Newcastle 0 Arsenal 4 – Brave Magpies Gunned Down


Newcastle put up another spirited performance tonight, against a good looking Arsenal side, but were still on the wrong end of a 4-0 defeat by the  north London side.

But the score-line was much worse than the performance of the Newcastle side tonight, and they had little luck, and in the end it was Arsenal’s extra class and their innate ability to keep possession, that was the difference between two good sides, in what was another entertaining game.

Arsenal started this game at an electric pace and for the first 10 minutes or so it was all Arsenal,  and in that time they must have had 4 shots on goal, but the Newcastle defense remained steady, with Tim Krul looking safe in goal and making a couple of good saves.

But then Williamson tried to beat two Arsenal players just outside the box, and he lost the ball but he was lucky that Newcastle escaped the danger. Mike has to learn he cannot do that stuff against top sides because they will punish you.

Left back Gibbs seemed to suffer an injury to his ankle after 10 minutes, but  he carried on for a while,  but then left the pitch and was replaced by …  the very experienced Sagna.

On 15 minutes Nile Ranger almost scored when he beat the goalkeeper to a long ball up field and got past him only for the center-back to  block his shot, as he tried to put the ball in the back of the net.

And then Alan Smith had a wonderful shot from all of 30 yards out that was touched by Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny, and onto the cross bar and over, although referee Mariner gave a goal kick.

If the goalkeeper hadn’t touched the ball, could have well gone into the goal off the underside of the cross-bar so it was a cracking save from the young 20 year-old Polish goalkeeper.

To think that Alan still has to score his first senior goal for the club, that have been some first goal for the Leeds lad.

And Newcastle then took as much as they got in the first half, with Vuckic, Routledge and Kadar looking good,  and then would you believe it – with just 30 seconds to go in the two minutes of added time in the first half – Newcastle conceded a goal, and it was a poor one again.

Tim Krul punched away a corner, and it was immediately headed back into the goalmouth, and with two defenders and Krul seemingly having the ball covered, the ball appeared to go between Krul’s legs, and Ryan Taylor  blocked the ball on the line – but it rebounded into the goal off  the back of Tim Krul’s head.

A cruel goal to give away and at the worst possible time for Newcastle United. The half time whistle went immediately following the kick-off and Newcastle were 1-0 down at the interval in what was another cracking game.

The second half started with no changes being made by either side.

On 52 minutes Arsenal went two up when a long ball down field found Bendtner well offside,  but it was Theo Walcott who came through onto the ball and put the ball into the back of the net – and the referee allowed the goal to stand.

When a player is or is not interfering with play is in the imagination with the current rules, and in the old days Bendtner would immediately been flagged for offside.  The powers that be have to look at this offside rule again, because players are starting to take advantage  of it,  by simply taking up offside positions, and then deciding not to play the ball – it’s ridiculous.

But Newcastle were still 2-0 down.

And Chris Hughton made a double change on 57 minutes when he brought on Andy Carroll and Jonas Gutierrez for Wayne Routledge and Peter Lovenkrands.

Newcastle tried to press to get back into the game but Arsenal were keeping possession well – one of their great strengths – and Chris Hughton made his third and final change on 71 minutes, when Joey Barton was brought on to replace the tired looking Alan Smith – and Joey took the captain’s armband.

Newcastle were pressing Arsenal and were trying to pick up some momentum,  but then they were hit with a sucker punch as Arsenal and Fabregas, who had been brought on 10 minutes earlier,  fed Bendtner on the left wing in a quick counter attack, and the striker cut inside and hit a wonderful shot into the net from 20 yards out,  to get Arsenal’s 3rd goal and surely seal the win for the visitors.

Arsenal 3-0 up.

On 86 minutes a terrific Ryan Taylor free kick was well saved by Polish goalkeeper Szczesny, as the Magpies continued to press for a goal.

On 88 minutes one pass split the Newcastle defense wide open, and it was Theo Walcott clean through to put in another goal, as they again caught Newcastle pressing up field too much, and it was 4-0 although the result was much worse than the Newcastle display tonight.

