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Drama As Results Go Newcastle’s Way – Magpies 5th On Sunday?

10:50 pm, Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 75 Comments

With Chelsea being beaten 2-1 tonight at Manchester City, and Liverpool throwing away a two goal lead to go down 3-2 at Loftus Road, the results tonight went Newcastle’s way, but there was late drama in both games.

And that means that Newcastle are now 5 points clear of Liverpool on 47 points and only two points behind Chelsea, and we could be in 5th place in the Premier League on Sunday night.

If Chelsea lose at home to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon and Newcastle win at the The Hawthorns the following day,  then Newcastle will be in 5th place in the league table on Sunday night, one point clear of Chelsea.

Chelsea looked good tonight and played well,  and when Gary Cahill put them ahead in the 59th minute with a rather fortunate deflected goal – it looked good for Chelsea,  and until that goal City simply had not looked creative enough.

Chelsea had been the better side,  but when Carloz Tevez came on  after 66 minutes for his first game since last September, things turned in City’s favor with the Argentine’s added creativity.

Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot on 74 minutes for his 17th league goal of the season.

And then a wonderfully worked goal between Tevez and Samir Nasri just five minutes from the end,  was enough for Manchester City to take all 3 points.

So QPR scored three unanswered goals in the last 13 minutes and Man City scored two unanswered goals in the last 12 minute to win their games, and both results were great for the Magpies.

City  are now on 69 points and just one point behind Manchester United, but 14 points above 3rd placed Arsenal,  who won 1-0 at Everton.

Liverpool were cruising 2-0 up at Loftus Road, with goals from  Sebastian Coates  after 53 minutes and Dirk Kuyt after 72 minutes, and it seemed that Liverpool were in an easy winning position.

But  QPR  had replaced an out of form Joey Barton with Jamie Mackie on the right wing,  and would you believe it,  the London side came storming back with three goals in the last  13 minutes of the game.

And that allowed QPR  to get their first win in six league games, and climbed out of the bottom three.

On 77 minutes Shawn Derry headed in nicely from a corner, and then Djibril Cissé got the equalizer with four minutes to go, but then Mackie got the dramatic winner in stoppage time, and QPR fans went wild.

What a finish by QPR when all looked lost, and there have to be question marks about that Liverpool defense – Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse please take note – for our home game with the Reds on April 1st.

And Tottenham almost lost their 4th league game in a row at home to Stoke,  but Rafael Van der Vaart scored the equalizer deep into stoppage time to get a draw 1-1 against a good Stoke side, after Cameron Jerome had put Stoke ahead on 75 minutes.

And Tottenham are now one point behind Arsenal in 4th place after collecting just one point from their last four league games, since hammering Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane – that will teach them! :D.

So if  Tottenham can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and  Newcastle can get all 3 points at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, amazingly enough, Newcastle will be in 5th position in the league table.

The results tonight should give Alan Pardew and the Newcastle players some real incentive to be at their very best on Sunday afternoon, and if we can play near our best form the lads could get the win.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News

75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TemuriKetsbaia // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM


  • 2 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Am I stoned or is ed drunk?

    Is it not 5th we can move into?

  • 3 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Repost from last thread

    @Tarie Liverpool have not had realistic CL ambitions for a good few years in all honesty. There are 5 teams that have more realistic expectations of CL footy.

    MA didn’t expect Liverpool to come in with a bid that was more than 3 times AC’s value so when it did he accepted it, which was the right thing to do financially.

    Llambias never said that they would sell if the club coming in for a player harboured CL ambitions so you are simply making things up in that regard.

    AC is one of us at the end of the day, perhaps he was lured under false pretences that a move to Liverpool would see him play CL footy and pave his way to be England’s No 9. The move has not worked for him as of yet but it is unfair to call him Judas.

  • 4 Oleg G // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    yes, of course it is 5th. Ed, go to sleep, you are tired 🙂

  • 5 toonincheek // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    3rd – to say 5th.

