Newcastle 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 – It’s Goala Shola Again!

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A single goal from that goals man Shola Ameobi, was enough to give Newcastle a good win tonight, but it took a couple of great saves from goalkeeper Steve Harper to keep the clean sheet tonight.

In front of a fantastic crowd of 43,904, in only our second home game of the season, which bettered the crowd at the Stadium of Light last night to see Chelsea.

What does that tell you?  Either the Newcastle fan support is better than Sunderland’s, or Sheffield Wednesday are a bigger draw than Chelsea – take your choice! 😀

But the lads delivered the result we all wanted to see – another home win.

And it was Shola Ameobi again who was on target as after 15 minutes.

Steve Harper’s long ball downfield was helped on by the towering leap of 6’5″ Andy Carroll, and it was Shola who was onto the flick, controlling the ball with his chest, and then hitting a wonderful low shot between keeper Lee Grant and his near upright from 12 yards out.

A great finish from Ameobi once again.

And then on 27 minutes it’s Ameobi again as he put in a beautiful header which was denied by the agile leap of Owls’ goalkeeper Grant, who somehow got to the ball which was bound for the top-corner. A great header and a wonderful top-drawer save.

Things were fairly quiet from then on until half time with Newcastle looking very tidy, but then Sheffield lifted the pace of their game and from a free kick it was Michael Gray who clipped over the wall, and forced a save from goalkeeper Steve Harper, as he palmed the goal-bound effort over the bar – a fantastic stop from our goalkeeper.

And on 52 minutes Steve Harper came to Newcastle’s rescue again as Francis Jeffers got in behind the Newcastle back-line and the former Everton and Arsenal man had only the goalkeeper to beat, but Harper smothered his shot – another great save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

But good teams win lots of games 1-0, and the lads played out time with another clean sheet, and it’s another 3 points from the lads.

This keeps us in 3rd place on 7 points, with the top 6 sides all on the same total, and only separated by goal difference. Ours is 4 with Cardiff top on 6 and Middlesbrough with 5. It’s interesting that West Brom are 5th, so that all three relegated clubs have made a good start in the Championship.

Now it’s Crystal Palace next on Saturday, and we’d like to see all 3 points there, but that’s  going to be a very tough game.

Howay The Lads!!

30 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #1

    now ashley get the hell out

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    7 good points from those three games. If we can get a win at Palace, it will have been a great start to the season. I think the top championship teams this year will be:

    Newcastle, Boro, Cardiff, and West Brom

  • ende

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #3

    3rd in table on differentials

  • tdt

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    A wins a win at the end of the day. I’d take 1-0 again on saturday thanks!

  • Billy Bunter

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    LADS – i an thniking to organise a blog lads get together from the blog afore the nxet game at home, is anywon up for it?

    I say meet at the monument afore the huddsfeild game, say 6pm – fancy it?let me know and i will get us some drink vouchers from the club from donna, we can use them in shearers and get a speshal serve girl.

    toontoon – so happy we won thenite

  • DJG

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #6

    3 points at the end of the day is all that matters in this league,
    no matter how we get them, we have to stay in the ‘top 4’.

  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #7

    moat sat with llambias again

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Our chances were played down due to the state of the club behind the scenes and many players leaving

    Then we draw to west brom and then beat Reading..

    Then i read that oh well, it will be hard to adapt to playing tradional championship teams.

    Now we have beaten Sheffield Wednesday.

    I dont want to get ahead of myself, but I got a great feeling about this season. 1-0 wins against rougher teams like Sheffield Wednesday is just an acheivement as 3-0 vs Reading.

    The small squad of players we have is clearly up for the challenge . Just add a few more to cover injuries then back to survival in prem for 10/11 season.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #9

    toooooooon army

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Bring back Chopra! We will have a Geordie strikeforce with Ameobi, Chopra and Carroll with Xisco and Ragner playing backup 🙂

    Chopra is on fire at the moment – 6 goals in 3 games! Shola has 4, which is good enough 🙂

    Get rid of Barton (injured today, or on the way to Hull?), Coloccini (terrible in English football), Geremi (he is 50, slow, old, and shite), and Butt (no legs and big wages. That would rid us of 225k/week = 12m a year, which would bring the wage bill down to 36m/year from the 48m it’s at right now (down from 73m). Bring in Sol Campbell and Løvenkrands on free transfers at approx 15k a week each = 37.5m/year. 37.5m/year is sustainable and we would still have a strong enough team.

