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Date: Sunday 27th January 2002, 4.00pm.
pre-match rain had put the tie in doubt, but after taking the
decision to go ahead, thankfully the rain abated and conditions
didn't deteriorate further.
14 mins A corner was swung over
and nodded down by Sylvain Distin for Andy O'Brien to swivel a low
shot past keeper and defenders. 1-0
43 mins A ball played through the middle was held up by Acuña on the
edge of the area before Jamie McClen took it off his toes and surged into
the box to lift it over Tyler. 2-0
Half time: Peterborough
0 Newcastle 2
52 mins Goal of the game as O'Brien perfectly met a cross from the
right to steer the ball past Given. Al would have been proud of
79 mins Hughes almost created our third before Peterborough broke with
pace. The ball ended up with Farrell who ran at our defence before
curling a shot beyond Given into the far corner. The hint of a slight
deflection perhaps, but the ball may have beaten Given anyway. 2-2
84 mins A downward header caught the arm of McKenzie and Shearer
stepped up to calmly drive the ball into the bottom left hand corner past
Tyler's despairing dive to his right.
85 mins Quinn crossed from the left and Aaron Hughes stooped to
meet it at the far post. 4-2
Full time: Peterborough 2 Newcastle 4
"If we didnt have a bit of character and tenacity in
our team we might just have lost this match.
"In some ways, for the way they played in the second
half, I would have loved them to get a draw, take us back to Newcastle and
earn more money. I thought they were marvellous. It was a heck of a
fight for us, a dogfight.
Of the competition he said:
"It hasnt lost its magnetism - Im in
love with it. It was a marvellous, typical cup-tie, the pitch was a
great leveller and suited direct football, and suited them. The whole place was dancing and singing at 2-2 - the
stand nearly came down.
"Manchester United, Leeds and Liverpool are out -
its going to be worth getting to the final."
Talking about Given:
"What a class keeper he is. He is in brilliant
form and has this ability to make a match-winning save."
Posh boss Barry Fry
"Good luck to them. Who better than
Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer, the former England manager and the former
England captain, to win the FA Cup. They are both a credit to the game - but they are
still lucky b***ards.
"I am proud of my lads - they deserved a
replay. People will look in the paper and see they won it 4-2 but my lads
gave them a better game than some Premiership teams will this
"I said to Bobby Robson beforehand that our lights were poor and the first thing his geezer must have known about the cross was when it hit him on the head and went in.
"Then Farrell scores a wonder goal and we are back in it - only for the referee to give a decision against us that was a right kick in the
"Leon McKenzie was supposed to have handballed it. He didn't have time to take his arm out of the way. It's a cruel game.'
"We did well to fight back to 2-2 and had two or three
chances to go in front. They were rocking on the ropes."
"I told our players we were unlucky to be two down at half-time and to come out and have a right go - and they did."
First senior goal for Jamie McClen
on his 5th senior start (11 games including sub appearances) and his FA
Cup debut. He last started a game in the early weeks of Robson's
reign, a 2-3 defeat at Leeds in September 1999.
FA cup debut for Brian Kerr, who almost scored with his
first touch, a low hard centre from the right just eluding him as he
steamed in on goal. Kerr's only other senior appearance was away at
Coventry in Sep 2000, when he was an 88th minute substitute.
Alan Shearer's 18th FA Cup goal for Newcastle, which puts him level
second with Bobby Mitchell in the all-time scorers list. Jackie Milburn is
still out in front on 23.
Just like the old days then, a packed house, pudding of
a pitch, standing terraces and a cracking atmosphere.
Happily for us though, our excursion into the past still saw us emerge
victorious, unlike so many of those glorious defeats at smaller clubs in
our fallow years out of the top flight.
Many of those present in the Moyes end at London Road on Sunday no doubt
watched from similar vantage points as we were humbled by the likes of
Grimsby, Luton and of course Peterborough in those dark days of the 80's
and early 90's when big away support used to equate with disappointment.
Much has changed of course since those days, as we've transformed
ourselves from that perennially hibernating giant into a team that garners respect
rather than derision. Peterborough seem only to have acquired a new stand,
a patch of white on their shirts and more debt.
Stepping on to that covered away end was like entering Dr.Who's blue box, and
one almost expected to be piped aboard by that Piranhas record that used
to rouse the troops long before the phrase toon army was coined.
