The only slight disappointment in this game was that Newcastle couldn’t get their 9th clean sheet of the season, after going 3-0 up just after the break.
But we allowed Peterborough, who were a well beaten side, to score with just 10 minutes to go in the game, to make the score look even respectable for Peterborough, who are now bottom of the league after Ipswich grabbed a point at Reading.
But we’re not complaining and it’s 3 expected points for the team – job done.
And Newcastle made the start we were all hoping to see and came out like a steam train right at the start,and were 2-0 up after just 18 minutes.
And would you believe it, Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez scored for his first goal for the club on 15 minutes.
The Argentine, a growing favorite on Tyneside, received possession on the left wing and cut inside two Peterborough players, and shot and the ball cannoned off Morgan and into the net – but it was a Gutierrez goal – a great start for the lads and just what we needed.
And then on 18 minutes that rising young star Andy Carroll got his 4th goal of the season, and obviously he must have read our report this morning which said the youngster needed to concentrate on banging the goals in.
And it was a good header from Andy, as he met Danny Guthrie’s corner, and headed past goalkeeper Joe Lewis on the corner of the 6 yard box. Give this lad any room from high balls into the box, and he’s so dangerous.
However, things cannot go this good, well not for Newcastle, and after 21 minutes Gutierrez limped off with what looked like a groin injury, and he was replaced by Ryan Taylor.
But Newcastle were in good form and there was corner after corner before half time, and the Magpies probably should have added to the score, to at least make make our goal difference better.
But then shortly after the restart, after 52 minutes Newcastle were 3-0 up,
Newcastle counter attacked quickly, with Marlon Harewood, running through, and the big amn showed all his experience as he waited for Newcastle players to come forward, rolled the ball into the path of Danny Simpson. The on-loan full-back moved inside Tommy Rowe (Sheila 1962 and Dizzy, 1969), before his cross-shot beat goalkeeper Joe Lewis and nestled into the far corner for his first Newcastle goal.
38 minutes left and could we make it six?
But then after 79 minutes, the ball was knocked around in the Newcastle box, but not cleared, and Dean Kates fired low past Steve Harper to make it 3-1.
There was 3 minutes of injury time but Newcastle were the much superior side today.
With WBA beating Leicester City 2-1 at The Walkers Stadium, Newcastle are now 2 points ahead of WBA at the top of the league.
But with Cardiff, Leicester, Middlesbrough and Preston all being beaten this afternoon, we are now 5 points clear of 3rd place Cardiff City. The first two teams in the Championship get automatic promotion, so that’s an important points gap to open up.
We would have loved a clean sheet today, but this was a good win by the lads this afternoon, and we’re not complaining.
The turn-out was another good one from the Newcastle fans, (tell me news not history), with a good 43,067 at the game, just 4,000 short of the crowd at Manchester City, which was the highest of the day.
The average home league gate at St. James’ Park is now 41,478, and remember if we can keep this out, or improve it, we may be able to attract some Billionaire Arab investors. :D.
Now we have to hope the Gutierrez injury is not too bad, especially since he has just scored for the team!
But there will be thousands and thousands of very happy Newcastle fans, all over the world tonight, that’s for sure.
Job done today – and well done.
Howay The Lads – we can do it!!