Ancelotti, Hughton And Both Teams Deserve Medals

It was a titanic game that Newcastle eventually won with a goal just before the 90 minutes was up – but the real winners in this game was the game of football itself.

Carlo Ancelotti – proud of his Chelsea side last night

The Carling Cup 3rd round tie at Stamford Bridge last night will go down as one of the great games played in the Carling Cup competition, and credit has to go to both managers for refusing to give up through lots of adversity.

Newcastle started terribly when a collision between Tim Krul and Sol Campbell almost gifted the first goal to the home side, and since Chelsea hadn’t even conceded a goal at the Bridge in more than 10 hours of play – the Magpies could have lost hope.

But the Geordies never lose hope these days, and after 49 minutes were 3-1 ahead – and on merit surprisingly enough.

Chelsea went down to 10 men – but they hardly gave up the fight,  and amazingly did come back to 3-3, with just 3 minutes remaining, although they were helped by a very dubious penalty award for a supposed foul on Alex by Mike Williamson.

The rumors last night were that Hollywood producers were trying to contact Alex for several film deals, so his acting performance has already reached California, although of course that cannot be fully verified. 😀

And when all seemed lost for Newcastle, and Chelsea had even hit the post with a couple of minutes left in the game, up pops Shola Ameobi, Newcastle star of the night, with the perfect headed goal from a wonderful Gutierrez corner.

But there was still 6 minutes of nail biting time that the referee gave for added time, but then it was all over, and most people watching on TV would have sagged in their seats at the final whistle – after such an emotion packed game.

Newcastle have learned from their tough time last season in the Championship how to win the close games, as they had already done at Everton last Saturday, and the cardiac kids were able to pull off one of their best wins for a long, long time last night in London.

But as we said, credit foes out to both managers and to both the teams – for serving up a treat (or should that be a trifle?) of English football.

The game was just fantastic to watch, and Newcastle will soon have a lot more fans around the world, if they play with the spirit and fight they showed last night, and have showed all season.

And we already know Chelsea of course are one of the best club teams in the world.

It was just a fantastic game and English football was the real winner.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • komfort

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    the fact of the matter is….the champions of the fizzzzzzyyyyyyyy stuffed the champions of the premiership in their on back yard !!

    …happy days are here again.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said !

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Well said, Ed 😀

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Think one of the greatest differences from NUFC past and NUFC today, is that we always expected to be at the top at the end of the season before. But now we don’t want anything else than to be above 17th at the end of the season.

    This takes a heck of a weight off the players shoulders and allows them to concentrate on their game.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I had a feeling we would see a game last night, I had no idea that it would be a game of 7 goals, with us coming away with the result. Well done to all the players.

  • munch27

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    What was that Everton blog about us being a small club and about us having no depth in our squad, LoL i love it!!! when the boys ram things like that back down TW@T’s like that’s throat.

    TBH i havn’t been that proud of the boys in B&W as i am @ this time roll on happier times.

  • nden85

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    and the ref deserves shooting

  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    The same could be said of most refs nden85. To be honest, I am sure the officials have far more corruption going on than is commonly believed. Over the last 3 seasons some of the descisions made for and against certain clubs beggars belief at times.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    What a fantastic result for us!
    Also to see some of the home grown lads get a chance was great, cannot wait to see Phil Airey get an outing, maybe later on in the season.
    Hope we can get a similar result in the league where it really maters

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it was a brilliant match and an unbelievable result for us.

    Shane Ferguson looked every bit the brilliant youngster he has been billed as.

    I think there were great performances all around last night, maybe the player who was mentioned least in the commentary was Loven, but maybe thats just me.

    I love this Never Say Die attitude we have now, the season before last if we went down 1-0 in the first 6 minutes the final score would have been 6-0, but now, we dig in and play.

    Tricky one for Hoots now for Sunday, does he bring Carroll back in to replace Strolla or play alongside him?

    I think that Raylor should retain his Right Back position too after his performance last night.

    My Team for Sunday would be:

    ************** Krul

    Raylor ** Collo *** Willo ** Enrique

    Jonas ** Nolan ** Tiote ** Ben Arfa

    ******** Carroll ** Strolla

    Soderburg, Sol, Perch, Ferguson, Barton, Routledge, Ranger

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Perch should play against Stoke, Raylor was great going forward but was raped every time on defense.

    Routledge is strong going forward we don’t need Raylor to help…we need Perch to defend.

  • Hugo_Viana

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    My team for Sunday against Stoke would be:







    I believe thats our A-Team, Perch is too clumsy, we’ve had too much of them (Bramble)

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    what exactly did routledge and barton do wrong against everton to suggest they should be dropped hugo_viana?

    i think perch will be ok, he seems to be getting alot of criticism which is fine if thats peoples opinion but i do think he is starting to get blamed for things completely out of his control now.

  • Hugo_Viana

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #14

    I would prefer Jonas to Routledge as Jonas can take the ball to by-line and play it across goal. Routledge is great but crosses need working on.

    The ‘new barton’ is being hunted down too much for obvious reasons which is why i would put Tiote in who can control the game flow a lot better.

    Maybe i underestimated Perch, as Enrique did start off like that.

  • photocox

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #15

    I can’t conceive of breaking up Barton and Tiote after they have begun to form a good relationship in the middle of the pitch which is where the games are won.

    Of all the former players to chose to represent you on the chat – Viana?! May I ask why? Portuguese? Have his jersey? Kinda gives your points a little less credence, although I had high hopes for him when we signed him! Cheers!

  • baro

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Both Carlo Ancelotti and Chris Hughton are great managers. They both have lots of respect.


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