Newcastle had a rather easy 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park tonight, to get to 98 points – 9 points ahead of 2nd placed WBA and an amazing 23 points ahead of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, and they will finish as Coca Cola Championship Champions.
What a season!
Plymouth opened at full speed and seemed to cause Newcastle some problems in the first few minutes of the game.
As Newcastle came more into the game, Andy Carroll missed a great chance on 19 minutes, when Danny Guthrie ran at the Plymouth defense. Danny put Andy Carroll straight through on goal with a great pass, but with the goal at his mercy from just 12 yards out, Andy’s left foot shot went way over the bar – a bid miss from Carroll.
But just one minute later Newcastle went ahead, and it was from Joey Barton’s out-swinging corner that Andy Carroll immediately made amends for his glaring miss, and his powerful header looped into the far corner of the net for the striker’s 18th goal of the season. How many times has Andy scored this type of header this season?
After 28 minutes Newcastle got their second goal, and it was again Joey Barton who set it up, as he put Wayne Routledge clear with a terrific through ball, and the winger raced clear and rounded goalkeeper David Stockdale, before slotting the ball home from an acute angle – a nice goal from the Newcastle winger.
Rather than go on defense, Plymouth started to attack Newcastle, and had most of the possession, during the final 15 minutes of the first half.
Joey Barton looked in fine form in the first half for Newcastle, and seemed a cut above the Plymouth players, and Fitz Hall looked very solid for Newcastle in central defense.
At half time the score remained at 2-0 to Newcastle.
On 52 minutes Kevin Nolan went so close, after being set up by Andy Carroll.
Nolan got the ball on the edge of the area and hit the ball on the turn, and his right foot shot only just cleared the Plymouth cross-bar.
Newcastle started to cruise through the second half and seemed content with their two goal cushion.
The Newcastle fans started to threaten to invade the pitch at the final whistle, and then a chant of “If Smudger scores we’re on the pitch” went up as the crowd seemed to dare Alan Smith, the captain, to score his first goal for the Tyneside club.
And the final whistle is blown and Newcastle have their 7th win in a row, and their 21st clean sheet of the season – and they have won the Championship.
Unfortunately Plymouth are now relegated to League One.
And we have to give the Plymouth club and the home crowd praise for being such a classy act tonight.
The Plymouth fans showed a banner “Well Done Newcastle – Champions” and at the end Queens’ We are The Champions” was played over the loud speakers..
A class act from Plymouth Argyle – especially when the club is now certainly relegated.
Job well done tonight by the Newcastle lads – once again – and one more win and we’ll break the 7 game winning streak record for the season, and also break the 100 points barrier.
So please go to this video – provided by reader AngerOfTheNorth – and see Queen performing “We Are the Champions” – because we are.
The boys in black and white have been brilliant this season, and have helped restore the pride on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!