Newcastle 2 Birmingham 1 – Taylor, Ameobi See Magpies Home


The big turning point in this game came after 35 minutes when Liam Ridgewell not only gave away a penalty, but was sent off by referee Chris Foy with a straight red card

Both sides couldn’t find any rhythm or any kind of flowing football at the start of the game, and  there was an appeal for a penalty by Birmingham after only 11 minutes.

Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi tried to clear a Stephen Carr free-kick and the ball seemed to hit Shola’s hand, but the referee waved away appeals from the Birmingham players – good call.

Joey Barton hit a terrific low shot from fully 30 yards out, and it bounced on the wet turf and Ben Foster diverted it for a corner – it was a good effort from the Evertonian.

After a fairly even first 35 minutes the event that turned the game completely  happened,  and Liam Ridgewell was given a straight red card for deliberately handling the ball in the penalty area.

Fabricio Coloccini hit a half volley and the ball was then touched onto the woodwork by goalkeeper Foster, who had a terrific game for the Blues.

But the ball came back to the Argentine, who then headed the ball across goal, and the ball hit Liam Ridgwell’s arm right under the crossbar, and referee Foy immediately gave a penalty and a straight red card to Ridgewell. Good call.

Shola Ameobi, who has always been a great dead ball kicker,. made no mistake from the spot to put Newcastle one goal up.

Shola scores with penalty – his 9th goal of the season in all competitions

And this was the second time in successive games that Birmingham had been reduced to 10 men in the first half, as Craig Gardner was sent off last weekend against Wolves, for picking up two yellow cards in the first 26 minutes.

Stephen Taylor, deputizing for Mike Williamson then did something that Mike has never done, and Stephen scored for Newcastle after 43 minutes with a powerful header and it was Newcastle 2-0 up just before half time.

That was Steven’s 11th goal in Newcastle colors and he powered home a Joey Barton corner in great style, and this lad started out as a center forward and just loves to score goals.

But then in injury time in the first half former Newcastle player Lee Boyer pulled one back for the Birmingham side. too keep them in the game.

Foster’s long ball down-field was missed by Coloccini, and goalkeeper Tim Krul then came rushing out of his goal, but also missed the ball, to leave Lee Bowyer clear to fire home the loose ball.

A terrible goal for Newcastle to give up, when they had looked to be in control of the game, and no doubt Alan Pardew will have given some of those defenders some strong words at the break.

It was 2-1 at half time.

Then Jose Enrique hit a 35-yard drive just wide of Foster’s right post after 46 minutes as Newcastle started the second half  in determined mood, to try to kill off the game, and another goal was needed.

And then Shola Ameobi headed over seven minutes later with a good chance, but then Steven Taylor, who has a good game on his return,  made an excellent block to prevent Bowyer getting a second goal against his old club.

This was the second game in a row which Birmingham were down to 10 men,  and they were playing very well with one man short, but Newcastle looked flat – almost like last week at Anfield.

But Newcastle could and should have scored more goals today, although England goalkeeper Ben Forster kept the score down, when he caught a Kevin Nolan 74th-minute header out of the air, when it looked almost a certain goal.

And then he denied Nile Ranger his first PL goal on 77 minutes with another excellent stop, maybe even better than the stop from Nolan. Nile will get that first goal sometime soon and he’s getting closer all the time.

The game petered out, and Newcastle should really have scored more, but they managed to beat a Birmingham side, who have one of the worst away records in the league, when  were reduced to 10 men after 35 minutes.

But Newcastle scored twice the number of goals they had scored in the previous 4 games, and did the double over Birmingham City, to go with the double they did over West Ham.

We’ll take it – but Sunderland also won after snatching a winner very late into injury time as they beat Bolton 2-1 away, and now Bolton are only 2 points ahead of Newcastle in 8th position.

Newcastle are now up to 10th place in the league with 44 points.

It was a good result today, although the result was a bit better than the performance – but hey – a win is a win!

Oh, and one more thing – Newcastle are now mathematically safe – the prime target for the season has now definitely been achieved – lets give the lads great credit for that.

Howay The Lads!!

