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Magnificent Newcastle Come Away With Nothing

5:33 pm, Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

In a fixture Newcastle have not won for 40 years,  the Magpies were ahead three times in this game with goals from James Perch after 4 minutes, a Jonny Evans own goal after 29 minutes, and a Papiss Cisse goal after 65 minutes, but Manchester United came back and got the winner after 90 minutes from Hernandez, to leave a fantastic performance from Newcastle with absolutely nothing to show for it.

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Alan Pardew – had the team well prepared for the game today

But there are loads of positives to take out of this game, with Marveaux hitting the cross-bar after 69 minutes when were 3-2 up and Sammy Ameobi hitting a post after 85 minutes when it was tied at 3-3.

The Newcastle players gave all they had today in what was a terrific game to watch, and Newcastle gave Manchester United all they could handle for large portions of this game, but we just didn’t have the luck at the very end of this game, otherwise we could have come away with a point or even the win – but it wasn’t to be.

Newcastle started this game brightly and were ahead after only 4 minutes when a shot by Demba Ba was spilled badly by goalkeeper De Gea,  and James Perch followed through and put the ball into the back of the net with his left foot — his first ever goal for the club.

Newcastle were playing well and pressing the Red Devils but then Jonny Evans had a chance in the penalty area and he put the ball home past Tim Krul to make it 1-1.

But would you believe that just five minutes later Newcastle went ahead with an own goal from the same player –  Jonny Evans – and the linesmen had flagged Cisse for offside and after TV replays Cisse was offside and seemed to be interfering with play – but the referee allowed the goal – and manager Alex Ferguson, not for the last time in this game, berated the referee and his assistants.

And after 39 minutes from a free kick just outside the box, Sylvain Marveaux hit the cross-bar but the ball was cleared – a great effort from the Frenchman – and there’s no way we should let this lad leave Newcastle in January.

It was 2-1 at the half and Newcastle had played some of their best football of the season and were the better side.

AS expected Manchester came at Newcastle after the break and Patrice Evra had the ball in the back of the net after 58 minutes and that signalled a Manchester United resurgence.

But nobody told Newcastle and Gabby Obertan, who had come on as a sub for Bigirimana, made a great run down the left wing and crossed it to Papiss Cisse who had the ball in the back of the net in the twinkling of an eye – the old Papiss Cisse for sure – a great goal from the Senegal captain.

So Newcastle were ahead again with just 25 minutes to go, and we were then put under some pressure and after 71 minutes, after they had missed several chances, it was  Robin van Persie who put the Red Devils level at 3-3.

What a game this was, and both sides were going for the win, and after 85 minutes Sammy Ameobi had a chance – after he had come on for Papiss Cisse – but he hit the post and the ball rebounded into De Gea’s hands.

But then heart-break for Newcastle, and just when it looked like we would get at least a point, a chance went to Hernandez, and he slotted the ball home for the winner after 90 minutes, and it wasn’t until six minutes later that the referee blew the final whistle and a magnificent Newcastle effort ended up with nothing.

And one last thing – Alex Ferguson was simply a disgrace on the sidelines in this game as he continually berated the lineman and the referee too – and something has to be done about this – although he was hugging his assistants when Hernandez scored at the end.

We expect him to get a ban after the video is reviewed by FA officials – he brings the game into disrepute with his bullying of the officials.

This was probably Newcastle’s best display of the season,  and we came up just short, but our players were simply magnificent and brave,  and hardly deserved to be beaten today.

A great performance but a terrible result just about sums it up.

And just to make things a little bit worse for Newcastle fans, Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and are now two points ahead of Newcastle in the league table. :(

Teams:

Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes (Tom Cleverley 69), Ryan Giggs; Javier Hernandez (Darren Fletcher 90), Robin van Persie
Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Alexander Buttner, Scott Wootton, Nemanja Vidic, Ryan Tunnicliffe

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Gael Bigirimana (Gabriel Obertan 65), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Sammy Ameobi 80), Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 71), Sylvain Marveaux
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Adam Campbell

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Bookings: Manchester United – Evans (36), Hernandez (38), Valencia (53); Newcastle United – Williamson (43), Simpson (61), Cisse (64)

Comments welcome.



