Rare treat of Mike Ashley happy – now make it sob on Tyne for Villa fans

Mike Ashley and his wife Linda at the Spurs game
Mike Ashley and his wife Linda at the Spurs game

Have we turned the corner?

November under Alan Pardew was always a decent month for Toon fans but it seems like December under Steve McClaren is turning out even better.

Back to back wins, it’s not very often we get to say that as NUFC fans but believe me when I tell you that it wasn’t a dream.

A match that United played like a testimonial game for the first 50 minutes got turned on its head with the arrival of goal corers Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic. The game seemed to be slipping further away from the grasp of Newcastle as Tottenham Hotspur looked to double their lead but once again history repeated itself at White Hart Lane as United left with all three points after a comeback to be proud of.

But could this be the most frustrating Newcastle side ever?

As a fan you want to believe that the corner has been turned and that we have seen the very last of the poor performances, but you just never know with this team.

Back-to-back wins are a rare treat on Tyneside; so when they’re against the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham it makes them that little bit sweeter.

Speaking of rarities, we even got a glimpse of owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley celebrating like fans as Ayoze netted the winner for the second season in a row.

Ashley has been a stranger to St James Park this season, but it was good to see him present and throwing limbs up in the posh seats; whether you think he was celebrating the win for his own gain or the team/fans’ gain is entirely up to you to decide.

Saturday sees the arrival of Aston Villa at St James’s Park as we look to stagger up the league step by step, and what a glorious feeling it would be to give a helping hand at relegating the Midlands club, who found it hilarious when we dropped into the Championship after a final game defeat courtesy of a Damien Duff own goal at Villa park back in 2009.

There’s certainly no love lost between both sets of fans ever since the home-made banners mocking United’s relegation were hung over the advertisement banners, so let’s hope we can make it a third consecutive win and keep the momentum going.

Fingers crossed that it’s the Villa fans who are sobbing on the Tyne come Saturday evening.