  • 6 toonincheek // Mar 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    But Ed – you are No. 1 – a real star

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I wonder what type of reception Tevez would have got had City been six points clear at the top.

  • 8 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    hello fellas. loved the results tonight. ruddy optimism valleys armed forces have anything to do with this?

  • 9 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Is anyone delighted that the fans that have called us deluded for years (bin dippers) are now no longer considered a big team.

    Thier fans think they have devine right to qualify for cl every year and challenging for the title is what they expect. Ha ha ha

    Reality bights hard and I hope we beat them and finish higher. Yes they have won the worthingtons cup (or whatever it is called) but they’ll soon be flogging that at cash generator to raise funds to sign another ‘superstar’ to join Carroll, Henderson, downing and Adam!

  • 10 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    My men blitzkrieged QPR, City and Stoke with Daffodils and Smiles…it was a massacre 😉

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Ruddy @ 3
    Here here.

  • 12 tarie4 // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mate…i said Liverpool had a better chance of champions league footy than us…at the time!!! They were in the Europa league too…if I was Carroll at the time…i too wud have left…
    and Mr D did say (albeit not direct quotes) that is a bigger club!!! (most likely a champions league team) came in with a bigger pay packet and the right offer the player will be sold…

  • 13 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    good job major ruddy.
    missed all the banter earlier cos i fell asleep. bloody man flu.
    @apw Liverpool are a massive team and should be instantly granted cl football for their history alone. how dare anybody deny king kenny 😛

  • 14 Ed Harrison // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Whoops – wrong again – I’ve changed it – 5th place on Sunday!!!

  • 15 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM


    Llambias did say that if a bigger club came in with a huge offer then it would have to be considered. We are in a position of choice, not necessity with regards selling players. It will take a similarly huge offer to sway the powers that be to part with Krul, Tiote and co.

    The move was deemed to be beneficial to all parties, it was not that our hands were tied with regards the price, we got a good price, and Carroll got what was perceived to be a chance to play football at a higher level.

    In hindsight we can easily say that it was a wrong move for him, and an excellent move for us. With this thought in mind I think you would be exceptionally harsh on AC to call him Judas, after all, he is a Geordie 😀

  • 16 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    some of the “supporters” on here complain when win but look crap. wonder how the dirty scousers are feeling losing after looking decent? and the fact that joey barton came off then qpr fought back is just icing on the cake

  • 17 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I think everybodies 2nd most hated team used to be man ure, now 9/10 I believe would say them dirty scows rats.

  • 18 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Don’t worry Norris myself and Ibiza decided that we would wait until the next meeting before we made any major progress in the sleepy little village of Optimism Valley, though we have plans for HUGE expansion 😛

  • 19 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    its alright we won’t hold it against
    you ed because your blog is immense

  • 20 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Hey ed, I never knew you had an account?!

  • 21 Klatoon // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Always great when Ed posts a comment


  • 22 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    The thread has now been silenced into quiet awe…

  • 23 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    good good ruddy. because I’ve big ideas. as baron von Norris of the optimism valley air support team (OVAST) i plan on carpet bombing this blog and indeed the football world with geordie positive thoughts and happiness

  • 24 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Ha ha Jose Enrique

  • 25 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    all hail ed the king of optimism thinking that the weekend results could get us into 4th 😉

  • 26 tarie4 // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    TRUE…he will and forever be a Geordie hahaha…to bad he is wasting away there…him and ba wud have been lethal I think at the beginning of the season…off topic u must be a lawyer or one in training Ur reasoning and diplomatic skills are quite impressive 😉

  • 27 GeordieDan // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM


    That QPR v Liverpool game was fantastic!

    I was loving the Scousers getting a draw but losing after being 2-0 up with just 15 mins or so to go was truly hilarious.

    Never mind bin dippers. Europe maybe next season when we make the Champions League! 😀

  • 28 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Lads I’m thinking of moving into optimism Valley but I hear the rates are high. Maybe they will look a bit better after the West Brom game?

