Newcastle Go Down 3-1 At Old Trafford To Wayne Rooney


Newcastle went down 3-1 at Old Trafford this afternoon, and we paid the price for some moments of slack defending – although the lads played quite well in patches, but it was Wayne Rooney with two goals and one assist – and Newcastle just couldn’t handle the Red Devils captain.

Robin van Persie after scoring 3rd goal

Robin van Persie after scoring third goal

That’s now four defeats in a row for Newcastle and we’ve conceded 12 goals in those games – but hopefully we can stop the rot at home to Everton on Sunday.

We thought Ayoze Perez again looked good today, and Adam Armstrong had a promising first start in the Premier League – and he needs more first team football.

And just to make things a little worse Vurnon Anita went off near the end with a leg injury, although Cheick Tiote can come back in on Sunday.

The first goal came after 23 minutes, and it was a quick breakaway by the Red Devils after a good run by Armstrong down the left wing.

Mata crossed the ball from the left wing and Radamel Falcao put it back across goal to the unmarked Rooney who put the ball home with ease – completely unmarked.

The second goal came after 36 minutes and it was that man Wayne Rooney again, and Juan Mata from the left split open the Newcastle defense with a good through ball to Rooney, who stabbed it home with his left foot, and although the game had been fairly close up to that point – Newcastle found themselves 2-0 down.

At half time Newcastle had looked well organized and had counter-attacked well – with Perez and Armstrong prominent – but we lost Wayne Rooney twice and were 2-0 down – rather unluckily.

After 52 minutes Wayne Rooney played a long cross into the box to Robin van Persie, and neither Janmaat or Steven Taylor who were near the Dutchman challenged for the ball, and the Dutchman headed the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0.

That was poor defending by Newcastle.

After 63 minutes, Pardew made a double change when he brought on Remy Cabella and Papiss Cisse for Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong.

Manchester United were now holding the ball to see the game out, with Newcastle still trying to move forward,  and Ayoze Perez showed some skill when he went inside from close range and forced De Gea to push the ball for a corner after 78 minutes.

After 81 minutes Perez was replaced by Haris Vuckic – and the Spaniard had again looked very sharp for Newcastle today – what an acquisition this lad will turn out to be.

On 86 minutes Jack Colback was brought down in the box and a strange thing happened – a visiting team were awarded a penalty at Old Trafford – strange things can now happen when Alex Ferguson is no longer manager.

Papiss Cisse put the ball into the net beautifully for his 8th Premier League goal of the season in 12 appearances – and this was also his 100th appearance for the Magpies in all competitions – and he has 38 goals.

Near the end of the game Newcastle went down to 10 men when Vurnon Anita limped off with a calf injury.

Newcastle looked very organized today for most of the time, and against lesser teams we could have got something out of this game  – maybe we can get 3 points against Everton on Sunday.

We have an opportunity to get two home wins on Sunday and next Thursday against Burnley – hopefully that’s what we will do.

Sunderland were beaten at home 3-1 by Hull City – seems like the only team they can beat is Newcastle.

Keep the faith – we weren’t too bad today – given we had 10 players missing.

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38 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #1

    A crumb of consolation – SAFC beaten by Hull at home!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    pardew just has to tell the team to keep their heads up. this december has been tough and its about to be over. tell them we played well and keep up this performance.

    we just have to ensure it doesn’t turn it to be like last season and we can’t even buy a win. another 1 win within the next 2 games and we will slowly rise up the table again.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #3

    mick, if the fans stick together, he would be gone by now, instead we have to many fans that are to interested in getting out of the house than football,

    to many fickle fans like you who one minute like him then the next are saying he has to go, then switching it back after a lucky win , praising him like a god

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Mickalonius

    pardew may not be going anywhere but why be so happy it, it’s sickening !!

    KK

    Rivi 6M, cabella 12M both or not even on the bench. stop giving that budget excuse, this team was good enough to beat sunderland at home and burnley away surely. oh wait…

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  • AncientC

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Counter attacking football does not demonstrate any coaching skill, in fact it is a style of football forced on a team when they have no style of their own.

    The team is pushed back, and unable to string passes together, so you end up with players taking turns to go on solo crusades up the pitch.

    If Pardew is staying, he would be wise to change his coaching staff.

