Toon fans are the 11th man as fighting spirit returns to St James's Park
Newcastle United may well be in the relegation zone after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City - but they won't be for much longer if they continue to fight in the way they did against the richest club in the world at St James's Park.
Joe Kinnear certainly has his critics but one thing he can't be slated for is his ability to bring teams together as one.
The crowd certainly warmed to probably the best home performance of the season.
The team spirit in the pulsating 2-2 draw against City was there for all to see and despite playing for most of the game with 10 men, United once again left the field knowing they should have picked up all three points.
First up the big mistake of the night from Rob Styles, who wrongly showed the red card to Habib Beye and wrongly awarded a penalty.
It meant that City grabbed the lead through Robinho's penalty.
And although every man and his dog will have a view on the spot-kick that should never have been, it's worth pointing out that perhaps this galvanised Newcastle United even more.
Joe Kinnear has instilled a fighting spirit into his troops and it showed here.
First they weathered the storm which led to Shola Ameobi slicing home his first goal for two years.
Let's be honest, it was typical Shola.
A messed up cross, four deflections including one from his own player in Damien Duff and then the scruffiest finish of the season at Gallowgate.
Shola did score - but nobody ran for the pitch, even Ameobi didn't want to celebrate!
But who cared?
It was just what United needed.
The second half needed battlers too but it was Richard Dunne's comical own goal that handed Newcastle the lead they probably deserved.
Shay Given's amazing save was worthy of three points alone, but somehow Stephen Ireland wriggled his way through to snatch a point.
In the end the 10 men though were happy with the point.
The Toon Army had played the role of 11th man and despite no wins since August, the performance gives the Geordie Nation hope going into the Tyne-Wear derby.
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