A late goal by Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, on as a substitute, saw Harry Redknappâ€™s side beaten 1-0 but Nelsen admitted the driving rain had made the game enjoyable to play in.
"I love those conditions," the central defender said. "Iâ€™ve got to admit it was fun out there for most of the match. St Jamesâ€™ Park is one of my favourite places, especially with the rain lashing down and wind biting and the crowd is really passionate.
"Maybe Iâ€™m just old and sentimental but thatâ€™s what English football is all about. Good old English football. It was like the Alamo at times. I swear I heard the horns and the cavalry coming."