Newcastle got the win we needed to secure our safety in the Premier League this afternoon – but as is Newcastle’s way – they put the fans through hell and high water in the second half after Newcastle had gone 2-1 up at the half.
Yoan Goffran surrounded after scoring great opportunist goal
And it was Ben Arfa with a fabulous penalty who got Newcastle’s first goal which was scored just seven tes after Loic Remy had scored first after 11 minurtes from the penalty spot, after a stupid foul (again) by Mathieu Debuchy.
And then on 35 minutes Yoan Gouffran score what turned out to be the winner – when he hit the ball first time into the goal – after some terrible defending between Bosingwa and the goalkeeper – a terrible goal for QPR to concede.
This lad is good and he’s scored two vital goals for us at West Brom and now at QPR – and he had a good game today too.
But this was not a win in style – and Rob Elliot – just to add to the drama got himself sent off 10 minutes form time when he took the ball out of his penalty box.
What was he thinking?
Both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias were at the game – and both aged five years by the final whistle but Mike Ashley was delighted at the final whistle – because we are safe.
The commentator didn’t realize that but we are one point above Aston Villa and six points above Wigan – so if Villa draw it means Wigan get 4 points maximum – and if they win Wigan get 3 points maximum – and a win by Wigan means Villa sat on 40 points.
QED – we’re safe – job done.
But the second half was simply awful – but hats off to the back four who again played well and out best players were probably Coloccini (again), Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran.
The lads got the job done even though it was painful in that second half – but it was the first win in six games – and the second away win of the season.
And would you believe it, but we moved up to 13th position in the league – and heaven knows what position we can finish in if we beat Arsenal next Sunday – which must be the goal.
With Rob Elliot unavailable, it also sets up a fairy tale ending to 20 year veteran Steve Harper’s newcastle career – who will play his last game for Newcastle – and we think that was his 200th appearance for Newcastle this afternoon.
And credit to the traveling Newcastle fans who were simply magnificent today – they are the salt of the earth for Newcastle United.
I haven’t been to get on the site for 70 minutes – since it was over-run at the final whistle – hence the delay in this report. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Robert Green; Jose Bosingwa (Fabio da Silva 46), Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill (c), Armand Traore; Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas, Stephane Mbia (Shaun Derry 46), Junior Hoilett (Adel Taarabt 84); Loic Remy, Bobby Zamora
Subs not used: Brian Murphy, Esteban Granero, Ji-Sung Park, Jamie Mackie
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote (James Perch 52), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Steve Harper 82), Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 77)
Subs not used: Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Attendance: 17,278 (1,608 Newcastle)