Ranger Delighted With First St. James’ Park Goal


Nile Ranger took his chance in injury time with style, even though he had earlier missed an easier chance to put Newcastle 2-0 up.

Nile Ranger – second goal of the season

A delighted Nile Ranger told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I was just glad to do it and seal the game for the fans, they were brilliant, not only turning up and there being nearly 40,000 here but they stayed with us for the game, so to do that for them was amazing.”

“It seems like it has been a while, I haven’t scored since the Coventry game but to score at St James’ Park was amazing.”

“It’s everybody’s dream to do it and score for Newcastle United here.”   “And to do it as an 18-year-old is just amazing.”

It was noticeable that in the short spell Nile was playing alongside Wayne Routledge there was clear telepathy between the two players, and Wayne looked quite impressive on the right wing.

Ranger added:

“I got told to just go on there and kill the game, Chris just told me to give it my all as usual.”

“Wayne Routledge is a good player, he’s been at a few clubs and has the experience.” “He saw me make that run and he’s picked me out very nicely.”

“I just had to keep my cool.” “When I went clean through I thought I was going to lose control at one stage, but I composed myself and found the finish.”

Ranger has demonstrated enormous promise for the Newcastle club of  course, but now he needs to start doing what he did last night, and that is to score goals.

And his wise-crack team-mates had been calling him Nil Ranger – so he’s now got over that one.

Nile went on:

“It’s killed off the jibes from my team-mates again.”“They were starting to come back at me with a few cheeky comments but I’m proud to score and silence them again for a bit.”

Nile offers speed up front for the team, and we have to hope that the London youngster continues his phenomenal progress of the last 18 months since he was signed from Southampton.

And his manager Hughton reflected after the game:

“It was a wonderful finish.” “He could have panicked but, credit to him, he kept his cool and it was a relief to see it go in.”

“He had the chance with the header a little bit earlier so he’s done well to come back from that and take his next chance.”

“I’m pleased for him because he came on and gave us something we needed which was a little bit of legs and, in the end, has made sure of the points for us.”

Comments very welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate captcha

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Amonz shammed were my two words this time. Sounds like a porn name. Jokes aside I would not be surprised if ranger starts scoring and we sell carroll. It seems like a logical thing to do as ranger seem to have more potential than carroll and be further along at a younger age

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  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    i hope he starts getting some goals now, i would start with him and lovenkrasnds, sell ameobi hes not consistent

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  • MacToon

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Nile took his goal well but as mentioned missed other chances and some of which were easier. Carroll works hard all game but the balance seemed to change for the better when Routlidge played right.

    Injuries are worrying, Enrique, Jonas and Loven.

    I keep worrying about next season if we are promoted because there are some first team players imo not up to the EPL. If Ashley messes about in the summer trying to sell etc. we’ll be straight back down the following season. Also I’m not sure about Hughton, an ok CCC manager with a good squad but will he make a good EPL manager with a poor squad?

    Maybe we should be thankful that our finances are in order, with the input of money for gaining promotion (if) and used wisely, we’ll survive at best.

    Having watched alot of football recently and FA cup games, we seem poor in comparison and I certainly don’t miss getting thrashed by the likes of L’pool and Man U.

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  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    i cant see us settling in the premiership. the ammount of money spent by other clubs is just madness. i think we will be in a relegation fight every season unless we spend a good 20 to 30 million.

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  • Zagma

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Any highlights from the game?

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jan 28, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Cracking finish the kid just needs time on the park. I feel out of our current strikers there are him and Lovernkrands that could cut it next year if we gan up.

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