Justice reared its often veiled face at the City Ground tonight. Newcastle put in a terrific performance to take all three points in a 2-1 win at Forest. It was again a difficult task as VAR flashed its injustice but Alexander Isak was there to make sure the three points went Newcastle’s way.
The lads played in the 4-3-3 with Pope in goal behind a back four of Trippier, Schar, Botman, and Burn. The midfield consisted of Guimaraes, Longstaff, and Willock. Isak spearheaded the attack with Murphy on the right and Saint-Maximin on the left.
In the opening minutes, there was some concern with Schar. The Swiss defender was tackled from behind by Andre Ayew and looked to have picked up an ankle injury. He received treatment and was able to continue.
Newcastle created a great chance a few minutes later. Murphy did well down the right before pulling the ball back for a surging Willock in the box. The midfielder skied his shot into the stands.
In the 12th minute, Newcastle again created a golden chance. From a free-kick, Trippier passed the ball into the box to Isak. The Swede pushed forward before blasting his shot off the crossbar. Forest cleared and escaped.
The first goal would go to the hosts in the 27th minute. A ball over the top for Ayew was collected by Botman who then played a blind back pass which Emmanuel Dennis ran onto. Pope came to contest Dennis but he coolly lofted it into the open net for the 1-0 advantage.
Forest were saved by the woodwork once again in the 35th minute. Murphy got the ball from Renan Lodi down the right and tried to center the ball. It was deflected into the path of Longstaff, whose long-range shot was deflected before hitting the crossbar.
In added time, Newcastle found the leveler. Joe Willock was freed down the right by Saint-Maximin on a break. The midfielder lofted a cross into the box. A surging Isak improvised to flick the ball into the net with his trailing foot to make it 1-1 at the break.
Howe made a change on the left flank bringing Elliot Anderson on for Allan Saint-Maximin to start the second half. The Geordie started brightly winning a lost cause of a long ball into the box a few minutes before launching a volley that Keylor Navas had to palm over the bar for a corner.
Near the hour mark, Anderson timed his run brilliantly with Willock trying to connect. The youngster slipped as Navas came to collect the ball. Guimaraes then tested Navas with a blistering effort from range but the Costa Rican was able to parry the ball away.
Anderson seemingly bagged his first goal for his hometown club soon after. A pitchside review ruled that Longstaff was in an offside position in the build-up. However, Felipe played the ball in an attempted clearance which Longstaff then deflected; a scandalous decision that should linger beyond tonight.
Murphy had a chance to reclaim the advantage in the 81st minute. It again was Anderson who was pivotal for the chance. The youngster was able to center the ball for Murphy, whose snatched shot went wide.
Howe made another change in the 84th minute with Murphy being withdrawn for Matt Ritchie. A few minutes later Pope was called into action to block a low shot from Brennan Johnson on the break.
Newcastle won a penalty in added time after Moussa Niakhate’s raised arm deflected Isak’s header. It was justice for the Magpies as Isak coolly sent Navas the wrong way before planting it into the net. Newcastle got their just desserts with the 2-1 win which was in part sparked by the superb performance of Elliot Anderson.
256 comments so far
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #1
Suck on that Forest!!!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #2
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #3
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #4
good hard fought win
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #5
Forest hot what they deserved … nowt .. actually they got lucky not getting at least one red card
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:01 PMComment #6
Meh who even cares!!!!!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:02 PMComment #7
Irishrob doesnt know his numbers 😀
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:02 PMComment #8
Aaah lads I’m sooooooo happy, FUKIN YESSSSSSSSSS I’m not going to be depressed asf for the next fortnight.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:02 PMComment #9
Great game by isak
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:03 PMComment #10
100% deserved. I thought the Anderson goal should have been allowed and we should have had a penalty when his shirt was pulled.
That’s Maxi down the pecking order after Gordon and now Anderson. Goodbye Maxi in the summer. No one can argue that he hasn’t had his chance this season.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:03 PMComment #11
Who was it that wanted Isak hooked in the first half ???