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39 comments so far

  • Drona

    May 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    they were lucky not to concede more. we played well considering its seasons end

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  • loughy

    May 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #2

    with a pair of strikers who can hit the goal we would of had a good few goal today. i thought the team played well today birmingham played a tough game but we were clearly the better side. and was i seeing right when shola squared up to larsson haha

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  • Burni

    May 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed u genius! “Bounced off the wet turd”!!!! Hahahahaha

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  • connor_nufc

    May 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Guti today was unbelivable

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    thought tat taylor will score bt nt ameobi cause he is so unpredictable still we need strickers and we have to sign LARSON and sturridge

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  • Burni

    May 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #6

    U changed that quick!

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  • toonfan09

    May 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #7

    roshan do u want larsson after today he seemed like a petulant child kept spitting his dummy out

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    THERE is a rumour tat spurs will make a bid for Tiote and tat will be a player plus cash bid 8m£ plus PALACIOS if they offer 35m£ plus bale then we should accept this bid other wise nt

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  • loughy

    May 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #9

    i wonder how many people change their opinion on steve taylor now then.

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  • Burni

    May 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #10

    On topic, ed mentioned in an article a while ago that we don’t tend to win many if we play badly but I think we did it today! We were obviously happy we were safe and just lacked anything today the game other than the goals was very flat and the ball kept going back rather than forward but I’ll take a win no matter how they come
    HTL

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  • Toon1978

    May 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #11

    We need 2 striker, two wide men and two full backs at least. I could come up with 9 players we could let go but that would de pleat the squad big time unless we get around 4o million to spend in the summer which i highly doubt.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    A very tidy performance, and although people will say we deserved more, Foster was immense in that Brummie goal. Nolan was unlucky not to get one, as was Lovenkrands, but it’s 3 points, and by my reckoning puts us mathematically safe (correct me if I’m wrong). Steven Taylor looked better than Williamson has the past few games, which is comforting, but Coloccini looked uncertain (see B’ham’s goal) and wasn’t promising in the air. Midfield as firm as ever, annoyed Tiote got a booking, another this season and he’s got a 3 game suspension. Gutierrez ran Carr ragged, top class. Anyone I’ve missed?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Y NT TOONFAN09 he is a free agent and he can be an excellent squad player

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  • nightfa11

    May 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    if its true that tottenham want tiote..id take lennon & huddlestone..for him..

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  • Toon1978

    May 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Spurs want every bugger, floppy chops can go f..k himself.

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  • free giveaways

    May 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    We really need a couple of quality strikers in the summer. I hope we show some ambition and try to get someone like Defoe or Gameiro rather than Carlton Cole. I would definitely take Larsson as well and I hope we get Stephen Ireland for a reasonable fee.

    http://www.free-giveaways.co.uk

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Great performance! We fought from 1st minute until final whistle. That is what you want to see from the lads every week in week out. 🙂 Before the game i said ..
    ……………………..mark my words

    “Steven Taylor will score”

    What happened? 🙂 He scored the winning goal for us! He was always my favorite center back and he is a total beast. Him and Colo did have a gap in the middle of them but overall they were both awesome! Joey Barton had his set pieces nailed on every time, which pulled the game off for us today. Nolan could of scored a couple but what can you say he is a captain and did his captaincy role as always. We really need him in this squad. Jonas was phenomenal! Jose Enrique was perfect today. Ameobi nailed his peno perfectly and like always he goes to the bottom left corner each and every single time!

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Only 2 ways i’d accept Tiote going

    Harry Redknapp to come here and kiss my aasss!

    Or he kissed my ass and we get Gareth Bale plus 35 million!

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  • arfa chance

    May 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Wow a positive post nice one

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  • niafron

    May 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I took a look on the standing. If Blackpool doesn’t win his next game, NUFC is officialy in the PL next year.

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  • niafron

    May 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #21

    In fact, this is maybe already the case, depending of who will play against who.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    S.TAYLOR DID WELL. Defended + scored a goal. FOR ME MOM GOES TO TAYLOR.

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  • arfa chance

    May 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23

    @niafron
    Do you know who the three French players We have been talking to are? Any news in the French media?

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  • carrollsinger

    May 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    After watching today’s game maybe Taylor is better then willo it’s a hard one to call but tals scores goals anyone seen the news on tiote spurs link in a swap deal with palacios that got turned down in jan and they want tiote in the summer

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  • Drona

    May 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    niafron we are officially in the PL next year anyway regardless of the blackpool result

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  • arcarius

    May 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #26

    @niafron

    We are SAFE already with 2 games left @ 44 pts, Wigan have 2 games left with 36 pts, max they will get is 42 while max pts Wolves will get is 44 but that is highly unlikely, they will need to win their remaining 3 games with an average scoreline of 7-0, nothing less.

