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Newcastle 4 Reading 1 – Video Highlights

12:16 am, Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Here are the video highlights of tonight’s 4-1 win at home to Reading.

Tags: Championship · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Video

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FinnBarr // Aug 18, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    I’m still not convinced with Sels.Maybe he’ll settle in, but he still seems tentative on corners and skittish overall. Wouldn’t mind seeing Darlow start the next few.

  • 2 Pigott93 // Aug 18, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Listened to Gayle interview after the game where he mentioned that he liked playing up front with ayoze. Does this mean that Newcastle played an actually 442 can anyone tell me? I also think in a 442 gayle and mitro would complement each other very well

  • 3 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Any truth in the stories that the result flattered us? The Express and one or two other publications said thid and Stam claimed they were the better team? Load of nonsense? Great to get the win

  • 4 m1c4a3l // Aug 18, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    I heard that as well about the two up top tonight. Would be interesting if that was true or if the 10 role was slightly more advanced?

  • 5 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Excellent result tonight, not arsed about the performance, result is all that matters. No surprise that Anita was at RB and we win

    On janmaat, I see a few pointing out that he should be at RW, can you all explain why you think he’ll be any good in that role? He gets forward well, can’t cross and picks the keeper out repeatedly so why would anyone want a RW that can cross? The bloke is utter shite.

    Good news shelvey played well, hopefully he can repeat this away from home, I still feel we have a soft centre in midfield and tiote would improve that.

    Gayle getting a couple is very good news, Hayden looked better going forward, big concern is Ayoze Perez….the lad loves a flick but is going backwards, the sooner he’s dropped the better. Hopefully mitro replaces him and the lad realises he needs to do more.

    Overall, good news but we don’t look strong enough defensively, glad the hype lascelles has been dropped, would prefer krul over any of our keepers…..Diame to come back in. Positivity get in!!!

  • 6 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    Can’t cross not can cross…..Janmaat can’t cross to save his life

  • 7 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 18, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    We won but overall I think the score line was flattering. We need to improve dramatically if we are going to beat teams away from home.

  • 8 Laurent Robert The Legend // Aug 18, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    Phew!!..finally some good news to wake up with in the morning.

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 18, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    On SSN the pundit watching the game had Reading to score next at 1-1. Reading looked the better team and then the pen came. The way this went it could of been either way and it has to improve at home without a doubt.

    I don’t think the problems sit with Rafa though, it’s more to do with new players and with players needing to gel. Players coming in and leaving etc. Once the window closes and there is calm we will destroy this league.

  • 10 Big Archie // Aug 18, 2016 at 2:58 AM

    Oh no! Not the old 4 lucky break away goals excuse again!

  • 11 Blofal // Aug 18, 2016 at 4:13 AM

    Everyone seems to be arguing against 4-2-3-1 but the reason it’s the most used system is because it’s the most flexible.

    Push the number 10 forward slightly and instantly you have 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1.

    Drop the number 10 back and push the wingers forward and you have 4-3-3.

    In defence drop the midfield back to defend together and you have 4-5-1.

    Managers don’t actually play formations.. The game is much more fluid than that. 4-2-3-1 is the most flexible system and that is why most managers play it.

  • 12 expatmag // Aug 18, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    Depending on the personnel deployed, systems can be varied during the course of a game.

    When you see Rafa continually directing players during the game, thus is his way of changing systems within the game itself.

    My own preference for the team based on current personnel if today was the window closing, would be:


    Anita Lascelles Mbemba Dummett

    Sissoko Diame Shelvey Ritchie

    Mitrovic Gayle

    Subs; Elliott Hanley Janmaat Colback Hayden Perez Aarons

  • 13 Very Terry // Aug 18, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    Happy. I know it’s only highlights but so good to see black and white goals going in. Happy, happy, happy.

  • 14 Ian Toon // Aug 18, 2016 at 5:51 AM

    Great to be able to read such detailed reports from those at game. Thanks all.

  • 15 JDdubai // Aug 18, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    Probs agree with that Expat.

    As people have mentioned, its not the formation that really matters, its the personnel and tactics.

    Mitro and Gayle up front, 2 up front. Gayle drops into the hole to link play and its 4231. Really doesnt make a lot of difference as long as the players know what to do and how to make it work.

    Looking forward to getting Mitro back though, i hope he has done some growing up tho as we will be relying on him this season to stay on the pitch.

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 18, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    expat@12. Not enough steel in that midfield for me. Diame is a Sissoko type, not a hard at it no-nonsense player despite what people seem to think. Pull him and put Hayden in – maybe that would work.

  • 17 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 18, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    We were more clinical. This is important. Id take a poor 4-1 win like today. Lol.

