Newcastle Beat Rotherham 4-0 – Go Top Again


Newcastle beat bottom of the league side Rotherham United today at St. James Park in front of another sell-out crowd of over 52,000  fans.

And that was our first double of the season and this time it was a 4-0 win and out first clean sheet in eight games, so Rafa will be pleased with that.

So Newcastle go top of the Championship once again and it was another brace for Matt Ritchie, one from Perez and the third goal in three games for Daryl Murphy.

We are now one point clear of Brighton who have one game in hand – and they play that make-up game on Tuesday night at home to Cardiff City so they will need to win that one to go back on top.

Newcastle players celebrate after Matt Ritchie scored fourth goal – his second

Murphy got his third goal for Newcastle just before the break and it came from a nice DeAndre Yedlin cross after the American was brilliantly found by that man Jonjo Shelvey – and the Irishman made no mistake to make it 1-0 at the break.

Rotherham had played well in the first half and had made life difficult for the home side but Newcastle went for it in the second half.

Just four minutes into the second half Newcastle went 2-0 up with a goal from the in-form Matt Ritchie after the goalkeeper could only palm the ball.

Next up was Ayoze Perez after 59 minutes with Newcastle’s third goal after more good work from Yedlin on the right wing.

Richie then scored his second brace in four days with his second goal of the game and that’s now 10 goals for the former Bournemouth winger.

This was a professional display from the lads in a game we should be winning – and that’s now our 19th league win of the season in 27 games – not too bad – a 7-% win rate in the ;league this season.

But we have had trouble with teams like Wolves and Blackburn at home in the league this season – but not today with the Millers.

Rafa Benitez brought on Sammy Ameobi, Lazaar and then Jamie Sterry to give the lads a run out again the first team.

It was Sterry and Ameobi’s first game in the first team this season after they returned from their loan spells.

Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin (Sterry, 81), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran (Ameobi, 63); Murphy (Lazaar, 75).
Subs not used: Sels, Haidara, Hanley, Barlaser.

Rotherham: O’Donnell; Fisher, Wood, Belaid, Mattock; Smallwood; Forde (Kelly, 87), Vaulks, Adeyemi, Taylor (Allan, 75); Yates (Ward, 61).
Subs not used: Bilboe, Wilson, Warren.

Attendance: 52,208

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13 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    manxpie

    January 21, 2017

    Townsend got 2 mins!!

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  • manxpie

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Yedlin for me 2 assists unbelievable speed and a very important last ditch tackle after darlows clanger

    But shelvey runs the show and so good to have him back

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  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Murph stepping up when needed. What an attitude.

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  • midweek weekend

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    truly impressed with yedlin, thought he was great electric speed with a nice assists, on Townsend he was one of the players who i was most gutted about leaving us in the summer i’d be delighted if we somehow resign him we’ll have to wait and see still a few days left of january yet

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  • booboo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    DID I SAY BEFORE MATCH WE WAS GONNA WIN BIG ?? I THINK SO LIL FELLA Rotonda heights
    so stop the banter and lets all ENJOY THE DAY

    BTW VERY HAPPY 2 SEE AMEOBI
    TEAM DID WELL RAFA DID WELL SUBS ETC..
    FANS DID WELL HWTL 3 POINTS IN THE BAG

    WE ARE
    WE ARE……..NEWCASTLE

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Difficult to pick a MOM – everyone played well in flashes

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    decent performance,took a bit of time to get at rotherham but should really of scored more on chances,what is good to see is that we didnt back down after scoring,kept creating things and showed a bit ruthlessness thats been missing…..got to say like darlow did drop a clanger but it was a hell of a recovery to block the shot when he had to hurdle a sliding defender whilst watching where the rotherham player was trying to put it…..comical but great save at the same time.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Also thought Murphy done really well today he seemed to win everything and kept the ball well which meant we could build attacks!

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  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Great game great result, we showed today the we have height and pace in the team and both served us well. Shelvey even marked still managed some great passes.

    Bit sloppy here and there that could have cost us, but we reacted well to correct those mistakes.

    Great show by the lads, Shelvey gets my MOM.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Hail, from the match thread. I stated why I would like to see what Hayden can do at CB, because of his dominance in the air. He also clearly has pace and can challenge. I know you don’t do your homework or like to base your opinions on any kind of facts, but Hayden has been a CB in his earlier playing days.

    Just to add, Hail. If you think Hayden if the future of Newcastle in CM, based on some championship performances, well, I am glad you are not the one making the calls.

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  • booboo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    ritchie was sharp yedlin is so quick perez showed good things murhpy is worth the penny hayden battled well shelvey give us a whole new dimesion great vison clark got and eye for goal could have got one easy…rafa was on point with subs and tactic for the game great to see the fans reception of ameobi !! nice game to watch even though it was tight in the start but games like these first goal very important for us after that we can always romp some teams now and then….nice end to the week HWTL

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  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Interesting facts for Ashley and Carr:

    Three goals today from two players signed as over 25 year olds!

    Now if Ashley’s preferred model had been the way, would we have been where we are today?

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  • booboo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    ohh i forgot darlow he is developing more and more it all started with palace at home last season penalty save from cabaye great goal keeper in the making keep it up son !!!

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