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Great Fightback By Newcastle To Earn Point In A Thriller

9:58 pm, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Newcastle were 2-0 down in this game in the first half after 38 minutes and given how we had failed to score in the last four games things didn’t look too good.

But Newcastle came storming back with goals from Wijnaldum just before half time and then Mitrovic scored a penalty after 68 minutes after being brought down in the penalty box by Smalling and the Serbian coolly slotted the ball home.

Mike Dean gave Newcastle a penalty after he had given the Red Devils a very soft penalty after only 9 minutes when Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball – but he wasn’t even looking at the ball.

paul dummett scores

Paul Dummett equalizes in 90th minute

But then at 2-2 Wayne Rooney scored a screamer after 79 minutes and it looked like Newcastle would go down to their 5th defeat in a row.


But the lads kept attacking in a wide open game and they were roared on by the crowd – who had come alive after we had got back to 2-2.

And then with time running out it was Paul Dummett on 90 minutes with an absolute left foot rocket that screamed into the back of the net got Newcastle a thoroughly well deserved point and it ended all square at 3-3.

But another dodgy penalty decision by Mike Dean against Newcastle for their first goal very early in this game was another poor decision by a Premier league referee and another soft one for one of the glamour clubs.

Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball yet he was looking away – so how could that have been intentional?

But it could well have been another game in which Newcastle played their hearts out and got nothing from it – but this time we got a point and it seemed like a win at the very end.

The Red Devils will rue some missed chances especially from Rooney in the first half and an absolute sitter that Jesse Lingard missed in the second half after 55 minutes that had Louis van Gaal holding his head in his hands.

A very good point for Newcastle and you cannot accuse the lads of not playing their hearts out tonight in what was some game between the old rivals of the Kevin Keegan era.

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote (Toney, 85), Colback (Gouffran, 81), Wijnaldum; Mitrovic, Perez (de Jong, 90). Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Marveaux.

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard (Memphis, 64), Herrera (Mata, 75), Martial, Rooney. Subs not used: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Weir, Pereira.

Goals: Rooney 9 (pen), 79, Lingard 38, Wijnaldum 42, Mitrovic 67 (pen), Dummett 90

Bookings: Fellaini 25, Herrera 30, Tiote 35, Smalling 65

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM


  • 2 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Colos passing first 15 minutes was diabolical, but as the game grew he started chucking himself under trains, bug fix him we would have lost. Elliot played very well to. Dummet for me only just redeemed himself for that shocking decision to let ball bounce off him rather than let it ride and Rooney had it teed up.

    Wijnaldum can’t half shift when he wants, Colback actually pretty serviceable, not unexpected given his replacements were watching. Sissoko in equal parts fantastic and diabolical. Mitrovic is not brilliant but he is a handful. Don’t think he’ll be a great goalscorer for us. Perez was strangely subdued I thought. Janmaat at fault again, nowhere near for lindgards goal at all. Tiote looked steady tonight, flashes of his old self, good and bad.

    Hats off to the ref for limiting us to one penalty and getting the dubious decision award.

  • 3 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Pleased for fans though one of those great nights when you couldn’t bear to look.

  • 4 cyprus // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Colo was probably the best overall but others had great games too. Sissoko, wini…

  • 5 toonbrother // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    comic relief of the game
    In case anyone missed it .lololol

  • 6 DENIro // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Perez was bad today, as in the previous matches, because he does not play in his position. He is a striker ..
    And Mitrovic would be better with a partner in the attack ..
    Gouffran as a defensive midfielder?!?
    The team should be organized and it will be better ..

  • 7 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    its a point earned so cant grumble to much….but they can infuriate me sometimes by there slack passing there, there awareness of surrounding players they’ve played in this league long enough to know slack passes put ya team in the shite and same with getting caught on the ball….ano ive few times but cant believe how bad perez was tonight…looked like he had drunk a bottle of night nurse and was asleep!

  • 8 AMEOBI // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Some disgusting sad comments on here mind. Constantly complaining about little things, obviously there is mistakes in games, fantastic result there is no way you can fault that performance, seriously!

  • 9 Graeme // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    What a game, despite the referee.
    IF we continue to play like that, with effort and passion, we will NOT be relegated.
    A great game of football, thoroughly enjoyable, except when Manure scored, and the Ref’s bi-focals steamed up lol.

  • 10 manxpie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Sparky it’s our midfield that has been the problem look at the last 5 games great defending but fusk all attack that shows that defence isn’t the problem

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Shit on the fans who left before the end.

