Character And Spirit Got Newcastle The 3 Points Today

Chris Hughton feared the worst when Doncaster Rovers were awarded a penalty after 75 minutes, with the score tied at 1-1.

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Chris Hughton – applauds the spirit of Newcastle players

Kevin Nolan’s last-minute goal, his 8th so far this season, was enough (just) to give Newcastle a 2-1 win at St James’ Park, after Andy Carroll had earlier equalized on 68 minutes, following a Dean Shiels’ opening goal after 18 minutes.

But Doncaster captain Martin Woods missed from the penalty spot after 75 minutes, and then Newcastle had Zurab Khizanishvili sent off after 85 minutes.

Hughton felt his team deserved to take all three points on the balance of play, after Doncaster had wasted their chance to go back in front.

Chris said:

“I’m more relieved because at 1-1 they had an opportunity to go 2-1 up,” “I’m certainly relieved that it (the penalty) didn’t go in. I thought on the balance of the game that we deserved to win it.”

“In the first half they (Doncaster) played a good tactical game but they will keep possession against any team.”

“I thought over the 90 minutes that if there was a side that was going to win the game I felt it was us,  but at 1-1 and with the penalty you think the worst.”

Hughton is now to meet with owner Mike Ashley this weekend to come up with a deal to make him Newcastle’s new permanent manager.

Chris also commented on the spirit of his Newcastle players, who ended the game to a standing ovation by a season-high crowd of 43,949.

“I think it says everything (about our spirit),” “We’re realistic enough to know we’ve had a difficult time in recent weeks.”

“Our performances in the last two games were very good and the two performances here (at St James’ Park) before that we found difficult.”

“There is a lot of character in that side. To get the winner when we did speaks volumes for this group of lads.”

It also says something of the Newcastle fans, when a season high crowd was at today’s game (43,949), after the lads lost two games on the road, and an embarrassing defeat at Scunthopre last Tuesday.

But Newcastle are now back at the top of the league, through their hard earned win this afternoon.

52 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Oct 24, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Pleased we won -still wont be back at SJP until the fat barrow boy has gone though!

  • magpie6699

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    toonsy – don’t hold your breath.

  • toonsy

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #3

    magpie6699 – Im not mate. I just feel its such a shame that i feel i cant go to watch my boyhood, home-town team anymore. It feels like a hollow protest, as nearly 44,000 there today proved, on my own i cant make a difference.

    Look at Liverpool, there owners have been nowhere near as useless as ours yet 10,000 are marching before their biggest game of the season tomorrow!

  • OHurley

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #4


    Sh!te state of affairs, ain’t it, m8? Surely SOMETHING will happen to get the FCB outta the Toon. Fingers crossed like.

  • giimps

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #5

    we were crap again today, hughton is not the answer, harewood and butt are not the answer, we need pace and desire not sideways and back combined with “i cant reach that ball so im not going to try” attitude from the laziest striker at the club.
    I thought strolla was bad, harewood makes him look like jusain bolt, and thats saying something.
    Harewood needs to be sent back, Nile Ranger did more in the 20 mins when he came on than Harewood has done since he arrived !!!
    GET RID !!!

  • Alex

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonsy you could always go but just dont buy any merchindise ie programmes , drinks , food and the likes . Why let the fat cu#t deprive you of your birthright as a geordie . Walking through the gates of SJP and supporting your (not his ) team .
    The Club will allways be here , he wont

  • Big Dave

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #7

    The only thing that will get the fat man out is someone to give him the £80 mill + £120 loan and I cant see that happening any time soon

  • toonsy

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Alex // Oct 24, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Because he will have my ticket money. It pedantic i know but it does knind of make me feel better. I now do all my supporting at away grounds, and that will stay as long as he is there!

    Dare i say it, the worst thing to happen to this club is promotion this season as thats why the fatman is hanging around! Once that looks unlikely/doesnt happen, his investment (our club) wont look so promising!

  • wickywoowoo

    Oct 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Harewood has scored for Newcastle. Ranger hasn’t. That will keep him in the squad ahead of Ranger alone.

    Ranger is turning into baby Heskey. He may only be 18 but he needs to start scoring. Wayne Rooney was scoring regularly in the Premiership at 16 while Ranger can’t even score in the Championship at 18. His age can’t be an excuse forever.

