Newcastle 5 Cardiff City 1 – Marvelous Magpies

The only slight negative in this game came right at the end, when Newcastle conceded a goal in the very last minute – but other than that Newcastle were in excellent form tonight.

There’s no doubt Newcastle were pummeled for their display last week at Leicester and were toothless. That was true and they deserved it.

And as if the players had taken this to heart, Newcastle were 3-0 up within 15 minutes in the game tonight, and somewhere in between those goals, Cardiff hit the bar in an enthralling and hectic opening 20 minutes.

To say that Chris Hughton had the lads ready to play tonight is an understatement, and good teams come roaring back after poor displays – so hey – Newcastle on this evidence are indeed a very good side.

It took only 3 minutes for this new look Newcastle side to go ahead as big Andy Carroll nodded in at the far post after captain Kevin Nolan had headed the ball towards goal from a corner.

And after 6 minutes Newcastle were 2-0 up, when Andy Carroll was clean through on goal, but he hit the ball against the bar, and it rebounded in off Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes.

An own goal and 2-0 up.

Then after 15 minutes Carroll got his second and Newcastle’s third goal, when he again headed the ball past goalkeeper David Marshall from a great cross from newly-returned right-back Danny Simpson. There’s just no stopping this boy at the far post.

That was Carroll’s 8th goal of the campaign.

3-0 up and the match was over?

Not blooming likely, as after 20 minutes Cardiff again hit the bar, when the usually safe Steve Harper lost the flight of Adam Matthews’ floated cross and the ball hit the bar – a mistake by the Newcastle goalkeeper that was not punished – thank goodness.

This was a game being played at a frenetic  pace, and after 61 minutes, new-boy Best after an impressive debut, made way for in-form Peter Lovenkrands.

Cardiff City must have though Oh My God because of  the very in-form Peter coming on, when the side was already 3-0 up.

Leon Best got a great ovation from the 44,028 Newcastle crowd, as he left the field, by the way.

The game had slowed down just a bit, and was a little flat but then on 69 minutes Newcastle went 4-0 up.

It was the impressive Wayne Routledge who ran at the Cardiff defense from the half way line, with City back-pedaling, and Lovenkrands dashed through and pointed to where he wanted the ball played.

Wayne delivered the ball perfectly, and Peter put the ball in the back of the net – a wonderful goal from the Danish International and another assist from Wayne.

That was Peter’s 7th goal of the season, and would you believe he got his 8th after 82 minutes.

Peter got possession on the touchline, moved infield and realized he had only Gerrard blocking his path to goal.

But Peter didn’t even try to beat Gerrard, but instead hit a beautiful, left-footed curling shot in off the post from just 12 yards out.

Danish selection comittee please note – this lad is in hot hot form and can score goals.

Peter for Denmark indeed!

5-0, but then on 89 minutes Cardiff got a consolation goal, when Aaron Wildig finished nicely after being played in on goal. Since Crdiff hit the bar twice in the first half we supposed they deserved something (we’re being philosophical).

Chris and the team will be disappointed with this goal, especially Chris who is a bit of a perfectionist at times.

But hey lads, 5-1 against the 4th placed team – very well done indeed.

We’ve now gone a record 15 games without defeat in the league, we have 17 wins in our 28 games so far, we’re 6 points clear of WBA in 2nd place, and 7 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with a superior goal difference of 8. All top three teams have played 28 games.

Our next game is at Derby County on Tuesday night, and of course Derby just beat Forest 1-0,  so it will in no way be an easy game for us, and we must not get carried away with success.

We cannot let up in any game, and that will start again at Derby County, where we will need to go all out for all 3 points – forget about draws.

Finally, to put it rather mildly – we’re extremely proud of  the lads tonight.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Great result – not many would have had us down for a 5-1 against Cardiff.

    Hughton take note – An attacking 4-4-2 is the way forward!

  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Fantastic result. I am very glad to point out that Ed’s article about how the game could be settled by 1 goal was horribly wrong! that has made my week!!!
    also i think that we now have finally a squad with no misfits who are just there for the money!!

  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #3

    well done… speechless. race for top scorer is wide open

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #4

    hoot hoot

  • Doocey

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #5

    pearceet // Feb 5, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Fantastic result. I am very glad to point out that Ed’s article about how the game could be settled by 1 goal was horribly wrong! that has made my week!!!
    also i think that we now have finally a squad with no misfits who are just there for the money!!


    Are you sure it wasn’t me who posted an article with that subject.
    I was terribly wrong, and I’m glad!

    Great performance from the lads tonight.

  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #6


    hum what about barton??

  • CAToon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Scorers tonight were the established lads, new signings seem to have lit a fire under them, competition for starting XI is a great motivator.


    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    When did the blog come back up?
    Great result, Carrol is really starting to play now deserved a hatrick.

  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Wayne routledge was unplayable tonight, just seen the highlights, just been told the welsh cnuts are kicking off big time, intresting bight in the toon I think

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #10

    how u keepin rod

  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Doocey // Feb 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Indeed it was apologies Ed!!
    I knew I read it somewhere though and both the sites are favourites!!

  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Joey Barton 666 // Feb 5, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Where did u see the highlights?

  • SGToon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Great to see you back Ed… I’m over the moon the blog is back up.

    And great result tonight… I’m really impressed with the performance the lads put up against the 4th placed team, especially keeping in mind the dodgy set of results and performances they’ve put up in the past couple matches! I’m thrilled to bits!


  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #14

    San mate, lovens second was a beauty. That McCormack for them shit was qaulity that hit the bar, can’t get over how good it was to see to auwesome wingers atlast at st James HTL!!!

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #15

    alreet bats, cool yet bubbling.

  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Ssn sorry

  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon-Army // Feb 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    True. But we have been able to cut it down to that which is a good effort.
    Also i don’t think he is such a bad player, if you takeaway his terrible off field attitude he would be a good player. however not worth the money we pay him

  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #18

    cheers mate

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #19

    new post ladies and jennel men…

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #20

    rod is that realy u ?

  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s Abit annoYing we conceded tonight, one size looked Not bad, chopra the midget weren’t ever going to get much change from hall and williamson in the air, but thought he would on the ground, but to be honest they made him look average, just like he is….

  • OHurley

    Feb 5, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #22

    cheers Rod! Good to see ya back like, son!!

  • leazescorner

    Feb 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Im new to commenting on this blog, but keep an eye on it everyday.

    I sit in the Leazes Corner, as you can tell from my username, and was wondering if anyone else sits up there and saw the awful behaviour of the Cardiff fans.

    I sit right next to the away end, and as the game went on, the Cardiff lot just got more angry, and a lot of the ‘troublemakers’ made their way towards us, holding up a Welsh flag threatening Newcastle fans right infront of the Police, yet they did nothing!

    After the game, was a bit quiet as I was walking back to the car near the black bull. I got home and my mate rang me, for some reason on Police advice, their minibus was parked behind all of the Cardiff coaches and the Cardiff fans started smacking the windows, they had to get out and my mates dad was smacked. As they eventually got away the Cardiff fans were making trouble outside the petrol station and the Black Bull.

    I never saw it for myself so I am going off what a mate told me, but did anyone else see any bother? Or anyone who was out in town saw any bother after the game?

  • jackdnufc

    Feb 6, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Class result and just what we all wanted,Derby is another big game but if we play half as well we’ll still get the result.
    Glad to here Best had a sound game but was wondering anyone else that was there at the game if they could tell me more how his performance was?
    A brace for two strikers as well lk, you can’t complain at that!



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