Ipswich 0 Newcastle 4 – Nolan Hat Trick – Commanding Magpies Display


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This was a game that Newcastle fans have dreamed about, since we were relegated,  as Newcastle United tonight gave a commanding display of flowing attacking football, with plenty of fight and spirit,  and were much too good for a dispirited Ipswich Town side this afternoon.

And it was that man Kevin Nolan, who scored 3 goals – what a performance!

Newcastle started the game quickly with flowing  passes and again they looked impressive and a well coached side, playing attractive and cultured football.

And the visitors were almost ahead on 4 minutes when 18 year-old Nile Ranger had a half chance inside the area, as he beat one man and then hit the ball low  to Wright’s left, but the goalkeeper went full stretch to palm the ball clear. Nile looked so cool with that effort – it was ridiculous. 😀

Having two up front was making  a big difference  while  Newcastle were dominating the play, there were few clear cut chances and all was level just before half-hour mark.

But then an amazing three classy goals in the next five minutes by the Magpies changed the game on its head.

On 30 minutes Ryan Taylor on the right sent in an inch perfect cross and it was Kevin Nolan, 10 yards out at the near post who powered a terrific header into Wright’s top right hand corner – a wonderful goal.

This Liverpool lad is turning up and putting the goals in when it counts and no wonder Chris is playing him just behind the strikers.

But just 2 minutes later it was Nolan again on the inside left channel, coming through to beat Alex Bruce on a dime and in one flowing movement he had the ball in the net under Richard Wright – before Ipswich knew what was happening – a Michael Owen goal type goal when Michael was at his very best.

And then just 2 minutes later Newcastle had a free kick about about 25 yards out, and Ryan Taylor had the audacity to put a fantastic curling shot way beyond the reach of the Ipswich goalkeeper, and  into his top left hand corner – what a goal!

So a touch of class from Newcastle, and Ipswich seemed dead and buried.

It’s clear in these games that pure class, displayed by Ryan and Kevin for their goals, makes all the difference at this level.

And just before half time Nile Ranger almost got his first goal for the club, as his  powerful downward header from a right wing chip looked like it was going in – but no Richard Wright seemed to keep all his good saves for the Londoner and went full stretch to make other excellent stop.

Nile could have scored two goals in the first half, and he looks class, and with Andy Carroll the two of them look like a whole lot of  for opposing defenses.

On 51 minutes new boy Khizanishvili made a great run down the right wing and the ball was crossed over and it was Nile Ranger who met it heading it down and as the ball bounced up it was that man again – as Kevin Nolan, completely unmarked,  headed the ball into the net and the Ipswich defense was all at sea – and that’s being kind.

On 61 minutes new boy Marlon Harewood came on for Nile ranger, who had put in another star performance for the Newcastle side.

Fabricio Coloccini had to leave the game on about 70 minutes, so we have to hope he’s not injured too badly. Ryan Taylor also came off with what looked like a calf injury.

Near the end of the game there were some bad tackles by the Ipswich players, who were given a football lesson tonight, and were obviously frustrated by the end of the game.

All in all – a game to savor fro Geordie fans – now for QPR on Wednesday night at home – we expect a huge crowd for that game – and we must take all 3 points!

Oh, and  Newcastle are now back on top of the league, now  2 points clear of WBA.

WBA were beaten at home by Crystal Palace 1-0, and Middlesbrough could only draw away with  Coventry 2-2, after leading 2-0,  when Leon Best equalized in the 4th minute of added time.

Things went Newcastle’s way today and the lads did us proud – and needless to say the Newcastle fans at the game, were in excellent voice.

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85 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Awesme performance by the lads.
    Carroll was brilliant, Ranger was unlucky but what a pair they are up top.
    Really like the look of Harewood too.

    Nolan, MoM without doubt.

    More of the same please lads.

    Hope that R. Taylor and Colo aren’t too badly injured, other than that, nothing but a positive day for once.

    R.I.P Bobby.

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  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Good game and great performance by Nolan 🙂 wheres cool dj these days?

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #3

    They played really well tonight, am well chuffed with that and loved the look on Keanos face.. Butt was by far the weakest link again, he nearly gave 2 goals away from absolutely nothing. Enrique made a couple silly mistakes but really impressed at times. Smith is a revelation and Super Nolan has wrote his place into my heart. Carrol and Ranger did well, although their lack of experience showed a bit at times. Thought Harewood did o.k. for time he was on. Nearly got a good goal..

    Brilliant result..

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Not only are we 2 points clear we’re beating the Baggies on GD too. What a great game. Sir Bobby would have been proud.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Give CH the job ’till the end of the season, his signings have been spot on, his tactics today were brilliant and he has got the whole team playing with confidence. He has played down all the off field nonesense and just got on with the job like an experienced manager, good on ya mate.