As it was, a mixture of songs old and new from the travelling support
confirmed that standing does make the voice grow stronger, and that the
age-old tradition of pre-match drinking was still being religiously
adhered to by many. "Pogo, if you love the toon" got the
knees creaking, while "The fulwell end, is always full" was
lustily rendered - it's actually full of two-bedroomed semi's now, but no
doubt the occupiers of those still conform to those unmentionable
However, song of the day has to be the O'Brien tribute, which has been
slowly gaining in popularity since Andy's Wearside leveller last season. For those of you unaware, it's a variation on that cockernee
anthem "any old iron" repeated thrice, only altered to
"any O'Brien" in honour of Doctor Set Piece Liam as well as
Andy, and followed by "who put the ball in the mackems net?"
before another burst of "O'Brien, O'Brien". Tragically the third
(Irish) potential member of this exclusive club, U17's midfielder Alan O'Brien
to score against the mackems in either Academy game this season, but time
is on his side....
This was our 10th win away from St.James' Park this
season in all competitions, and if not the most stylish certainly among
the most hard-fought. Shorn of our recent key midfield performers through
injury (not suspension, Robert isn't included in that category), instead
we ended up picking a side with enough quality in it to score goals, and
enough stickability and gumption to combat the abrasive tactics of the
home side. Good job we had Shay Given as well though - the pivotal moment
of the tie was his save at 2-2.
Robert's forced omission was no great miss, after he'd seemingly turned
his nose up at the antiquated conditions at Filbert Street last week. In
his place came Olivier Bernard, with a lower centre of gravity and a more
suitable attitude, at least for the opening 45 minutes - he did seem to
fade after the break, possibly as his little legs sank into the London
Road paddy field.
Making a rare start, Jamie "santa" McClen did all that was asked
of him, and notched his first senior goal for United in slightly fortunate
fashion. He may not have pulled up any trees, but at least showed more
appetite for the job in hand than Acuna, who was off the pace
Once again though, the weak link was Robbie Elliott. To say he was taken
to the cleaners in the second half was something of an understatement -
never mind taken, his shirts could have been pressed and his trousers
invisibly mended while he was there. As at Troyes though, Robson refused
to acknowledge the fact he was self-destructing at left back and left him
on (perhaps fearful that to withdraw him would have an even more
debilitating effect on his confidence.) Plan B was to belatedly introduce
cover nearby in the shape of Quinn, who promptly went upfield and put in a
perfect cross for Hughes to wrap things up. Handy that, along with the
penalty some moments earlier.
Shearer calmly put that away (but again at a goal-keeper friendly height -
not quite the corner seeking shots of old) but in truth didn't have a
major role to play in the game, partially due to the valiant marking job
done on him by the home defence. As ever Bellamy was busy with twisting
runs and poor passes after good work, but was unfairly pushed around more
than once or twice by the Posh players - thankfully the din of the crowd
meant that Craig's moaning wasn't within earshot of the ref and he didn't
add to his yellow card tally.
So, a barnstorming cup tie with something for everyone - moments of
passion and optimism for the small time club, to and froing for the TV
audience and those accursed neutrals, and a place in the 5th round for wor
A transport of delights back to former times for the fans as well (apart
from the £15 standing charge, admission being gained through turnstiles
clearly labelled £10), but a reminder of just how crap terraces were for
watching the game, and how far we've come in terms of facilities since the
days of the open gallowgate netties. The standing debate seems to drag on
but took a seemingly fatal blow at Ninian Park earlier this season - if we
do ever have an alternative to seats, it can't just be a re-opening of cow
sheds like this one.
The overall verdict - great game, glad we're through, loved the atmosphere
behind the goal - but glad I wore stout boots. Someone in the home section
said that the away end at times in the game resembled that at Millmoor
when Keegan scored 4 in that fantastic 5-1 game. I hope that came over on
the telly, especially to those toon fans who didn't go but will be
watching when the team return to St.James' - it doesn't hurt, honest; the
odd sore throat and stinging palm is merely proof that you've had
something to shout about and clap for. The only thing you'll get squatting
in a seat.......is piles.
PS: Having failed to gain access to the gents at half time, I was forced
to follow the example of many others and do my business against the
outside wall of the ground - the turnstiles had all been left open and
unguarded. Ah, the joys of the FA Cup....
Get a flavour of them here
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