We were hoping for a win this afternoon, so we could go into the two week International break on a positive note – for a change.
And the lads put in another competent and confident showing to beat Brighton rather easily 2-0 and there were good performance all over the pitch today.
That £2.5M buy Isaac Hayden had an excellent game as did £4.5M Mohamed Diame – some of these signings are going to turn out to be terrific acquisitions by Rafa Benitez.
Yoan Gouffran had a great first half and hit the bar after 24 minutes after Jamaal Lascelles had headed home from a Matt Ritchie cross after 15 minutes to settle the nerves a bit and put the lads ahead.
Achraf Lazaar at St. James’ Park tonight
Jonjo Shelvey completed the scoring with a Hollywood drive (that was right on target) direct from a free kick after 63 minutes.
So we have won four in a row and we move up to fourth p[ace in the league, with the top two being Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who beat us in those first two games – they could be two surprise teams this season.
Norwich were beaten 3-0 at Birmingham and Aston Villa went down 3-1 at Bristol City who we managed to beat 1-0 last Saturday.
Palermo’s left-back Achraf Lazaar was at the game today and he will join us after he underwent a medical today – so he will be the left-back who will challenge Paul Dummett for a starting berth this season.
His fee is a reasonable £3M because he is in the last year of his contract at Palermo.
Daryl Murphy – joining from Ipswich Town
And Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy will be coming in for a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee earlier today.
There were rumors in the last day or two Newcastle were after him so those news reports turned out to be accurate.
he seems a strange singing but Rafa knows what he wants and how he will use him, so we’re sure that Daryl can do a job for us.
He must be delighted to join Newcastle United late in his career – it’s a great move for the big Irishman.
Ipswich Town manager revealed the news today:
“It’s a really good move for him in his career, at his age, and it’s good for us.” “I told the lads ‘come on, let’s get the elephant out of the room – Murphy’s going to Newcastle, let’s get on it’.”
“He asked for the transfer and we’ve agreed it.” “I think it’s one of those deals that if we didn’t let him go I don’t know how much we’d get out of him for a few weeks, and I get that.”
“I’ve got no animosity towards him. I understand why he wants to move because it’s Newcastle, and I said to him if somebody asked me I’d be sorely tempted and all.”
So after winning four on the trot we should see the announcement of those two players tomorrow and there’s also news that Chelsea’s 24 year-old Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu could be arriving soon on loan.
Things are starting to look rosy in the Newcastle garden.
It’s about time.
Howay The Lads!!!