Newcastle 3 Preston 0 – Another Good Home Win


Another three goals this afternoon to make it 12 goals in the last 3 home games and another 3 points for Newcastle this afternoon, when they rather easily defeated Preston 3-0.

And Newcastle got off to a great start, and it was that man Peter Lovenkrands again, who notched his 10th goal of the season after just 3 minutes – a terrific start for the Magpies.

Captain Alan Smith won the ball well and then slipped a nice pass inside to Lovenkrands, and the Danish International skilfully chipped the ball over the Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and it was 1-0.

But then some bad news after 14 minutes, as Lovenkrands seemed to get a hamstring injury and was replaced by Leon Best.  We have to hope Peter is not too badly injured as he seems to be scoring goals for fun these days.

But Newcastle couldn’t add to that lead and then just before the break Preston striker Jon Parkin came so close to leveling the scores, but his excellent shot was just inches wide of Harper’s far post.

With just a single goal lead, Newcastle would never be comfortable, and after 55 minutes got the important second goal and a bit of a cushion.

Alan Smith had the ball in the penalty area, and the captain saw Nolan running through and Alan provided the perfect pass to the Liverpool-born midfielder, and Kevin didn’t miss an easy chance to get his 12th goal of the season. Good play by Smith and Nolan.

Newcastle were now bossing the game and would you believe substitute Ryan Taylor, for the second successive game, scored in injury time, for his 4th goal of the season.

In almost a repeat of Newcastle 4th goal on Wednesday night, Fabrice Pancrate and Ryan Taylor combined for a late goal. Fabrice again provided the cross and Ryan Taylor tucked the ball into the back of the net.

This is what using your squad is all about, as for the second game running two of our substitutes combined for the final goal.

So it was a good solid 3-0 home win, and that improves our goal difference to +34 and we have won 19 of our 32 games – and that’s another 3 points in the bag for the Magpies to take out current total to 66 points.

And an excellent crowd of 45,525 turned up for the game – you cannot say the lads are not supported magnificently – even when they sink into England’s second division.

Well done Newcastle!!

Now the lads have a week off before we meet Watford away next Saturday, and it’s surely time to see what winning away from home is all about, which we haven’t done in our last several away games.

Nottingham Forest again won 1-0, this time at home against Middlesbrough, so keep up their challenge, and of course WBA play at Bristol City tomorrow afternoon. Forest are currently in 3rd place just 5 points behind Newcastle but with an much inferior goal difference.

And since Sunderland lost at Arsenal 2-0 in a game in which Arsenal could and should have scored a hat-ful – this is good day for Newcastle supporters.

Howay The Lads!!



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13 comments so far

  • ToonOsiris

    Feb 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Any word (from those at the match) about how well Guthrie performed on the wing, and whether Smith and Nolan were a bit more dynamic in the centre?

    And, by the way Ed, Forest are 2nd.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    I didn’t watch the match, but on the commentary they didn’t have a lot to say about Nolan or Smith, but they all said Guthrie kept cutting into centre midfield and was excellent and should be MOTM, I don’t know who got it, but he deserved it! Simpson was playing as the sole right winger as well as being RB at same time!

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  • dutchy

    Feb 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #3

    i was there. He wasnt playing on the wing most of the time.. he drifted inside and let simpson come up . Simpson must have been knackered at the end after doing all that work.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    BEEFY’S (c) PROM-o-METER (20/02/2010 UPDATE)

    FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE EXTRAPOLATION:

    1) (+1) NUFC 92pts (+5)
    2) (-1) WBA 88pts ( – )

    3) ( – ) Forest 85pts ( – )*
    4) Swansea 81pts
    5) Cardiff 71pts
    6) Leicester 66pts

    7) Boro 63pts
    8) Barnsley 63pts

    * I couldn’t read my own handwriting the other day, Forest were actually extrapolated to 85 points and not 86 points as I wrongly typed in, so they stay unchanged following today’s result.

    The WBA game could well change this again, I’ll update tomorrow, so keep tuned in!

    NOTES: The first PROM-o-METER was a lunchbreak job, this time I had time to widen it out and check my back of the tab packet figures on a proper spreadsheet. I have decided to open it up and publish the top 8: so just taking in the two clubs immediately below the play-off places. I’ll update tomorrow evening following the remaining fixtures, but this makes interesting reading, I hope?

    For details of the method behind the PROM-o-METER:
    http://www.nufcblog.com/2010/02/18/chris-hughton-talks-about-newcastles-worried-fans/

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  • jimiley

    Feb 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    We are winning games in spite of the manager. Playing Smith and Nolan on midfield is a non starter. He will be found out when we get promoted and when our players are inferior and tactics and tem selection will play a much more important role. He can virtually pick whom he likes at home because of the ineptness of most teams

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  • ToonOsiris

    Feb 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree Jimiley – definitely doesn’t seem to work having both Smith and Nolan both in centre, but we get away with it because of the mediocre opposition at the moment. I’d have liked him to start with Guthrie and Nolan in centre and Pancrate on the wing, which I think was what Ed was asking for before the match.

    Thanks Captain for the PROM-o-METER update – was looking forward to seeing that. Meant to comment last time that your original projection on basis of last 8 matches would surely have been slightly distorted by the fact that we played a lot of the teams in the top six during that period.

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  • Macas

    Feb 20, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Guthrie was pretty poor to be honest.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 20, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Osiris, I accept that each set of 8 games will vary in difficulty, but along with other factors (injuries, home games v away games). Overall each factor will then conspire with or cancel out another.

    Nevertheless, it is not the weekly ‘snapshot’ that is the real power of this tool but an averaging of the last few weekly extrapolations as the possible points range begins to tend toward an increasingly rigid mean figure that will not change much.

    Currently NUFC (based on two PREM-o-METER forecasts) are heading for 89 or 90 points. I will publish the statistical Mean Table tomorrow after the WBA game alongside the revised weekly snapshot. The weekly snapshot table is always going to be potentially volatile due to the underlying maths, as you rightly point out.

    In contrast the Mean Table will increasingly begin to spookily resemble the actual final table long before the end of the season (I absolutely guarantee it, despite the doubters out there).

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  • pearceet

    Feb 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    BEEFY you should do this for a living for betting companies and for their odds 🙂 great stuff though cheers

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Beefy, its great fun what your trying to do here, but dont be trying to kid anyone that this is anything more than a party game.

    Trying to predict the future based on the past is not a science. You might as well try and predict next weeks lottery win based on last weeks balls.

    It doesnt take into account , home/away, quality of opposition, refereeing abnormalities , injuries, recoveries from injuries, inspired substitutions, fluke shots, missed penalties, bogey teams, lucky boots, french underwear model sex scandals and a hundred other things that can change the outcome of a match.

    If it was that easy, we all would have won the pools by now.

    Its a bit of fun Im sure, but go peddle your snake oil to the natives of a dumber town than this one.

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  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    bobby – that’s axactly how the bookies form their markets & you dont see many of them with their arse hanging out of their strides do you – current/past form genrally dictates what happens in the future.

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  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #12

    two years ago i tried to kill myself , i tied a rope around a tree put my head in the noose & jumped – but because the rope was to long i hit the floor & broke both my ankles. the men in white coats carted me away & gave me the electric treatment claiming i’d never try that again , but true to form i did try it again only this time i forgot to fasten the rope to the tree & once again broke both of my ankles.

    i’d like to think i wont be climbing anymore trees in the near future – but judging it on my past i wouldn’t bet against it.

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  • kkma

    Feb 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Link of the match highlights is stated as below. Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2rY2RfD4U4

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