Newcastle 1 QPR 0 – Magpies Hold On For All 3 Points


Newcastle got the job done this afternoon against QPR when a good Leon Best goal after 37 minutes , his 4th of the season and his first since September,   was enough for Newcastle to get all 3 points as the back four again looked very solid.

Newcastle started the game very slowly in front of a crowd just under 50,000.

QPR were the team that had most of the possession in the first 20 minutes or so, and they went close on a couple of occasions.

After 16 minutes left winger Wright-Phillips was allowed to get a shot in which grazed the top of the bar with Krul beaten, and then on 31 minutes Jay  Bothroyd had a good effort which grazed Tim Krul’s left hand post.

After 20 minutes Yohan  Cabaye was bought down with a bad tackle by Shaun Derry, earning Derry a yellow card, but Yohan remained seated and eventually had to be taken off on a stretcher, and he seemed to be annoyed at what had happened.

We’re not sure how bad the injury is but it seems that it’s his  ankle, and it’s a travesty when a bad tackle like that made by Derry can put the Frenchman on the sidelines with an injury.

But after that some Newcastle players woke up as Ben Arfa came on for Ryan Taylor on the right wing, and Ryan Taylor went into central midfield.

Newcastle started to gain the ascendancy and a fine effort by Ryan Taylor after 34 minutes and it was tipped over for a corner by goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

Then after 37 minutes Newcastle went ahead, and it was that man Leon Best who scored hos fourth goal of the season.

Best got the ball inside the penalty area to the left, and as he was challenged he  instinctively hit the ball with his right foot into the net, and it was a great striker’s goal by Leon Best – when it really mattered.

Leon Best is now second top scorer at Newcastle with those 4 goals,  behind you know who (the great Demba Ba for the uninitiated has 15 goals).

The goal gave Newcastle confidence and they started to come at QPR, but at the the half it was still 1-0 to Newcastle, and it was probably on merit,  after a poor start by the Magpies in those first 20 minutes.

Ryan Taylor had done well in his unaccustomed position in central midfield with Danny Guthrie, after the injury to Cabaye.

Leon Best – after scoring great opportunist goal against QPR

Early in the second half Tim Krul had to be sharp to get down well to another good Shawn Wright-Phillips shot, and QPR again went close as Helguson headed the ball into the path of Jay Bothroyd, but the striker was off target and should have done better.

And then on 53 minutes, Bothroyd was through onto Jamie Mackie’s through ball,  but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Krul, who parried the ball to safety.

After 60 minutes Newcastle should have had a penalty,  when Leon Best’s header appeared to strike Buzsaky’s arm but referee Chris Foy, who is known to give a number of penalties, surprisingly waved play on.

There were very few chances being created in the second half,  but after 69 minutes QPR keeper Kenny came racing out of his box to clear a ball for a throw-in, which Ben Arfa took quickly to Jonas Gutierrez.

Jonas Gutierrez got the ball and Kenny was racing back to his goal, and the Argentine lobbed the ball goal-wards but it was Danny Gabbidon who headed the ball clear.

QPR came at Newcastle in the last 10 minutes, but Newcastle’s defense again held on for their 4th clean sheet in 7 games, and the lads got the job done this afternoon and move above Liverpool into 6th place.

Newcastle were not at their best but they got the job done this afternoon and all credit to them for that.

In what is turning out to be a surprisingly good season for the Magpies,  we now have 36 points from our 21 games, which is just excellent. 😀

Four points from safety!

To sum up the game – a very good win by Newcastle and a decent performance.

Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; R Taylor (Gosling, 82), Cabaye (Ben Arfa, 25), Guthrie, Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Best (Perch, 77).
Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Obertan, Ferguson.

Queens Park Rangers: Kenny; Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Hill; Mackie, Buzaky (Macheda, 76), Derry, Wright-Phillips; Helguson (Smith, 65), Bothroyd.
Subs not used: Cerny, Orr, Hall, Campbell, Ephraim.

