Newcastle Move Up To 13th Place As Hammers Beaten


With West Ham being beaten 3-2 at home by Tottenham tonight, Newcastle move one place up in the league table – and we go there by having scored more goals than the Hammers, as we are on the same points and same goal difference of -10.

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Gareth Bale – another brace at Upton Park tonight

And West Ham were beaten by a certain Mr. Gareth Bale, who scored two great goals – and the winner in the 90th minute after he had even been fouled.

But the referee had waved play on – Gareth was given the ball back by a Tottenham player, and he moved to his left (what other direction?) and smashed the ball into the back of the net with the fantastic left foot of his – for another brilliant goal.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the other Tottenham goal, and Andy Carroll scored from a penalty and Joe Cole got the other West Ham goal,  in what was a very exciting game.

Former Newcastle captain and West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan had to go off in the first half with what seemed like a calf injury.

I had initially thought West Ham would have to lose by two goals – but Newcastle have scored more goals than West Ham (38 vs 31), and that’s the third decider – after points and goal difference.

So Newcastle are now 8th bottom (that’s one way to put it), and we have moved up the table by three places since we got our five Frenchmen in last month – and we are still only 3 points out of 10th place and Stoke City, who we meet in our next home game after we face a tough game at Swansea on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Bale must be the best player in Britain at the moment, in his current form.

Let’s hope Newcastle’s surge continues at Swansea on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!

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77 comments so far

  • morocco0015

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    can anyone remember when we were in for Bale when he was havin a bad time at Spuds, if only !!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #2

    A win against the swans would be epic. Can we do it?

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  • nick_9

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Swansea have my permission to celebrate their cup win all week, I hope they take it. If Benny is back is it only Ryan Taylor and krul we have out or am I missing someone?

    Latter stages of Europe and Top ten finish must be the targets now

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Bale is the perfect example of how to use pace intelligently, not just run into the corner :/

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Harper and vuckic are out too

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  • morocco0015

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Spuggy
    out of the equation methinks mate??

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  • Graeme

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Poor old Fat Sam went all quivery lipped after that last goal – he was convinced he was going to win it!! Aint life a bitch eh lol – couldn’t happen to a nicer chap!!

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  • bollance

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Another goal for Campbell for u21. He needs to be on the bench especially now we are capable of scoring 1 or 2 in a game. Worth a go once we have a 2 or 3 goal cushion. Forget bringing perch on. That is why perch has been dropped lol! So pards can bring him on to see out games.

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  • bollance

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Needs to be on the bench now we are capable of scoring more than 1 or 2..

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  • bollance

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Gareth bale the new Ronaldo?

    Man utd should forget about signing the real Ronaldo (not the fat Brazilian) and buy the next world star.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #11

    @post#1 – I remember that very well, it was between Bale and Nathanial Clyne if I am not mistaken even before he went to Spurs we had our eye on him. What a player we missed out on! Oh well, you win some you lose some. We were looking at him for our LB spot. Amazing career this young lad is having, and will probably go to Real Madrid in the summer.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #12

    This season for bale is the time ronaldo got 42 goals in 47 games for man utd so he still has some way to go.

    However man utd dominate more games and have better players which helped ronaldo so bale is stepping up nicely.

    There is no reason bale can’t be the next world star, he has it all just needs to hone his talents further and continue to improve.

    I can see a summer move to man utd for it though. I think they will want him the same way they wanted van persie. I genuinely believe ferguson wants one last crack at putting together the perfect squad to win another treble or champions league.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Good to see the anti Pardew brigade have crawled back under their stones. 😀

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Pards will be lauded as the messiah by the end of the season by the same people who criticised him.

    You’s know who you are.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    @Troy – no manager should ever be given the messiah tag, its a ridiculous thing that sky made up, if applied it could lead to a false sense of security which could lead to the undoing of the previous good work which got them the ‘messiah’ tag.

    I dont think padrew is a great manager, he is average.
    the majority of toon fans realise that now, he is far too negative with his ‘sit back and see if we can nick one’ tactics for me.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #16

    KK was quite rightly tagged the Messiah in his first coming. I’m sure he could walk on water if he tried.

    Regarding Pards, I don’t believe he’s a top manager but I also don’t believe he’s as bad as many make out.

    I believe he can get this squad back into Europe next season though.

    Do you?

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  • Jackel001

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #17

    The people giving Pardew jip are the same people who were licking his hoop last season when we were doing so well. It’s been a bad season yes, but due to injuries it hasn’t totally been his fault.

    The squad he had before January was MA fault for not bringing in anyone. As the saying goes, can only sh!t with the arse you have!

