Steven Taylor Late Goal Gives Gallant Newcastle 2-2 Draw

We were surprised at just  how competent this Newcastle display was today against Chelsea, and young Shane Ferguson again showed Newcastle have a good future ahead of them, if only  because of their outstanding youngsters.

But it was Steven Taylor who was again the hero, when after a hard fought game in which Newcastle twice came from behind, Steven scored the late equalizer after 92 minutes – a minute from the end of the game – with another good header.

But make no mistake about it, this gallant Newcastle performance against one of the top sides in Europe,  and on their home ground,  deserved something out of this game – and with 12 first teamers missing the side still managed a great point.

It was interesting to look at the two subs benches at the start of the game, as every single player on the Chelsea bench would walk into the Newcastle side, and with their depleted numbers, Newcastle had a number of untried youngsters on their bench.

But that’s because Roman Abramovich has so far paid out over £850M for Chelsea players – which is just completely ridiculous and shouldn’t be allowed.

The game got under way and the Newcastle defense lasted only 1 minute and 57 seconds before Chelsea went ahead.

From a Frank Lampard left wing corner, the ball was headed on by Fernando Torres and Ivanovic headed home easily – but it was terrible marking by the Newcastle defense, who looked half asleep.

It was a calamitous start for the Magpies.

Chelsea had all the early play and things were not looking good until Newcastle got a free kick outside of the box for a foul on Lovenkands, and John Terry quite rightly got a yellow card for the dangerous challenge.

Ryan Taylor took the free kick low, and the ball hit Jonas Gutierrez on the side, as he turned his back on the ball, and the ball flew into the back of the net – Jonas was telling the referee it was his goal and the referee agreed, and the equalizer came after 10 minutes..

Obviously Jonas will say they had practiced that all last week. 😀

It was a seemingly a lucky and fortuitous goal – but we’ll take it.

After the goal, Newcastle were able to get more into the game, and they did as much attacking as the home side.  Ryan Taylor and Joey Barton were doing their utmost in central midfield to keep Newcastle in the game.

Shola Ameobi was caught offside too many times and Newcastle have more offsides called against them, than any other Premier League side this season, and Pardew should do something about that.

Jonas Gutierrez was having a good game and young Shane Ferguson was giving another competent display on the left wing.

The 19 year-old Irishman looked like he’s ready for the first team, and could press for that first team place next season, and there’s no way this lad will be sent out on loan next season.

Chelsea were dangerous on the attack but the Newcastle defense held their line well and it was still 1-1 at half time.

The much depleted Newcastle side were giving a decent performance against one of the best teams in the league, and on their ground too.  Each side had 3 shots on goal in the first half and in truth if was fairly even at the half.

On 54 minutes the ball went to Torres from a corner but Joey Barton flung himself in front of the ball to make a fantastic block, and courageous play from the captain but Chelsea were starting to dominate again.

Newcastle were trying to be strong in defense, but that was dangerous because Chelsea were getting far too much of the ball, and Newcastle had to keep them honest by attacking more.

After 59 minutes Gutierrez broke from the left inside and hit a nice curling right foot drive, but it was easily saved by goalkeeper Petr Cech to his left.

Shane Ferguson then broke through nicely but was chopped down by Ivanovic, who got a yellow card, and from the free kick Ryan Taylor’s shot was easily saved by Czech goalkeeper Cech.

Then after 65 minutes the Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti had had enough of it, and brought on Drogba (Ramires) Malouda (Benayoun) and Essien (McEachran), three world class players, in attempt to change the game.

After 69 minutes Shane Ferguson went down unchallenged from some sort of leg injury, and he was replaced by 20 year-old Kazenga LuaLua, for his first Newcastle appearance of the season.

After 76 minutes Argentine Jonas Gutierrez was brought off after having a decent game and was replaced by 20 year-old Nile Ranger.

Sammy Ameobi was brought on for his very first Newcastle appearance, as Chelsea got a free kick on the right side after a bad Enrique foul for which he received a yellow card. There were two Ameobis on the pitch.

It looked like the game would peter out to a 1-1 draw, which would be great for Newcastle, but then  Chelsea went ahead from that free kick into the box.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul missed his punch completely, as he misjudged the flight of the ball, and Alex headed the ball into the back of the net. Oh no.

It was a bad mistake from young Krul, and he knew it, and that was after Newcastle had done so well to hold the strong Chelsea side. Sammy Ameobi  had just come on and defended the free kick – as Shola told him where to go in the penalty area – so to speak.

To their credit Newcastle came straight back at Chelsea – you cannot ever accuse this Newcastle side of ever giving up – and would you believe it, after two minutes of the three minutes of added time Newcastle got a dramatic equalizer.

It was a Joey Barton left wing corner that came over and Nile Ranger beat everybody for the ball and headed it back across goal.

