Great Rearguard Resilience Gets Newcastle Excellent Draw


What we saw today was an excellent rearguard action by Newcastle to stand up to all the extreme pressure Manchester United could throw at the Magpies,  and there were some outstanding defensive performance from the like of Krul and every one of our back four, and we got our first clean sheet of the season and an excellent point at Old Trafford.

At the start this game looked a little like last week at Swansea, when we were overrun, but despite what McClaren said, the players  seemed to have learned from last week and the lads were cutting out the crosses and blocking the shots, and Steven Taylor had an excellent game today at the back.

It was a rearguard action today since we didn’t have one shot on target all game, and all that stats were in the Red Devils favor – except the result.

mitrovic hits the crossbar

Mitrovic headed this one against the cross bar from Mbemba cross

Rooney seemed to have scored aftre just four minutes, but the goal was ruled for offside and it was very close and he was probably level with Taylor and the goal should have counted.

But then after 23 minutes and out of nothing, it was almost a goal made in Anderlecht, when Chancel Mbemba put in a great right wing cross and Mitrovic magnificently headed the ball goalwards – but the ball hit the crossbar and came back out.

Aleksandar did not get a yellow card today and he worked his socks off for the side – and he looks the part from what we could tell.

Tim Krul had to be in form to keep Newcastle in the game, and he made several good saves in the first half, and Ayoze Perez also made some good runs and kept the ball well.

After 42 minutes Perez had a great shot that goalkeeper Romero had to turn around the post for a corner.

It was 0-0 at the half and Newcastle had been coming more into the game in the final 20 minutes and had played some very good passing football with quick breaks.

It was anybody’s game as the second half kicked off and it was evident that our forwards were helping out at the back a lot,  as first Mitrovic cleared in the penalty area and then Perez helped Coloccini to make a great block.

On 69 minutes after extreme pressure form the Red Devils, Florian Thauvin made his debut for Newcastle, as he came on for Obertan and after a minute he was brought down harshly – welcome to the Premier League.

But the Frenchman then made a brilliant run down the right wing and looked good in his first 10 minutes on the field and can certainly cross ball as he showed with a very nicely flighted corner – meant for Mitrovic.

On 74 minutes only a brilliant Colo tackle cleared the danger as Newcastle were being pressed further and further back.

On 76 minutes Krul saved well from Shaw and the with 10 minutes to go the Dutch keeper then again saved brilliantly from Chicharito who had come on as a sub.

Cisse came on with two minutes to go for the exhausted Mitrovic, who had put in some shift for Newcastle is his very first start for the club.

Head coach Steve McClaren was on the touchline urging his players on as they showed courage and fortitude today – something that was sorely missing last week.

After 91 minutes Anita kicked off the line from Smalling and then Newcastle had a terrific breakaway with three players up and it looked like we must score as Papiss Cisse hit the ball at goal and  Thauvin diving in just missed getting contact – otherwise Newcastle could have won this game.

But Newcastle saw out stoppage time for an excellent draw – and somehow our defense held out and got a clean sheet – and it is hard to see how McClaren will change the back four on this display for Arsenal at home next week.

It was an excellent result and it was obvious the coaches and the players had been working on organization and defending since Swansea – and we looked a lot better in defense than last week.

A really excellent result from Newcastle and a very good performance.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero, Darmian (Valencia, 76), Blind, Smalling, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Carrick, 58), Januzaj (Chicharito, 67), Mata, Memphis, Rooney (C).
Subs not used: Johnstone, Young, Herrera, McNair.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini (C), Haidara, Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Obertan (Thauvin, 69), Perez (Tiote, 76), Mitrovic (Cisse, 88).
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Williamson, de Jong, Aarons.

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104 comments so far

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    I think perfect moment to potentially get a STRONG attacking CM like Sissoko if he leaves, I think we missed him today.

    We really did the enforcer, its exactly the type of player we need and need to keep.

    My line up next game.

    Mbemba——- Taylor ——-Colo——-new LB

    Thauvin———Coleback—-Sissoko——-Aaroons

    ——————-Perez—–Mitro——————–

    🙂

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  • anthc

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    It was a good team effort with the exception of obertan who was back to his usual self. Well chuffed with the point.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    ..here comes the 15 articles in 5 minutes…

    @Noel – not sure Fellaini wouldve done that much damage as the Mancs had no width at all. Not sure why VanGaal doesnt play Young or buy more wingers as they are narrow and allowed us to defend as everyone knows we are susceptible to the high cross yet we saw little of that today.
    Having said that Mbemba did win a few hopefull balls outside the box that gave us hope for when he is back alongside Colo

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    So proud of the performance today, real team disciplined performance. Coloccini MOTM closely followed by Krul, Taylor, Pérez and Mitrovic!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice to see a brilliant team performance, not in terms of attacking play, but in terms of everyone digging in and working their backsides off, nice to see a bit of pride coming back and long may it continue

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Havent seen the match.
    Any stand outs? Did Colo truely turn in a Motm showing?

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Noel – shaw is rapid by far one of the fastest in prem. A winger only needs good acceleration to beat players not top sprint speed anyway.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Colo’s best game in awhile and it was beside a man who compliments his game and he trusts…interesting eh

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    If fellani playing i think it would have been 2-0 united im afraid but oh well ill take the point.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I actually think Janmaat should not come straight back into the team . I don’t think we would have done as well today with him at RB instead of Mbemba…

    get him to work for his place.

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Colo and mbemba the stand outs with Perez putting in a great shift and some class runs. Mitro done well enough up top. Taylor also solid.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12

    YCMIU; the whole defence was superb. Even you couldn’t have made that up!

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Thought overall we played encouragingly,
    Mitrovic looks like he will be a handful when fit.

