Stoke City suffered their first home league defeat of the season last night to a brave Newcastle side 3-1.
Demba Ba – after scoring his second goal
The Magpies went into this game only too well aware of what Stoke’s plan would be, and the Newcastle defense again put in a stalwart performance at the back, as Ryan Taylor was rattled and injured at least three times, as he bravely put his body on the line to head the ball away from high crosses into the box.
Ryan was indicative of the bravery shown by the Newcastle team, and the lads worked their socks off to close Stoke down every time they got the ball, and Coloccini and Steven Taylor were again magnificent at the back for Newcastle.
His new mask didn’t seem to bother Steven Taylor at all, and he put in yet another commanding performance for Newcastle. It’s a long long time since we saw so many Newcastle players run themselves into the ground for the Newcastle cause, but there were heroes galore last night in the all black of Newcastle.
And probably the biggest one of the lot was Demba Ba, who scored a wonderful hat-trick, his second of the season, against the club who tuned him down last January, when he failed a medical.
Demba took his goals tally for the season up to 8 goals in just 11 appearances.
Alan Pardew seemed to get the game plan right this time, after Stoke had walloped his side 4-0 in last year’s fixture, when they did the double over Newcastle.
But not this season, and manager Alan Pardew couldn’t praise his players enough after the game:
“The players have to take great credit,” “You can have a game-plan of what you want to do but by the same token, players have got to be brave enough to see it out.”
“And we showed some bravery. Absolutely brilliant, some of our players tonight.” “You’ve got to be brave, and we were brave at their throw-ins.”
“We left two up and that caused them some problems on the break a couple of times.” “Sometimes you’ve got to change the emphasis of a game and we did that well – in the second half, not so well and that’s why we came under pressure.”
“Having said that, it was a soft penalty that they got, I thought. But at least the ref was consistent because we got a soft one too!”
It seems Newcastle have arrived back in the big time, and are now in 3rd position on 22 points from 10 league games, and are 3 points clear of Chelsea in 4th place.
Newcastle will play Everton at home in an early 12:45 pm kick off time game on Saturday, and it could be that we’ll see St. James’ Park packed full for that game.
Newcastle looked a very good side last night, and it was the very first time they have ever won at the Britannia Stadium, and they now have six wins and four draws in their first 10 league games of the season.