Newcastle 3-0 Up – But Throw It All Away

After Newcastle had got themselves 3-0 up after 46 minutes, they had a terrible final 30 minutes of the season in front of a packed out St. James’ Park, and managed to concede three goals to Somen Tchoyi, who had only previously scored once this season, the equalizer coming in the 89th minute.

So after looking like they would finish the season in 9th place – but it was all not to be.

And even worse for Newcastle fans, Sunderland beat West Ham 3-0  to finish above Newcastle in 10th place – so not a good way to end what has been a good season for the Magpies.

Birmingham lost 2-1 at Tottenham, and Blackpool lost 4-2 at Old Trafford and they join West Ham United as the three teams who were relegated this season, and it’s the first time a club who won the Carling Cup have been  relegated.

The atmosphere was great at the start of the game, and Newcastle soon went ahead and who was the scorer – Steven Taylor of course –  with his 3rd goal in as many games.

The goal came after 16 minutes from a Ryan Taylor corner, when Chris Brunt’s attempted clearance hit Peter Lovenkrands who headed the ball towards the goal, and it was Steven Taylor again who was there to sweep the ball home – 1-0.

This was anything but an end of season game, with both sides attacking each other, but Newcastle were starting to get the better of things.

Steven Taylor almost got a second goal when he headed just wide from Fabricio Coloccini’s left-wing cross.

Then on 38 minutes, and against the ruin of play, Albion almost got themselves level when Brunt controlled Tchoyi’s ball over the top, and held off Steven Taylor, but his left foot shot was well saved by Krul.

But almost immediately Newcastle stormed back and went 2-0 up.

In the 39th minute, Shola Ameobi headed a loose ball into the West Brom penalty area, and Peter Lovenkrands’ shot on the turn was well parried by Carson.

However the ball looped up and over and the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line, and Newcastle found themselves 2-0 up – but on merit too.

The on 42 minutes West Brom almost got their first goal, when Fortune’s drive was blocked on the goal-line by Krul and Coloccini.

At half time Newcastle were deservedly 2-0 up.

Roy Hodgson replaced the shaky Meite with Pablo Ibanez at half-time, but Newcastle made it 3-0, after the Spaniard had just come on.

Olsson attempted to clear Enrique’s harmless center but he miscued terribly, and the ball flew into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. An own goal by the center-back.

But West Brom are not a team that gives up, and they didn’t fold, but tried to get right back into the game, and Mulumbu hit a half-chance well wide after Newcastle had failed to clear a Brunt corner.

Then on 62 minutes West Brom pulled one back, as Tchoyi beat the offside trap and got onto Steve Reid’s through ball, and the Cameroon international calmly slotted home his second goal of the season past Krul.

But West Brom were still shaky at the back and another Olsson mistake gave Ryan Taylor a clear chance, but Taylor’s shot was blocked by a recovering Olsen.

And then Lovenkrands had a chance which he put just wide of the post.

But then after 72 minutes West Brom got their all important second goal to make Newcastle nervous and get right back into the game.

Tchoyi seemed to be offside, when he controlled Reid’s center at the back post, and he then held off Coloccini to hit a terrific 12-yard yard drive into the roof of the net.

That was Tchoti’s second goal in 10 minutes after he had only scored on previous goal all season, but it was game on.

Newcastle managed to hold on for the win to put them in 9th place in the league table, but then on 89 minutes it was that man again, Tchoyi, who got his hat trick when Olsson crossed from the left for Tchoyi to equalize with a diving header.

That last minute goal put both Sunderland and West Brom above Newcastle in the league and it was hardly a great final 30 minutes of the season, as Newcastle collapsed when all seemed so well after 60 minutes.

And the atmosphere at the end of the game was as if the side had just been relegated, such was the disappointment of the fans at Newcastle throwing away a 3-0 lead in the final 30 minutes of the season, and at home too, in front of just short of 52,000 fans.

Not a good time to have your worst collapse of the seaosn, and all in 30 minutes.

And that last minute goal cost the club around £2.4M in placement money – so it was not a good end to the season after all, and boos were even heard from the disappointed crowd.

We’ll not even mention the non-playing staff at Newcastle will not get their £500K bonus from owner Mike Ashley. 🙁

Newcastle should not collapse after leading 3-0 in the second half and Pardew will have  a few questions to answer after this – if only they could have held out at 3-2 everything would have been great – but it didn’t turn out that way.

But we shouldn’t let this poor end to the season mask the fact the lads have done so well all season, but they let both the fans and themselves down down right at the death today – that’s also true.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique; R Taylor, Guthrie (Best 72), Barton, Ferguson (LuaLua 64); Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Smith 70).
Subs not used: Soderberg (gk), Ranger, Tavernier, Kuqi.

