The lads got the win we needed but it wasn’t as easy as we would have hoped.
As expected Newcastle came out of the blocks fast and got the best start the fans could have wished for, when Steven Taylor scored after just 6 minutes from a set piece.
Geremi, probably in for his set players, put a beautiful corner to the far post where local lad Steven Taylor, completely unmarked , directed a header into the bottom corner of the net.
Great start for the home side.
But worryingly after the first 250 minutes Newcastle again took their foot off the accelerator, and Plymouth came right back into the game.
Danny Simpson seemed to injure his ankle early in the game and he was eventually replaced by Ryan Taylor, so we’ll have to hope it’s not too bad an injury.
At half time Newcastle were ahead 1-0 but Argyle had come back into this game.
On 50 minutes a not unexpected equalizer arrived for the bottom placed team, when Karl Duguid stabbed home from close range after Sheridan had clipped a delicate cross into the six-yard area.
And it was Harper who saved Newcastle as Plymouth surged forward after their goal, and on 53 minutes Sawyer hit a terrific shot to Harper’s top corner from 20 yards, that Harper brilliantly pushed over for a corner.
Another vital save by the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Newcastle made two changes near the hour mark with Danny Guthrie and Nile Ranger coming on for Barton and Lovenkrands.
And it was just a couple of minutes later that Ranger back-heeled to Geremi who lobbed the ball to the back post, where Carroll flicked it onto Guthrie.
Danny put in a nice cross over to Kevin Nolan who bundled the ball over the line, for a vital goal that put Newcastle ahead again.
And on 84 minutes 20 year-old Andy Carroll made the points secure with another goal for Newcastle.
Andy burst in on goal before hitting a low volley into the bottom corner from 14 yards – a fantastic finish for the local lad and another one for baby Carroll!
So the lads got the win we needed and we go second top of the league, but questions were asked by Plymouth early in the second half, but some good use of substitutes agai by coach Hughton, saw the lads meet the challenge and get the win.
Well done lads and we are now 3 points clear of 3rd placed Middlesbrough who were hammered at home by top of the table WBA 5-0 – a shock result indeed.
And Cardiff were beaten 2-0 at home by QPR.
Finally a terrific crowd of just less than 43,000 were there today – fantastic support for the lads! 😀