Bristol City 2 Newcastle 2 – 2 Points Lost

It’s not often Newcastle let in 2 goals, but the Magpies were two goals down at half time and with also with just 20 minutes to play this afternoon, but came back to get a draw with two goals in three minutes late in the second half.

But Newcastle still dropped two points on both their closest rivals, WBA and Nottingham, Forest, who both won at home today.

It seems Newcastle are just not the same marauding side away from home, and they made hard work of this game, putting themselves two goals down, but at least they had the guts to fight back into the game, and late on may have even won it when Jonas Gutierrez was causing the home side all kinds of problems.

Bristol City scored first after just 10 minutes from a free kick, when Nicky Maynard hit a low drive through the Newcastle wall, and Steve Harper failed to gather the ball cleanly and spilled the ball clear, and that allowed Lewis Nyatanga to turn the loose ball into the empty net.

Unfortunately, it was a bad mistake by the Newcastle goalkeeper which resulted in the goal.

Then just before half time, always a good time to score, Bristol got a second goal against the run of play, when former Newcastle player Bradley Orr hit a long ball over the Newcastle back-line for Nicky Maynard to chase onto.

Maynard collected the ball on the left hand of the penalty area and worked himself inside Danny Simpson, and hit a beautiful with foot cross-shot shot just inside the post from 14 yards out.   It was a terrific individual goal which gave Harper no chance. But Simpson should have done better to at least have blocked the shot.

And Newcastle found themselves two goals down away from home at the break.

Newcastle came out in the second half with a lot to do, and after 56 minutes it was Kadar who burst through the middle and hit a beautiful low left-foot drive that the keeper saved well, but at the second attempt – a great effort from the young Hungarian.

And it was 70 minutes when Newcastle got their first goal when Dean Gerken gave the ball away just outside the penalty box. That slip allowed Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez to come in and round the goalkeeper, to put the ball nicely into the back of the net.

And it was just 3 minutes later that Newcastle were level, and it was Spaniard Joe Enrique this time, with a great through ball for Routledge to run onto.  The right winger put the ball across for big Andy Carroll, and the big Geordie lad made no mistake to smash the ball home with his left foot high into the net.

The Geordie lad went crazy and so did the Newcastle fans, and that was Andy’s 15th goal of the season, and he put himself at the top of Newcastle’s goal-scorers this season.

Once again Carroll scored the equalizing goal late in the game, just like he did at Middlesbrough and the Newcastle fans went crazy. This lad seems to have what it takes.

At least this season the Newcastle side has a never-say-die attitude, unlike last season when too many heads would have dropped after the break.

The last 15 minutes was all action with Gutierrez on the left wing causing Bristol City all kinds of problems. On 83 minutes from a corner from the left Leon Best beat his marker to power in a bullet header from 12 yards out which the Bristol goalkeeper Gerken brilliantly turned over the bar. That would have been a great first goal for Leon.

And Jonas almost scored the winner towards the end of the game, but his cross shot went just inches wide of  the post.

But it was not to be, and we have to say this was a disappointing result for the team, and 2 points lost to both rivals WBA and Forest.

Newcastle are now on 77 points from 37 games with WBA just one point behind, and Forest on 67 points, but Newcastle do have a game in hand on both sides.

Once again Newcastle failed to win a game away from home, after performing so well at home  in the previous game.  And the lads will need to do a lot better at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, if we are to get our 8th away win of the season.

To add to Newcastle’s worries, Fitz Hall had to leave the field on 51 minutes with what looked like a hamstring strain, and young Tamas Kadar came on and played solidly and reliably at the back for the Magpies once again.

But this could tempt Chris Hughton to go into the loan market before the door slams shut in a few days time for an experienced center-back.

Bottom line – 2 points lost today with a poor result, but give the lads credit for the fight-back in that second half.

However, we’ll still need to do a lot better on Tuesday night at Doncaster and not put ourselves into a hole we have to then dig out of.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Toonmania

    Mar 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #1

    still can’t get over that hughton is going for Best over Ranger, how many chances does Best need to score he’s had his chance now let Ranger show him how to do it 🙂

  • thud and blunder

    Mar 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye Best was awful again, he has no first touch and cant strike a ball properly. Why we spent cash on him beggars belief. All it is doing is stopping the progression of Nile Ranger.

