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Sensational Late Remy Goal Wins It For Magpies – Match Report

4:47 pm, Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Loic Remy was back today from his three game suspension, and he managed to get his 12th league goal of the season two minutes into injury time, to give Newcastle a massive lift and a  1-0 win against Aston Villa, in what was only our second win in the last ten games.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa

Yoan Gouffran in action this afternoon

And a good crowd of over 50,000 turned out today at St. James’ Park – how many other clubs could have support like that – when we have lost our last five games in a row at St. James’ Park, and lost the last three games in the league?

The answer is not many, which is part of the greatness of Newcastle – the fans.

Newcastle started this game well and mainly on the front foot, with Coloccini looking steady as usual at the back, in only his second game this year, and the lads passed the ball around quite well for the first 15 minutes or so.

After 4 minutes Bacuna had a free kick which was only just wide of Krul’s right hand post,  and it was interesting that local lad Paul Dummett was taking the corners and free kicks, and he wasn’t doing too bad a job of them either.

After 15 minutes Loic Remy had a decent chance from a  good position, but he scuffed his shot wide, after Mike Williamson had done well to head the ball down to him.

But then Aston Villa started to come back into the game, and had a couple of chances, and Krul saved a decent Gabriel Agbonlahor shot, and the speed of Agbonlahor was causing Newcastle’s defense a few problems.

Agbonlahor was proving the danger man, and he then shot just over the bar with a decent shot.

But then just before half time Newcastle had a golden opportunity to go ahead.

The home side played the ball about well, and Sissoko got the ball to Loic Remy in the penalty box, and the Frenchman then nicely  cut the ball back to Cisse, who was wide open and just eight yards out.

But somehow the striker put the ball over the bar, when it seemed so much easier to put the ball into the back of the net – a terrible miss by the Senegal man – and it was 0-0 at the half.

Newcastle were looking for their first goal in almost seven hours of play,  as the second half got under way, and Yoan Gouffran  shot wide after  53 minutes.

And then after 63 minutes Paul Dummett was almost the hero, as the local lad put in a wonderful left footed shot from just outside the box, which was only inched over the bar – a great effort from Paul – who could just make it as a starter at Newcastle.

Tiote then put in a decent effort, but the ball was easily collected by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

After 72 minutes Luuk de Jong came on for Newcastle in place of Cisse, and Papiss  had played quite well and worked hard, but he missed an absolute sitter just before the break.

Mike Williamson was having a good game for the Magpies, and he put in a terrific tackle on Christian Benteke, and Mike deservedly got some warm applause form the appreciative Geordie crowd of over 50,000.

And in the last 10 minutes things started to open up, and Remy brought a good save out of Guzan, as his shot was turned around the post for a corner.

And then it looked like Newcastle should have had a penalty, as Bacuna handled the ball as Coloccini tried to hit it past him, but referee Atkinson waved play on.

And then would you believe it – but it was Loic Remy who put in a great effort that hit the post and came out – so unlucky.

But then in added time after 92 minutes the French striker got the ball in the penalty area, and with an amazing piece of skill, beat his man and rammed the ball home with his left foot, and the crowd, the players, Alan Pardew and the coaches,  and Remy himself simply went simply crazy.

Loic tore off his shirt, waved it around his head – jumped on top of the siding and then gave a smart right-handed salute to the crowd – and to say he was ecstatic is under playing the emotion. :D

Remy was simply ecstatic as were the crowd, and there was a huge sigh of complete relief  heard around the ground – and  a fantastic win for the Magpies after a terrible run of nine games with only one win, and some bad defeats.

That was our first goal in seven and a half hours of football, and our first points since we drew 0-0 at Norwich City on 28th January.

Newcastle had 4 points this year before today’s game, and so we almost doubled that number with a great win.

And now we are back in 8th position in the league – but 5 points behind Manchester United and Everton – and the Toffees have a game in hand.

There was still some uneasiness in the Newcastle side today, but there was no lack of effort  - and it is simply a massive win for the club – and hopefully we can push on from here – and have a decent run-in to the season.

These 3 points will give our lads renewed confidence for the last 11 games of the season.

We had some luck today – but we needed and deserved some too.

Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (Dan Gosling 89), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse (Luuk de Jong 72), Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Ron Vlaar (c), Nathan Baker, Ryan Bertrand (Joe Bennett 76); Ashley Westwood (Yacouba Sylla 61), Fabian Delph, Karim El Ahmadi; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann
Subs not used: Jed Steer, Ciaran Clark, Marc Albrighton, Aleksandar Tonev, Grant Holt

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thevoiceofreason // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Firstly I would like to say well done

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Toonking, why do you really want to see me and a few others come on now? Were you excited with how Pardew had the team playing? Does that satisfy your thirst for football? Are you pleased with that performance? A basil plant has quicker development and movement.

    That was in fact a dreadful game. More of the same from Pardew’s leadership. Villa were awful as well and also had no wins in the last 5 I think. You’d think we’d beaten Juventus at the end.

    Relying on Remy’s excellence from a scrappy ball again.

    Williamson played well though and I thought Debuchy did quite well also.

    That was the some of the quietest crowd participation I’ve ever heard.

    Alan’s get out of jail card was played again. More individual skill.

  • 3 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    The Norwich games a cracker!

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Toonarmydownsouth
    18 mins ago
    Well that was hardly a trilling all action performance but regardless there was still an improvement today, sadly just not going forward!

