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Stunning Gouffran Goal Propels Newcastle To 2-0 Win

9:59 pm, Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Two goals in two minutes in the first half was enough to see Newcastle get some level of revenge on Wolves and win this 3rd round EFL Cup tie by a score o f 2-0 and it was important for the lads to get another clean sheet.

The goals came from our two wingers.

Matt Ritchie scored the first after 29 minutes when he played a nice one-two with Colback and then he moved inside and hit the ball home to put us ahead in the game.

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Matt Ritchie scores Newcastle’s first goal after 29 minutes

The on 32 minutes if was Matt Ritchie as the provider this time as his cross was met by Yoan Gouffran who smashed the ball home brilliantly for another stunning goal to make it 2-0.

Good to see the renaissance man scoring his second goal of the season and what a goal it was.

Rafa Benitez had made 8 changes to the side that put up such a poor show on Saturday and the lads delivered the goods and we are through to the last 16 of the EFL Cup.

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Yoan Gouffran scored another stunning goal
Rafa liked it!

Goals change games so it may have been different if Wolves’  Jed Wallace had taken the excellent chance he had and not shot straight at goalkeeper Karl Darlow after 25 minutes.

But once Newcastle got ahead their confidence grew and the win was hardly in doubt once we were 2-0 up.

And the crowd was a very good 34,735. given what happened n Saturday and this was a Tuesday night game – great support again from the Geordie faithful.

Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Lazaar; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie (Lascelles, 86), Diame (Perez, 72), Gouffran (Atsu, 74); Murphy.
Subs not used: Woodman, Hayden, Mitrovic.

Wolves: Lonergan; Silvio, Iorfa, Hause, Borthwick-Jackson; Coady, Teixeira (John, 46), Saville; Mason (Price, 62), Gladon, Wallace (Bodvarsson, 77).
Subs not used: Ikeme, Batth, Doherty, Oniangue.

Goals: Ritchie 29, Gouffran 31

Attendance: 34,735

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Murphy deserved his game, and Gayle has scored goals so Rafa can hardly marginalise either for the returning Mitro, who still may well start at Villa. We would probably need one to emerge as the go to and dominant striker if we were to guarantee promotion and I’d agree the one with the greatest capacity is Mitrovic. It does look though that our best bet is one of the big men up top, with Diame and Perez in the hole, leaving Gayle with a more uncertain role.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Jimmy,
    I think Goofy’s emergence has made this more difficult. Gayle spoke of Rafa talking to him about playing wide when he signed. But Goofy’s performances have made him difficult to leave out. Maybe Gayle will drop into the number 10 at some point in the next few weeks with one of Mitro or Murphy. I think that would require a more solid bas in midfield, and could well come about if Tiote is brought back into the fold.

  • 3 BandB // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    I think Gayle was bought to play fresh and fire us to promotion with 20 goals.

    The key is for him to play fresh. He has his chance to make a huge name for himself by making it 30. But I don’t think he will, and I don’t think that much is riding on it in the longer term.

  • 4 BandB // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Gouffran could get 15-20, as could Shelvey, as could Ritchie.
    The Keegan promotion was built on goals from midfield.
    Murphy and Gayle are not the future. They are for the here and now.
    The Mitrovic and Perez pairing will get plenty of game time.

  • 5 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Yeah, Gouffran has emerged to join a number of others, and so some players surely must drop down the pecking order while others rise as Benitez really gets to know the group. I suspect Gayle will be one of those who slip a little. Still used, and still useful, but not a regular starter. I’m a little biased though, I’ll admit that. It’s seems more natural for us to have a powerful striker up top and I’m a Mitrovic fan. We are a far more exciting proposition when he plays I think.

  • 6 Big Archie // Sep 21, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Its interesting how everyone is talking about pecking orders and not marginalising players, completely ignoring the act that Rafa’s philosophy of rotation punts all that into touch.

    Rafa was heavily criticised at Liverpool for this, and after the Wolves loss last weekend is already being criticised here too.




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