Newcastle 4 Reading 1 – Video Highlights

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

64 comments so far

  • FinnBarr

    Aug 18, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #1

    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.

  • Pigott93

    Aug 18, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #2

    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

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #3

    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

  • m1c4a3l

    Aug 18, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #4

    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?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 18, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #5

    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!!!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 18, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #6

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

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 18, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Aug 18, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #8

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

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 18, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #9

    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.

  • Big Archie

    Aug 18, 2016 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #10

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

  • Blofal

    Aug 18, 2016 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #11

    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.

  • expatmag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #12

    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

  • Very Terry

    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #13

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

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #14

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

  • JDdubai

    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #15

    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.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #17

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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #18

    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

  • nut meg

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #19

    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.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #20

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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Looking forward to my first game against Brighton

  • hibbitt

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #22

    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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #24

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

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #25

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

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #26

    “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.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #27

    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 ?

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    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?

  • hibbitt

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #29


    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

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #30

    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

  • expatmag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #31


    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.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #32

    Munster Mag

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

  • expatmag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #33


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

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #34

    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.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #35

    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.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #36

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

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #37

    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

  • hibbitt

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38

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

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #39

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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #40

    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


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