West Brom (4-4-1-1): Carson; Reid, Meite (Ibanez HT), Olsson, Shorey; Tchoyi, Scharner (Thorne 60), Mulumbu, Morrison; Brunt; Fortune (Miller 72).
Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Cox, Thomas, Jara.

Goals: Newcastle:  S Taylor (16), Lovenkrands (39), Olsson (own goal, 47).  West Brom  Tchoyi (62, 71 & 90).
Bookings: None.
Referee: M Halsey (Hertfordshire).
Attendance: 51,678.

167 comments so far

  • rknufc

    May 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1


  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 22, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    The staff at the club must feel pretty let down…

  • magsince96

    May 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    just imagine Newcastle not screwing up games again and again this season, we might even b in d europa. absolutely gutted and d players shld b ashamed of themselves.

  • mashearer

    May 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #4

    500k pretty sure at half time they already book up a place in Hawaii

  • free giveaways

    May 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    We looked so good for the first 50 minutes. I thought Ferguson was brilliant today. Coloccini didn’t have his best game and I think Danny Simpson can be a weak link sometimes. He was to blame for a couple of the goals. We need to buy a right back in the summer.

    Still, if we spend well and keep the likes of Tiote and get Ben Arfa playing to his full capability next season we’ll have a decent season.

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  • southerngeordie

    May 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Bit of a kick in the teeth today but in hindsight we all would of taken 12th. Hopefully the result today really brings home to MA and co that investment is needed.

    Anyway within a few days this result will be forgotten and we’ll move on to look forward to the summer and who we bring in. We survived and when its all said and done that is what matters.

  • malfurious

    May 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    hahaha, what a farce.. but that being said, I think its safe to say we met the expectations which was staying in the premiership. Anything else is just a bonus. Now we can begin to strengthen for next year.. first signing, Somen Tchoyi…

    Alan Smith.. you have a big heart but please go away

  • obamagic

    May 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #8

    how did Jose react during the lap of honor? i missed that part…

  • beefman13

    May 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    am gutted beyond belief for the staff at the club, it was disgracefull sevcond half, why wasnt young sam ameobi in the subs at least PARDEW said he was going to play the youngins, fancy bringing smith on for a very dangerous ferguson, sheer madness, and we still cannot win a game when guthrie plays, defending fro there goals was criminal and colo you were shocking son along with simpson and r. taylor wht have kuchi on the bench for f..k sake, pardew you have spoiled my weekend and feel so very gutted for the workers at the club, we were coasting and should of been thinking forwardly so wh put smith on am seething at it. we finish now behind the mackems and the differance in prem money is 2.4 million from 12th to 9th, smith guthrie r. taylor simpson i dont ever want to see in a toon shirt ever again, aaarrrrrgggghh

  • fungus44

    May 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    wid did what arsenal did when we drew with so it,s carma look on the bright side we still in the prem,yes it hurt,s the scum finish above us ,but we beat them 5 1 so that,s some thing to brag about is it not

  • mashearer

    May 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    somen tchoyi new ryan taylor???

  • CheickTiote

    May 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    not sure there was a lap of honour, pardew stormed off the pitch!!!!

  • CheickTiote

    May 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #13



    May 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Way to piss it away boys!! Honestly, if Cheick Tiote had started today we win 3-1!!

    Bring on the transfer season… if we sell any of our big names outside of Enrique then I am pissed!!!

    Black and White FOREVER FOREVER Black and White

  • Edd Case

    May 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Whats the people on twitter with all the rumours?

  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope players conjure up 500k for the staff, would be nyc gesture

  • qtoon

    May 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    All in all, a successful season with some huge highs and lows. Disappointing finish, but thank god the match wasn’t deciding whether we’re in the EPL next season!

    Simpson probably was to blame today and has been a bit sketchy a few times this season, but no doubt the lad is improving. Once he’s confident positionally (which comes with experience) I’m sure he’ll be a cracking player.

    Really excited to see who we can add to the team this summer, got some great prospects coming through (hats of to Ferguson with yet another great performance) and hopefully Pardew won’t ever have to bring on that Smith character ever again.

    Still proud to be a toon fan. HWTL!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle fell asleep in the second half of our final game. What a shame as we had a great chance to finish above Sunderland in the top 10. Well survival was the aim and we’ve done more than just survive, well done lads.

    12th is what I had predicted at the start of the season anyway so I can’t complain at all. Considering my prediction was before the loss of Hughton and the sale of our key striker in Carroll and finding no replacement. Add to that the long term injuries in Ben Arfa and Gosling and an unfortunate injury plagued Ireland stint and you have to admire the tremendous effort from the players and Pardew.

