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Saturday, December 10, 2005

One-nil to the New-cast-al!

What a game, what a game! TDH was exploding with pride as the 335th second of stoppage time ticked over and long-suffering Souey raised his arms in an exhausted gesture of triumph.

True grit was the only phrase to explain it. Ramage scooped the man-of-the-match gong with another great performance, his long legs keeping up with Va-Va-Voom's pistons. Parker gave everything in midfield, and even lost blood to Lehmann's sneaky elbow. Bramble and Boumsong for once earned the right to have their real surnames used in this blog. But it was Shearer, Shearer, Shearer who led from the front.

The guv'nor was everywhere, playing some of the most grinding football TDH has ever seen. How many 50-50 balls did he win? Impossible to count. How impassively did he suffer every knock? He never blinked. And how clever was he, carefully winding up the frustrated Gooners but never getting carried away by the emotion? A crafty old master he is, and still a tremendous asset to the team.

Sure, Dermot Gallagher gave one or two calls our way, but none of them were game-breakers. Gilberto was fairly sent off, even if Arsene Lupin claims that he's seen the incident and wants to file a report. The truth is, the Gooners are a bit dainty, and they were rumbled.

So Souey lives to fight another day. Will it last? Who knows. But this was a famous victory, long may it live in Tyneside memories.

2 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

sorry I watched that game and how Shearer managed to stay on the pitch for the full game is beyond me. he could have been sent off twice over. When I saw Lehmann's excellently disguised flying knee attack to the stomach on Parker, I mistakenly thought Shearer was the victim for a moment, prompting wild celebrations in the pub...

Coupled with his elbow on Weir last week, I get the feeling that someone (Essien perhaps?) is going lose his temper with him and he'll get no sympathy from me when that happens.

6:49 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Shearer could certainly have picked up a yellow for the tangle of legs with Campbell, but I saw no offenses that rose to the level of an automatic sending-off. In any case, no one from the Toon will feel a shade of guilt about it, as we've had so many poor decisions - cards, penalties and even a goal - go against us this season.

7:20 AM  

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