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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