Brilliant And Determined Display Gets Newcastle A Crucial 3 Points – YES!


In what was an unexpected win this afternoon Newcastle finally broke their 9 game duck and won for the first time in 10 games against relegation rivals West Ham United by a score of 3-2.

And it was our first double this season since we beat the Hammers 3-0 at home earlier in the season.

We have to admit that when we saw the team with Henri Saivet and Mohamed Diame in central midfield because of injuries to Hayden, Merino and Lejeune and Shelvey suspended we thought we would have no chance of winning this game.

And that looked like it would become true when Saivet gifted a goal to West Ham after only 6 minutes when he lost the ball to Marko Arnautovic who was through on goal before coolly beating Rob Elliot in goal.

This is when our lads could have collapsed and lost hope but they didn’t, and they showed great character to get back in the game.

Players celebrate first Mo Diame goal since February – get in!

Just four minutes later it was Saivet who took a free kick, and he curled the ball brilliantly between Adrian and the post to score a stunning comeback goal that had the 3,000 traveling fans in ecstasy.

The players showed real character all game long and especially in the last 20 minutes when it would have been easy to have conceded given we hadn’t won in the last 9 games.

Newcastle had chances to go ahead before halftime, but again we couldn’t score.

Matt Ritchie struck the post again, and Dwight Gayle had a chance but hit the ball over the bar.

But after the break, Newcastle went ahead with Mo Diame’s first goal since last February – when he put the ball into the back of the net from just 10 yards out.

Atsu, who had a very good game, had made a good run down the left wing before crossing for Diame to smash the ball home.

But 3 minutes later and it was another dubious penalty against the Magpies given by referee Mason.

Ciaran Clark had pulled back Antonio,  but it was outside the box, but then he rolled into the penalty box, and Mason unbelievably gave a penalty.

When are Newcastle going to get some penalties this season?

Atsu had a word with Elliot before the penalty was taken and our goalkeeper saved the penalty well and justice was served.

The in-form Atsu scored the third goal for Newcastle from close range after Joselu crossed from the left for an excellent team goal from the Magpies that put us 3-1 up.

And to think West Ham had 3 clean sheets in their previous games in which they had picked up 7 points.

After 68 minutes Aaron Cresswell’s corner went  to substitute Andy Carroll (who’s he again?) who knocked the ball down, and as goalkeeper Elliot was unable to keep the header out,  Ayew scored to make it a nervous 3-2 scoreline.

And the game wasn’t over as West Ham came storming forward to try to get the equalizer, but our lads held on for a fantastic win against another relegation candidate.

It was a terrific performance from our lads who never let their heads drop.

And a great game plan by Rafa Benitez with a weakened side out today.

You cannot make this stuff up!

Teams:

Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo; Ritchie, Saivet (Mbemba, 84), Diame, Atsu (Murphy, 90); Gayle (Perez, 76), Joselu.
Subs not used: Darlow, Dummett, Haidara, Aarons.

West Ham: Adrian; Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta; Kouyate, Obiang; Masuaku, Ayew (Chicharito, 79), Arnautovic; Antonio (Carroll, 59).
Subs not used: Hart, Sakho, Collins, Quina, Rice.

Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)
Attendance: 56,955

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33 comments so far

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Good riddance Hail.

    The toxicity will leave with you since you are the main supplier.

    7
  • toonluvva

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    A win away from home is a welcome Christmas present.

    But please cut out the mistakes, two of which led to their goals. We also need to finish our chances. It’s great that we are creating some, but lack of finishing against other teams could cost us valuable points.

    Now Mr Ashley make our Christmas, sign on the dotted line, and head back down to the smoke where you belong.

    HWTL

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Has to be the blog quote of the decade.
    The most toxic bile spewer that match day has ever seen is leaving because it has become too toxic.

    6
  • davetoon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    West brom fans on the radio already wanting Pardew out. Hilarious

    10
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t wait for Wednesday now.

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Quiet on here now. Wonder why? 😆

    4
  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    NUFC 360
    @NUFC360
    ·
    1h
    A word on Henri Saivet. He did exactly the opposite of what most modern players would have done in his situation. He was banished to the reserves. He trained, and stayed patient. Worked hard. He got his chance and fair play to him because he took it. #NUFC

    17
  • Bambams

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Nobody should be leaving the blog.

    It’s like trying to herd cats

    Boys surely the whole idea of this and other blogs is for good folk to be able to discuss our club.