  • 12 Nufc-83 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Not often Perez has a poor game but he didn’t do well tonight. Looking forward to getting a proper winger back in Aaron’s and mitro will benefit also.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Gini Wijnaldum, Gini Wijnaldum

  • 14 Thump // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Why isn’t Stone Cold Chris Smalling an option, Ed?

  • 15 Nufc-83 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Van gaal complaining about ref saying decisions against him feel like smashing his face clean off!!

  • 16 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    refs have got to start cutting out this NFL tackling coz it was happening all night absolute disgrace….and people say mitro is thug…next to fallaini he’s mary bloody poppins!!….the man gets away with murder….christ even tiote looked like poppins compared to him!!…..unbelievable.

  • 17 Graeme // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Yes, Blackley, Winegum was superb tonight, no doubt about it.

  • 18 Nufc-83 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    For me gini was a class above and is on a different level to the rest of the team at the moment

  • 19 firebug666 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Van Gaal is an idiot, Poor me poor me poor me another drink.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Toonbotherer that is a great clip because it defines exactly how little your know about what is going on. Coloccini is being turned by Wayne Rooney because he has an impossible situation, knowing there is a player available to run on ( lindgaard) . If you looked at the camera behind the playground, you’ll notice Janmaat allowing the latter to run by him and into space where Rooney can pass to him. You are a fool blinded by your dislike for one man. You are also an idiot when it comes to football, an absolute grade a idiot.

  • 21 WestOzMag // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Shelvey for colbeck in an instant. He offers very little does colbeck. Good 2nd half . Deserved the point if not all 3

  • 22 lukes26 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Gini’s best game in the black and white, Colo and Tiote both were excellent as well

  • 23 firebug666 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    It’s mouthwatering to think what will become our midfield, just cannot wait to see Shelvey and Saviet with Sissoko and Wijnaldum.

  • 24 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Agree with Blackley there like, I’ve never left a match before the end, I never understand that one. I remember a few years back seeing more goals in the last three minutes than many fans who left after 85. We had a stat on it I’m sure.

  • 25 daztoon // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Loonbrother that clip shows what a tool you are. Colo did the right thing holding the player on the ball up, how is he supposed to pick the runner up as well !.

    Great effort by ALL THE players never gave in and fully deserved the draw

  • 26 manxpie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Ffs we are still STILL!!!!! giving him bait come on bloggers especially you tsunki give it up!

  • 27 lukes26 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Tsunki …agreed.

    Colo was last man against the greatest English striker of our generation and restricted him to a pass

    it was above average defending

  • 28 Harley // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    I went for winaldum but thought colo, tiote and sissoko were close behind.

    Great team performance.

  • 29 clinath@ed // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Toonbrother……how can you call yourself a fan. Your obsession with one player is embarrassing enough, but to put that video link up half way through a game, when the rest of us were hurting and screaming at the tv, has me seriously contemplating your TOON loyalty.
    Please desist, change you name or just Fock off.

  • 30 Bambams // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Pleased we got something.
    Pleased Mitro got a goal

    We have to get 3 points against WH

  • 31 daztoon // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Bait for what being made a mug by his own link that is priceless.

  • 32 manxpie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Sisko for me he was on it all game and i can’t quite forgive wiji for his first miss
    and Sisko actually is looking like a complete player defensively as well he made us tick today

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Typical just got back in, first match I’ve missed in years and it sounds like an absolute belter. Not even any MOTD on so I hope Ed has got some video highlights coming up soon.

    Was our friend Mike Dean a tit as usual? I was meant to write ”at it” but I think I was right first time!

    Any indvidual performances of note or generally good all round?

  • 34 Small World // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Felt like the old days tonight. Cracking atmosphere , both teams up for it. Minor scuffles in the main stand (mostly handbags at 6 and a bit if a laugh) as folks got carried away. Guy in front me left 5 mins early as he does every week, as he can’t stand the tension. The usual happenned:0) Colo, Tiote and Gini all had barnstorming games. Bring on the next one!

  • 35 clinath@ed // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    That performance should have done wonders for our confidence.

  • 36 ronaldo aarons // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Van gaal has a cheek. Fair enough our penalty that we got could be debated but I think we should have got 2 earlier on even right at the end on Young toney who was rugby tackled off the ball. Not mentioning the fact that their penalty was very harsh on us. Plus the fact that Fellini and smalling weren’t sent off. Tool.

  • 37 toonbrother // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    cant stop laughing at this clip

    what i dont understand is how lindgard manages to score at the near post despite colo lunging in to block the shot
    Lol its like colo has some sort of special invisibility quality
    he is transparent to the ball

  • 38 Tsunki // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Wijnaldum played against manure one of his first games and was class then I believe. Tonight he seemed to pick up pace at will and drift past players. He needs the right position, the right players around him

    Also, I laughed at some of the great tackles colo actually got away with tonight.