    Oh do I not like that the scroungers got banged in the last quarter of an hour, do I not like that a lot! Consolation prize? Joey B got booed off by his own crowd. You just can’t buy charisma.. Maybe he’ll quit twitter and found his own network, Squitter?

    Yes, optimism Valley, I like the sound of that……..:)

  • 29 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    OVAST! Man I love it! 😀

    We are on a global crusade to spread the good news of all things NUFC across the world, but as with all big plans we must start small. And to do that we must start our campaign on this blog, to re-educate the neggars and arm all our troops with daffodils and smiles 😀

    By the way, this Optimism Valley thing is brilliant, the mere thought of it makes me chuckle!!

  • 30 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM


    Why thank you for the kind compliment and I must also add that your powers of deduction are also spot on, I enrolled in Law at the University of Newcastle and after a brief sabbatical will be re-enrolling in September to finish my degree 😀


    You are more than welcome to join us here in the Valley! Rates are high but so are our spirits!! 😀

  • 31 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    it looks as though the power of daffodils smiles and positive thought might make tsunki an optimism vallite sooner rather than later. maybe his own title will sway him…..

  • 32 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    How about “Head of Aquatic Naval Strategy for Optimism Valley” H.A.N.S.O.V


  • 33 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    cheick Norris head of the OVAST (HOVAST ?)
    tsunki HANSOV
    and what was your ridiculously long title ruddy?

  • 34 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Optimism Valley 😀

  • 35 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM


  • 36 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    chief officer for defence against resistant mackems (ie Ted bob billy)
    ibizatoon CODARM

  • 37 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Ohoho I like it Norris!

    My title needs some work, I think it is off to the drawing board for me 😛

  • 38 BLOBB UTD FC // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Hi guys. Anything interesting going down?

  • 39 davybtoon // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Oh My the southern press are at it again lol new look Chelsea want ba, krul n tiote haha

  • 40 cheick Norris // Mar 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    general overlord of the smiling army of daffodiliers

  • 41 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    @Davy the southern press don’t seem to understand that football is massive in the north and that cities other than Manchester and Liverpool actually exist outside of London

  • 42 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    everton losing, liverpool losing, chelsea losing, sure is great wednesday for us. Just need to win against west brom. Hopefully Ba with his new syrup will trun and score a few. Hope ben arfa is retained in the team

  • 43 Tsunki // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    New look chelsea is actually Abramovich buying our club, selling the ground off for housing, and putting our ex-players in blue kit. Voila – Chelscastle United!

    Mike Ashley also has his head shaved to become the mini-Ray Wilkins.

  • 44 wynsleap // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    All if’s and but’s I know, but if we had kept that two goal lead against Wolves, scored from that Demba penalty against the Mackems and hadn’t let in that 94th minute winner against Arsenal we could have had another 5 points which would have put us ahead of Chelsea and right on Spurs and Arsenal’s tails.
    It can be a fine line between success and falling short.

  • 45 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    guthrie, tiote, cabaye, abeid and vuckic. Hmm we have central midfielders who all have good long range shots on them. We should try to really encourage them to shoot more during the games.

  • 46 lesh // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Great stuff tonight and we owe a great debt to an ‘out of form’ Joey Barton!

    Let’s get the win at WBA and let Liverpool and Jose watch us go.

    And, most importantly, Ed you’re remarkable! Thanks.

  • 47 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    If david luiz had been sent off and we had scored that penalty, maybe steven taylor would not have got injured and we could be in a champions league place or a very healthy european place at least.

  • 48 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    at the risk of having my head bitten off would chelski really want cheick “180 spin” tiote and Tim “can’t kick” krul?
    they only seem to buy yew finished article and as good as our players are they are not the finished article. also buying ba after a good first half to the season? Liverpool bought Carroll based on half a season and got burnt bad….