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  • Flan

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh and Leadbitter is a knack!

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  • Doocey

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Juts as I expected a comfortable win.
    Hope Ryan Taylor’s OK though.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Exactly what we needed. Love how people knock Hughton so much after P’Boro yet we produce this and not much appreciation is heard.

    Harewood looks like a very good signing, let’s hope we can get him on permanent in January. Kizinashvili looked Ok today but bottled a couple of defender’s tackles!

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  • frogeordie

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Ho ho the kids did it. They frightened them and it was no contest. All round team success. Kishvan..i? did ok too. Gotta find a name for him soon.

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  • Alex

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Just one thing too say , Chris play 2 upfront allways . What a diffrence it makes .

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  • TheToonKing

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Also Zurab was brilliant on the right …he’s very much like Jose , he should defo start ahead of Simpson after this game.

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  • lou9brasil

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12

    agreed with AndyNUFC harewood looked very good from the little we saw

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  • sahota

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    It was great to see the news guys playing. Considering it was their first game they do played very well.

    Special credit goes to Ranger. I think the lad will will be great for us as season moves forward. You can clearly see how he can get rid of defenders around him easily. He will for sure score some goals and by looks it will assist many. Also his work rate is brilliant. Need not to mention everyone here, but I was still disappointed with BUTT. He was not 100% in the game.

    Com’on Lads..keep this going for 4 more games and we will be 5-10 points clear at top

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  • Fostino

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #14

    good debut by khiz…, looked good at r.b. and even better at c.b.

    r.taylor and nolan are playing well, joe signings are not looking too bad now

    ranger looks really good along with carroll

    butt is my 4th choice c.m.

    lovendkrands didnt do too much

    good clean sheet

    enrique is a quality l.b.

    smith must be a blessing to have for any defence

    hopefully colo’s, r taylor injuries arent too serious

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #15

    TheToonKing simpson has done nowt wrong except get injured. i hope he does get back, but i do think zurab done well

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  • Toonmania

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Great win guy’s back at the top where we should be, but i’m just a little concerned IF ryan taylor & colo are both injured we could be a little stuck for defensive options

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Ryan Taylor’s deliveries have been pivotal in our success. He had a key role in THREE of our four goals today. I hope he isn’t injured for too long.

    Khiz looks good. Comfortable defensively and already on the same wave lengths as his team mates. Now we have TWO good RB’s at the club.

    Taylor and Colo finally look like they have an understanding and Enrique was pure class, again.

    Smith and Butt dominated the middle of the park. The former Man United pair were chasing EVERYTHING down, even at 4-0.

    Ranger was very good today. He got himself in some great positions and never seems to panic when in possession. He and Carroll must have been such a headache for those Ipswich centre halves.

    Nolan was awesome, and so was Harewood once he came on. Lovenkrands looked poor on the wing, yet again. He is a striker for God’s sake!

    It should be Lovenkrands and Harewood up front against QPR.

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  • EatEthiopian

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #18

    is this tears of joy…. its been a long time since i felt such joy. Great job CH.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #19

    We look to have the right people in the right places now. We just need some cover for the left side (Bale being my perfect answer).

    Nobody had the perfect game so I won’t knock Butt. Seems to easy really, he didn’t even have a bad game.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    from back to front ,controlled the game,could have been 7 but lets not get picky,didnt harewood look sharp ,for me that was the big plus today , he will get goals for us ,NEXT

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  • lou9brasil

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    once you hit rock bottom the only way is up, maybe relegation was a blessing in disguise.. i dont want to ge ahead of myself but were not gonna turn into a bad team over night we may lose some points along the way but i really think were gonna be back were we belong next season and kicking off the season with the premier league badge back on our shirts…. Come on the toon

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  • thud and blunder

    Sep 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    hey I thought Butt did really well….BUTT then again he was playing agianst a poo Roy Keane team.

    Carroll can be a HUGE infulence this season, no CB can get anywhere near him.

    Nolan can come from deep at ease

    R.Taylor can in point corners and FKs at ease and the back four are not going to be up against Rooney, Torres or Drogba week in week out.

    No matter who is in control of Newcastle, we will win this league

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  • thud and blunder

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #23

    we still need a left back and a left side MF player. Apart from that we look OK.

    Altho the injuries are starting to mount up, just hope Taylor and Colo are ok

    Zurab was class on his first game as was Harewood, but I always thought Marlon was a good player

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  • toonsy

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #24

    I still doubt whether Hghton is the man to take us forward. He played 2 up top, like a lot of us have been saying for a while, and it worked. Credit for what he has put up with this season, but we need to be building for the future, NOT giving a manger till the end of the season.

