Newcastle 3 Peterborough 1 – Job Well Done


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!!

21 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Does anyone know if Jonas got his Spidey mask out?

  • AshHague

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought we were 6 points ahead of Cardiff?

  • ginkoh

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Happy we got 3 points today before 2 weeks rest. But I concern a little bit because we always down our game after long rest. I just hope we’ll do good this time against Preston.

    I pray for Jonas, hope his injury is not bad as we thought. Argentina friendly is good for him but after he got injury today, I doubt it.

  • Toonmania

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #4

    no jonas didn’t don his spiderman mask 🙁 shame really as that would have been good to see 🙂 anyway it was a good win today and we now have a nice lead at the top again

  • ganiyu

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    hurray we won millions of newcastle fans celebrate on the streets

  • ganiyu

    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    any ideas of who we sign this january window?

  • ieffrey

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #7

    here is a happy Newcastle fan from Hong Kong

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I see another 43K Ashlet supporters watched this top of the leauge encounter.

    The fact that you protest and then get your cash put and give it to the man you allegedly hate just makes me laugh. It like striking during your lunch break – pointless and there is no impact to teh business

  • christos

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #9

    he didn’t do the spiderman celebration cause he would have taken a yellow card
    ..players are not allowed anymore to use masks for celebrations

  • Rangerman

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    BlacknWhite Barmy – You missed a comfortable victory for us, I hope you had fun being dragged by the missus around Eldon Square.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #11

    ganiyu // Nov 7, 2009 at 6:59 PM
    any ideas of who we sign this january window?


  • KSA.Magpie

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Pleased and very very happy…
    Thanks for players and their magnificent effort..
    for Sir bobby..

  • Nobby_Long

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Been to the match…very disappointed with Harewood again……very poor first touch and slow to react…..he does try to chase balls down , but the play seems to breakdown a lot when it goes to him….

    Would honestly prefer Ranger to start with Carroll.

    Until Gutierrez went off we were very good….then we lacked a bit of creativity.

    No matter what anyone says, we are a far better team with Gutierrez, as we have very little creativity and pace without him……he may be frustrating at times, but he can cause chaos in the opposition defence. I can see why Maradona picks him….with good players around him to make use of the space created it could be very effective……I think that’s one of our main problems, we expect great crosses, but he runs into the box and is looking to play lay-offs that we are not that well equiped to take advantage of.

    Anyway, hope he’s not too badly injured.

  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 7, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Three points from Finland

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Nov 7, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry to nit-pick, but Leicester left Filbert St (which is now being developed for housing I think) years ago.

    And yes, Guttierez isn’t allowed to don his mask. Something to do with copyright issues I think (silly I know).

  • stuart no9

    Nov 7, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    good win,3,imo greatgoals(congrats jonas) and to prove the doubters wrong,good protests did not affect the perfomance in any way ,done in the correct manner, a good day

  • cornish-magpie

    Nov 7, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Shame about the n0-show on Spidey mask but fantastic to be 6 points clear of 3rd. Maybe we’ll be having a party in May after all!!

  • magpie6699

    Nov 7, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Good performance – a fair score would have been 6-2! Excellent performances from Smith, Enrique, Harper, Coloccini, also very good from Carroll, STaylor, Simpson, Guthrie, Nolan and Ryan Taylor. Guti was brill before he had to go off and was unlucky not to score earlier and Ranger was excellent in his late cameo. Even Harewood flung himself into some decent challenges for once. However, the team was well on top for most of the game apart from 10 minutes in the 2nd half when Harper had to be superb, and actually tried to play football instead of hoofing it up. Some credit to CH for going with 2 strikers – though wish it had been Nile instead of Marlon.
    Some good news perhaps? One website says Jonas had a dead leg – so that should soon recover.

  • Macas

    Nov 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t think Smithy had to break sweat to be honest, as they were that poor. The defence didn’t have much to do either, although Peterborough did get 3 gilt edged chances that they should have scored. Guthrie was average and Ryan Taylor had a pretty poor game for once, his passing was awful. Harewood is just not a footballer, no control and no intelligence, Ranger did more in 5 minutes than Harewood did all game.

  • fergie

    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Harps – 8
    Simpson – 9
    S. Taylor – 7
    Colo – 8
    Enrique – 9
    Guthrie – 7
    Smith – 7
    Nolan – 7
    Jonas – 9
    Harewood – 7
    Carroll – 8

    R. Taylor – 7
    Ranger – 8
    McLoven – 6

    Man of the Match: Danny Simpson who was absolutely outstanding, as was Enrique, but the Philippe Lahm-esque goal did it for me.

    Just a shame we took our foot off the gas for the last 20 mins of each half.

  • Macca555

    Nov 8, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Nice work lads. Watched the text feed from Australia… Can someone please post goal highlights on youtube (putting link on this blog) we can’t view BBC video outside the UK.. 🙁 Cheers


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