It Was Leon Best’s Night Alright – Welcome To Newcastle


The only disappointment last night at the Newcastle West Ham game, was the crowd was only 42,387.

Leon Best last night challenging Gabbidon

We say only because around 10,000 fans missed the chance of seeing Newcastle absolutely dominant against a West Ham side that  just couldn’t contain Newcastle.

There were some great performances last night from many of the Newcastle team, but it was a team performance that routed West Ham, and of course it was a great night indeed for a certain Leon Best.

There was not better way for Leon to answer his critics, and he a a lot of them, than by the way he performed last night.

And the lad is obviously popular in the dressing room, because after each goal he scored,  you could see how delighted his team mates were for him.

It was an astonishing story alright from this rather amazing Newcastle team this season, with another crushing victory under their belt and this time against a relegation side.

And hat-trick hero Leon Best was even a surprise inclusion in the absence of injured Shola Ameobi, and on the positive side we said it was a great chance for Leon to show what he can do in a black and white shirt.

Well he answered that question alright – and it was to his enormous credit – he was simply tremendous in in slotting home each of his goals, all with his left foot.

We shouldn’t question this lad’s character or indeed his burning ambition to make it at the Newcastle club – and he made a very good start last night after being in the wilderness for 12 months.

Alan Pardew was eager to praise his side for one terrific all round performance:

“I’m delighted with the professionalism we showed for 80 minutes. We were top drawer and West Ham didn’t have an answer,”

“It is about having a strategy where whoever comes in can carry it through for us.”

“Although Leon Best has a Premier League hat-trick for us – which is astonishing – I thought Peter Lovenkrands played his part, created space and caused a little bit of havoc himself.”

“It was Leon’s night. He deserved it because he’s been waiting for it but he came into a good team – Joey Barton gave as good a midfield display as I’ve ever seen.”

“He kept creating chances and in the end Leon was the main benefactor of some superb midfield play.”

Alan is right to say it was only for 80 minutes, because Newcastle became sloppy in that last ten minutes or so with the game won, and could have conceded a goal, which of course they did at the death against Sunderland, after also dominating Sunderland completely in that match at St. James’.

To think we had almost 28 minutes left when the score was 5-0 – we could have made it eight. 😀

But slacking off in the last 10 minutes is  something the lads can learn from last night’s performance – but the great performance seemed to come from nowhere, and we were not expecting it – but it has certainly galvanized Newcastle United fans around the world – that’s for sure.

Newcastle are now in 8th place in the Premier League and next up after Stevenage on Saturday – Sunderland at the Stadium of Light – and that’s going to be some game.

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17 comments so far

  • perch

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1
  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Leon Best last night proved he has what it takes to establish himself in the top flight – He showed a predatory instinct infront of goal and used his strengh to bully the defenders!

    Sign either Bentley or Kranjcar and a left back to cover El Torro – Maybe Van Aanholt and the squad will be complete. Plus make Fraiser Forster no.1 when he comes back! He is is he same calss as Joe Hart.

    My Team:
    ……………………….Forster…………………………
    Simmo………..Saylor………Colo………….El Torro
    Bentley/Joey….Tiote……Nolan….Kranjcar/Joey
    ……………….Best/Loven………Carroll……………….

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I forgot about Benny –

    Benny in for best/loven

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  • SG Wise Mag

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Simply the best…
    What can I say?

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  • Jondab

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Best & Carrol upfront! Good times. I just saw this clip of Best scoring goals for Yeovil town on youtube & i am amazed at how he can finish with both feet with great power. i cant tell if his right or left footed, i think he just might just be left footed. lol. I shud check on fifa 11.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Im glad Best stood up and put in a display like that.

    Obviously Hoots saw something in him when he signed him.

    I have to say, that on last night’s performance, Nile really needs to be sent out on loan to get some first team experience, shocking miss for the lad.

    I think Best and McLoven paired up well and seemed to have a good understanding with eachother.

    Anyone else notice the absences of Alan Smith and Wayne Routledge from the squad last night, maybe because they are both being shipped out??

    Smith -> Leeds
    Routledge -> Liverpoo

    What do you think?

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  • ytz

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Great comment from Pardew. That is because Lovenkrands and Barton were equally great as well. Both Lovenkrands and Best have proved that they are good enough for the first XI.

    More selections headache for Pardew!!

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  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    lets noy get carried away leon scored a hat trick against a dismal side there wasnt a defender in sight for two of his goals. im not trying to ruin the moment but i seriously doubt if leon is going to score goals on a regular basis after all CH signed the lad and he wouldnt play him ive seen him for ireland a few times he has a decent attitude and hes strong but looks antin but a 15 to 20 goal man which is what we need.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Routledge was on the bench last night Richy.. av heard smith is goin to leeds on loan and we are getting max gradel

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    @ GeordieToon89 // Jan 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Ah okay, my bad on Rout.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    I am delighted for the Leon best. His work ethic for the reserves obviously showed Pardew that he was hungry to show that he can do a job for us. His all round work off the ball was good last night, pulling West Ham defenders all over the place, and allowing the midfield to play through the middle with ease. His link up play with McLoven was also worthy of note. He may not be the finished article yet, but I would love to see him given an extended run alongside big Andy, we could have goals coming out of every where. I hope Pardew singles him out for special praise in front of Xisco and Guthrie, it just shows what perseverance and hard graft can do. I also think that Ranger need to get a loan spell under his belt to get his confidence and touch up to a decent level, for I fear he may become a ‘misses too many sitters’ statistic, he was very poor when he cam,e on last night, and Best looks a different class on this showing, compared to Shola/Ranger/Xisco.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    # reserves, I meant in training.

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  • Sav

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    We didn’t get sloppy. Tiote went off in the final minutes and we finished the match with just 10 men, Ed.
    And its daft to get carried away with either the team performance or Best’s. West Ham’s was the worst showing at SJP in living memory. They contributed greatly to their own downfall – and to Best’s hat-trick.
    He hasn’t suddenly ‘come good’.
    It’ll have whiskers before we see another.

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  • leedodd

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Well Done Leon You were Wicked son !!!! Shame He got the Injury as he would have scored at Least 1 More. What Was Up With Jonas Last Night ?? Has He The Hump ?? He just doesn’t seem His self ?? Oh Yea and Nile Ranger What The Hell was he up to ?? He was Hopeless He had chances to put the ball away and hashed it right up. Great Start for 2011 . Young Ferguson Gave the West Ham players The Strop How old is he ?? 14 ?? Crikey he looked Young !!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    When i first saw Leon Best, he look like Adriano Brazil (when he is still less fat but good player)

    But under CH, he didnt being given any chance. the way i see it, its a nice move by Alan Pardew by starting him up

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Brutoon @15: you should have seen Best when he was lead singer with the commodores………

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Good well done

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