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  • Grumpy

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    A definite penalty right in front of the ref, shocking.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    @catchy in norway i did not say it was a stellar performance
    I said the players gave their all.
    As evidenced by Anita cramping up towards the end they ran their socks off
    Unfortunately with the wretched COloshitty and naive Armstong on the pitch it was like 9 v 11
    With Pardumb on our bench and Van Gaal on theirs we never stood a chance
    The boys were swimming against the current from the kick off
    What did you expect the result to be?
    I’m not going to attack the players for a result that wasnt their fault

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    ilovetoon

    who do you think actually believes that.
    1 win in 7 now, 5 losses, 1 draw. normal service well and truly resumed.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    sisokko on the wings today was the tactical fault of pardew. the amount of space Rooney and Carrick were afforded in the middle of the pitch was criminal.

    you could set up a cow farm in our central midfield area. that was how much space they were having. colback and anita were so deep inside and armstrong and perez were so far upfront.

    a gigantic hole. a critical tactical error.

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  • toonking

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    it’s the typical sign we have had for years and will continue to have whilst he remains.

    without the quality strikers we need the goal scorers, apart from cisse, who else gets us the goals? Nobody.

    every single year, all we getting is CM, Barton was our last decent winger, Colo is aging, Ba was the last decent all round striker we had, ones like Perez is a future one. Now we even short of goal keeper due to injury.

    good news might lie ahead Martinez could be sacked at everton so their you go Martinez could be a possible one.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #11

    ”With Pardumb on our bench and Van Gaal on theirs we never stood a chance”

    so what are you arguing about?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #12

    @Rotanda

    it was a tough january. it’s very hard playing against extremely high level opposition game after game. it takes it toll mentally and physically on the players.

    against these big teams you have to mentally concentrate the full 90mins with very little or no room for errors as their players are on another level.

    it will take a few games against lousier teams to get our run again. be patient. we just need a win soon now. we have been decent really.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #13

    catchy in norway // Dec 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    this is going to be our heaviest defeat this season WRONG AGAIN

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  • toon kk

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Rh
    yeah we have a few over priced players, which may do better at a different club.
    What about the rest? They were bought with resale in mind. Didn’t you witness lack of quality and experience?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Defensively Janmaat was poor today. Young was crossing for fun throughout the first half. Hopefully it is just an off day for the lad. Saylor, Colo and Dummet were all over the place. The three of them didn’t seem to have a clue what the other was doing, lack of communication and organisation. The former being very much on the players, the latter something that should be sorted in training. I’d imagine it is Colo in charge of the line which would put Dummett and Saylor at fault for goals 1 and 3 for sitting far too deep.

    The midfield was very poor. We missed Tiote in there to close the gaps that Mata and Rooney were exploiting. Colback and Anita were disappointing for the main part. It looked like Colback was meant to be tracking Rooney for the second goal and just allowed him a free run.

    What is really galling there is that there was no ramifications. If that was a Man U player allowing him past, or a Chelsea player they would have had a strip torn of them by Rooney/Terry. For us, nobody seems too fussed if another player leaves his man.

    Up top, Perez did alright, but there are times when the pass is the right option rather than continuing to run. He will get better at this in time. Arma did okay, fairly ineffective, but created our best opening of the first half which Perez fluffed. Poor shot which led to the breakaway goal, but anyone blaming him for the goal is way off base. Again, lots of endeavour from him, and moments. Goofy didn’t do much at all.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #16

    to see a manager who plays over 34% possession
    with more than 1 shot on target on average a match, and doesn’t base everything on containment, other than the last 20 mins would be an absolute joy.

    Long gave up any thoughts of ever winning anything now, just want to enjoy a good watch and not forever see that smug smirking goon on the touchline.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #17

    @toonbrother

    give armstrong a break. he’s 17 and was better than ameobi and gouffran have been. pardew wasn’t playing him in his normal position and we barely got the ball in man utds half so he couldn’t have done much better. he looks like he’s going to be a good player.

    what have you personally got against him to whinge every 5 seconds about?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    rotonda please tell us all wat rivi or cabella or anita has done for us since they have been here!?

    you keep on saying how much they are worth and that should mean the money was well spent doesn’t it!?

    wat have they done!?

    and how has pardew been part of any of them signings?

    again wat have they done rotonda to warrent such belief from you?

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Dare I say it – we looked better without Tioté?

