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Florian Thauvin Inspires Newcastle To 4-1 Win

9:45 pm, Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Florian Thauvin didn’t have a bad game at all tonight in Newcastle’s 4-1 win against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup,  and he scored after only three minutes and then set up the next three goals for Siem de Jong, Janmaat and the first goal for Mike Williamson – so one goal and three assists before he was replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic after 65 minutes – what a start for Florian Thauvin – and he almost scored at Old Trafford in stoppage time on Saturday.

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Florian Thauvin scored after 3 minutes from a Massadio Haidara cross

When he was taken off, Florian got a standing ovation from the appreciative St. James Park crowd of 26,923 for a wonderful first start for Newcastle United – if this is a sign of what we’ll see of this lad in the future – he could turn out to be fantastic player for us – and will open up Premier League defenses.

After three minutes Haidara sent in one of those great high crosses from the left, and it was Florian Thauvin who put the ball into the net, and he looked absolutely thrilled to have scored his first Newcastle goal.

And then a few minutes later (8 mins) it was the Frenchman who turned provider and from a set piece he put the ball into the box and it was Siem de Jong who was there to head the ball home and make it 2-0.

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Siem de Jong heads home after 8 minutes

It looked like Newcastle had come to play tonight,  and that this would be easy but before 10 minutes was up Northampton Town had scored and it was through a penalty given away by the Newcastle defense – as Cheick Tiote handled the ball.

Richards made it 2-1 from the penalty spot.

And then just a few minutes later he had another chance but just missed.

At half time it was 2-1 and certainly Northampton were coming to play and had played well after giving away two early goals.

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Daryl Janmaat scores the third goal after 56 minutes

Ten minutes into the second half and Daryl Janmaat made it 3-1, as he was set up by Thauvin, and the Dutchman hit his right foot shot into the back of the net.

And then 7 minutes later it was Mike Williamson who headed the ball into the back of the net – from a Florian Thauvin free kick.

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Mike Williamson heads home Newcastle’s fourth on 63 minutes

The game looked to be over as Steve McClaren replaced Florian Thauvin – the star of the show after 65 minutes and he had  one goal and three assists – not a bad night’s work in his first ever start for Newcastle.

After 73 minutes on came Jack Colback for Ayoze Perez and then after 78 minutes Ivan Toney – the former Northampton Town striker came on for his debut replacing Massadio Haidara.

The second half was comfortable for Newcastle, after a more competitive first half,  and we won the game fairly easily in the end.

Newcastle played this match in a professional way and it’s just a pity we conceded that penalty and couldn’t keep another clean sheet – but Steve McClaren will have been pleased with the way all the players applied themselves in this game.

So McClaren and his coaching staff are definitely starting to have a positive influence on the team – and that was our first win of the season.

Newcastle are now in the third round of the League Cup – a competition we could even win this season.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara (Ivan Toney, 79), Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong (c), Florian Thauvin (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 65); Ayoze Perez (Jack Colback, 72).

Northampton (4-5-1): Ryan Clarke, Jason Taylor, Ryan Cresswell, Joel Byrom, Nicky Adams, Alfie Potter (Lawson D’Ath, 62), David Buchanan, Rod McDonald, Ryan Watson (Sam Hoskins, 62), Adam Yates, Marc Richards (C) (Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 79).

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

Attendance: 26,923

Comments welcome.

Tags: Capital One Cup · League Cup · Match Reports · Newcastle News

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Great result 😀
    Ashley Out!

  • 2 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    same again on sat thauvin!

  • 3 Bambams // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Things are looking up…With respect to our opponents tonight we will have a much harder test against the Gunners

  • 4 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    swemag // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Awesome, I think we will win this cup easily.

    One of the finest posts I’ve ever seen. That must be what its like to be a Celtic fan!

