Newcastle 6 Aston Villa 0 – Magnificent Magpies Maul Villa

In a surprisingly very easy first home win of the season, a very good looking Newcastle United side completely routed Aston Villa today by 6-0 at St. James’ Park.

And the start could have been a very bad one for Newcastle as goalkeeper Steve Harper gave away a penalty after just 10 minutes, when there was hardly even a threat from Ashley Young, who was moving in on goal on the righ hand channel.

Harper made a half-hearted effort to get the ball and seemed to bring Young  down for a penalty – a very soft one too.

But John Carew didn’t even hit the target with his penalty shot, as he blazed way over the bar, and that was a huge let off for the Magpies.

And then would you believe it just 2 minutes later and Joey Barton scored a terrific goal for Newcastle. Joey received the ball just outside the penalty area from Gutierrez, and with the Villa defenders backing off, Joey teed it up before smashing the ball past goalkeeper Brad Friedel,  and the sheer speed of the ball beat the American goalkeeper and Newcastle were 1-0 up.

Newcastle started to take control of the game and after 25 minutes fortune again favored Newcastle as Ashley Young was straight through on goal, but was given offside, although TV replays showed him to be well onside.

Two let-offs for Newcastle in the first 25 minutes but they took advantage of their luck.

On 31 minutes Newcastle were 2-0 up as Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique combined well down the left, as they did all afternoon, and the ball was put into the middle and it came off an Aston Villa defender to big Andy Carroll, who simply  swung his left foot,  and the ball was in the back of the net.

A very good opportunist goal from Andy, who looked so impressive all afternoon in front of Fabio Capello’s assistant Franco Baldini – who must have been immensely impressed with what he saw from this Gateshead boy.

And Newcastle were taking full advantage of Villa’s dejection at going behind in the game,  and just 3 minutes later were an amazing 3-0 up.

Enrique hit a ball towards the back post, and Andy Carroll nodded the ball back to Kevin Nolan, whose initial header was brilliantly blocked by Brad Friedel, but the Newcastle captain dived to head the ball back into the goal.

And it was an amazing 3-0 to the Magpies.

Newcastle grew in stature as half time approached,  and looked a very good side indeed – dare we say that so early in the season and in the game?

At half time Newcastle were handed a further boost when they announced the signing, subject to a work permit, of 24 year-old Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote from Dutch club FC Twente.

Tiote was watching from the stands, and must have been impressed with the Newcastle display.

Newcastle continued their merry way in the second half, and continued to pressure a weak and demoralized looking Villa side, and  the difference between the sides was in team-work.

The Newcastle players always willing to support the player on the ball,  and Aston Villa looked a side already well beaten, and their players looked as if they had  been reading and believing their own headlines of the past week.

Newcastle made it 4-0 after 67 minutes when the solid and reliable Mike Williamson kept the ball alive from a cross  into the box, and it was Andy Carroll again who swung his left foot at the ball and the ball was again in the back of the net in an instant for his second goal.

Two wonderful opportunist goals from Newcastle’s big number 9  and Villa just couldn’t hold the big striker.

Newcastle were now dominating play completely and even looking good for their 4-0 lead, and after 76 minutes Alan Smith and Wayne Routledge made way for Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi, and both received warm applause – as they both had very good games for the Newcastle side this afternoon.

And then on 80 minutes,  Jonas Gutierrez was replaced by Xisco, for the last ten minutes of what was turning out to be an amazing game for the Newcastle fans, and Jonas got a great hand from the appreciateive Newcatsle fans, who were still somewhat bewildered by Newcastle’s crisp and unbelievable performance.

Newcastle were completely outplaying Villa now, and the Villa players seemed to be looking forward to the final whistle, but Newcastle hadn’t finished, and on 86 minutes Kevin Nolan got his second and 5th for the Newcastle side when he forced the ball home from close range.

5-0 and what a start to the season for this new-look Newcastle United side.

