Posted 'high noon bells' Sunday 16th April 2023
*THE VILLA PARK JINX STRIKES AGAIN!"
We aalways knew this would be a tough game and personally aa thought that the game would probably end up aall square, but little did aa realise that Villa would play oot of their skin and that we would have 'a bad day at the office'!
The warnin bells were ringin after just one minute when the home side hit the post at The Holte End of the groond!
10 minutes later and it woz 1-0 to them az the attacked wor goal, their goal comin through Ramsey, who hit a shot across the goal and into wor net!
They then hit the bar az we struggled to get into the game and they had several chances to increase their lead in the forst period!---NUFC were very lucky to gan in just 1-0 doon at the break!
Villa Park of course iz a very unlucky groond for the The Toon az we have been relegated TWICE here in recent times! (2009 and 2016!)
The Villians went straight for the jugular again in the 2nd half and a disallowed goal by Watkins in the 62nd minute for offside failed to stem the tide and an aaful mix up in the box a few minutes later had Villa 2-0 aheed through Watkins again (who woz onside appartently this time?) and the game at this point woz lost, az we hardly got oot of forst gear!
A thord goal near the end through Watkins again, compounded wor misery az the Villa Park jinx struck again!---NUFC havvint even scored a goal here for nearly TEN years! (Gouffran in September 2013!!!)(Wor goal in wor 1-1 draw in 2016-2017 woz an own goal!)
This woz wor heaviest defeat of the season and without doubt wor worst performance!
The great news on the train back woz that Sporz had unexpectedly lost 3-2 at home to Bournemoooth to keep the gap from them to 3 points and we have a game in hand!
We just happen to be playin' them next Sunday at SJP and this game haz now took on massive proportions! Win it and we gan 6 points clear of them with a much superior goal difference (Sporz will anly have 6 games left after this, while NUFC will have 7)
A draw will keep the gap at 3 points and a disastrous defeat will mean that Sporz are level on points with us!
So this iz a "must win, must win game!"---in wor quest for Champions Leegue qualification!
Attendance: 42,055 (3,000 downbeat Toon fans in the Doug Ellis Stand)
PS: An adult ticket for the away end woz £30, while a concessions ticket for 'zimmerframeites' and 'sprogs' woz!----wait for it!--£29.50!(Very generous of them to knock 50p off, wasn't it???)
PUB CRAWL PHOTOS 5 new away boozers visited--Runnin total for season now 132 different drinkin dens!