The Magpies can only do so much on spirit and bravery and it was Arsenal’s superior class that showed through this evening, especially in the second half, and in the end Newcastle were well beaten.

But Chris Hughton will still take many positives out of t, which they showed in spades again tonight in this game, and there were some good individual performances – young Nile Ranger is going to be a handful for defenses in a year or so, and Haris Vuckic gave a powerful performance in the center of midfield in this game, and looks like a potential great player for Newcastle in the future.

We were still proud of the lads tonight – for their brave performance against Arsenal, who are of course a very good side.

But it points to what Newcastle need next  in their squad – some players with class – if only we had had Hatem Ben Arfa tonight.

And there are disturbing rumors about a betting shop refusing to take bets on Chris Hughton being fired at the club – do they know something we don’t?

The club should issue something to quell these rumors, because a win on Sunday will see the lads very nicely positioned in the Premier League after 10 games.

Newcastle United: Krul; R Taylor, Williamson, Kadar, Perch; Guthrie, Smith, Vuckic, Routledge; Ranger, Lovenkrands.

Subs: Soderberg, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Gutierrez, Tiote, Carroll.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Koscielny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs, Eastmond, Bendtner.
Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Fabregas, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury, Nordtveit



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83 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Oct 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Big Andy lookd bright when he came on tho he needs some1 up there to help him like RANGER……CH shud 100% play 4.3.3
    …………………Krul………………
    simpson……willo……colo……jose enrique
    ………barton……tiote……..guterizze
    ………..ranger…..carroll…….ameobi
    wud destroy scunderland at home oyea btw 1st
    HWTL

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  • listie

    Oct 27, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle statement about CH no intention of him going.

    Anyone know if Forster can be brought back?

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  • Moreno

    Oct 27, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Before all the idiots come on moaning about the team selection let’s get this straight.

    The vast vast majority of fans (on here in particular) endorsed resting our players for the weekend against the Makems, and give the lads who beat Chelsea a chance. I guarentee the same people will be on here moaning that our resrves lost against an Arsenal team which had several first team regulars.

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  • Nolan96

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #4

    No passion. No commitment. No creativity. They need to learn to shoot. Marriner gave nothing for us in the first 70 minutes.

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  • CT

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #5

    GIVE HOOTS A TWO YEAR CONTRACT AND STOP THE SPECULATION AND COCKNEY MAFIA PRESS!! LETS MOVE ON AND BEAT THE MACKS!!!!

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  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    BREAKING NEWCASTLE NEWS
    The club have released a statement on the back of speculation surrounding Chris Hughton’s future, reading: “Chris is our manager and will remain our manager. It’s our intention to renegotiate his contract at the end of the year.”

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  • Nolan96

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    IMO Perch played his best game in black n white. Fantastic tonight.

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  • Moreno

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #8

    After the first goal, which was undoubtedly an error from Krul (I notice listie calling for Forster back….what if it had been Van Der Sar like at West Brom? would you drop him so quick?) We could have come out and nicked a goal to level things him.

    The fact is that the refereeing decision to allow the second to stand was abysmal and that was game over. You then have to go out all guns blazing to get a result and it left us short at the back which meant we got hammered.

    I don’t want to slate the young uns, they put the effort in and are still learning, but it is a constant source of amazement to me why Danny Guthrie takes our set plays when he wastes every single one of them without fail, he is really struggling to get up to speed and is in major trouble for his place when Gosling is fit.

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  • Frank The London Mag

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Once again, the majority of us over-reacting over what was the inevitable. I understand there were shortcomings in that match, but Arsenal were always going to win it.

    I was dissapointed that Nile got shifted out to the wing (should have played him up front with Andy), and still haven’t seen enough of Haris yet but some of you really do need to look on the bright side.

    There seems to be a lot of you who act suicidal when we lose and are in hysterics when we win. Calm it down.

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #10

    tiote .. where was tiote ..
    anyway poor result .. 4-0 at home .. very poor ..
    hope hughton gets 2 wins in our next 3 .. or else more speculation about managers is gonna surface ..

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Which striker can we use?