And it was expertly headed into the back of the net by Steven Taylor – a dramatic equalizer –  and let’s give young Nile Ranger some credit for this goal.

It was justice for this weakened Newcastle side, who deserved a point against the might of Chelsea.

After the well deserved point, Newcastle remain in 12th place on 45 points, level on points with Fulham who play later today, but Sunderland will now have to win at West Ham next week to get above Newcastle in the league, so this could be an important point.

A win against West Brom next Sunday could very well see Newcastle finish in the top 10 – and that would be fabulous.

The bottom line today is that this Newcastle side did their fans proud – it was another gutsy display against all the odds.

Well done lads!! 😀


Chelsea (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Alex, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard, Josh McEachran; Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun
Subs: Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, David Luiz, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton (c), Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson; Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Alan Smith, Kazenga LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi

97 comments so far

  • GatesheadMag

    May 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Whole team was brilliant today. even some of the youngsters looked quite good when they came on.


    May 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Well deserved point, looked the better team for many parts of the game!!!!!

  • Phatoon

    May 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Favourite chant of the day:

    “There’s only 2 Ameobies! 2 Ameobies!”

    Followed by:

    “You’re not Champions anymore!”

  • toonfan09

    May 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #4

    sammy ameobi looks decent and a lot of pace ferguson grew into the game hope he is alright he just seemed to drop to the floor

  • Frank The London Mag

    May 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Fantastic result today lads. Definitely deserved the point and I believe S. Taylor should have been M.O.M even though Enrique played brilliantly. I’m usually quite critical of S. Taylor but the past 2 games he has been unreal. May I also point out that the ref Lee Mason had a great game as well, didn’t get anything wrong bar a few menial things.

    Moving on to next week and West Brom, not exactly vital we finish top-half although it would be nice. Would be even better to see young lads Nile, Sammy, Shane and Kaz get runs out against the baggies in our new kit.


  • toonfan09

    May 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #6

    chant of the day was

    cheryls moving on to ashley cole

  • darthkir

    May 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    saylor is our best central defender…

  • Ben_BKK

    May 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    “and would you beleaguer it, after two minsters of three minutes of added time”

    This made me chuckle, Ed 😛

    The chant I liked was “If Sammy scores, we’re on the pitch…”

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I have said for years that playing youth is the way to go. All these people who say you never win things with kids and you can only play maybe one at a time when the team are 3-0 up with 10 mins to go are crazy.

    Krul, Tavernier, Kadar, Lua Lua, Vuksic, Ferguson, Ranger, Airey, Sammy Ameobi, Robinson, Inman et al are the way to go and could save us firtunes with other youngsters coming through below them.

    Give me any of the above any day over the likes of kuqi, campbell, perch, Smith etc.

    To the people who say barton and Nolan are
    stalling on contracts because they won’t win any silverware here, well which other team do they think they are good enough to go to. Nolan especially wouldn’t get near a top 6 team.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Ranger is very good at hussling for the ball could be developed into an excellent target man just need a few goals to add to his tally ..

    sadly krul show his nervousness an probably why pardew will look at forster alot closer to be the number 2 keeper next season

    with that being said , the young players played out of their skin today , Ferguson is a star in the making reminds me of a young damien duff, lua lua has a lot of potential .. and the younger ameobi made some promising touches

    ps. i liked how shola began playing holding midfielder in the last 5 minutes, must have been running on Empty lol

  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    I liked the chant…. (to torres after he mis-hit another shot) you’re just a sh1t ameobi!

  • connor_nufc

    May 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Have to say young ameobi played very wel when he came on

  • lee1892

    May 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Great performance today, our goals were always likely to come from set-pieces. I was thinking we were gonna get humped 5-0 before the game… conceding after 2mins made it look likely. Credit to all 14 players done us proud, thought JB was great again, defo changed his attitude the JB would have punched the feck out of Fat Frank after that horror tackle

  • Chaz

    May 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Well that performance was up there with the best this season. On the front foot. Never giving up. Yes our first goal had an element of fortune about it. I thought Chelski were fortunate themselves. Fortunate to finish the game with 11 players! Clean sheet next week and full on football. End this term on a high and comfortably above our near neighbours!

  • loughy

    May 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #15

    how good was jose today ! absolutley briiliant again we have got to keep him. young fergi was easing himself back in to the team and played well i thought and who was it who said sammi is worse of a player than shola? oh how wrong are you he has got bags of pace and just kept running you could see the pride in his face when he was coming on am very excited for next season lookinmg at our kids coming through haway the lads

  • Sinner

    May 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Drogba shaking the hands with Pardew and waving at the fans after the game! 😮
    Looks like he might be coming here afterall! 🙂

  • Mags

    May 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Fantastic game to watch and we fully deserved a share of the points. Great team performance from all the lads, but Enrique was HUGE.

