Nottingham Forest Lose – Newcastle 8 Points Clear


There was some good news for Newcastle fans around the world this afternoon, as the lads won their first game away from home since December 9th, when we beat Coventry City 2-0.

Andy Carroll – scored 11th goal of the season today – yes another header 😀

While WBA won at home against Derby County 3-1 to take over second place, Nottingham Forest came a bit of a cropper at Leicester City where Nigel Pearson’s side beat Forest 3-0.

It looked like Forest were in the game but goals from Berner (68) , Gallagher (79) and King (81) late on gave Leicester City an excellent win.

So Newcastle are starting to open up a decent gap on the 3rd placed side and are 8 points clear of Forest with a much better goal difference and a game in hand.

If Newcastle can win their game in hand on Forest, it’s a virtual 12 points clear of the 3rd placed side, and we still have to play Forest at home on 29th March – that should be some game.

The top two of course gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Do you think Coloccini is pleased with his goal? 😀

But yes, we know, we cannot get carried away – and the next step on the road to promotion is against Barnsley at St. James’ Park next Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

The lads will be hoping to extend their winning streak to four, but a win against Barnsley cannot be taken for granted.

All the players should be concentrating on next week in training is how to get all 3 points in that game, and after that it will be Middlesbrough away on the following Saturday.

These games are becoming massively important, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, we still have 39 points to play for and therefore anything is still possible.

But it was a very good win today, and the job got done at Watford, although the last 4 minutes was very nervy for Newcastle fans, after the home side scored in injury time, and made it only a single goal advantage for the Magpies.

But a win’s a win and we’re more than happy.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Job Done

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ve got to say… I am pretty excited at the future prospects for Andy Carroll, he needed to add goals to his games and yes its in the Championship, but he has got a few. It used to be how he is great at heading, but watching him play week in, week out, he seems to have some really good feet and some of his touches are sublime.

    Now, I know I am jumping the gun a bit here but singing his praises so much, although the progression I think he has shown this season is really very good, and IF we get promoted I can see him scoring quite a few- but thats assuming we play wingers rather than CM’s on the wing! 😉

    Thoughts?

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  • Robbanufc

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree Tom4Nufc, provided we have wingers who can cross decently, we should be able to get a few goals.

    If we can get one backup for Jonas on the left side, that would be pretty much covered. And if we have 1 good defensive midfielder more, it would be nice.

    Would like to see Ranger given more time on the pitch, saw he got some minutes today. Good stuff. Did he play any good?

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #4

    BEEFY’S (c) PROM-o-METER deluxe

    TOP 10: extrapolated final championship table

    DATE: 27/02/10

    POS-TEAM-PL-Pt(M)[(C)]-TR

    1] NUFC -33 – 89 [96] ( + )
    2] WBA -33 – 88 [90] ( + )

    3] FOR – 34 – 84 [79] ( – )
    4] SWAN -33 – 80 [82] ( + )
    5] LEIC – 34 – 74 [78] ( + )
    6] CRDF – 32 – 70 [68] ( – )

    7] SHFU – 33 – 64 [64] (…)
    8] BORO – 34 – 64 [68] ( + )
    9] COV – 34 – 63 [62] (+)
    10] BARN -33 – 62 [61] (….)

    COMMENTS:
    The Toon’s recent form has finally lifted them above WBA, even on mean adjusted points and the trend is still up. Despite being above WBA in the real table last week their underlying form was inferior which held them back in 2nd place. However it is still nip and tuck, with both clubs more than capable of breaking the 90 point mark.

    Forest appear to be falling away, with 90 points looking very unlikely. Their away form is making them less and less of a threat, and the trend is still down. On current form Swansea are a better bet for 3rd place.

    Cardiff look more and more unlikely to make the play offs, and any one of the four beneath them could take their place. Coventry would be my dark horse bet based purely on their remarkable if unspectacular consistency. Derby have now crashed out of contention completely, barring a miracle..

    (I know many still think this is crap but they shall eat their words.)

    (Great result, today, mind you!!)

    Beefy

    KEY:
    Pt(M) = mean adjusted final points extrapolation (calculated from previous current form extrapolations).

    Pt(C) = current form final points extrapolation (a volatile figure that can vary significantly game to game, but stays within a narrow range from month to month.)

    TR = TREND: indicates an upward (+) or downward trend (-) in potential final position based on recent form. (….) indicates no significant trend up or down.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    These are our last home games;

    Barnsley
    Scunthorpe
    Forrest
    Sheff United
    Blackpool
    Ipswich

    For me, the only real chances of defeat are Forrest and Blackpool. I would say they’re all there for the taking but I’m saying we’ll get 15 from 18.
    Add that to the 69 we have, that’s 84.
    We have 7 away games left, I reckon we’ll win 3 of them and draw 1, losing 3.
    That’s another 10 points.

    Total, 94 points and Champions.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Really good result today.
    I thought it would be harder than it sounded!

    Not the best of games, but The Toon are showing that a difficult away game on a rough pitch we can grind out results and once at home on the billiard table that is SJP we can destroy teams playing the football we like.

    CH is becoming shrewder as the season goes on and ignores pleas from fans like myself at times to constantly play ‘total football’ and churn out results.

    Well done CH

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  • tdt

    Feb 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #7

    well done guys, good result.

    As I said a week or 2 ago, keep griding out those wins n we’ll be just fine.

    I dont care if its 2-1 or 10-1.

    Hope r injuries start reducign this week too, dont want an injury pile-up goin into the end of the season.

    Any1 heared when they’re all back from injury?

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  • Sav

    Feb 28, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Target of 108 points now.

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