One year ago today we were all devastated by the news that Sir Bobby Robson had lost his latest and final battle against cancer. We all have our favourite memories of Sir Bobby, and there wasn’t a person in the world who had a bad word to say about him.
The game today between Newcastle and PSV marked the anniversary of Sir Bobby’s passing, but only in a way fitting to mark his memory, with a game of football.
PSV, who’s season officially starts next week were clearly sharper and fitter than the Newcastle players – that extra 2 or 3 weeks training was certainly noticeable. The first-half was all PSV and they deservedly went ahead in the first 10 minutes with a beautiful free-kick from Ola Toivonen after James Perch fouled the striker just outside the area.
Newcastle offered little in the first-half and on the 40th minute, the Toon went two down thanks to a fine finish from Dzsudzsak – PSV showing they were technically superior to their English counterparts.
It seemed that PSV would go on to win this game at a canter, but whatever words were exchanged at half-time in the Newcastle United dressing room seemed to make the difference. The Toon players came out in the second-half looking like a different side, offering much more attacking options, particularly when Leon Best and Andy Carroll were brought on mid-way through the second-half.
The forgotten about Ryan Taylor managed to get on the scoresheet for Newcastle as new signing James Perched had a shot parried away after driving into the box, and Taylor followed up with a powerful shot giving the PSV goalkeeper no chance. Even though PSV had their chances, and even managed to hit the crossbar, NUFC were able to claw back an equaliser. Ryan Taylor again with a part to play in the goal as his cross was met by Leon Best with a decent header on 71 minutes.
Credit where credit’s due, Newcastle United did well to claw themselves back into the game, but so easily could have been on the wrong end of a hammering. You have to wonder just how we’re going to do when we come up against the technically superior sides in the Premier League such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea etc. Granted, we did have several first-team players out, and it was only a friendly, but if Chris Hughton doesn’t know where we need to strengthen now, he never will.