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  • Alex

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Guys if you look at the table Blackpool are up to 5th , That puts the loss at their place into perspective . loosing at this level to a team in the playoff places is nothing to be ashamed about

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  • toonsy

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #26

    I see the bandwagon is rolling again. Great result, but still very very early in the season!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Carroll is decent, but he’s an unfinished product. He has glimpses of a good player, but I feel Ranger consistently shows his class, without fail.

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  • RooneyToons

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Come on the TOON

    Harper- 7/10 Solid, didn’t need to do a lot
    Taylor- 8/10 also solid as always, some great tackling
    Coco- 7/10 getting a lot more consistent but needs to clear his lines a lot earlier.
    The Bull- 8/10- Did exactly what his name suggests tenacious, strong and was all over Rosenior for the whole game.. passing was inconsistent though
    Zurab- good debut looked strong at the back and surprisingly good on the ball going forward.
    Nolan- 9/10 MOTM- Very impressive hattrick, always looking to get forward and looked rugged in the tackle, got back when needed.
    Butt- 6/10- Still looks off the pace while his passing was horrible per usual. That said he pressed well and was nipping at the heels all game.
    Smudge- 7/10- becoming a fan favorite after a string of assured performances, i know he’s got great heart but just needs to watch his tackling as he looks like he’ll be sent off every game.
    R.Taylor- 7/10 not the best defensively but with a good goal and always looking to get a killer ball in.
    Carroll- 7/10 Was a work horse all afternoon putting himself about per usual, just needs to show a bit more composure and awareness.
    Ranger- 7.5/10 Not quite an 8 as did everything but score. The lad looks like he’s got all the right attributes to become a quality striker, Power, composure, link up play, heading and although he hasn’t scored he looks our most promising striker…. its coming.

    Subs- Harewood- 7/10- Looked a handful and almost snatched an excellent goal after a powerful run, looks like he needs a goal for his confidence.
    McLoven and Donaldson- didn’t really see much of the ball but never looked out of sorts when they did.. should both get more time Wednesday vs QPR if Coco and R Taylor are still injured.

    HOWAY THE LADS

    A fitting tribute for Sir Bobby R.I.P

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonsy, under the circumstances where the owner has the club up for sale with no real buyer in sight, what has Ashley got to lose by giving CH the job ’till the end of the season. The players are responding to his management style and he is getting results.

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  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Well lads we have QPR on wednesday and it’ll be a tough game as they are doing pretty well for themselves in 8th. We’ll have Simpson, Guthrie back for QPR so hopefully they’ll cover the losses 🙂

    My team for QPR if R Taylor and Colo are injured:

    ___________Harper

    Simpson__S Taylor__Zurab__Enrique

    Guthrie__Nolan__Smudge__Lovenkrands

    _______Ranger_Harewood

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Coloccini was equal with Taylor today.

    When Enrique chased the guy down the line, used his strength to get the ball and keep it in, then hooked the ball into the box to nobody just absolutely summed his game up. Quick as hell, strong as any defender, but brain dead.

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  • Alex

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #32

    toonsy
    Your right that it is still early doors in the season but lets all enjoy while we can . somehow after todays performance i think we will be at the top for a long time , todays performance was a real statement of intent . It was not just the result but the way the team battled untill the last whistle , they seemed hell bent on keeping a clean sheet .

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #33

    toonsy i think your right about C.Hnot being the one to take us forward if we go up ,but start messing about with staff now would be a disaster , the lads play for him ,he must stay,….for now

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  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Well pundits have said wait until the 10 game mark and that’ll be what the table will look a bit like at end of the season 🙂 Its been 9 games and WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE!…Preying we are same position at the end of the season though.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #35

    andy

    Enrique isn’t brain dead. He is just a player schooled in the Spanish way of playing football, where you always look to maintain possession and play the ball out of defence. He is still learning and improving. By the time we are back in the Premiership he will be immense.

    Why do people keep putting Lovenkrands on the wing in their formations? He has been playing there since he rejoined us and has looked awful. Completely ineffective. He is a striker and should start up front with Harewood depending on the opposition.

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  • thud and blunder

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #36

    alreet toonsy mate

    great result!!! still lacks 2 players….hopefully we will sign a left back and a left MF….simples

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  • thud and blunder

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #37

    ENRIQUE is a fantastic left back, whoever doesnt rate him needs to go to specsavers!!

    He has pace, power, gets forward well and is a BULL!! yes he has one laspe but hes got some potential, remember hes only 21!!!!!!!!

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #38

    With 4-4-2 formation I think we’re second to none in this league !!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh I proper rate Enrique, but it’s just typical Newcastle. Builds you up, then does something stupid. To be fair i’d think from spanish football you’d learn better about first touches and accurate passing. It’s so frustrating, because I know he can defend, but lacks concentration and passing.

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  • thud and blunder

    Sep 26, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

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    remember Mike Basset England manager swears by it!!!

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