Peterborough 2 Newcastle 3 – Newcastle Are Promoted


Newcastle didn’t look too pretty this afternoon, but finally got the job done, although they gave up two poor goals to the bottom of the league side, Peterborough United, and manager Hughton will not be too plaesaed about that.

And Newcastle are essentially promoted because to not now go up, Newcastle will need to lose all their remaining 6 games, and Nottingham Forest have to win all their remaining  5 games and somehow  also improve their goal difference from 21 to more than Newcastle’s – which is  currently 47.    So we’re just not too sure how they can do that – but we know somebody will come up with how it’s still possible – about a 0.000000000000000000003% chance – and those odds are high.

But one more Newcastle point or one point lost by Forest makes it mathematically certain we go up.

Newcastle got off to a bad start this afternoon by gifting Peterborough their first goal after only 11 minutes of the game.

And it was a mix up between goalkeeper Steve Harper and center-back Fabricio Coloccini, two of our best defenders this season,

Harper had raced from his penalty area to clear a long ball, but with no communication between the two,  Coloccini headed back to his keeper, and was then duly felled by Harper’s boot.

Dominic Green then lobbed into an empty net from 25 yards out – and that was a huge embarrassment for the league leaders.

But then just before half time Newcastle were level, and it was a great time to score.

In the first minute of added time in the first half,  it was Shola Ameobi who fed the ball to Jose Enrique on the left wing, and Jose ran onto the ball and cut inside to put a nice low ball across the goal.

And it was that man Kevin Nolan again who was there to put the ball home for his 14th goal of the season. Good work by Jose Enrique for the equalizer and yet another one for Nolan.

So Newcastle went in all square at half time, but would need to raise their game if they are to get the expected win this afternoon, against the bottom of the league side.

Then early in the second half Newcastle got the all important second goal, and it was the returning Joey Barton who scored. There was a free kick to Newcastle 25 yards out from goal, after Shola Ameobi had been brought down.

Joey put the ball nicely over the Peterborough wall and the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the net – a nice goal from Joey Barton.

And then just before the hour Newcastle went further ahead with a quick breakaway form Shola  Ameobi, who had another good game.

Shola found Kevin Nolan who found Leon Best in some space on the left, and the striker laid the ball off for Shola Ameobi – 20 yards out.

And then Shola hit a nice right foot shot past goalkeeper Joe Lewis and into the back of the net off the post, just like his goal on Monday night, but Lewis could have done better.

That’s Shola’s 10th goal in 10 starts and we wonder how many he would have scored if he hadn’t been injured so much?

At 3-1 you would have bet the game was dead, but no, as Newcastle conceded another goal against the bottom of the league side.

Geohaghon put in another long throw into the penalty area, and Kevin Nolan flicked it on at the near post, and it was Liam Dickinson who bundled the ball over the line for Peteborough’s second goal  and some hope.

But Newcastle saw out the win but conceding two goals will not make Chris Hughton too happy.

Also, finally, forget  this nonsense about promotion not being ours.

Newcastle are promoted – let’s be clear about that – because Nottingham Forest could only draw at Bristol City 1-1.

The most points Nottingham Forest can get is what Newcastle have now – 86 – 4 points clear of WBA and 15 points clear of Forest right now and we have a game in hand on both sides.

And Newcastle also have a goal difference of 47 compared to Forest’s 21 – so can somebody explain to us  how Forest are going to improve the goal difference by 27 goals in their last 5 games?  We rest our case. 😀

It also means Newcastle will have to lose all their remaining 6 games and by big defeats – which is all nonsense really.

It’s a technicality – and a huge one at that – but since an asteroid could come and blow up the earth and spoil our promotion parties, that’s about the same chance Forest have of an automatic promotion spot this season.

But it does set things up that just a draw on Monday night will make it technically impossible for Forest to catch Newcastle – so we’ll tow the party line and say – yes we’re not promoted yet – as other commentators are saying this afternoon.

Bottom line – it wasn’t pretty but these lads now at the club can grind out the wins, and that’s the 25th in 40 games in the league this season, and that’s not too shabby, not too shabby at all.

We’re so proud of our players this season. 😀

Howay The Lads!!


39 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #1

    From what I’ve heard from the audio commentary, it wasn’t really a great strike by Ameobi but more a keeper’s mistake.

    Anyway, we got the 3 points and it’s all that matters!

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  • xfer

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Sometimes we have to win ugly. And again, teams are more motivated when playing us.

    SJP should be rocking on Monday!

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Great game on a tough pitch – not a classic, but a typical houghton away game, grinding out results – really solid sensible tactics. Can’t believe some of the fickle fans on here slagging him off.

    Don’t underestimate how hard it has been to be in this position, just look at the borough. Houghton has done a great job and I think Enriques comments about him speak volumes – a real togetherness, coaching staff, players….everyone at the club playing for the fans and for each other.

