Ferguson – Newcastle Were So Determined Last Night

It seems that Alex Ferguson was really pleased with his side’s performance last night at St. James’ Park as his team came back from a goal down to eventually take all 3 points with goals from Wayne Rooney and Berbatov.


Alex Ferguson – pleased with all 3 points last night

And it was a rare Edwin van der Sar goalkeeping error that had gifted an early goal to Danish International Peter Lovenkrands, after just 9 minutes, on what was a rain-soaked surface early on in the game on Tyneside.

And they could have gone even further behind as Newcastle started off like a steam train, and had the Red Devils rattled early on, but Ferguson’s side hit back to claim all three points yet again.

After 20 minutes they got a good goal out of nothing from Wayne Rooney, and Dimitar Berbatov then hit the winner in the second half, but that followed a bad mistake from Steven Taylor at right back for the Magpies.

Ferguson admitted it had not been a straightforward win and said after the game:

“We had a hard time in the first 20 minutes and they could have been two up before we’d really even got started.”

“They were very aggressive with their tackling and they put a lot of hard work into their game.”

“Edwin was very disappointed with their goal. The ball came up off the ground a little awkwardly, but he knows it was a mistake.”

“But if you’re going to make a mistake it’s best to do it in games you win and Edwin was certainly pleased we ended up winning the match.”

“Overall, it was a big victory for us considering we got off to such a bad start and had to come from behind. It’s not easy to do that here especially against a team as determined as Newcastle were.”

“You could say there was pressure on us because Liverpool and Chelsea both won on Tuesday night. But we’ve faced this challenge for years.”

“It’s down to trusting your players and having the ability to win matches and we had to do that against Newcastle. Being 1-0 down away from home isn’t easy, but we came back to win thanks to a very gritty performance.”

Alex is right there, because most teams look forward to playing Manchester United, and they have often had to face a side like Newcastle, who seemed to play at their very best form, especially in the first half  last night, which was terrific to watch.

But Ferguson has his United side well grounded in the basics of course, and they continually grind out results, game in game out, just like they eventually did last night, at a packed full St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1


  • normag

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Again Ed.. It wasn’t Steven Taylor’s fault this time!

  • hitman

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3


  • ToonWhitters

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    whats with this hughton backlash after arguably our best performance of the season?

    the players won’t get any more of a lift from another manager, and if anything it’ll rock the boat. injured players are due back this month and if we take our performance into other games there is hope…

  • Toonmadtom

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    kash your obviusley a twat

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Stability is the key – no rash moves. Hughton can do the job if the players are with him.

    Keep the Faith!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    @toonmadtom: I don’t appreciate abuse or isnults, nor do any of the other bloggers on here. You seem new, so i’ll let you off.

    Just because we got a placebo performance from the players, doesn’t take away from the fact we FCUKING LOST! If we lose to Hull we are FCUKING DOWN!


  • RyanToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    i see there was two refs last night

    bennett and ferguson

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Not for splitting heirs but it was snow covered pitch.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Last season Fulham appointed Hodgson to get them out of the SH1T. And what happened to them? They STAYED UP!

    We need a proper manager, with experience of these situations. Not some toss pot who ia supposed defensive expert and has coached 2 of the worst defenses in the league (Spurs and US)!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    If Hughton was a banker, then he’d be worse than Fred Goodwin!

    At least i’ve got the interest rate cut to look forward to, for another few hundred in me back burner!

  • RyanToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #12

    kash you say reality



  • GazzaToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Kash shut the hell up, we lost against man u who are top of the league hadnt conceeded a goal in 14 games and had won over 10 staright games. we put in a quality performance last night but we were up against a much better side who we cannot expect to get a result against. if we play like that against hull we will take all 3 points easyily plus we will have a few more players back. either be positive or get off the forum

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Ryantoon – A song that was being sung up the leazes to the ref – “your sh*t scared of Fergie”.

    Sums it up – rooney + colo + elbow = got away with it. Vidic challenge on Oba was a blatant case of taking it for the team and then telling Oba to calm down when it was the man u player who was making a scene at the head clash – 50/50 ball for all to see.

    As for the forth official – if fergie was any further on the pitch he would have been half way to the centre circle. And he was shouting and swearing his head off.

    One rule for one and one for the other.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15


    Thats a big IF!

  • richyg01

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Whats with the Hughton out quotes and new manager now?

    1. We need stability.

    2. Who would come?

    3. How do you know they could improve anything?

    4. Last night was one of our better performances of the season.

  • Macas35

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Kash – I think you’re being a bit harsh on Hugton calling him a ‘tosspot’. What has he done to deserve that?? And it’s not his fault he’s working with poor defenders. Getting a new manager in may have the desired effect, but it could also cause further disruption until the new man gets used to the players and decides on his best team.

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I just feel that we may have performed well last night, but, it was expected as they were playing against Manure!

    My FEAR and WORRY is that if we don’t beat Hull, then we’ll have to do a FULham and win like 4 games back to back to do it. I’m not sure if we’re capable!

  • richyg01

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19


    Its not just on us though, its the teams around us, everything is so so close down there!

