|"SOME-WHERE OVER THE RAINBOW!"|
"A 'CARROLL' SERVICE TO SAVOUR!"
Anothaa 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance from NUFC at SJP yesterday, but despite puttin' in a 'Mr Hyde' performance in the forst half, 'Dr Jekyll' appeared in the 2nd have in the shape of Andy Carroll who came on in the 58th minute to replace centre forward Joelinton, who had yet anothaa 'Mr Hyde' nightmare!
LEFT TO RIGHT
JOELINTON & CARROLL!
Honestly!---the forst half woz 'az bad az it gets', with Sooothampton makin most of the play and they shud have been aheed at the break!
If it wasn't for Dubravka in the Toon goal, who made at least 2 excellent saves to deny wor visitors, It would have been a much different outcome come the final whistle! (I coonted ONE shot on target from 'us', at the very end of the half!)
THE 1969 FAIRS CUP WINNIN' TEAM WERE PRESENTED
TO THE CROWD AT HALF TIME, TO LOUD APPLAUSE!
There were huge gaps in the crowd, which woz the lowest for a leegue game for 9 years (42,000 plus) and it didn't help that Sooothampton brought less than a thoosand fans, who were huddled in the far corner of 'the gods' in The Leazes End!
SPOT THE SOOOTHAMTON FANS IN FAR TOP CORNER
OF THE LEAZES END!
Within 7 minutes of the restart, disaster struck when Danny Ings ran through wor defence from the half way line unchalenged and hit a sweet effort past the advancin Dubravka to give *The Simon Templar Mob a desorved lead!---A great save by Dubravka 2 minutes later stopped them doublin' their lead, which would surely have won them the match!
|2nd HALF ACTION AT THE GALLOWGATE END!|
The tornin' point came on the hour mark when the ineffective Joelinton made way for Andy Carroll and hiz ariel presence from the start had the Sooothampton defence in turmoil!
And then 'the game changer'----Carroll, on the wing in the Galowgate/Milburn Stand corner sent ower a pinpoint cross towards the far post and Jonjo Shelvey woz on hand to send a bullet heeder past McCarthy in the visitors goal to level the game in the 68th minute!
The winner came just 3 minutes from full time, when anothaa sub, Saun Longstaff sent in a powerful shot which McCarthy fumbled and Fernandez woz on hand to 'welly' the baall into the roof of the net to send wor lowest crowd of the season into 'ecstaseeee!'
(Longstaff had anly ben on the field for 2 minutes, before hiz contribution to the winnin goal!)
There woz nee way back for Sooothampton and we collected the 3 precious points to send us up into the top half of the Premyaa Leegue, just 7 points off a Champions Leegue place!!!, and we can anly dream of an away tie to Real Madrid next season!!!
Toon team: Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Willems, Clark (Schar 46), Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Sean Longstaff 85), Joelinton (Carroll 60)
Attendance: 42,303 (Even lower than any crowd we had the last time we were in The Championship!)
*The Simon Templar Mob---an explanation: Simon Templar woz a star in the 1960's cult TV series 'The Saint'----Sooothampton's nickname iz 'The Saints'---get it????