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #20

    badly let down again stop playing yer favs pardew

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  • jimmygscot

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Poor defensively in the centre of midfield, an unusual poor game from Collback. Sissoko out of position. WHY.
    At the end of the day i do not expect to beat Man U at Old Trafford too many home team advantages given by the ref.
    I will be dissapointed if next 2 home games dont give 2 wins

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  • PompeyJohn

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t know how Anita got cramp – certainly not from closing Wayne Rooney down!
    Perez brilliant again.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #23

    i’d love to see the stats on the different teams we’ve HAD to put out this season especially the back 5

    it must be up there with the worst

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #24

    manxpie they have not been given a chance by some one who says he has a say in transfers get real

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  • PompeyJohn

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Ron Knee- No – Tiote would not have allowed the space in front of the defence. Some of our defending was amateurish, a shame as a good defensive performance and the ref giving us the early penalty could have got us a point or three.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Manx,
    PArdew did congratulate himself and praise his own efforts in signing Cabella.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #27

    or is it a case of his eyes are greedier than his belly ffs

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #28

    kk

    ok some injuries but a lot of teams would love to have Janmatt, sissoko, colback, tiote, cisse, krul etc.

    we are by no means a burnley, palace, wba, hull etc but our expectations have been successfully lowered to thinking we are now.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #29

    yes didn’t pardew thank himself for signing the players this summer. thought so

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  • daztoon

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Wasn’t that Pardew`s 1st choice back 4 with a keeper who didn’t put a foot wrong this game.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #31

    not been given a chance!!!!!!!!

    jesus they’ve all been given big chances

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  • TheToonKing

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #32

    the garbage that some of you spout…. unbelievable. just sensless hate. it’s not even about the team or games anymore, just let’s hate on Pardew or some random player.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    well if pards decides to bring back players early against medical advice, more fool him .

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    @williamson
    armstrong is not better than gouffran or ameobi
    thats the sort of biased blinkered analysis that makes it hard to take anything you say seriously
    Ameobi has scored goals and provided assists this season
    armstrong can barely control the ball
    all he does is give the illusion of being “active” by running around like a headless chicken
    but he doesnt contribute anything to proceedings
    look, i want to see the lad prosper for us as much as the next person
    but he should not be groomed at the expense of team performance
    fans who travel great distance to watch the game today deserve to see a team of full fledged established premier league players
    not reserve team kids like armstrong
    send him out on loan to a league where quality football is played. somewhere like belgium or holland
    But lets not kid ourselves he is anywhere near ready to start for us

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  • manxpie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    people so anita was scouted by pardew? yeah?

    rivi was scouted by pardew? yeah?

    cabella was scouted by pardew? yeah

    come on! dont be so fuskin stupid!

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon brother what on earth are you banging on about. You are blinded by your hatred for coloccini and to an extent armstrong. You seem fine to criticise Coloccin every game (even before they have started ) yet when we went on that good run he was pivotal for us and got absolutely no praise from you. Yes, he was poor today, but so was the rest of the defence. Cmon, where is your blaming for Dummett who kept falcoa onside for the first goal and Taylor and Janmaat who didnt challenge van persie for there third? I see your blaming young armstrong haha, you are pathetic mate, he was pretty good on his FIRST START at 17 YEARS OLD. He took a shot, so what? He was incredibly unlucky that it went straight to Rooney. He actually created our best chance in the first half bur where is your fucking praise? Exactly. You just blame the people you dislike, therefore I and many others dont take your posts seriously. Youre such a joke.

    On a side note… Perez is unreal. A true talent.

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  • toonking

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    jimmyscot

    when you think we had conceded a goal twice today on the counter, pardew seemed to go for a more attacking set up.

    it seemed to be more like a 4-3-3

    ____anlwick
    jan__colo__saylor__dummett
    __sissoko__anita__colback
    _gouffran___perez__armstrong

    the nightmare seems to be that he is the sort of manager which wants wingers, we did awful at the start of the season, the comes obatan and arrons, he gets to go 4-4-2/4-3-3 and we start doing great, now we loose them both and it’s back to square one.

    desperation for wingers is bigger than ever, no way did i expect to see myself become so desperate for obatan to make his return!

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  • anthc

    Dec 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Saw the first half and armstrong at fault for first goal and gouffran for second.
    Armstrong needs to look up more imo as his poor effort rather than a pass set up the counter leading to their first goal.
    Colo done well and tried to make himself available but gouff chose to pass to a player heavily marked which left colos position exposed.
    Inexperience and a desperation to score seems to be armstrongs downfall imo. He needs to come from bench and build up confidence and form. If you’re good enough your old enough but unfortunately armstrong is no rooney and needs nurtured correctly. Weed need at least four points from next two home games. The scum s defeat made the derby loss more of a bitter pill to swallow to. Thumped off hull at home and we couldn’t score 1!

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