Penalty Decision The Turning Point This Afternoon


Before the penalty decision today after 42 minutes of the Newcastle game against Barnsley, not one of the almost 45,000 Newcastle fans present would have ever thought that Newcastle would hit six goals before the game was over.

Peter Lovenkrands – scored two this afternoon

Until then the game had been evenly contested between the teams, but when Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele brought down Peter Lovenkrands, after the Dane had been put clean through by Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate, the game changed dramatically.

Luke was sent off and the penalty decision was given in Newcastle’s favor.

Peter Lovenkrands converted the spot kick, and in the second half Newcastle completely decimated the Tykes, and were 6-0 up after just 71 minutes.

The goals were from Lovenkrands (2), Guthrie (2), Nolan and a terrific individual goal from Argentine star Jonas Gutierrez, and yes, at last the Newcastle fans got to see the famous Spiderman mask!

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admitted after the game the very obvious – that the penalty decision and sending off was the turning point in the game.

“I think the game changed on the penalty decision.”

“It was a tight affair before that but we got the break. They had made it difficult for us and had also threatened.”

“We were fortunate, though, to get that first goal and to see Barnsley go down to ten men.”

“After that you either capitalise upon it or sit back and thankfully we capitalized.”

“It was a tremendous second-half performance and I’m sure the fans would have enjoyed it.”

Newcastle need to be given credit for playing the well against 10 men, because lots of teams these days find it  difficult when the opposing team is reduced to 10 men.

But Newcastle kept the game wide, to stretch the opposition, and it paid off big time in the second half, as the Magpies scored three more goals within 15 minutes of the restart.

Newcastle are now on 72 points after 34 games, 21 of which they have won, and are 8 points ahead of second placed Nottingham Forest, and have a game in hand on the Nottingham side.

Would we have taken this position last July 1st when training started amid apparent complete dysfunction within the Newcastle club?

You bet your life we would!

It almost looks like the Newcastle club is actually well organized these days, surprising as that may seem. 😀

Chris even has his transfer targets for the summer transfer window already identified.

Howay The Lads!!



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18 comments so far

  • tdt

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #1

    indeed, we could have done what we did against 10-man leciester city and sat back, but instead we push on and got our due reward, well done team!

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  • baro

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #2

    tdt

    i totally agree with you.

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  • G

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Blatant cheating by Loverboy for the penalty like, but I don’t care, as in my 40+ years I have seen more than a few of those go against us. Well happy with the result though.

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  • bakerman

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I may be jumping the gun a bit here, but if we do secure automatic promotion before the end of the season – I hope that Ranger is allowed to start every remaining game – hopefully playing all 90 mins. Loven and Carrol are undoubtedly our 2 main strikers but IF/WHEN promotion is secured, we should bed him in and build up his experience and confidence as much as possible!

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  • G

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Ranger is deffo the future of our strike force like, so I would certainly like to see more of him on the pitch, but not at the expense of results, lets face it, Carroll and Loverboy are doing fine, however, unlike Ranger, I don’t think Carroll will become a force in the prem like. Hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see it meself.

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  • tdt

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I see the daily mail are desparately trying to put a negative spin on our good form / rejuvination…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1255954/Newcastle-6-Barnsley-1-Jonas-Gutierrez-superhero-Toon-run-riot.html

    Must be a jealous mackem or something. I would totally disagree with tht cynically bias opinions at the end of this bitterly subjectified peice, some would call it journalism, not I.

    Starting off in a lighthearted manner, before stabbing the knife in with their anti-newcastle opinions at the end, pathetic.

    They are so patronising, as if we are brainless children who should shut up and stay where we belong. Well I’ve got some real news for you, dail mail, we’re coming back with a vengeance!

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  • tdt

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #7

    rant over. lol

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  • steved66

    Mar 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Just finished reading the same rubbish tdt, made my blood boil, Bob Cass is a complete prat. Almost took the smile off my face.

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  • pearceet

    Mar 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #9

    MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDdVJm-j_qk&feature=sub

    not bad highlights considering they are off a tv!!

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  • Ray Ransom

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Just wondering how the prolific Leon Best was doing, (stop sniggering in the Midlands). I only ask because being eco friendly i sometimes wonder what happens to my rubbish, does it get recycled or does it go to land fill?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey these wanks were saying the same type of thing when we were relegated like we were going to do a Leeds and continue to drop. Well the boys proved them all wrong then, and they look like they are going to have the opportunity to do the same again.

    Things are looking better all the time so all being well it will be promotion, consolidation and build, and when that happens we will have the last laugh.

    All thoughts are now on the smoggies game and the same again please or am I being greedy? It doesn’t have to be six I would settle for one more than they get.

    Concentration, discipline and attacking football please. 🙂 🙂

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey these w**ks were saying the same type of thing when we were relegated like we were going to do a Leeds and continue to drop. Well the boys proved them all wrong then, and they look like they are going to have the opportunity to do the same again.

    Things are looking better all the time so all being well it will be promotion, consolidation and build, and when that happens we will have the last laugh.

    All thoughts are now on the smoggies game and the same again please or am I being greedy? It doesn’t have to be six I would settle for one more than they get.

    Concentration, discipline and attacking football please.

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  • G

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Would love to see us put double figures past wee Jimmy Crankies boys, but I can’t see it Cupid. I agree that I would settle for one more than them though.

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  • pondering

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #14

    hmmm

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  • boater

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Yep – a rancid article. We went down – we got on with the job, didn’t moan and we have seen the true colours of our supporters who have got behind the club despite the problems. A big club? A sodding massive club. Don’t anyone buy into that rubbish. We will see if we’ve turned the corner but I know this is the happiest and most responsibly managed squad we have had in years – and that alone is a good platform for next season. We need some new players if we go up yes but most importantly we have a TEAM which scores and defends AS A UNIT- something I can barely remember at the club.

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  • pondering

    Mar 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #16

    rancid article ? are you reffering to the bob cass artcle ? if so then it confirms my view of you mr boater – – – -your a first class bullet brain.

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  • bakerman

    Mar 7, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think that it would require too much investment if/when we do go up. 2 players who come to mind who would be from teams who are almost certain to be relegated:
    1. Kevin prince boateng – been having a cracker of a season despite all the problems at portsmouth
    2. Danny fox – lookin good at burnley and would provide decent cover for enrique

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  • Mr Books

    Mar 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Just read the mail write up too. Now lets be fair to Mr Cass, he is at least acknowledging that we will probably get promoted. Actually lets be really fair to the ignorant cant, he has never had a clue what he’s talking about, and as long as he can be vitriolic, he doesn’t care.

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