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Newcastle 5 – Sunderland 1: Magnificent Magpies Reign Supreme

Newcastle completely demolished Sunderland today at St. James’ Park, in front of a packed crowd of  51,988,  with a supreme display of  fast and flowing football, which was all  too much for Sunderland,  whose solitary goal came in the last minute as a consolation from Darren Bent, who never got a look in this afternoon, but come to think neither did the entire Sunderland team

Newcastle hammered Sunderland in a way that hadn’t been seen for many a day this afternoon, as Newcastle hit 5 goals this afternoon, with a wonderful hat-trick form captain Kevin Nolan, and it could have been even more.

And remember Sunderland had only conceded 7 in their previous 9 league games, so don’t be surprised if some of the poor Sunderland players get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after this beating.

But Newcastle were in irresistible form today, just irresistible as they played their hearts out,  and were just too good for Sunderland, once they got a grip of the game with two Kevin Nolan goals in the first 34 minutes. It was really as simple as that – they outplayed their local rivals completely.

Kevin Nolan got the all important first goal after 26 minutes and what a goal it was.

The ball came to Nolan about 6 yards out as the captain had his back to the goal,  but he did a wonderful backward scissors kick to put Newcastl;e ahead – what a goal – and the Newcastle fans went crazy.

And it was Kevin again who put Newcastle two up, as  the ball  was fed to Kevin on the  left side of the goal, and clear through, and the captain chested the ball down well and then put it past the goalkeeper beautifully in one slick movement and it was 2-0.

And this goal again showed how unfair this new offside rule is for defenses, as Ameobi was clearly in an offside position when the cross came over, but was adjudged not to have interfered with the play –  and he was just 6 yards to Kevin’s right when Kevin put the ball into the net.

If Shola had touched the ball on its way in the goal it would have been disallowed, because he would have become active in the play.

The Sunderland manager Steve Bruce wasn’t waiting any longer and he brought on striker Gyan after 40 minutes to replace Elmomady to give the Black Cats more striking power.

There were just 2 minutes of injury time and would you believe it but Gutierrez wiggled his way into the box on the left hand side,  and was clearly brought  down by on-loan defender Onuoha – and it was a penalty.

When everybody was expecting Kevin Nolan to take it and get his hat-trick,  it was local lad Shola Ameobi who lined up for the kick and he made no mistake as he put the ball just inside Mignolet’s right hand post giving the Belgium U21 goalkeeper no chance at all. You can say all you want to about Shola, but he’s beautiful striker of a dead ball.

The half time whistle blew and it was an amazing score of 3-0 to the Magpies, with Sunderland having conceded only 7 goals in their previous 9 league games. Oh my.

Then in the second half things got a lot worse for Sunderland as Titus Bramble of all people got his marching orders after scything down Andy Carroll, when Andy was clear through,  and since he was the last man, the referee had no hesitation in sending him off, and Sunderland were 3-0 down and also down to 10 men.

Newcastle went even further ahead on 7o minutes when Andy Carroll hit a thundering header onto the cross-bar, and Shola slammed the rebound into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.

And then on 75 minutes a great Joey Barton corner was headed on by Ameobi and captain Kevin Nolan headed the ball into the net from close range for his hat-trick – his second one ever for Newcastle.

The only thing that went wrong at all for Newcastle this afternoon, was to concede in  the very last minute goal from a corner, when Bent tapped the ball in.

But this was a game to remember and the TV cameras showed a delighted Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias celebrating at the end of the game, and the Newcastle supporters now have extra special bragging rights, after completely destroying the Black Cats.

We said before the game that if the players wanted to support their under fire manager they should do it on the field of play, and they did today as Newcastle were better than Sunderland in every single department – and even looked a good side this afternoon.

We are proud of every single one of the Newcastle players and proud of Chris too for giving the Newcastle fans a day to remember.

Just an unbelievable display by this Newcastle side this afternoon – and what was that about relegation?

Newcastle jump up to 7th in the Premier League on 14 points and  a nice goal difference of +5 thanks to the game today, and the only better goal differences currently in the PL are the top 3 sides of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. We think the lads have done quite well to get to 7th places in the Premier League given where we were 16 months ago – down and almost out.

This was a game to remember for Newcastle fans today – we live for this kind of  victory, and no doubt Chris Hughton will talk about the fine performances all over the field for Newcastle today with Ameobi getting two goals, Kevin getting a hta-trick and Andy Carroll looking in supreme form.

