This was an agonizing game to watch For Newcastle supporters and the lads struggled mightily against a very ordinary looking QPR side, but you couldn’t fasult our players’ determination and in the end it was Shola Ameobi in his 350th appearance for the Magpies who won the game with a superb strike after 81 minutes.
Shola Ameobi congratulated by James Perch – relief!
And over 50,000 Newcastle fans turned out today for this game – and how many clubs could boast that type of support after losing six of our last seven league games?
The game was of very low class played by two sides lacking confidence and results, until Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan came on for Gutierrez and Cisse after 60 minutes, and these two were bright sparks for Newcastle and it wouldn’t surprise us if both start on Boxing Day at Manchester United.
Newcastle were trying their best in the first half and we had six corners to QPR’s one, but Newcastle were finding it hard to create any chances and we are really missing the creativity of Ben Arfa and Cabaye – and for the first hour of this game it showed, although Vurnon Anita had another good game and his corners were once again of the highest caliber.
Both teams were poor – and we were looking at two side lacking in confidence and scared to do anything too daring in case they made mistakes.
At half time it was 0-0 and the first 15 minutes or so of the second half wasn’t much better, until Alan Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan.
Gabby came on for Jonas Gutierrez and showed his speed and skill down the left wing and he again looked a good player and threatened QPR a number of times, and Shola Ameobi replaced the off-firm Papiss Cisse and began to make his presence felt physically up fornt. We’ve always though a Ba – Ameobi partnership up front is the best one for Newcastle at the moment.
After these two came on Newcastle were pushing for the a winner but again and again we didn’t have the luck until Shola Ameobi scored the type of goal that wins these dull games.
Shola got the ball on the right hand side and went inside his man to curl the ball into the net past a despairing dive from goalkeeper Rob Green and he got his first Premier league goal of the season and became only the fifth Newcastle player to score in the league this season.
Newcastle had nine minutes to hold out and another five for added time , and they could have well added to the 1-0 score-line as QPR went for the equalizer.
And it was a huge relief when the referee blew his whistle after over six minutes of added time, and Newcastle got their second win in twelve games, and we are now 10 points above QPR in the league table.
A poor display overall although the lads pressed well in the last twenty minutes to get the winner and get a great three points.
20 points from our eighteen games played – looks a little bit better and I first thought it was just 18 points – tells you the mess I’m in.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Cheick Tiote (Sylvain Marveaux 77), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61), Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez (Gabriel Obertan 60)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi
Queens Park Rangers (4-3-3): Robert Green; Anton Ferdinand, Ryan Nelsen, Clint Hill, Fabio Da Silva; Esteban Granero (Shaun Wright-Phillips 56), Stephane Mbia, Alejandro Faurlin (Shaun Derry 79); Jamie Mackie, Djibril Cisse (Junior Hoilett 64), Adel Taarabt
Subs not used: Brian Murphy, Armand Traore, Samba Diakite, Nedum Onuoha
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Bookings: Newcastle – Tiote (63), Perch (88), Ameobi (90); Queens Park Rangers – Ferdinand (42), Hill (86)
Attendance: 50,180 (922 QPR)