    Striker:
    9 Andy Carroll 19 Xisco 20 Leon Best 23 Shola Ameobi 30 Nile Ranger 32 Ryan Donaldson

    Which one can we put in attack in this kind of game??? Who can we send out to WIN. or I mean just to score this game.

    Below name wont be counted as label as..

    Attacking Midfielder:
    10 Wayne Routledge 11 Peter Lovenkrands 29 Haris Vuckic 31 Shane Ferguson – Wesley Ngo Baheng

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Frank The London Mag .. its not knee jerk reaction its what is hughton doing tactically .. square pegs round holes .. no key players .. get the RB sorted .. play tiote … some obvious points

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes, Frank The London Mag

    I get what u mean, We are still rebuilding guys, please remb.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #14

    I think CH know its going to be a show down. And might injure some key players ESP tiote.

    He is key to our surviour.

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  • Frank The London Mag

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #15

    @Sweendog

    I stay true to the opinion that I’ve always held and that is that the Carling Cup is an unnecessary distraction which we shouldn’t entertain as a silverware possibility because of the limitations in our squad. You’re right, there are some errors, I am not denying that, but no, it IS a knee jerk reaction, and yes, it is exactly what we DON’T need on the days coming up to an important derby.

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  • umermaliknz

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Vuckic looked class. Some of his final balls were superb. She should makeing the grade now. Hoots should bring him on in the final few minutes of EPL games so he can play just behind carroll in that nolan role if we’re playing one up top.

    That’s how youngsters go from being on the fringe to making an impact. Look at albrighton at villa? he got thrust into the team.

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  • Moreno

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Look at it from an Arsenal perspective, this is their only chance to win silverware ever again in Arsene Wengers reign where as we played our reserve team!

    People saying “0-4 at home before derby not good blah blah blah”

    Do you really think that when us and the Makems walk onto that pitch on Sunday, the fans or the players are going to remember or care about this game? It wont even be the same team that started this one! Some of you need to get a grip, come Sunday there is only one thing on my mind and it isnt the reserves losing in the cup recently won by the likes of Boro and Pompey!

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  • awesome_fumaca

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Second goal- Bendtner coming back from offside wasn’t the issue at all. 1. Bendtner took out Wiliamson who was coming back to cover and 2. Walcott was ALSO offside when the ball was played through.

    Overall the result looks worse than it was. They had a strong team out and I think Wenger really wants the cup this year.

    I thought Vuckic looked good on the ball and Ranger was a threat, but he really needs to be more clinical.

    Was gutted that Smudge hit the bar- what a way that would have been to break the duck.

    Shame to go out, but let’s move on and concentrate on the league.

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  • colwell

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Was it realy that bad? we got beat by a very good arsenal team.
    thought the boys that came on did realy well as for jonas being overrated come on he`s one of our best players.
    At least we all saw how bad a rb taylor is lots of people saying he shoud start no way hosey lol not long and s taylor will be there!

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  • Ericles

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20

    One word for you Hughton – GO!

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  • SL_toon

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #21

    agree with a comment above that the refree was crap. these english refs need to man up and take the hard decisions. we’ve had many against us, and consider the blatant red-card that should’ve been given to neville against stoke. I understand now why fans say the big clubs have it easy…
    as for the performance, it was expected. Tamas versus Walcott, Williamson versus Bender, etc… We played a young team, and were on the wrong side of a very poor decision by the ref…
    The EPL is more important now, and we are relegation candidates, so lets back CH and the team now, eh
    HWTL!

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #22

    because of the limitations in our squad.

    Yes, Frank The London Mag. I hopes the Owners knows it. Thats the most important fact.

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  • jimiley

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Good home record innit? I know its early days but its the sort of record which not only gets you relegated but props up the league!!! The statement that the club will negotiate a contract at the end of the season must fill Hoots will real confidence. Puts everybody’s mind at rest doesn’t it??? Gone by Xmas.

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  • Frank The London Mag

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #24

    @Ericles

    No, just no

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    We just cant wait for Newcastle to be a success challenging for trophys again…

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Ericles .. yep either the manager should be backed big time in Jan or get rid .. so if NUFC have said hughton is manager then back him and get a RB, Striker .. LB cover ..

