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This Player Has Made A Difference And Has Part To Play

Andy Carroll came on in the 55th minute and made an immediate difference in the Newcastle side. Manchester United had started to come into the game and were the more threatening side in the early stages of the second half.

However, Andy’s physical presence was a problem Manchester United had to contend with. He flung himself about and put in a passionate performance.

Joelinton had suffered a knock during practice on Friday and may have been feeling the effects of that. He again was isolated and didn’t get much to work with. Besides a few nice touches and passes, he didn’t threaten Manchester United much at all.

When Allan Saint-Maximin made his run for the Matty Longstaff goal, Andy drifted wide to the right. Then Allan found Jetro Willems in the box, and he kept possession brilliantly before laying a perfectly weighted ball for Matty to put past the outstretched hand of David De Gea.

The first player to get to Matty was fellow Geordie Andy Carroll, and the two of them jogged in celebration together. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Of course, Matty’s brother Sean was not far behind screaming away with his arms flailing in unrestrained joy

Andy spoke to nufc.co.uk. after the game, and as you would expect, he is thrilled with Matty’s goal and the win:

“We’re buzzing. I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home, and he’s scored the winner.

“You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.

“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.”

It was a tough week for everyone associated with the club. While Andy came on late against Leicester when the game was already lost, he still stood up and spoke about how unacceptable of a performance it was for everyone.

We heard a lot from the players about putting it right against Manchester United. It was hard to know what to expect from this Jekyll and Hyde team.

Andy went on to speak about the week leading to this game and how the mood has drastically changed after this big win:

“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.

“It’s important to show what we are about after last week.

“When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.

“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us.

“It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat.”

Andy is doing exactly what he had hoped when he was brought back to Newcastle. He’s coming on late in games and causing the fatigued defenders a problem with his physicality.

However, Andy has another role to play at this club. It could be one of the most critical roles for this club’s future. Andy should be talking to both Sean and Matty about his career.

He should let them know that leaving Newcastle, even when times are rough at the club, may not be in their best interest. Matty will never feel how he felt today at any other club. Big Andy can let him know all about that.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Manchester United?

  • Matty Longstaff (59%, 1,328 )
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (17%, 386 )
  • Fabian Schar (14%, 323 )
  • Sean Longstaff (4%, 82 )
  • Jetro Willems (2%, 54 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 25 )
  • Miguel Almiron (1%, 22 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 15 )
  • Emil Krafth (0%, 7 )
  • Joelinton (0%, 5 )
  • Andy Carroll (0%, 5 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 2 )
  • Martin Dubravka (0%, 2 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )

Total Voters: 2,257

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51 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Talking to a Man U fan from Barrow today at work and how he’s moaning about clueless owners, oh, if only they knew!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    got to agree – how the hell did McTominay stay on the pitch – not just for the studs up he kicked lumps out of players all game – got in a spat with Matty Longstaff and near the end looking from the Gallowgate end he pulled Carroll’s pony tail when Carrol got the better of him
    Also have the ref’s given up on foul throws – their full back Dalot foul threw all afternoon before being hooked.

    All in all a battling display from all in Black n White

    won’t be long before paper talk that Man Utd put in a bid for both Longstaffs’

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Gary Neville, being the decent pundit he is finds himself in a tough position, he can’t really slate his good mate after a game so has to say that OGS should be able to spend the 350M his predecessors have spent, on who? There is something seriously wrong at the club, there was nothing wrong with Mourinho but the players decided they didn’t like him, now they have OGS who is shite, ”these lats, I love dem” a bet he’s thinking a bit differently today, apparently the only clubs in PL history with worse away records have ended up being relegated. How long do they give him before bringing in yet another manager. Apparently the Glaziers have lifted 1B pounds out of the club.

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    not taking anything away from what was a fantastic result, and i do know you can only beat whats in front of you, but that has to be the worst Man U team I’ve every seen.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    “best in training” could be construed as a dig at the other midfielders.

    But good on yer Matty.

    I noticed that in the last 15-20mins Carroll wS playing in the defensive line.

    Bruce has eased the pressure he was under, but we need to repeat the performance against Chelseas young guns.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    hibbit, that was my point last night. Although I’ll take any victory over the Mancs, it doesn’t feel quite as sweet as the victory when Ritchie scored as they were a better team with a better manager at that time.

    Still, three points is three points and taken in a match that most expected us to lose so that has to go down as a bonus. I’ll be honest, I voted for a win in Ed’s poll and was always confident of the same. Sometimes you just get a feeling, don’t you?

    Now we just need to work out how to beat the teams at the foot of the table. And quickly.