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #18

    @Jack

    I do believe Pards overestimated the quality of the youths coming thru.

    That said, the little big mouthed little people now have little mouths to go along with their little bodies. 😀

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Reet, time to mow the lawn. The neighbours go ape shit when I get the lawn mower out at this time of night.

    Tough!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Some of the same people from last season continued their fawning adoration of Percy the first half of this season.
    Hoop lickers all of you.
    You’s know who you are.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #21

    I cant see it, unless we win the euro league, not 100% if they do that with the euro league, can someone please clarify that.
    I know the champions league do since the liverpool situation a few years back but cant remember if the rule was extended to include the europa league

    since we are 17 points off 5th and with only 33 points to play for we wont do it through the league
    also since we never win anything I cant see us winning the euro league, i am sure we will choke at the final hurdle with the mighty roar of a mouse. its the way we are.
    see our previous cup finals against man utd and arsenal and the trip to portugal under bobby.

    I will get shot down for this but…..keegan was a fool, he gave energy to the club which will only lift you so far and has been found out in every job since, he left us with massive debt, no youth set up and didnt win anything, his toon teams played good football which made it ok.
    i guess the word messiah means something different to you than it does to me.
    a certain Mr Ferguson doesn’t even get called a messiah.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #22

    And so the tide has turned. The dregs of the PL settle to their natural positions and after a few timely and astute signings we now assume the role of threat to the league as we show our intent to deal humiliation for next season. Fear quietly assumes its mastery over the mediocrity of mid-table as the terror of a resurgent NUFC rises from the depths.

    It could be worse 😀

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #23

    One or two posters seem to have a bit of a dig at Santon being caught out of position, when he goes forward -which results in an attack down the vacant wing resulting in goals against us.
    I’ve posted previously, as have others, that Santon is clearly under instructions to carry the ball forward. When he overlaps it is clearly the responsibility of others to fall back as cover, so his position is covered. This is an elemental of football -clearly there are one or two (bloggers and players) who do not know this simple rule – normally first learnt in the playground.
    I do however accept that he does sometimes “saunter” back -not a full throttle.

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  • beefman13

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Troy, i waa disgusted at the manager at the introduction of perch on sunday, i am sick to the back teeth of looking at jonas guttierez, we are playing one up front to accomadate jonas in the team, criminal at sjp.

    I actually believe jonas is on the teamsheet before gouffran, perch before marv n anita is a real disgrace, we have the brilliant be arfa back soon god willing, hw has to go back in to the team bur u bet y he is a sub and dosnt start straight away, if he is fir wnough hw playa zimple as, no room foe awntimatw regarding guttierez,

    If we continue to climb the table then brilliant but it will be beacuse thw players graham carr has brought in, Pardew will get plAudits no doubt but i reckon any manager in the prem could manage and tactically produce a team better to watch and a team that would gather more points.

    A winger with one assist is the most pathetic stat even more than 273 corners without a goal created, why the hell are we not mixing optiona up at corners.

    You wont get me giving him credit unless hw atopa thus backs against the wall tactics ans negativity as soon as we go in to a lead. We may yet put in a full 90 mins who knows, we havnt yet beacuse of his negativity, we have a aquad to be positive for the whole 90 donr mias Trick for ever Pardew, get your ego out of the way play rhw best players and stop cheating the paying public.

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  • tdt

    Feb 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #25

    So what league position gets Europa league qualification this year, since Swansea get one spot. Does that leave 5th and 6th place? If so, I think 6th place should be our target. Now I realise that’s a massive target, but it’s far from impossible when you look at our fixtures. We have 9 or 10 very winnable games left this season in the league. We’re currently 12 points behind 6th. It’s a lot at this stage in the season, but you never know. People say it’s the same as city catching united now, but it’s not: Everton and west brom aren’t as good as man united, obviously. Hence the chase is more do-able.

    I’m I the only one thinking that this is a viable (and acheivable) target for the rest of the season? Plus doing well in our current European campaign too obviously would be nice.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Feb 26, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #26

    @24beefman13 – I am amazed that jonas has only got 21 assists since he signed for newcastle, that is over a 5 year period which is no where near good enough and one of them was in the championship.
    even last year he only got 3! and he was playing well!
    i know these stats dont tell the whole story because he is good at tracking back and that is why pardew plays him.
    given the choice pards will always air on the side of caution.