    We can’t all always agree with each post but surely the term ‘agree to diagree’ could be used before arranging mutiny or pistols at dawn down the coast.

    Brilliant result today and I will enjoy every bit of banter on here tonight.

    Yes Sparky I agree… Happy as a pig in ‘brown stuff ‘ after this result

    11
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Be amazing if Pardew got sacked before the end of the season. Terrible appointment with that type of squad. Doesn’t have enough about him to organise defensively, and wouldn’t know how to coach an attacking team without key players doing it for him.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    As it happens, saivets first league appearance under Rafa I think.

    3
  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    shire

    just logged on

    1
  • lesh

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki

    Shame on the Good Ship Catchy and all who sail in her. Down to Davy Jones locker with the lot of them?

    There’s enough crap in the sea as it is and the sea’d spit them out! Maybe he/ they could pi$$ off and enjoy a cultural time with Trump? Nah, I suspect that even that ignoramous’d send them packing!

    5
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    So is it the teams that are in the bottom 3 at Christmas are the ones that go down?

    2
  • lesh

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    ShirebrookToon

    Of course it’s quiet. Catchy and his motley crew are probably choking on their own bile.

    6
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Are likely to go down

    0
  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #16

    “Hail Wor Ashley
    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:08 PM
    Comment #123
    Rafa is inept.”

    8 minutes into the game.

    What a loser.

    7
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Lesh

    Shhhhh. You may have disturbed them!

    1
  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #18

    That’ll probably be Saivet’s last game for us. I think he should be at least on the bench for us or even starting. Should’ve been played more. Aarons and Mbemba should be starting. Joselu is useless. Prefer Mitrovic.

    3
  • jane

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #19

    the team that is bottom at Christmas nearly always going down

    1
  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry moving this over from previous thread, Ed lets us talk on one for a little while before making another one. I’m moving house on Jan 1st, yes not a great idea I know with the fact I will be extremely drunk waking with a double bang my head hangover, moving is stressful as most would know. And moving to another state makes it even more so. But honestly its feel a lot less stressful than reading some of the things on this blog. lol Guys and Girls, its Christmas time, lets try and withhold the personal insults and let people have there opinions. It only an opinion, lets not call people out. Ok with that said, come new year we can get back to killing each other on the blog. ?

    1
  • jane

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Clubs in relegation zone at Christmas who stayed up

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/253825

    0
  • beermonkey

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    shire

    its really tight down the bottom i think swans will go down
    but all three if they went on a little run could find them selves climbing out our next big 2 matches brighton and stoke

    0
  • lochinvar

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Makes a change to see the team playing away in the Black and White strips and not some random second or third strip.
    Maybe that’s the difference

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    George Caulkin
    @CaulkinTheTimes
    ·
    1h
    Replying to @TartoonArmy and 3 others
    Their most qualified manager for years came to a failing club which had been belittled by its ownership & talked about size, history & potential. He stayed after relegation. He got them up. He makes genuine efforts to engage with fans/city. He takes on Ashley. It means something.

    12
  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Phuck, imagine if we would have lost today, this blog would have gone Nuclear. Happy Christmas Toon Army, this was the best Christmas gift we could have received a win away.

    3
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Massadio Haidara, Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons starting in the shop window on Wednesday?!!

    0
  • jazzyp

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #27

    It yet again amazed me that after only 5 minutes of the match and us going one down, The usual crap was being spouted by the usual suspects.
    Negative bullsh@t again rather than letting the match play out and holding judgement till the end…..Oh no we got Inept manager, And the usual bile from the Sheep and his followers.
    Give Rafa a friggin break guys and hope for the best rather than hoping for the worst to try and prove your point

    5
  • Ron Knee

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #28

    @24

    George is a good egg.

    4
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #29

    There are only four matches between us playing Man City home and away, I wonder if there has ever been a shorter turn around?

    0
  • jane

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #30

    i’d be surprised if Bournemouth go down their last 3 matches have been against 3 of the top 4.

    0
  • Toondog2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #31

    How about swapping Joselu for wor Andy?

    2
  • toonluvva

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #32

    @Toondog #31

    You are joking, I hope.

    0
  • toonluvva

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #33

    I must admit that when we went 1 nil down in 5 mins my heart sank.
    Credit where credits due, we knuckled down and got back in it. Bossed the game perhaps.
    The last 10 minutes felt like 10 hours though.

    HWTL!

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