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
AnyToon in Indiana
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:13 PMComment #41
Anyone else notice at about 86 minutes Isak was given Eddie the sign that he was done….commentators here were saying how Wilson was off the bench trying to get Tindale and Eddie to put him in but Eddie stuck with Isak. I think he wanted to toughen him up this time saying show me what you got kid. Good instinct for sure.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:13 PMComment #42
Thought Trips, Joe, BDB, Anderson, Murphy and obviously Isak all had a really good game tonight. We pressed hard first half, backed off for a while after the goal and then went full throttle, but I really felt it was a deliberate game plan tonight. Absorb then pounce. Anderson has a really solid centre of gravity, similar to Hazard when on the ball. Isak doesn’t look like he should be able to run and control a ball, but his footwork is immense. He drops like Wilson but instead of holding the ball up, he’s immediately looking to pass forward and wide so he can spin and push into the box. I think he looks like a very good player.
catchy in norway
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:14 PMComment #43
Well done Isak, he is a decent player showed some good stuff tonight.
Well done Anderson, got my MOM for the 45 he was on, changed the game, should have got the goal.
Ref was poor for both teams, we got away with some questionable shoves and pushes.
Very very happy. Bring on man U and what ever ref. 11v 12 as always v man u
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:14 PMComment #44
People who wanted isak over wilson were right
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:14 PMComment #45
I’d say Joelinton will be back on the left by the looks of it, no way Willock or Longstaff will make way for him when he can take Maxis role.
Maxi is done here cone the Summer.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:14 PMComment #46
We’ve done what a few top teams haven’t done.. and that’s win at forest..
A few little mistakes creeping in causing us to concede.. but a few weeks wind down then the final push..
We took champions league football off a north London team last season..absolutely sure we can do it again..
great value for the fans that travelled down..
You did us proud again..
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:15 PMComment #47
Ledge, Magic, Ruddy, Irish Rob, big hug for the Irish lads on Paddy’s Day
What a win
Ledge I totally agree, great nights like this
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:15 PMComment #48
What a relief
Crossbar man of match for Forest – nah maybe Felipe and Isak for us and enjoyed Anderon’s performance 🙂
We do make hard work of it and we have to start taking chances but 3 points and onto home game against Man U
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:15 PMComment #49
Irish robber bend over put your head between your legs and kiss your butt cheeks with your rubber lips
AnyToon in Indiana
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:16 PMComment #50
yep….first loss for Forest at home in 10 games.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:17 PMComment #51
Strange to say that with Maxi off the pitch the team has a unity and purpose.
Maxi will be best used as a sub when we’re winning well and can add more to those wins
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:17 PMComment #52
Ledge Maxi was woeful. For Howe to tske him off at halftime says everything, Howe never seems to take players off early. His only defense is if he’s carrying a knock, but it doesn’t matter, he’s not up to it for one reason or another.
The Prince's Mate
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:17 PMComment #53
Would never how much we’d miss Big Joe….
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:17 PMComment #54
Imagine Edfie just said it had a feeling it was going to end 1-1. Lol NEVER, NO CHANCE! Never in doubt.
The Prince's Mate
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:17 PMComment #55
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:18 PMComment #56
Thought BDB was begging for a red? Needs to quithis shoving game when he’s on a yellow
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:18 PMComment #57
Another st max hamstring
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:18 PMComment #58
Maxi hamstring again according to Howe. I’ll tske your arm off if anyone offers me 30M.
Hello AC Milan, this is New calling……
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:18 PMComment #59
Munster Happy Paddy’s day .
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:19 PMComment #60
Eddie saying that Maxi has a wee hamstring issue so was subbed.
Let’s get everyone rested and fit before ManU that’s going to be one hell of a night
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:20 PMComment #61
Rob …I think he is done .
He is always injured seem to have lost his pace .
I think this will be his last season with us .
The Taco Taker
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:20 PMComment #62
My forest supporting mate (that I mentioned in a previous post) currently lives in Brisbane….
It will be 08:20 there – not sure how to start the SMS “Good Morning” or “Goodnight”
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:20 PMComment #63
Right back at u Munster. Another big game tomorrow, although idc ima say it, this is the one I really wanted to win.
You’re not gonna like that I’d say but meh!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:21 PMComment #64
so funny Gary Neville encouraging Eddie to take a few days off.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:22 PMComment #65
Heard for the first time that Callum had covid. Looks like he’s still recovering. Let’s hope the sun in Dubai helps the recovery
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:23 PMComment #66
NUFC currently favourites to finish in the TOP 4 above Tottenham, Liverpool, etc!
Sky Sports Analysis!
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:23 PMComment #67
Just tell him tough shit. That covers anytime of the day.
AnyToon in Indiana
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:24 PMComment #68
I can’t run this much coach…it makes my hammys sore.
Even Jail ran more than Maxi today 😉
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:24 PMComment #69
Excellent win and a good second half from Anderson,hopefully he can keep on improving. Onwards and upwards.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:26 PMComment #70
Unless SL was called as offside in the first part of the move, this is the rule about being played onside by the opposition:
“Though Law 11 has not explicitly changed, the new guidelines make clear an offside player will not automatically become onside upon a defender touching the ball.
“‘Deliberate play’ is when a player has control of the ball with the possibility of passing the ball to a team-mate, gaining possession of the ball, or clearing the ball,” IFAB’s clarified guidelines state.
“If the pass, attempt to gain possession or clearance by the player in control of the ball is inaccurate or unsuccessful, this does not negate the fact that the player ‘deliberately played’ the ball.”
In addition, IFAB provides these indicators as to when a player “deliberately played” the ball:
– The ball had travelled from distance and the players had a clear view of it
– The ball was not moving quickly
– The direction of the ball was not unexpected
– The player had time to coordinate their body movement
– A ball moving on the ground is easier to play than a ball in the air”
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:26 PMComment #71
Murphy did well putting ball in box a lot
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:26 PMComment #72
Thought EA had a great half, thought JW had a great match too, appart from his miss. Isak mom all day long for me tho.
AnyToon in Indiana
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:26 PMComment #73
alright…off for a bit to get a run in myself then grab dinner.
Good team effort to all.
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:27 PMComment #74
Very late night for me and I shall sleep well.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:27 PMComment #75
Anyway what a game and what a win. Gutted for EA though as was he.
The Taco Taker
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:28 PMComment #76
Loch, I prefer to be more eloquent in such circumstances. I know he will have watched the game….
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:28 PMComment #77
Ledge he’s definitely done alright. He’s a handy player to have on the bench but we can’t afford to keep him unfortunately. The money we can get is too upto spend elsewhere.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:28 PMComment #78
Munster your a big Irish Softie 😀 😀 But don`t forget the Toon win tonight is only the first part of our Carlsberg Saint Patrick`s dream weekend mate, we have Irelands big game in Dublin tomorrow to come lad 😀 😀 HWTL
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:29 PMComment #79
Davas, that means 1 touchfor defenders, not a run of play. They had 3 or 4 passes, and played him onside mate.
Mar 17, 2023 at 10:30 PMComment #80
If the ball wasn’t played to him he shouldn’t be offside in my opinion