Doncaster 0 Newcastle 1 – Andy Carroll Hits Great Winner


Newcastle got a vital win tonight which could help propel them into the Premier League at their very first attempt, and it was a close 1-0 win with Gateshead striker Andrew Carroll scoring a tremendous  individual goal after 59 minutes, in what was a keenly contested game.

Newcastle and Doncaster were even after the first 45 minutes, played during a downpour at the Keepmoat Stadium, and both sides carved out good chances, with the only surprise at the half time whistle being that there was still no score, as it was a very open game.

After 21 minutes Doncaster’s Billy Sharp had the ball in the penalty area, and hit the ball at Newcastle’s goal for Steve Harper to only partially block the ball in the area, and it was the alert Danny Simpson who beat James Hayter to the ball to clear for the Magpies.

But it was end to end stuff in the first half and Newcastle were certainly ready for this game, despite all the bad news in the papers today.

Half time came to bring to an end to an entertaining and positive game so far – for both sides.

The second half continued in the same vein, but Newcastle then got the decisive first goal after 59 minutes.

Wayne Routledge, who had another very good game tonight, went running at the Doncaster defense and got the ball in behind the Doncaster back-line for big Andy Carroll to chase after.

And  with his upper body strength, the Geordie striker held off the challenge of O’Connor before rounding goalkeeper Sullivan to put the ball into the back of the net – a tremendous goal by the 21 year-old striker and another assist from Routledge. That was Carroll’s 16th goal of the season, which is easily his biggest tally ever.

This lad looks like he can really become a great striker, but he needs to control his aggression off the field of play, but we’re sure we’ll hear more of that tomorrow – but for now let’s celebrate what is a vital win for Newcastle tonight.

If the lads keep winning , nobody can catch us.

And Wayne Routledge continued to tear the Doncaster defense apart after Newcastle’s first goal, and the only surprise was that the chances the lad was setting up, were not converted to make it easier for Newcastle. Where’s Peter Lovenkrands? 😀

But towards the end of the game Newcastle seemed to settle for the 1-0 win, and played out time fairly comfortably with Joey Barton making his long awaited return to the side on 75 minutes, when he replaced Danny Guthrie.

A tremendous away win for the Magpies tonight, and they showed their professionalism to the traveling Newcastle fans. just as we had hoped they would, after all the bad publicity in the press today.

And Steve Harper and company have broken the clean sheet record, with 19 clean sheets in a season, breaking the record set back in 1993 when Kevin Keegan was in charge of the side in the Championship.

Nottingham Forest beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at home tonight, so remain 10 points behind the Magpies who are on 80 points,  and Newcastle have a game in hand and now play Forest next Monday night at St. James’ Park.

A win in that game should go a long way to ensuring Newcastle gain promotion this season, at the very first attempt, as the games are starting to run out for Forest.

Newcastle now have 8 games to play and Forest can only get another 21 points and end up on 91 points if they win all 7 games they have left to play.

So that means Newcastle need four more wins in their final 8 games for certain promotion, and even less if they beat Forest on Monday night, because then Forest can only get 88 points in total.

So if we beat Forest on Monday night, we’ll need 6 more points (5 really because we have a much better goal difference) from the remaining 7 games to be sure of promotion, and even Newcastle cannot fail to do that!.

WBA are 5 points behind Newcastle with an inferior goal difference, and they play Coventry City at home tomorrow night.

4th placed Swansea City were hammered 5-1 at Blackpool, so Newcastle have now conceded fewer goals than any other Championship side, with 28 goals conceded, and we now have 23 wins in 38 games – not too bad at all.

Middlesbrough had a good 2-0 home win against Preston tonight, so they are starting to make a move but are still 5 points off a play-off place.

Finally, with all the business with Carroll and Steven Taylor today, this is a sweet win indeed for the Tyneside club, and we needed it.

Credit to the players, but also to manager Chris Hughton who somehow keeps his players’ minds on what’s important – winning football games.

Well done lads!!



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15 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #1

    As all the team mates were on their way to congratulate Thumper ANDY,Chris Hughton threw them all hockey HELMETS and GUM SHIELDS
    Ah well he scored and got us 3 points again.
    Maybe Tayls scored with his ex too

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #2

    If we beat Forest we will only need 6 points from the remaining 7 games to ensure promotion, looking good for target number 2, target number 1 reached tonight.

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  • lolly

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #3

    God how we needed that win!! I had us down for A 1-0 narrow win but with the brown stuff hitting the fan today I thought it would be a nailed on draw. Good to see the lads pulling together as they have done so much this season and ends the day on abit of a high. Did you see carroll kissing the badge and pointing at all the Toon fans when he scored?? Wonder if he was trying to kiss arse!!

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  • Toon4Eva

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Fantastic performance of real character tonite after the sad revelations of the last 24 hours.

    Just what the Doctor ordered !

    11 points needed to guarantee promotion now. HWTL.

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  • nden85

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    thats right, beat forest on monday and its all over, back to the promised land. hopefully have some more players back for monday as well. anyone know why enrique was on the bench? slight injury?

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  • lolly

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #6

    nden85- enrique had a niggle with his hamstring hughton didnt wanna risk him

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  • nden85

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #7

    what does hughton know? if only souness had been here, he would have forced him onto the pitch on crutches.

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Never thought NUFC would win tonight. For some reason I was actually elated to hear Carroll had rejoined the team. And with Taylor released form hospital, maybe this is a tempest in a teapot? (Not good business in any case-especially among top players)

    Sure would have preferred Barton to come on for Butt, not a good time to ruffle Guthrie’s feathers, as he has been holding the keys to unlock opponents defenses,and no one wants him to go sour. But shows CH is boss.

    If Lovenkrands is back for Forest, I do believe it will be a comprehensive win next Monday. But, let’s not rush, things could go haywire again.

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #9

    looking good for promotion lads!! just ordered my tickets for me and the lady to drive 5 hrs each way from bristol up to see the final game against ipswich, hope to see a full house celebrating leaving the fizzy pop league!! 🙂

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  • StaffsToon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Massiv three points with forest winnin n hard to see coventry doin owt against the baggies the morra.

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  • Hepi Mag

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Well done to the lads. It could so easily have gone tits up after todays news. Great result.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Great to win but I still think we should not have played Carroll. He is a complete and utter thug & an idiot.

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  • baro

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Geordiedoonsooth

    Besides what Andy Carroll does outside the game, why wouldn’t we play him? He just saved us another win. He is awesome!

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  • deeza

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #14

    geordie doon south = muppet!!! he obviousley hit him for a reason he has done his talking on the pitch and given us 3 priceless points!!

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Oh well, as long as he scores goals we should let him hit whoever he likes I guess?

    Morons.

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