Team Spirit And Will To Win Gets Magpies All 3 Points

Newcastle United seemed to want the win the game this afternoon more than West Ham did.

A smartly dressed Chris Hughton today

West Ham were certainly dominant in that first 15 minutes today, and with any luck could have been more than 1-0 up before Newcastle finally woke up and got into their rhythm.

But once Newcastle came back into the game and got their equalizer though captain Kevin Nolan on 23 minutes – a very good goal – Newcastle took a grip on the game and especially in the second half West Ham offered very little in fight or spirit to win the game.

Newcastle are not much better in personnel than they were two years ago when they were relegated, but what the side does have, in abundance, is an undeniable spirit, a never say die attitude, and a will to win.

We think that was the big difference in the game today, and it got the Magpies the win, even though the TV  commentators were suggesting that Newcastle may settle for a draw, early in the second half,  with the score at 1-1.

That’s negative thinking, and we’re pleased the Newcastle manager doesn’t think that way, as it was clear all week, that Newcastle were going to London to win.

And Chris even started the game with two strikers up front, and kept that formation all game, as no subs were used today. No doubt most of the subs will get a start against Arsenal int eh 4th round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

It was Newcastle’s doggedness and guts – at least after that first 15 minutes or so – that got the win today and they got the job done in London today.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • polo1234

    Oct 23, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #1

    just started it up
    do please take a quick look and giveme some feedback

  • CT

    Oct 23, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Got to admit I was wrong, Kev(we owe him that) Nolan, is pivotal, now got it! He is not the quickest,but he`s clever n a leader, good at give not so much go, but Tiote does his cleaning up. We def look more solid when he`s in the side!!!

  • Thump

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s not get too carried away here – that team spirit earned us a point (Nolans goal), west ham gifted us the other 2. Can only beat what’s in front of you and I’m glad for the point but I really wish we could start matches the way we finish them.

  • Thump

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4


    Bugger me I’m tired.

  • ganiyu

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote vs obinna.alot of insult for obinna here nigeria during d glad we won

  • ganiyu

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #6

    One full back pushd forward and d other didnt.nice tactics ch

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris Hughton again took the right decisions. What a great manager CH is becoming. The whole team performed really well again. Tiote since he’s come in has been immense and Coloccini was awesome also.

  • CT

    Oct 23, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #8

    ganiyu @6, fundamental, kiddo, I posted here many times, one back f`ward, one holds!

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 23, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #9

    1) We won

    2) we are up to 9th

    3) Barton n Toite were class (Nolan as well)

    4) We won

    5) Did i say we won

    6) Oh n 6 CH made some very needed important decisions: 4-4-2 and Ameobi n Carroll together.

    Love the TOON for life

  • balubas1

    Oct 23, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Nice to see Barton switching between CM and RM. When Barton went inside, Simpson came up. Not often in the game, but the tactics were clear. Simpson will only improve, and I think R.Taylor would suit that role nicely also. Also good to see that Simpson didn’t make any silly mistakes. And I think any fullback would struggle some against a fully fit Obinna. Maybe not Enrique though;)

    Our whole team gave a good display, but to pull up some names that really did the job I would pick Tiote (MoM), Barton, Enrique. They really made this a win for us, but like I said, a good team display in the 2nd half.

    We only struggled at first bcause we were playing away against a real relegation battler, going very agressively and offensively at us. Our quality beat them in the end.

  • baro

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #11

    I love how not one player on the pitch wearing Black n’ White put their head down and just kept trying to get a result out of this game! Its just fantastic the way Chris Hughton raised the team spirit on Newcastle its like one big happy family at the moment! I just love Newcastle United 4 Life!

  • CT

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Baro@11, it`s how it is, our club is our responsibility to pass this on, one of my offspring told me he/or /she luv`s L`pool. Of course in a my more adult way, this kid is history as far as I`m concerned, completely unsavable! Sad, but??/

  • jimiley

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #13

    We need a right back. Simpson was very poor.

  • balubas1

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #14


    u r entitled to an opinion and all that crap, but I must say you seem too be less gifted brainwise.