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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonLYF // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    looks like Anita is to be out for some time. We better have Sissoko prepared and ready to walk through the NUFC doors on the 1st of January, as we quite literally, do not have a midfield anymore.

  • 2 89Norcal // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    OFC…I slept in too long and missed one of the best games in our history v ManU >.< damn my time zone..

  • 3 kevymartins // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Not posting my comments because im calling Valencia a….racial abuse…..who cares about the result? anitas carrer could be over and what was done about it? disgrace

  • 4 kevymartins // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I hope Valencia is on twitter and I don’t even care if I get done by police he is getting it

  • 5 toonLYF // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    kevymartins

    my sentiments exactly, minus the racial abuse.

    …and if any at all, it should be aimed at Scotland, for producing the biggest c**t to walk this planet, in Alex Ferguson.

    Sir? F*** THAT!

  • 6 89Norcal // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Can someone fill me in on what happened to Anita?

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    TDS

    All I meant was as well as we played. I’m not sure we were the better team, but we certainly gave them a run
    and I really enjoyed watching us play so freely for the first time in ages.

  • 8 toonLYF // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    89Norcal – basically it looked like a typical leg breaker challenge from Valencia, who wasn’t penalised for it despite being on a yellow card.

    Anita was stretchered off and looked in some pain.

  • 9 sanchez // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Despite the result, and the worrying injury to Anita, plenty of positives to take from today. Marveaux for Jonas seemed to gave us a totally new attacking guile. Far less attacks coming to nothing in the final third today. Cisse looked more lively and it was fantastic to see Perch score at last.

    That was the first time in a long long time I’ve seen us truly get into an opponent, at Old Trafford no less. Again, promising.

    Really hope we make movement in the transfer window. This has been said 10000 times before but Sissoko would gave us a massive boost especially with Anita probably out for a good while. I also think we should look at Charlie Austin, I think he’s already capable of making the step up to the prem. Cracking little player.

    I think we just need to sort out the free kicks, and with HBA Saylor and Cabs coming back in the next month I think we can propel ourselves on a nice little run in the new year.

    HWTL

  • 10 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    89- unlucky mate. Fantastic game and ill say it again that I am so proud of the team today.

    I hope fergie and Valencia both get bans.
    I’m sick of fergie being deemed as untouchable. He isn’t. He is holding football back with the way he has total control over referees and the FA. The sooner be retires the better for English football I believe. I’m getting sick of him.

    And blatant red for Valencia. FA will do nothing of course. Again, untouchable man utd.

  • 11 sanchez // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    toonLYF time for Bigirimana to step up?

  • 12 roshan MAGPIE // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    damm some times when we perform great and loose feel far worse than losing with shite performance

  • 13 joeytoon // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    man utd get away with murder again ,we didnt deserve that today, but sir alex deserves a very hefty fine and season long touchline ban. his behaviour was disgusting as was valencias challenge,had that been anywhere but old trafford he would have been off

  • 14 hotdog // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    JIMILEY – I wouldnt want our manager to carry on like SAF but the fact of the matter is that club is the biggest in the land and they are all winners from top to bottom. We knocked them down three times today and they got back up. They dont settle for second best, unfortunately we do!

    toonLYF – it wasnt a leg breaking tackle just late. It was a yellow so he should have been off.

  • 15 89Norcal // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    toonLYF, Conaldo – TY for the info.

    Typical isn’t it? Outside of pulling out a mallet and going for the knees, Manu can do whatever they feel without consequence.

  • 16 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Still think Man City, Chelsea or Tottenham will win the title this season. Man Utd need a whole defensive and Midfield restructure. Hopefully, we’ll have a better squad by the end of January.

  • 17 roshan MAGPIE // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    any news about anita s injury

  • 18 tehtolak // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    “if lady luck, or the woodwork, had gone our way then we could have been toasting our first win in forty years…”

    The 4-3 should belongs to us… Unfortunately , History is always hard to break….Personally i am really please on the lads’ performance, until the last min last goal, I have totally NO IDEA why Williamson and Simpson could just STAND STILL and WATCHING Chicharito went into deeper penalty box ?????? I’ve watched it so many times the replay….THEY WERE JUST WATCHING HIM !!!!….SO SO Huge GAP!!!

