Newcastle completely demolished Sunderland today at St. James’ Park, in front of a packed crowd of 51,988, with a supreme display of fast and flowing football, which was all too much for Sunderland, whose solitary goal came in the last minute as a consolation from Darren Bent, who never got a look in this afternoon, but come to think neither did the entire Sunderland team
Newcastle hammered Sunderland in a way that hadn’t been seen for many a day this afternoon, as Newcastle hit 5 goals this afternoon, with a wonderful hat-trick form captain Kevin Nolan, and it could have been even more.
And remember Sunderland had only conceded 7 in their previous 9 league games, so don’t be surprised if some of the poor Sunderland players get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after this beating.
But Newcastle were in irresistible form today, just irresistible as they played their hearts out, and were just too good for Sunderland, once they got a grip of the game with two Kevin Nolan goals in the first 34 minutes. It was really as simple as that – they outplayed their local rivals completely.
Kevin Nolan got the all important first goal after 26 minutes and what a goal it was.
The ball came to Nolan about 6 yards out as the captain had his back to the goal, but he did a wonderful backward scissors kick to put Newcastl;e ahead – what a goal – and the Newcastle fans went crazy.
And it was Kevin again who put Newcastle two up, as the ball was fed to Kevin on the left side of the goal, and clear through, and the captain chested the ball down well and then put it past the goalkeeper beautifully in one slick movement and it was 2-0.
And this goal again showed how unfair this new offside rule is for defenses, as Ameobi was clearly in an offside position when the cross came over, but was adjudged not to have interfered with the play – and he was just 6 yards to Kevin’s right when Kevin put the ball into the net.
If Shola had touched the ball on its way in the goal it would have been disallowed, because he would have become active in the play.
The Sunderland manager Steve Bruce wasn’t waiting any longer and he brought on striker Gyan after 40 minutes to replace Elmomady to give the Black Cats more striking power.
There were just 2 minutes of injury time and would you believe it but Gutierrez wiggled his way into the box on the left hand side, and was clearly brought down by on-loan defender Onuoha – and it was a penalty.
When everybody was expecting Kevin Nolan to take it and get his hat-trick, it was local lad Shola Ameobi who lined up for the kick and he made no mistake as he put the ball just inside Mignolet’s right hand post giving the Belgium U21 goalkeeper no chance at all. You can say all you want to about Shola, but he’s beautiful striker of a dead ball.
The half time whistle blew and it was an amazing score of 3-0 to the Magpies, with Sunderland having conceded only 7 goals in their previous 9 league games. Oh my.
Then in the second half things got a lot worse for Sunderland as Titus Bramble of all people got his marching orders after scything down Andy Carroll, when Andy was clear through, and since he was the last man, the referee had no hesitation in sending him off, and Sunderland were 3-0 down and also down to 10 men.
Newcastle went even further ahead on 7o minutes when Andy Carroll hit a thundering header onto the cross-bar, and Shola slammed the rebound into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.
And then on 75 minutes a great Joey Barton corner was headed on by Ameobi and captain Kevin Nolan headed the ball into the net from close range for his hat-trick – his second one ever for Newcastle.
The only thing that went wrong at all for Newcastle this afternoon, was to concede in the very last minute goal from a corner, when Bent tapped the ball in.
But this was a game to remember and the TV cameras showed a delighted Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias celebrating at the end of the game, and the Newcastle supporters now have extra special bragging rights, after completely destroying the Black Cats.
We said before the game that if the players wanted to support their under fire manager they should do it on the field of play, and they did today as Newcastle were better than Sunderland in every single department – and even looked a good side this afternoon.
We are proud of every single one of the Newcastle players and proud of Chris too for giving the Newcastle fans a day to remember.
Just an unbelievable display by this Newcastle side this afternoon – and what was that about relegation?
Newcastle jump up to 7th in the Premier League on 14 points and a nice goal difference of +5 thanks to the game today, and the only better goal differences currently in the PL are the top 3 sides of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. We think the lads have done quite well to get to 7th places in the Premier League given where we were 16 months ago – down and almost out.
This was a game to remember for Newcastle fans today – we live for this kind of victory, and no doubt Chris Hughton will talk about the fine performances all over the field for Newcastle today with Ameobi getting two goals, Kevin getting a hta-trick and Andy Carroll looking in supreme form.
But we shouldn’t really pick out individuals, because most of all this was a team performance, and Chris has done so well since he’s been in charge on Tyneside, but this was easily his greatest victory – so far – and he’ll sleep very very well tonight,as he will be the toast of Tyneside this week.
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Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton (c), Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg, S Taylor, Perch, Lovenkrands, Routledge, Smith, Ranger
Sunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Turner, Bramble, Cattermole (c), Henderson, Malbranque, Welbeck, Elmohamady, Bent.
Subs: Gordon, Da Silva, Gyan, Richardson, Ferdinand, Zenden, Mensah.