Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0 – Magpies Cut Down Forest


Newcastle got the job done tonight in front of a home crowd of 45,987, and the crucial goal that put Newcastle ahead came from Shola Ameobi, who broke the deadlock on 71 minutes with his 9th goal of the season.


It was a tough game as expected,  and the first half was played a frenetic pace and at half time the scores were level at 0-0.

On 12 minutes Andy Carroll had a decent chance for the Magpies.  The lively Wayne Routledge sent in a floated ball to the far post, and the 21 year-old striker peeled away form his marker and hit a first time volley on goal.

But Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp was equal to it at his near post and manges to divert the ball  for a corner – a good save by the goalkeeper.

Newcastle almost got a goal just before half time when there was a goalmouth scramble after Gutierrez had put the ball into the middle.

Carroll nodded the ball on and the ball hit Lovenkrands just two yards out, and although it looked like Camp got the ball, he let it go but managed to retrieve the ball in a frantic goalmouth melee.

Newcastle pressed for the first goal but the half-time whistle came and it was still 0-0.

On 49 minutes Carroll, who had taken a knock earlier, was replaced by Shola Ameobi, and this was Shola’s first appearance since January, and it seems all the lads are now fit at just the right time.

And would you believe it, Newcastle went ahead on 71 minutes and it was than man Ameobi who got the vital break-through goal.

Shola got a ball in low to him from the enterprising Kevin Nolan, and the Geordie lad spun around and smashed home a wonderful left-footed strike, the ball hitting the inside of the post on its way in.

A great goal from the Newcastle local lad and a chorus of the Blaydon Races boomed out from the Newcastle supporters.

And then as the game was being played out Newcastle got a second in the first minute of added time and it was Jose Enrique who hit his very first goal for the Tyneside club.

From a corner Ameobi set Jose Enrique free with a clever back heel to the Spaniard, who then burst into the area, beat one man, and fired a right-footed shot through the arms of goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Yes, it was his right foot and soon Enrique was jumped on by his Newcastle team-mates because that guaranteed what was an important and fantastic win for Newcastle United tonight.

Enrique was booked for removing his shirt – what a spoil-sport that referee was.

The final whistle rang out to roars from the Newcastle United faithful, as Newcastle get their 20th clean sheet in 39 games, their 24th win to put them on 83 points, and promotion looks certain.

Comments welcome.


37 comments so far

  • ebol

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Time to start celebrating alright

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  • Irish Toon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2

    we’re as good as up, get in! ed u might want to check your spell checker, it appears to be broken.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #3

    What was the crowd tonight

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  • IrishMan

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #4

    And a beautiful back heel from Shola for number two. They got a bit risky at the back towards the end, but overall a great second half display.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Great! What a difference Shola made! Still, man of the match for me must go to either Enrique or Routledge.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #6

    routledge, nolan, colo and wor jose were brilliant tonight,

    fair play to billy davies, very complimentary

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  • GvFalkirk

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #7

    What a day, I love you Shola 🙂

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  • ginkoh

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Both of our team play and individual ability today is just great ! It’s the hard fought game as we expected but I think we played well and deserved to be winner.

    Jose Enrique is the best player on the pitch, no doubt about that. And credit to Hughton to give Shola chance to play and he made different (can you believe it ? but it’s happening). Every players, CH, Calderwood and staffs deserved to get credit for their professional performance today.

    Howay the lads !! and say good bye to CCC !!

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  • coopertoon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #9

    yes it looks like we are going up but do we not want to go up as champions?????? well i do

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  • clarkytoon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #10

    CT deserves a lot of respect. Shola scored one and made the other, that’s a great substitution.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I am so pleased for José Enrique Sánchez !
    What a boy !
    Adelante España y Newcastle United
    AND …. click my link to challenge my brute
    Dare you !
    http://francis-rossi.mybrute.com

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  • clarkytoon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #12

    sorry CH !

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  • Oba

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Jose Enrique is the best full back in the country right now. I don’t care he isn’t in the Prem, he’s absolutely solid. NOTHING gets past him, and him and Jonas have such a good partnership.

    So happy right now with everything – fit squad (almost), great results AND performances.

    Going up lads and I cannot wait.

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Routledge was MOTM for me tonight, followed by Williamson.

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  • baro

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #15

    We are the best team in England at home!! Hello Premiership and bye Coca Cola. Where we dominate! Need excellent signings to stay up.

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  • baro

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Attendance was just under 46,000. Not really bad.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #17

    routledge was qaulity tonight, so was big mike, you see how composed jose and colo are in possesion.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #18

    We’ve signed a few players haven’t we 😀

    Carolol and shoal aneobi

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #19

    to the tune of >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabkWiKgmzY

    Enrique Mag
    Standin tall
    Gets the ball
    Skins em all!