    …or maybe im hoping Roman abramovich reads this and decides not to bother

  • 49 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    oh and my post forgot to mention the ott pricetags.
    night night folks

  • 50 Tsunki // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Planbobbillyted can be:

    Blog Aggression Group of Optimism Valley S*nderland – Housed Illiteracy Team

    It’s a bit of a long title I know but can anyone come up with a suitable acronym?

  • 51 AK Malaysia // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Yahoo!!! What better way to start my 37th birthday celebration today by hearing the news that Liverfool & Chelshit has lost their respective games last nite!! Sweet sound through my ears! HOWAY!!!

  • 52 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Tsunki, i tippith my cap to you sir 😉

  • 53 Dyer8 // Mar 22, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    vs WBA


  • 54 Kc-Toon // Mar 22, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Chelsea sack jocob mellis for setting off a smoke grenade in the changing rooms, yet weve still got nile ranger on our books after everything hes done!

  • 55 Ben3arfa // Mar 22, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Happy to see that muppet Enrique make an idiot out of himself and gift the game to QPR .. wonder how the view is like 5 points beneath us

  • 56 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 22, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    Well the only task we have to be concerned with is winning the games we have left to play!

    And while its “Optimism City”on here! Those games are not Won yet! Results have gone our way last night! But we have the two clubs who lost sniffing around and “Rumour City”! has it that this summer our best players:

    Krul, Tiote, and one or two others will be shipping out to the highest bidder! Not wishing to piss on yer bonfires but lets not go Over the Top with our clebrations here!

    30Mil for both Krul & Tiote is laughable! Tiote i would,nt sell alone for 30Mil! And if another club comes for both of Krul and Tiote together then i would actually double that figure!

    Finally , i think this is the first time in all the years i,ve been on here that i,ve actually seen Wor Ed make a post! Good to hear from you Ed! Hope your keeping well?

    The game at home against Liverpool is starting to have more and more significance! To quote KK: “I am gonna Love it when we Beat them”! The result in that game could be the difference between us reaching Europe next year or not!

    Can we be optimistic? Yes i think we can! But i,me not going to start jumping up and down till the job,s done!

    Three point at the Hawthorns please !


  • 57 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    tsunki you legend

  • 58 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    @tsunki do they represent the Generally Ignorant Mackem People of Scumderland

  • 59 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    The G.I.M.P.S? Fantastic. It’s great to see such efforts being put into optimism valley.

    Ruddy….comment 30 – “Rates are high, but so are our spirits” – Brilliant – Perhaps our valleys slogan.

    What great results for us last night. Has set the tone for this weekend well, I hope we can take advantage of it now

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    I can imagine Joey Barton being one of them people who when being interviewed in a few years time will be arrogant enough to say he’s had no refrets in life,but out of all the stupid things he’s done surely going to QPR is the daftest of them all,I bet you he’s wishing he kept his mouth shut and his fingers off the keyboard now.

  • 61 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    I missed Ed on here? Christ. Could have asked him about an exclusive Optimism Valley log-in screen for the blog, which would block out the G.I.M.P.S. Not all neggers, we the noble men of O.V believe most opinions are valid, other than those of clear mackems. Hmm…clear probably isn’t a word I can use with Mackem…obvious mackems? Dirty mackems? Yeah, that’s the one 🙂

  • 62 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    JFA….Not sure tbh. I think Joey thrives as a big fish in a small pond. The championship is perfect for him. He can outshine most of the players in the league and feel important again…bless him

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Not sure mate no matter how thick skinned he is it can’t be very nice having your fans boo you constantly during a game and then joins you as you get brought off,luckily for him there’s not that many of them. o_O

  • 64 voodoo85 // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Just wanted to clarify this, what happens with Europa League places if Spurs or Chelsea finish in top4 and win FA Cup

    as they would qualify for CL, does it open another door for EuropaLeague in the table positions ??

    eg. if the season was finished now and spurs won the fa cup, chelsea would get EuropaLeague place by way of being 5th, would we then also get in due to spurs being in champs league

  • 65 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    JFA…Very true. Still makes me chuckle…ambition

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Joins ? (hound) so damn annoying this predictve text.

