Battling Newcastle Win 2-1 – Up To 5th Place In League

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Newcastle got the job done against a tough West Brom team in a close game at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and it was fitting that the winner should come from a magnificent first goal of the season from French International Moussa Sissoko.

Yoan Gouffran had headed Newcastle in front after 36 minutes, but then Chris Brunt pulled one back just eight minutes into the second half, before the great effort from Sissoko just three minutes later give Newcastle our fourth win on the trot.

And we now have 23 points from 13 games and are up to 5th place in the league.

West Brom started the game on the front foot, as Newcastle were slow out of the blocks.

After 36 minutes of fairly even play Newcastle went ahead, and it was again from a corner, Yohan Cabaye floated in a beautifully flighted ball to the near post, and goalkeeper Myhill failed to clear the ball when he punched the ball high into the air, and it was Yoan Gouffran who headed the ball into the goal, for his fifth goal of the season.

It was a closely contested first half with Newcastle going in 1-0 ahead from Gouffran’s goal, and Newcastle had come back into the game in the last 25 minutes, after West Brom had started the game on the front foot.

West Brom Brom started the second half like a steam train, and they equalized through Brunt after 53 minutes when a cross from the right wing found the captain free and he blasted the ball into the back of the net, giving Tim Krul no chance.

And then just three minutes later Newcastle were ahead again, and it was Gouffran who headed the ball down to Sissoko,  outside the penalty box and the Frenchman blasted the ball into the back of the nest for his first goal of the season – a wonderful goal from Moussa Sissoko, and good enough to win any game.

The goal inspired Newcastle and we were playing well and breaking up the West Brom attacks, and then after 72 minutes there was a huge appeal for a Newcastle penalty as Billy Jones seemed to handle the ball in the box – but the referee waved play on.

Newcastle and West Brom dueled it out to the end, in what was an excellent game to watch, but our lads held out with some solid defending and another excellent performance from Mike Williamson at the back.

Mike made a fantastic clearance in added time as his diving header sent the ball for a corner, and then Newcastle could have had a penalty when Jones again handled the ball in the box.

But we got our fourth win in a row, 12 points from the last four games, and now 23 points from 13 games – not too bad at all.

This is now feeling like two seasons ago, when we were also flying high.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 90+3), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy (Vurnon Anita 84)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa

West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano (Zoltan Gera 88), Stephane Sessegnon (Victor Anichebe 77), Chris Brunt (c) (Saido Berahino 77); Shane Long
Subs not used: Luke Daniels, Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob
Referee: Phil Dowd

16 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #1

    porridge its ready brek

  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #2

    ed sort out the poll mate!?

  • t00ntime

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed missed out the real MOTM, Cisse was immense today. No mistakes at all.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Swansea played thursday night, play tomorrow

    we must go in that game as favorites and play like that

  • 89Norcal

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #5

    looks like the neggers were out in full force pre-match.

    Wonder what they are going to whine about this weekend.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Was always going to be a hard fought game if Dowd had not gave them every decision going Olsson should have been sent off Brunt and Amalfitino had at least 3 or 4 fouls after their yellow cards !

    Remy looked a little tired today Colo looked a bit shakey at the start but overall we defended well they only had 1 shot on target in the whole game if our finishing had been better we would have won by more as we had some great chances

    Our 2 wide players worked hard and both scored although I would play Arfa in a no 10 role and give Shola/Remy a rest against Swansea cause he will chomping at the bit to impress

  • Thump

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #7

    @t00ntime: He was something else, mate. A few seconds after he walked onto the pitch the match was won. What else needs to be said?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #8

    It is truly a fantastic thing to see Shola “Strolla” Ameobi having a real purple patch
    The lad has been completely rejuvenated by playing regularly, it’s like watching him the season we finished 5th and he was up front with Ba, but this time he has that extra edge, that little bit more confidence, and I’m f**king loving it 😉

    To see lads like him and Williamson putting in performances like that is just amazing, it’s certainly reignited a bit if passion in the squad and in the stands
    Give Iron Mike a contract extension the boy has certainly earned it, shola too

  • John Tudor

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #9

    probably you

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Was a hard fought win against a decent team who have only lost once on the road this season
    Plus they had a 12th man in the form of an overweight teletubby passing himself off as a referee, shoulda been down to 10 and missed a blatant pen at the death

  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #11

    An Ashley Williams red card would be nice tomorrow; another blow for their beleaguered side. Unleash HBA on them and see what he brings, been making all the right noises whilst he has been on the sidelines – it’s time to step-up, young man!

    It’s great seeing Shola grow with confidence and finally adapt his game to the bulky body he has built – in his pomp – long may it continue. It’d be wonderful seeing him get a world cup goal. 😀

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Agreed, he’ll have a big chance against Swansea, people can complain about the tactics, whether or not he’s better than x y and z but at the end if the day the responsibility rest solely on him to take his chance

  • rudy

    Nov 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #13

    @toonarmydownsouth, totally agree with you mate.
    Ameobi looks great, full of confidence and great touches on the ball.
    Willo is just a brilliant thing! He fully deserves this, especially the way he has came in from the cold @Everton. He was not even on the bench before! Great application and never complaining. Even that last header in the last minute today. He deserves his place …

  • toonking

    Nov 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #14

    they might not be quality players but what they are is very passionate and will always put their best efforts into the team they are shola willo goufran.

    these 3 players this season are playing such a big part in getting Newcastle up the table

    willo might be slow and does make mistakes but when ever their is a ball that needs heading he is their also he will always be around when a threat is happening.

    goufran might not have the tricks and dribbling that we get from HBA but what he does do is always get back to cover for santon and will not hog the ball.

    then their is ameobi, he might not be like remy is at scoring goals but when ever their is a ball going into the box the first player we see getting it is ameobi more than anyone so what happens the opposition have to send their players over to prevent him getting them which allows remy and who ever else is making a threat so much more space for their attempts.

  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew haters, and we all know who you are, time maybe for a small helping of humble pie?
    What price on AP as manager of the month ?
    Early days yet but, in spite of having a thin squad, we could be looking at a top third finish this season.
    Every credit to the manager and his tactics.

  • usmagpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Well up to Fifth, all we need now is a draw between Spurs and Man U and then a win for Chelsea or draw and then an upset with Swansea winning at Man City.
    Then we stay in Fifth, but on the game its was a good win but I have to give big praise to Mike Williamson, I was one of the ones that didn’t understand how he was better than players we have at the club but on the last few outings and especially today he was the man of the match in my book. Good job Mike !!!!!!!!


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