But we shouldn’t really pick out individuals,  because most of all this was a team performance, and Chris has done so well since he’s been in charge on Tyneside, but this was easily his greatest victory – so far – and he’ll sleep very very well tonight,as he will be the toast of Tyneside this week.

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Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton (c), Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg, S Taylor, Perch, Lovenkrands, Routledge, Smith, Ranger

Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Turner, Bramble, Cattermole (c), Henderson, Malbranque, Welbeck, Elmohamady, Bent.
Subs: Gordon, Da Silva, Gyan, Richardson, Ferdinand, Zenden, Mensah.

48 comments so far

  • eplforecast

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #1

    first, great performance by toon!

  • eplforecast

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Hughton should have used more subs ard 75th min

    Ranger, Routledge, Smith for Shola, Barton, Nolan

  • StuW

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3

    This is the best Newcastle game I have seen since we beat ManUre 5-0 all those years ago. We could of, and probably should have scored more. Disappointed that we had to concede right at the death though.
    Good result in terms of morale, we have a seriously tough month ahead, so we will need the momentum off of this for that.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m dying to hear your comments Daffy,
    Should it not be DIPPY ?

  • newcastle10

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    ashley should give hughton a contract. it just goes to show how much respect the players have for hughton.

  • newcastle10

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    we are 7th in the league

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Dippy Daffy,
    The halfwit

  • Wigaz

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Couldn’t agree more stu w! Eplforecast turn it in you sad wankpiece! We ave just smashed makems all over & your moaning about number of subs? Get a grip! This team is so much better than the one we had last time we were in pl, yes the names aren’t as big but they have a passion for this club & the desire to do well. They also believe in their manager something we aint had since sir bobby. Take a bow CH & the boys. On another note great to see steven taylor back on the bench. Lets hope it’s onwards & upwards for us from now on.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Simply magnificent! What a performance! Newcastle absolutely destroyed Sunderland hahaha yesss!! Sweet revenge.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #10

    We should not be particularly happy,
    It was only scumberland

  • Jawdboy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    eplforecast, how can you criticise Hoots after that performance – I’m not surprised he didn’t make any changes, the players worked so hard and deserved to be on at the end and supported by the crowd.

    Carroll and Barton for the next England squad.

    Thought Phil Dowd refereed excellently too


    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12

    hugh, they’re the enemy, course we should be happy FFS! especially since it was so emphatic

  • eplforecast

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    hughton definately deserves a new contract;

    He hasn’t been whining about injuries – an easy way out to shield from criticism is to blame poor form on the loss of Ben Arfa, or so on.

    He has been going at the job with prudence. Perch is a bad signing, but at least he didn’t cost 5 mil plus (eg – Luque, Marcelino, Smith)

    He has shown that he can command the respect of the players. They seem to trust him, and admire his honesty.

    Shearer was too rough and tough with his man management – which arguably led to the loss at Aston Villa. The team just didn’t have it in them to win for him at the time. Barton was on his way out of football – if not for Hughton’s faith.

    Hughton’s tactics are defensive minded – but all good teams do start with that. He is after all a defender; in his playing days. Going forward, I feel that he will find a suitable balance of which to mould the team into a competitive unit. One which has the potential to stay in the top half of the table.

  • eplforecast

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #14

    It wasn’t criticism jawd; but something that may give the squad a bigger boost going into the next few weeks as

    Sunderland were on their knees, with all of their back 4 booked.

    Ranger, Loven and Routledge all perhaps need a goal to get them started out in the season. Could have been a good idea no ?

  • Chris F

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    he could have made a couple more subs, aye, but i don’t see the point in making subs just for the sake of it.

    we were cruising and the 11 on the pitch were bossing it, so if you ask me, he made the right decision by not changing it around too much.

    have to admit, the flurry of early yellows had me a bit worried, but the lads settled in well and totally dominated sunderland for the whole match.

    oh and seeing Bumble get his marching orders made it all the sweeter.

    well done, Agent Bruce.

  • baro

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    What an outstanding team and individual performance today! I thought every player indeed did their part! And seriously record signing Asamoah gyan for 15 million???!!! You can’t be serious?!! He was the worst player i have seen this game! Or its that our defense was total beast today!

  • baro

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Where was Danny Guthrie today?

  • eplforecast

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Gyan is a player who just had a lucky World Cup.

