These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players In Brilliant Win Last Night

When the game against Manchester City started last night, Newcastle fans were a little more hopeful than usual with the news that Miguel Almiron was on his way to sign for Newcastle, after a deal had been agreed with Atlanta United.

But after 25 seconds of the game last night we were 1-0 down through a goal from – who else – Sergio Aguero.

It was poor defending from Newcastle and certainly not part of Rafa’s game plan.

Man City pressed but couldn’t get another goal before half time and Newcastle created about three promising breakaways in that time: Perez fluffed a decent chance in one of those when he fired wide and should have done better.

As the second half progressed City could not get that crucial second goal and after 66 minutes it was Salomon Rondon who scored for Newcastle to get his 6th league goals and 7 in all this season.

The City players were stunned.

It was the first goal City had conceded in 630 minutes of football.

Salomon Rondon – turning away after scoring Newcastle’s equalizing goal

Newcastle fans got into action and roared their side on.

It’s some sight to see Newcastle playing well against a top team and being roared on by the Geordie fans at St. James’ Park – even if it just on TV for us expats.

And would you believe it, but the impressive local lad Sean Longstaff was tripped in the box by Fernandinho after 78 minutes, and the referee gave a penalty.

The goalkeeper showed himself up by faking an injury to hold up play and put our penalty taker Matt Ritchie under some pressure.

But Matt slammed the ball into the back of the net with that tremendous left foot of his and Newcastle defended well as City came at us with everything they had in the final 10 minutes plus 5 minutes of stoppage time.

We won the game 2-1 – and shocked the football world – as they say.

It halted Man City’s 8 game winning streak in all competitions and the first time we had beaten them in the league in 22 tries going back to 2005.

Salomon Rondon led the line well (as usual), and he was a threat all night to the City defense and he’s our Man of the Match with 42% of the vote.

He now has 7 total goals on the season.

In second place is our very own Sean Longstaff who outplayed the Manchester City midfield for large portions of this game.

This lad’s potential is enormous, and we expect to keep his place even when Shelvey is fit again.

Sean is learning every day from the gaffer – and it’s showing as he continues to play so well for his hometown club.

And third in the voting is our other goalscorer – Matt Ritchie – who epitomizes a Rafa Benitez player and what fans want to see from all players – passion and 100% effort in every single game he plays.

He gets his energy from the Newcastle supporters, and Rafa rarely leaves this lad out of the starting lineup.

Matt got 9% of the vote.

It was an outstanding win for Newcastle and hopefully will help turn our season around.

And even keep Rafa at Tyneside – maybe.

Rafa had the perfect game plan, and after losing the previous 8 games against top-six opposition, we finally got a win.

Now we have to try to get all 3 points at Wembley on Saturday afternoon against Spurs.

That’s not impossible.

Howay The Bonnie Lads!!

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26 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #1

    We are still one of the clubs being
    Linked with Yourri Tielemans

  • Dondatta13

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Sooooooo refreshing following Newcastle United and feeling genuinely interested in footballing matters. It’s been a long long time!

  • hibbit

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    John Percy
    West Brom are poised to complete the signing of #nufc winger Jacob Murphy before Thursday’s deadline. Straight loan to end of season, no permanent option to buy at this stage #wba

    1:15 PM – Jan 30, 2019

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Is it just me but I quite like Ritchie a lwb.

    Not sure too much about limbombe. Not seen him but only know he’s quick, direct, likes to dribble and shoot.

    Good to see almiron has arrived.

  • Jib

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Bad time for David to be pushing his
    M*A*S*H off line

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6


    I can’t see that one happening, I think spurs might step up some interest in him. He seems the type of player they’d go for and with letting Dembele go then being rejected by Rabiot.

    Would be nice if it did.

  • Bambams

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    ” I wonder if we are bringing a fourth player in ”

    There is no way a few days ago I would have contemplated typing the above comment !

    This is the mad world of Newcastle United

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I love that Rio is getting bashed.