    Whereas West Ham have only get a max 39 pts even if they win their remaining 2 games.

    😀

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  • JAMSHA

    May 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #27

    My team for chealshit
    Krul

    Simpson-taylor-colo-enrique

    Jonas-joey-nolan-fergi

    Ranger-airey

    Toto should nt b playd ,he’s jst 1 card away 4m 3match ban.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 7, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    I said before Liverpool game Taylor was better than collo and willo and on 2 days performance he proved me ryt!!!collo was terrible for goal ,Taylor wud still have cleared it!!!collo will be there next cos we won’t by a CB gud enough and cos of that we will always leak soft goals!!we also need RB Simpson cudnt cross a road!!Ok rant over we did play very well!!!!

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  • niafron

    May 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    @arfa chance

    Nothing more than in the british media. I’ll take a closer look.

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  • Jarra Mag

    May 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Result was everything but I though we didn’t played well. Fair enough their keeper made at least 4 outstanding saves but I thought their 10 played with more spirit than our 11. Our lads seemed frightened to break into sweat. If we win like that every week I will be asleep at full time. I counted the minutes off from the hour mark before I could go for a smoke. We should have taken the game to them, as it panned out, they could very easily have nicked an equaliser. Roll on some cutting edge over the summer. MoM would have been Tiote, until he got himself booked.
    With safety now guaranteed, lets see what Mr Cashley and Pardew are made of.
    PS – who was that tall black lad warming up before the KO? Didn’t recognise him.

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  • niafron

    May 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    @arcarius.

    Unlikely, indeed.

    I’ve just say, it will be official if blackpool doesn’t win.

    This is latin culture you know, we’re a bit superestitious.

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  • arfa chance

    May 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Thanks niafron,

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  • Toon1978

    May 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #33

    If we are to push for top 8 next season then buying pretty big is essential. My first purchase would be Sturridge from Chelsea although getting him maybe be quite a struggle but he would cost something like 10 – 15 million. Next Long OR Conner Whickam, two strikers through the door ASAP. Next two full backs, little tougher to decide who we could get that is as good as Enrique IF we lose him. We have been linked with a few French kids but i aint seen them play so i would target Leighton Baines, very tough to get him and i doubt Everton will even entertain the idea unless big money is offered if we can not get him go for Aanholt. Right back, RIGHT i know i will get stick for this but Bardsley from Sunderland has had a fine season although it would be tough to get him from our fiercest rival OR we could go in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto from Spuds but another extreme long shot there and he would more than likely want CL Football. As for wide men Matt Jarvis would be a step in the right direction. Also Larrson would be a good signing as well. We probably won’t get any of those players especially Sturridge, Ekotto but here’s to hoping for similar quality players coming in.

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  • Baro

    May 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Looks like Gareth Bale has a broken leg/ ankle….
    I have to say nasty challenge by Charlie Adam and one other player of B’pool,

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  • Brutooon

    May 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #35

    Tiote Swap with Palacious+Kranjcar+20million would be a good deal. Remember to put 20% for next sale.

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  • Nolan96

    May 8, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Excellent result, Birmingham played exceptionally dirtily in the 2nd half. Bowyer’s tackle on Tiote was disgusting. Ranger looked promising. Tiote’s yellow was never a yellow. He kept a lid on his tackling all game and it was a pathetic yellow.

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  • craig bell

    May 8, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #37

    if pardew lets tiote go to spurs i think il be even more angry than when carroll went because that will show wether or not we are a selling club. If he goes il be singing for the heads of ashley and his puppet pardew!

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  • dazza

    May 8, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Larsson is shite, no thanks!

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  • Oleg G

    May 8, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #39

    I think it is better if Tiote does play. And even get another yellow card next game so his ban will start already this year. Next year hopefully we will have more players and his place will have cover while he is not playing the first 2 games.

    On the other hand, we need to finish this season “strong”. at least 2-3 points from the next 2 games. Without Tiote we are a different team right now, so we need him. At least not to get humiliated by Chelsea. They are right running behind Man U right now and have a chance for the title, so they will give us no discounts. We should also think about Moral for the summer and next season.

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