Newcastle Players Did Us Proud Yesterday

The lads did us proud yesterday, and while we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground, yesterday’s performance and result was very pleasing for Newcastle fans.

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Shola Ameobi – 3 good goals yesterday

Pleasing because we have now got 4 points from our first 2 games with 3 points there for the taking at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night if we can put in a similar performance.

Pleasing because it looked so easy once that first goal went in, when it looked a little like Shola had mis-headed a great strong cross from the left by Jose Enrique.

But we’ll not say that, because Shola was the hero with another 2 goals and he was at his unplayable best yesterday.

We have to hope Enrique stays at the club because he is full of fight and vigor, and will only get better on Tyneside, and he even likes the weather in Newcastle so he’s obviously got to stay. 😀

And the defense looked comfortable with Coloccini having a solid game against weak opposition, but a good display like he put in yesterday will look good to the scouts at the game.

Gutierrez looked good but his lad will never score a lot of goals. Even when he was clean through in the first half,  he didn’t even shoot, and anybody else in that position surely would have scored.

The lad should take a ball one on one with the goalkeeper for two hours every day in training until he can put the ball in the net most of the time.

It looks like Portsmouth may be interested in the player, and if we can recuperate the £5M we paid Real Mallorca we think Jonas will be on his way.

It looks like Newcastle players like Taylor (both), Nolan, Barton, Enrique, and some of the others are a cut above Championship level, and with the fight the lads have shown so far, they’ve done well in the first two games.

Home games are going to be really important this season, and we need another 3 points on Wednesday when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors.

The players need to keep doing their talking on the pitch this season.

Howay The Lads!!

36 comments so far

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    itamost felt strange going home feeling happy. but 2nd half was brilliant!
    i think its fair to say shola’s found his level, this woulda done wonders for his confidence and he could take ccc by storm.

  • roscoe

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    3 more on wednesday LADS!!


  • AussieToon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Yep extremely proud of the lads.

    Great commitment, cannot fault that!

    Had that weird feeling of pride that I haven’t had in a while.

    Smith (despite being stupid in two tackles), Nolan and Barton epitomised the fight and will in the club.

    Yep, very proud, please have three more on Wednesday.

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I put £5 on shola at 33/1 for top goal scorer this year just before the west brom game – might have been a shrowd 1!

  • gozzie4

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    agreed. we need to follow up this win with another win on wed!

    Good performance. Still think we can play better though. Well pleased with the 3 points. Role on you owls!!

  • mylestoon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought everyone played a blinder yesterday. Really got stuck in to reading and just played them off the pitch. I think joey, smith and nolan’s commitment levels were through the roof. Good times.

    I would love to see andrew driver, jermaine beckford and mark beevers at the club. they would thicken out the squad!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Its a marathon not a sprint …..
    But it is good to get out of the blocks first.

    This early season optimism will be all in vain if the poison that is Ashley remains in charge – 2 of the players congratulating strolla would be sold

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Although we have lost some big names, we still have a very good ccc team – however i still think our squad isnt deep enough.

    we need some good signings who will:

    (a) help us get promoted this season
    (b) develop into prem players for next year (based on the assumption we get promoted)

  • Tel

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    For once the 2 hour trip home was made with a smile on my face, good to be back, good commitment all round, good atmosphereand great performance and result. More of the same on wednesday please.

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    The squad is under strength, 2 or 3 key injuries (or departures) will quickly change an above average CCC side into a struggling one. We need a wild card player, and currently Jonas (for his sins) is just that. Yes, I wish his finishing was better, but he gives a dimension that many other CCC teams do not have. Tying him down uses up opposition resources and frees Shola and Carrol and Nolan to worry opposing defences in other ways.

    One win and we are losing sight of the utter mess the club is in, while seemingly remaining willing to lose still more players. When will someone call halt? Hopefully before financial prudence turns into strategic suicide. We have got football’s equivalent of anorexia, it has gone beyond shedding excess flab to be lean and mean – losing much more weight will render us incapable of standing up…

    And the slide down the table will commence.


    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Thought Alan Smith was excellent yesterday bossed the midfield and looked the part,but he was”walking a fine line”.Anyone out there with a guesstimate on the size of the Reading support??.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Regardless of what people think of ashley, at least he has some balls to show up at SJP…Didn’t think he would like!..

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13



    R.Taylor-Nolan-Barton-Lua Lua


    Subs: Krul, R.Taylor, (New Defender, Sol?), gutherie, Buttie, (New Winger?), Carrol, (New Striker?).

    thats a realistic squad for this season, plus sum youth coming through. What you guys think?

  • nobbyslovechild

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    i thot the boys were superb yesterday and did the club and Sir Bobby proud. Wud still like to see more of Ranger and less of Xisco tho. Im hopin we dont sell to many more players, maybe jonas and collo. Id much rather Kadar and Tozer got a chance. WE CANNOT LET TAYLOR LEAVE!!!!!. anyway C’mon the toon WOOP WOOP

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh yeah and Smith on beach or on instead of nolan?

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    No place for Smith then tdt, not even on the bench?..

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d play Nolan like, as he gets fitter & starts to gel in the team he could become invaluble!..

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    & despite what people say, i still think R Taylor could come good!..

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah foregot about him briefly!

  • gozzie4

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #20

    @ tdt

    You reckon we’ll sign sol? I dont think we will… Hope so as it’ll be good addition to squad.

