Football Is Like A Religion At Newcastle – You Don’t Say

It was a welcome relief for Newcastle fans this afternoon,  that Newcastle recorded  their second win in 11 games against 3rd bottom of the table, Wolves.

John Carver and Alan Pardew happy at Gutierrez goal

But it was a win that was desperately needed, and now takes  Newcastle quite nicely into 9th place in the Premier League, and just 2 points out of 7th place, but more importantly, a full 7 points above the relegation zone, with just 7 games to play

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game today, which was watched by almost 50, 000 fans at St. James’ Park:

“If you work for the football club here in Newcastle, football up here is a religion to some people, it really is taken that seriously.”

“Everywhere we went, we were reminded of how important this fixture was. It wasn’t lost on the dressing room, rest assured of that, and we made sure we won that game today.”

“Harps said before we went out, ‘Whatever it takes, let’s make sure we win this game’, and we did that.”

“The performance at Stoke just started ringing a few alarm bells. But it was a one-off game at Stoke. It didn’t go for us, it didn’t work out, but we were back to what we are about today.”

Goals from Kevin Nolan, his 12th of the season, and a great header from Shola Ameobi, the masked man,  just before half time, seemed to have Newcastle nicely positioned at the half, and they went even further ahead with a good goal from Peter Lovenkrands after 50 minutes.

But Wolves pulled  a goal back on 58 minutes through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and then gave it all they had against a resolute Newcastle defense, but couldn’t get that second goal.

The Newcastle defense played well today, with both Coloccini and Mike Williamson in commanding form, especially in the air.

And would you believe it, but  three minutes into injury time, Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez scored  a great individual goal, only his second of the season,  to make it 4-1, and a great win for the Magpies.

Alan Pardew continued:

“We are definitely safer, but I don’t even want to think about Villa because, at the moment, me and John Carver could be putting our kit on.”

“We will savor today, but we are going to have to do a lot of work between now and Villa next Sunday because we have got one or two missing and one or two injured today.”

Kevin Nolan will miss the next two games after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, but the good news is that Ryan Taylor can return against Villa, since he has now served his 3 match ban,  for being sent off against Bolton Wanderers.

Stephen Ireland was not even on the bench today, and he cannot play against his club Aston Villa next week, so the soonest Stephen can make his debut for Newcastle is now the home game against Manchester United on Tuesday night, April 19th.

And some good news is that Ben Arfa will be back on Tyneside next week, to resume training with the Newcastle first team squad, following six months out with a double fracture of his left leg.

It was a good day for the Newcastle club today, there’s no doubt about that.


Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Great win today spidy was amazing

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #2


  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #3

    LET THE EUROPA LEAGE TALK OFFICIALLY BEGIN! (Until we lose next week and start talking about relegation again that is) haha, it’s a funny old game.


    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #4

    too true power ranger, a month ago we thought we’d walk into europa… NUFC always the same we start dreaming, the players take their eyes off the ball and were back to looking over our shoulders… the greatest club in the world and damn frustrating!

  • Rangerman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re capable of getting 7th which a month ago meant European football, no chance now with only 5th getting it.

    Great result today btw.

  • Selbymag

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #6

    No offence Connor but jonas was crap until 91st minute. only decent cross from left all day was Lover for sholas goal

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    One more win and we’re safe on 42 points I think. Great goal by Ameobi and Gutierrez today. This result and performance has relieved the pressure for now but we need the lower teams to lose and us to nick one more win. This season has been immensely frustrating even for a Newcastle fan (cuz we’re used to dramatic ups and downs) the injuries to ‘new’ players yet to be seen for more than a couple of matches like Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Ireland are driving me insane! If only we had those players on the pitch all season imagine where we could be! F*ck Judas as we have shown we don’t need him and if we survive which in honesty seems more likely now we will invest wisely in the summer and make a massive impact next season (hopefully with very few injuries!).

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #8

    7th should be the target. Nicely poised to have a crack at the top 6 next season.

    Each position is worth around £750k, so the difference between a 12th place and a 7th place finish, is a a Tiote. I’m sure that’s not lost on Mike, therefore AP too.

