On Saturday afternoon – the 130th anniversary of Newcastle United – the ‘Geordie Heroes’ battled to a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Both goals had elements of luck about them and I would say that a draw between the two sides was a fair result on what was a momentous day for the football club.
It was a great response to our first defeat inflicted by Manchester City last week and Alan Pardew had gathered his troops and prepared them for this tough test well. But with gaining a result such as the one we did yesterday it raises the question whether or not we push on and start another unbeaten run?
Nobody can say we haven’t been tested yet, we were unlucky not to gain more out of the fixture at City last weekend when we went close to scoring several times and caused them more than a few problems.
Of the current top six we have faced Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham aswell as a draw against 7th placed Arsenal. Out of those four games we have drawn three games and only lost one. I think that is testament to how far this team has come under Alan Pardew’s guidance. The fact that we have been able to pick up points against these top teams indicates, to me anyway, that Newcastle are pushing on more than ever before.
Our next game sees us return to St James’ Park to face Chelsea. This will be a very interesting fixture and the last time that the two sides met the game ended in a 2-2 draw. This game can be a platform for the Magpies to push on and perhaps demonstrate that we want to be taken seriously with regard to our position at the top of the table.
This next future could be one that could see us push on and make huge strides before Christmas and consolidate a strong position. If we play like we have done so far this season then that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season. The team are playing for each other and that is evident on the pitch and the fact that there is a strong resilience in defence will, hopefully, allow us to carry on this wonderful season.
Newcastle United are a team on the up and we will be able to continue that with a result against Chelsea on Saturday. It’s live on Sky Sports; many will tune in to see how Newcastle fair and that could be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate to a huge audience that Newcastle United are a team to be feared this season.
I’m sure Alan Pardew will prepare his troops for this test and like he said in his post-match interview after the Red Devils game it will be a perfect platform for us to win against a top side.
Perhaps with a decent result we’ll start to be taken more seriously?