Toon sink Man United
Newcastle fans were treated to a massive and welcome surprise last Sunday, we won our first home game since October. That wasn’t a record to be proud of, but the result that ended it was by far our best of the season, a 1-0 win over Man United of all teams. We had to defend for our lives in the last half an hour and were saved a few times by our new keeper, Martin Dubravka, who made a string of fantastic one-on-one stops to deny Man United an equalizer. Matt Ritchie actually managed a goal too, not sure if that is a bigger surprise than the win itself!
That result gives our survival chances a massive boost, although I’m not getting carried away just yet, Toon fans have seen this too many times before. Bournemouth away next is massive, a win there and we could be in the top half of the table, it’s crazy what a couple of good results can get you this season with the bottom being so tight.
Spurs get North London bragging rights (guess who scored)
In one of the most hyped up games of the weekend, Tottenham edged past Arsenal 1-0 thanks to who else, but Harry Kane (again). While the margin of victory was tight, it makes Arsenal look a lot better than they were, Sours were all over them and should have scored a few more. This backed up a win over Man United a couple of weeks ago and a draw at Anfield against Liverpool last week, moving Spurs into a great position to get back into the top four.
They followed this up with a draw away against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday, coming back from 2-0 down after 10 mins to draw 2-2. They dominated the game and again should have scored a few more to put the tie to bed, although they are favourites now going into the home leg with their two away goals, especially after the way they controlled the game after their sloppy start.
City destroy a few more
I really have no idea why Pep Guardiola is moaning about not having enough players, surely they are doing pretty well as it is? A 5-1 mauling of Leicester in the league was followed up with a 4-0 away drubbing of FC Basel in the Champions League. They never seemed to move out of third gear for the whole game, controlling it with ease.
God knows what the score will be in the home leg, although Guardiola may rest some players due to the EXTREMELY FATIGUING workload and horrible tackles his players have been faced with. Imagine if he managed a lower quality side with a much smaller budget (like us) instead of the big teams he has been privileged to have since he started managing. Poor Pep, I really feel sorry for him.