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Tremendous 4-1 Win By Newcastle Helps Calm The Nerves

9:28 am, Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Alan Pardew was very relieved, but also delighted at the end of yesterday’s game, in which his players secured one of the most important wins of the season.

Shola Ameobi chased by Barton after scoring yesterday

It was a water-shed game yesterday for Newcastle, against an in-form Wolves side, but every single player stepped up to the plate, and Newcastle came away with a tremendous 4-1 victory and jumped to 9th place in the league, and are now just a couple of points off 7th place.

While Newcastle are not safe yet, the club is 7 points above the drop zone with 7 games to play, and the number of chances Newcastle carved out yesterday was a great omen, and they put four of them away.

The goal of the game was just before the end, when Jonas Gutierrez, who again worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause, scored a sublime goal as he cut in from the left and hit beautiful swerving right foot shot past the helpless Hennessey.

And it was great to see Shefki Kuqi, of all people, embracing the Argentine on the sidelines after Jonas had put the icing on the cake for Newcastle. It showed the great camaraderie that’s been in the Newcastle squad over the last two seasons.

It was noticeable yesterday just how much more committed the Newcastle players were than a short  two years ago, when some of out star players didn’t seem too interested when the games got tough.

But Newcastle knew they could expect a tough game from Wolves yesterday, and that’s exactly what they got.

But there were a lot of good things Alan could take out of yesterday’s display, and he also praised the medical staff, who managed to get a few players fit enough to play yesterday.

“It was worth the wait because it was a great victory for us,” “Wolves are in tremendous form, coming into this game.” “We worked very hard not just the staff but the medical staff as well to make sure we had a team out there that was worthy of Newcastle United.”

“There was one or two that were really struggling and we managed to get a good 11 out on the pitch. The atmosphere in the stadium was terrific. We put Wolves under pressure and that constant pressure told.”

“I think any level of football it’s important to get the first goal,” “It was a good goal, Shola was magnificent all day and dominated the two center halves, created it and Kev Nolan as you would expect finished it.”

“It gave us the platform to go on, but you know when you have a young boy like Ferguson making his debut you need all the ingredients and we had that today.” “The rest of the players were on form, the stadium was positive, and we’re going to be a very difficult team to beat when we’re like that.”

Shola Ameobi looked impressive all game long, and as we said yesterday this lad has his critics among the fans, but yesterday everything he did showed the vast experience he has built up in his 11 years as part of the Newcastle first team.

And Shola got a very good goal just before half time, his 7th of the season, and his first in his mask, and it was a wonderful header.

So let’s give Shola the credit he deserves.

realize, because Wolves are definitely in good form at the moment, and we even expect them to continue their good form in the remaining games.

But yesterday the skill and fighting spirit of the boys in black and white, was not to be denied, and they produced a wonderful win for their fans, in front of an excellent and relieved 50,000 crowd.

What’s not to like about the guts and passion shown by this Newcastle team?



Tags: Jonas Gutierrez · Newcastle News · Shola Ameobi



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 boyfromshields // Apr 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Well done lads!
    It was easily worth working out the time difference + summertime/wintertime zones here in Oz, and being “alarmed” at unmentionable hour
    Fantastic team effort

  • 2 toonfan09 // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    One thing the players have to do is keep it up that was the problem when we got relegated we beat boro 3-0 i think or 3-1 and we took our foot off the pedal

  • 3 DanNUFC // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    next season id like to see a team something like this…

    Harper

    Simmo Willo Colo Enrique

    Nolan Tiote
    Barton HBA Jonas/Gervinho

    Sturridge

    Krul, S Taylor, Ferguson, Leyroy Fer, Best, Ranger, Jonas/Gervinho

    maybe get in another CB, Full Back,Winger and Striker

  • 4 Geordiedoonsooth // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Great win but we still need 3 more points. I reckon we also have a chance of finishing above the sh*te. Hope we can hold on to Barton, Enrique & the better players and sign 3-4 top players with HBA & Gosling coming back we could have a decent season next season.

  • 5 toonfan09 // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    i can see chelsea retaining sturidge or him being at least 10-15 mill would be decent but you can get more for your money in the foreign leagues the fact tht pardew was talking to mclaren suggests were looking to people in the dutch and german league

  • 6 technonasty // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Ha ha, just seen Jonas celebrating his goal on SSN. Brilliant!

  • 7 cupiddstunt // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    As you say Ed there are a lot on here that criticize Shola but given the chance he is a regular scorer for us and I think he showed outstanding attitude yesterday, playing with a smashed face and still trying to get his head into the danger zones.

    First goal from a Shola winning an aerial challenge and head on to Kev, second goal a strong challenge again with the head, the lad is definitely worth his shirt.

  • 8 ArtyH // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    As above Cupid* I have been one to have a go at Shola but when you think he is playing with the injury that could potentially blind him, you got to show respect! To me it looks like he is actually starting ( its taken 11 years ) to believe he can run through people, and at his size he can, he always could but just did’nt believe it, and had to stay in the shadow of Shearer for possibly to long. Could Shola really be a viable C/F for next season???

  • 9 Mag52 // Apr 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Shola we want to stay for next season. He’s NUFC through and through and is probably still improving as a player. He will always be a handful for defenders with his height and could even be first choice CF until one of the youngsters takes over, thus allowing the money to be spent during the summer on the midfield, defence and a winger.

  • 10 Sav // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    But the biggest difference between 2 years ago and now has to be the form and influence of Joey. Even ahead of Kevin Nolan for me. Player of the season

  • 11 Mag52 // Apr 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    With you all the way there SAV.




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