Late Peter Crouch Equalizer Gets Stoke A Draw


Newcastle really should have won this close game this afternoon after we had gone 1-0 ahead after 74 minutes through Jack Colback with a well worked goal from Newcastle, but we somehow managed to concede in the 90th minute and it’s nothing more than 2 points lost this afternoon.

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Jack Colback – after scoring 74th minute go ahead goal

Newcastle conceded in the last minute of normal time, and we somehow let  Peter Crouch head home the equalizer as he outjumped Daryl Janmaat..

That was a killer blow to Newcastle, who should really have had a second win in a row, and gone above Stoke in the league table – but it wasn’t to be.

But we missed two excellent chances to go 2-0 up with Gabby Obertan and Ayoze Perez missing gilt-edged opportunities – and when you don’t take your chances …..

And it was a blow for John Carver too, because home draws will not get him the head coach job in the summer – John needs lots of wins  to stand any chance of getting the job in the summer, and this is one we should have had.

We snatched a draw from the jaws of victory…….

This is how we saw the game.

After 11 minutes Newcastle almost went ahead when a nice Sissoko left wing cross with his right foot found Cabella, and his glancing header was only just deflected by Begovic for a corner – a good piece of football from Newcastle and Remy ran almost 20 yards to get on the end of that cross.

After 20 minutes Ayoze Perez made a nice run down the left wing and inside and box he tried to beat his man and cross to Cabella, but it was deflected and Stoke cleared the ball.

Six minutes later a nice combination by Sissoko and Cabella ended when Cabella put the ball through to Sissoko in the inside left position, but goalkeeper Begovic was alert and just beat Moussa to the ball.

A couple of minutes later Sammy Ameobi tried his luck with his right foot from just outside the box, but Begovic saved low to his left.

On 43 minutes Remy Cabella put a beautiful ball through to Ayoze Perez in the inside right position and from the edge of the box Perez’ shot was only inches wide of Begovic’s right hand post.

And just before the break a really magnificent save from Tim Krul saved Newcastle.

A cross came in from the right and it was a diving Diouf header that was brilliantly turned for a corner by the Newcastle goalkeeper.

Half time came with Newcastle looking solid, having had two good chances, and they were quite creative in the first half – we hope the lads can keep it up in the second half.

There were no changes made at the break.

The two teams were evenly matched and after 55 minutes Janmaat got himself out of an awkward situation by playing the ball coolly back to Tim Krul who cleared well.

After 65 minutes John Carver made an attacking move and brought on Papiss Cisse for central midfielder Vurnon Anita.

After 70 minutes Gabby Obertan made his first appearance since he went off against Liverpool – but Remy Cabella was the one brought off, so it was a controversial change.

Newcastle went ahead after 74 minutes and it was a well worked goal by Newcastle.

Sissoko played the ball to his right to Perez who put it out to Gabby Obertan down the right wing, and Obertan pulled it back nicely to Sissoko in the middle of the box, and the Frenchman laid it off to Jack Colback who smashed the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.

A good goal from Newcastle.

After 78 minutes Stephen Ireland had the ball in the back of the net but he was offside.

After 85 minutes Newcastle produced a great counter attack and Gabby Obertan had a great chance to make it 2-0 but somehow he didn’t make the most of it and it was a great chance lost.

Two minutes later it was Perez who should have made it 2-0 and from 8 yards out he hit the ball way over the bar.

Stoke were pushing for the equalizer, and Newcastle looked  anything but safe, and the equalizer  came late when after 90 minutes a high cross into the box was met by  Peter Crouch, who headed the ball past Tim Krul.

That was two points lost for Newcastle because with a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes left at St. James’ Park, we should be able to hold out for the win.

But today we couldn’t.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 65), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Gabby Obertan 70), Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi
Subs: Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse

Stoke  (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Phil Bardsley, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson; Steven N’Zonzi, Glenn Whelan (c); Jonathan Walters, Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses; Mame Biram Diouf
Substitutes: Jack Butland, Andy Wilkinson, Geoff Cameron, Wilson Palacios, Steve Sidwell, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)



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34 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Tell us something we don’t know

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  • Grumpy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #2

    you new it was going to happen when we missed those 2 open goal chances. 3points defiantly lost.

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  • Grumpy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    plus they owe me a new phone !!!