    Can houghton do it in the premiership?? Who knows, but I would sure as hell give him a shot at it with 20-30 million to spend in the summer.

    Sheff Wed here we come…Premiership here we come……

    NUFC aim for 4 seasons

    2009/10 season: Promotion as champions

    2010/11 season: Premiership consolidation – aim for 9th position

    2011/12 season: Compete for 5-8 positions

    2012/13 season: Compete for champions league football

    If money is spent wisely and young players are developed properly – this is, I think a realistic aim. Not what we necessarily will achieve, but def what we should be aiming for.

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Bizarre team choice which along with a rough pitch and a team fighting for survival proved a little too much for us in first half.

    However we are nothing if not resiliant and no more so than Nolan.

    Great to see Barton and Shola score, but once again Best appeared poor. Confidence must be low for the lad and its great to see CH standing by his man, just hope we dont suffer due to it.

    Roll on Monday…….PL here we come!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Spuggy – if we can do that Newcastle supporters will be ecstatic. 😀

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Spuggy man – just enjoy the moment instead of going off into flights of fancy about what position we’ll be in in May 2013!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Hughton has had a great season but his first half selection today was abysmal. No width and two strikers who rely on crosses from the wing. Our best players need to play week in week out if we are to win the CC as WBA are sniffing around and still could nick the title. If we had the title wrapped up already then there would be no worries but to rest our best players wa suicidal. 3 points at the end of the day but only just. Howay the ladssss!!!!!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Chris put out a weakened side that should have been good enough to win the game – and he was right – but Monday we’ll see Gutierrez, Routledge, Guthrie and Lovenkrands all back, and maybe even Carroll although Shola looks red hot – Monday night’s the night!!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #9

    The fans aren’t fickle Spuggy they are passionate about their team. As a season ticket holder i want to see our best 11 play every week. There is nothing the matter with that!!!!!

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  • Doocey

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    A very good three points against a team so eager for any point at all to stay in the Coca Cola Championship. Not looking encouraging now for the Posh though and yes, we’re pretty much up lads 🙂

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #11

    If Hughton was going to rotate players then this was the obvious game to do it – away to the bottom side, a strong bench available, big game on Monday etc. Please let’s not lose patience with Leon Best; he has shown at Coventry that he can score goals and I believe he just needs one to get him started. Bellamy was the same and then he got his first (vs the mackems, as I recall) and he was on fire thereafter.

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  • yskel

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Agreed Ed, Surprising how each time houghton puts out a team that looks a bit weak and it still wins eh.

    How many times has that happened this season??? Lots Houghton is a shrewd bloke, i’ve been very impressed with him this season.

    Hopefully he can show the same pragmatism next year and keep us up 🙂

    HWTL

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    murvar – spuggy man reference – LMAO!!

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon 1978 – I don’t agree that being a season ticket holder entitles you to anything in terms of team selection but I do agree that at home we should see the best 11 sent out to do battle. Our away supporters are different – they don’t care as long as it’s in a B&W shirt. Most of them are too drunk to tell who’s inside the shirts anyway.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed – I know, its gonna be a while before we can mix it with the big boys again – I just hope the road there is smoother than it has been so far, it;s gonna be a VERY interesting season, I think we may do better than expected because some of those same players have come on leaps and bounds.

    I am realisic though and would be happy with avoiding the relegation drop . But we need to be pushing on, we’re a better club than we have shown for any a season and we need to get back to the team we once were.

    Onwards and upwards!!!!!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #16

    First off, thanks ed, for bringing the blog back. Im back in america so this website is key to me keeping up with newcastle. Next i haven’t been a newcastle supporter for very long. I became a football fan and a newcastle fan back in 2004 while i was on my first combat tour in iraq at 20 years old. I have faithfully rolled with the toon since then. Im here to tell you it has been a tough 5 years. It seems that the last 5 years have been mostly turmoil. Last year when we got relegated i was at a loss for words. It hurt so bad like somebody stabbed me in the heart. I can watch every premier league game here in the states but championship games are hard to come by. I have maybe watched 15 games this season. The rest i have caught via audio feed from club website. So it has been a rough last 12 months. Today i am one of the happiest guys on the planet. All the history, all the pride, and all the tradition of newcastle united says we belong in the premier league and we belong playing in the europa league and champions league. Now im not saying we are gonna win the premier league next season but as long as we stay up and start building i will be happy. I would love to see the lads push on and win the league. Congrats and thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for getting this team back where they belong. And thank you to my brothers and sisters in the toon army for your great support to our club.

    All the way from the usa,
    Howay the lads!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Here here sgt H!!!! agree with you all the way!!!

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Spuggy = I checked LMAO in Acronym Geek and got these 3 references – which one did you intend???……

    Lockheed Martin Astronautics Operations
    Link My Adsense Openly
    Left of the Middle by Allard One

    …. or Laughing My A** off?

