FT: WBA 2 Newcastle 3: Magpies Get Deserved Win


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After a thrilling game this afternoon, the Blaydon Races rang out at The Hawthorns today, as Newcastle United secured the exact result they needed, with a 3-2 win over WBA,  to pull themselves a little clear of the relegation zone.

And with Sunderland beating Stoke 2-0, and Bolton, Blackburn and Middlebrough all losing today and Hull City drawing 0-0 at Chelsea, Newcastle have gained on most of the relegation teams today.

There were 3 goals in the first 9 minutes of the game, as first Damien Duff, after just 67 seconds,  was clean through and nicely tucked the ball into the net before Marc-Antoine Fortune, just 2 minutes later,  slotted past Harper from just outside the penalty area.

But then new signing Peter Lovenkrands was on hand to tap the ball home on 9 minutes, to score his first goal, hopefully of many,  for Newcastle United.

And then on 42 minutes Steven Taylor headed powerfully home from a Ryan Taylor corner kick to make it 3-1 at half time, with Newcastle being the more enterprising side in the first half. in what was an entertaining display from both sides.

Newcastle were holding out well in the second half but a WBA goal was always going to make things difficult for the Magpies, and sure enough after 73 minutes, Marc-Antoine Fortune got his second goal for the home side, as he slotted past Steve Harper, in the Newcastle goal, and it was game on.

After 82 minutes Lovenkrands went so close to scoring again, and if he had scored then, it would certainly have been a definite 3 points for the lads, but he just missed.

However, late in the game, Lovenkrands was replaced by Xisco and the Danish International got a terrific reception from the home fan He will be worth his contract if he can continue to get us some goals, and as a free transfer he looked a very good player this afternoon.

Newcastle saw the game out, without too much trouble, and a more than valuable 3 points. But it’s a pity we couldn’t have got a couple mnore goals to make it less of a nervous finish for the fans.   😀

But hey, we’re not complaining, and the three new boys on display today, showed they have improved the squad, and it’s a great start to the rest of the season, that’s for sure.

We also have a couple of weeks off to allow Martins, who wasn’t even on the bench today, Smith, Viduka, and Danny Guthrie recover more fully from their injuries.

We hope this will help our sick manager Joe Kinnear, who was taken to hospital this morning.

Since our next game is not for a couple of weeks, maybe Joe can take a short break next week, before coming back  to prepare the side for our next game, which is at home to a good looking Everton side.

But this is exactly the result Newcastle fans needed today and the lads got the job done.

We are now in 13th place in the league with 27 points off our 25 games. That’s 4 points clear of the relegation zone, and just 2 points behind Hull City and 4 points behind Man City, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 today.

Shay Given had a good first game at his new club.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

WBA: Scott Carson, Carl Hoefkens, Paul Robinson, Leon Banett, Robert Koren, Chris Brunt, Do-heon Kim, Abdoulaye Meite, James Morrison, Borja Valero, Marc-Antoine Fortune
Subs: Dean Kiely, Marek Cech, Roman Bedner, Luke Moore, Pele, Filipe Teixeira, Youssouf Mulumbu

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands}
Subs: Fraser Forster, Alan Smith, Mark Viduka, Geremi, David Edgar, Xisco, Claudio Cacapa

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: tbc
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144 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    decent performance but the three points is all that matters! toon! toon!

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    to be honest both teams were awful but we were less awful. dont care anyways so long as 3 points come . feels good to sniff one after almost a month and a half

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  • DJG

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    “After being examined by the club’s medical staff Joe was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure where he remains under observation.”

    Sounds like he’s had a heart attack. SH!T

    Get well soon Kinnear. And all the people still griefing him must have all their taste in their mouth.

    Shame the dirty mackems won as weel. Looks like the smoggies are fairly dead in the water.

    Can’t wait for MOTD tonight. Heard Given was amazing for City.

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  • Joseph

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ll take it and 2 weeks to recover injuries

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t care if it was ugly. We really needed three points, and we got 3 points. I’d rather win ugly than look good and lose, or draw…

    So far Loven, Taylor, and Nolan all look to be good signings.

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Its International Break next week yeah?

    Good news and hopefully no one gets injured. Really hope Coloccini would not play much for Argentina next week just to let him rest after starting every game for us.

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7

    What a strange team for Liverpool…Rafa lost it…..hopefully they can still put Pompey away…

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8

    13 place in the leagueis much better to look at…
    Well done lads…not BUTT

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    harper 5
    s.taylor 7
    bassong 6
    coloccini 5
    enrique 6
    duff 8
    nolan 7
    butt 5
    r.taylor 7
    ameobi 5
    lovenkrands 7

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  • ScottyT

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    colo aint in tha argie squad next week anyways doug

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    no i disagree Ed the win wasn’t desrve our team is very poor and i dont see us beating everton

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  • valle

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    You might think im insane, but hang on… Steven taylor used in midfield instead of Butt?… He is full of energy and is actually quite good at going forward, but he just loses it everytime he is our last hope in defense.