Goals: Best 37

Bookings: Derry 18, Hill 33, Bothroyd 39

Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)

Attendance: 49,865 (1,300 QPR)

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77 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    did anyone see after the ball had gone from ameobi. how he fell off Laughable

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Solid hard working performance, great goal – and nobody got booked!
    Let’s hope Swansea beet the Goonars by 4 goals.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    I just hope cabaye’s injury isnt serious

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  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Ameobi did a decent job of holding the ball.
    This isn’t fifa or championship manager or whatever you jerk offs wank to.
    Holding up the ball well is an essential outlet in the english game and he provided that outlet with distinction today.
    It was a decent performance starting from the back so get off players backs.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    I hate all you weekend bloggers that have no real interest in Newcastle other than the live games on TV or the highlights on MOTD. Go back down the road to the holes you have climbed out of and leave the comments to real fans who care passionatley enough to talk every day about Newcastle not just the one day of the week they play.

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    a good 3 points
    hope Cabaye’s injury isnt bad
    Guthrie must get a new contract ASAP

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  • connor_nufc

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    champions league here we come!

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew has just said on BBC he hopes Cabaye will be back next week

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie – some people have a life so they csnt come on everyday does t make them less a supporter

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  • supporter

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I start to better understand the english football, there are 5 or 6 teams who are playing well and even very well, and then you have the other teams who are playing long balls. The problem of Newcastle is that some players have good skills but the coach is always hesitating between playing nice or playing the old way to not take any risk.
    The poor comments on TV, The selection of Pardew, some of the comments I read here proved that it is not sure that we can see soon good, spectacular and offensive football.
    So I “ll be not surprised that Ben Arfa will stay on the bench and Ameobi will still play next game.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d love to see 451 with Tiote holding, and Guthrie and Cabaye controlling the passing play. Arfa our right, and Jonas on the left., Ba up front.

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    The sad thing is all the people defending Pardew’s tactics will feel vindicated now when in reality we were shocking first 35mins and only started to play when Benny was brought on i.e. Cabaye got injured which was a forced tactical change from Pardew. Otherwise it would have been hoofball all day up to Ameobi.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Thought Guthrie was good but Santon was head and shoulders above anyone on the pitch for me.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    We need a real striker to play alongside Leon Best

    Shola Ameobi is one lazy,useless and SHIT player

    this guy can slipped even WITHOUT a touch/tackle by the opponents

    50 goals in 11 seasons?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Officail ratings from Sky:

    Shola Ameobi – 5
    Hatem Ben Arfa – 7

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  • shearerno9

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Got the result and thats all that counts, Cabaye…??? i have no idea he seemed fine but was stretchered off?? We desperately need a new goal scorer as Ameobi was truly useless today, honestly it beggars belief to think he has been at the club so long.

    Best is a backup striker to Ba – end of, and if we got another striker in he would be back up to him too…. Would have like to see Fergie come on for a bit, possibly in place of shola with ben arfa having a complete free role. It would have made no odds to getting men in the box as shola wasnt there at all today and we would have played some neat football and could have opened them up from midfield

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #17

    how many cleansheets have we got this season?

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    i dont post everyday but that’s because i don’t agree with the endless Obertan bashing and am sick of the year long Ashley is god/devil argument over the Carroll sale and money

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    To all the punters who said we were free falling after our poor run of 5-6 games, kiss my asssssssssssss.

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  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Ameobi played decent, held up the ball well, defence from front.
    This isn;t fifa or Championship manager or whatever you cretins get off on you need to understand this fact.
    Well done toon, grinding out again, defence was great.

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  • Macas

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    36 points in January is absolutely fantastic, I’m amazed how Pardew took so much stick before the game. And on the subject of Ameobi, I thought he held the ball up really well most of the time, and allowed us to keep possession. Did his job well, shame a lot of fans don’t seem to understand it’s not all about scoring wonder goals or beating 4 or 5 players.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    @ GeordieToon

    You mean to imply that I don’t have a life?

    You don’t know me so go F*ck yourself

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  • Krul Blow

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Sod off Beattie you pr1ck.

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  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie25 // Jan 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I hate all you weekend bloggers that have no real interest in Newcastle other than the live games on TV or the highlights on MOTD. Go back down the road to the holes you have climbed out of and leave the comments to real fans who care passionatley enough to talk every day about Newcastle not just the one day of the week they play.

