Newcastle made it 3 wins in 4 Championship games, to get on 10 points and go second top of the Championship, just a single goal inferior to Middlesbrough’s goal difference, who are in first place. It’s the great start we had all hoped for.
In what was thought to be a tough game for the Magpies, the lads put in an excellent display in the first half and looked to have the points locked up at half time, as they went two goals up.
And it was maiden goals from our January signings, Liverpudlians Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.
And Newcastle got off to the best of starts as Nolan had the ball in the back of the Crystal Palace net, after just 2 minutes.
It was in fact after just 99 seconds that Jonas Gutierrez put in a beautiful ball behind the static Palace back-line that allowed Kevin Nolan to easily put the ball home through the legs of Palace keeper Flahaven for his first goal for the club – and a wonderful start for the Geordies.
And after 14mins Newcastle should have doubled their score after Jose Enrique skillfully evaded Danns on the left flank, but was brought down by the Palace midfielder.
Ryan Taylor put in a great free kick into a crowded six-yard area and the ball was saved by the sharp reactions of Flahavan, right on the goal-line, to keep the score at 1-0.
Newcastle were causing Palace all kinds of problems and then on 21 minutes they went 2-0 up.
And it was Liverpudlian Ryan Taylor who collected a Gutierrez cross from the left just 20 yards out, and hit a beautiful dipping left-foot strike to perfection with the ball just beating the outstretched fingertips of Flahavan.
Newcastle went in at half-time 2-0 up having put in a great half time performance, and although Palace upped their game in the last 20 minutes of the game, the Newcastle defense were too experienced and were able to keep their 3rd clean sheet in a row.
The two goals by our Liverpudlians being good enough for our first 3 away points of the season. One of many we hope.
And it was good to see Danny Guthrie put in an excellent display for the Magpies in his first start of the season, and Nicky Butt got a run-out as we expected after 65 minutes, when he came on for Ryan Taylor.
The only surprise today – Shola didn’t score. 😀
Howay The Lads!!