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!!