    I am a fan of the kid too but we need to start to hold him to the same standards as the others. Carroll is only 20 himself but people here love shitting on him from above when he is scoring a goal every two games or something.

  • Spitfire

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #10

    It looks like Kevin Nolan is single handedly going to drag us kicking and screaming towards promotion.

  • OHurley

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #11


    It’s important to note that Ranger creates chances and holds the ball up. Classic CF kinda role. Ya don’t always have to score from that role to be incredibly useful. Harewood is lazy and slow and doesn’t care a hoot in hell about Newcastle. Ranger needs to be playing full time. It’s important to get him as much experience as possible.

  • Alex

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #12

    toonsy i do get where your coming from m8 and Respect your points . To go to the away games and support the team deserves the utmost respect , it must cost a kings ransom . Living in Holland i am in the unfortunate position of only being able to get to home games when i get back and visit the family which is about 3 games a season . You aint pedantic your like the rest a real supporter.

  • Big Dave

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    wickywoowoo Ch will keep Harewood in the squad, CH knows that Ranger gives more to the team than Harewood’s one goal and about 6 sitters missed. Re Carroll I like the Big Lad and think he gets alot of unfair stick

  • wickywoowoo

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #14


    That is the same role that Heskey plays but do you think fans here would accept him playing for Newcastle and not scoring? No.

    Ranger is a great prospect and someone who does contribute to the team, I agree and I look forward to his growth, hopefully at Newcastle.

    But the fact is – he is getting special treatment from the fans when people who do the same thing get abuse from them. Carroll is scoring at a great rate. His goals to games ratio is not too shabby, especially as he had a decent length injury lay off and he gets hassle constantly.

    Ranger does not score and rarely comes close and he is praised. Standards need to be the same for all strikers or we have more ammo for fans calling us all deluded weirdos.

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Think the difference is Carroll played for us a few times over the last coupla seasons and went out on loan to find his scoring feet! Ranger has played a handful of games for us mainly being used as a sub, a loan striker or as a holding striker! He has never really been played alongside Carroll to form a partnership and a proper understanding of the team.

    Only trouble is he isn’t playing for us enough to get the experience and confidence he needs, he isn’t playing in the youth squad or reserves to add to it. We need to be using him and Carroll game in game out! They should always be first choice as they are our future…not Lovenkrands or Harewood! This is the perfect level to use them and give them confidence and they will score goals. Lots of them!

    Why is it were always so afraid to use our young ens? Plenty of Championship teams use 17,18,19year olds and they terrorize other teams! We have some of the best and if used right they would give us a killer edge in games!

  • Big Dave

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Mikey25 totally agree with you. I would love to see the 2 of them get a feww games to see how they do.

  • wickywoowoo

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I want to know why NO manager (it isn’t just Hughton so no rants about him) plays Lovenkrands as a striker.

    He is best as a striker and is lightening fast, so we play him on the wing constantly. It was Rangers doing that, that put his form down and eventually led to him leaving.

    We never seem to play him unless it is on the wing and while he is more than fast enough for the position, he isn’t a player who is trained enough in crosses to make it work.

    Lovenkrands should be the chaser to compliment either Carroll or Ranger. I feel those two are too similar at this stage to work effectively, while either knocking it on or holding it up Pistol Pete to chase onto would work far better.

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #18

    I personally think Lovenkrands has done exactly what every Rangers fan said he would and happily sink into the background! He hasn’t proved himself in any position at all! He has been used as a striker alongside Harewood and looked like he couldn’t be bothered at all. Its the main reason we lost the game!

    What’s annoyed me most is fair enough he didn’t have a proper pre-season but 14??? games in and he still gets the excuse “oh he’s unfit!” Balls to that he’s lazy!!

  • OHurley

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #19



    4-3-3 with Carroll, Ranger, AND Lovenkrands as strikers. We can pull this off. Nuff said.

  • toonsy

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree, Carroll and Ranger are similar. I firmly believe that once Ranger gets his first goal more will follow. He is only 18 remember!

    Ive been to game like Cardiff where Ranger never stopped chasing, holding up and laying off the ball to team mates and therfore retaining possesion. He also seems to use his body as a shield much much better than the others, similar to a certain Alan Shearer used to do! What Ranger is, is an outlet. Far better than 50 pence head Harewood or Carroll who is too lightweight and needs to bulk up to stop getting bullied off the ball.

