There Were So Many Newcastle Heroes At Stamford Bridge

It was one of the best Carling Cup ties ever, that had the crowd and watching TV audience gripped for the full 96 minutes the game lasted last night.

Shola Ameobi – mobbed by team mates after putting Newcastle 3-1 up

And it started badly for Newcastle after just 6 minutes, with Campbell and Krul bumping into each other on a cross, that led to Patrick van Aanholt hitting the ball home – with his right foot.

But Newcastle came straight back into the game with their usual never-say-die attitude – and by half time were the better side and were also 2-1 up with goals from the impressive Nile Ranger and another terrific free kick from Ryan Taylor.

The surprising  score-line at half time would have caused Newcastle fans to wonder if the lads could hang on – but then Ameobi scored to put Newcastle 3-1 up after 49 minutes.

And then fortune favored Newcastle when Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Yossi Benayoun was injured and no more subs were left, and the gods may have been against Chelsea.

But the London side did very well to get back to 3-3 with 6 minutes to go, after they converted a penalty, and of course that’s why they are Champions.

But  the penalty given by referee Phil Dowd, verges on the complete ridiculous, and Alex should go into the acting profession once he hangs up his boots – because he should have  a great future in films after the acting performance he gave for the penalty – he should have in fact received a yellow card for simulation.

And when all expected the game to go to extra time,  it was Shola Ameobi who popped up to head home perfectly from a terrific Jonas Gutierrez corner, and the lads had won – but only after 6 minutes of added time.

The heroes for Newcastle were all over the field and 19 year-olds Ferguson, Ranger and Vuckic played the whole game – and they will be better players for the experience.

Tim Krul made many important stops after his joint mess-up with Sol Campbell so early in the game, but after that Sol always looked cool and calm at the back – and in his first start for Newcastle he orchestrated a famous victory that will be discussed for many a season on Tyneside.

Ryan Taylor again scored a great goal and Shola Ameobi was often unplayable last night – he had one of those nights where he looked so very very good.  Other players worked their socks off for the cause, with Collocini and Williamson playing their part and captain Alan Smith fighting for the ball continually.

This was basically the second team in action, and they will have signalled to the first-teamers on the bench that  their positions as starters are hardly cast in stone,  and let no player who started on Saturday at Everton ever think their place is safe with this much improved squad Newcastle have built under Chris Hughton.

The team must put in another good performance for the home fans on Sunday afternoon against Stoke City, especially after the terrible Blackpool result last time out at home – and hopefully that will be in front of a full house at St. James’ Park.

The lads have really earned that support, with their two successive wins – the first time in 9 years the team won at Evertotn – and the first time in 24 years the lads won at Stamford Bridge.

But hey – no slip-ups on Sunday – please.

Comments always welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #1

    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 properly shined tonight, and that’s only 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. I never realised how much I would appreciate it.

    That’s why we’re Champions! 😉

    P.S. And my older brother is a Chelsea fan

  • toonoholic

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #2

    the hero for second half is shola ameobi, he might not have the skills of a champ, but he has the heart of a champ

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #3

    fergy and shola both get motm for me. Shola played well all nite. He shed the donkey if only for a nite. And young fergy looked superb at left back especially going forward.

    We sorely missed having another right back today. Taylor came off because he was getting burnt on that side and he was on a card. Was a smart move only problem we didnt have anybody to play there. On come tiote who played hard but isnt a fullback and it showed. For the next 20 minutes chelsea attacked down that flak everytime and thats how they got in the game. All those james perch haters would have loved to have him tonight lol….

    anyways great game all the lads pl,ayed well….great win, gotta get jonas on the pitch with hba….


  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Both Strolla’s goals were great goals, well played to him and the team….

  • murvar

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree Sgt – Jonas and King Arfa should play in the same side – JG on the left and HBA on the right. Defences wouldn’t know what to do next. I’m afraid little Wayne won’t strike fear into many PL defences – he’s not half the player that Wright Phillips or Lennon are and they don’t really cut it in this league either.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #6

    i agree murvar, gotta keep jonas on the left because him and enrique link up too well down that left flank, thats 3 seasons in the making right there and too good to throw away

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #7

    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….

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Big shoutout to BenTozer!!! He went on loan to Northampton… Played the whole 120 minutes against Liverpool in the Carling Cup last nite & beat them!! So, there are also a hero at Anfield… HOWAY!!

  • balubas1

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Sholas goals were awesome… He just passed the ball in the net from 20 m . And that 1st post header was powerful.. Beat Alex which is very good in the air.

  • Ericles

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree Sgt Heagerty. Have always been a fan of Shola and think last night he proved my opinion of him. Ferguson is a gutty little fella and in some ways reminds me of Alf McMichael. A great result. The media response? It was a Chelsea second XI. However we also had fringe players in our team. The Sky TV response afterwards – we STOLE the game. Sour grapes from the pundits – up theirs this morning well and truly. We can, if we avoid Manky U and Arse-and-all, go far in this competition. Take note CH. Great for Tozer playing on loan for Northampton too.