    The bairns did really well too.

    Howay the lads and keep the faith.

  • niafron

    May 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18


    Drogba have always said he will go back to Marseille if he leave Chelsea.

  • Davies

    May 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Taylor is definitely not our best central defender, but he does like to get in there for corners. Two weeks in a row. Good lad.

    Everyone had a good today, including Krul, despite the howler. Colo was my MoM, but it was a close run thing.

  • awesome_fumaca

    May 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    “every single player on the Chelsea bench would walk into the Newcastle side”

    That’s a pretty silly statement Ed. No way Turnbull would get in, doubt Ferreira would and I have never rated Mikel.

  • Thump

    May 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Aye, I’d like to know what the handshake was about like.

  • Birts

    May 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #22

    back to another week of transfer speculation it is then

  • Oleg G

    May 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    SInner. You really think so?

    I don’t know. If I am him, even it is true, would not want to show it like this in the middle and end of the game at home, a little bit disrespectful and unprofessional, and Drogba is very professional player.

  • Robbanufc

    May 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Brilliant point by the lads! GET IN! Thumbs up for Pardew who got the tactic spot on. Jonas in the middle worked really well. 4-4-1-1 it is!

    Big shout out to S Taylor. Has been brilliant while Williamson has been out injured. I’m pretty sure he’s our starting CD next year. 2 goals in 2 games, get in!

    Good to see the younger lads get a run out too! Sammy ameobi played veryvery well! Excited about the future!

  • toonfan09

    May 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    not being funny but signing drogba is how the toon use to operate gud player but signing him would be a big mistake

  • toonfan09

    May 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #26

    You no what lads i think its possible that there will always be an ameobi on the toon team sholas kid if he has any will probs sign

  • TheScottishGeordie

    May 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Gutierrez ran his ass off today and deserved his somewhat lucky goal. Enrique was amazing and defo deserved MOM. Sammy looks great, nice pace, height and he has a great touch. Kazenga will be great aswell, he just needs a little more confidence to run at people but wen he did he got us the winning corner. Amazing performance from all the lads today 😀 I ment absolutely mental!! Great game 🙂

  • Penguin PJ

    May 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Who was it who headed the ball back to Saylor to score the equalizer?

    It’s buggin me, dammit!

  • niafron

    May 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    news from France:

    It seems than Pardew show serious interest in signing Diabate (not a good idea if you want my opinion).

    But there is also report than his teamate, Benoit Tremoulinas, is closely monitored too (which is an excellent idea).

  • Sir Alan

    May 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Downside- Gutierrez waved as he went off?!?!?!

  • Weezertoon

    May 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m always critical of steven taylor but fair play to him he had a decent game. He had a shaky start but after he calmed down he did good.

    Ferguson, WHAT a prospect. Jonas also, very good in a central role. It was lovely ot see enrique and ferg working very well together.

    Lualua was a bit anonymous. ranger looked good as did sammy ameobi.

  • Sir Alan

    May 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Ranger headed it back!

  • cynicaltoonfan

    May 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Hello lads
    A few points on the match.
    I thought we played and competed well with chelsea.
    I thought fergie showed some flashes of electric pace, he just needs to bulk up and get stronger without losing some speed.
    I thought lua lua and ameobi were pretty decent aswell.
    I have also looked at the table and there is a chance we could finish 8th which would give us £3,2 mil more than finishing 12th and would maybe boost Pardews funds for the summer
    and about the N’Zogbia thing he is an arsehole but he scores and assists. I watched him tear us apart at St James so i would definetly give him a punt at £6 mil

  • toonfan09

    May 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34


    the players generally wave as they get subbed of

  • Vinicinhos

    May 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Jonas is my MoM, great game, won many standing tackles and scored a funny goal.

    I like Raylor too.And Sammy seems to have more quality than his brother… =)

  • Vinicinhos

    May 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    I would like if we try to bring Anthony Mounier and Drissa Diakite, of OGC Nice.

    Mounier, former Lyon, has good pace, dribble, could be good option at Left Winger.

    Diakite has good tackle, and can play at RB, where Simpson doesn’t please me

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #37

    2-2 against Chelsea with 12 first team players injured and we score in 92 minute. it only shows what a focking team spirit we have! 🙂

  • NorseToonBrann

    May 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Maybe(!) one or two new signings will be announced next weekend..? 🙂 Exciting times ahead

  • Oleg G

    May 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Look at the results right now at all the games 13th minute:


  • cheikmate

    May 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Great performance from the lads today

    Can someone correct me if im wrong but is enrique banned for the west brom game for getting a fifth yellow ?!?! would be a shame cos he deserves a good send off, it cud be his last game in a toon shirt today 🙁


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