Newcastle Win 8th Game In A Row – First Time in Eleven Years

Newcastle got their 8th win in a row in all competitions in front of another fantastic crowd of 51,247 at St. James’ Park this afternoon and that was the first time we had done that since February and March of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.

And it’s 7 wins in a row today in the Championship against a very decent Cardiff City side and are now 6 points clear at the top of the league with Brighton playing at Bristol City in the late kick-off game today.

We did have 7 league wins in a row when Chris Hughton was manager in our 2009-2010 promotion season.


Christian Atsu scores after just 3 minutes this afternoon

It seemed to be  mission accomplished for Newcastle who were 2-0 up at half time and looked like they were cruising to victory, but Cardiff City showed some guts and courage in the second half and came right at Newcastle.

The Magpies got off to a great start when Christian Atsu got his second goal for Newcastle after just 3 minutes when he was set up by Mitrovic who showed how unselfish he is and a real team player.

Christian had mentioned last week he wanted to improve his game in several areas – with the most important being scoring more goals – so he did well today and had a very good game.

Newcastle were on top and were raining in shots at the Cardiff City goal and we went 2-0 up just before half time when that man Yoan Gouffran finished nicely for his 4th goal of the season after he was nicely set up by DeAndre Yedlin.

But there were worrying signs before Yoan scored that Newcastle had gone off the boil.


Yoan Gouffran scores second goal

Early in the second half it was Atsu, who had another excellent game for Newcastle, went close when his shot was deflected over the bar, but Newcastle couldn’t get that third goal.

And  Cardiff did much better and came back into the game as the second half progressed and after missing a few chances it was Peter Whittingham who pulled one back for the visitors after 73 minutes to make it 2-1.

Newcastle then had to hold on for the 3 points in a nervous finale, but this team is showing some resilience and we managed to hold out for the very valuable 3 points and we go even further ahead in the Championship table.

21 points from the last 21 played for and Norwich were beaten again – this time 3-2 at home to Leeds United and Huddersfield Town could only draw 1-1 at home to Birmingham City.

Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Atsu (Diame, 89), Perez, Gouffran (Anita, 72); Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Sels, Hanley, Lazaar, Colback, Gayle.
Cardiff: Amos, Bennett, Morrison, Bamba, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Richardson (Whittingham, 75), Hoilett, Noone (Harris, 75), Lambert (Chamakh, 72).
Subs not used: Wilson, Manga, Gounongbe, O’Keefe. Goals: Atsu 3, Gouffran 45, Whittingham 77 Booking: Gunnarsson 85
Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 51,257

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10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I forgot it’s Guy Fawkes , it’s starting to sound like Beirut outside !

  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa stays ahead of the pace….

    New Rafalutionaries (16-17) P16 W12 D1 L3 (F34 A13) pts37

    Old Hughtonians (09-10) P16 W10 D3 L3 (F25 A10) pts33

  • JackBall

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I know Rafa keeps saying not to worry about not scoring a boatload, but the only worrying thing is back to back two goal leads turned into a bit of a nervous ending. I have not seen us countered against too often, so keeping up the offensive pressure just seems to be a better option.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #4


    Bet you’d rather be in Benwell though.

    What’s the silence before the Chelsea match for? Surely can’t be about Remembrance Day, that’s next Friday.

    Maybe it’s the Chelski fans showing respect to Mourinho? Harrumph

  • AndyMac

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Nearest match to Rememberance Sunday as it’s International break time again ;-(

  • AndyMac

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Mitrovic got top marks on the poll but Cardiff saying he was dealt with easily ? Any thoughts ?

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7


    Thanks for that. Forgot about the break.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8


    I think our fans’d vote Mitro MoM even if wasn’t playing!

  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Mitro was up against arguably Cardiff’s best player the man mountain called Sol Bamba.
    By keeping him occupied Big Al allowed other players to shine.

  • jasper

    Nov 5, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Might beat Charlie to it
    Darlow 7. Not a lot to do. One iffy flap at a corner but generally ok
    Yedlin 9 my MoM. Up against a v tricky winger, got up and down the wing, made second goal
    Clark 7 made some good forays up field but beaten in the air too often
    Lascalles. 6 See Clark minus forays
    Dummett 7 Did ok. Starting to use his pace to go outside defenders
    Shelley 7 Did his best, energetic but ran out of steam again. Not one of his more memorable games
    Hayden 8 Generally involved in much of the play, did the reverse of a Sissolo.
    Gouffran 8 made multiple Gayle like runs when ball was deep and never got a pass. Did his bit and got the goal
    Perez 6 another flatters to deceive afternoon
    Atsu 7. Ok, got a goal but missed an easy chance by a mile, unwilling to take on the FB and lost the ball far too often
    Motto 8 Set up Atsu very unselfishly. Worked hard, his miss was difficult

    Referee. -5 see multiple blog entries…. ditto Milburn stand linesman. Gave us nothing


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