And then would you believe it but Andy Carroll got his hat-trick on 93 minutes, when he was superbly played through by young Xisco, who had cut in well from the left wing.

The big number 9 took the ball and easily beat Friediel from 12 yards out and looked all over a terrific center forward for Newcastle on this fantastic display of leading the line by the 21 year-old.

After the goal the TV cameras showed Alan Shearer delighted in the stands with his son, celebrating, and he seemed like any other Newcastle fan this afternoon – utterly delighted with a superb team performance of courage, bravery and not a little bit of skill from this dedicated Newcastle United side.

There will be headlines about Carroll after this display, and you’ve got to give some credit to Chris Hughton for his development, as Hughton has kept the 21 year old’s feet firmly on the ground this year, but on this performance the local lad can be another brilliant  number 9 for Newcastle United.

This must have been Andy Carroll’s best game ever for Newcastle, and he can build on what was a performance approaching those of  Didier Drogba – and that was according to the TV commentators after the game.

The final whistle blew with the Newcastle crowd on their feet, rather bewildered by such a first-class performance by their side, who routed the side that finished 6th last season, and Newcastle are expected to be in a relegation dog-fight this season.

But this was Newcastle’s biggest home win in the Premier League for many a year – and on their first game back in the Premier League too.

An amazing performance from Newcastle this afternoon – and that is one huge understatement – and there are lots and lots of positives Chris Hughton will take from this game.

Well done lads – you were magnificent this afternoon.

Now we have to beat Wolves next weekend.

Comments always welcome.


Newcastle United: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.
Subs: Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul, Haris Vuckic, Peter Lovenkrands, James Tavernier.

Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Stephen Ireland, John Carew, Marc Albrighton, Stiliyan Petrov, Ciaran Clark.
Subs: Nathan Delfouneso, Emile Heskey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Habib Beye, Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: TBC

48 comments so far

  • Asilaytoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    we had our luck in start of the game …we absolutely murdered them after that..i have never seen our team being so united and everyone worked their socks off…and that Andy boy has something about him..the cross field ball he hit to xisco before he scored the last goal was sublime…joey with a rocket…i dont remember us scoring a long range goal like that when we were in the epl last time..well at last he can shave his mustache or may be he may keep it lol 😀 ..jose and jonas was class on that left hand side..i never been so happy for a long time..

  • Thump

    Aug 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    1. We got 3 points on the board.
    2. We corrected our goal difference.
    3. We got revenge on Villa.
    4. We showed the Premier League that we’re back, and we aren’t the same team we were last night.

    If we play every game the way we did today we can get a top 10 finish easily!

  • costello91

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    asilaytoon Bartons goal was v.similiar to Milners strike against united two or 3 years ago!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #4

    FFS I was so happy and then I see someone on twitter ‘Did Joey Barton really celebrate his goal with a hitler celebration?’

    FFS here is the link,

  • Thump

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Last night? lol last time!

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    To say I’m buzzing is n understatement… Wor lass will find me asleep in the garden in the mornin! Mortal! Dog hoose for me but I don’t care!!!!! TOON TOON!!!!!!!!! hahaha!!!

  • SL_toon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    brilliant first half display. Second half was a walk in the park cos villa had just given up.
    Anywhere i can get the highlights?
    btw, im new here… been following for a while though.

  • Asilaytoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah i remember that goal.very similar.the game finished 2-2.with Edgar scoring our equalizing goal. anyways i am over the moon..not in my wildest dream i seen this coming 😀

  • NUFCMarshy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    That was incredible – it may have been the hangover, or the butterflies in my stomach from the game, but even at 3-0 I was sceptical that we were going to pull this off – every move we made was more or less flawless after the first 20 mins!
    The touches that led to the goals were pinpoint perfection – and Carroll has never looked better – Capello would be a fool to be letting this lad go Scotland

  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    still dancing 🙂

  • tsangcym

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    What more can i say?
    Well Done 😀

  • Mac

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Hughton alson confirmed that we’d signed that Chieck fella

  • jimmymac

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Different class!! Shows CH knows exactly what he is doing playing “4-5-1” at home!! In reality though, Nolan played as a 2nd striker!