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 18, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Just got in
    Don’t be fooled by the score 4 – 1 flattered the TOON
    Like a roll of wallpaper tonight appeared over a lot of cracks.
    a game of penalties we got one they got one they should of had another straight after we scored our penalty when they were the better team.

    still playing at a slow pace with to many cross field passes and backward football. attack to slow and ponderous with little movement off the ball

    My merit marks
    Sels 4 poor – got lucky when they hit the bar – distribution poor
    Dummett – 5 OK – just
    Clark – 4 – started well then went to the dogs
    Mbemba – 6 – pick of our defenders.
    Anita – 5 -OK at best
    Shelley 7 – one of his better games for the TOON – still lazy
    Ritchie 8 – Man of the Match – ball of energy – got attitude
    Hayden 6 – did OK scored a decent goal
    Goufran 6 – did a job linked up with attack
    Perez 4 – tried but ha lost the plot – lightweight
    Gayle 7- worked his socks off scored a good free kick and opportunist goal = but needs help up front.

    subs: not really on long enough to give a merit

    Crowd 48,000 – don’t think so but better atmosphere than Saturday

    This morning:
    Good result – signs of improvement but need to move the ball faster and keep it on the deck more.
    Ritchie – signing of the season – will struggle without him the catalyst for pushing us forward.
    Goufran – thought he had a very good game covered miles – ran himself into the ground – maybe Sissoko should take a leaf out of his book

    Sam’s comments: On Reading I did think they played the more controlled quicker tempo football should of had a pen but when it was turned down there was only one team in it – the TOON

  • 19 nut meg // Aug 18, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Points on the board was what we needed,we got them. Another 3 points at Bristol on Saturday giving us back to back wins will be a huge confidence booster for everybody.

  • 20 Ron Knee // Aug 18, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    A great confidence boost for Gayle. Some tough games ahead so come on, Rafa, more signings please!

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Aug 18, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Looking forward to my first game against Brighton

  • 22 hibbitt // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    when there’s no tv coverage the highlights are great but that’s what they are the highlights
    great result but still a lot of problems just hope Rafa can build on this
    not fussed on Sels at all

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    By then another two games under the belt Bristol City and Cheltenham – hopefully Mitro back and a couple of players in we should be up to speed.

  • 24 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Can anybody confirm from the highlights Perez looks much sharper providing good balls?

  • 25 Jib // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Frank de Boer has some of his people from Inter in Toon talking about Sissoko.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    “winning ugly” and getting a handy GD boost is the sort of day at the office we’ll probably need on a regular basis to succeed this season. Hope Shelvey can cement his starting place. Not because he’s ugly, but he brings something to the table the other midfielders we have don’t.

  • 27 Jib // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I was watching the Toon on Kodi while listening to Mick Lowes (the stream had no audio)

    I normally don’t listen to Radio Newcastle.

    What became clear quite soon is Lowes – who is a fairly good commentator – does have a down on certain players.
    Last night he was on Gouffran’s case all evening.
    Goofy actually had a fair game. He’s what’s needed in the Championship – a hundredpercenter.

    I wonder how many of our bloggers actually have their opinions formed by commentators ?

  • 28 SuperShearer // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Can we assume Sissoko’s ‘injury’ is simply him going to Rafa saying “I don’t think I should play” and Rafa deciding his attitude isn’t right but knowing full well if he keeps him he’ll need to get the fans back on his side?

  • 29 hibbitt // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:55 AM


    perez was very poor last night first touch was poor lost the ball way to often no end product not one of his better games in fact if it was up to me i would drop him to the bench

  • 30 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Charlie tks for that.sounds like we werent that good 🙁 but 4-1 is a fine :). I think we will pick up points away provided rafa is brave and doesnt populate the team with defensive players. He needed a rub of the green last night and got it. That will lift spirits. I think your assessment of hayden doesnt match others but its all about opinions. Am pleased too because i read comments on a Reading paper / blog that we are arrogant and have inflated expectations etc etc

  • 31 expatmag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM


    Personally have never taken much notice of commentators or pubdits although I do enjoy listening to Martin Tyler.

    Here in Australia, up until this season before Foxtel lost the EPL contract, we had to put up with Robbie Slater and Mark Bosnich along with a self professed Toon fan, Adsm Peacock.

    I am sure my aussie colleagues on here would agree with ne about being thankful we rarely have to put up with these bloody comedians any longer.

  • 32 hibbitt // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Munster Mag

    anyone reading this blog over the last few weeks would probably think that was a fair assessment of our fans

  • 33 expatmag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM


    I am sure this is the case as well as Tiote Saivet Riviete as well.

  • 34 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Shearer that sounds about right. I think we have over valued sissoko and probably wud have 25/30 million to play with now if we hadnt held out for 35k. Hopefully some mugs pay it though and we are quids in.

  • 35 Nufc-83 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Hayden and Richie will be the stand outs this season with Mbemba and gayle not far behind.