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:03 PMComment #12
We got this!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:03 PMComment #13
Well deserved win but they had to work hard for the three points!
Feel gutted for Anderson not getting his first goal for Wor Team!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:04 PMComment #14
No one cares AP we won. Woohooo, suck on it you mackem cnt. Lol WOOOHHOOOOOOO
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:04 PMComment #15
Not me anyways ledge, wouldn’t say it was u either was it, lol who would want him hooked off, my days!!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:05 PMComment #16
Eddie Howe is the prophet!
How long has it been since the club had a manager getting the side playing that type of football? Seems like a lifetime.
Goodness, it has been a long wait.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:05 PMComment #17
Man Utd and Spurs coming up for us soon. HUGE games in the battle for the top 4!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:05 PMComment #18
Only three of us here bloggers werent winging our t1ts off and knew the win was coming…where’s your faith lads?????
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:06 PMComment #19
HOWAY THE MAGS, !!!!!!!!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:06 PMComment #20
I agree with Magic ,Anderson introduction was the game changer .
He is going to be a good player for us in the future .
Reminds me of Rooney not in his style of play but his build and how he carries himself strong looking lad
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:06 PMComment #21
Would have loved young Anderson’s goal to have stood but still very happy.
Isak is still growing into the Premier League, stunning future.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:07 PMComment #22
It genuinely feels like I’m on drugs atm, being sooooo negative I’m not used to being this happy atm. Lol lol
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:07 PMComment #23
Love Trippier taking the piss with the Forest keeper and defenders them handing the ball to Isak.
Isak is pure class.
Ref and VAR don’t know the rules. Liverpool had a goal awarded against Wolves same as Andersons. They couldn’t disallow an obvious handball for the pen. Some betting syndicates are going to be livid
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:07 PMComment #24
Rob no it wasn’t either of us.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:07 PMComment #25
The Middle East coverage has had the Alan Shearer Top 10 goals at every break. Just tops the night off!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:07 PMComment #26
Mar 17, 2023 at 9:37 PM
We absolutely will not win.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:08 PMComment #27
sparky55 – I stay off the blog during matches as the moaning and negativity just isn’t fun!
Saying that, I knew I was a minute or two behind on Now TV so I logged into the blog when the penalty was given as I was getting nervous in the build up! Stayed on the blog until the final whistle because of my nerves too!
AnyToon in Indiana
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:08 PMComment #28
Tripps has such a head on his shoulders….so many time this year we could have rightly lost it but he always keeps things under control and plays the mind games as well as Eddie….almost as if they had a common mentor
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:08 PMComment #29
MotM??? Hmmmm….has there ever been a simpler question to answer?
That skinny lad who is clearly not a true Striker… 😉
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:09 PMComment #30
Oh shut up love what a stupid interview
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:09 PMComment #31
Carragher dressed up like an Eskimo with a dead badger around his neck
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:09 PMComment #32
I have waited for nights like this for years like everyone that supports our club.
It’s brilliant to get the result love it .
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:10 PMComment #33
Isak very honest with his answers in interview
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:11 PMComment #34
Decent result, but a bit miffed that EAs goal was ruled offside. Our lad went for the overlap from NF play, they took 3 or 4 touches when NF lost the ball to ours playing him onside. Goal should have stood. Gutted for EA.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:11 PMComment #35
Nice to see Willock playing decnet agin but he did miss a real sitter.
Considering we hit the bar twice, had several close chances and their goal was a simple mistake rather than anything created by them, 0-4 would have not been a surprise on chances.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:11 PMComment #36
Our away fans still singing.
Love is a beautiful thing
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:11 PMComment #37
My only negativity was towards Maxi and it was justified imo .
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:12 PMComment #38
Justice was done in the end – great win – great 3 points!
The Taco Taker
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:12 PMComment #39
So if Juve want to swap Vlahovic for Isak how much are they going to pay us on top? – not sure they can afford it!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:13 PMComment #40
I wouldn’t swap him