    Still 2-2 is a decent result considering we were 2-0 down and playing terrible

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed- This is a point gained, not 2 lost

  • ginkoh

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I pretty confident if Loven can play this match, We will win 3-2 or 4-2. Best is the CCC standard striker, good work rate but lack of cutting edge. I think Hughton should give Ranger chance to prove himself more after Best failed to make his name.

  • nufc2009

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    is xisco coming back ??

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    You are right Ed we are not the same marauding side away from home but that is only because the team is not allowed to play marauding football when away.

    I have mentioned in previous posts that I am constantly puzzled by the home and away tactics applied by so many managers, BC had us beaten until they decided to defend their lead which allowed us to get some momentum going and the rest is history. If we went away and played the same way as at home I am convinced we would be already on promotion points.

  • Toonmania

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #7

    not sure? he should be unless santander racing buy him in the summer, not that bothered to be honest i’m not sure he’s cut out for PL football anyway, but we need to get rid of best and maybe bambi in the summer and spend on 1 or 2 good strikers

    how long is it until S Taylor comes back can’t be long now??

  • boater

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry please stop going on about Best/Ranger. Hughton needed an extra body after losing ameobi and harewood, best hasn’t performed great – but he came in for a small fee and the way you talk about ranger it’s like he guarantees goal for the side- he is a prospect in waiting,, this isn’t fifa.

    Turkish Magpie – I agree this is a point gained.. we just need to battle for every home game now to be assured of promotion – nowt else matters.

  • pearceet

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    boater // Mar 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Small fee between £1m -£2m.
    SMALL FEE?!?!?!?!?!?! are you being serious

  • boater

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #10

    cupidstunt – in fairness to CH – it’s the same team – with his attacking home formation of recent games.. hell guthrie and nolan in the middle, two out and out wingers and 2 strikers you can’t really complain that the tactics were conservative today.

    I thought we didn’t turn up 1st half, guthrie and jonas were both casual in possession and neither full back overlapped or got into dangerous areas – which has been so crucial for points at home. Either loven or shola in there today would have been the difference.. still we didn’t get beat. Hard fought point against a tough defense.

  • boater

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    pearceet – comparatively speaking 1-2mil is manageable, even in today’s climate should he be moved on in the summer. Don;t make it the stick to beat hughton with- he has got more wrong than right and it made sense to bring in someone to give us the extra body up front.

  • boater

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Sooorrrry . more right than wrong. Yee knaa what I meant.

  • pearceet

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #13

    comparativly compared to premiership clubs yes it is small.
    But we have a small budget and to spend that money on someone who hasn’t scored is a error in judgement. He showed glimpses today eg he forced a sharp save from a corner, but he just hasnt performed at all. I would be interested to know how xisco is getting on in Spain.

    I feel that with our current injury problems after today i would play this team against Doncaster:



    Simpson needs a rest he didnt have a great game today. also if hall and loven are fit then they both start. If not then Kadar and Ranger.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #14

    best is a donkey,,, 🙁
    my only complaint about CH,, is he carnt see it,, and we lost 2 points today cos of it,,,

    ranger should have been on at halfe time ,,,,

    best is not going to fit into our team,, cut yoour losses now CH

  • GeordieBean

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #15

    i watched the match on tv 🙂 i swear best had a chance loven could of scored it was like in the 20 min but we showed good charectar to get back in the game atleast happy to see JONAS score a goal away from home as he said he wanted to please the away fans with a goal but ffs play ranger over best 🙂

  • GeordieBean

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #16

    next match

    d, Sim——————Colo——-kadar/wili—-enriq



  • GeordieBean

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Howay The Lads!

  • lindsay

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Why the stick for best??? ok he hasn’t pulled any trees up yet but he has hardly had enough minutes on the pitch to form a partnership with anyone, it’s at times like this he needs support not slagging off and to call him a donkey (catchy in norway) is disgraceful!!!

  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Cum on Attack Attack!

