| NEWCASTLE UNITED 4 CITY 3
24th October 2004
City James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher, S Wright-Phillips, McManaman, Sibierski, Bosvelt, Anelka, Macken – subs Waterreus(unused), Negouai(unused), Fowler(45), Jordan(unused), Flood(58)
Newcastle Given, Carr, O’Brien, Elliott, Bernard, Bowyer, Butt, Jenas, Robert, Bellamy, Shearer – subs Hughes(59), Milner(71), Ameobi(90), Ambrose(unused), Harper(unused)
ROBBIE FOWLER SCORES FROM THE PENALTY SPOT
At half-time in last October’s Premiership clash, the headline writers were getting ready to write the bore-draw epitaphs. There had been precious little action in that first half but the headlines were very different 45 minutes and seven goals later!
Three minutes after the break, Laurent Robert whipped a free-kick over the wall and inside the right post. 1-o. · Eight minutes more and Stephen Carr, latching onto an Alan Shearer pass, was brought down by City keeper David james. Shearer whacked the penalty high into the net. 2-0. All over? Not on your life.
On 63 minutes, Shaun Wright-Phillips, more than a rising star, turned Robbie Elliott and strode on to Fire past Shay Given. 2-1. Three more minutes and Nicky Butt fouled Nicolas Anelka in the area. Robbie Fowler did the necessary. 2-2.
As City boss Kevin Keegan celebrated on the touchline, a third United goal arrived within two minutes from an unlikely source, Elliott heading in offthe post with a bundle of players scrambling on the line. 3-2. Fourteen minutes from the end, however, Sylvain Distin’s long throw bounced off the foot of Jermaine Jenas and Wright-Phillips cracked a low shot past Given. 3-3.
With all to fight for, both sides went for the winner, and United got it. Olivier Bernard rounded his man on the left, pulled the ball back to Craig Bellamy, and the Welshman clipped a clever shot beyond james into the right corner. Breathlessly, and finally, 4-3.
FROM BLACK & WHITE NEWCASTLE’S PROGRAMME 24TH SEPTEMBER 2005