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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