    Simpson is young, and just came back from a quite serious injury. So.. just because some players in our squad are young and need some time to develop, your logic tells us that we should get them all out. Let’s torch our youth academy, and let it burn like Carroll’s car. Anyways.. thats what you are saying in a simple sentence.

    Get a life and hopefully a brain you tool.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #15

    “Let’s torch our youth academy”

    It worked for Keegan 😉

  • Brutooon

    Oct 24, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Simpson is poor ( but better than perch and just come back from injury)

    Good think we got tiote, he control the midfield so well even when we are 1-0 behind. Keep nolan centre midfield and barton on the right

    Play the youth on wed night and get ready for the mackemmsss

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 24, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t say Simpson is poor. The great thing is though, teams won’t be targeting us down the right side now!

    Before it was so clear they were doing that, but now…

  • shamadz72

    Oct 24, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #18

    See the result when our 1st eleven was Perch-free.

    I think it is not a good habit to belittle our player, but Perch is certainly not a PL material. He need more training in reserved team.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 24, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #19

    The change of formation gave us the victory. Hoots was afraid and had to try something new and luckily for him it paid off.
    So from now on play 4-4-2 at SJP and always against relegation favorites.

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Oct 24, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #20

    DANNY SIMPSON. please stay fit cos he was 10 times the full back perch will ever be! great win! i remember not so long ago when we couldnt buy a win in the capital! GET IN THERE LADS!!!! TOON TOON!!!!!!!!! bring on the mackem inbreds!!

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Oct 24, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #21

    and although im a big smithy fan i do think tiote is class in the middle. right engine on him!

  • xfer

    Oct 24, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Good job and well done lads! My concern is that CH doesnt make the substitution by bringing fresh leg into the game, or even to kill time.

    Not the first time… I would like to see Routledge or Loven to come off the bench to bring some speed into the team when the opposition tires. CH rarely makes a substitution around the 60-70 mins mark.

  • baro

    Oct 24, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Any body watch the UFC match? Brock Lesnar vs Cain Valash!t? A really interesting match

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Guys, any of you spotted about miss understanding between Carroll and Joey and i think Joey very mad with Andy, see the goal celebration there no Joey instead he make a beauty cross.

    And at the first half, about 20minutes of the game when Hammer got conner, there some fighting between Nolan and Joey, and second half about 70minutes of the game, Joey run with the ball with Carroll upfront alone running inside the penalty box, Joey not make passing to him.

    I think there some fighting between them. Any idea guy, i just watch the match from t show so i don’t know any full view from the pitch.

    And congratulation for the must win game last night, i enjoy the show, very very good game from Tiote, Colo, and Joey.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #25

    A fantastic and feel good win against an admittedly not so great team.

    Tiote was absolutely outstanding and CH’s best signing by a mile. I know he is a ball winner, but his spins and turns to get away from people were awesome.

    My only slight moan is that we only seem to have one tactic and that is launch everything at
    Carroll’s head. It eventually worked yesterday but we desperately need much more variety and invention against better teams. Hopefully with Calderwood gone, we can now play a more open and expansive game.

    I like Jonas but he has to have the worst final ball or shot in football ! Never an end product.

    I hate these rumours about Kinnear (long ball Wimbledon style dinosaur) and O’Neill (another long ball merchant) coming in. O’Neill has to be the most over rated coach in football. Even Strachan won things at Celtic.

    If CH is sacked, why can’t we get a footballing manager like Di Matteo, Martinez or Holloway.

  • Shot Bru

    Oct 24, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    It would be footballing suicide to replace CH at this moment, surely the rumours are just rumours and no more. Give Steve Stone the assistant managers job, noticed he was on the bench with CH yesterday. What a difference having a class act in midfield like Tiote, comfortable on the ball and he can tackle staying on his feet as a result we hardly gave away any free-kicks.

  • moonraker

    Oct 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27


    You’re mistaking bad feeling for passion!! There’s nowt wrong on the field, they are just playing with spirit and it’s clear from last nights game it’s paying off!!
    If they didn’t give a toss like the team that got relegated you wouldn’t see any reactions at all!! 🙂

  • balubas1

    Oct 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #28


    find a soap on tv or something..


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