Newcastle Surge Continues With 1-0 Win – Match Report


Newcastle continued their amazing run of results today with yet another win – this time against Liverpool at St. James’ Park,  in what was a close game with the Reds.

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Alan Pardew hails Magpies goal from Ayoze Perez

But it was Newcastle who did enough to win the game, and after Tim Krul had kept Newcastle level after 56 minutes with a magnificent save from a Coutinho header – Newcastle broke away 16 minutes later with Moussa Sissoko down the left wing, and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Moussa Sissoko made a surging run down the left wing after 73 minutes,  put it through to Dummett who played it back to the Frenchman , who put it into the middle and it bounced off a Liverpool defender to Ayoze Perez, who smashed the ball home and Newcastle were ahead 1-0 and we held that lead fairly easily through the three minutes of added time.

This is how we saw the game as it happened.

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After 10 minutes there was a scintillating run by Gabby Obertan down the right wong and his cross found Sissoko who quickly dived to the floor – but it wasn’t a foul and no penalty – Moussa should have stayed on his feet.

Both sides were closing the other players down well, and it was a close game.

Liverpool counter-attacked well but there was a great intercept by Janmaat, who then went forward on the attack – it was good play by Daryl who seems to be settling down for Newcastle at right back.

Obertan had looked very good on the right wing, but then after 24 minutes he went down after a challenge and he was obviously injured – and it looked like his thigh muscle.

The unlucky Obertan, who has had problems with injuries in his career, went off to some good applause from the home crowd, and young Rolando Aarons came in on the right wing.

After 37 minutes from a corner a decent shot by Papiss Cisse was headed off the line by Glenn Johnson – and that was unlucky for the Magpies.

After 40 minutes from a Liverpool corner Martin Skrtel got clear and he had a free header on goal, but he headed the ball wide – that as a good chance for Liverpool and a lrt off for Newcastle.

Newcastle got a free kick just outside the box just before half time, and somehow Steven Taylor managed to get his name taken by the referee – but then Cisse hit the ball way over the bar.

At half-time it was still 0-0 and a close game.

Liverpool had 65% possession in the first half but Newcastle were content to counter-attack the Reds, and we had looked dangerous in the first half.

At the start of the second half,  Ayoze Perez came on for Papiss Cisse, so we have to think that knee of his was bothering him again,  and so Newcastle had an 18 year-old a 21 year old and a 22 year-old as the front three.

Liverpool switched to a back three,  and they came at Newcastle at the start of the second half.

After 50 minutes a very good swerving free kick from Mario Balotelli was well held by Tim Krul, and the Newcastle goalkeeper saved again from the Italian a few minutes later.

On 56 minutes Coutinho had a great header from a Gerrard cross and it looked like it was going in – but Tim Krul made a fantastic save as he turned the ball behind for a corner – a terrific save from the Newcastle goalkeeper to keep the scored level.

And as Liverpool were starting to press Newcastle, Daryl Janmaat put in a terrible tackle after 62 minutes,  and the Dutchman was very lucky to just get a yellow card from referee Mariner for that. 🙁

On 66 minutes with the game on a knife’s edge, in came Remy Cabella for Sammy Ameobi – and manager Pardew had made all three substitutions.

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Ayoze turns away after scoring winner

After 73 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a well worked goal.

Moussa Sissoko made a surging run down the left wing – put it through to Dummett who played it back to the Frenchman , and then Moussa crossed it into the middle and it bounced off Moreno to Ayoze Perez, who made no mistake and smashed the ball home in a jiffy – and Newcastle were leading 1-0.

This lad doesn’t think in the penalty area – he has a goalscorer’s instinct and just hits the ball home – and that was his second Premier League goal in as many games.

And then three minutes later Newcastle caught Liverpool short at the back, and it was Remy Cabella who had a great chance to make it 2-0 but Mignolet made a decent save, and then Cabella was just wide with another shot.

Remy needs to plant one of them home and it will do his confidence the world of good – in truth he didn’t do much wrong but still should have scored.

Newcastle were going for the second goal and were looking lively, and it was Moussa Sissoko who forced another good save out of the former Sunderland goalkeeper.

The referee added on three minutes at the end of the game – but Newcastle held out for another fantastic win – our fourth win in a row – and two clean sheets at home. 😀

This has been a terrific turnaround from a young and energetic  Newcastle side, and we have played three games in six days and won them all against Tottenham, Manchester City and now Liverpool.

