Kenedy Goals Inspire Newcastle To Fabulous 3-0 Win

It was the perfect result and display from Newcastle United this afternoon at St. James’ Park with our lads producing the good when it really mattered.

The 3-0 win against a poor Southampton side will help our goal difference and it’s our second successive home win and clean sheet following the 1-0 against Manchester United.

It was the first two goals from Kenedy for Newcastle and Matt Ritchie’s second of the season (he scored in the last home game too) that gave Newcastle what was a comfortable win in a crucial game.

We move up to 13th in the table just 5 points behind Watford and currently 5 points above the drop zone with Crystal Palace and Stoke still having to play.

Kenedy – two great goals today – he’s got to be a Geordie!

Our goal difference of -10 is with Bournemouth the best goal difference in the bottom half of the league table and before this game, Southampton’s goal difference was better than ours.

It was Jonjo Shelvey who set up the first goal quickly as he sent a ball to Kennedy who then controlled it with his chest and beat goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The crowd went crazy – what a start for Newcastle.

Southampton had some decent possession after the goal but the well-disciplined and well-organized team shielded goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from having to make a save.

And we saw what Newcastle have been practicing all season in training – the quick counter-attack – and Newcastle were very dangerous in the first half.

Gayle went close after he had been put through by Mo Diame but then Kenedy put Newcastle 2-0 up.

Our second goal came in the 29th minute when Perez made a quick move from defense and the Spaniard put a nice ball through to Dwight Gayle and the number 9 rolled the ball to Kenedy who put the ball into the empty net.

A brilliant team goal by Newcastle and Gayle getting another assist.

It was 2-0 at the break with Newcastle very much in control.

There were chances to put Newcastle further ahead early in the second half but then after 57 minutes, Matt Ritchie got his second goal of the season.

Shelvey had the ball just outside of the penalty box and he rolled the ball nicely to Matt Ritchie, who put his shot just inside the post to make it 3-0 and equal the best win of the season – so far.

We also had a 3-0 home win against West Ham last year.

Even at 3-0 we had to ensure the game didn’t slip away, but Southampton in truth had little to offer and Dubravka had to make some saves to get his second consecutive clean sheet at St. James’ Park.

Joselu was brought on for Gayle after 69 minutes and then when Kenedy followed by Shelvey were replaced late in the game, they both got deserved standing ovations from the appreciative St. James’ Park crowd.

We have to work out how we can sign Kenedy permanently!

It was another full house this afternoon and all that really mattered today was the result but you can see what Rafa is doing on the training pitch and the manager’s right – this (Championship) team is improving under his guidance.

Our last two home games have resulted in two great wins (6 points!!) and no goals conceded and our lads have played great!

This was little short of a fabulous win for Newcastle United this afternoon and we have a full 3 weeks to savor it before we have to do exactly the same with (to?) Huddersfield in 3 weeks time.

Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey (Merino, 82), Diame, Kenedy (Atsu, 77); Perez; Gayle (Joselu, 69).
Subs not used: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Lemina (Sims, 46), Ward-Prowse, Tadic (Long, 46), Redmond, Carrillo (Gabbiadini, 66).
Subs not used: Forster, Romeu, Boufal, Bednarek.

Goals: Kenedy 2, 29, Ritchie 57

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

Attendance: 52,246

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23 comments so far

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    From Shearer thread, god Ed you move way to quick: Can we look at today’s game and the games that imploded around us and leave Mitro out of any conversation. We have killed the Mitro talk over the last week and to be honest who gives a crap about what he is doing at another club in a lower division I wish the Mitro thing will be a dead issue now. We need to focus on all things going on at our club and forget about Fulham and that merry go round. Lets hope that Chelsea, Arsenal and spurs get wins this weekend which will be the icing on the cake for a great set of results for our club, leaving Man city to finish the job on Monday, I can see Rafa smiling if everything goes to plan over the next two days.

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder if he’s related to the
    Wharrier Street Kenedy’s


  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey wins the vote by a country mile

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Superb result today… And Arma and Mirror late 2nd goal helped me win over 2k off a quid bet.

    How happy am I today lol

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Mitro* double

  • lochinvar

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    West Ham – points deduction ?
    Mark Noble decks fan
    Female steward assaulted
    Kids take shelter in Burnley players shelter
    Owners escorted from ground for their own safety – Gold is 82years old

    Knockaert red card for Brighton
    Ayew red card for Swansea
    Sunderland keeper Red card and Mackems lost

    And I missed our game

    Typical !

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Palace are giving it a go

  • Mag :P

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m happy for Mitro. He is great when playing in a team that plays to his strengths aswell as being a dominant force in the league.

    But here we have to play a different style, a defending first style due to the lack of quality in the team. Joselu fit that system better, I’m pretty sure that that is it. Mitro coming back here could be good for us if we invest in a better forward line that benefits him.

    I like Mitro, sad he got loaned out but atleast he’s doing the business in an easier league.

  • cyprus

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Nice relaxing game. I envy other fans who can sit back and generally enjoy!

    Who to give MOM, when they all gave their all? Was split between Dummet and Diame. Went for the latter. The guy was all over the place and a constant menace.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

    So I bang the drum for blog positivity all week but predict a draw. Then this happens. What a result. What a performance. Considering at the start of the game there was so little separating the two teams we destroyed them. It looked like we were a league apart, not just a single point and one position. HWTL

  • toon kk

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Chelsea 1 up, certainly helps when results go our way. Well done to our lads today.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    If you thought it couldn’t get any better 1-0 Chelsea (Willian)!!!

  • willowdalerez

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Chelski up by 1

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Gave it to Shelvey, just for all the stick he got at the start of the season. Could have been any of half a dozen, Lejeune, Dummet looking good at the back, Captain solid as always, Dooby waking everybody up near the end with a deliberate mistake (!!!?) Yedlin not making any stupid mistakes. could go on…..

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Now 2

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Mitro is doing good with one of the best sides in the Championship at the moment. Don’t think RAFA will want him back so should be helping to recoup most of the money spent on him.Just a shame Ashley brought in a sick note to replace him. Having said that Slimani should be chomping at the bit to show what he can do & hopefully be on the bench for the Terriers game
    Thorough performance by The Toon today against a poor Soton side.
    If we can manage another win against Huddersfield next time out we should be OK

  • Mag52

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Great result. Everyone put in a shift and we managed to survive an early lead. Shelvey on good form – MOM for me.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #18

    I still say 36/37 points will be enough with our goal difference. Although wouldn’t want us to leave it till the last three games of the season. The thing is the sooner we get safe the sooner Cashley can start getting serious about selling the Club & go forth!

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Robleno #10

    Re, my post earlier in the week ” your talk was defeatist” you didn’t believe, Bring on the Hudders!!!

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #20

    I would love to know how Kenedy felt when he scored his first goal fo the toon

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #21

    West Lanks Geordie

    Let’s ram home our advantage and put Hudders to the Sword, I think we owe them one, we can then start to play without the shackles. I now see a few more points than we need to survive

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    £287 back said we would smash them today one happy geordie tonight for work.

  • toonluvva

    Mar 10, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve just had Humble Pie for my tea as regards Diame’s performance.

    Looks like the guy s finally finding his feet in the PL and is turning out to be an asset to the club.

    However I voted for Dummet as my MOM.


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