  • Ericles

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I watched the match on a link from Romania. Must agree with others on here. The referee had his own agenda. I got the feeling he expected to ref a game where we were steam-rollered and it did not go the way he expected. Too many poorer quality upper echelon refs about these days. Why was Taylor taken off? Why did Arfa not play? Why did Vukic stay on the pitch? No matter. Saving Arfa to do damage against Stoke. We are going to spring a suprise this year I am sure. Just love NUFC stuffing the pundits!!!!

  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Its the fans who watched the match’s opinions that matter. The pundits will always hate us for our keegan era and our previously ability to self implode. I used to hate Andy gray and that slating us but I share Nolan and bartons attitude now, stuff the establishment, lets just do our thing and enjoy proving them wrong!! really Ameobi and Loverman and ranger shoul all have notched their misses and we should have been 7 goals to the good. Fair assessment below from a Chelsea fan.

  • Klatoon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #13

    i watched the game live on telly and sadly Lovenkrands and Jonas were very poor. Lovo didnt get involvd at all,i think i can count off on 1 hand,the number of times he was on the ball,Jonas started very badly,3 poor passes straight to th opposing midfield,all in a space of 2min.The 3rd was especially crazy because th ball was played out to him unmarked and he tried a cross-field pass straight to Gael Kakuta,almost led to a goal.He had only 1 run at the Chelsea defence but this run that led to Ranger’s glaring miss in 1st half and corner for shola’s winner were superb. Haris Vuckic is another who suffered last night but I think he was out of position in a 2 man midfield with Smith,this kid is a playmaker but all the tracking back and defensive duties took alot out of his game last night.He needs to be played in a 3man midfield with more freedom to dictate attacking plays. We could have been 5-1 up at 1 stage but Ranger missed a sitter,completely missing the ball.this chance was similar but easier than the 1 he put away.Shola was then put through by Ranger,with a clear sight of goal but he was TOO SLOW and the defenders caught up with him easily,if only it had been th other way round,him playing the quicker Ranger through.Chelsea finished with 10 but Ferguson finished the game limping.He suffered an injury and received lenghty treatment but CH sent him back on and he clearly struggled,running with difficulty.He does cross th ball superbly though.On a lighter-darker note,the injuries to Kalou and Benayoun were hilarious,They just pulled up comically with no 1 near them and you could see real anguish on their faces. And chelsea’s 1gol might hav been a mixup between Campbell and Krul,but they played th ball out to Ranger who lost it to van aanholt while trying a fancy turn in the right-back area which seemd immature of him.

  • Klatoon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    oh and I forgot Lovo’s miss,beautiful through ball to from Shola but he completely fluffed his shot,fair to say it was on his weaker right foot but it was a real chance.Shola also missed a glorious one V one with th keeper when he tried to swerve th ball with th outside of his right boot when a simple lob would have sufficed.In the end,it went so wide,almost for a throw in.Campbell looked cormfortable enough,showed good pace when he raced and slide tackled just when I thought Kalou would outsprint him.He had 1 nervous moment when let Anelka go thinking th ball was going over the byline, the French man got to it but Krul made a super stop to smother at his feet.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #15

    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!!

  • Selbymag

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #16

    We have won away a Chelsea for the 1st time in 24 years yet some still come on here to look for negatives in individual players performances. A great result against a fairly strong Chelsea team in a cup competition. Stop been so bloody negative and support the club / team. Well done Chris and the lads.

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Malaysia-RASHID // Sep 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM ……..


    So glad you’re getting into the spirit of the site Rashid! Oh, and fraternal greetings to you.

  • balubas1

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Klatoon; don’t bring up simple happenings in the game if your only telling half of the story. Sholas 1 v 1 when he tried to shoot with the outside; It was a wonder he even got that chance.. WHAT a first touch he had to even get that chance !

    And Jonas didn’t play excellent, but of what I saw he stirred up some unrest in right side for the Chelsea team. He goes on runs, which creates space for others also.. all in all he commits very well.

  • balubas1

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    and Klatoon.. we can read the game summary elsewhere..

    bit harsh maybe… but im just telling

  • balubas1

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Malaysia Rashid:

    Will you marry me?

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #21

    balubas1 // Sep 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM …..

    So, you’re proposing to Rashid already, you hardly know him?

    You philanderer; you silver tongued cavalier; you smooth talking b*****d, you two-timing tart!

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    make that 4 Malaysia-RASHID – i cant wait to see if you have copy and pasted on to the next one

  • balubas1

    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    lesh….. marry me

  • zHr

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    rashid,bend over

  • Klatoon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #25

    balubas1,al th summaries elsewhere are filled with praise for us,well earned i must add.You can blame me al u want 4 pointing out what they ddnt say. And Rashid,we are all fans here,but not all of us are inbred retards who cant get the essence of a forum.


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