Who could ask for anything more?

We are now in 9th place – before the other teams have played their 10th league game of the season – and just one point behind Liverpool.

Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan (Rolando Aarons 25) , Papiss Cisse (Ayoze Perez 45), Sammy Ameobi (Remy Cabella 66)
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno; Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard (c); Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling; Mario Balotelli
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Javi Manquillo, Kolo Toure, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Fabio Borin, Rickie Lambert



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21 comments so far

  • dazzler

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Aarons looked ready to collapse near the end. How much has he trained since his injury?

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  • Carr Toon

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #2

    pardew back from the dead………..superb stuff today from the lads…………

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Great result! Not the best display but played well frustrated the bin dippers limited there attacking options and moved the ball well on the counter, truth be told we could of won by 2-3 goals

    Krul, made some great saves but some horrid clearances, trust your defence lad

    Colo solid, back to the old Colo more and more every week atm!

    Dummet was great today made Sterling completely anonymous

    Taylor, decent but what was all the b0llox on the set pieces?

    Janmaat……Debuchy who?

    Colback..decent game but for me not sure what his role his he’s not really an enforcer and not a link between midfield and attack, I’d like to see Abeid alongside Sissoko with Cabella in the #10 role

    Abeid what a PL debut! Solid broke up everything very composed on the ball #letsgetmehditorumble

    Sissoko for me took a while to get into the game today but certainly for the last 30-35 minutes he was the difference imho, just need to find the key to getting that performance for longer periods through the game

    Gabby, got to feel for him final starts to look like a footballer and body gives in! Shame hopefully not too long of a lay up

    Sammy, didn’t impress me today, reverted back to his old style of play and continually went down far too easily

    Cisse, sorry Cisse you f**king awful today right shout to hoy you of at HT

    Aarons very bright some great touches and flashes of pace, still learning but good game all in all

    Cabella, still think this lad has a big future hear, in a 433 were almost custom made for him, came on got stuck in impressed perhaps tried a bit too hard and forced a few things but I’d start him next game

    Perez, love this lad, bargain of the summer! Has looked exciting since he first kicked a ball for us and is turning into a great player, he’s strong he’s fast he’s got great reactions and good vision #Aintnopartylikeaperezparty

    Have to also begrudgingly credit Pardew who got the set up and most importantly the subs spot on today
    Listening to Chris Waddle commentate thank f**k he never went into management!
    “Bring on Gouffran for me” “hmmm strange sub, all small lads no not for me no threat in the team now would of bought on Gouffran”

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    For the longest time we endured negative, defensive team selections and tactics, bizarre subs, endless excuses and oafish behaviour etc – so just what has happened to AP?

    Was he really in the last chance saloon and had an 11th hour epiphany and thrown caution to the wind and just gone for it? Well whatever has happened is quite an amazing transformation.

    I’m glad that people who said Pardew had nothing to work with and was a victim of Ashley can see that we do indeed have good players who are now coming to the fore and being given a chance.

    Abeid, Aarons and Perez are really creating a buzz and it was great to see Abeid get m.o.m

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  • Slank

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Not the most exciting match to watch but we had Liverpool in our pockets. They are a shadow of the team that did so well last season but that doesn’t take anything away from the lads who looked strong in defence and very combative in midfield and always threatening in the attack.

    Plaudits to Dummitt, Abeid and Perez.

    Dummitt had kept Sterling very quiet and now looks a very good defender.

    Abeid was my MOTM. Very strong, full of energy and very skilful. Surely he is Tiote’s replacement. Must now be ahead of Anita.

    Ever since I first saw him I thought Perez had something about him. It’s looking like his goal scoring record in Spain was no fluke.

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  • Menelauos

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    What a turn around, 4 games ago if anyone asked I’m sure any fan would say we’d struggle a win against Leicester, and it’d be our last chance for a result for a couple of weeks. Perez Aarons and Cabella upfront is looking like the future. Bring a centre back in January we will be strong side.

