of negative (but true) reports by 'us', nee doubt!