Watford (a) Premiership
Half time: Hornets 0 Magpies 0
Full time: Hornets 1 Magpies 1
Down among the deadheads of the basement lie teams such as
Watford, who in their own small way seem at times to have been created for the
sole purpose of frustrating the men from Tyneside.
Had we been in our mid 90's pomp, marching down Vicarage Road
with a confident air, this would have been considered a gimme, three banker away
points - a David versus Goliath encounter.
We couldn't win here back in 1993 with a certain Andy Cole
newly-installed in a black and white shirt, and when the hugely underwhelming
Kevin Gallacher was withdrawn after barely ten minutes here , suddenly it looked
a lone battle for that man Alan Shearer.
Presumably Robert R. must also have had a tiff with the
remaining undamaged sections of his defensive pool, there being no back four
cover on the bench at all. Nolberto Solano lost his ever- present record, having
being named as a sub following his midweek exertions in Peru, while the fitful
contribution Stephen Glass later made is barely worthy of note.
No matter; at kickoff time Newcastle still had 10
internationals of varying experience and distinction on the field. That they
subjected their watching fans and clearly anxious manager to an hour of drivel
masquerading as entertainment is both regrettable and unacceptable. While the
home fans howled at Shearer in their own unthreatening but media-attention
grabbing manner, Newcastle simply got on with the business of looking as tepid,
shapeless and lacking inspiration as their hosts.
In much the same way as Campbell scoring for Everton the
previous week had galvanised us, so it was today - the arrival of the first goal
of the afternoon, scored by Watford but clearly offside.
On this evidence, if Bobby needs lolly for his new faces, he
could start by accepting one of the rumoured offers for Marcelino from abroad,
as he struggled to cope with the ragbag of dimwits Watford relied on for their
I know that it's easy to snipe, and uncharitable not to mention another away point gained in the M25 area, (plus our six game unbeaten run.) But isn't it just so damn uninspiring to be judged equally with Watford and hear our players churn out "hard game" verbals in post-match interviews ?
We should be capable of shutting up slack-jawed wannabe
cockernees on their own cabbage patch by dint of our style, ability and
goalscoring, rather than the unedifying spectacle of uncle Bobby appealing to a
long-gone sense of fair play. You can't always live in the past,