Newcastle 3 Reading 0 – Great Ameobi Hat Trick Does It!

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A great win by the lads this afternoon, as they overpowered a lack-luster Reading side at St. James’ Park, in front of a very decent crowd of 36,944.

Needless to say the very long-suffering Newcastle fans finally left St. James’ Park very happy indeed at the professional display by the team and a wonderful hat trick by Shola Ameobi.

And it was that man Shola Ameobi who scored all 3 goals for Newcastle, for the  first senior first hat-trick of his career at Newcastle.

We knew there was goals in that lad – somewhere – and we said last week that’s what we needed to see from Shola this season, and boy did he deliver the goods today for the side!  😀

In a first half in which Newcastle dominated, and had plenty of the ball, Shola made the vital breakthrough on 36 minutes as a good strong cross from the left by Enrique into the box, was headed downwards strongly by Ameobi.

But he had power in the header, and the ball bounced beyond and over goalkeeper Frederici. The goal was important because Newcastle had dominated until that point, but had nothing to show for their territorial advantage.

The lads went in comfortable ahead at 1-0 at the break having looked a well coached and tidy side that was looking good.

We needed a second goal to have some breathing room and it wasn’t long before that man again, Shola Ameobi had the ball in the net for his second goal.

It was after 61 minutes when Nolan stopped the ball going out of touch and played it to Ryan Taylor. His fellow Liverpudlian put in a beautiful cross that Shoa headed home at the far post in good style.

And Shola almost had his hat trick after 69 minutes when another header was brilliantly turned over the bar by Federici.

But then Shola scored his first ever hat trick for Newcastle as casually placed a penalty well wide of the goalkeeper after Shane Long had handled a corner taken by Joey Barton.

3-0 up and it looked like the points were ours and a great goal scoring display form that man Ameobi.

And after 78 minutes Shola was taken off to a standing ovation from the delighted Geordie crowd and replaced by Spanish striker Xisco.

3 minutes later Alan Smith, a Trojan again in midfield today, was replaced by 18 year-old Kazenga Lua Lua to warm applause from the home crowd.

The lads played the game out and were worthy winners, and on this evidence we should do very well this season.

What we need to do now is always support the lads on the field, whatever happens.

But certainly the players again did their jobs today, getting the required 3 home points, and now they need to do the same thing Wednesday evening against Sheffield Wednesday.

Newcastle lie 3rd top of the Championship after today’s games, and that’s the type of start we needed in our first two games.

On this form, we have to be in with a chance of bouncing straight back to the Premier League, but the squad must be strengthened in both skill and numbers within the next couple of weeks for that to happen.

Mike Ashley was at the game and sat next to potential new owner Barry Moat – but we should know by Tuesday and certainly befor eour next game oin Wednesday who the owner and new manager will be.

Let’s hope it’s Barry Moat and Alan Shearer in charge, and if it is there should be a bumper crowd on Wednesday evening at a vibrant St. James’ Park.

Howay The Lads – we can do it !!


Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Tim Krul, Geremi, Xisco, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson, Tamas Kadar

Reading: Adam Federici, Liam Rosenior, Ryan Bertrand, Kalifa Cisse, Alex Pearce (c), Jay Tabb, Jimmy Kebe, Scott Davies, Simon Church, Shane Long, Jem Karacan
Subs: Matthew Mills, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Noel Hunt, James Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu, Ben Hamer, Gylfi Sigurdsson

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Attendance: tbc

47 comments so far

  • Mr Books

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Fantastic words from Shola to dedicate that hatrick to SBR.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Thanks to all who posted links to watch–not always easy to find ’em and watch from abroad.


  • Big Dave

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Mr Books i never heard him hopefully see it later on ssn or somewhere
    Good game and was nice to get that winning feeling again

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4


  • Big Dave

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    FSOTC where are you mate i thought you were N E

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought you all want Ranger to play ahead of Shola?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #7

    cant say i have ever said that toon factor, ranger needs to be bled in easy to first team football

  • luv the toon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #8


    was the guy shaking hands wif mike ashley Moat?

  • Stevo

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m not sure about a lack lusture team Ed. I know we came out the better team in the first half but Reading showed us that they were a strong passing team in the first half and could at one point pulled one back. But in the second half the lads dug in and got a great result and thats what makes this win even better for me!

  • Big Dave

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Stevo think ur right i think in the end they died but it was us that stopped them playing

  • Mr Books

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #11

    it was very nice to see the players smiling on the pitch – hopefully they’ll get an appetite for that winning feeling.

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #12


    Yes I agree with you, but try telling that to others on here, you’ll just get slated.

  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm, Shola scores a hat-trick and Smith puts in a stellar performance.
    Is this the same two guys everyone on this blog has been knocking for the last two years ?
    Cant be must be impersonators.
    What do you have to say now guys ? yeah you!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #14

    if anyone knew better they should be managers themselves, its easy to slate profesional footballers, but atleast they have had the ability to make it profesional, there are not many pro’s that are no good.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #15

    shola is my hero tonight

    next week he will be my villian


  • Big Dave

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #16

    chuck consistency

  • MarinerUK

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    luv the toon

    The guy sitting in the middle of Ashley and Liambias was Moat

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #18


    So you’ve never criticized Smith or Ameobi before?

