WBA And Middlesbrough Both Lose In Championship


The stars are starting to line up for Newcastle United, as both Middlesbrough, WBA and Preston were beaten last night in the Championship.

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Barnsley , who were bottom of the league, beat WBA 3-1 at home, for an amazing result, as WBA seem to be in a big slump.

And Middlesbrough lost at home to the impressive Leicester City 1-0, and this leaves Newcastle still 2 points clear at the top of the league with a home game tonight against QPR.

And Ipswich Town may be on the way back.

Roy Keane’s team were 3-1 up away at Sheffield United after 70 minutes, but an injury time goal gave the Blades a 3-3 draw.  But a much improved performance from the Tractor Boys from Saturday’s game against the Magpies, will give Ipswich fans new hope.

And Cardiff took Derby County apart 6-1 at home, with Newcastle-born Michael Chopra hitting 4 goals, and just for good measure Preston North End were beaten 2-1 at home by Reading – yet another good result for the Magpies!

And Plymouth finally got a win by  beating Peterborough 2-1 away. Those two teams are now tied at the bottom of the league with Ipswich Town, on 5 points.

OK –  now we must get all 3 points tonight against QPR – and then we’ll be 5 points clear at the top of the league.

Not only that,  but Newcastle would also be 7 points clear of 3rd place Preston, with a superior goal difference and would be in good shape for automatic promotion (top two automatically promoted), if we can keep up our good form.

Newcastle  must now take this golden opportunity to pull away from the pack tonight, and the lads must show they are mentally strong enough to keep getting those wins, through hell and high water.

It’s one game at a time, and we must not allow any slip-ups – like we did so many times last season!

Howay The Lads!!



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42 comments so far

  • mattnufc

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s put in a good performance – We can beat QPR!

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  • NorthernPaul

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Fingers crossed 🙂

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  • Stardust

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Even 7 points clear means nothing when youre 8 months away from the seasons end. Theres a lot of football to be played.

    Enjoying the ride though.

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  • Chris F

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #4

    indeed, there is a lot of football to be played still, but i’d rather be 7 points clear than 4, wouldnt you?

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  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 30, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Gosh who wants to remember 1995 , and the 12 point gap at the top we had over ManU , it was one of the most miserbale end’s to the season that we will ever endure .
    One game at a time boys , and as was said earlier lets enjoy the bl**dy ride !! Its a rollercoaster eh ???

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  • Alex

    Sep 30, 2009 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #6

    There may be a long way to go to the end of the season but a win tonight would certainly make a big statement to the rest of te teams ! we are in form and we have the squad to do it .

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  • MickyD

    Sep 30, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #7

    we gotta win the nite and the lads will no this so a think we will take all 3points and be 5points clear at the top and 8points clear of the smoggys.

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  • Ashley Hole

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Gosh who wants to remember 1995 , and the 12 point gap at the top we had over ManU , it was one of the most miserbale end’s to the season that we will ever endure . ——>

    Sometimes i still wake up hearing my own scream in the middle of night…just can`t get over this.

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  • Graeme

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #9

    We have only played 9 games ffs. Anyone who believes its gonna be a walk in the park is dreaming.

    Lets wait until a January blizzard in ankle deep mud hits home. Then we will see how we will fare in this league and who has the heart and balls to slog it out.

    Yes, we are doing well and being top is far more comfortable than being bottom, even this early in the season. We are a hell of a long way from the season end to be predicting winning this league comfortable, no matter how goodd it looks this morning.

    Lets keep the feet firmly planted on the floor and not get carried away just yet.

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Hmmm….”I’d love it, just love it…”
    No ! dont go there.
    Just hope the lads dont feel under too much pressure tonight. Defo time to make that statement to all the other clubs. Dont come to St James’ and expect to leave with any points.
    Howay the lads, you can do it.
    🙂

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Also hope we have a good crowd in tonight. cash turnstiles open if you haven’t got a tkt already. Come on support your team.

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Are we expecting any announcements today?

    Why I ask? On trying to get into the club’s site and keep getting timed out. Maybe that’s normal for this time of the day?

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  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #13

    We’ll be alright tonight – a massive, vociferously supportive crowd could just intimidate QPR.

    Add to that that and if the lads have a go at ’em early and knock the wind out of their sails, then we could just be clear of the pack by 945 toninght.

    Let’s not get carried away though – the season’s barely started and we must have patience. (Lucky Patience!)

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  • geordiejp

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    The way i look at it is using milestones – To avoid relegation in the fizzy pop league you need 50 points – so once we reach this milestone then we can look to the next ie: 70-84 points Playoff place – anything above 85 points is auto promotion. so as you can see with 22 points in the bag we are still way off the initial safety mark.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #15

    We have to be patient with one game at a time.

    Those who are undermining our Manager should shut up and f@#K off I trust CH and I know he will do a good job. We jst have to be patient. Those who think it is east to manager a team that is good look at how many managers, Real Madrid had after Delbosic. Its never an easy job. He has made the players concentrate and they are playing their thing.

    CH Revolution.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    geordiejp, we are still far away we are not yet even half way the season. These games are jst so many.