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  • anthc

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Ameobi should’ve been off instead of cabella for me. It was a terrible second half during which we had two c good opportunities to kill them off and we couldn’t do it. I don’t think carver wants the job!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Perez not good enough to start? Ha ha. Post match hysteria. 🙂

    I’d be more worried about why Tim Krul no longer feels he has to anticipate crossed balls that take upward of 3 minutes to get down into the box.

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  • dexter53

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Bored out of me brain but we had enough chances to win it.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    obertan lost us the 3 points today, shocking sub

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Taking Cabella off freed up their defence and allowed them to press. Not a good sub imo.

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  • Grumpy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought Obertan help set up the goal?. Cant blame Carver.

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  • Slank

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Catchy

    It was Obertan who crossed for our goal.

    Why haven’t you said that Perez should have scored ?

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #11

    useless c3nts.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Catchy. He got short – balled by another lead footed sissoko pass, one moment in an otherwise pretty good late sub appearance. Bit harsh on obertan on here. Just like old times the lad didn’t dare play he was so closely scrutinised.

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  • Goofy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    We better beat Palace or heads should roll!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Thump -you do not need a psychiatrist to fathom out Obertron.
    Only need someone who knows about football – and then two
    questions present themselves.
    1 Is he a PL player or
    2. Is he a knacker.

    Answers.
    1 -.
    2.?

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Also, Krul deserves a kick up the arse as well. He’s a great reflex keeper, similar to Shay Given, but he’s wank at kicking, collecting crosses etc.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Obers chance was actually difficult as the keeper was right infront of him by the time the ball came to him
    Perez however had the whole goal to shoot at and was a poor finish

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #17

    We didn’t lose btw.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #18

    error ? should be a tick .

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t hold out much hope against CP.

    There’s a lot more quality on show between WH and ManU, more excitement in the first five minutes.

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Also, Krul needs a kick up the arse. He’s a great reflex keeper like Shay Given, but can’t kick, collect crosses and makes insanely stupid mistakes sometimes. He should have not conceded that Crouch header.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    I can only think Perez was leaning back, ball takes a tiny bobble but he went for power over finesse there definitely 🙂

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  • chasing_rabbits

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Should have left Cabella on.
    Probably should have started with Cisse.
    Their goal? Well… Ball in was supreme, but to be fair I don’t think Crouch was expecting that to go in.
    No idea what Obertan was thinking trying to lay the ball off, should have buried it and had himself a nice afternoon. I’d have rather he’d skied it than put in such a poor pass, at least he’d had a go.
    That result only makes the next two games even more difficult. After watching that, Pardew will be rubbing his hands at the thought of Wednesday’s game.

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  • toonking

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #23

    catchy.

    You can’t blame obatan without blaming perez, atleast obatan had helped create that goal we did score.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Carver doing himself no favours if he wants the job long term .

    Sammy should have came off, not Cabella and our all round play was poor.

    Draw a fair result in the end .

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    We’ll not lose against Palace. There. Said it.

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  • Grumpy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Why does Anita run like he has a stick up his bum?.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Obertan should have scored but we actually started playing better after he came on. Good sub for the wrong man.

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  • Goofy

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Zaha and Gayle will rip our defence a new ar5e, but would luv to stick 1 on the “king”

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #29

    David de Gea is some goalie btw

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Cameron put in a great cross, nothing Krul could have done about the cross, I’d be somewhat disappointed to be beaten the way he was!! In all honesty we were pants and deserved nothing more than we got

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  • Bri

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I went for the draw and didn’t you just know Crouch would score the equalizer.
    This team is not good enough.New Head Coach and about five first team players for next season Mr Ashley.

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  • bladeuser

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    John terry at 50 would still b better than that useless sunday league shit williamson he hoofs most things and when he does,nt he passes it back he was to blame for that passage of play for stokes goal he would get into nobody elses epl team
    anyway that perfomance was garbage same shit tactics and the atmosphere is the worst in the epl

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  • SpaceGhost

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Why didn’t Sissoko just roll the ball to Cisse instead of Obertron? Becoz he has the brain of a dinosaur!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #34

    If we get beat on Wednesday night it’ll be hell on here. Something like an old school re-union with the pro Percy Brigade members reconvening -strutting their stuff like crowing roosters.
    They’ll be descending onto the blog from their hidings places -under stones, under bridges – the thought makes me shiver.

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