    The whole team were incredible (except Harper who looked hesitant any time he got the ball), and i hope he gives the kids a chance in mid week and keep the same 11 fresh for Wolves!

    ANother positive note, the club announce signing of Tiote! Awesome, now a LB and CF and we will be ok.

    Toon toon!!

  • Thump

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    @Mac: It’s been on for a few hours now

  • Norwegian NUFC supporter

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Fantastic match, but no reason to take off before we can show more stability over weeks. We still need to strengten the team as last weeks match showed. Huseklepp 1,4 mill ( his contract clausul trigger according to norwegian media), santa cruz loan, and Ben Afra 6 mill (paid in instalament), and then we should stay out of the relegation battle.

  • Asilaytoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I definitely liked the way mark Williamson nonsense defender..clears the ball with out doing fancy stuff and is good in tackle…i am sure he would improve with more games he plays in epl

  • Vincent Lim

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    what a day what a’s been a long waiting for all of us..well done lads!

  • MacToon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Owen never once put a performance in like Carroll did today, Carroll must be worth £30 mil after todays performance.

  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    @asilaytoon #16: Spot on mate!! he has impressed me in the 2 matches….could b a shrewd buy…

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Unbeleivable- all of them!! Anyone want an argument that carrolls not good enough??

    Villa- we’res you’re bedsheets gone, we’res your bedsheets gone??

  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    #18: owen who….??

  • arcarius

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22


    Those who doubted about his ability to contest in the EPL should be ashamed. Hardly did any mistakes against man yoo and showed his worth today with 2 assist for Carroll

  • Thump

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Williamson should have been in the EPL last season but Pompey couldn’t afford his appearance fees to Watford. Good to see him finally here where he most likely belongs!

  • Brutooon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Best result ever! Still think its a one time win of 6-0

    Howay the lads

    Carroll got 7 goals more to hit a target 10 goals and he got like 36 games to go haha

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Tiote- signed, beat villa 6-0, now just to have the French wizard signed up. Weekend would be perfect, work with 3 villa fans Tomorrow who were all week saying they were going to smash us!!

  • aoOjee

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Brilliant! Man of the match for me along with ofcourse Carrol and Joey Barton was MIKE WILLIAMSON! Never seen Carew look that bad.. And ive seen quite a few games when Norway has gotten trashed, but never seen him getting so totally taken out of a game! No nonsense defending from Williamson, brilliant tackling and i would think Sol and Steven will have a tough job of getting their spot back in the 1st 11! Newcastle must be buzzing after that game, wish that was the game i could have been to sjp to see:D

  • Oleg G

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Agree with almost everything what you all say here.

    1. Important win

    2. But lets not get carried away, Aston Villa lost it after the penalty miss and the 1-0.

    3. Hope we can continue like this but for all who says we don’t need any players is lying and forgetting the big pictures.

    4. Still we had a lot of weak points, has to be imporved. situations that are 100% goals (about 3) are not finished in the net.

    5. from the 6 goals, 3 are thanks to Villa stupidity (what usually happens with us when we give goals after bad work of the defence).

    6. Our worse point of the game – still, Passing, this time we became better with position but again, if the game was 0-1 to Villa I don’t know if this would happen. We have to work more on the ground, pass more. Less long balls from Harper straight to Attack and less Balls in the Air for players to fight for.

    In general – I was thrilled today, was an amazing game to watch, a goal and another one and the cherry on the top – the H-trick.

    oh, and one last things – Carroll scored all his goals with his feet, not his head ! GREAT !!!

  • Thump

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    As for the Hitler celebration I think it was more of a “I can shave this bleeder off now!” than “heil hitler!”

