Newcastle had the kind of game Newcastle fans were hoping for, after the disastrous display against Hull City and two good goals, one from Papiss Cisse, his first of the season, and a special one from the excellent Gouffran, won the game fairly comfortably for Newcastle, although Leeds had one or two chances which they didn’t take.
Papiss Cisse – scores his first goal of the season in first half
Newcastle did have some chances when they could have scored more tonight, but all in all this was a good and solid performance from the Magpies, and will give the lads some confidence after the Hull City debacle.
And there was also a reasonable crowd of 36,220 at the ground with about 6500 Leeds fans who sang their heads off all night long.
It was a solid win for Newcastle who kept a clean sheet, after gifting Hull all three goals on Saturday, and we are now in the final 16 of the competition – hey – maybe we can win something this season.
And some players are pushing for a first team start, including Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran on tonight’s displays, and Paul Dummett was again impressive at left back.
Newcastle have now won four of their last five games in all competitions, and this win will definitely give the players some confidence after Saturday’s huge let-down.
This is how we saw the game and some of the major events in tonight’s game.
After five minutes Newcastle almost gave a goal away as Ross McCormack took the ball through the middle and seeing Tim Krul he chipped the ball onto the cross-bar and it was cleared away by the Newcastle defense.
After nine minutes Cisse had a couple of chances inside the penalty area but he mis-kicked the ball twice, and it just shows the lack of confidence the Senegal striker has at the moment.
On 28 minutes Tim Krul turned the ball around the post for a corner and a nice save, and then two minutes later Newcastle went ahead, and it was Papiss Cisse who got his first goal of the season.
Dummett got the ball down the wing to Sammy Ameobi and Sammy crossed the ball into the box, and it was easy for Cisse to head the ball into the back of the net with power, to put Newcastle 1-0 up.
Sammy Ameobi was showing up well on the left wing and combining well with fellow Academy product Paul Dummett, and his cross went to Debuchy on the far post, and the Frenchman headed the ball across the goal, and it was only just wide.
The goal seemed to settle Newcastle down, and the lads started to play good possession football, and through to half time the Magpies had controlled the game – exactly what the manager had wanted.
Leeds United started to come back into the game as the second half went on, but then after 67 minutes Yoan Gouffran scored his second goal this season for Newcastle, and his very first in at St. James’ Park, and it was a beauty.
It was again that man Sammy Ameobi who set up the goal, and Sammy laid the ball off to Yoan just inside the penalty area, and he turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net with his right foot to put Newcastle 2-0 up, and two good goals tonight for the Magpies.
On 72 minutes Papiss Cisse had done what Alan Pardew had hoped for tonight, and scored his first goal and he was replaced by Gabby Obertan, for his very first appearance this season.
And some loose defending from Leeds saw Obertan clean through on goal, and he really should have scored and put this game out of reach for Leeds, but he shot against goalkeeper Kenney.
After 80 minutes Alan Pardew made his second change of the second half, with Dan Gosling coming on for Vurnon Anita.
Newcastle were trying to kill the game off by keeping possession and they were doing very well passing the ball around, with Coloccini prominent, and after 84 minutes Gouffran, who scored a great goal in the second half and played extremely well all night, was replaced by Haris Vuckic.
And then in added in added time Gabby Obertan was again straight though on goal but Kenny saved again, and if Newcastle had taken their chances they would have had a bigger win than just 2-0 – but a good performance from the lads tonight.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita (Dan Gosling 80), Cheick Tiote; Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran (Haris Vuckic 84), Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse (Gabriel Obertan 74)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Hatem Ben Arfa
Leeds United (4-3-3): Paddy Kenny; Sam Byram, Scott Wootton, Jason Pearce, Stephen Warnock; Alex Mowatt, Rodolph Austin, Michael Tonge (El-Hadji Diouf 64); Ross McCormack, Matt Smith, Dominic Poleon (Aidan White 64)
Subs not used: Alex Cairns, Michael Brown, Luke Murphy, Paul Green, Noel Hunt
Referee: Mike Jones
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