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Valencia’s challenge was nothing short of assualt ffs!
    If he doesn’t get a retrispective straight red then there’s something seriously crooked going on at the FA

  • 20 mattyNUFC // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    credit to pardew. i’m one of his biggest detractors, but he set that team up to win

    anita my MOM….behind everything. Marvs a very, very close second

    EVERYONE on that pitch for us was incredible today

    except….and i hate to throw a negative amongst a plethora of positives today….sammy f****** ameobi. what a waste of space he is. can’t run, can’t shoot, can’t pass. for all the flack obertan gets, at least when he’s having a bad game he works his balls off. pardew, after putting him on not three minutes earlier, was screaming from the dugout for him to track back, and there he is lethargically ten steps behind valencia while 9 other players are busting their a**** to get back behind the ball.

    this was the most positive we’ve played in AP’s two year tenure, press high, keep possession, beautiful stuff

    the way we need to play every week. impose ourselves and worry less about folding to what our opposition will do. great, great stuff today. so proud

  • 21 L.ARAVIND // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    its stunning to see negative posts..we were remarkable,just remember we hit cross bar twice,a draw or our win would have been fair.Anyhow,,pls give players some credit,they did their best and even A.P has to be given some time and chance.we didn’t bring enough players in summer,thats what we are paying for…lets hope we get 3 -4 players this january. still we have europa in hand,,lets win that..And for gods sake be positive,,its our team,,if u have any faith in yourself or in god just pray that we win against arsenal and everton. We are 100% capable of that and are way better of SHITTY ARSENAL.guys its not time to panic even if M.A fails to bring in players in january, then surely he has to be dragged to hell..till that pray to win our next 2-3 games on the trot…a top 8 finish is garenteed…..GOOD NIGHT!!!!HAVE LITTLE FAITH PLS….<3 newcastle united.

  • 22 ba humbug // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Van Persie on Cabaye
    Elbow – no red – no action

    also should have been sent of against Liverpoo – studs up tackle

    Valencia
    Studs up – no yellow – ? another whitewash cos Fergie bullies the refs ?

  • 23 toonLYF // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    hotdog, is that why Anita’s standing leg was clattered into causing it to bend the complete wrong way? Yeah not a leg breaker at all…

    sanchez aka Jack Brown…

    Bigirimana has the ability to do so, but we literally have nobody else. At 18 year old, we shouldn’t have to rely on him as a key first team member to our first team, for any stretch of it.

    Stuff like that can ruin a player!

    Fantastic display from the lads today though, Cisse looked sharp and was ONCE AGAIN, much better than Ba.

  • 24 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Where are all the Gutierrez fan boys now then ? . Marv showed what he can do and should be one of the first names on the team sheet against the Gooners

  • 25 89Norcal // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    mattyNUFC

    even without seeing the game, I know what you mean about Sammy. Unfortunately he’s a flair player rather than a team player, which means his effort is very intermittent. For all the skill he’s gained in the last year, he hasn’t got a grasp on fundametals.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Catchy
    I hope you’re fuc##g proud we played well today but lost. I hope this are serves your purpose

  • 27 hotdog // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    toonLYF – I dont think Valencia went to do him. It was late and it happens in the game. Defo yellow though.

  • 28 Spreadthetoon // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Sadly not able to defend a lead! We definitely deserved something from this match….at least we played attacking football…so IMO if we play with more intent and shore up our defense during the window then at least we have a fighting chance of staying up. We have conceded 28 times….and last season we only conceded 33 times….so that’s definitely an area of major improvement during the window. Don’t think AP was right to sub on the 2 Ameobi’s, possibly Shola for Ba but Cisse had another great game and deserved better! Still don’t understand why we cannot defend set pieces?…..seriously worried about Vurnon…hope its not too bad…..it was a very poor challenge from Velencia who should have got booked for it….hope NUFC appeal for an investigation cos’ the lad should not be on the field IMO! Shocking!

    Much much better performance and although we lost overall I am happy the way the lads played cos’ they gave it everything they had! And we are Newcastle United!HWTL

    Btw Toonlyf …would hope Sissoko was coming anyway…so if sadly it looks like Vurnon’s out for a while…then I am expecting and hoping 5 in during the window. If Ba leaves then 7…but then again who am I kidding?!!