  • i Toon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed i may be to over joy to remember anything more than that we won 6 Nil but i think Harper foul Young not Carew 😀

  • Abhik

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle-6 Aston villa-0
    Big Andy Rox..Howay the lads..hahaha…VILLA-ins laughed @ us a yr ago..look their faces now….Howay the Lads…

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    He didn’t do no bastard hitler celebration!!

  • Asilaytoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    i like the way he way he tackles,,, he knows how to tackle am sure about that…i have always thought we needed a no nonsense defender in our team always…never had that..this guy has the potential from what i have seen…by the way i only joined here few days before..i had one post in that benafra got lost in between lol..anyway i am from India has been forever a Newcastle fan..:)


  • birdyNUFC

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #33

    The best thing about the match was that it was entertaining,so pleased,TOON TOON!!!

  • Oleg G

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    1 Harper – 6.5 (nothing special, penalty)
    14 Perch – 6.5 (the same, nothing special, not balanced, his side is weak)
    2 Coloccini – 8 (Solid)
    6 Williamson 8.5 (Better then expected, looks good, + assist)
    3 Jose Enrique 9 (Great Player for us)
    10 Routledge 7 (fast and creative but likes the ball too much and small, loses the ball sometimes becouse of that)
    17 Smith 7 (Solid, too bad for another yellow thou)
    7 Barton 8 (Solid, Goal and gives a good vibe, positive. too bad for the yellow, totally unecesery)
    18 Gutierrez 9 (Creative, fast, great with the ball, moves a lot, good passing today)
    4 Nolan 9 (2 goals, active, asking for the ball and looking for action)
    9 Carroll 9 (Great goals, Great game, just needs to improve passing)
    19 Xisco 7 (Assist, except that, midiocare)
    16 Taylor 6.5 (nothing special this game)
    23 Ameobi 6.5 (nothing special this game)

  • Toonmania

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    hahaha just looked at the table to see where the smelly mackems are funny as f**k ROFLMAO!!!! i know it’s early days but i still think its funny

  • DanNUFC

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    didnt think i would be saying this but Alan Smith was brilliant today, didn’t let Ireland have a single thing all game.
    Jose had Albrighton in his back pocket and looked world class.
    Barton was brilliant with his passing and keeping our game flowing.
    Williamson and Colo never looked in danger of conceding after Young’s disallowed goal.
    Great play down the wings, Routledge needs to pass or shoot quicker though.
    Perch didnt do a single thing wrong, and actually looked pretty good.
    Carroll was brilliant and Nolan supported him well, but on occasions looked slightly slow


  • Oleg G

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #37

    THE TEAM = 8.

    -Good goals, good attack today but only after the first goal.

    -Need more creativity in the middle

    -Begigning of the game was not good (again), bad posation. Not good enough passing most of the time. if the team would play with better passing this game would end 12-0.

    -Long balls + Balls in the Air – Not good enough, loosing a lot of posation this way. specially Harper, passing the balls to the attack – 80% of the balls go to the other team.

    -Had luck with the penalty and a lot of Spirit and Moral after that and from the Fans (GREAT JOB OF THE FANS).

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Howay the lads brilliant match….i had no longer whiped the sleep outta my eyes this morning(game out 730am stateside) when harper was giving up a penelty and i had flashbacks of 2 seasons ago. It seemed we gave us so many penalties that season. Anyway as soon as he missed it i know, this was a new season. Andy carroll was brilliant but my man of the match has to go to joey barton. That cracking goal he scored let out a huge sigh of relief for toon fans world wide. That gave us the boost and let us know we could do it…im so thrilled howay the lads

  • aoOjee

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    if only routledge can include som trickery to his game, instead of only relying on his pace (the ball on one side and run on other thing he does, which is great too) he will become a big player for us! still think you should have given him atleast a 7.5! =D

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 22, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #40

    also forgot to mention, perch played solid at fullback today. Nothing outstanding but he did the job…looked like a completely dif player then at old trafford. Of course your first prem match away at old trafford can do any lad in…hwtl


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