Birmingham 0 Newcastle 2 – Great Win – Both Strikers Score!


Newcastle got a valuable away win at Birmingham tonight, where it is really difficult to come away with all 3 points, and just think – before tonight’s game, Birmingham had lost only twice in their previous 13 home league games.

But Newcastle were again the better side, as they were on Saturday without being to get the win they deserved, but the lads made no mistake tonight,  with two beautifully worked goals early in each half, and would you believe it- they were scored by Lovenkrands and Best – and our hats are off to these two strikers – they produced when it really mattered and we must say Best looked delighted after the game tonight..

Newcastle were late out of the tunnel at the start of the game, and had to jog into position, and then when the game started Coloccini played a hopeless ball right across the penalty area, and out of play for a Birmingham throw-in.

It was obvious Newcastle had to wake up, and wake up quickly, and that’s exactly what they did.

Enrique has a good run down the left and crossed the ball which was cleared to Gutierrez on the left wing, and the Argentine swung the ball low into the box about 6 yards from the goal-line and Peter Lovenkrands poked it home with his right foot – a goal out of nothing – and a wonderful opportunist goal from the Dane.

After the goal Birmingham took over and attacked the Newcastle defense, and it could have been that the goal came a little bit too early by Newcastle, as Birmingham attacked Newcastle for the next 25 minutes, on a very poor looking St Andrews pitch.

Johnson had a free header following a good Sebastian Larsson cross from the right, and he should have done a lot better but put the ball just wide of Harper’s right hand post.

And it took a great save from Steve Harper after 21 minutes , low to his right, to keep Newcastle ahead. These saves are so important and it was an  excellent effort from Newcastle’s veteran goalkeeper.

Newcastle played a good first half, and again looked well drilled but different to the Blackburn game last Saturday, they had got their noses in front, with that great Lovenkrands strike after just 2 minutes.

And it was 1-0 at the break.

Then after only 5 minutes after the restart Newcastle were 2-0 up with a well worked goal, again  from open play.

Gutierrez got the ball and worked it well down the left before putting in an excellent  left wing cross that Leon Best headed home from 4 yards out – beating two Birmingham defenders to the ball, an excellent goal from Leon – and hey Lovenkrands and Best had scored – and you cannot ask much more than that from our two strikers tonight.

And Gutierrez made both goals, and he’s now starting to lose the criticism of not having a good final ball – Jonas made the two goals tonight with two excellent crosses – and he looked a very good player for Newcastle tonight – let’s give the lad the credit he deserves.

Birmingham had only lost two home games this season and it remained to be seen if Newcastle could lock up all 3 points for a great win when it really mattered.

But Newcastle were not going to give up any goals tonight, and again the defense looked well drilled, one obvious area that new manager Alan Pardew has had a major impact on.

The lads were the better side today as they were last Saturday, and the only difference was they were able to put that ball into the back of the net tonight.

A very good performance from the lads and a great result, and Leon Best in particular up front looked a lot better than Saturday, and it seems this lad is improving as he gets more playing time – and now has 5 Premier League goals in 2011.

On Saturday it was a good performance but a disappointing result, but with 4 points away from home against two teams beneath Newcastle – we cannot complain and we won’t.

An excellent display from the lads tonight and a fantastic result – and hey – hats off to Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best for getting the job done – two excellent goals from out two strikers. 😀

Newcastle now move up to 9th place on 35 points – a point more than we got in our relegation season, two clean sheets in a row, and into 9th position in the Premier League league.

Maybe Alan Pardew is right and we can finish in the top 8 this season, which would be a magnificent achievement for the team.

It’s hard to do much better than a win and a clean sheet, and now the lads have managed to do that 3 times already this year (2011) with 1-0, 5-0 and 2-0 wins against Wigan away, West Ham at home and Birmingham away – and all teams beneath us in the league, which is really important.

A great result tonight and we play Bolton at home a week come Saturday – so let’s ensure we get 3 points in front of a packed St. James’ Park in that game  – the lads are getting the job done, and could even finish in a more than decent position in the Premier League.

This is a great result because we’ve now got about 12 days to bask in an excellent result, and surely we are getting close to being safe in the Premier league this season, and we’re just 2 points behind Sunderland, and  with a better goal difference, and 4 points short of 6th place, currently held by Liverpool.

There’s a lot for Alan Pardew and Newcastle fans to take out of these last couple of games, and we’re even looking to be a more than decent side.

Finally, please make sure you vote for your Man of the Match tonight on our home page.

Howay the Lads!!

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36 comments so far

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #1

    1st how do I change my name?

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  • StuW

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #2

    1st:D

    Good away win, Brum have had a good run. Also great to see two strikers get the goals.

    Andy who???

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  • Flop

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Excellent team performance. Well done lads. Jonas just edges MoM, same again please against Bolton and Everton.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #4

    carrollsinger, think you just log out and sign on.

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Where are all the Pardew bashers now? I think he’s done a great job since he was appointed and proved he is a good young manager.

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  • carrollsinger

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Tried that can’t use my email gonna have to get another one I thought tiote was mom bosses the game from start to finish he was the engine that made the team run tonight bit the whole team were solid next up 2 wins from 2 41 points happy days

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we’ll finish above Sunderland. Another 5 points and Enrique has to sign.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #8

    carrollsinger, Just below LEAVE A COMMENT is Logged in as carrollsinger. Logout »

    Click on you name and you go to your profile. Maybe you can do it there.

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  • willowdalerez

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #9

    @carrollsinger click on the hyperlink to your login at the bottom where you post comments where it says “Logged in as carrollsinger” which will appear on your screen as blue and underlined…

    your prfile info will appear then you can alter your display name.

    Cheers

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Jonas was man of the match for me, great dribbling allied with an end product.

