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Facing the music Geordie Latino style

By Lee Ryder on Feb 26, 07 01:08 PM

There might have been 5,000 sick Geordies after the no show at the JJB Stadium yesterday but the glum faces that filed out of Dave Whelan's place on Sunday weren't the only ones.

Penalty villain Nobby Solano's face was tripping him on the way out of the JJB but at least he had the bottle to come out and face the media to explain to the Toon Army what went wrong.

And although some people were getting a little bit excited because this home grown hack said on Friday that Nobby takes a cracking penalty - the simple fact of the matter was he changed his mind at the last minute.

John Filan, who had guessed the wrong way by going to his right, ended up going the right way and keeping out the kick as Solano switched sides during his run up.

Trumpet playing Solano is still capable of taking a decent penalty and as proved against Liverpool and West Ham he knows where the net is from the spot.

Even the best can miss from 12 yards out and the list of world class players to do so is a long one.

Where do you start?

Alan Shearer against Sunderland in 2000 at St James' Park, Chris Waddle for England against the Germans in World Cup 90, David Beckham against Portugal in Euro 2004, Gareth Southgate at Wembley against Germany in 1996, Roberto Baggio against Brazil in 1994.....need I go on?

Other penalty blunders include Sunderland v Crystal Palace when Jason McAteer, John Oster and Jeff Whitley all missed to cause play-off heartache in 2004.

Yes it can happen to us all.

Oh well, Nobby cheer up, Stuart Pearce, Southgate and Waddle all at least got a Pizza Hut advert out of it!

3 Comments

oxboy said:

Nobbys miss is not the issue, its the players who went missing, especially in the second half that is the problem. No heart, no fight, no committment and even less ability.
You can't keep blaming the defense its our offensive play which is quite frankly - offensive!
Pure coincidence or were we doing ok till Duff and Carr returned from injury? At least Carr's off again, thats half the problem solved.

ZORRO said:

YA CANNOT PUT IT ALL ON NOBBYS SHOULDERS...YES HE MISSED 1 CHANCE BUT THAT TOLD THE REST OF THE TEAM TO GET OFF YA ASS AND GET THAT GOAL BACK...BUT , TUT TUT..THEY DIDNT SO YA BLAME THE WHOLE TEAM AND NOT JUST WOR NOBBY, WE NEW WHAT WE HAD TO DO AND WE DIDNT...SO WE,LL KICK THE SMOGGSY BACK TO MIDDLESPOOR LOL,...ROLL ON SAT ...UP OR DOON I,LL STAND BY THE TOON 4 LIFE.

Big G said:

You are absolutely right. Even allowing for the fact that Duff has been 'in and out' because of injury, his supposed class has never been truly seen for us. Indeed, I question how much was exhibited when he was with Chelski. If there was a choice between Milner and Duff, I know who I would choose every time, even if the young lad is still a bit raw. Remember a fella called Waddle when he had just been signed from Tow Law?
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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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