    Just made it up wen he scored, i feel he deserves a chant! Lets see what we can do?

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  • StaffsToon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #20

    @geordiedoonsooth

    Crowd was 45,987 and in that was about 4,000 forest fans

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  • StaffsToon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #21

    It was also abs psn it down and the game was on sky – if that had of been the spit-spit mackems they would have had the season ticket holders too tight not to go!!!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #22

    i wasabit dissapointed by the attendance, i was expecting 50+, but we will get that next wednesday.

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  • budmon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Great win, performance and entertainment tonight. the crowd sounded lively and supportive. ameobi did do very well tonight. but there wasn’t one bad performance to really mention. all the players fought hard for every ball and we absolutely played forest off the park. HOWAY THE LADS! one more week and we’re officially promoted!

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  • thud and blunder

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Williamson was my man of the match, reminds me of Woodgate. Top top signing. Steven Taylor will struggle to go ahead of him now.

    I was disappointed by the crowd, just under 46k for a top game. Thought it would have been more than 50k. Maybe im being too picky.

    Anyways, we have the basis of a decent squad, add a few decent attacking midfielders and get van aanholt back. Maybe another pacey small striker, someone like Robbie Keane, worth a punt.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry i meant monday.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #26

    2 great goals and well done Strolla for stepping straight upto the mark.

    Enrique’s goal was class.

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  • Paul141726

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Absolutely amazing!! Great result!!! That was so much fun to watch. The game must have been mint in person.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Just got back, sat in milburn stand got absolutely soaked hahaaaaa – what a game, forrest hardly threatened , only down left hand side in first half. We were incredible across the board!! Enriques goal was brilliant the stadium errupted!! Everyone in form just when we need them……ohhhh shola ameobi….ooohhhhhhh shola ameobi….!!!!

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  • BrisbaneMag

    Mar 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #29

    First off what a great result the lads did us proud….Long time reader of the Blogg first time poster…..Get in !!!!!!!!!

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  • vicho 90

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #30

    magpies should get rid of butt cuz of his age, pancrate good but no enough, and i think even best, and buy like a milner type player and a sub striker like shola cuz peter and and andy are starters and shola good sub, get back anholt i think thats enough to fight for a ten top position

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  • lolly

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    great result i predicted 2-0 !! laughing at some of the comments tho….46,000 disapointing…give me a break!!! thats fantastic, the press hyped it up to more but a midweek game with that crowd is something to be proud of,

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  • The Entertainers

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Professional, controlled, skillful, commited and an overall premier standard football from the Mag’s!

    Thought we were excellent against a team who deserve to be in the top flight with us.
    In the end our class shone through, when it looked like a bit of brilliant skill or luck would see the break through, in the end a bit of both was needed for the goal…..Great to see Shola back too.

    Harper : 7………Solid
    Simpson: 7……..Great going forward
    Williamson: 8……Leader.
    Colo: 7……..Unflappable
    Enrique: 9……..Best LB in the league.
    Routledge: 8……..Constant annoyance
    Nolan: 8……..Disaplined
    Guthrie: 7 …….Grafted
    Jonas: 7………Persistant
    Carroll: 7……..Great effort at goal early on.
    Lovenkrands: 7……110%
    Shola: 8………Class

    Solid at the back, quality in the middle and effective up front.

    Credit the Forest boss Billy Davies for being a gentleman in defeat and Pearch he was the second best player on pitch behind Enrique……..would love to see him at SJP next season.

    Bring on Sheff Utd………..

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Agree with all the above from ‘The Entertainer’ – spot on…..

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  • Sav

    Mar 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Yes, a bit of class shown by Billy Davies in his remarks afterward. And Spuggy, the rain must have been in your eyes mate, because Forrest had two of the best chances on the night – fortunately a weak header from Tyson and an near airshot from Blackstock was all they had to show for it.
    Don’t expect Torres, Rooney or Anelka to miss those.

    ‘Its only just begun’ by The Carpenters would make a better theme for our season than ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    Sav, I was sitting opposite to forrest first half, so hard to see, I was there remember not watching on tv, and I think from what you’ve said it there final touch let them down, which was the big different at the end of the 94 mins.

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36

    The Entertainers – agree with all scores barring Jonas – I would have said 8, he run them ragged for prob 50-60 mins, and his link up play with Enrique was unbelievable, that partnership is really starting to fire!

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  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Gotta say like, lads. I did my groin in at football on saturday so I’m on a crutch atm. I went over to Byker to watch the match in the Butchers and when Shola scored I almost fell over in surprise (come on, it looked like it was going to go wide – admit it)!

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