  • dougnufc

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #19

    lets put a great end to a great week with ashley leaving and a good manager instated

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Time make a cake

  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #21

    i think alot of us need to eat some humble pie and give ameobi alot of praise, i for one have doudted his talent a few times on this blog but when a seen ameobi smile just before his penalty to give him his first career hatrick, i was praying it would go in for the man, it gave me goosebumps to see him celebrate then!!

    the lads put in a great performance today, the good points:

    1) great win and performance first and foremost

    2) jonas and enrique on the left link up well and will be dangerous to most championship defences, jonas might actual get a goal soon

    3) nolan looked better today, lookede likely to get a goal

    4) barton did a decent job on the right too

    5) smith didnt get sent off and did well again, he was a general in the midfield

    6) ryan taylor with maybe a few games at right back might come good

    7) hopefully the clean sheet will improve colo’s confidence and performance

    8) ameobi and carroll are a handfull

    9) moat was sitting right beside ashley and llambias, a sale could be close

    10) xisco did ok when he came on too

  • Raffo

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #22

    be interesting to see whats written tomorrow, whos leaving next etc!

  • Toonmania

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #23

    outstanding performance today, we did today what we should of done at villa, but if they can get this turmoil sorted out we should be ok
    hooway the lads!!!

  • nzedtoonman

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24

    sounds like we did well , but are there any links to the goals yet ?

    And 36,000 , sooonds a bit empty , are we staying away with our feet , and what was ashleys reception like ??

    need to know from new zealand …….

  • geordie deb

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree with your summary. Lads done a great job today. Brilliant to see the team spirit and people wanting the ball. Long may it last. As you say, well done to Shola. The lad has taken plenty of stick but at least he got his first hat trick and did a nice dedication to SBR after the game.
    Time to celebrate and forget the usual cr*p going on regarding the sale etc, hopefully all will be resolved soon.

  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #26

    apparently 8 & ) makes this happen:…..8)

  • nufc1818

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #27


    i think more good news tbh mate
    i mean moat sitting next to ashley and llambias is gonna be the centre of all the rumours

  • Mr Books

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Dont get too excited about Moat and Ashley – it was always going to happen and has nothing to do with the potential deal.

    From last weeks Shields Gazette
    WOULD-be Newcastle United owner Barry Moat is expected to meet Mike Ashley before Saturday’s home game against Reading.
    But the pair will not be talking terms ahead of a takeover at St James’s Park.

    Instead, they will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Newcastle United Foundation, a registered charity which promotes learning and healthy lifestyles, with Ashley and Moat on the guestlist for a pre-match lunch in the Magpie Suite.

  • Suthey

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Fantastic Today, Was good to see a number of players put in a confident performance (Colo,Jonas,Jose). Alan Smith for me is a breath of fresh air for the newcastle midfeild, Shola again not my favorite player but put in a hell of a performance. We now need to keep this momentum going………Haway Thu Lads

  • nufc1818

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #30

    mr books

    if it was just lunch in the magpie suite then why was moat sitting with ashley through the match????

    he has his own box he could have just watched there

    i dont believe its just for a charity

  • Stuart79

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Don ‘t get carried away!

    This squad won’t be the one that we have come 1st Sept.

    Lots to leave before then.

    I must say though if by some miracle we don’t get any injuries or suspensions we could et promoted.

  • Billy Bunter

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Lads – wor Donna has just rang me – Sol Campbell is signing for us! She’s just been told as she was at the ground working all day. Apparantly its a done deal.

    Remember if its true – Billy Bunter telt ya’s furst and those of yes who dowted is will have to appologize

  • ginkoh

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #33

    I have to say Nothing impossible !!! to see Ameobi Hat-Trick, you cannot see something like this everyday. Good game, good goals, Shola goal !!

  • Mr Books

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #34

    1818 – not saying it was just for charity.
    Just not to get too excited because they were sitting together – not the first time, although hopefully the last 8)

  • Toon1978

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Just got back from the match …………………………………….WELL HAPPY, never thought I’d see Ameobi score a hatrick, stranger thing haven’t happened!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Would love to hear a local lad call into 606 and give the black and whites some love…

  • BT9MAG

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I have already eaten 1 slice of humble pie and I’m back for 2nds…

    Ameobi was our star today! I still think he reacts to everything slower than those around him, I still think he does the hard things well and the simple things appallingly BUT today he shone, and I’m happy to hold my hands up and say Fair Play Shola!

    Also, Ryan Taylor – beauty of a cross for Shola’s 2nd!

    To all the lads trying to be smug though – we’ve just won our first championship game, we’ve got enough turmoil in the club as it is without our own fans coming out with ‘i told you so’s’! Aaaah f@ck it, I couldn’t give a sh@t – YEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

    Cannot wait for Wednesday, SJP is gunna be bouncing!

  • BT9MAG

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Also – Haris Vuckic got a brace against Chelsea for the U18s

  • Dondatta13

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Nice one Shola, Ive slated you loads n loads you done the club proud today kidda !!!

    Now keep it up for the next 40+ games ….

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 15, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #40

    FULL MARKS to Chris Hughton. He has stuck to his guns on the team selection (despite criticism) and been proven correct. Stability (as I have said over and over) is the key, and one bad game does not a bad player make. Whatever happens this week, I hope Chris is rewarded for digging the foundations for a serious promotion push with the equivalent resources of a bairn’s bucket and spade.

    I, for one, salute you!


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