    He is a good player, but honestly not worth 15 million.

  • baro

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    The support for the team today was just outstanding! Nothing else i could say! Brilliant black and white stripes in the fans! Glad we got back on our home form, and need to carry it on to next match!

  • cgrizzly87

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20


  • archaeomag

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    The negative press coverage of Anal Ollie and others, trying to unsettle the team & manager, has backfired.
    Superb team performance, vital 3 points, & bragging rites.
    Rock on!

  • cgrizzly87

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Quality performance, no clean sheet for tiny Tim tho!

  • baro

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #23

    I really felt sorry for Andy Carroll not getting a goal today! He seriously works his a$$ off every game! Thought he really should of scored today, and not hitting the woodwork but anyways Ameobi scored and 5 goals is amazing! HWTL!!

  • pearceet

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24
  • Nolan96

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    After 15 minutes i turned to my mate and said that we didn’t look like scoring. How wrong was i, but in truth we didn’t play excellently, we just took our chances which is more than can be said for previous games. Nolan was fantastic today, never gave up back and forward consistently, so was Barton. Ameobi played fantastically, he deserved his goals, he held the ball up magnificently. Enrique looked shaky early on – very casual, but he finished the rest of the game he was exemplary. Fanstastic game – unbelievable atmosphere – much needed 3 points and of course the bragging rights. Come on the toon! 😀

  • Brutooon

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #26

    where is the 20 million so called highly rated jordan somthing ? i never saw him doing anything except running around?

    great match and performance by us.

    Every Player 10/10 !!!

  • chuck

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Seems we were really up for this game, like the recent W/Ham game we made “the Mackems”look less than ordinary.
    It can be frustrating, not knowing which side is going to show up.
    Have to say though, to days game was like a clinic, did everything right.
    Who in all honesty could have expected such a result and total domination of a side who have only let in seven in the last nine, unbelievable !

  • Toonmania

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Just got back, what a great game 🙂 and it was great to see those smelly mackems leaving early it made the win smell all the sweeter 😀

  • Frank The London Mag

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    can not believe some of the absolute idiots who still have the guts to criticise hughton after this performance, pathetic

  • Spuggy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Hmmm have we stumbled onto something special here in Ameobi and carroll up front. Two big men have worked for us before a la shearer and ferdinand.

    Its looking good, especially against lesser sides. Maybe prudent to go 451 away though or against the best sides at home, we have the flexibility and depth in our squad now!

  • Spuggy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #31

    What Arsenal defeat?

  • sjc07

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #32

    All I have to say is the tactics were spot on and CH had the team well drilled. Hats of to the manager and the players, impressive! Time to kick on!

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 31, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Hopefully this is the end of the Cock-ney press speculation over Chris.

    But I would like to know, where are all those who were screaming for Nolan to be continually left out of the squad? I’ve always said that he is in the right place at the right time. First hat trick against Scumland in 35 years.

  • CT

    Oct 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Did Hoots get the team right agin Arse—YES, did Hoots get the team right today—YES, does Hoots deserve a 2 year deal– YES!!! End of!!!

  • munch27

    Oct 31, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Wheressssss Daffy?

  • munch27

    Oct 31, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #36

    And on a brighter not none of our English boys did wrong in front of Cappellos scout.

  • willowdalerez

    Oct 31, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Barton finally got his act together and Nolan was supreme. Carroll was reall the class of the Magpies today. Ameobi scored two but come on really one was a dead ball and the other was bagging a rebound there for the taking… only misgiving is that Lovens should be playing regular with Amoebi as sub… Otherwise CH has the right line-up. HWTL!!!!!

  • petey

    Oct 31, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #38

    i have to say, i thought after 20 mins this match wasnt going to end anywhere near 5 goals. The Sunderland defence (hats off) were imense before the first goal, i couldnt beleive i was praising them!

    But all we needed was that first goal, we pressed for much of the game and tore them apart.

    Great game, 10/10 for the lot. except Nolan, who gets an 11/10

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Mackem manager, Newcastle-born Steve Bruce was overheard whistling the tune to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” as his team boarded the bus back to Wearside this afternoon.

    And Willow… if you think that fantastic volley by Shola was a gimme, I suggest you review the highlights one more time.
    Here is a clue….It wasn’t.

  • petey

    Oct 31, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #40

    oh and lets hope this means Perch has officially lost his place. Some great balls in by Simpson today which i havent seen Perch attempt once


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