New Boys Have Huge Impact On Newcastle Performance

Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton will take a lot of positives out of the win this afternoon at The Hawthorns.


Peter Lovenkrands – looked class today – should keep his place

And the three new lads all had a good part to play in the victor, and that’s probably the best news this afternoon.

Butt and Nolan dominated the central midfield throughout, Ryan Taylor put in the corner for Steven Taylor to head home Newcastle’s 3rd goal just before the break, and Lovenkrands looked class up front throughout the game, and scored a beautiful opportunist goal after 9 minutes.

Peter could have had more with a little luck, but he seems to have the goal instincts of a certain Michael Owen – and this guy was a free transfer?

In fact we’ll be surprised if all three don’t start against Everton at home in two weeks time.

And although our back four looked less than safe too many times this afternoon, the character of the lads shone through and it was a great team win.

Remember this games was one in which the result was much more important than the performance.

WBA got within a goal of the Magpies after 73 minutes, with a disputed goal, after a WBA player was injured and Shola gave them the ball, thinking the referee had blown his whistle to stop the game.

BGut in truth WBA were simply not good enough to threaten Newcastle too many times during the remainder of the game.

Chris Hughton has to be delighted with both with the performance and the win, and this will be a real tonic to Joe Kinnear, who we hope is recovering well in hosptial.

It’s probably best to keep him in there, so he can get some rest and some sleep, with it being two weeks until our next game.

Another reason this win was vital, is that it puts Newcastle fans in better spirits over the next couple of weeks, before our next game against Everton.

Chris said after the game:

“There were some big pluses today and I thought the three new lads were terrific,”

“Ryan’s deliveries were excellent and Kevin was solid in midfield.”

“Peter had a lot of energy and worked tirelessly up front and got his reward with a goal.”

On this performance the WBA defense looked terrible, and they have to be fancied for the drop, although the Newcastle back four tried again and again to prove they were not too much better.

It was yet another bad mistake for their first goal by Steven Taylor, and the back four looked all at sea, especially in the first half.

But a full house at The Hawthorns shows you just how well the Black Country team is supported, but they’ll have their work cut out now to stay in the Premier League.

Of course Newcastle are by no means clear, but what will please the Newcastle fans today is the positive impact each of our three new players had in the game.

And the lads showed great spirit – so things may not be as bad as The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail keep trying to make out.

And there will be some fans who will say it’s only one game and don’t get too carried away – we know that’s coming.

But Newcastle fans should celebrate and celebrate well, for this is only our 2nd away win of the season, and our 6th win this entire season, and it was such a vital game for us to win.

If we can beat Everton in two weeks time – watch out.  😀

24 comments so far

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #1

    for the 1st time ever …..i’m 1st !!! 🙂

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone have link for MOTD ?? i’m not in the UK so i can’t watch on the bbc site….and MyP2P is having a lawsuit at the moment so i can’t find any links…

  • Dragonera

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I am not happy with how easy Fortune turned Bassong for their 2nd. Bassong doesn’t normally let things like that happen. Ah well, i suppose everyone is allowed the odd off game and we still won the game.

  • Dragonera

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Also, Lovenkrands looked good again today. Ameobi was poor and took away from our attack more times than not. Lovenkrands and Martins up front is the way forward imo. With Carroll or Viduka to come on at some point in the second half.

  • shek2k9

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #5

    do any of ye tink joe kinnear will et te job permantlly

  • Dragonera

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #6


    Probably not. However, If he keeps us up i will be eternally grateful considering the situation we were in before his arrival. not too mentione he agreed a ridiculous contract, whioch every other manager snubbed.

  • TheDan

    Feb 7, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    He has the job permantly.

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Ameobi wasnt as bad as everyone says, in my opinion – he held the line much better than any other time I ‘ve seen him. The problem was the midfield slow to break and support him – Ryan Taylor was enthusiastic and will fit in well in a short time, and Duff did well until he ran out of steam – he showed pace and application, something missing recently.