    Now all we have to do is build and we have the money to do it.

    Howay The Lads!

  • magsince96

    May 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    personally I believe enrique shld jst leave d club, he was totally woeful tdy, nearly gifted brom a goal in d FH and finally awarded them n tchoyi their 3rd goal. I believe u put anyone of us there we wld have played way better than someone that his heart is not with d toon anymore. off

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #20

    How can you possibly blame Guthrie or Ryan Taylor for losing that lead?

    And Pardew brung Lua Lua on for Ferguson actually.

    But we exceeded all expectations and had a brilliant season, so…


  • ginkoh

    May 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #21

    This game sum of our season.

    – Worst sub from Pardew with superb sue from Hodson.
    – Shola and Simpson already holiday.
    – Bad attitude after 3-0
    – Low quality in Midfield

    Shame they let us all down today.


    May 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Aint seen it yet!

    But a good top ten finnish is just thrown away! Sounds like Pardew got his tactics totally wrong.
    The only plus is we maintain our prem status,for next year!

    But i am also dissappointed in
    some of the people on here being so negative over one game!

  • Toonboy

    May 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    What was the reception like at the end? and how did the players all react at the final whistle

  • jgptoon

    May 22, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    anybody else see cheikh m’bengue at the match today? The camaras showed a lad in the stands sat a few rows away from ashley and it looked like m’bengue to me but i could be wrong!

  • toonfan09

    May 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25

    like i said on another thread wouldnt say enrique cant defend but because he attacks alot we get hit on the break easy and without jonas covering him he gets shown up

  • thebenarfashow

    May 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    £6.8M for 12th

    Will be an interesting Summer. I believe the squad only needs a few fresh faces and I think come August we’ll have a very flair orientated attack. Which can be good be also may be a disadvantage.

    Proud of all the lads and a pat on the back to MA and Pards. The ship looks steady, the books look healthy and the future looks bright.

    Well done everyone. Great success


  • toonfan09

    May 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #27

    didnt the commentators say that was an ex newcastle player

  • Tiote4PM

    May 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Absolute disgrace today.

    MA will not want to back losers and we shafted ourselves today.

    Basic, basic, basic – they had 1 threat and we couldn’t/ wouldn’t pick him up.

    Angry, frustrated and upset – I hope the players realise that they just GAVE away 9th and let the scum walk past us.

    Absolute disgrace. Yeah I am angry.


    May 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Have you heard most of you lot? Have a word you morons! 12th place is fantastic.

  • Readingmag

    May 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #30

    please remember last Aug 2010 – we would all have taken this- beat Chelsea- Mackems, Arsenal away, amd I jumped like a mackem in ratners when we drew with Arsenal

    Well done….great 1st season back , good luck the bull and thanks…..bring on 2011 / 2012…and joey please sing the contract, my player of the year.

  • thebenarfashow

    May 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #31


    Well said

  • Tonytoon73

    May 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Pardew is a clueless f@cker

  • alip123

    May 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Very angry with the collapse, but 12th not bad. Pardew stupidly hauled of Lovenkrands, and Ameobi was shockingly awful. But full credit to West Brom, Tchoyi was magnificent for them and they deserved a point in the end. At least thins counted for nothing, just a shame the scum down the A1 finished above us.

    HWTL for next season!

  • estechco

    May 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Obamagic: Jose’s lap was rather subdued. He kept to the inside chatting with other players. Either he couldn’t care less or perhaps he will stay after all. Take your pick!

  • Mohamed

    May 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #35

    we need a RIGHT BACK plz
    Simpson just ain’t cutting it, poor on defence, very poor at times
    gives Acres of space even for the least skilled player
    aren’t full backs supposed to push players wide???!!

  • carrollsinger

    May 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Players to go smith shola loven are musts

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #37

    If we hadn’t had a poor last 30, we’d be talking about the amazing display of attacking football we put on in the first half.

    The whole team was bombing forward time and time again, Guthrie looked great going forward, Ferguson looked superb (my MOTM), and our passing was brilliant. No just lumping it forward.

  • Tonytoon73

    May 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    GEORDIE69 we should be top 10 not 12th FFS

  • Mexes

    May 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Danny Simpson is crap and is the reason for many of our sloppy results this season! He must be replaced ASAP!

  • Toon1978

    May 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Most people are just angry because we finished below Sunderland. Forget about Sunderland and concentrate on NUFC. Sunderland finished top dogs as expected and we finish 12th. I would have taken 17th at the start of the season. I admit i was gutted at the end of the game but when you put it all into perspective we have had a great season. Chin up people, onwards and upwards next season with a few good signings…happy days.

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