    Can’t wait for MOTD, even though we’ll still probably occupy the final slot!

  • Jose Enrique

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Its impossible for us to get into europe so i dont think anyone will be talking about it!

  • Steve_48

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #10


    All NE clubs are always on last on MOTD, despite scoring 4, bet you £5v 😉

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Wat a day i had, india winng da world cup n newcastle beatn wolves 4-1

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #12

    MOTD is ridiculous, how have this many draws come ahead of us. Stupid. However good corner by Larsson, I feel as good as Barton is, corners are not our forte’ and they should be!

  • gorskino10

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #13

    I just hope we sign Danel Sturridge the more and more i see him he is such a livewire, left footed/english/young and scores goals, whatever it costs buy him 🙂

    I Bet we wont tho 🙁

  • colwell

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Well done today lads great win! Guthrie is still the worst player we have Barton played that good today he made up for Guthrie`s absence.

    We really need a new RB Simpson is always at fault he gives wingers SO much space its ridiculous No way should he be in our starting 11 let alone mentioned for England.

  • TravelledToon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #15

    @Selbymag Glad im not the only one who thought so, Guti was poor today until he scored, and that was down to great work by Taylor.

  • Colo2

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Need a new RB?!?! You haven’t been watching Simpson for the majority of the season, the only errors I can think of were today and against Spurs at home. I can think of loads of games where he has been outstanding for us, look forward to watching his further progression.

    Motd highlights were crap, the shortest of all the games, no discussion about the game or result. Was looking forward to seeing the stadium erupt when Jonas scored and celebrated but no.

  • joppadoni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #17

    newcastle are always on last as it is the way to keep the ratings through the entire program as high as possible.. 😀

  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #18

    COlo2 – Simpson’s main flaw is backing off against defenders – not only the spurs game. The Tevez goal to send city 3-1 at SJP springs to mind.

    Having said that, he’s a young defender of course he’s going to make errors,, who doesn’t? Seen Vidic today? And he’s meant to be one of the best CB’s in world football.

    Simpson has all the attributes to develop into a top modern, overlapping rampaging premiership fullback – I hope he is our starting RB next season and beyond.

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 3, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #19

    I am amazed by how some rate a left sided midfielder only by ” how many crosses he put in”.

    A winger must puts crosses in is like a religion to some at Newcastle.

    Jonas was everywhere yesterday and he was definately one of our better players on the pitch.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #20

    With our list of thousands of injuries and suspension, we got those result.

    one step further to avoid relegation

  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Selby. Was at the match yesterday and I completely disagree about jonas, he was easily the toons best player! I know barton ran his socks off but I can’t understand why people thought he was motm! Jonas bossed everything down the left their defence was scared of him

    But I’ll be honest, I tend to disagree with most of ur posts

  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Aye widow, ur right

  • Selbymag

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Ah Burni and widow im not just judging Jonas on his ability to cross. More on the amount of possession he gives away, the amount of hospital balls he plays to his fullback and his inability to create space.
    Well done for getting to the match Burni!! We should meet for a pint one day and my 9 year old son will explain the finer points of the game to you

  • DanNUFC

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Colwell you cant have been at the match yesterday if you think Guthrie was that bad, he actually played very well for the majority of the game so get off his back

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Was Joey limping at the end when he was taken off???
    Hope he aint injured too

  • Burni

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Selby, u really mustn’t have been watching the same match and also have you noticed that he has quite a few votes for the motm, so there’s quite a few people who disagree with u, he was on form yesterday and it was one of his better games!

    I’d prefer not to go for a pint with you and ur 9yr old son mate, one, because I like likeminded individuals who can see when someone has a good game and,two, because it’s illegal to give minors alcohol 🙂

  • KazengaAsprilla

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    The fact is although guti can show glimpses of brilliance with his running and dribbling, and he does cover alot of ground for the side and you can see he genuinely cares for the club, his end product is not good enough simple as that. need a natural left winger to come in next season with ferguson as understudy then move guti to the right where he should be playing and have him as an understudy to a decent buy.


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