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Double post leant on computer and submitted early…..I would love to see Lovenkrands show some of the form he did last season! It’d be exactly what we need! Don’t think we’ve seen the best of Rangers speed yet! Saw him for reserves he was lightening quick running behind the backline! Seems to get the big lad role in 1st team 🙁

  • wickywoowoo

    Oct 24, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t follow the unfit story now. I agree, he has played enough for it to be solved but he is getting played out of position constantly.

    This goes back to what I said earlier about favouritism amongst fans. Lovenkrands is played out of position, does poor and gets abuse. Other players get played out of position and its Hughton’s fault. Which is it?

    I know Lovenkrands is more than good enough to play for this club, especially in this division but he needs a run of games in the strikers role. If that’s the excuse everyone is using for Ranger not scoring – it applies to our resident Danish bacon too.

  • toonsy

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #23

    wickywoowoo – Lovenkrands may be getting played out of position, fair enough. But thats a piss poor excuse for not even trying, whatever position he is played in! We havn’t got the strength to be carrying anyone, so he needs to roll his sleeves up and get on with it wherever that may be on the pitch!

  • wickywoowoo

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve never heard anyone saying he doesn’t try – all I’ve heard is that he played poor. That doesn’t mean he didn’t try at all, that means he may as well be played in goal as he isn’t skilled in either area. Play Ranger at right back and see how well he applies himself there. It won’t be too great.

    I realise injuries and lack of players creates this issue but it winds me up when our fastest player and the closest we have to a “fox in the box” is played out on the wing because Jonas can’t be arsed.

  • 09-10 return of the gud times

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #25

    evening all
    it s easy to see why were saddled with harewood i can t imagine any club sending out a decent striker out on loan, however if that fat get stumped up about two or three million we could try and get beckford having watched him for the last few seasons he could easily do a job for us surely even that moron can see that

  • magpie6699

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #26

    People will know I’m not a “must play the youngsters” fan – I’ve more urged on the side of caution, for their sakes as much as the team’s. I have to say though, that I’m becoming increasingly impressed by young Ranger. I thought he might be a Flash Harry who could score a few goals for the stiffs, but not stand up to the rigours of first team football in the Championship. However, I’m actually impressed by his work, chasing the ball as a target man, controlling it, bringing others into the game, and his stamina in the odd game he’s played from the start – plus he can run, and he does unsettle defences!
    So, strangely, I’m not that bothered that he hasn’t yet scored because I can see the ability and the effort that he puts in. I think the goals will come.
    On the other hand I;m really surprised and disappointed by Harewood even though he has managed one goal. A couple of times today, I saw a reasonable ball ignored by him because he couldn’t turn quick enough or be bothered to chase – and I’m not talking lost causes either. So I agree, Ranger should start – with Carroll now – when the Amoeba returns we have some more options.

  • birdman

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #27

    evening all..notw are saying ashley was attact at scunny and that moat as now been given the backing.he needed and fat ash will give him a answer by to moz

  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #28

    I will tell you that today is the worst game of footy I have seen on 30 year!!!
    Total sh!te

  • Toon_Factor

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I was at the match today, but why was khizanvilli sent off? From where i was sitting it looked like he did nothing wrong

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Gotta agree there, if the face fits – ie local hero, show some balls – then they’re given a chance! Smith was hounded by some fans but now he’s the first choice on everyones list! He’s played his heart out this season and won us over!

    Ranger has been given the thumbs up by coaching staff, managers but most importantly Big Al. That’s why he will get as long as he needs to get it right! That’s also the same reason why Al will get as long as he needs when he’s manager!

    Look at Hughtons record this that to Shearers in his 8 games! Hughtons already wanted out yet Shearer is wanted in despite his shocking recore!! Now if Shearer would have had this start to the season he would have been seen as a success! Its a case of grass is always greener! This is exactly what’s got us in this mess at the moment! Who knows where we may have been if any of the sacked managers we ousted out had been given more time, if MA Wise etc had been given a chance! Its been years coming, MA has been a major catalyst but we’ve been on meltdown for a while now!

