The wild side of Damien Duff and some random thoughts after beating Spurs
We haven't experienced it on a regular basis on Tyneside but the wild side of Damien Duff is something I think most Newcastle United fans hope to see a bit more often in 2009.
OK, it was only a brief example of the damage Duff is capable of causing to teams and at the moment it's Joe Kinnear's choice to keep the Irishman on the bench, but letting him stew on the sidelines was either a stroke of managerial magic or we just got lucky against Spurs.
Either way, you have to take it and given that Newcastle have simply got unlucky or just down right nervous in the closing stages in recent home games - the goal against Tottenham was a welcome boost that most Toon fans will take very gratefully.
In typical Newcastle United fashion a few games after suffering some anxious thoughts about relegation and being the new Leeds - suddenly the top 10 doesnt seem too far away.
It's certainly one hell of a freak season in the Premier League but Kinnear and his troops can still use it to their advantage if they are crafty enough.
So getting back to Duff and that wild side.
Jumping around like a nutter and getting booked for overcelebrating is certainly more of what home fans would like to see at St James's Park.
And the way that he and Mark Viduka linked up in the dying stages also says a lot about the competition for places at United right now in certain areas.
It'll probably not last unless there are plenty of reinforcements in January.
Indeed this paper thin squad will always be skating on thin ice in terms of the back-up - but at the moment Kinnear has N'Zogbia and Duff battling for the left wing position and three or four strikers vying for two slots upfront while Steven Taylor is on the bench with Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini doing so well.
And get in a few decent signings in January, this is in danger of looking like a decent team despite all of the off the field turmoil that haunts the fans.
I can't wait to go to Wigan you know!