Report – Strong Newcastle Display Makes It Six Wins On The Trot

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 going off qpr

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.

Here’s a video of that goal.

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.

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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)

Attendance: 51,915

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26 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Your likes of Catchy, Rotonda, LR32 etc don’t do themselves any favours at all by completely stopping their posts when we win as they would have all been on this evening had we have had a lifeless 0-0.

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #2

    manxpie // Nov 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    tuff just saying it wasn’t poor football as you said

    we played well but they had a very good shape ofcourse it could’ve been better but overall we deserved to win and there the kind of games where we used to slip up on and with all the injuries (including another in-game) it was a bloody good result

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    If we are going to be very realistic, that fourth spot is probably out of reach by the time Arsenal and Man U get in to gear, but the top six seems very acheivable, it might not be financially rewarding and it may well stretch a thin squad being in EL but it means everything to the fans to us winning and climbing the table, lets up Mashers doesn’t pull the trigger again in January.

  • Markaccus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4


    Agreed. I thought Martins was a good player. He was unlucky to have owen and viduka (lazy mercinaries) around him, or else i think he would have scored more goals.

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    jail i hope so too but it was just the way he did it lol

    like an evil rich person!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    We have beaten QPR three times now 1-0.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Well I was wrong today thankfully! Great performance I thought considering the injuries.

    I’m beginning to love watching Ameobi play. He’s got phenomenal close control and suprisingly good weighting on his crossing and passing. Just needs to work on decision making.

    Colback again outstanding and leading the charge whenever we were out of possession. Sissoko likewise but when in possession, it was a great combination.

    Cabella lightweight again just needs to become more clinical and direct. Getting there slowly though.

    Janmaat flawless as usual, really is a Rolls Royce player for me. Superb technique and great decision making and passing. Does well to hold his position defensively as well. Very impressed by him.

    Ayoze working hard and showing some great movement. Should have scored from the lay back as well.

    Dummett and Williamson were rocks for the most part. I really think Dummet will make a great CB, his positioning and reading is amazing for being a LB by trade and so young.

    All in all I was impressed even if we were clicking quite so right in the final third for a lot of the game but it is coming.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail do think Ashley will spend in January, i hope he does.

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    ya right at post 1 too

    i’ve been on in win or many losses getting plenty of stick for my beliefs in the team and manager but they’ve been absent in our best run in over 2 years they obviously support us so quite sad really

  • Markaccus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    How long do people think we can keep this going? Do we have a shot at Euro football of any sort? What is the optomism/pesimism balance at the moment?

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12


    Yeap, sadly we have the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with many managers that have cut us at the knees with run in with great players too, like Bellamy and the likes.

    I think this side has confidence now and the younger players are not played in cup games but have some level of responsibility now and are playing the the PL.

    I really enjoy that.

    My real worry is that Ashley won’t come to Pardew’s aid come Jan and that will be a turning point for us.

    Others will def strengthen.

    I have had a look at Mitrovic well over the last few seasons. He is very impressive, only concern is he is coming from Belgium. Not a league blessed with strength and could be a dud.

    I am yet to see us play 2 up front like Riviere and Perez for example.
    4312 formation per sé.

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    lol much worse i’m afraid he had a smile on his face and a proper good rub of the hands!
    i’m sure i seen the flicker of £ signs roll around his eyes too

  • Markaccus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Mashers wont spend if we are top 8 or so after xmas. Thats my oppinion anyway. He has proven time and time again to hijack things in transfer windows.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think Mashley will spend in January, in fact I can only predict outgoings, it looks ver much like we’ll have around 30 points by the end of January and unfortunately the Fat contoller will see this as job done, I hope very much that I am wrong and seven years of torture has finally got a successful gameplan.

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah jail i mean after winning a few or on a good run the teams we should beat are the ones we slip up on

  • Markaccus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Bellamy got many of his goals due to having a hard working Alan Shearer in the side. Imagine Martins playing off big Al!

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    TBF with the kids now showing promise and the depth of the squad with quality youth filling it up I think we have a squad capable of competing in the EL.

    I love EL nights and want them back regardless of what the board say

  • Markaccus

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #19


    with any luck, it will just be because he got a message saying his Greggs delivery had arrived, and they accidentally doubled up on the belgian buns with no extra charge.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #20

    The best thing about the run must be the confidence it should install in the players -so at the moment – 6 wins, fourth place must make the lads feel cock a hoop -especially when making a comparison with the poor start to the season.
    A well worn football cliche is about picking up points when you are not playing outatanding stuff -it’s probably true so lets hope the foundations are there for extending the run. Should point out we play some of the big boys in December so we need to be on form.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail for Ashley

    I completely agree…..unfortunately…..

    this has happened every single year for the last 3 years…

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22


    Well said… we need momentum for December, some tasty looking ties anyone would have dreaded these only a few weeks past, we will probably take a spanking or 2 at the big clubs but for me if they go for it I’m a happy chappy

  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #23

    lol could be mark or as has been said it could be that he’s thinking there’s no need for spending in january

    damn perez, abeid, sammi, aaronns and dummet how dare they show wat there about now of all times lol

  • 70TWO

    Nov 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    To some extent the squad is showing that it is quite capable and there are still players to come in. It would seem that rather than buying a number of players cheaply they could spend on a single quality player.

    December is going to be tough and I think AP is already getting ready to throw away the league cup using the reserves that have still yet to make an appearance, such as Vukic, Bigi, Chucky. If it was not necessary this would be a real shame as an appearance in a cup final would show that there is an ambition to see the team grow, both in the quality of performances and squad players.

  • Menelauos

    Nov 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    As much as it may seem we have a lack of squad depth I disagree. When Tiote, Abeid, Santon, Colo, Obertan, Staylor and Aaron’s are back we’ll be strong, along with the youth coming through aswell. If we didn’t lose any players (although I’d concede to 1 sale) and reinvested the money into 2 more players a Centreback and a Striker we’d Beable to take on Europa and BPL, (perfect window we sign Doumbia, Alderwield, Grenier and Ayew? Not likely though)

  • dalton7675

    Nov 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m hoping you pardew haters are eating some humble pie despite mike Ashley spending very little, and trying to make the club self sufficient (which isn’t such a bad thing) and providing we don’t sell any top players, we are a real force to be reckoned with it has took time but maybe his methods are starting to pay off Rome wasn’t built in a day a neither will Newcastle united football club but me a die hard supporter are totally behind both the manager and the owner I think both genuinely care about the club and I think pardew is the man to take us forward he defiantly has the passion and although not the best tactision in the world we have been solid at the back and strong in midfield. Pardew is still playing to many long balls but its finally looking like we are starting to get the quality to run into the end of them.
    Watch this space cabella once he stops being a mard arse and toughens up he is going to be a quality signing, Perez could be our new number 9 one day, dummet home grown talent who is already in my opion a solid defender who will get better with age. De jong who were yet to see will replace cabaye and control the midfield.
    Maybe Ashley a cleaver successful business man had a long term plan, all our shitty fringe players went last year and now our fantastic young ones are filling them boots extremely well you may think my peice is a bit over the top and yes we have only won 6 games in a row but the squad is only running at about 60% and despite the pardew haters the players really want to play for him so let’s get behind our team hope we sign a defender and striker in January and let’s enjoy the he good times because in another year or to we are going to be a real top 4 contender once our youth’s get a bit more match experience.
    Keep the faith and write your thorts


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