Reading 1 Newcastle 2 – Nolan Brace Does It


Newcastle did their fans proud once again, and had an excellent 2-1 win at the Madejski Stadium tonight, after going two goals up in the first half, through Kevin Nolan.

But Reading came back strongly in the second half, and Newcastle were just able to hold out for their sixth win on the trot.

A great time to go on a win streak – that’s for sure – and essentially, apart from some  mathematics, that even Einstein might question, Newcastle are now Champions.

Reading had much of the play in the first ten minutes and it was only after 15 minutes that Newcastle had their first real attack, when Routledge had a nice run and put through the ball for Nolan, but goalkeeper  Ferderici was first to the ball.

But only 5 minutes later, Newcastle took the lead.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper hit a long ball downfield, and it carried through to Kevin Nolan, who had his back to the goal 12 yards from goal.

And it was another great Nolan goal as he turned slightly to shield the ball from his defender,  and smashed a wonderful left-foot shot that surprised goalkeeper Adam Ferderici, and went through his arms for the Liverpudlian’s 17th goal of the season.  That was great technique from Kevin, and he can certainly score those  goals.

On 26 minutes the dangerous Shane Long hit an overhead kick that was right on target from just inside the penalty area, but goalkeeper Steve Harper was well positioned and collected the ball safely.

Reading were moving into another gear as they tried to pull one back and on 35 minutes, Jimmy Kebe put in another well flighted right wing cross, but Ryan Taylor did well to clear his lines right on the edge of the six yard box. Good play by Taylor.

Then just before half time Newcastle went two goals up.

Danny Guthrie had the ball and moved forward quickly towards the Reading goal, with the defenders back-pedaling, and Guthrie put a nice ball to the overlapping Routledge.

The former QPR winger then drove to the bye-line and cut the ball back across the goal, and it was Kevin Nolan who again did so well to turn the ball into the net for his second goal of the game, and his 18th goal of the season.

That goal puts Kevin one ahead of Andy Carroll in the goalscoring charts.  And that was classic wing play by Routledge, another assist for the 25 year-old.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at the break.

Reading started the second half full of fight and vigor but a little bit of needle was creeping into the game. Reading replaced Tabb with Simon Church on 60 minutes and Ryan Taylor was yellow carded shortly after, as he kicked the ball away, after Reading has been given a free-kick.

Then on 70minutes Reading pulled a goal back.

Brian Howard took a free kick that Simon Church turned towards goal just six yards out, and Jose Enrique tried to hook the ball clear, but the ball smashed into the back of Danny Simpson and the ball looped back into the goal.

It was an own goal by Danny Simpson, and it was now game on at 2-1 with 2-0 minutes left.

Five minutes later Chris Hughton made a double change and brought on Joey Barton and Andy Carroll with Wayne Routledge and Danny Guthrie being replaced.

In the last 5 minutes of play Reading threw everybody forward and tried to get the equalizer, but as the final whistle blew, Newcastle had held out to  register their 6th win in a row, their 10th away win of the season and they are now on 95 points, that WBA can only equal by winning their last 3 games .

But Newcastle’s goal differrence is now 52 compared to WBA’s 39 so how they can catch Newcastle in just 3 games is even hard to imagine.

But one more point by Newcastle and one more point lost  by WBA, will officially give the title to Newcastle. But hey, it’s really ours now. 😀

Kevin Nolan’s two goals were the key tonight.

Comments welcome.


17 comments so far

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #1

    The title’s ours. It’ll be brilliant to see the lads lift the cup at SJP, if they can get a point or three.

    And well done on getting a match report rattled out so quickly Ed! I’m sure one or two people will pick out typos, but who cares!

    Championes, championes, championes champions!

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  • Will-toon

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • Will-toon

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #3

    @AngerOfTheNorth

    lol i can see u are superman on the keyboard.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Nah, just faster than you 😉

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  • mark9403newcastle

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Get in, great result if Nolan hadnt hit the post and we’d gone 3-0 up, we would have smashed them!

    Bit worried though about Collo going off, possible injury, i hated it when Simpson had to go to centre half he isnt strong in that position at all!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #6

    EXCELLENT win for NUFC i’m more happy about this result than most of the results we’ve had this season. I must admit i thought we were on for a beating tonight and even more so after seeing the line up but credit where credit is due Hughton got it right again alough we did make it hard for ourselves after the own goal and thought Reading were going to equalised. Well done the lads CC rightfully ours bring on the big boys!!!!

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  • shek2k9

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    ed if we get 1 mre point we win the league no mather what westbrom get

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry for all the shit tonite i have had a bad batch of crack and its doing me heed in. we were lucky tonite and i still think we should get rid of nolan he’s not good enough and dosnt do crack

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  • sparko

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on the toon.I think it would be good to give some fringe players the second half if we are winning next match so they know what its like to be infront of a sell out crowd and so they can experience the atmosphere

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  • Ian

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah Will Toon – how much of a n0b do you feel? Going out of your way some unknown random childish reason to type ‘1st’, to find that you didnt actually make it 1st after all.

    How very sad…

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  • JIMMYBOB33

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #11

    So bloody happy! i too thought we would get beat tonight even when we were 2-0 up? the game sounded so nerve wreacking THEN 2-1 i thought that was it but im glad i was wrong??????im a wreck!! 3 games to go i think its time for the young players to get some football time ? Best Ranger and co HWTL “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” NEXT PLEASE

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  • dazza

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Sign Mr. Long up!

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #13

    WORKEY YA COWARD YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SAY USE YOUR OWN NAME NOT HIDE BEHIND OTHER PEOPLES NAMES, YOU SMACK OF A LITTLE COWARD WHO MUST BE ON SMACK THE ONLY 1 OF YOUR LOT WHO HAS ANY BALLS IS TOONSY LEAST WHEN HE SAYS SOMETHING HE USES HIS OWN NAME UNLIKE YOU YA COWARD ED WHEN YOU EVERY SEE MY NAME IN BLUE SORT IT OUT ED HOWS HE USING MY NAME COMENT 8 NOT MINE

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #14

    1 last point workey dont try and talk like a geordie cause every 1 knows you a cockney, and its really funny watching a wanna be cockney trying to talk geordie and you really suck at it

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  • alan shearer

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #15

    c’mon nufclite..if we must get rid of nolan..there are many more nufc players should be sold before nolan..example..best, pancake, butt..

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  • alan shearer

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #16

    nolan still remains as a useful player with pl experience and can score goals..i dont see why we need to sell him?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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