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  • SL_toon

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #27

    I also think perch had a relatively safe game. no bad plays this time.
    Raylor was too easily beaten though, and it looks like he’d be better as a winger and Simpson as RB. cos simpson did well against WHam and raylor has a brilliant set piece.
    Ranger, Carroll and Jonas were the best for me. Barton seemed anonymous when he came on.
    Saw glimpses of Vuckic’s skill, but im sure he’ll develop further into a first teamer.

    This is a young team (vuckic, tamas, perch, carroll, ranger, and even raylor?) getting beaten by a young but very very expereinced arsenal team (bendtner, walcott, sagna, vela, fabregas, koscielny, eboue, freaking hell!). So seeing the line ups at the beginiing, did we really expect to draw or win. 4-0 is harsh, but the performance was ok. The future looks good.
    Well done NUFC. We may struggle now, but we’ve started to look ahead, and im sure there are bigger things in store for the young ‘uns.
    And CH has to stay till Jan at least to keep the stability in the dressing room. If we’re in the drop-zone come january, Ashley will have a good think about investment and a new manager….
    HWTL!

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #28

    jimiley .. thats when his contract runs out .. exactly …
    if I was hughton I he keeps us up he deserves a medal and a huge pay rise.
    but make sure that he realises when he gets players that don’t make the grade that they aren’t played … you can’t turn a donkey into a race horse …

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  • Ericles

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #29

    So much cowardice. So much apologetics for Ashley’ s puppy! Treachery tonight from CH who cannot manage his way out of a paper bag. Wake up and listen. Too many “plastic Geordies” these days who condemn our history.
    Too many “corporate collaboraters” with white shirts and suits in too many bars and office PC’s.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Ericles // Oct 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    One word for you Hughton – GO!

    ???

    Please boy. Who do u have in mind for taking over CH?

    CH keep up the good job.

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  • awesome_fumaca

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #31

    jimiley- gone by xmas?! What the hell are you talking about? Even teams like Derby weren’t down by xmas.

    All this negativity is ridiculous. Our reserves went out of the carling cup and we’re 9th in the league. Ok, there have been a couple of bad results but remember we’ve also beaten Villa (thrashed) and Everton along the way. We’ll be fine, let’s just get behind the team for once and stop moaning.

    Pathetic.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #32

    you can’t turn a donkey into a race horse ,

    Thats true

    But not with this

    Striker:
    9 Andy Carroll 19 Xisco 20 Leon Best 23 Shola Ameobi 30 Nile Ranger 32 Ryan Donaldson

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  • awesome_fumaca

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #33

    …Not to mention our reserves also put 4 past a good Chelsea team, which was stronger than many other Prem first teams.

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #34

    anyways on a positive note I do think if hughton picks the right team .. 4-4-2 .. tiote in midfield .. simpson RB .. and a right winger .. maybe this could be barton at Right wing since we need someone who won’t shirk the tackle and can deliver ..

    Team

    Krul

    Simpson Collo Willamson Bull

    Barton Tiote Guthrie Guti

    Nolan

    Carroll

    a 2-0 win to lift the gloom and to lift us up and out of relegation..

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Was a game that showed me that we don’t drop our heads. And Perch did surprisingly well. New position?

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Arsenal can win this Cup

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  • jimiley

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Awesome
    Hughton will be gone. NUFC will last forever. Keep the faith.

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  • neeraj

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #38

    @jimiley
    Club said: in the new year. from what I understand they are going to negotiate it in Jan….

    And didn’t CH said early on in the season that he would discuss the contract talk in the X’mas break. I see the negotiation going acc to CH’s plan 🙂

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #39

    davis_toons

    True but I do like

    Carroll, Ameobi, Ranger (he’s still raw) .. we still need at least one proper finisher ..

    You’ve got to give hughton his dues hes sorted out newcaslte .. done a very good job .. now he needs to sort out tactics at home ..

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  • Nolan96

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Marriner was the same ref who didn’t give that pen for us against Everton when Nolans legs were taken away from behind.

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