    What a retarded thing to say my friend.
    I work and have real life things going on, I only post here on match days but unlike many jokers on here I go to games and support and don’t hate on our own players.!!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Shola Ameobi play decent?

    tomorrow go check your eyes – must got something wrong

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  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Holding up the ball is an essential part of english football.
    Ameobi was decent if you think otherwise then go and put 15 past real madrid on fifa or something.

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Spuggy // Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    again a kids reaction.
    We were free falling, until we stopped it.
    We got 5 points out of 27 possible after getting 25 out of 11. That free falling (even though I didn’t ever use that phrase). It was a very poor run. Luckily it ended.

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  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Brutooon // Jan 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Shola Ameobi play decent?

    tomorrow go check your eyes – must got something wrong

    Aren’t you the clown who has a perch poster in your toilet.
    HWTL!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #29

    did u guys ACTUALLY watch the game?

    Ameobi keep the ball like 1 or 2 times, the remaining 50 times he gave to QPR

    seriously guys??

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  • geoff777

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    1 shot on target.
    1 goal.

    Perch on for a striker @70 mins.

    Dangerous tactics that don’t take a counter-attack or fluke into consideration.

    I know the 3 points count more at the end of the season … but this wasn’t entertainment.

    We could have gone on to win 3 or 4 nil if we’d been positive.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    warwick : Ameobi is easily our worst player tonite. if u said he played decent, go check your eyes (maybe brains too)

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #32

    every one played well today including perch when he came on – nice surging run he made at 1 point in the game guitterez or santon was best for me not sure on the perforance of shola today was bullocks up front maybe a 4-4-1-1 formation against Fulham next week best up front ben arfa centre forwad. good win needed 3 on the trot we are looking good need that new striker though williamson played well but a good backup defender at the least is what should really be brought in this transfer window HWTL.

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #33

    those who give more critizing to the team and manager than any1 else should stop recent times are starting to show more and more clear that we are not big enough in depth which will be even more trouble for us if we get in europe because of the amount of tiredness players might be
    besides there is only 5 players really missing which are major parts of the team cabye tiote ba saylor marveux
    the other injured are not really good enough to 10 team

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  • petesull

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Ya gotta love these supporters……. Amoebi isn’t special but he loves dis club and always gives his all…….. He was knackered at the end bcos he ran himself into d ground tday….. He’s not an out n out goalscorer But he did Wat he was told to do ……. HOLD D BALL UP.,,,,,especially in d las 20 mins….. Takin d pressure off our defence…..guti had a great game…. Was everywhere ….. But for me Guthrie was MOTM…… Ran midfield and without cabaye for most of d game….. Can’t remember him giving d ball away…… Give him a contract tomorrow …….. And we’re sittin above those scouse scumbags just to make d victory even sweeter…… HWTL ….Toon Toon

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  • liam85

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    @Beattie25 – Should it really matter if a fan doesn’t post on here all the time. Still a fan. I don’t care if a fan lives in Newcastle. South of UK or the otherside of the world. We are all NUFC supporters regardless.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Ameobi was asked to hold up the ball but due to his “creativity” as a Newcastle “legend” he slipped down and YES WITHOUT BEING TACKLE OR TOUCH BY THE DEFENDER

    one second : ameobi got a clean chance on goal
    another second : the ball went out because of his own feet. WTF

    We need another striker to partner Leon Best – Shola Ameobi is simple useless

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  • ToonFly

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #37

    For those criticising HBA for giving the ball away, you need to find some footage of him playing with Benzema ahead of him. I gather the two didn’t get on at times but the movement of Benzema complemented HBA beautifully. The more I see of our forward line, the more I think that a pacy, intelligent runner like Erdinc will be the perfect foil for HBA, Cabaye and the (magnificent today) Guthrie.

    6th in the league, ahead of the bindippers and in the news for all the right reasons – football, rather than badly-behaved players (despite the best efforts of the press).

    Oh, and twice the points that the spaniel-faced Lawro has predicted for us. I find little to complain about.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Ameobi did hold the ball up but his distribution was poor.wasn’t in the box when we at times got good crosses in

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #39

    HBA lose some balls but this guy won the French League Title with Both Marseille and Lyon.

    Compare him with Shola Shit Ameobi – 10 times the difference. A total useless player

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  • nufc786

    Jan 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    strolla you may not be goala but u are still our shola
    shola wasnt blessed with ability but he was blessed with loyalt remember that

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