Newcastle 1 Leicester 0 – Excellent Magpies Get Win In Classic

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Just like former coach Lee Clark 5 days ago and his team gave Newcastle all they could handle – and so it was tonight as Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City  looked an excellent side, especially in the first half, when they were the better side.

But this was a wonderful win for a Newcastle side who worked their socks off, and after being second best in the first half, we’re not sure what it was Chris said to them at half time, but they came out looking like a different side in the second half, and started to close Leicester down.

And it was another wonderful Danny Guthrie goal on 52 minutes that would give Newcastle all 3 points.

Guthrie, who looked good all night, collected the ball from outstanding teenage striker Nile Ranger, and hit an unstoppable 20-yard drive into the roof of the net, for his second goal in as many matches. What a goal!

At Newcastle when the team scores – everybody seems to celebrate – including the security staff who were seen to celebrate on the touchline with an ecstatic Danny Guthrie.

Before going much further this was a game that looked like it was in the Premier League as both sides played some lovely attractive football, and the Foxes gave us everything we could handle in the first 45 minutes.

And it took world class save from Steve Harper after 21 minutes, who looks inspired these days, to keep Newcastle in the game, as his lightning instincts allowed him to get his right hand to block the ball and save his side. And since the ball took a deflection before it got to him the save was even better.What a save from Harper!

As the TV commentator said – that was a Shay Given type world class save, and there’s no better compliment than that.

Steve also saved well going to his left on 37 minutes,  from a free kick. He saved us in the first half.

Newcastle did have a couple of claims for a penalty and on other nights they would have been given at least one.

But good teams win 1-0 and this is another excellent 1-0 home win.

And Nile Ranger showed tonight, especially in the second half, just how good he can become and when he was replaced near the end the crowd gave the 18 year old a standing ovation – something he will no doubt long remember. This lad worked his socks off and assisted in the Guthrie goal and has an ability to hang in the air that is something to see.

Overall summary of the game – the lads did us proud again and the football they played was terrific to watch, but the fighting spirit and cohesion of the side was also there for all to see.

And this was the 4th clean sheet in a row in the league.

Maybe we even needed to get relegated to find ourselves again – but a brilliant if very wet night on Tyneside – and the lads are now 2 points clear at the top of the league.

And the game being on national TV would do nothing to harm Newcastle’s fame as the best supported club in the land, and the crowd were again just unbelievable,  although the attendance of 38,818 was lower than had been expected.

But of course my wife just pointed out it was pouring down with rain in Newcastle tonight,as she had been on the phone with her Dad in Newcastle, and the match was also live on TV – so there’s the probable answer.

One more observation – of the 7 subs tonight only 21 year=old Tim Krul was not a teenager – we need to sign more players in the next 18 hours.

If this performance doesn’t inspire Ashley to help out Chris Hughton, nothing will.

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Brilliant Magpies???

    We werent that good ED 😉

    glad we won tho 😉

  • Joseph

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #2

    good game and what a performance from ranger smith too was excellent in shackling their danger man howard

  • magpie6699

    Aug 31, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #3

    And of the 7 subs tonight none had previously started a first team game aprt from TK – and that was the cup last week.

  • Martin33

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Simpson did a great job to play as a CB, just like Cordoba. But I am still worring about the depth of our bench. Hope we will bring in several players 18 hours later. ?????

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger was superb, held up play brilliantly. After a few more games im sure he will start to shoot, which he can do very well, as he was hesistant to whenever he had the chance but instead played in a team mate.

    O’Dea from Celtic will be coming in tomorrow i reckon on loan. SSN said hes moving on loan to a champuionship club tomorrow morning and we need a CB and cover at left back and O’Dea offers both.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Have to agree with Ryan, we looked a little stronger when the game opened up after the goal, but you can potentially see bore draws and silly one goal loses if we have to endure a season with a streched squad that will take a battering from a very physical league.

    Ranger showed promise in the second half and we kept the ball well, hopefully though we will make some additions in the next 24 hours.

  • Joseph

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Robby bobson
    i heard on radio here in ireland its going to be watford for odea

  • tino97

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought we were OK tonight. Quite in the areas we needed to be. Ranger was good, just wish we had someone with a bit of pace to play with him. We missed Jonas running with ball. But Smith and the 2 CBs were good tonight. But need a striker or 2, and defensive cover in tomorrow with no one leaving! Seems like a good team spirit at the moment. We have a couple of tough games coming up!