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    I listened to the match on the radio last night and my take was that the Toon played way above their recent selves.

    Did I get the impression that Jonas had ’em worried with his use of the flank while Enrique seemed to be doing well to?

    Oba caused problems too and I wonder if a partnership of him and Lovenkrands could work a tasty partnership ala Super Mac and Hibbett?

    Ryan Taylor seemed to be the odd one out with a combination of poor dead-ball kicking and defensive errors.

    Kash, the lads seemed to Man U against the wall and were really fired up and that and the attacking tactics and reasonable defending, was surely down to Hughton and Calderwood.

    If they can just build on that and keep the confidence sky high for the Hull game, then you never know, we may just scrape through the season and see another one in the top flight.

    Have faith lads and lasses, have faith.

  • richyg01

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Exactly Lesh, the lads will have gained so much confidence from last night’s game.

    Dont know whats happened to R.Taylor with his deadball play – maybe a training/coaching issue?

    The Tactics were good and it was SO good seeing Smudger back in there, like a little terrier and we need players who are 120% committed like he is!

  • Kash

    Mar 5, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh and Richy, I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope that we perform like that against Hull and beat them!

    But if we don’t then what?

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Good game shame about the result.

    How did they do for those of you who didn’t get to watch it?

    Harper: 7 (ok performance, a couple of rash decisions, no blame for goals)
    Taylor: 4 (all huff and puff and prematch statements, he must take blame for no points)
    Colo: 8 (solid performance, as always, we must hang on to him.)
    Bassong: 7 (defended well, conceded his usual penalty, not given)
    Enrique: 9 (outstanding performance)
    Taylor: 7 (wasted fouls…)
    Jonas: 9 (what a find)
    Smith: 4 (sell him to a championship side)
    Geremi: 6 (past his best)
    Loven: 7 (ok, but could do much more)
    Oba: 8 (I’m a fan, but since his injury has lost something, he’ll be back. Only world class cf we have.)

  • ende

    Mar 5, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Hughton? S Taylor?

    C’mon folks get real. We played MAN UNITED. You know, top of the table, 2008 CL winners, etc??

    We played probably as well as could be expected without Man U having a complete breakdown of their own to capitalize off of. We don’t need any drastic changes.

    Some folks are just daft.

  • mattyNUFC

    Mar 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #25

    i couldnt sit still. I went through a pack of smokes just during the game. I’ve never been so proud to be a fan after that game. yes, we lost, but we all new that was a formality. they way they fought though i havent seen in a long, long time

    Jonas had a great game yesterday. i’ve been a strong critic of his but he stepped up to the plate and led us forward.

    i thought geremi did quite well. don’t know how anyone could complain of his performances.

    taylor i dont think did as awful as some are saying (ryan taylor, that is). not his best but, right behind jonas, he was tracking down everything. he gave it his all last night and although he made a few mistakes and a few wayward set pieces, he had as much heart as any nufc player in recent memory could’ve hoped to’ve had.

    the only two things, or players, that i saw that held us back were smith and McLovin. smith had so many crappy passes, especially in the first half, and just can’t do a job for us. he’s got fight but the ability is miles off.

    and Loven, he either seemed to be greedy every now and again or did try to play someone in way too late. he had a decent game but there’s definitely room for improvement. i think the greed that he’s shown in the past couple of games comes from him wanting to impress and get a contract, but i think if he just sticks to what he’s good at; running at defenders and making their lives hell, he’ll get the contract.

    great spirit yesterday and again, so proud

  • batty

    Mar 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    cyprus u gave s taylor 4 and r taylor 7 ware did you get that from

  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    We are going down.
    Hughton is the worst manager in the league. Full stop. He is a coach and a bad coach and has admitted he is no manager. 7 games, no wins, one draw and six defeats says everything. Thats why he is useless. Hughton will take us down. Sam would have kept us up but we wanted rid of him. We reap what we sow. I bet we would all take Sam over Hughton now. Its too late. Nobody of any repute will come here now and thats why MA is not even trying to replace Hughton. We are snookered. Total and utter mismanagement by MA. He’s lost 2 billion in business and is now being shown publically at NUFC to be a total embarrassment.

  • Macas35

    Mar 5, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Sam would have kept us up? I don’t think so

  • mattyNUFC

    Mar 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #29


    i think we all know hughton isnt up to it, but what good would bringing in someone else do? all the players have been told JK’s the manager, so to unsettle them by bringing in someone else, only to have him leave in a few weeks is absolutely ridiculous. stop the ashley crap as well. what’s done is done, it’s down to the players now, they know what’s expected. if we go down, blame ashley if you like then, but ranting and raving about what an embarrassment he has been isn’t going to do anything right now.

  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    The manager will get the blame when we go down. Its the owner’s fault. He has chopped and changed the managers like a fiddlers elbow and in a time of crisis has ended up with the worst one we could possibly get. The owner has not invested in a relegation team hoping that there would be three worse teams. Well our team plus our manager makes us a bottom three team. MA has gambled with NUFC just like he has gambled with his business and he has lost massively.


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