Is This The Start Of A New Era For Newcastle?

Chris Hughton was obviously delighted with his side’s magnificent victory last night at Stamford Bridge as they pumped 4 goals past the Premier League Champions to get to the 4th round of the Carling Cup.

Chris Hughton – we just beat Chelsea – at Stamford Bridge 😀

The first goal by Nile Ranger was the first goal Chelsea has concede in over 10 hours of play at their home venue but with any luck Newcastle could have had more than four as both Ameobi and Lovenkrands in the second half missed excellent chances.

To be fair Chelsea were down to 10 men after 62 minutes when Israeli  Benayoun had to leave with an injury and Carlo Ancelotti had already used all three of his subs.

And Hughton was delighted that his second team – there were 10 changes made from the team that started the game at Everton last Saturday – upset the high-flying Premier League leaders – who also played most of the Reserves in tonight’s  game.

Chris told Sky Sports after the game last night:

“This was a game that most people felt we couldn’t win irrespective of what side they put out,” “We showed great character and great finishing to get back in the game.”

“It speaks volumes for the players in the changing room. Hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games.”

Both Shola Ameobi and Nile Ranger had excellent games with Shola being a hndfull for the Chelsea defense, and they foubnd it difficult to control the local Tyneside lad.

Chris had praise for his Nigerian born striker as he said:

“Shola showed why he is still at this football club.” “He has had periods at the club where injuries have hindered his progress.” “That was the case last season. But on this form he is top player.”

Although Chelsea hit the bar twice in that second half,  they also were given oen of the softest penalties you will ever see – when Alex conned the referee to get the penalty – from a supposed foul by Mke  Williamson,  who in TV replays was seen not to have even touched the Brazilian.

Chris talked about the penalty which equalized the scores at 3-3, with just 6 minutes to play:

“The equaliser for them to get back 3-3 was the softest penalty you will ever see and it got them back in the game,” “Fortunately, it was us that stopped the game going to extra-time.”

“I didn’t think it was a penalty. That is an understatement.” “It disappointed me because at that stage we hang on and win 3-2. If we had not got the winner and it had gone to extra-time, it would have been a travesty.”

And the referee did his best to let the PL Champions win the game, as he added an amazing 6 minutes of added time – to give the Champions time to score – and this adds to the growing suspicion that referees favor the top teams – and we’ll not even mention again that soft penalty he gave.

But Chelsea didn’t win, and the real truth is that Newcastle were worthy winners, and this may well signal a new era for Newcastle United.

A Kevin Keegan like side again – but with the under-stated and very calm  Chris Hughton in charge – as this has to be his best win ever as a manager – and against the tremendous Carlo Ancelotti.

We have to hope there are more games – and wins – like this down the road – but we simply cannot get ahead of ourselves – and a win against Stoke City on Sunday is now an absolute must.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #1


  • baro

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #2


  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #3

    We should really try to prize van Aanholt away from Chelsea. He’s already much better now than he was when he played so well for us at the beginning of the year. Betcha Chelsea hold on to him for a long long time.

  • Chris F

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #4

    it was a good, and deserved, win – almost stolen from us by a ludicrous penalty decision (Down needs to go to Specsavers) – but start of a new era?

    i wouldn’t get that carried away just yet. Yes we’re in good form (Blackpool blip aside, tho we still played well in that game) but we need to keep it up for a sustained period.

    I do think we’ll prove a lot of people wrong this season and stay up with relative ease, but time will tell if we get a run of injuries and poor results start coming.

    Can’t knock the lads so far though, even Shola managed to look like a footballer tonight!

    Good result, and here’s hoping for a favourable draw in the next round (and that manyoo and arsenal get drawn against each other! haha!)

  • Chris F

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #5

    of course that should read Dowd, not Down!

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, the new era started when we got relegated. I’ve been enjoying this new team spirit ever since.

    CH will continue what Sir Bobby started. First things first, where’s that contract for him Mikey?

  • rubaz66

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m still getting over the most rollercoaster NUFC performance since feyenoord away in 2002, what a game man! Shane Ferguson for a kid that looks 12 had a brilliant game, great left foot, esp for our first goal, shows the policy we have of bringing in a strong youth contingent to mix with the senior pros is starting to pay off, saving coin (much to ashleys grin) and getting CC results, back to the same 11 as saturday for sunday, but an encouraging night for all…..

  • baro

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #8

    No body would of predicted how we have started this season. We are proving everybody wrong. I really love when you can never predict the outcome of a match, it always goes down to who really deserves and wants the win. The game vs Chelsea was just an awesome game. We know that we can really do anything that we want and just have to be focused. Anyways I hope we can carry the excellent form into the next game and dominate. It will be a great game Sunday. Can’t wait.