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks for the info scottyt

    great news that he is not in argie squad – hopefully he can get a good long rest

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  • MarkO

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Ratings:
    Harper – 4
    S.Taylor – 6
    Bassong – 8
    Colo – 6
    Enrique – 9
    R.Taylor – 7
    Nolan – 8
    Butt – 6
    Duff – 6
    Loven – 7
    Ameobi – 4

    Don’t think anyone played particuallarly badly just some of players players were coming back from injuries and weren’t at their best. I am not sure about Harper I think he gives up easy goals and I never have confidence in him, but I will give him a chance.

    My ideal team against Everton:

    Krul
    R.Taylor–Colo–Bassong–Enrique
    LuaLua–Nolan–Butt–Jonas
    Oba–Loven

    Why wasn’t Oba playing????????

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    We just need somebody….anybody ….instead of Butt and were a really good team.

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  • safferman

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #16

    what a relief, but still, WTF is going on with our defence? Also love the new Taylor, atlast someone who can put in a cross… I see Duke and martins getting on the end of those!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    3 points is 3 points. I think we should just draw a line on it. We got them and thats all there is to it.

    Im back online after AOL been down all afternoon.

    Come on Liverpool and do over Pompey!

    On the Radio we sounded crap in the second half.

    All I care about is prem survival and if its scrappy and 3 points – so be it.

    So glad Loven scored.

    Some one fill me in – was Ameobi as bad as made out on the radio (at times) – they say he just looks like he doesnt care and not watching the game?

    Hope we are game of the day on Sky Sport at 2030. I got a feeling we are. Will check later but watching Liverpool on Iraq goals.

    The boy is watching Peppa pig.

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  • MrFlibbles

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    That win helps pave over a few cracks I reckon. A huge 3 points though with regards to relegation. I just hope this isnt the setup come the start of next season.

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  • dcbashore

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #19

    We always said this would be a defining fixture, but it could be even more so than anyone anticipated. We’ve gained three points on the bottom four teams with the possibility of all five below us if Pompey lose to Liverpool, and the team directly above us in the table (Spurs, level on points with us heading into the day) play Arsenal tomorrow.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #20

    toonoholic .. agreed .. brilliant win but boy did Collocini look sh*te .. I’ve been saying this all season, he’s a liability from high balls .. everything else he’s really good .. it’ll be really tough against everton but have to stay positive, we got the 3 points.. also good luck kinnear, hope its not serious.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    what’s matter on martins?
    See!! Ameobi in, just like 10 people to play!!And Butt always passes the ball to the opposite team, no creative no power, no speed?
    Please don’t use Ameobi and Butt again please! Please Please Please!
    For sub (for last 2 mins) is OK

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  • Ally

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #22

    We are game of the day on Sky Sports

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Danny Guthrie and Martins what’s are their status? So care about them!!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    ShaytoStay

    Yeah I agree with you about Coloccini, we should play him in Nicky Butts role! So he can be the defensive mid and Nolan the attacking mid,

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  • Joseph

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #25

    toon_factor we tried that against citeh and it didn’t work

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Ratings

    Harper- 5
    S.Taylor- 4
    Coloccini- 6
    Bassong- 6
    Enrique- 7
    R.Taylor- 7
    Nolan- 7
    Butt- 6
    Duff- 8
    Lovenkrands- 8
    Ameobi- 5

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Joseph

    I think it did

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon_Factor

    Good point. I agree with you

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #29

    anyone got the link to highlights to the first half ?

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  • prentice

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    come on guys. Hello 3 points
    That was MASSIVE for us!!!!
    I for one thought we showed a huge improvement
    only 2nd away win since March!

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31

    No it didn’t Toon_Factor.

    Anyways i don’t think Colo is bad at all to be honest…..he makes the odd error but he will only get better.

    Colo and Bassong is still the best CB pairing we had in recent years.

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #32

    i think the difference was today we played with passion

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  • prentice

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #33

    colo and bassong were great earlier in the season
    i think beyes injury really unbalanced the team.

    who else though duff played great today?

    Ameobi was a complete waste of space as per. why did he get offered a new contract? 🙁

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyway , Butt made a lot of missings and wrong passes in all games. He made the great pressure to the 5 defendors. So it liked there were not good on them. The great reason, i think is come from Butt!

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Anyway , Butt made a lot of missings and wrong passes in all games. He made the great pressure to the 5 defenders. So it liked there were not good on them. The great reason, i think is come from Butt!

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #36

    think we shld put a cheeky bid for glen johnson come summer i am surprised aary got chimbonda and not johnson

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    prentice

    Good point! Yeah! Agree

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Duff man of the match for me. Colo and Bassong is still the best CB pairing we had in recent years. Yep agree with that.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Butt hasnt got close to attacking midfielders for years. If they are players of quality, Gerrard this season and Elano last season, we just get ripped apart. Cant wait for Guthrie and Barton to return to partner Nolan…scouse power!!!

    Duff…more games like that please. 😀

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 7, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Now lets watch spurs get hammered by the mighty gunners tomorrow! 🙂

    Are you reading Bennytoon?

    Your pathetic little overspending, shithole of a club is going to get hammered tomorrow, and im going to LOVE every minnute of it!!!! 🙂

    NITE NITE little man! Sleep tight!

    Tosser! 🙂

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