    It’s strange yet gayle has scored 3-3 but not really played that well yet lol (not complaining really).

    I think we will see a massive improvement when mitro is back as him and gayle will work much better due to our build up play and opposition tactics. The way I see it at the moment is our build up play is just too slow to allow us to use pace and by the time we get in the oppositions final 3rd they have set back up in formation. I also think teams will naturally pack the defence and sit deep against us do I can’t see pace in behind being that effective. Let’s see when mitro gets back on how we play as it should improve.

    Desperate for a left winger and target man striker before the window shuts.

  • 36 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Hibbitt u mean 120 points etc? Thankfully this blog isnt so widely read. Gorgon what were u at last nite ffs???

  • 37 Munster Mag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Nufc83 i thought gayle was much better than people gave him credit for v fulham. His touch was brilliant and movement good but we played sideways all night and didnt help him.i have a bet on him for top scorer in league

  • 38 hibbitt // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    not sure Rafa will play Gayle and Mitro as a partnership
    hope he does but time will tell

  • 39 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    expat yes, Aussie commentators are tragic, although I’ve met Les Murray socially a few times and he is a good bloke and funny.

  • 40 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    For a hour we were not that brilliant – had a lot of possession but created very little – when Reading got the ball they ere more direct.
    their heads went down when they had what looked like a light penalty turned down – After that there was only one team in it.

    Defence a major problem and RAFA knows that by chopping and changing players looking for the best combination – Going to be a few more games to sort that out.

    Hayden – tends to flit in and out of the game to much for me at the moment for being a central midfield player.


    I thought Goufran had a good game last night did the dirty work closed down opposition linked up play/filled the gap/hole in between attack and defence

    Off to get the chron to see what they make of it

  • 41 martoon // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Charlie @18 – I agree 4 – 1 flattered us but we were the better team. We dominated them for the first 35 minutes then faded for the last 10 minutes of the first half when they got their equaliser. Second half was more equal but we more clinical – once we got to 3 – 1 Rafa went defensive – 5 at the back then eventually Colback for Gouffran. I like Gouffran but thought while he worked hard he never beat or got in front of his man. I also was not convinced by Clark – gave away the penalty and hoofed a lot of balls forward.

  • 42 expatmag // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    We have a few tough games coming up where I am pretty sure teams will be taking points off each other.

    Bristol Brighton Norwichh Villa Wolves etc all coming up and some vital points to be won…….and lost.

  • 43 Spoof // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Although the scoreline may have been a bit flattering there were a lot of positives to take from the game, Gayle scoring two which is now 3 in three games which is a good start for him, Hayden seems to be decent, Anita who I really dislike in midfield as he is too negative played quite well as a defender, better than Janmaat, which doesn’t take much doing, I’d rather have had Gamez play but credit where it’s due Anita doesn’t let us down when played at right back, but the biggest positive by a mile was Rafa, against Huddersfield we only selected two out and out attacking players in Aarons and Gayle, which was dreadful, but against Reading we had Ritchie, Gayle, Gouffran and Perez so even though it may not have been a great performance at least Rafa gave us some attacking options and with Hayden getting forward as well which was an added bonus I have to say that I feel a bit better now than what I have done so far this season, I just hope that he continues to play at least four out and out attacking players, and I also hope that if he persists on playing Anita then it is at right back.

  • 44 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    martoon – nobody has ever been convinced by Clark – a truly bizarre signing

  • 45 Nufc-83 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Clarke is awful I think lascelles will come back to form he showed at the end of last season and take that other spot (not seen much of Hanley to judge though).

    Gouffran was getting ripped by the commentators who said he touched the ball twice in the second half. They said well there another manager who has seen what he does on training ground does not count for in games.

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    A win is a win gents, if we won 4-1 without playing well then i hate to think what
    the scores going to be when when we are on form, Stam moaned our 2nd goal changed the match claiming it was a soft penalty, seconds later they should have had one but didnt, well Stam shit happens, we should have had a penalty against Fulham then they scored right on half time, don’t care what anyone says, we won, got the goals and its about time we had some frigging luck.

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Got to laugh though, Hayden haters at the weekend loved him last night.

    Ha ha ha

  • 48 nut meg // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    from newsnow, has anyone seen this lad play?

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    The last time we were in the championship we got outplayed by a lot by teams but still ran out winning games by a few goals we just had more clinical finishers than the other teams which is what we had last night

    13 days till the window closes can we get all the players we need in ? Busy few weeks

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    All this “Result flattered us” talk is pointless. You don’t win 4-1 by accident. It means we clearly got the attack right at least, and only letting one in (a penalty) means we mostly got the defence right. Posession isnt everything (unless you are barca) and teams that get big score line often have lower posession stats at the end of the game, because A) we do something with it as soon as we get it and B) the other team want to hold on to the ball more, because they are getting thumped, but just end up passing it around in neutral areas.