    “Did he buy the iPad himself with his own money”
    “Does he not know the iPad could break”

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I hear Rondon is concerned over the arrival of Almiron. He thinks he’ll no longer be the team’s heart throb

  • hibbit

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Aston Villa are keen to add midfield options to their squad and have made loan approaches for Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden, according to Sky Sports.

    The report suggests Villa want to loan both Chalobah and Hayden before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I really hope Longstaff stays in the squad and doesn’t end up going out on loan if we get Tielemans or Samaris in. I love you Rafa, but I’ll have a major pet lip if you don’t keep our local lad in the squad. He’s been a revelation at Premier League level.

    By the way, has Catchy been on since we won? Genuine question. Haven’t got the time to read back through every comment since we won. I know there’s been a high pitched whining noise coming from under a rock somewhere in Norway. No worries, it’ll stop if we lose against Spurs at the weekend.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    watching almiron in youtube reminds me of Ben Arfa & Di Maria. I think he’s going to need time to adapt but he’s gonna be 1 hell of a player in the premier league. hopefully we can hold off offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world at the end of this season and keep him with us.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    I wouldn’t say that Ritchie and Yedlin for that matter are playing as full backs but as attacking wing half’s who with their energy and speed drop back into left back positions as cover for Schar or LeJuene who tend to drift to left and right back leaving Lascalles as centre half – a very fluid back five/three

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Someone was asking about the crowing, smug as you like tweet from Man City re their unbeaten streak against us. Here you go.

    Suck it up, rich boys!

  • hibbit

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #16

    the wums are few and far between today although Belfast keeps popping in 😉

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    If we can get Almiron’s medical and paperwork sorted (‘Lee, did you get those papers for the new lad faxed in? What do you mean you’ve lost them?!’) do you think Rafa will chuck him straight into the deep end against Spurs? That’ll be some debut for the boy at Wembley.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve just watched some highlights of Almiron and I can’t see him adapting to the premier league.

    There was a clip where the was running through on goal and being pulled back fairly strongly by the defender. He then shrugged him off before running through to score.

    He needs to realise that in the premier league that’s not the done thing, any contact means you need to fall over and complain to the ref.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Ha ha, pathetic, you harp on about pettiness then deliver a post like that, you need to get your head out of Jiblets ar$e, it must stink in there :mrgreen:

  • martoon

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobbybee @31 from previous – I don’t quite agree about Almiron being a replacement for Perez. If we play the system we did yesterday with a front 3 then I see him as more of an upgrade for Atsu being left footed.

    Also Almiron must be knackered and jet lagged after his journey – I wouldn’t fancy having to do a medical – jogging on a treadmill etc. 😉

  • kc2012

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    If Murphy is going to West Brom then surely Rafa has one more surprise attacking signing up his sleeve, maybe Limbombe could come in seen as we’ve been linked with him for about 10 Years.


    Would represent a very decent window for us. I do think we need another striker though as back-up for Rondon (the geordie R9, absolute beast of a bloke).

    RAFA BENIIITEZ is god, pass it on

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    This Almiron signing just made the trip to Wolves so much more worth it, watch those tickets for a Monday night disappear quickly now.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Weird isn’t it hibbit? I’d respect their opinions a bit more if they kept posting on the days after a win and not just when we lose. It’s hard to see someone as a true supporter (as they usually claim to be) when they can’t even come on here and say ‘great win for the lads!’ after an amazing result like last night.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    So he’s been seen at the training ground already?

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25


    Not wanting to be branded as a “Catchy apologist” or being “Catchy adjacent” but I think in his defence has has said before he doesn’t want to post anything negative after a win, he wants people to enjoy it. He’s also said it’s not about results, good or bad, but style of play, and how in his opinion he’d like to see a better style of play which he thinks would bring better results.

    As a topic i’s very opinion based as we simply don’t know. It would require the manager to implement a certain style, the players to buy in/have the ability to do what is needed, etc. That is the one area where catchy lets himself down as he states his opinion as “if Rafa played this way we would win more points”, which nobody knows.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    martoon – I think the adrenaline of signing for a Premier League club will get him through just fine. Plus he’s just a bairn. Lots of energy and all that. Those were the days!


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