Newcastle had a magnificent victory tonight, as they beat Stoke City 3-1, for the home side’s first league defeat of the season, and the Magpies go up to third place in the Premier League, and go 3 points clear of Chelsea.
The Magpies played some of their best football for many a day in the first half, and they were ahead with two well taken goals from Demba Ba – who of course failed a medical at Stoke in January.
In the second half Stoke came on and pressed Newcastle, as half expected, and they started to overpower the Magpies, and finally got the breakthrough with a penalty after 74 minutes.
Demba Ba had pushed Crouch and Walters put the ball home home easily.
Now Newcastle were under the cosh but then Newcastle got their own penalty after 80 minutes and Demba Ba – who else – easily scored to put Newcastle further in the ascendancy at 3-1.
Now Newcastle are on 22 points after 10 games and we probably need to start believing now – big time.
Newcastle arrived tonight with a fully committed performance where the name of the game is team play as the Newcastle players worked their socks off for the Newcastle cause.
And this shot of Alan Pardew at full time says it all
A full report of the game follows:
Newcastle were in their all black strip for tonight’s game.
After two minutes the first Rory Delap throw came in and Newcastle cleared well.
After seven minutes a decent through ball from Danny Guthrie was cleared well by the Stoke goalkeeper Begovic.
After ten minutes played, both sides were feeling each other out with no chances, and both sides were trying to find their rhythm.
Then after 12 minutes Newcastle went ahead, when a good move down the right wing by Obertan, who put in a terrific cross and Ba dived and headed the ball nicely into the net – it looked so easy.
A good goal by Newcastle and good work by Obertan on the right wing.
Stoke got a corner after 15 minutes but they made nothing of it, as it was headed behind for a corner kick. And then Rory Delap put in another long throw and it was again well cleared by the Newcastle defense.
Then after 18 minutes Ba was almost through but Begovic was quick off his line sand got to the ball first. Then it looked like Ryan Shawcross was injured and he was almost immediately replaced by Matthew Upson.
After 20 minutes Newcastle had started the game well, and had been quite successful in containing Stoke.
Another long throw by Delap was headed behind by Stoke for a goal kick, and Newcastle were playing very steadily at the back, with Coloccini and Steven Taylor prominent and in good form, with the mask not affecting Steven Taylor one little bit – this boy’s a warrior.
A quick counter attack after 25 minutes almost caught Stoke but again Begovic came out of his penalty area to clear well.
A corner on the left by Stoke was well taken by Tim Krul as he took the ball high and unchallenged. Newcastle were covering well and trying to give the Stoke players not time and at least initially it was working well.
Then on 30 minutes Tim Krul took a long cross unchallenged from the right wing, but spilled the ball for a corner – that was a scary moment.
Newcastle were making rapid counter attacks and had caught Stoke short at the back on a few occasions, and for that first Newcastle goal. Then a good Stoke attack on 35 minutes ended with a cross being headed away well by the Newcastle captain Coloccini.
Etherington had a good shot at the Newcastle goal but Tim Krul was able to get over to his left and save well.
Why does the TV commentator keep rambling on and on?
On 38 minutes Stoke got a free kick in a good position 25 yards from goal on the left, but again Newcastle cleared well.
What was apparent was the work-rate that every single Newcastle player was putting in to cover any Stoke advance, and quite a few players were working their socks off for the visiting side.
And then would you believe it but Demba Ba scored again for his 7th goal for the side.
Best had the ball on the right wing and he put in what could have been a shot (it was), but Demba Ba was on it like a shot and stabbed the ball home.
It seemed that Demba Ba had a point to prove to Stoke, where of course he failed a medical in January, and Ba had just scored his 7th Premier League goal for Newcastle United this season.
Stoke made another change on 40 minutes, with Robert Huth coming on for Marc Wilson, so two changes in the back four in the first half for Stoke City,
Then on 44 minutes Walters flattened Ryan Taylor in the Newcastle penalty box, as they both went to head the ball, and a free kick was given to Newcastle.