  • 5 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    great start for the lad….1 goal 3 assists….yes it was lower opposition but can only play whats in front of you

  • 6 Bambams // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Next post…..
    ‘Van Dijk travelling direct to Newcastle ‘


  • 7 geordie157 // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Not much point doing a motm vote.
    Thauvin has to start vs arsenal.
    Did tiote improve as the game went on?

  • 8 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    he did geordie but dont think hes anywhere near ready tbh

  • 9 Bambams // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Hopefully another home tie for next round.

    Anything on later where we can watch the goals ?

  • 10 geordie157 // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Van dijk really struggled tonight and marcus Rosenberg isn’t exactly a world beater.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    never really rated van dijk tbh….not that ive seen much of him…just always heard hes not as good as the price tag would have you believing

  • 12 toon kk // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    seems like Thauvin has been a very good signing. Great to have some real quality.

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Good run out for the expected players. Willo scored so surely he earns his spot against the gunners ha ha ok I’ll stop. I know it will be a harder game on Saturday but this will give key personnel some decent match time. Ho hum, on to the next one.

  • 14 JamesToon // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Can’t say we’re gonna be lacking confidence going into the arsenal game. Hope Mitro can get his first goal soon

  • 15 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    hope so cant blow to much smoke up his arse coz after all it was northampton(nee offence)but done good 1st time out

  • 16 Polarboy // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    @Bambams. Don’t take this as gospel but I heard there won’t be a highlight show on until tomorrow night when all the ties have been played, and that the show is on channel 5.

  • 17 murvar // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Isn’t there a goals programme on Channel 5 at 11pm?

  • 18 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Lads a defence is more than 1 person, The Celtic lad can’t be the only one to blame for the defeat tonight. JT has had a stinker so far this season does that make him bad?

    Vincent Kompany had been piss poor for 12 months before this season started does that make him class all of a sudden? Chris smalling has kept 3 clean sheets in 3 games does this mean he’s a world beater now? Opinions change so quickly on this blog it’s mind numbing.

    In all reality we aren’t getting any CB’s, never have been and probably won’t be for the remainder of this season.

  • 19 geordie157 // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Wonder if kurzawa will stay at Monaco now they are out of the champions league.
    Wouldn’t mind us bidding for him and Martial.

  • 20 Bambams // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    I would take Vzn Dijk in a shot…
    He wants away, he has height znd pace.
    Would do well at our place.
    I have some close friends living above the border who are all Celtic fans but like many support the Toon.
    They reckon he is absolutely class and if he does leave they all hope it to us.

  • 21 Our Toon // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Correction Kompany has always been class, ,but his form last season was awful. Didn’t mean he was piss poor.

  • 22 Bambams // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Just looked and you are spot on.
    Channel 5 tomorrow night at 11pm
    Cheers fella

  • 23 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Brilliant. Couldn’t of went any better unless we kept a clean sheet aswell!

    De Jong has got game time.

    Thauvin has played brilliant and has had a proper run out.

    Janmatt has went someway in making up for his shocking game at Swansea.

    Squad players have had a run out.

    And as far as im aware..


  • 24 geordie157 // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Van dijk might be better than tonight’s showing,the back four were all poor with Craig Gordon keeping the score respectable.
    If it was 5mill then maybe.

  • 25 JAMSHA // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    any video highlights?

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    The draw is today was going to bed. Bet I have to wait

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    we lack cover at CM position with wat I was hearing nothing from Cheick and Goufrann.

  • 28 Scouse_geordie // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Anyone else think Haidara would make a better left winger than a lb? He always looks shakey defending but I have always rated him going forward. One of the few players we have who can beat a player and has a decent delivery

  • 29 geordiesteve520 // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    @19 Word on the street was that Chelsea were preparing a massive bod for Martial, in excess of 40 million! Didn’t think the potential was being realised for him to be worth that. Abdennour, not even in the squad so looks as though he’s moving on – Kurzawa was apparently given permission last week to discuss terms with PSG, not sure what’s happened there.

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