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, are we any better?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Lindi, Shearer often used to drop into the defensive third towards the end of matches where we were protecting a slender lead. For England as well as for NUFC.

    Not only does it shore things up defensively, it leaves more space for the speedsters to run into on the break. In the past it was Dyer, Robert, Gillespie and Solano, now we have the likes of Almiron, ASM and Yedlin to do the same.

    Decent tactic, although it will likely lead to more pressure from the opposition and a few more bitten fingernails.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib ,earlier
    If Isaac Hayden deserved a red at Leicester
    How come Mike Dean only gave Scott McTominay
    a yellow for his studs up challenge on Fabian Schär ?

    Answer begins with M and ends in D
    two words
    living in the shadow of Liverpool

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    GUARDIAN – Manchester United youth not up to the task

    Newcastle benefited from a youngster being forced into the limelight when Matty Longstaff scored the winner, whereas Manchester United are not enjoying such a luxury as their newcomers struggle to cope with the rigours and pressure of being at a supposedly elite club. It is not that the talent is absent, more too much is being demanded of them while those more senior struggle to set the example required. The academy graduates are not just filling in the gaps at United, instead Ole Gunnar Solskjær is having to turn them into the team’s spine and as the weeks go by it isproving a flawed concept and the morale of the teenagers will likely quickly drop. The manager will need his leaders to come to fore, otherwise the worst start for 30 years could result in a season – and managerial era – to forget at Old Trafford.
    Will Unwin

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Unused Subhuman
    You stick to your stats and computer footy
    I’ll go on what I saw before my eyes

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Subhuman ?!?
    Ha ha ha
    sometimes you have to love spellchecker

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    As for turning a corner, I think it’s a little too early to predict that and it’s hard to know how the international break will affect us. We have players returning from injury, but those away with their National teams have a chance of coming back injured so we could end up back to square one in that respect.

    When we beat Man U at home in February 2018 that was also before an international break and it kicked us off on a nice little run where we lost away to Liverpool but drew with Bournemouth away and beat Saints, Hudds and Arsenal at home and Leicester away. That guaranteed our survival that season and would go some way to making us feel more comfortable this season.

    I think we’d all be happy with that kind of turnaround.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #14

    As for who Longstaff senior was hugging after Matty scored, was it not Alan Thompson, his brother in law and Sean and Matty’s uncle?

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    After winning his first game as a manager against the club he once played for, Bruce was somewhat happier. “It’s quite ironic Matty Longstaff’s beat Manchester United in his first game, I’ve been trying for 20-odd years,” said Newcastle’s manager, whose side responded superbly following last Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing at Leicester. “It was typical Matty that the first thing he said when he came off was “thank you”. It’s been a difficult week but I’m delighted with the performance.”

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    As usual I wait a while for the dust to settle:
    I have to agree with others it was the poorest Man U team I’ve seen at SJP that I can remember. However saying that we were low on confidence so it was a great win however we got it. The Longstaffs were great in midfield and ASM causes excitement every time he starts a run – what I like about him is that he’s not always trying to dribble through the whole defence, he lifts his head and looks around for a pass. The same with Miggy, yes we know his problems in front of goal but he still makes good runs and is now learning to pass also – the Man U defence was terrified of both of them.
    We had a bit of luck with the Maguire chance but we deserved it!

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh and Jail – I think I’ve pipped you by 1 point 🙂

  • IrishRob

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Carltoon S&M is better because it has a sexual connotation to it. Lol

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib, I’ll change my alias the next time I get a chance. It becomes easier to get into a conversation, when all are at the same level, if you know what I mean?

  • kimbo

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Joelinton was the worst player on the pitch, he offers absolutely nothing to the game.
    We were lucky to come up against the worst Man U team for a generation but it just proves that local English footballers can make a difference and should get more opportunities than bringing overrated overseas players.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #21

    I think I’ll start calling Isaac Hayden “cheesy”

    Red Leicester

    geddit ?

  • IrishRob

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    EGB I was just curious, if they dont wanna tell me their age, it’s all good.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Great win.
    Thank you Steve Bruce for the performance.
    Well done to our team.

    Well done to the supporters. Very good atmosphere created.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    I hope McTominay has drawn the attention of the var officials for his antics throughout the match.


    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Enjoying the success while it lasts,not getting carried away though. Credit where credit is due and i’m really glad for BRUCEY ,after such a difficult week,i think he deserved yesterday’s win.Afterall,he’s also ONE OF OUR OWN ,no puns intended though.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Steve Bruce was helped by being able to play Willems and Yedlin.
    Pace and a threat down each flank. Don’t think we have had that literally for years.

    Brave selection from Bruce.