  • 51 Spoof // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    I wasn’t aware that there were any Hayden haters, I must of missed that, what were the reasons given for having a go at him !

  • 52 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:53 AM


    I did see one or two comments saying he should be dropped, but not many. Not really any hate either. I think him and Ritchie ar our best signings so far.

  • 53 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:54 AM


  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:55 AM


    When I’ve got time i will look at the comments from the game, same old rubbish when players don’t play well.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Maybe hate is a bit harsh, perhaps moaned is a better word, still makes me chuckle though.

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Matt Ritchie has been brilliant from day one, still can’t believe we’ve got him, it’s a pity Townsends not here, i know he didn’t want to stay but he if we had him on the left wing and Ritchie on the right, that would have scared all the full backs in the championship.

  • 57 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM


    Yeah i see what you mean. Some people can’t wait to have a pop. I was pretty negative after the first two defeats, but I didnt put it down to the players or manager, more because of the current culture of failure at the entire club. We need a few more big wins to flush all that away.

  • 58 Spoof // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM


    I haven’t seen much but from what I have seen I would tend to agree with you, Ritchie looks a real goodun to me and Hayden looks as if he could hold his own in the anchor role which is what you want from an anchor man, I have to say that I’m disappointed with the fan reaction to Gayle, the first two games we were so negative that a service to him just wasn’t there, last night was the first time Rafa’s tactic’s game him a chance, and as it stands he has currently scored three in three and had one disallowed, for me he has had a good start to his Newcastle career, just a shame that he isn’t getting the recognition that he deserves, at the end of the day if we don’t give him a service he will never score.

  • 59 SPRINGY // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    people will have to show some patience with the cb’s,
    when hanley played it was his first game,with little pre-season with the other players but was doubted straight away,
    lascelles its start of the season,made captain,so more pressure will take a little time to adjust to that,
    clark,first game in a changed side,thats already under pressure coz they’ve lost 2 games most people thought they would win…
    mbemba is the only one who’s done himself justice but surprise… he’s the only one not much has changed for…not been made captain,not moved,….at least give them the chance get there feet under the table before dragging them over the coals….they may fail but to early to be tearing strips off them.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:11 AM


    We will be fine, Rafa needs to sort out what he thinks is our best 11 and formation, was watching Sky Sports News all evening and Tony Gale was covering the match and I’m sure he said we were playing 442, i think that’s why Gayle had a good game, I’ve said it all along, we need to play 2 up front, should be Mitrovic and someone else. Don’t think 42321is working.

  • 61 Spoof // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:11 AM


    I didn’t blame the players for the first two games either, but I did blame the manager as for me he was far too conservative and he didn’t play with enough attacking players, last night he did so fingers crossed he will continue in this vein and if so then after a few more games and hopefully a few more points on board then the confidence may kick in, I just hope that he doesn’t revert to a more defensive selection an Saturday as the chances are Bristol City will possibly play the game as if it is an away game and try to hit us on the break, we have to continue as we did last night and pick a side which tries to break down defensive teams.

  • 62 welshgeordie9 // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Saying that though Tony Gayle did keep saying we were getting out numbered in midfield.

  • 63 Spoof // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    welsh @60

    I think that 4-2-3-2-1 formation you mentioned would work, but I doubt the ref would allow us to play with 13 players lol.

  • 64 nico // Aug 18, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    At the game last night, here’s my thoughts.
    My merit marks
    Sels 4 – So far I don’t rate him. Even when he saves the ball he pushes back into the danger zone.
    Dummett 5– Skipper for the day. Average performance.
    Clark – 4 – Didn’t win many headers and gave away a pen with a clumsy tackle.
    Mbemba – 7– Did well and looked quite solid.
    Anita – 6 – Did well, his best position at RB for sure.
    Shelley 8 – Always looks for a forward pass. Set up so many attacks with inventive passes, also he puts in a good tackle.
    Ritchie 9 – Man of the Match. Outstanding player to watch. Great skill and energy and commitment.
    Hayden 8 – Scored and got forward well, also good in the tackle. I think he will get better and better.
    Goufran 5 – Not sure why he played, but did okay.
    Perez 4 – Poor touch, lacks strength. He also seems to have no pace now. Needs to toughen up. I think Armstrong can do better.
    Gayle 8- worked his socks off scored a great free kick and poached a goal late on. That’s 3 for him, all in the same net.

    We played better as a team tonight and hunted them down in packs. We had less possession but that was because we were more direct which I like. Didn’t spend 5 mins passing it around at the back. We switched play well and used the ball over the top. Once Mitro is back it will be interesting to see what Rafa does. I personally would like to see Mitro and Gayle up top with Ritchie on one side and Aarons on the other. That would give Championship defences nightmares.

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