  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #31

    You have to be joking with milli vanilli!!
    He is……….
    Too pissed good night

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Bloomin shame NOTW story is going to be made up rubbish….MA getting attacked, Moat having money its all fantastic!!

  • Dragonera

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Although i am not the biggest fan of Carroll, i do take your point about Ranger. For me, his runs aren’t intelligent enough yet and that’s why he rarely finds himself in scoring positions. However, other areas of his games are very mature for such a young player. I also agree with you about Lovenkrands. He is an AWFUL winger, but a half decent striker. I tried to stress this to another blogger on here the other week and was attacked for it. Clueless bugger!

  • Dragonera

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #34

    The previous message was directed at WICKY WOO

  • Robbanufc

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Just updating you all on one of our transfer targets.. Joakim Rudolfsen, the 21 year old Norwegian at Mo IL.

    Today he scored 2 goals, which made them not get relegated.. that’s 20 goals in 19 games!

    Was at work when the game was on! But I had a friend text me updates, and god damnit i’m happy about our back to back victory! We dont see many of them to be honest!

    But one concern for next game.. Will Coloccini be back? Will Saylor be back? Will Danny Simpson be back? Khizvanisvili out on suspention aint good for us.. what happened? possible to get it rescinded?

  • Dragonera

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Khiz suspension will most likely be appealed and then rescinded. It was an awful refereeing decision. To be honest, the quality of referees drops disgracefully once you drop any lower than the Premiership.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Struggled today as i expected but naturally very relieved to pick up three points. Honestly looking at us today though i think automatic promotion is going to be a huge ask.

    Harper 7 – Dependable as always and not at fault for the goal, did well to put off the penalty taker also. He will save alot of points for us this season.

    R.Taylor 7 – As always going forward he looked excellent on the delivery, has trouble as a right back though and really really cannot defend.

    khiz 5 – This guy is a simply woeful centre half, positionally just all over the place, slightly better on the ball but looked exposed alongside the inexperieced Kadar. Cant help feeling that red card will be a blessing, based on his last three performances I wont miss him too much.

    Kadar 6 – Solid enough display and rarely made a mistake, unfortunately the one he did make, a poor clearence lead to the goal. On this display would prefer him as a backup for taylor and colo than khiz and despite being harassed all game, did well enough.

    Enrique 8 -What a transformation we have seen in this guy this season. Defensively is very no nonsense and is far more confident with the ball going forward, has been one of our solid performers this season.

    Jonas 5 – What a frustrating player he is, capable of a moment of magic that can dump a game on its head, missed a sitter today and his final delivery is just not good enough, worst performance of the season.

    Butt 4 – Just sh*t. Showed how vital smudge is to our success. Wayward passes, late tackles, poor positioning…

    Guthrie 7 – I thought he was actually really good today, the delivery for the Carrol goal was just first class hopefully this signals the end to his somewhat indifferent form recently. Put himself about well and didnt give the ball away. Solid performance.

    Nolan 9 – MOTM – This 9 is based on his desire to keep going, never let his head drop when we went behind, rallied the lads and showed a real captains performance, unlike Butt. And what a goal. He has been alongside Smithy our best performer of the season, wasnt the first and wont be the last time he has saved our a**es.

    Carrol 8 – Worked hard today and despite missing a few good chances really took his goal fantastically well. Would really benefit from a long standing partnership with Ranger.

    Harewood 3 (sweiously) – Actually managed to do absolutely nothing whatsoever. Should never have been ahead of young Ranger and his exit on 60 minutes changed the entire complextion of the game. Will not be having his loan renewed.

    Ranger 8 – His introduction simply changed the game, his work rate is outstanding he holds the ball up and distributes it very well, so much so that his lack of goals is excusable. When they come they are certain to flow. Must start next game. This is the future.

    Tozer 5 – Not enough time to really judge but was asked to do a job and did it.

  • Mikey25

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Well the BBC gave us 11 seconds of coverage…must be a record! Great goals by both players!

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Oct 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Yeh i dont understand the lack of screentime either..we are top ffs…

  • daffy

    Oct 25, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #40

    Lads as a mackem , credit where credits due nearly 44,000 against donny on a shitty day is a tremendous crowd. not sure where youll finish though as theres very little between the top 6 or 7 & qpr are looking very strong.


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