  • shek2k9

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    do you think we need a new goalkeeper

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully Kinnear doesn’t get the job.

    Good to have a bit of pace with Lovenkrands, tidy player and looking good.

    TheDan – I’m 99% sure he hasn’t even been offered a new contract even though he says he has.

  • Asherzz

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #11

    I say wait until the end of the season to see if we need a new goalkeeper, if harper can get a good run going it could save us a fair amount of ashleys pennies to put into our outfiled players.

    And as has been said many times Tim Krul seems to be an up and coming keeper.

    I was at work today so i missed the game, read a couple of reports but am dying to see the goals. Does anyone have a link to some highlights

    Avid newcastle fan, follwed the blog for about a year now, think what you’re doing ed is great.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Next match we should have a near full capacity squad. No MO like, so a full capacity squad 🙂

    I hope Loven done enough to earn a start against Everton. Please no Ameobi. Martins and Loven upfront.

  • shek2k9

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #13

    would love to see celtics artur boruc play in toon sirt

  • Paul.

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #14

    xisco n loven together…if martins aint fit of cours…dno if martins and loverboi would work because theyre too similar, get xisco on and have a target man and martins or lovernkrands

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Boruc has been rubbish since his wife divorced him, he is at fault for so many goals, and we dont need to WASTE money on a goalkeeper.

  • Chris H

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I was well impressed with the new lads, especially Lovenkrands. He was full of energy first half and looked a threat. He tailed of a bit second half, but he is obviously not 100% match fit.
    Ryan Taylor also looked a threat, and it was his shot that Lovenkrands converted and he also set up Steve Taylors goal.
    Nolan was alot better than Butt and I’d like to see either Guthrie or Barton play along side of him when they’re fit, Butt should be a sub at best TBH.
    Shola had another shocker. Carroll should be higher up the pecking order than him when fit from now on.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope Joe gets a job within newcastle, but not managers job, mabey a director.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Class! Shek2k9!

    I don’t need to say much more. Harper is not in the same class as Given!
    Did you see Given today? Pure genius in goal and for less than £6m.!!!
    I have been on the 3 legends this week expressing my dismay at us selling Given and that we would regret it. I got loads of abuse but I guess i’m far more intelligent than the average toon fan. Aye tank ewe four listning two me.
    Finally, I have seen the game live today and I predict these are the last points we will pick up for many a game. WBA were atrocious!! We weren’t much better.
    I apologise for my superior knowledge of the game but I can’t help it.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #19

    @bobby ollox

    are you on drugs?

    Shola didn’t have a bad game?

    He was comical!!

    Get him out of the club ASAP.!

    I came away from watching the game live and couldn’t believe how bad he was and you come out and defend him!

    Do they breath air on your planet?

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 7, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    19th!!! thats more prestigous than 1st!!
    aye tank ewe!!

  • LoonyToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #21

    @ TheToonKing

    Try this:

    It’s an application you install and can watch bbc, itv and loads more. It’s canny.

    Our lass watches corras on it while shes cooking.

  • chuck

    Feb 7, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #22

    As Harper gets more games he may improve, but I believe it`s more likely we will see why Shay was no. 1#
    Needa lotta help here, hope the dealmakers and scouts are preparing for the summer and not leaving things to the last minute.
    We need a massive clearout of deadwood and if we are to replace most, then we should be preparing a list of prospects and evaluate what it will take to bring them to the club.
    There`s no business like show business !

  • Brutooon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Nicky Butt should retired…

    Ameobi is 27 years old and he never improve….even charlton cole(sp?) is now called for the england squad

    JK-get well soon and buy more free but good players such as lovenkrands

    R.Taylor – i think the best transfer for January

    defence+keeper = i wish we could get a clean sheet…

  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Toon_Factor (Post-17); Like you I don’t believe JFK is our long term answer as manager but he took the position when others refused.

    I hope he’s kept on in some role at Newcastle at seasons end as he’s a character and deserves some role at Newcastle in the future……

    Get well soon Joe


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