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.
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.
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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