Newcastle 4 Blackpool 1 – Geordie Juggarnaut Continues


Newcastle put on an excellent display of attacking football this afternoon and were just too good for a previously in-form Blackpool side.

The Magpies won 4-1 at St. James’ Park, in front of an excellent crowd of 47, 010 passionate Geordies, who were still celebrating following Monday night’s promotion back to the Premiership.

Newcastle started the game with the same line-up as on Monday night, except that Tamas Kadar was at left-back for the sick Jose Enrique.

After  just 12 minutes Newcastle took the lead when left-back Tamas Kadar gave the ball to Jonas Gutierrez down the left wing to set up the attack.  The Argentine then beat two Blackpool defenders and the winger burst into the penalty area and hit the ball beautifully beyond goalkeeper Matt Gilks for the brilliant Argentine’s 4th goal this season for the Magpies.

And yes, the Geordie fans were given another treat of seeing that famous Spiderman mask from the  Argentine, who was in scintilating form this afternoon for an attacking Magpies outfit.

Jonas is now starting to score the goals that manager Chris Hughton has asked of the popular Argentine – and what a player this lad looks right now.

And then on 36 minutes Newcastle went further ahead. Danny Guthrie was stupidly pushed in the back Taylor-Fletcher stupidly, on the left hand side of the penalty area, and from the free kick taken by Guthrie, the ball was helped home by big Andy Carroll, for the Gateshead-born striker’s 17th goal of the season. And yet another assist from Danny boy.

Then on 37 minutes Liverpudlian Ryan Taylor came on to replace the injured Tamas Kadar, who seemed to have a hamstring injury.

The score remained 2-0 at half time with Newcastle looking polished this afternoon.

Newcastle started the second half in confident fashion and after 62 minutes went further ahead with a goal from captain Kevin Nolan, for his 16th goal of the season.

And it was Argentine winger Gutierrez, who was having a field day down the left  wing this afternoon,  who set up the captain, as he provided the ball to Nolan on the edge of the area, and then Kevin went past two defenders and then rounded goalkeeper Matt Gilks before putting the ball into an empty net. Kevin looks as good a player right now as he did when at his best for Bolton Wanderers, his former club.

It was four four goals after 77 minutes when right winger Wayne Routledge went by two Blackpool defenders and headed into the area before hitting the ball beautifully into the bottom corner of the net for his second goal as a Magpie – another tremendous strike from the winger.

But it was not to be the 21st clean sheet of the season for Newcastle, which would have been the perfect result,  as they again conceded a late goal after 85 minutes.

Steve Harper made a brilliant save to stop Stephen Dobie’s strike, but it was former Southampton striker Brett Ormerod who slotted the ball in from close range from the rebound.

Steve will be disappointed that another late goal robbed him of another clean sheet, and so will manager Chris Hughton, who is a bit of a perfectionist, and listen for Chris saying after the game he was disappointed to concede late in the game.

But it was a masterful show from the Magpies this afternoon, and now they are just 4 points away form the league title, but really only 3 in reality, since their goal difference is now 51 and so much better than second placed WBA who have a goal difference of 39.

It should be some consolation for Blackpool fans, that the team above them in the league, Swansea also lost this afternoon by 1-0 at Bristol City, so Blackpool remain just two points behind the Welsh side, but have a better goal difference, so there’s still hope for the playoffs..

Newcastle are now starting to completely dominate this league, late in the season, and their confidence is just sky high.

West Brom won 3-2 at Doncaster Rovers to remain 6 points behind Newcastle, who are now on 92 points and have a game hand on WBA.

A great show from the lads this afternoon, and one more home win against Ipswich, and we could see out first unbeaten home season for 103 years.

Comments welcome.


14 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #1

    brilliant result from the lads, yet again.

    and with only ipswich to come, i think we can be pretty confident of finishing the season unbeaten at home.

    4 more points, come on lads!

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Good Resault harper hasnt been in too great form latley though has he?

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see the lads resisted the cruse control button………..full steam ahead.

    Jonas, utterly scintillating!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Great result today, it just gets better and better. Off topic here but did anyone here Stelling saying Ashley will provide 15 million next season. I did not here this personally but i read it somewhere. I hope Ashley provides somewhere in the twenty five million because fifteen million imo is not enough. We are strongly linked with O’Hara who would cost quite a bit, plus we need two full backs, another winger and another midfielder aswell as a striker. fifteen million in my opinion will only buy quantity rather than quality.

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  • Szarka

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Great win, Jonas is no1. That men must remain our player next year, i think a lot of clubs will come to take him away.

    What happened to Kadar? Is it a long time injury?

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  • Szarka

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon1987: I only seen that as Birmingham had 15 million for his season in PL, and we would be in the same way. nothing really was told, only Ashley knows how much he will give for reinforsments.

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  • Darling27

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Suspected hamstring injury.

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree we need more than 15 Million

    For young talent like O hara

    But Fantastic performance today Silenced Blackpool – Cocky Bast***s. :L

    anyone else want 100 points?

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  • JIMMYBOB33

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    “BLACKPOOL” eat yr words loving it! Shame about letting 1 in at the end! i agree a 100points looks likely HWTL

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d have liked to see Krul get a game today. Harps has been brilliant this season but is now in danger of suffering from burn out! He has played nearly every game so give the lad a rest, Chris, we need him even sHARPER next season!

    Making silly errors at this stage is not going to do his confidence any good, and besides Krul surely deserves a few REAL games.

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes, I agree beefhart

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  • xfer

    Apr 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Great result. Would be good to finish the season being the only team in England to be undefeated at home! Who would have thought that when we were relegated last season!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Capt Beefheart hit the nail on the head. With the way the lads are defending and scoring goals, they aren’t giving up too many chances for the opponents to score. I could play keeper and keep us in the game so surely Krul will do fine back there…Didn’t see the game today but sounds like we were on another level then black Stool. Jonas is the man…

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  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Let’s be honest, Blackpool were punished for being piss poor this afternoon. Jonas’ goal went in off a defender and the defence stood and watched while Nolan wondered through them for his goal.

    Routelidge’s goal was a little cracker though. I reckon he’ll cope well next season.

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