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  • Charlietoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone know if anyone in the world is televising the match??

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  • geordiejp

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I reckon we could be on For 45 thousand packed into St’James tonight to cheer on the team … Howay the lads..

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  • batty

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Stardust // Sep 30, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Even 7 points clear means nothing when youre 8 months away from the seasons end. Theres a lot of football to be played.

    Enjoying the ride though.
    <<<<<<< aye your right of course but iam more worried aboot injurys than other teams

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  • sahota

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Have a belief guys. Don’t think that Chris’s job is easy. It was not easy. Managing demotivated people is not a simple job. So just give Chris credit for what he has done. Yes he is not good for Premier League etc etc but why are you worrying about that yet. We are in championship and if Chris can help us get out in first year itself we should be thankful.

    I just want that tonight we work our socks off and win the match. We should not be looking at table yet. Go for every match and go for a win. Com’on Chris go for 442 and that will kill the game in first half itself. And please play Loven boy as forward , he can score just give him a chance.

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  • sahota

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #21

    @Charlietoon

    I am not sure if it will be live anywhere on Tele. Atleast in UK I think no one is broadcasting it live. But you can listen to live radio commentary on:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/sport/

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Batty,

    Ya absolutely sopt on mate.

    I have been saying for weeks that the only thing that will stop us going up is injuries.

    We have 4 or 5 out now and the injuries really won’t kick in till Dec/Jan.

    Can only hope that either Ashley or new owners invest in Jan and I think we’ll go up.

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  • batty

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #23

    aye a know you have stu

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  • Davey Falcus

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Charlietoon:

    If you can get to Shearers Bar, they always have a live feed for every home game.

    Obviously if you live outside of Newcastle then disregard that and scour the internet for any links, but I doubt if you will find any, I think the 5 live link may be your best bet.

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  • Chris F

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #25

    y’know, i don’t buy the whole “wait until there’s a january blizzard” thing to see how the team copes.

    i mean come on, a) how often do we get blizzards in any month in this country any more? and b) their home stadium is in newcastle, so they’ll be bloody used to playing in the cold anyway, they train in it every day! 😉

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #26

    QPR may be trickier than some think.

    Just hope we have some fit defenders for tonight.

    I think we will win though.
    I’d really like to see Marlon start with Big Andy, Ranger to come on as a sub with 25 minutes to go and pinch a goal.

    Come on lads.

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  • liam85

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Come on lads we can do this!! 🙂
    Does anyone know where I can find Newcastle matches that will be live on TV?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Edd Case // Sep 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    QPR may be trickier than some think.

    You’re not wrong.

    If they win tonight and win their two games in hand they will be level on points with us!

    Tough game tonight

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  • sahota

    Sep 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #29

    @liam

    http://www.nufc.com/2009-10html/fixtures.html

    I am not sure if its always RIGHT but I have seen most of times they are pretty right with coverage

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #30

    Let’s hop home advantage plays it’s part tonight…3 points will give us a cushion for any little errors over the next month…so many games left to play so not getting carried away….I do see us winning tonight though and a dirty 1 niller will suffice !

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #31

    Hope Not Hop 🙂

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  • batty

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #32

    1fifth of the way through the season already it fying man

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree QPR are a decent side. however, this is one game where Chris’ long ball tactics will really come in handy. QPR defenders will definitely struggle with any two of Carroll, Ranger or Harewood up front as they aren’t great at defending set pieces and high balls.
    They are a footballing side, just like Plymouth, Cardiff, West Brom etc. So if Smith has a good game we could probably nullify 75% of their threat by closing them down quick and giving them no time on the ball.
    The one player i am worried about is Jay Simpson. He is a proper Arsenal player with good movement and pace. He may give our CB’s a nightmare if he is on form.

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  • Johno Toon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I do not think there will be any easy games in this league but I dont think there is any team Id fear, If we perform on the day we should win but we wont win every game and we will go on a losing streak at some point in the season, still think we should have enough to get promoted this season tho

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Some waffle from Owen…I hope he fails big time.
    Got to thank Nicky Butt for engineering the deal and I hope he manages to engineer one for himself.

    http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/27736/Owen_United_legend_was_the_intermediary_in_my_transfer.aspx

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  • Charlietoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    Nah bit far from Sydney Australia to get to shearers bar

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Stuart QPR only have two games in hand including this one so they could not get level with us sorry for being picky. Could not help myself.

    Really am wary about the neet but i was the same on satda so fingers crossed hey.

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  • stevep

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Newcastle website is offering free nufctv membership for a week – gives you live radio commentary of tonights game and bristol city game on sat as well as access to videos etc – could be why the site is timing out!!

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Waldo P. Barnstormer // Sep 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Stuart QPR only have two games in hand including this one so they could not get level with us sorry for being picky. Could not help myself.

    Waldo,

    Read my comment mate – If they win tonight and win their games in hand they will be level on points with us.

    Their on 13 points. Win tonight and that will be 16 and they still have two games in hand on us. Win them both it takes them to 22 points.

    Sorry for being picky too.

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  • batty

    Sep 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40

    stu they played 8 we played 9 so they cant

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