Our club still has problems. Make no mistake. Finally, however, after three months of terrible performances and promises that "we'll get it right this time", Newcastle United's playing squad stood up and were counted. It wasn't consistent, it was far from pretty and plenty of chances were left begging (I'm looking at you, Emmanuel Riviere). The likes of Moussa Sissoko (for about 15 minutes total) and Vurnon Anita finally came good with the former scoring the opening goal of the match, while Vurn put in what was by light-years his best performance in the black and white shirt.
There is room for debate about whether we should cheer and to what extent we should do so – which I will leave for you to discuss – but it can be agreed that if you did not tear up at this moment, you may not be human:
After the cancer, the freezing out and the complete mistreatment by a club he demonstrably loves, Jonas Gutierrez scored the goal that absolutely confirmed that Newcastle would stay in the Premier League for what promises to be another long, painful season. At the end of the day today, though, we know that the pain will be top flight pain and that somehow, in spite of shipping them 6 points, we did finish above the makems. Celebrate as you will... and we'll hit the ground running tomorrow.