  • 67 toonbrother // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    This blog keeps getting ahead of itself. When you have posts like this you end up with egg on your face. Like when we arrogantly overlooked Brighton in the FA cup and ended up getting knocked out. Lets just dont we just hope and pray we win on Sunday. Last time we played west Brom it did not end up too well for us

  • 68 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    ToonBrother….You’re absolutely right. It’s the easy games we normally make a mess off. However, we managed to get a result back against Norwich and I’m expecting the same against West Brom. Although, I generally hope (Expect) us to win every game. Comes with supporting the toon. What would a game without heartbreak be?

  • 69 voodoo85 // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    just googled in myself – from what i can find, if a top 5 team (ie – qualify for EuropaLeague by position) win the league cup – the 6th placed team will qualify

    if a top 5 team or league cup winner also win the fa cup (ie – already qualified), then the team in 7th will qualify for Europa League


    Liverpool qualify by winning league cup and therefore, if tottenham or chelsea win the fa cup and finish in top 5, it would give the team in 6th a europa league spot

    obviously if liverpool finish 6th, the team in 7th would get the spot as liverpool have already qualified

    hope that all makes sense

  • 70 cheick Norris // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    west brom away is probably one of the tougher games we have left. our slow defense and their fast paced attack means we’ll be in for a tough day.
    results last night were great for us. shows that we arent the only ones whose season is a little off the boil

  • 71 Ibizatoon // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    VooDoo…I’m pretty sure if the winner of the FA Cup has already qualified by their league position that the runner up would qualify. But as you say, if the final is Chelsea vs tottenham, then yes, it’s looking good for the toon 🙂 We just don’t want Everton, Bolton or obviously the great unwashed in that final

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I wish we would stop seeing headlines ”williamson demands this, that and the other”

    He is by far our weakest link and many recently conceded goals are down to him.

    Wilaimson admits he can not be a ball playing defender and I’m afraid with where we want to be, that’s really not good enough if you’re playing in the premiership. Anyone at this level should be technically competent.

    I wasn’t always the biggest saylor fan, but I wish we had him back now for a push for Europe, as he was obviously doing something right.

    It looks like we’ve cooled on M’Biwa, which is a shame as he ticked a lot of boxes.

  • 73 voodoo85 // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM


    yes, you are right – thanks

  • 74 cupiddstunt // Mar 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM


    You’re not pissing on anybody’s bonfires but your own, instead of believing what’s happened in the past and what your own eyes could tell you, you choose to believe the rags, your choice of course.

    Offers of 15,20,25,30 mil were made to NUFC all were knocked back, and then 35 mil up front in cash before the club gave in and let AC go and that was because AC wanted to go to the promised land of more money.

    So what makes you think the club is going to have a fire sale of our best players just because the rags say so?????

    I personally think any players that leave NUFC this summer will either be considered surplus to requirements or will be leaving because like AC their heads will have been turned but they will be contributing hugely to the NUFC coffers like in the AC event.

    If you believe the rags you are sadder then the knobs that write them.

    The best players are on long term contracts so will be sold at our price and under our terms and I have come to trust our board to squeeze the best out of any deal, and DL said in one statement that such monies will be reinvested.

  • 75 cupiddstunt // Mar 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Toonbrother @ # 67

    You are so right of course it could all go egg shaped over the weekend, so let us all be like some of you and sit all glum faced expecting the worst let us not smile for fear of a loss and heaven forbid the idea of enjoying the position we currently hold as we could be several places lower at the end of the season.

    So sad faces on boys and no celebrating the possibility of success until failure has been passed by.

    Personally I like to be positive so be as glum as you like just don’t try and drag me down to your level of despair.

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