Huge Win For Newcastle – Another Ritchie Goal Wins It 1-0

In the final 20 minutes of this game Newcastle lost control and Derby County were attacking Newcastle to try to get the equalizer and there were appeals for a Derby penalty and then Yedlin headed off the line, so it was too much like last Wednesday’s game against QPR.

But this time we just hung on for a valuable 3 points and a 1-0 win with the goal coming from?

You guessed it – that man Matt Richie with his 12th goal of the season – after good work by Mitrovic and Matt’s shot took a deflection after 27 minutes and the lads hung on at the end for a very good win against Steve McClaren’s side.

We are now 2 points clear of Brighton who are at Brentford tomorrow in their game and they will need to win that to go above Newcastle United.

But this game was again a nervous one for this Newcastle side.

Matt Richie scores winner after 27 minutes

As expected Rafa Benitez was told in no uncertain fashion what Newcastle fans think of him during this game, as his name echoed around a completely sold-out St. James’ Park.

We understand Rafa likes being liked by the fans  – so why he would he ever want to leave Newcastle United?


Mo Diame had a great first half and he followed up his words of yesterday that he wanted to make a difference at Newcastle and he made some powerful runs at their defense.

However our defense looked a little dodgy when a poor Ritchie back pass only found former  target Darren Bent but Ciaran Clark made a great recovering tackle.

Then Newcastle went ahead after 27 minutes after Ritchie’s deflected shot looped over goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Newcastle still managed to miss chances in the second half to put this game out of sight – something we must remedy quickly,  although maybe Dwight Gayle will be in the next game or the one after that.

Mitro missed a decent opportunity and we lost Isaac Hayden to injury and on came Ayoze Perez, but it was after Hayden’s injury Newcastle seemed to lose their way.

It was again a nervous ending with Newcastle still only one goal up and Yedlin cleared off the line, but this time we hung on for all 3 points.

The result was always going to be more important than the performance and it was a great 3 points – just what we needed – and Reading could only draw 2-2 at Ipswich.

And Rafa will be very pleased with the clean sheet – only our second clean sheet in the last 11 games – so that was good.

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Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden (Perez, 49), Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran (Lascelles, 90); Mitrovic (Ameobi, 83).
Subs not used: Elliot, Gamez, Lazaar, Murphy.

Derby: Carson; Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Bryson (de Sart, 46), Johnson (Anya, 76), Butterfield; Ince Bent, Russell (Camara, 64).
Subs not used: Mitchell, Christie, Shackell, Vydra

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Attendance: 52,271

27 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Mitro is not all bad and deserves more game time.


    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    considering our form and whats been happening of late in games, the last half hour was to be expected,well done the lads for holding there nerve and getting the win….showed some spine today…..a win is a win,take it and move with a bit more confidence.

  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Great result and we’ll done to the lads for holding on. Listening/watching Newcastle is not good for the health………..:)

    Neither is reading some comments on here. Don’t know what people want. We weren’t great but a win is a win. I am at least happy.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Who was captain today?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #5

    We were all over them.
    Yedlin MOTM 9*

  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Have to say the crowd were excellent today, stuck with the team all the way, and really did make a difference. Well done to them all.

  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7


    Shelvey mate.

  • Readingmag

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #8

    1st half so much better, then Hayden got injured, pushed Diame back, buggers believe Perez comes on , and is so poor (except one cross) .

    Back four much better . Hanley is old skool defender and fiited in very well.

    Mitro played \ ordered to play a team game a def 7 out ogf 10 .

    Why Perez … I dont get it. But we won .. Crowd Wow sounded superb

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    OK had we not won, would’ve been harsher:
    Darlow: 8, did nothing wrong, was well protected in back
    Yedlin: electric pace, but defended well too, 9.
    CBs: 8, both solid, lascelles wasn’t missed.
    Dummett: 8. He’s maybe better than I think. Good work, had Ince very quiet.
    Hayden: 7, kept trying.
    Diame: 7, good game, influential, too many long shots.
    Ritchie: 8,captain material, runs and runs, scores!
    Gouffran: 7,solid
    Mitro: 7,tough one, provided an assist, tried and tried. The easy one he missed, well, wasn’t easy.
    Perez:7, poor lad, tried to make amends. Did quite well, almost scored.

  • NoahJ

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #11

    a win is a win, and a win against probably the in-form team of the division… after the week of uncertainty and trouble, I mark that down as an excellent result (with a bonus loss of points for reading!)

    I agree for more game time for mitro- can’t blame him for being rusty; he’s barely played this season. would like to see two up top- him and gayle- when both fit

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Hard to see from camera angle but the two decent opportunities they had when played into the box, Hanley looked lost and either did not see the player ghost in behind him or was relying on Yedlin. The only criticism that could be made about his performance, which was otherwise good.

  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13


    Was Shelvey that poor he didn’t get a mention. 🙂

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Was commanding at times, some good passes, some incisive:. 7


    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Mitro won’t get more game time once Gayle is back tbf and nor should he, he might of moved ahead of Murphy for now though although he’s not a finisher so who knows

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Legolas, there you are 🙂

  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Nice result….yes

    Enough of the mitro bashing, he played a massive part in the goal we did score. Yes he should have scored himself but his overall play and the team performance all round was better than when Murphy plays.

  • 9

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Mitro; he ain’t got it,boys.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    After the last few weeks the win was the important thing – everyone will be buoyed up.

  • beautifulmind

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20

    We rode our luck today so a great 3 points. For all those negative naysayers do you not think all the other chasing clubs have the same or similar issues as a team. Id rather have the best squad in the league to deal with them over the next 14/15 games

  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers Cyprus. 🙂

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Only saw the bad half.

    Dug deep at the end to get the 3 points.

    I think mitro will be good if given a run. He won’t always score but he helps the team a lot.

    And his finishing will come with match time. Can’t expect a lad who’s made 2 starts in whoever long and an injury to be a sharpshooter.

  • Clematis

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #23

    On the way home from the game.

    Great atmos. Rafa felt the love.

    Ref a f@cking disgrace. Should have been a red card fir the fiul on perez and a pen for a push on ritchie in injury time.

    Diame a beast.

    Yedlin a speed demon and last minute saviour.

    Whatever Island Hair Schteve says, Derby deserved nowt.

    Top of the league!

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Fans need to stop being so negative though.

    We have a better squad than most and Have already hit our dip in form.

    Our squad will only get stronger from here when players come back from injury and recover from travel.

    The squad hasn’t been settled in a while with shelveys ban, injuries and ACON.

    The dust is settling, so too will our squad and we can go on another mammoth run.

  • booboo

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    i love it mates keep on winning my team we are on top again. very good game derby aint no push over shown by their form. great points. mitro goal had been the icing on the cake but well 3 points and team showed some good signs out there better display than recent. my man of the game yedlin the speed of this kid nice block too well done lad well done to the whole team and the rafa the gafa. keep up the spirit

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Just rang my mate and he said the atmosphere was excellent today, you wouldn’t have thought so listening to some of the whinging so and so’s on here!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 4, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Lot of bloggers very negative! Wtf do they have to do to please you?


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