  • Topp_Dawg

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Well done to the Magpies all the way from South Africa! I’m lookin forward to every Toon game in anticipation. Very encouraged! What do u guys reckon of Campbell’s performance today?

  • baro

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #10


    Shane Ferguson the 19 year old Irish men is awesome. He looks like he is 10 years old! Very small, and has great runs, excellent crosses, and passes. We don’t need no back up left back we got one right in our hands for FREE!

  • saint evo

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I think it is Ed, big time. Brilliant blog and hope you can start updating using your facebook page.

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #12

    baro – not to mention Kadar can play well there as well.

    Not the best game I’ve ever been to but what a game, Ferguson was MotM for me, Shola took his goals really well but Ferguson played a more complete game.

    To my mind, no one player bar those 2 shined tonight, and that’s because it was an excellent team performance. As I was saying to Toon fans, at 1-0 down at Stamford Bridge in yesteryear we would have stopped trying, from 3-3 we would have capitulated and let in another, but the belief and passion there is in this team means we stuck with it and got the result. It’s so nice to be fan and watch that finally – I only got to see 1 game of SBR’s tenure, and it’s only with Hoots that I’ve seen wor lads fight for the shirt.

    That’s why we’re Champions!

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #13

    champs are here….lol great match, total team effort with standouts for ranger, shola, and fergy…young fergy motm with shola. great win but gotta get jonas and hba on the pitch at same time…jonas and enrique link up so well down left flank have to move hba to right side…young fergy could be a star..


  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #14

    thought hughton was right to pull r taylor as he was on a card and was getting burnt at right back and would have prob got sent off, only problem was perch was suspended and we had no right backj….tiote played hard but he isnt a fullback and it showed. And like any good team chelsea exploited our weakness and went to that side everytime they pushed forward. All you perch haters were wishing he could come on and pick up his trademark yellow tonight while he shut em down over there lol…


  • umermaliknz

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #15

    it’s ancelottis fault that thy had to play with 10 men.. that’s why managers generally leave on sub till late. so that arrogant prick can’t use that as an excuse.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #16

    having watched the game live on tv and then watching the highlights that ref was shite, damn near criminal. he should be banned because he obviously shaded chelsea with the shite pen kick and the 6 added minutes…he should be suspended for awhile….

  • Solaidback

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Sorry Ed but it was kakuta who was taken off witha groin injury, not Benayoun as you’ve stated above.. 🙁

    Absolute fantastic game, bum clenching, fast, end2end, awesome goals from both teams & 6 extra minutes… where did that come from & the penalty for Chelski shouldn’t have happened but we should have had one at the other end, but its the same old thing, home team advantage by the ref… 🙁

    Is this a new era at the TOON…. I so hope so 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Btw, anyone see that Cessepool lost 4-2 to Northampton last night.. lol

    How the mighty have fallen 😉

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #19

    i just finish read all NUFC fans comment on ED article about game with Chelsea, i feel regret and sad with all the NUFC fans who claim they are NUFC Fans…You all bullshit..TO THOSE WHO NOT HAE FAITH WITH THEIR TEAM JUST FXXK OFF…you all should never give bad critic to your team unless you better than them. I’m sorry to say this, but some of NUFC fans on this site not really give some good comment, when the game is play and we won, they will say nice world but what happen in game like Chelsea, our team just play for 20minute and lose only 1-0, there to many bad critic, what wrong with you guy. I hope you can choose another team to support. YOU BULLSHIT….DAMN!!

  • estechco

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Looks like “Google translate” is on the blink again?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Malaysia-RASHID don’t you dare knock the Toon fans even the ones who moan we have been taken up to great highs & doen to come incedible lows and we have every right to moan. You aren’t even a Geordie I was born and Bred in Walker now live just outside London if I want to moan I have earned the right. Why don’t you go & support some Chinese team. On last night’s game fantastic but lets not get carried away it is only good if we then beat Stoke on Sunday draw with Man C & beat Wigan in our next 3 games

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    it was actually kalou solaidback

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Malaysia-RASHID – i have now read your comment on 3 threads now.

  • TheMightyOne

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #24

    @ solaidback 17 and slazberger 22
    ED IS RIGHT! it WAS Benayoun who came off after all 3 subs were used
    Kakuta came off injured for Kalou
    Then Kalou came off injured for that 17 yr old

  • Toon XI

    Sep 23, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Estechco – great post! You may need to use the translator so Rasheed can understand your comments.

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #26

    i was correcting solaidback for saying kakuta had the groin injury

  • zHr

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27


    ignore rashid.
    im from malaysia n here we have a large supports towards the toon army for years.
    just ignore him.


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