Just before half time it looked like Ryan Taylor was injured and David Santon started to warm up, but didn’t come on, and Ryan Taylor came back on after a couple of minutes.
One last throw by Rory Delap but Newcastle again cleared the ball, and the Magpies made a quick breakaway and Best had a shot from distance, which was wide.
The half time whistle blew and Newcastle were by far the better side in the first half and deserved their two goal lead, but this could be like the Wolves game, and Stoke could be a lot better in the second half. We’ll see.
The second half got underway and the question was whether Newcastle could again contain Stoke as they had done so well in that first half, or would Stoke be like Wolves and come storming back at the Magpies in the final 45 minutes.
Stoke were a bit inhibited in making too many changes, since they had been forced to use two of their substitutes in that first half.
On 50 minutes Rory Delap sent in his first long throw of the second half and Tim Krul did well to punch the ball well clear.
Newcastle were continuing to move the ball around well as Pennant threw himself to the ground to try to get a free kick but no luck, as the referee was having none of it.
Then on 52 minutes Gutierrez lost the ball on the left wing, and Stoke attacked quickly, but Newcastle covered for a corner, and the corner presented Robert Huth with a good chance, but the German headed over from just six yards out, as Stoke started to mount pressure on Newcastle.
Krul came out for a right wing corner but he didn’t reach the ball, and referee gave a free kick to Newcastle.
One Stoke goal would put this game up for grabs, and it was important for Newcastle to keep exerting pressure on Stoke via their fast counter-attacks to keep them honest.
Rory Delap put in another long throw and Tim Krul again mishandled but the ball was cleared – that’s twice Tim had dropped the ball in the six yard box.
Stoke were keeping the pressure up on Newcastle and looking more menacing, and there were fewer Newcastle attacks, as Stoke were starting to get on top.
A left wing corner from Pennant was cleared for another corner, and then Sotke put the next one behind for a goal kick, as they continued to increase the pressure on Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor was again floored in the penalty area and he went down injured, but he was up on his feet fairly quickly. Ryan was having another strong game and he’s made that left back spot his own this season.
25 minutes into the second half, Newcastle couldn’t seem to hold possession and Stoke kept getting the ball back, which was different from the first half, and just one Stoke goal would put this game wide open.
Another Rory Delap throw in was again punched clear well by Krul as Newcastle were hanging on a bit, and would you believe it Stoke were awarded a penalty after 74 minutes.
It looked like Demba Ba went into the back of Peter Crouch, and Walters easily scored from the penalty spot and it was game on. Newcastle had to come out and do more attacking, as they were starting to be pummeled by Stoke.
Then a Wilkinson cross almost caught Tim Krul out, as the goalkeeper came out high to catch the ball as it almost went over his head.
Then a strange substitution by Pardew, as Perch replaced Cabaye – what an odd substitution.
Newcastle were then awarded a penalty after 80 minutes for a push by Huth on Best.
Then who else – Demba Ba struck the penalty home in great style, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, and what a time to get a goal as Newcastle were under the cosh by Stoke City.
That’s Ba’s 8th goal of the seaon in the Premier lague for newcatsle.
On 82 minutes a good attack by Newcastle put Obertan through and his shot was only inches wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
The goal lifted Newcastle who start to out their passes toherther again and afetrv 87 minutes Sammy Ameobu replaced Leon Best.
What’s that about goals change games.
Then Robert Huth shamelessly bundled Tim Krul down as the Dutch International caught a Rory Delap throw in high in the air.
In injury time Dan Gosling came on for Danny Guthrie.
Another Rory Delap throw created a chance for Stoke but the shot was blocked on the six yard box, and Stoke were going all out for a second goal, and some of the Stoke players were letting their frustrations show.
But the full time whistle was blown, and it was a magnificent road vistory for this new Newcastle United side.
What an effort our boys put in tonight, and I’m proud of every single one of them.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi
Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross (c), Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson; Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan, Matthew Etherington; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones, Dean Whitehead, Matthew Upson, Cameron Jerome, Wilson Palacios