    Whole defence played well and should start next week, Janmaat deserves the bench for his sending off and poor start to the season anyway.

    Think we could have won it though, Man U were there for the taking but McClaren’s subs were 20mins too late – the front 3 were knackered 15mins before they went off and it was crying out for Aarons pace at the end to stretch them, more so than Thauvin and even Cisse.

    But a point at Old Trafford is fair enough – just keep Obertan away from the stadium from now on. Lazy, offered no cover to Mbemba vs Depay, didnt take on Shaw once, a waste of a player.

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  • deeps

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Breaking News
    Newcastle United’s bus ? seen inside old Trafford 😀
    Great performance

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  • Bambams

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    That performance shows what you can do with the benefit of excellent coaches and organisation.

    We closed down well, harried and looked dangerous on the break.

    Mitrovic and Perez will work well together just give them time.

    Krul was very good.
    Collo was solid but I thought Saylor was brilliant. Well done fella keep it up.

    Glass half full these days, wait until the players understand their strengths. Agree with Mac there will be a lot more to come from these players

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  • JackButler

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Ycmiu

    Colo was at his very best today, saved us no end of times and gave a true captains performance, I’ve slaughtered him for a long time but today he was outstanding as were Saylor and Krul. Gini, Mitrovic and Perez aLos had good games but all faded in the second half and were knackered, but overall it was a great team performance

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  • sparky55

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Just come out of a sports bar in Lublin in Poland after watching the game…what a g laff…only 5 toon supporters in a bar with at least 200 scum supporters and we took the place by storm…I’m f****ng buzzin’…what a fantastic result and we could even have f****ng won it…

    …gonna be a big night! 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    How is Mitrovic not fit?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Novo

    😀

    I can make anything up 😉

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  • davetoon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20

    @YCMIU we hustled well for most of the game with a few very nervous moments including a Rooney goal incorrectly deemed offside early on, a world class save from Krul and a clearance from Anita guarding the left hand upright. Mancs had 70% of possession and most of the chances although we had a few on the counter including a great header from Mitro that hit the cross bar and a break after the Anita save where we had a 3 on 2 and Cisse shoud have done better.
    I’m sure most neutrals watching the game would have thought Man Utd shouldve won

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Mitrovic a real team player, he works so hard and has so much passion. His reaction at the end gave me goosebumps

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  • JackButler

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #22

    WWSBRD

    I saw hi. Motion to the bench that he wanted to be subbed so looks like she’s picked up a knock

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  • davetoon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    I should add that Wijnaldum and Mitro showed that they belong and the whole team worked hard to a man

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    My boss decides to call me at work ar the wrong time. How did it go? Left it at 25mins.

    Good we got a draw?
    1. I heard Cisse messed up.
    2..With Taylor in the team I knew we wld b solid.
    3. Mbemba was being riden when I left and Mitrovic hadnt impressed yet. Of course I left wen he had hit the cross bar
    4. Obertan was useless.
    5. Perez was immense as always.
    6. I told u guys we wld miss Sissoko we always do. He gives us the ignition to our attack.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #25

    JB

    Thats good to hear/read. If everyone (except the idiot toonbrother) is accepting a quality performance from him, it restores my faith to some extent in football 😀

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  • JackButler

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Bloody auto correct

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #27

    By my count toonbrother is out 200 squidleys to charity for lost bets with Jail and Jib for a Colo clean sheet within 5 games and he plays full 90!

    Pay up man, receipt to ed

    I await with baited breath?

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  • sparky55

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Just come out of a sports bar in a place called Lublin in Poland…what a fcukin’ laff…only five geordies in this bar surrounded by at least 200 man u supporters and we sung them out the place…what a great result

    I’m buzzing and it’s gonna be a massive night out in Lublin tonight! 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29

    colo, saylor and m’bemba were immense.

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #30

    “as first Mitrovic cleared in the penalty area and then Perez helped Coloccini to make a great block.”

    That is a lie. Perez made the block!
    Colocinni just dived in desperately
    He made no contact with the ball
    STOP LYING!!!

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Montero/Swansea are not getting the protection from the ref they got last week.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Dave

    Cheers for the summary. I cant bring myself to watch a nil nil on motd lol

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #33

    We need to get Aarons into the games though somewhere, today the last 20 mins were crying out for someone to take the pressure off us and keep the ball – think he needs involving more.

    Add in Sissoko in place of Obertan, Janmaat onto the bench, Mitrovic and Thauvin fitter and we dont look too bad.

    Keeping the injuries down will be key though to avoid last seasons debacle.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #34

    This pic sums it up really

    @MsiDouglas: Judging by social media, this great Mitrovic pic sums up the feelings of #nufc fans at the moment… http://t.co/8U0LdMy28w

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    toonbother

    i think you need help mate.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Was Janmaat missed? I don’t think so, he looks like he’s lost interest tbh

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    This result has done more harm than good in the long run
    I’m sorry to say

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonbrother

    Stop having a hissy-fit just because everyone else says Colo has had a great game. Take the bkinkers of, you psycho!

    Toys oot the pram?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes unfortunately for toonbrother colo played well today but for me Mbemba was the showpiece that stood out. Honourable mentions to a superb Ayoze and Mitrovic both of whom put themselves into harms way with glee today, and Wijnaldum looked a class above everyone on the park today. Lots of good signs today and although manure aren’t at their best our first half team was very promising. I could actually see where things were going today. Apart from Tiote, it became clear that we can be drilled to defend when injuries or suspensions dictate our subs. All round good result, and the draw I predicted ha ha!

    Feels good to be positive 🙂

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Toobrother you are like a friggin broken record, Colo was immense today, give your head a shake you boring sod

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