    @tdt – according to wiki we only get 3 so swans will have one, 5th place will have one, and the FA cup winners. the only way it will end in 6th place is if man utd or chelsea or arsenal win it.

    but there is no way the every team above us will drop 12 point and us have a 100% record for the rest of the season. or drop 15 pts and us only drop 3. thats just crazy talk mate.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Beefman 13 have you not noticed that Gutti has been shifted to the right recently so that Gouff can start on the left? When Ben Arfa comes back I dont think Gutti will be keeping him on the bench for long. I think it is a good move and shows Gutti where he is in the picking order.

    I too did not want to see our defensive substitutions come on as they so often do and lets face it our two goals after that point were a penalty and an own goal so weve not yet really shown that ability to shut down an opposition in the second half though position instead of just sitting back,

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Aye, i would have preferred if Anita had come on before Perch did.

    I think Cabaye coming off was a precaution, he came off against Metalist with a minor Injury, so I guess Pardew did not want to agitate it any further.

    On the subject of Tiote, he had one of his better performances on Sunday. If he can keep that form, then I have no qualms about him starting.

    The problem now is if he can be consistent.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Feb 26, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Yea, Anita may be more technical and talented, but Perch would be more strong in terms of defense and crash the Soton’s offense. I could see why Perch was on. Not necessarily 100% agree, but I see the reason behind it.

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 26, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #30

    The reason is clear, just felt that he should have come on at a later time in the game. With Anita coming on before him.

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  • cornishman

    Feb 26, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #31

    I have a cunning plan. Spurs to finish 5th, sell Bale to Barcelona, then we can brush the Spuds away next season. Simples

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  • Les Grossman

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Troy,
    They all scurried off at the end of January, as I said to them halfway through the window they would do just that, as they are keyboard warriors that are akin to jellyfish! No spine.
    Rotonda the ficklest fan heights!
    He’s a box jellyfish

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  • nufcjohn56

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #33

    europa league qualification for nest season.
    3 places one from premier (5th), one from f.a. cup and one from league cup.
    f.a.cup: winners qualify but if they are in a chmpions league spot there place is taken by the runners up,if they too are in a champions league spot then the place will go to 6th in the league, therefore this season man.utd or chelsea would have to play against man.city on current league placings.
    if chelsea,spurs or newcastle win the europa cup they would qualify for next years trophy only if they haven’t qualified through the league.

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  • dmac

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #34

    @cornish
    Spurs have a ‘special relationship’ with Real Madrid which basically means you sell us all your best players (modric and soon bale) and we give you nothing (cpl of youngsters i believe). Bale is deff leaving but i put my house on it being Real.

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  • WWYCD

    Feb 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Watched the match last night nd Tiote was on fire imo great to see again didn’t over think and only ran into trouble once with his ballerina act (which was more to do with others than him tbf)

    Debuchy was fantastic as was Cabs, Cisse, Gouffran and Sissoko. Really good match for a mag as we bossed 70+minutes. Also must note the ref was very good imo let the game flow which isn’t always the case

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  • Assam Toon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #36

    I feel ashamed when rumours(?) like Gunners and Manure monitoring Cabaye/ Liverpool for HBA etc. float around. We have a sound recruitment policy in place and its time we put a solid retention policy too. We shouldn’t be treated like Arsenal by other clubs and press. To start, if Manu comes looking for Cabaye, firstly tell them to f*** themselves. If they insist, ask something audacious in exchange, like Van Persie or Rooney on shared fee. That’s insane, but remember, no one messes with a mad man. Its no longer about silly money anymore coz stupid clubs pay that. Give indecent proposals by which they take our key player only if they give us their key player, and money. NUFC should built an environment where players don’t leave unless they themselves are desperate to leave.
    I hope there is no truth in the HBA/Liverpool or Cabaye/Manure/Gunner news.

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #37

    @WWYCD

    It was deffo one of his better performances this season. The challenge now is for him to find consistency and not let that be a one-off performance.

    If he can play at a level like that consistently, I’d have no qualms about him starting games.

    I still have my suspicions that he will get into ‘trouble’ before the end of the season.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #38
  • hotdog

    Feb 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Killer – if you class keegan as a “fool” you are one fan that us hard to please!

    Incidentally you take your name from one of his fine signing that kept us up but hey look at his era how you like. You will never change my view of the great man!

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #40

    I see that it’s suggested. that Andreas Weimann is reluctant to sign a new contract at Villa. He’s 21 winger/ striker and experienced. Just the sort of bargain that could well light up MA ‘s eyes.
    WWYCD– Foy was a homer. But who’s complaining!
    Kilclines. PT — Emlyn. Hughes played rugby at school and achieved a hell of a lot more at Liverpool and. England than I am expecting from Sammy Ameobi. Hughes also starred on a question of sport. Your not into pub quizzes !!

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