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Newcastle Player – Hard Work In Training Made The Difference

9:51 am, Sunday, April 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Andros Townsend was born to play for Newcastle United and he seems to be a player who is lifted by the Newcastle crowd to play at his best at St. James’ Park.

He’s not too bad away from home either and the 24 year-old  had another excellent game for us yesterday and he made one and scored one – our third goal after 89 minutes that was brilliantly set up by substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The 21 year-old Serbian again made a telling late impact with his 10 minute cameo role and he had a hand in both late goals.


Andros Townsend after scoring excellent goal after 89 minutes

This is what Andros Townsend told BBC Sport immediately after the game:

“It’s been a long time coming,”  “We thoroughly deserved it today. The hard work on the training field has come to fruition. The manager’s ideas finally clicked into place.”

“When you play away from home it’s always difficult but at home it’s different. The fans were great. It’s massively important to build on this – it’s a make or break week.”

“Now on Tuesday the fans will be on our side and hopefully it’ll be a great night at St James’ Park.”

“Having four out of the last six games at home is massive.”

We have now taken 28 points from 33 league games and we need more wins in the last five games to stay up – and that has to be three wins at least – so it’s still going to be extremely difficult.

But one of the many things about yesterday’s game was that the passion and fight was there from the players and they redeemed themselves a little after last weeks’ disgrace at Southampton.

It’s going to be very difficult, but we somehow have to get a win against Manchester City at home on Tuesday night and a sell-out crowd would certainly help.

Some of the Geordie pride was restored yesterday but we still have a long way to go if we are to save our season.

We should go down fighting – right until the end and Rafa has vowed his players will fight to the last minute of the last game.

We need that fight and passion if we are to have any chance of Premier League football next season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.

Tags: Andros Townsend · Coaching · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Apr 17, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Just realised (i think) where you are.
    We watched the Southampton match in a bar in Benidorm called The Gallowgate.

    One and the same ?

  • 2 c-dog // Apr 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    He works hard, I’ll give him that.

  • 3 cyprus // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    You could give him a bit more 🙂

    That goal last week was not commented on much, because we aggregately realised we’re more likely to go down than not, but it was incredible. I’d like to know the speed of that shot.

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Looking at Sunderlands fixtures they have a real chance as well but I feel a lot of the other teams wont be as poor as Norwich who made Sunderland look like Barcelona at times!

    Arsenal don’t like playing against Allardyce’s teams but Arsenal are full strength going forward so hopefully will just be able to brush them aside

    Stoke are on the beach and Hughes will lie down for Big Sam !

    Don’t really know what Chelsea team will turn up now they then have Everton and Watford who will either be in FA Cup final or on the beach ….

    So we really need to beat City or Liverpool and get a draw in the other game

  • 5 cyprus // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Couldn’t find the speed, found the England goal, from his right foot. Thought he had no power on that! 23 yards in less than a second. 77 mph. I’d argue his leftie goal last week beat that.

  • 6 Bambams // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I wonder what the craic is with Doumbia ?

    Is he that bad, injured or what is stopping him bring picked for the bench

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Sadly no – I was at the game yesterday in the Gallowgate End.
    Pub I was in The Bridge at the end of the High Level.

    ‘Gallowgate in Benidorm’ – canny name that
    a tad warmer than the Gallowgate in the TOON – bloody Freezin’ for April yesterday

  • 8 cyprus // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    On the points thing, we are favourites to go down, out of the three, as they already have more points in the bank. Regarding the upcoming vs. big teams, logically both NUFC and Sunderland will lose to City and Arsenal, 3-0 a piece. But miracles happen.

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Saying I am sure Wenger would love to send Big Sam down!!

    Hate that Cattermole how does he get away with some of his challenges ?!

  • 10 Bambams // Apr 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Cheers for that fella. I put two and two together and got six !

    Good friend of mine Gareth used to be the manager at the Bridge. Good bar

    Cheers fella

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