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