  • jackdnufc

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree with you Lindsay; he only didn’t score today because of a fine save by the Bristol keeper. catchy in Norway- don’t blame best for the reason we didn’t get the three points today! We worked well as a team, at least in the second half, and it simply was not to be. All fairness to Bristol, they got a reasult they will undoubtedly be happy with. Get behind Best the lot of ya for cryin’ out loud! Ranger is a great prospect but I would not expect him to do any better than Best whatsoever, like Boater said. Solid comback tonight by the Toon.


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #21

    was at the game today, and as far as im concerned, that was a point earned, bristol put in a very workmanlike performance.

    bradley orr, we should sign this man, he is qaulity. he would jump at the chance to come back.

    the bull was again amaising today, and jonas was unbeleivable, very good and you can see why he is going to the world cup. routledge again auwesome running at players, and our man andy carroll is going to be a england international, his touch and everything is superb.

    but best of all, our away support again was off the bracket, amaising

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #22

    If you’re watching the football league show tonight, the guy with brown hair, glasses and toon shirt who ran on the pitch was me!
    It was a fantastic game, the result didn’t matter so much for me, the atmosphere was manic.

  • boater

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Agreed. Like I said – the main point is to stop singling out players. That’s the old lynch mob mentality and there is no place for it anymore. Best was brought in on merit and not a bad goalscoring record this season, hughton has to give him a chance – that’s part of being evenhanded.

    Catchy in Norway – hughton is a bright guy and does see the individual performances- he is also fair and wants to support his players so that they can re-find their form. Honestly it’s like half of you think its a computer game. Stand together and the f*ck behind the boys out there,, ranger will get his chance n’all.

  • lolly

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed, ‘ 2 POINTS LOST’ you sound a little negative if you dont mind me saying!!! …ok we didnt pick up 3 points but lets just remember this…..

    1. This team beat WBA on their own turf and outplayed them.
    2. They have just lost their manager and you know what happens to most teams when that happens, they are out to prove a point.
    3. The first goal was a big mistake by harper who should have easily caught the ball as he went to ground (how often does that happen with harper??..hardly ever!!!)
    4. The fighting spirit by the lads in the second half once we got going was superb and we hammered them in the last 25 mins especially.

    If you had given me a point before kick off id have taken it…remember if we pick up a point away and all 3 at home we will still be on course for promotion…so no doom and gloom please!!!

    PS didnt go to the game but watched in on sky and our fans were fantastic!!! you couldnt hear their crowd in the second half…YOUR NOT SINGING ANYMORE hahahaha!!! well done lads and lasses you make us geordies very proud.

  • pearceet

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Bucks mag // Mar 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    If you did then that is great banter. Also what happened to you?

  • Fozzy

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Best played well, good hold up play and looked a threat!

  • pearceet

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Fozzy // Mar 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Are you being sarcastic? If not then he looked a threat, he had lots of chances but he missed them all

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #28

    lindsay // Mar 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Why the stick for best??? ok he hasn’t pulled any trees up yet but he has hardly had enough minutes on the pitch to form a partnership with anyone, it’s at times like this he needs support not slagging off and to call him a donkey (catchy in norway) is disgraceful!!!

    not sure if you have noticed what is going on with our team, but we have kids comming through that had show in the tiny glimpse CH has aloud them , that we have very good players waiting to come through, ranger is twice the player best is, but gets to warm the bench, its fans like you and JACKDNUFC why we will never min anything, arrr give him a chance , he’s trying,, sorry it dont wash ,, we are a much bigger team than every other team in this division, and i bet not one of the teams in the top 5 would touch him ,, never mind the teams in the prem,( bambi amobi) is even better and i dont think he is good enough,,,,


    im not saying ranger should be given a starting place every game, for me , when fit it should be lovenkrands/ carol,,,, but give the next best a chance ,, in my opinion, its ranger,, always been solid when has started or came on as a sub,,,

    if you accept donkeys like him for our team, then , WE WILL BE BACK DOWN HERE IN 2 YEARS TIME,

  • costello91

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    lads who scores more in training day in day out???? it must be best if he’s starting? CH sees him everyday we only see him once a week.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #30



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