  • Eaststander

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #9

    What we need is a No.9 striker. Someone that isn’t injury prone and can knock in 20+ this season. Someone who Carrol shola or ranger can play alongside Unfortunatly I think I am kidding myself that it will happen before 5pm tomorrow.

  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #10

    The game opened up in the second half and i think that helped us alot. The quality we have began to make more of an impact as tired legs began to kick in and the game stretched out. One of the most noticeable and refreshing things was the way we closed them down in the second half. Whilst we began to make space for ourselves, the lads at the back with Smith infront of them kept everything tight and gave there lot little time on the ball. Rangers confidence also clearly grew as the game went on. He saw more of the ball, started to throw himself around alot more and looked strong on the ball-he could be fantastic for us this season. They had a very physical back four, as i think alot of the championship teams do, however there will be defenders that are weaker than the likes of Ranger, Shola and Carroll and that is for me when we can see them at their best. All in all an excellent second half performance and an excellent Guthrie goal. How refreshing to see our Midfielders banging them in and winning games!?

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Joseph – seems like a player we should have gone for on loan, would have done a decent job. SSN never said a club so thought it could be us. Shame.

  • Toony Soprano

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Ross – i couldnt agree more, need a nippy striker to offer something different

    Kevin P or Lovenkrands?

    Match fitness for Barton, Guthrie and Ron Geremi too- good win tonight

  • Big Dave

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13
  • chuck

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Calm down Ed. It was`nt much of a game and could have gone either way.
    Two very far from PL quality teams, but thats where we are right now I`m afraid.
    If this is the quality of the championship then I
    am far from impressed.
    It`s obvious we need help, the youngsters are just a step behind and we have to strengthen the side if we are to regain PL status once more.
    Were we to go into the PL with a side like this we would get killed and hopefully that is the intent,
    right Mike ?
    Sorry to rain on your parade Ed. but have to keep things real.


    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #15

    can’t believe no one has given a mention to ENRIQUE for me THE class player on the pitch a truly outstanding full back performance. lots of positives to be taken but you do just have to look at the bench to now that injuries and suspensions will eventually be the deciding factor. have to say though the players on the pitch are literally giving us everything they have and when was the last time as fans we have been able to see that.

  • Fostino

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #16

    ranger played brillent, reminded me of viduka’s hold up play

    back four did well again

    were lacking a winger to mix up the play

    nolan & smith are really proving there worth

    the bench was very young tonight and considering were only missing colo, carroll, ameobi, butt we need players in

    barton looks rusty and geremi

    we have an abundance of c.m. so if getting rid of butt and geremi frees up wages for other players, then good luck to them

    harper looked good

    pat on the back to hughton

  • harry861

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #17

    I liked Ranger, what he needs is someone that can play off him & I don’t mean Shola. Smith had captains game,Ranger, Enrique Guthrie , Harper were the pick of to-nights game. We need good centre back & cover for Enrique. Let’s hope this running saga ends who will own the club. I thought Gemni was the weakest link in to-nights game

  • Toony Soprano

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Rodzilla- no more?

  • stuart no9

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #19

    yeah the lads were ok tonight, yeah Ranger did deserve a standing ovation as he left the field., but come on Ed looked like a premiership game? what planet are you on ? a classic? toon where s..te the first half, ok better second , but we should have been 3 down by half time only for some poor finishing and stevie harper , did we have a shot at goal the first half? the lads worked their socks off,BUT some people have a short memory , they forget the great players and the class nufc used to have,it seems they will settle for anything now , and thats sad. yeah they were ok ,thats it.

  • Alanmc09

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Did i mention earlier that when goal was on that it reminded me of great toon times…well tonight was a reminder of the good times!
    And can i just say CH got his tactics spot on tonight he wasnt afraid to use youngsters the defence looked more comfortable than ever i thought,see how collocini absence helped!!
    And hughton brought on the young guns for some vital experience and confidence..
    Well done nile ranger also he looked alot better than ameobi on the ball but he needs to go alone sometimes..
    And whoever was at the game it looked great on tele and were very loud!

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Many of us were worried about their 6’3″ center forward matching up against Simpson in the center. Why didn’t they take better advantage of that? Was their forward well-covered by Taylor & Simpson, or did they just lack the skill & speed to support him?

  • ginkoh

    Sep 1, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Honestly, Leicester played passing game better than us but they lack of cutting edge. We have it and that’s different between 2 teams.

    If we can pass like them, scoreline will be 3-0 or 4-0. However Thx for excellent goal from Guthrie, fighting performance from our players and passion roar in St’Jame’s Park.


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