Best Needed That Goal – Newcastle Off On Short Winter Break

Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle on Sunday,  when with the one chance he got during the game against QPR,  he put the ball into the back of the net.

Leon Best scores the winner on Sunday

It was the kind of skill you hope for from a striker when it matters, as Leon got the ball in the box with a couple of QPR defenders in front of him.

But the 25-year-old Ireland international turned on a sixpence and poked the ball into the net in one slick movement with his right foot, and Newcastle were one up and Leon was ecstatic.

And as it turned out, with out defense again looking very solid, that’s all Newcastle needed to get 3 massive points and go level with Arsenal on 36 points for the season, from our 21 league games.

It was the first time Leon had scored since he got one at Villa Park in the 1-1 draw on 17th September,  and you could tell from his reaction that he needed the goal.

This is what Leon said about the goal:

“It was due,” “I did need a goal.” “I didn’t beat myself up and get myself down, I knew it was a matter of time. But it was a nice goal and hopefully it will spur me on to many more.”

“Obviously, a striker likes to score every week, but if you are not scoring, then the main thing is to help the team and do something else and bring something else.”

“But I got the goal and the team got the three points, so it was a massive thing.”

Last year in the second half of the season Best stepped in brilliantly for Andy Carroll,  when the big lad left for Liverpool,  and Leon scored 6 goals in 12 appearances for the side.

His record is not that good this year but that’s now  4 goals in his 17 appearances this season and he’s second top scorer behind the 15 goals that the great Demba Ba has.

Goals for strikers are a little bit like buses,  and they tend to come all together, so maybe Leon can get a goal on Saturday at Craven Cottage, but we hope he can keep scoring while Ba is off in the African Cup of Nations.

Alan Pardew has always had faith in the striker, and this is what Alan said about the Irishman:

“Leon has played a lot of games for us this year and we haven’t lost many when he has started,” “But it was good for him to get a goal. It’s good for his confidence and good for us.”

“It goes to show how good we are as a squad,”  “Danny did very well – he got man of the match and he has done it a few times.

“He’s a very good player and sometimes, people don’t give him the respect he is due.”  “He showed it today, and Hatem as well. When he came on, he did very, very well.”

“That’s what we are about. We are about the starting XI to do a job and the people who are coming on doing a job just as well.”

It was an excellent performance on many fronts from Newcastle on Sunday, and Leon got the goal and Santon, Guthrie and Ben Arfa all looked very good players in that famous black and white striped shirt.

And after the game this Saturday at Craven Cottage it looks like Newcastle will be getting some sun somewhere, as Alan had this to say:

“After Fulham, we are going to go away and get some sun on our backs.”

“It’s been a long Christmas program for us and we have had a good Christmas, really good, especially the back end of it, so I am really pleased at the minute.”

They did the same thing last year in late January, when they went off to  Faro, Portugal for a few days.

But we remember it was wet and rainy when the lads were there last year, so we hope Alan will pick a spot where the weather will be a little better this time around.

The lads deserve a break, especially if they can take something out of the game at Fulham, and the next game will be the FA Cup 4th round tie the following weekend at Brighton or Wrexham.

And we should know who our opponents will be tonight, when Brighton travel to Wrexham for the third round replay.

We also need to win that 4th round tie, and who knows we could do very well in the FA Cup this year, and how long has it been since we won a trophy?

43 years.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope we dont go on leave b4 the fulham game.

  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    The main thing I like about Besty is his control of the ball in the six yard box. It’s not the first time we have seen him trick his way into an open space and it won’t be the last.

    My favourite goal of his, was i think against Fulham, when Ba crossed the ball, Best’s first touch was world class and he scored.

  • BartZ

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Just seen on Sky Sports that we have been linked with Vorm. If the Swansea director is true in saying we have shown an interest then I am baffled. We already have top goalkeepers at the club!

    Back to this story, I think Best can do a job, he was able to last year when Carroll left. So fingers crossed there is more to come from him.

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    @ Krul World – Agreed.

    I don’t like how everyone went on about Berbatov’s goal that was similar though and his was forgotten?

    I do like Besty, very decent forward when he’s deployed as the top man and he will get us goals and is capable with either foot annd has a great leap on him.

    Think Shola can have a rest on Saturday and we can rely on Besty to get the job done?

  • BartZ

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    @ krul world – agree with you mate, was a top goal n showed great composure while under pressure from the two defenders

  • mick85eire

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Just seen we’re linked with vorm does dat mean I wonder krul going to the scummy cockney rats?..he’s been valued at 15mil so dere must have been an enquiry if they went as far as putting a value on him.

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    As someone said yesterday – if Thierry Henry had scored that goal we would be watching a replay every two minutes on Sky, no doubt with some “expert” telling us that is what the country has missed since the Frenchman’s departure.

  • magicbus

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Superb goal showing a lot of skill and getting us the 3 pts. Still a bit worrying though that we only had 2 shots on target against the 3rd bottom team.


    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    lee ryder @lee_ryder sources close to #nufc say deal for cissokho not as advanced as player claimed.

    im convinced this one will go through as CWARR07 said it will never happen so with his record u can assume hes 100% wrong

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Shola shouldn’t start. I have never slagged him and I won’t here, but he should only be brought on when we are up and wasting time as he is a decent hold up player. Sorry Shola, you don’t suck but not worthy of starting either.

  • STB

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Vorm story pretty obvious. If Lamearse can get 8-10m from dirty ‘Arry for Krul, he’s capable of taking it. Doubt Vorm would be more than 2m so 8m profit.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Of course Vorm could be brought in as a #2. Harps getting up there in age and I don’t think Elliot is quality enough to start.

  • chris_g

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    “lee ryder @lee_ryder sources close to #nufc say deal for cissokho not as advanced as player claimed.”

    Yes, also the Journal is reporting that “sources” at the club are denying that there have been any talks taking place:

  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    I see lee Ryder n mark Douglas using there superb journo skills again lol these two r ryt muppets, both claiming not as advanced as cissohko says he never even said it was at advance stage
    These 2 couldn’t break a story a million years


    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    if that spanner eyed fcuk goes after any of our players i will hunt him down like the dog he is.

  • alex84

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    The club have denied everything in incoming transfers, but other clubs are claiming we have made bids.

  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    When will u lot n them thick journo realise the club don’t want ppl knowing what there doin will not admit to anything in the press

  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Vorm 2mill lol he’s one of the best keepers in the league

  • jayphoto

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    ha! Vorm for 2m? Swansea paid 2.5!! They’d want 8-10m for him! If we’ve enquired its cz harps is old, Elliott has had shockers even for the reserves and forsters being sold! Doubt vorm would go anywhere as #2! He’s closer to being Dutch #1 than krul!

  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Jayphoto exactly he one of the top 3 keepers in the league with hart n krul

  • BartZ

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Florida toon. Do you honestly think Vorm would come in and play second fiddle to krul? Krul and Vorm are the two challenging for the backup goaly in the Dutch squad. If the likes of Chelsea are interested there’s no chance he would be happy to sit on the bench. Besides his wage and transfer fee would probably be on the high side. Just saying we don’t need a backup goaly as harps will come in and do a job and Fraser Foster will return from loan for the followong season if Celtic don’t manage to get a deal. Can’t judge Elliot as we havnt really seen a great deal of the lad. However at the moment I think we have sufficient depth should anything happen to Krul

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Cisse !!!!!!


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