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    LB: Enrique, (Kadar), (Shane Ferguson)
    RB: Simpson (R. Taylor)
    CB: S. Taylor, Campbell, Kadar, (Tozer)

    RW: R. Taylor, LuaLua, Jonas
    LW: Jonas, (Løvenkrands), (Shane Ferguson)
    DM: A. Smith (c), Guthrie
    CM: Nolan, Guthrie, LuaLua

    ST: Shola, Carroll, Xisco, Ranger, Løvenkrands

    A fair amount of cover for most positions, but perhaps we could bring in Traore or Gibbs on loan for LB, and Gibson, Wilshire or Matic for the midfield

  • Fostino

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #11

    was moat was sittin beside llambias again??

  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #12


    yeah he was
    and there was another guy on the other side of llambias… i dont know what to make of it
    he had a newcastle scarf on and was talking to llambias quite a bit

  • Big Dave

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #13

    nufc1818 just a thought it could be a potental new chairman ? hopefully

  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #14

    i was wondering if it was the guy fronting the ‘fans 401’ bid

  • Fostino

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #15

    i suppose this is good news, i hope by sat we’ll have a new owner

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Back from game, ratings>>>

    Harper- 7
    Simpson- 6
    S.Taylor- 7
    Coloccini- 7
    Enrique- 7
    R.Taylor- 7
    Smith- 6
    Nolan- 5
    Jonas- 6
    Ameobi- 5
    Carroll- 4

    Guthrie- 6
    Ranger- 6
    Xisco- 6

  • tdt

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #17

    I see SSN are reporting MA is gna meet officials from Fans 401 – or wotever they’re called – tomorrow. Does this mean even more complications??

  • IrishMan

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon Factor,

    Those are fairly low ratings for a winning team. Maybe that is a good omen for rest of season – if we can win with those kinds of grades?

  • nufc1818

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #19

    toon factor

    a 4 for carroll!!!
    you wernt at the game what i was watching

    great in the air and held the ball up well
    and made most of the chances

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Ok maybe i was being a bit harsh and 1 from Smith upwords, and nufc1818 Carroll is totally overrated!

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #21

    * add one

  • Darryl

    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon_Factor // Aug 19, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Ok maybe i was being a bit harsh and 1 from Smith upwords, and nufc1818 Carroll is totally overrated!


    And underpaid, seen him in metro other day around about half 8 at night. Looked well scruffy! lol

  • Charlie Toon

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Good solid start to the season! We’ve got one of the toughest starts in this fixture list out of the whole league and we’re doing pretty well. However we need more players, we simply don’t have a big enough squad, and that could make the difference between promotion and failure.

    If we can keep the rest of this squad (including Coloccini!) and add 4 good players (1 x Defender, 2 x Wingers and 1 x Striker) then I think we can do it!

    PS Just wanted to add that I think Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job so far since pre-season in what have been incredibly tough circumstances (but we still need a permanent manager).

  • cornish-magpie

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Haha, ManUre picked the wrong striker to nick from us!

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #25


  • JonnyNufc

    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Tonight showed the difference barton makes, we look a far worse side without him.

    If Shola hadnt have been very confident today, we’d have just scraped a 0-0 draw.

    Our midfield looks useless without Barton or Guthrie to create SOMETHING. Nolans lack of mobility is shocking.

  • Suthey

    Aug 20, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Toon Factor…

    You know Nout bout football mate….. People rating the players have to see that carroll has played betta than ameobi in the last two games…. ameobi has just got on the end of things…….Shola Nearly cost us the win just before he went off…..

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 20, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed – on crowd numbers. It tells us either that demographics & catchment areas conspire to mean Sumderland’s maximum potential gate will always be less than Newcastle’s – or toon fans are more gullible than Rokerites? As you say, take your pick.

    On football, this is more like it. It will get even tougher, and arguably our first real test of a gritty-in-yer-face CCC scrap will be at Crystal Palace. If we bottle that one, don’t give your beer money to the bookies yet… Unless we learn the habit of winning by the odd goal (ie not giving anything away for the full duration, something we still regularly do) we will not be promoted.

    (And until we are several points clear – with half the fixtures gone and the best goals against column in the CCC – I will not be making a punt.)

  • ian

    Aug 20, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Danish magpie, Chopra is a good idea, I was thinking the same yesterday, he has better movement than Ameobi and Carroll, or at least more purposeful movement, a good player to have alongside Ameobi.

  • ian

    Aug 20, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Ameobi has always scored ok in full games he has played when played regularly, it is just his clumsy way and triple ball bounces before they go in etc that makes everything look as if it is lucky.

    Ameobi is definately worth keeping at the club until he cant play anymore, maybe in the championship he will remain our top striker, he always makes a good sub as he doesnt complain and doesnt overcharge for hios services.

    I am really pleased for him, if he keeps going it would be brilliant to see him as one of the championships top scorers.

    He is a really good fella and behaves the way professional players should.


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