    Enrique was outstanding in the first half, even though he was caught in possession a couple of times.

    Tiote has dominated every midfield player he has played against this season, including Fabregas.

    Best was very good. His assets are his pace and aerial ability. He’s not that good at holding up the ball, like Shearer or Viduka, but his runs off the ball are very god and he’s proved he can score goals in this league.

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  • Rangerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew has 16 points in his 11 league games compared to Hughton’s 19 points in 16 games, I’m not going to bash Hughton because I liked the guy but Pardew has done really well so far.

    Out of those 11 we’ve played Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Spurs twice.

    Give him his credit where it’s due.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #12

    willowdalerez, sorry mate didn’t mean to be rude before. I just said I’d get behind Pardew if we got so and so many points West Ham. He did better than I thought and percentage wise is doing better than Chris. I’m just sticking to my word.

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13

    And I have to mention Coloccini and Williamson, Apart from the Bolton game these two have been really solid all season and I think Williamson has to play ahead of Taylor.

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew has done a fantastic job. Really looking forward to Ben Arfa and Ireland playing in this team.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #15

    win against bolton and we will be above the scum,they will not beat everton nor arsenal happy days ahead lads.

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  • connor_nufc

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #16

    We also beat everton 1-0 ed

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  • MGriff

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #17

    What about both the strikers having to come off hobbling though? Lovens hamstring and Bests calf? Ranger and Kuqi next game lol?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #18

    We are making history every second game 🙂

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  • G

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Funny as owt reading the previous thread. Reading all these muppets slagging off Best, then talk like he is walking on water 5 mins later. You have to laugh at the mentality of some fans. Great result boys, glad AP stuck with the same front pairing, they did little wrong at Blackburn and took a lot of flak for it. They do need to work on their communication though.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #20

    MGriff, probably Ranger and Tonto, yeah ok the wrong one is wearing the mask.

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  • toongloom

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Great win today, much needed! 4 points from the next 2 games vs Bolton and Everton both at home should see us safe i think.

    Then add steven taylor, ireland and ben arfa to the squad, all of suden happy days!

    Howay the lads!

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  • AusMag

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Jonas MoM in this one. Defence was very solid and imo Williamson had a top game. Best is getting better every game he plays and was a handful tonight – he’s starting to win me over. 2 points from Mackems, we’ll be past them soon they keep throwing games away of late.

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  • donegalmag

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #23

    8 points clear of 18th, putting more and more presure on teams around us, above and below, looking good to me, makems here we come.

    hope best injury is not too bad, he looked good tonight, outjumped brum defence everytime.

    few players returning in next couple of weeks, top 8 is very very achievable….

    comon lads….!!!!

    Jonas my motm tonight….would have been nice if he had topped it off with a goal…

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Gennaro Gattuso had a run in with Spurs assistant boss Joe Jordan.
    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/02/15/ac-milan-0-1-tottenham-champions-league-highlights-video/

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  • king123

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Great win!! the other dat paul merson saying bently was not doing much at birmingham a few step overs & just slowing the game down, & watching him today i totally agree, he had no final ball, was shite.
    larson was impressive, great delivery would be a great squad player instead of raylor

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  • Manx Magpie

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #26

    8 point clear of relegation, 2 point behind the scum. BOOM.

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  • atom

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Great result tonight. And to think, we might just about be assured of being safe before the end of March.

    Jonas gets my motm tonight- great stuff from him tonight.

    I don’t think injuries to Best/ Lovenpants looked serious at all. Hope I am right.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew post match comments……

    http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,26691,16426_6755092,00.html

    Best and Lova injuries ok!!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Loven and Best make the headlines to give us 3 valuable points. But Gutierrez, Tiote and Jose Enrique were the best players on the pitch. Gutierrez gets my Man of the Match with Tiote just behind him. Two assists by our winger and great dribbling skills. He put in a brilliant performance tonight and was alert to every ball. He even ran across the pitch to snatch it out of the keepers hands and win a corner. Gutierrez was really fired up and it’s the best match I’ve seen from him.

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  • s_mav

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey, was wondering if anyone knows of any bars in Amsterdam that might show the toon v bolton match on the 26th, I know it’s long shot with the match not being on Sky, but thought I’d ask anyway. Cheers!

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  • sammydolan

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Just got back from the game and it was a brilliant performance and a solid defensive performance as well… Collo and willo were amazing tonight they had martins and zigic well under control. Mom was tiote he ran that mid field and did the tidying up! Best although he scored was ok he put in a shift but was only ok but he scored n that was his job.

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  • ASTORIA

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Carroll Singer, click on your logged in name below the leave a comment part at the bottom of any page where there is a story…you can then change your name as how you want it displayed. Your original sign in name will always remain and you’ll need to use this for log in and password, but you can change your name as to how you want it to be displayed…please don’t change to Kuqi!!! Hope that helps?

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  • Geordie Matriarch

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #33

    carrollsinger – you could call yourself carrollslinger?
    Have always had a soft spot for Lovenkrands.
    Am almost believing we will stay up now – but whenever I relax things go wrong for our team, so had better stay worrying!

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  • xfer

    Feb 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    I thought loven scored with his left foot!

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  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    free giveaways // Feb 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Where are all the Pardew bashers now? I think he’s done a great job since he was appointed and proved he is a good young manager.

    They’ve all gone quiet like havent they.

    I give it til the next draw/loss, then suddenly the teams shit, the managers a yes man and hes useless and we’re doomed to relegation haha.

    However IMO we’re going to finish 8th this season, sign some quality in the summer then push for europe next season.

    HWTL!

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  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Brilliant win for us tonight and really needed it. 😀 Jonas has gotta be man of the match and deserves it 🙂

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