    The defence was much improved to do and done well to snuff out Villa’s attacks when they built up some momentum

    Debuchy was an absolute monster today, bossed the right of the pitch, put some great crosses in, played some beautiful balls up the line for Remy/Sissoko, ran hard all game, blocked crosses made clearances, fantastic game from him, especially he scissored Kung fu kick clearance! My MOTM

    Willo solid display today cleared up everything played well won some big headers at both ends of the pitch

    Colo played well bought back some much needed discipline to the back line got forward well tried to keep possession than simply hoof and get rid like Taylor does

    Dummett, can’t understand the stick the lad got, came into a team short of confidence, to be part of a back line that conceded 10 in the last 3 games in a dead atmosphere where the justifiably frustrated crowd were groaning every mistake, rusty first half but grew into the second and played very well

    Tiote bossed it, proper Tiote display

    Anita, woeful first half but brilliant for the last half an hour, needs to find a way to play that way for the full 90

    Goofy man have we missed this lad, battled all game was always in and around the box looking to get on any half chance played really well, and that run back when Gabby was on his bike, wow

    Sissoko very hit and miss today needs to look up more to see what’s happening around him, could be a great player but needs to improve his intelligence on the pitch

    Remy and Cisse both played well in patches but we’re trying way too hard
    Looked to eager to get shots off all game, both missed absolute sitters and desperately need to sharpen up in front of goal

    Gosling thought he played well tbh wouldn’t mind see a bit more of him as he looks to drive forward a bit more than Anita or Tiote

    De Jong very impressed with this lad today, came on didn’t hide pressured from the front created a couple of chances for Remy held the ball well, hopefully he can find his shooting boots

    All in all it was not a great performance but it was good to see us play with a bit more fight and a bit more determination instead of doing what we have been doing which is basically giving up

    Personally would prefer to see us build on this, put us in the best position we can possibly be in at the end of the season to make us a more attractive proposition for potential players rather than lose the next 11 just to see Pardew get the boot, but that’s just me

  • 5 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Dummett needs games.

  • 6 p // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Sometimes you have to win ugly

  • 7 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I couldn’t believe how awful this match was. Both teams were pitiful.

    Why the hell do we STILL lump it up top despite having no target man? It’s all we ever seem to do!

    The first half was a tranquiliser. It should’ve come with a health warning!

    Honestly, I used to be tentatively supporting of him but if Pardew says we played well I will never have any faith in him left.

  • 8 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    @4 Are you writing a book there?

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Mag
    Yes, if you send me some cash for a pre order i’ll give you a shout out on the special thanks page

  • 10 toon kk // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    First of all well done for winning.
    But let’s be honest it was a poor game by two poor teams. I can’t see us getting one goal without Remy.
    Not a lot to shout about really.

  • 11 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Cheers!

  • 12 toonking // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    LR

    did you see that easy chance that cisse missed?
    anita recieved the ball from sissoko and was being closed down by two villa players what does sissoko do he stands about like a statue.

    The fans wanted to see danny simpson leave, they wanted to see debuchy come in, debuchy was very attacking, the premier league is a very fast paced league unlike the french league so pardew has got no choice but to use more CDM and the wingers need to track back. that is what happens when you get the attacking fullback you wanted.

    fans choose to keep quiet all through the game until the last 15 minute then suddenly screaming was heard and the game started to look great maybe the fans will learn to make noise from the start next time.

  • 13 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    P, it doesn’t have to be most times though does it?

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Phewee
    got there in the end
    Man of Match – Williamson for his two last gasp tackles/interceptions Colo showed his class today cool and composed.
    Midfield needs sorting all were poor today except Goufran who ran his socks off.
    Remy and Cisse did OK up front De Jong also did OK and never gave up a lost cause and Remy should of scored from his persistence and pull back late on.
    Krul – distribution getting worse and command of box first time heard the Gallowgate get at him.

    All in all not the best display but I will take the three points.

  • 15 John Tudor // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    snoddy

  • 16 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Snodgrass belter

  • 17 John Tudor // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    so whats that better tactics better players better what

  • 18 DENIro // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    norwich! chris houghton is cheef…

  • 19 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Keemon Norwich give the 3by2s it!

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/newcastle-united/9181557/pardew-praises-newcastle-commitment

    Pretty fair assessment for Pardew, basically says on the technical side we were poor today but at least saw an effort and commitment we haven’t seen in the last few weeks

  • 21 toonking // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    LR

    i’m certainly not a pardew lover because i have got a big question mark on why he didn’t play sammy as a start or de jong.

    if it is not an injury i will be quite annoyed and next game if he drops dummett for santon and doesn’t start dejong it will be really starting to annoy me.

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Ha! Come on Norwich

  • 23 mag // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    The old bin lids are losing lol!

  • 24 LGFUAD21 // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Simple really. We were to impatient and were hossing balls up top without a proper target man.

    We got back into the game when we started playing proper football again.

    Cabaye may have been influential in the team but just because he’s gone does not mean we have to change the system to amateur football.

    We still have enough legs and tricks in our team through remy, sissokho and our full backs to play well we just don’t seem to want to.

  • 25 toon kk // Feb 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    We certainly didn’t look like a premier league team. If AV hadn’t been poor we would have been ripped apart.

  • 26 bob52 // Feb 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Ok Cisse worked hard but no end product, most know he will not be here next season so why not play de Jong who certainly works equally hard is better in the air and wants to prove his worth. Can’t believe Sammy did not make the bench. All in all an ugly but needed win.




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