  • 29 cyprus // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Again great game. Proud of all of them. Shame some here are criticising their pet hates. People know I’ve been critical but this was just bad luck.

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    much better performance and the lads were unlucky not to get all three points. Man u had the luck. However we still have the same problems – if they had only strengthened in the summer. We are now in the relegation dogfight. The Mackems a couple of points above us. The jokes about Agent O’Neill do not seem so funny now.

  • 31 ba humbug // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    matty

    I think you’ve been way too hard on AP so good on you for post 20. We need him to succeed, not fail

    Sammi did hit the post btw

    Even better, imagine what we could do with Anita and Cabaye on form

  • 32 shanghai fan // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Did anyone notice the difference between sammy ameobi (a young 20 something, with everything to prove in the game and a name to make for himself) and darren Fletcher (an older player who recently suffered from career threatening bowel syndrome and has been around longer than SA)… Fletcher came on like a man possessed trying to get the ball back desperately. Sammy came to spectate his 10 other team mates chase a ball. And that is why fletcher, I hate to say it, will always be a winner and sammy an also-ran. It really frustrated me after seeing the lads press ad push so well in the opening 10 and then throughout.

    Have to say tho, did anyone else feel we only pressed when we were on level terms and not when we were winning??

  • 33 toonLYF // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    speadthetoon, don’t hold your breath, but you are absolutely spot on with those figures.

  • 34 jasper // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    TADS@19 the ref saw the challenge so there won’t be any action.

    Hotdog @14 A bit premature to say it “wasn’t a leg breaking challenge” when it could well prove to be just that – which I suspect will prove to be the case, although I hope not.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Dec 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Catchy
    You’re an absolute tosser hoping we would lose a game like that,I’ve had enough if you you treacherous bastard.

  • 36 mattyNUFC // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    89Norcal

    flair insinuates he could occasionally do something. Sammy will take L1 by storm in the near future

    not to harp on the ONE negative of today. every single player was immense. think bigi has a ways to go yet but still, for a 19 year old at OT, i can’t fault him….much less anyone. willo’s reaction to the 4th goal showed how important it was to everyone and how much everyone wanted this.

    Well done, Alan (never thought i’d say that) and most of all, well done to the players (except the aforementioned waste of space who couldn’t be bothered to track back). So proud of the boys right now

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    I do like Sammy -has a few tricks up his sleeve -but my god somebody needs to flick his switch from jog to fast -seems so casual at times -considering others who played the full game were running their guts out.

  • 38 Spreadthetoon // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    IMO Marveaux made all the difference to our team, our shape and out attacking prospects. Anita again was fantastic in the middle and controlled the area along with Bigi and Perchino.
    Jonas has been a great service to the club, and he’s capable of making a difference but IMO BOTH Marveaux & Gabby deserve to start everytime IMO!

  • 39 woolerbill // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    If we had come from behind 3 time I would say great, but giving away 3 leads that is poor, poor defending, that can get you religated.

  • 40 Belize Toon // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Working on Boxing Day in Belize but made sure I was watching that match with a beer (even thou 9 in the morn)! Thought the team were brilliant and really gave it everything they had but stinking man utd always come up trumps! Would have been a brill game apart from the red nose baby and that tackle from valencia – my thoughts are with Anita and I really hope he is ok but this reminds me of HBA – just when making their mark they are taken out by a manc playa. Gutted but proud. HWTL

  • 41 Belize Toon // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Woolerbill – I disagree! Who would have thought we would take the lead in the first place never mind 3 times. The luck always rides with them and I never expected anything from this game but seeing the display today I am so proud and absolutely gutted we came away with nothing.

  • 42 BeeGuy // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    It was so sad to see Simmo give up on the MANU last goal , stopping his defending to let the Pea have a clear header past Krul. And his last shot was such a waste. One can only hope he is gone in the window. I’d rather have young Tav out there trying than Simmo just giving goals away!

  • 43 shanghai fan // Dec 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Disagree with the flair player doesn’t do defending argument

    With the exception of Ronaldo or messi you can’t carry other players who can’t defend

    Cisse scored a cracker and put in a shift, including a couple of tasty tackles on evra

    He’s blessed with two arms and two legs, he should put them to good use. Otherwise may as well be a paraplegic… Apologies to any paraplegics reading…

  • 44 Abbott // Dec 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Ferguson is a sad bloody idiot. When he doesnt get his will through he shouts at the refs until the scene has changed.