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  • Magpie Myles

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree it wasn’t a hugely exciting match but both teams played in a cup on Tuesday/Wednesday respectively, so tired legs for sure.
    I always maintain that even when your not playing well and your winning its still a good sign. A weeks rest and we are away to West Brom, thats when i’m sure we will see just how much this confidence has hit them team.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Amazing Riviere (6M) and Anita (6M) not even on the bench today. I hope Obertan is ok, just when things were looking up for him.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    The team looks a lot better without Gouffran, Anita, & Williamson. Even Sissoko has started to play like he does for France. Imagine what we’d be like if we had better wingers than Sammy & Obertan.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Well I think a lot of credit has to go to sackpardew.com the protests and media hype seemed to have galvanised the team, somethinge the manager couldn’t seem to do in thirty odd games. Pardew for me has to beat the mackems in December before I give him any credit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda,
    Real Shame about Obertran, that’s terrible luck just when he was starting to gain a bit of confidence, maybe it’s his destiny.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    MM,
    A good short post.

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  • armchair fan

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Obertan out for 2 weeks

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  • dazzler

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Slank I think abeid can do cabayes job to be honest. He’s looking like a classy little player, can pass, tackle and has pace and strength.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    That league table looks a whole lot healthier now, we’ll not get top six and not many teams that have ever been relegated can win three in a row so there’s no danger of that now, surely we have to put everything into those two cups now.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    rotonda

    that’s the big point , the one who are backing p45 are the ones who said he don’t have a good enough squad to work with,

    where as the one who want p45 out, wanted him out for not trusting his squad and sticking to the same old same old,

    p45 still dosnt set the team up right , the game was pretty poor , players in the first half were all over the shop and had no clue what the formation was , and Cisse was the victim of that,

    p45 said 352 , I could not see us in a 352 ,

    who were the 3 at the back , ?
    who were the 2 forwards ?

    really happy for Abeid , the kid should have been in the team 2 seasons ago, ahead of tiote

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  • Sazzer

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Two things that haven’t been pointed out already:

    Cabella deserves credit for controlling the tempo in the attack that we scored our goal. Without his move in our own half we wouldn’t have as many men going forward with pace.

    Also Pardew could have easily turned to Gouffran (or Haidara) when Obertan got injured but he didn’t and instead put Aarons on like most fans would have for once.

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Excellent win today and a good strong performance from all the lads (maybe apart from Ameobi). I think one of the main differences lately has been, as TADS says, the form of Colo. He looks as if his appetite for the game in general and the Toon in particular has returned and is looking like the commanding composed central defender he was in his early time here. Playing like he is at the moment gives all his team a lift and confidence.
    I don’t know what has happened to Abeid out on loan but he looks twice the player he was last season with hard running, covering and tenacious tackling while Sissoko is also beginning to look like the muscular, swashbuckling midfield dynamo he was reputed to be(Maybe playing in his proper position has helped).
    I think Dummet, Cabella, Perez and Aarons will just go on improving to a very high standard while Janmaat is proving to be a tough old customer at right back who won’t be messed about.
    Only downsides for me today were Ameobi who loses the ball too easily and seems to have a bit of a casual, lazy streak (like another family member?) and Taylor, who annoyingly seems to treat the game as a bit of a laugh sometimes. A top central defender alongside Colo in January would be a great addition to this side.
    Finally commiserations to Obertan who was starting to look the business down the right and seemed ready to take on Liverpool today. Hope he gets back soon and regains his confidence.
    I notice Ashley was really enjoying himself today at the match, All smiles but what was he thinking? “If I really put money and ambition into this club it could be fantastic” or “Well that’s us looking as if we will be OK by Christmas so no gifts in the stocking needed in January then”.
    Answers on a postcard please.

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  • swemag

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #19

    That was my first game at st james after travelling from Montreal. Feels like a just reward for my trip. Thanks Toon!

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Another good performance from the lads today. Whoever said the king’s had a 11th hour epiphany has probably got it spot on lol.

    As much stick as I’ve give him I will bregudgingly give some credit for the last few results, team selections, team formation and subs but again these to me do not negate what’s happened over the last 2_3 seasons.

    Happy with the win and even sweeter that the wife’s face was a picture. The son asked her if she was sad afterwards and obviously she said yes. His reply? I’m not. He’s only 6 aswell so it’s a classic lol.

    Even better the fact is I had £200 worth of fireworks on us winning against the father-in-law. Should of been paying £100 each but now I pay nowt. Back of the net. Ayoze you little beauty

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  • carl

    Nov 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    A real disciplined performance..
    Krul 7
    Janmaat 7
    Coloccini 8
    Taylor 7
    Dummett 7
    Sissoko 7
    Abeid 8
    Colback 8
    Obertan 7 ( Aarons 6)
    Cisse 6 ( Perez 7)
    Ameobi 6 ( Cabella 7)

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