Newcastle Fans React To Vital 3-1 Win Against Forest

It wasn’t a good display tonight but good teams get wins when they are not particularly playing well and it was an excellent 3 points that put us back on top of the Championship table.

Fog caused the Brighton vs Cardiff game to be called off on the south coast and the Reading vs Fulham game was abandoned at half time because of fog.

More games tomorrow but we now have 52 points from 24 games and a goal difference of +29.

Dwight Gayle scores again – this man is precious

8 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #1

    ED your best player for newcastle was gayle not playing as his name is not there haha

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #2


    Before I say anything, I haven’t been to a match for years so can’t comment with any authority on games.
    However, as an avid reader of this blog, I often wonder what goes on in some folks’ minds.
    Having been close to being relegated last season as a result of board and management incompetence, the powers that be were forced by the realisation that it would severely affect Ashley’s investment, to change their approach to running a football club and appointed (and subsequently retained) a manager with international credibility. When Rafa couldn’t stave off relegation, fans were seemingly desperate that he stay with Newcastle United and rebuild the club with a view to on-field success. It was fans’ desire to retain Rafa that he said it was that that convinced him to stay.
    He has made massive changes at the club by among other things starting an almost total rebuild of the first team squad. What Rafa lacked though was first hand experience in the Championship.
    So, unlike Hughton say, who has a few years experience in the Championship along with players he’s worked with for a while longer than the six months Rafa’s had, he’s started the promotion campaign from a difficult position. But nevertheless, Newcastle United is top, TOP of the League.
    Ok, some of the football may not have been pretty and we’ve lost some games we should’ve won.
    Now, it would appear that some posters are beginning to show signs of and voicing discontent with Rafa. That, I find astonishing.
    We’re winning more than we’re losing and top of the league and on course for promotion. But, Rafa’s style and his lack of playing time for a fan favourite in Mitro seems to be turning fans against him. Is the love that was there for Rafa fading? In six months?
    If it is fading and that that disaffection becomes too vociferous, there’s a real risk that the love that persuaded Rafa to stay at Newcastle United may yet persuade him that he’s no longer appreciated and leave.
    To the small proportion who voice and write of their displeasure, please step back, look back and then try to see the potential that Rafa could deliver.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #3


    Apologies mate I didn’t mean to come across as rude and ignorant mate. I do think for some odd reason you won’t have a bad word uttered about tactics or selections though…..puzzled as to why that is?

    As for Rafa failing, some are waiting and biding there time for this to happen, why I have no clue at all but he doesn’t help himself the way he sets up at home, and with his insistence to play Perez who is utterly shocking at this level.

    You used to be fair and balanced but since rafa has come in you’ve changed very quickly… it just the stature of Rafa or do you believe he’s making the right selections weekly?

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 30, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #4

    I know it is not easy to rebuild team.
    Karl Darlow 7 – Solid display from the goalkeeper who would be disappointed to have conceded but did his job otherwise.
    DeAndre Yedlin 7 – A much better player than Anita at right-back. The American linked up well with Matt Ritchie on the right-hand side. Needs more minutes on the field.

    Jamaal Lascelles 5 – He was at fault for the Forest goal and as captain needs to show a lot more than just leadership at the back.
    Ciaran Clark 6 – Mixed performance from the former Aston Villa man who looked all over the shop in the first half. He produced a lovely assist for Gayle’s first goal of the night.

    Paul Dummett 4 – Hard worker who is not good in the long run for the Magpies. The left-back simply cannot provide the threat Benitez’ side require.

    Matt Ritchie 7 – He was lucky with his deflected free-kick but the winger did well to provide a threat on the right-hand side. Ritchie in particular linked up well with Yedlin which is going to bode well for the future.

    Jack Colback 2 – Another poor showing from the 27-year-old midfielder who was unable to spark the game into life. He needs to pass the ball forward a lot more and be that driving force in the absence of Jonjo Shelvey.
    Isaac Hayden 4 – Without Shelvey next to him in midfield, Hayden’s performances have looked a lot worse. As a midfielder, he must help build up the play and provide an attacking threat. Just like Colback, he failed to pass the ball forward.

    Christian Atsu 7 – The pacy winger caused Matty Cash problems all evening as he constantly tried to make something happen in the game. Whether it be his direct runs or shots at goal, he tried to make a difference.

    Ayoze Perez 3 – Seemed anonymous throughout the 90 minutes. The Spaniard did not just produce a poor display in this game, but he has done this throughout the campaign. It is fair to say Benitez would be better off selling him in January.

    Dwight Gayle 8 – He didn’t get into the game as much as he would have liked, but he was still a threat to the opposition. Gayle got into the right positions to score both his goals, including a nice volleyed finish.

    here we can see the point why some fans wanted Dummett, Colback and Perez out, insted of them Mbemba,Diame/Anita,Mitro….
    because for sure they cant be worse than them

  • magicmac54

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Lesh i totally agree with your comments, very well said, most Newcastle fans are fantastic, and beyond doubt the best and most loyal fans in the country, but there are a tiny few who are never happy, well i suppose they are only happy when they are moaning, i call them the victor meldrews. HWTL.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6


    I think even Victor’d agree with you!

  • magpie6699

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Funny how people score the players Toonfan8. I thought Atsu was dreadful and you gave him 7. Almost every attempted pass of his went astray, he couldn’t beat a man and I only remember one decent cross. On the other hand, Perez was average to me, not hopeless 3. He had one terrific run, took the ball from the halfway line on break-outs and used it and got in a fair few challenges (and fouls but why not!). I would have given him a 5. Thought Diame brought a sense of calm and purpose when he came on.

  • magpie6699

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Ps Atsu was so bad the guy next to me said “That’s why he keeps going out on loans!”


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