    Surely you would have to play smith in ur squad?! And why put in simpson at rb? I would keep r.taylor there…. at the end of the day he is ‘our’ player, puttin him on bench wont make him improve. We saw he had a gd game yday so id keep him at rb, and if spiderman goes then put guthrie on right wing. I think guthrue is going to improve a lot this season… isnt he only like 22?? I reckon he’ll be a top midfielder in say 2/3 years time.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    I reckon S Taylor would be dumb to gan to neverton, they are gonna struggle this season, & they won’t have the refs o their side this time round either…They’ll be lookin’ after manc, & no mistake!..

    …Nice to see villa livin’ up to last seasons billin’, they are not that good & will miss gaz baz big time!..

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree gozzie,
    with regard to R Taylor & certainly Guthrie, i’m lookin’ forward to seein’ him kick on!..

  • gozzie4

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #23

    you reckon guthrie to be the next gerrard?!?! I bloody hope so!!

    might be gettign a little carried away……..

    amazing isnt it what 3 points does!!

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #24



    R.Taylor–Smith–Barton–Lua Lua


    Subs: Krul, (new defender x2), nolan, butt, (new winger), Carrol, (new striker).

    I think R.Taylor is a pretty gash defender, but he showed yesterday he’s a good crosser of the ball. This is why he should be RM rather than RB.

    We need the extra players as it’ll be a long season – I dont expect amazing new players but at the least high quality ccc players coming in to fill the gaps.

    That young midfielder we have that keeps scoring for the youth team should be on the bench too, Vulkic is it?

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Mate i’d forgotten what it felt like!..
    …Phew, at last, a win, a decent win at that!..

    …So long as Guthrie doesn’t end up actin’ like gerrard, 2 footed tackles, beatin people up for not lettin’ him on the decks & bein’ the most miserable millionaire i’ve ever seen!..

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #26

    ^^^^^ and gutherie on the bench too.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    R Taylor has a sweet cross & free kick, as we all know from his exploits before he joined us!.

    …As per, it’s way too early to write him off, but we do tend to do that, or decide we don’t like/want a player & spread our rank prejudice among ourselves!..
    …That has got to END, this season, & forever!..

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #28

    THOTW – re away fans. my guess was about 6 lol
    Faces like smacked arses.
    There is only one team in the world should wear orange too, and it isn’t reading

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Think it was a good performance and hopefully something we can build on,

    My fear at the start of the season was how long would it take us to get that 1st win , the longer it went on the bigger the burden it would be.

    We do need to strenghen the squad , a striker a left winger a left back and a centre half and i think we be ok.

    I would sell tho collochini geremi and butt to get the wage bill down

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Aye Lew,
    didn’t see the rags takin’ the piss outta that manky strip like, huh?..

    …Reading seem to be goin’ backwards!..
    They’re cack without Coppell!..

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Further to my earlier warning, revellers – this has just been published by NotW. Take it or leave it, but cease the euphoria, please….

    ‘Ashley has already cut the Toon’s annual salary bill from £74million to £48m since relegation. But the top brass want a further £20m reduction and that will mean more big-name departures. Damien Duff’s expected £4m move to Fulham will mean EIGHT first-teamers have left since June 1. But Ashley wants more big earners out.

    ‘Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini is being lined up for a move to Serie A with Palermo. West Ham and Wolves have targeted 20-year-old striker Andy Carroll, with the Magpies knocking back a £2.5m bid. Attacker Jonas Gutierrez could move to Greece, while defender Steven Taylor and keeper Tim Krul may be sacrificed to cut costs.

    ‘Cheap Ashley has told acting boss Chris Hughton that he will have to rely on youngsters, loan signings and cheap deals to plug the gaps. Newcastle had only 16 fit players from their own books with pro-level experience to call on for yesterday’s clash with Reading.’

    It’s a creeping sickness, he’ll be selling off the ground next for a sharing arrangement with Sunderland……..

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Gettin’ shot of Krul & Carroll won’t save that much wedge tho’…
    …Try Geremi, Butt, Duff, Colo et al!..

    …That’s where the cash goes!..

  • tdt

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #33


    As long as we keep carrol, taylor and krul out of the players you mention we’ll be ok.

    I think those three will stay, as they are young and dedicated to the toon. The other “big names” you talk about can go, they failled us last year and dont deserve our money anyway.

  • magforlife

    Aug 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Said before that no player deserves to stay after last season but the lack of signings is driving me more mad than the non sale of the club.
    He has a track record of not listening to good advice and admitted that himself but sixteen fit players for only the second game of the season is scary.
    So Mike, please remove your head from the sand or your arse and get some players in you buffoon.

  • gorskino10

    Aug 16, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    You should change the name “Newcastle Players did us proud yesterday (For the first time in a few years) 🙂

  • toonluvva

    Aug 16, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #36

    First off I was delighted at the toon taking all 3 points at home. However, Reading looked like relegation fodder, and we will undoubtedly face much stiffer opposition over the next 44 matches.

    I think that we have a rela problem with our midfield. It seemed that we had at least 3 holding players with no-one wanting to get up to link with our front pair. The policy for much of the match seemed to be to lump it up to Shola / Carroll with little creativity.
    We need someone who can pick up the ball from the back four and move it through the opposition midfield before either playing it through to the strikers or laying it out to the wings who will hopefully be able to put in a decent cross.
    It don’t expect MA will want to buy such a player, and Barry Moat and his consortium may not be able to afford to.


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