    Also the constant aggrieved top teams, especially at home, leave a bitter taste… and atm I am fed up with football all together.

    Whefour questions that should be asked after this game are:

    Why on earth didnt Fergsun get a red?

    What would have happended if Pardew made such scene and complained at the refs?

    Why didnt Valencia get a straight red?

    Why on earth did he not get a yellow card ontop of his current yellow?

    Football is not fair and its very bitter atm.

    I will celebrate the day when Ferguson retires… he is a sad unrespectful prick tbh.

  • 45 Slank // Dec 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    shanghai fan @ 32
    &
    Mister Tuff @ 37

    Totally agree with you about Sammy. I was yelling at him to run when the ball was lost and to get back and help his defenders. He just stood there.

    He doesn’t deserve to play alongside players like Anita, Marveaux, Cisse and Ba who ran their hearts out for the team.

  • 46 nufc.romania // Dec 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I think we had the best game of the season so far, but im sorry we came back with nothing, but this was a good sign of a really nice comeback for Newcastle.
    Do you agree ?

  • 47 marcotoon // Dec 26, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I was proud of the team today for the first time in a long time. I know with them winning, it’s not a good day table wise, but against QPR and the two Manchester clubs we have put in good performances. We must keep this up against teams with smaller bank balances and we will move up the table.

  • 48 Brutooon // Dec 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    1) to be honest we CAN beat Man Utd. Come on guys we score 3 goals at Old Trafford!
    2) All of Man Utd goals are not because they are good – but more towards our mistakes. Lack of concentration, mispass etc
    3) The last 20 mins, we got tired legs.
    4) Williamson is a championship defender, he is the difference between we nearly win at old trafford and losing 4-3. A centre back is a priority. he is to be blame for all four goals!
    5) Cisse improves and a very nice goal

  • 49 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // Dec 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Wow so glad Guti is out injured for a few games. Marveaux and even Obertan gave us some creativity and pace on the left side for the first time this season. Cisse looked hungry and sharp. The only weakness was once again Simspon Williamson partnership. Also Simpson couldnt have been more useless going forward. I’d prefer perch to play there and stick Bigi in the centre. I’m confident we will bolster the defence in Jan, otherwise we would have won the last 5 games.
    Don’t even get me started on Valencia. I’m still fuming about that. You just know that if it had been on RVP it would have been a red and SAF would have gone mental, saying he could have killed us all. F disgrace

  • 50 swemag // Dec 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Valencia in Anita. Everyone on here knows had it been Tiote delivering something like that it would have been straight red and 3 game ban.
    Ligament damage probably and 2-4 weeks out.

  • 51 MAUTITOON // Dec 27, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    Yes we lost,but we lost with our heads held high.We really gave them a game and for those having already written us off,our team issued them a good reminder that we are getting to our best.we’ll start getting to winning ways pretty soon on this display.I’m so proud of the players with what the did yesterday,couldn’t help not to feel for them.Could see they were completely exhausted, straining to cover back,yet they had an incredible will motivating them to drive this squad to forward but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.It’ll be unfair to fault our players for this valiant display,so i pay i deep tribute to all and every NEWCASTLE PLAYERS,SIR ALAN PARDEW,ALL THE COACHING STAFF AND THE WONDERFUL FANS FOR THIS GREAT DISPLAY YESTERDAY,IT REALLY MADE MY HEART WARM.KEEP THE FAITH FOLKS AND GOOD DAYS WILL BE HERE SOONER.I HAVE SPECIAL THOUGHTS FOR VURNON ANITA and as a human being i just hope it is nothing serious,please god.
    proud to suppport the toon army

  • 52 one Tony Green // Dec 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Well the lads did us proud yesterday, well except Sammy. If they took every idle bone out of his body he would be carried in a bucket.

    Watched Sammy in the reserves too and he is useless. Bradden Inman is 6 1 bags of pace scored seven with 8 assists in the reserves and scored 3 in 3 starts at Crewe with one assist. He deserves to be started before Sammy the seal.

    Ferguson is a disgrace and so was the tackle by Valencia on Anita.




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