    Think he picked the players who have the legs to compete in all positions. Also the players who would be at it. If you don’t you are done for.
    Picked players, certainly in Matty, who are showing it all week in training. Not on perceived status or reputation.

    When a manager can do that you are in business. The concept is this. If you want to play show me. Every day show me.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Posada “Pace and a threat down each flank. Don’t think we have had that literally for years.”

    Bit harsh on Atsu maybe, given his recent form?

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #29

    The attendance was 51,100 or so.
    I was at the game and have to say that was just about right from what I could see.
    The upper Gallowgate seemed to be near full in all sections.
    Some gaps in level 7 Milburn stand. Particularly in the North West corner.
    Corporate posh seats in the Milburn also a bit sparse. At £80 a ticket that has not been unusual over the years. When things are not great that often happens with those seats.

    Think that is a real attendance. People actually there as opposed to seats bought, but folks not actually present.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:58 AM
    Comment #28
    Posada “Pace and a threat down each flank. Don’t think we have had that literally for years.”
    Bit harsh on Atsu maybe, given his recent form?
    I was thinking about the Full Back/Wing Back positions as opposed to a more advanced Wing position.
    Also doing it on each side is key.
    Even with wingers it was often pace on one side and craft on the other.
    Atsu left and Ritchie right being an example.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    I realise Atsu left and Ritchie right is going back a bit.
    Also more recently Atsu has been in a front 3 as opposed to an out and out left wing position.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32


  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    Absolutely delighted for the young lad, what a fairy tale debut !

    My brother (who supports Man Utd) was asking me if Matty was a white walker with the white eyelashes etc.

    After he scored I said whatever about being a white walker, he’s King in the North this evening ! 🙂

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #34

    So, has the ‘numbness’ on the blog subsided? Have the carefully constructed damnation posts been re-scripted or put away for another occasion?

    Condemn, or praise NUFC at your peril.

    This team is a Jekyll and Hyde, has been for many many years. Lose badly, win against all odds. We’ve beaten two of the Big 6, already, That’s no mean feat. Got beat by other teams we should’ve competed against. That’s Newcastle United.

    Of course, it’s a work in progress and we’re learning things, slowly. Like last year, when Longstaff got in by being the only MF standing, almost the same thing happens to his brother. So, maybe this duo is our new MF partnership. Our MF continues to be a weak link, but maybe there’s hope.

    It’s obvious that ASM must be fit and part of the 11, to bring that spark. Behind him, Willems. Almiron, super talent, needs that goal. Defence, generally, rock solid, despite the fiver.

    Joellington, a bit disappointing, think Andy should start ahead of him. But, Almiron or ASM must be much closer up the field with our CF. Almiron has been deep in our own half so many times because he’s just about the only guy who can carry the ball. Yet, conversely, look at how he latched on to that ball behind the defenders, that’s where he needs to be. He wants to do so much, help so much, yet he ends up being criticized.

    I think the question who is our real RB has been settled and now he’s recovered from his injury.

    That, yesterday, may have been our starting 11, with Ritchie definitely also playing a part (e.g. one half). Possibly, even Gayle (same as Ritchie). Clarke has been out for so long, yet he slipped in place, seamlessly. What a pro. Respect. Deserves to keep his place.

  • simon376

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #35

    Got to totally agree with your comment at 4. Suppose the thing that changed yesterday was something Gavin talked to me about last week, then he mentioned it at his talk in at Dunston. He said last night to me, the big difference was the attitude of our players. Last week he mentioned a game at Derby in 1990/91, 2 players sent off, Liam Obrian and I now can’t remember the other 1, lost 4-1, Gavin scored, but heads didn’t drop everyone kept going and as he said, him and Kelly non stop running. Last week attitude was shocking and heads dropped, at least yesterday just went for it. Mind if we had had a red, who knows

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #36

    The one thing I did find disappointing when big Andy came on he was winning headers and flicking on but they all went to Man U players – surely ASM or Miggy should be making a run to take advantage of these flicks?

    Posada – I’d agree with your crowd estimate but I think the club were selling cheap or even giving away tickets to business organisations – the lad in front of us said his company had definitely received free tickets!

  • toon22

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37


    Hiya JIB
    Why bother with the alts ?

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Cheap tickets/free tickets.
    It’s often mentioned, but how can we ever know.
    It’s always someone said etc.

    Is anyone prepared to say I was at the game on a free ticket and point to it’s source.
    Can’t be that much of a secret.

  • toon22

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #39


    It’s common knowledge, seems the PR would rather it not be true

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    it was always going to be a decent gate Man U as the opposition free/cheap tickets and Man U fans being allowed access to numerous other areas of the ground,


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