    Props to whoever called Fallacious would be swinging both arms and nasty tackles tonight, the where’s wally fan never disappoints does he?

  • 39 Small World // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Rotonda. Mike Dean a bigger tit than usual….

  • 40 optimistic prime // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Is the mop top thug having a go at Gini in the pic?

    Looking foward to seeing Shelvey in the team. Can’t see Steeve starting both so it’s Shelvey plus? I think Steeve will give Colback the nod, I wouldn’t.

    How about a striker Ashley?

  • 41 Obafan // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Elliot: fantastic safe on Fallaini (who should not be on the pitch after half an hour) his header. Deserve his spot 500%

    Janmaat: needs to defend tighter (last goal he kept running backwards), but at good link up play with Sissoko. Needs to deliver better crosses
    Mbemba: good defender
    Colo: the last games he is acting like a captain, willing to throw himself in front of every ball
    Dummett: how this guy gets near the first team is incredible. Cannot defend at all, hoofs the ball upfield constantly. But Thank you Paul for that screamer of a goal!!!!

    Sissoko: great 2nd half, and will be vital for our 2nd part of the season
    Colback: hope I never see him in the starting line-up again. Headless chicken
    Tiote: stupid pass that lead to the 2nd goal for ManU, but for the rest he was brilliant
    Perez: should be dropped. Shows not much of an interest to be honnest. Think his head is not in Newcastle…
    Wijnaldum: FANTASTIC!!!!!

    Mitrovic: worked very hard and I was so afraid when he stepped up to take that penalty, casue I know from his Anderlehct days that he missed quite a few overther. Great penalty now!!!

    Gouffran: how on Earth how they playuing him as CDM. I start to feel sorry for him; was bought as a striker and has played 0 minutes in his natural position. In 2 months time he will be played as CB.
    Toney: cannot judge the lad.

    De Jong: I really feel sorry for him. Think he will be sold ASAP.

    McCLaren: should have subbed a lot faster, but he finally realised what Wijnaldum’s best position is. Play Saivet and Shelvey behind Wijnaldum and that is more than sorted.

    Overall great point but we could/maybe should have had 3 points after today’s performance. But we are growing…

  • 42 wynsleap // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Another example of the’ big’ teams bringing their own referee to the match. They shouldn’t have had a penalty and we should have had two. Having said that a magnificent effort from the lads tonight. Thoroughly deserved a point if not three.
    Put Shelvey in to the midfield who’ll really galvanise this team instead of the extremely limited Colback and hopefully Saivet too (although I don’t know much about him) and we may start to move on from here.
    Very surprised at the recent form of Perez, he’s certainly not producing what he is certainly capable of.
    Didn’t see the point of bringing Gouffran on as he has no future at this club. Ultimately the purchase of a top class goalscorer to go alongside the willing Mitrovich and a better left back to replace Dummett will really push us on.
    An experienced reputable and successful manager to take charge of these players would also be very nice Mr Ashley. Benitez, Moyes, De Boer, Rogers, Mourinho – take your pick. We have to upgrade this club THROUGHOUT.

  • 43 goommy // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    One word. SPIRIT!! HWTL

    P.S. can’t wait to see our next match with Jonjo and Saivet on our midfield. much improve for sure 😀

  • 44 Moonraker15 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    2-0 down v Man Utd and get a draw! No complaints from me even tho I backed us to win! Proud of the lads and optimistic for the future!

  • 45 manxpie // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Daztoon don’t know if ya know but this has been going on for months and months if not years!
    Attention seeking comes to mind lol

  • 46 toon kk // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Great point for the club and I’m proud of our team tonight, not very often you can say that. Well done the Toon.

  • 47 daztoon // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:26 PM


    Yes ,more delusional than attention seeking and to put that clip up and have a go at Colo who did all the right things being last man just confirms it.

    He will disappear as usual with Colo playing well and it not being a defeat

  • 48 Moonraker15 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    LVG hasn’t got over Tino’s hat trick against his Barco team in the CL in the 90’s hahaha

  • 49 CookyToon // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Great effort but I hope Dummet and Mitro scoring doesn’t give the powers that be an excuse not to buy a LB or ST!!

    Cant and never will be able to work Sissoko out, one minute world beater the next clumbsy fool. Think his flashes of brilliance are more lucky than anything else??

    Shelvey great acquisition, I like the idea of having a bit of an English core In the team, something I think we’ve sorely missed since the Barton/Nolan/Carrol days so welcome the idea of Townsend/Berahino et al.

  • 50 Moonraker15 // Jan 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM


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