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #19

    murvar

    When did i say that being a season ticket holder entitles me to terms of the team selection. I am only giving my opinion and we should play our best players everyweek. I am just a supporter and a supporter of 25 years who have had more heart aches then anything else. Remember how we threw away the PL many moons ago to Man utd lets hope history does not repeat itself lol.

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  • Ian

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Bearing in mind that we are the evening game on Monday, we could effectively be promoted without kicking a ball if Forest dont beat Cardiff.

    Would have been nice to have that tension throughout the match and then be able to roar at the end when the result comes through, but I guess it will be an amazing atmosphere anyway. And its live on the box to boot! Wicked!!

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #21

    @murvar – lol

    That means laugh out loud.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #22

    The pace of football is a lot faster now, and the lads have to be finely tuned athletes, how many times we seen manu burnout after a chamions league game!

    Anyhooo thats my opinion and im sticking to it ;-p

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    spuggy – I think we are all a bit more down to earth these days after what happened last May. Slowly but surely is the way we need to move forward – but the squad is solid – just needs strengthening this summer and hopefully we can hold our own next season. We have to remain in the Premiership though – this Championship stuff is not good and there’s little coverage around the world – unlike the PL which is a big big thing now. There were over 1B watching the Man United Chelsea game today world-wide.

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  • Ian

    Apr 3, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #24

    toon1978:
    “Remember how we threw away the PL many moons ago to Man utd lets hope history does not repeat itself lol.”

    It genuinelly is almost a mathematical impossibility for us to throw it away this time. I am comfortable in saying there is nothing to worry about this time. The bookies dont pay out on this kind of thing in advance of it being definite for no reason either!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Spuggy

    Good for you stick to your opinion. But the difference between us and Man utd is huge. Man utd can rest many great players and put on players who are just as good, we cannot do that. Best is terrible and Pancrate…..l well lets not go there lol.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed – 1bn Gulp!!!! There missing Rooney, I watched the game, little spark today at home too.

    Keep up the fantastic blog Ed, and watch your readers/contributers rocket when we hit the PL!! Was ecstatic when it re-appeared, I nearly spat me broon ale all ower me chip board waaaaalllllls!

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    And I’m just winding you up Toon 1978. Spuggy hinnie – feet on the ground and head in the stars – or FOTGAHITS to you.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Man utd lose their best player and suffer for it. Like i have said your best 11 must play everyweek if possible. Anywhere else on the field Man utd would have been fine but to lose Rooney is a massive blow for them.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    murvar

    I know u are mate just like a little banter after a nice 3 points 🙂

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  • ginkoh

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #30

    CH rested some of first-team players for our promotion party on Monday. I don’t think anyone should expect someone like Jonas, Guthrie, Routledge play today and Monday again, It risk for them to get injury.

    However we got promotion now and I really enjoy it !! good job CH, every staff and players !! We’re Newcastle Utd. !! Howay the lads !!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #31

    If we had of gettin beat today then it would of been a different story. Everyone would of slated Hughton for resting our best players. Today we scraped it against a bottom of the league club but we got the 3 points at the end of the day thats all that matters.

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m just hoping Forest win on Monday before our game so we have to go out and do the business. I don’t want any foot off the accelerator nonsense – we’re not good enough for that. And we want the title now, not just promotion. And Spuggy my good fellow – whatdid I say about laying OFF Best, not laying INTO him!

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  • baro

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Glad we are promoted!! All that matters!!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s a squad game, period. 46 games on less than wonderful Fizzy Pop pitches (the ball was all over today) means it’s easy to pick up injuries, and even easier to aggravate them. CH is a pro, he knows this and if there is any doubt over fitness he drags players off. He also knows this is late in the season and all those little individual injury niggles that don’t reach the press need to be protected.

    An awful lot of tosh on here about ‘in the old days Milburn would come out of pit and play for 90 minutes and then go down for the next shift…’ It’s a different game now, and a better one – just ask those crippled players who were sent on game after game full of Cortesone injections in the 60s/70s.

    This game only proves that Pancrate and Best are of no use other than being bench warmers until the end of the season. So that’s two more lockers to definitely clear out come the end of the season.

    However, CH, with respect, what the hell was Barton playing out wide for, simply match practice?

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  • OHurley

    Apr 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Cpt Beef-

    We needed to give our midfield a rest, and between smudge, nolan, and barton- Barton is the obvious choice to go out wide. One thing is that it shows we need to invest in at least one out-n-out winger for next season, preferably one who can play on both sides.

    Would love to see us add another creative CM as i think Nolan is gettin aud like. Guthrie is killin though.

    Next summer, lets see us add a full back, a cm, a winger or two, and a fast striker to compete with lovenkrands.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #36

    murvar – never said a thing about best – huh??? Watchoooo talkin bout willis????

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  • murvar

    Apr 3, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Spugster – a grovelling apology to you! It was that Toon 1978 feller

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  • NUFC HOPE

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #38

    any highlights?

    I could only catch a radio feed.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 4, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Great result 1 giant step for newcastle.

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