Moussa Sissoko was the hero for Newcastle United today, as he fired in the only goal of the game after 78 minutes to give Newcastle United our sixth win in a row and the fifth win in the Premier League, that takes us up to 4th place after being second bottom of the league after the Stoke City defeat in late September.
Ryan Taylor sadly leaving the game after 34 minutes 🙁
It was fitting that the Newcastle powerhouse got the winning goal as Newcastle’s pressure mounted in the second half, since Moussa was captaining the side in the absence of captain Fabricio Coloccini and vice-captains Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong through injury.
Which reminds us we are winning these games with some of our top players on the sidelines.
And a makeshift Newcastle defense looked solid enough this afternoon, and it’s now four and a half games since we conceded a goal – at Tottenham – when we came back and won that game 2-1.
And it’s five clean sheets in the last six games too – so its all very good at the moment – unbelievable really.
It was almost a sell-out crowd at 51,915 attendance, but the game had been frustrating for the fans until Moussa got the goal, because even though the lads carved out some good chances, some poor finishing and some very good saves from goalkeeper Robert Green had kept the score at 0-0.
And we are holding our breath to see what the damage is to Ryan Taylor’s right knee, after he had to go off after about 35 minutes – and he had played very well up to the point with some good deliveries from set plays.
He was replaced by Yoan Gouffran, but unfortunately it’s likely to be more bad news for the 30 year-old – and it’s really tragic for Ryan Taylor – we are just hoping for the best.
Joey Barton was the QPR captain for the day, and as expected the Liverpudlian got a warm reception from the Geordie crowd.
The first half was fairly even with chances at both ends – and both sides had penalty appeals turned down by referee Chris Foy.
Newcastle had been in control for the first 25 minutes and had started the game well, but after the impressive Ryan Taylor had to leave the game, QPR came right back into it – and had a few chances to score.
Their best chance fell to prolific goalscorer Charlie Austin just before the break, and then Tim Krul did well to save Richard Dunne’s header form a corner as QPR were showing some signs of life.
In the second half Newcastle were much more direct and forcing the play, and it was obvious Pardew had told our players to run at the QPR defense, which hasn’t looked too solid this season – especially away from home.
Sammy Ameobi went close after 63 minutes when he headed the ball wide from a good Yoan Gouffran cross – as Newcastle continued to create the chances and push forward.
QPR were also trying to counter-attack Newcastle, and when Coration International Niko Kranjcar came on with 30 minutes to go, he looked dangerous – and he’s such a skillful player.
But Newcastle were pushing forward all the time, and the vital breakthrough came after 78 minutes and it was a good move by Newcastle.
Sammy Ameobi found Moussa Sissoko in the penalty box with a great pass, and the Frenchman turned brilliantly to smash the ball home with his right foot – and the roof came off at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are in 4th place in the league table, and it’s likely that after all the games are completed this weekend we will stay in the top six.
Its simply unbelievable – but the lads have that winning habit – and seem to be able to do what it needs to win these games.
Long may it continue.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; R Taylor (Gouffran, 34), Sissoko, Colback; Cabella (Cisse, 68), Perez (Armstrong, 89), Ameobi. Subs not used: Elliot, Streete, Anita, Ferreyra.
QPR: Green, Caulker, Barton, Austin, Fer, Suk-Young, Onuhoa, Henry, Dunne, Zamora, Sandro (Kranjcar, 61). Subs not used: Traore, Phillips, McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Hoilett.
Goal: Sissoko 79
Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)
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