Swan song gone wrong! – Newcastle 3 Swansea 0

Two goals and two fingers!

Two goals and two fingers!

Seems like everybody was expecting a tight if tidy affair at St James’ today and with two of the meanest defences in the division, a high-soring game wasn’t on the cards. But with barely a third of the game gone, Newcastle were three goals to the good and showboating as some of the travelling contingent headed for early beers.

Expectations were high that Swansea would prove to be a well-organised and competent football team, particularly stingy at the back but a new-look forward line of Peter Lovenkrands and Marlon Harewood put paid to that theory within half an hour of the kick-off, and Swansea looked like just another fairly average Championship side. Eeh that Marlon Harewood, eh? I always knew he just needed time to settle in…

Harewood’s first came from a bouncing ball in the box and with the defence hesitant he headed the ball in the net to make it 1-0. After some good build up play on the left, Gutierrez finally managed to do what we have been crying out for him to do and delivered perfectly with his left, so that Lovenkrands had the simplest of headers to make it 2-0 with 21 minutes gone. And before we’d reached the thirty minute mark, more good work on the left and and an almost identical cross from Lovenkrands and a similar finish from Harewood and the game looked to be beyond the Welsh side at 3-0.

And so it proved to be as we saw out that lead, but not before some heroics in goal by particularly Harper and then his halftime replacement Tim Krul. And not before a slightly disappointing second half which Swansea arguably had the better of, having been allowed to get into their stride more than in the first half, which led to some desperate defending, including a goal line clearance from Danny Simpson. A second half which also included probably Alan Smith’s clearest chance yet to get that elusive first goal for the club. And a last twenty minutes or so which saw pleasing cameos for both Nile Ranger and Fabrice Pancrate.

Once again, the supporters were left thinking what might have happened had we really turned the screw, but the fact we didn’t led to frustrating spells of play and Swansea coming close to getting a foothold in the game. But nevertheless, it’s still hard to argue with a 3-0 win when you see it in the paper, alongside the league table which looks pretty healthy for us at the moment.

The Swansea fans sounded like they could make a bit of noise when it suited them but I think the wind went out of their sails quite early on, although like their team, they made a bit of a go at it in the second half. The home supporters and particularly the Level 7 gang were in good voice today and I expect to have a sort throat in the morning.

Unfortunately, I spent the last three hours in A&E, so I haven’t got round to a full report, as I need to try and enjoy the birthday dinner my good wife has put together for me, so I’ll try to add detail all in good time.

Us -Harper 8, Simpson 7, S Taylor 8, Coloccini 8, Jose Enrique 8, Guthrie 7, Smith 6, Nolan 7, Gutierrez 7, Harewood 8, Lovenkrands 8.

Subs – Krul 7, Khizanishvili, R Taylor, LuaLua, Kadar, Pancrate 7, Ranger 7.

Swansea – De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Tate, Bessone, Dyer, Orlandi, Pratley, Britton, Van der Gun, Beattie.

Subs – Cornell, Serran, Butler, Allen, Richards, Cotterill, Pintado.

Att – 42,000+ (including 2,700 Swansea fans)

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51 Responses to “Swan song gone wrong! – Newcastle 3 Swansea 0”

  1. 1
    avatar batty says:

    good 3 points today bet u hitmans gutted his team lost to wigan

  2. 2
    avatar toonsy says:

    Attendance 42,616 to be precise :)

    If i had a 3-0 offered to me yesterday i’d have taken it, no problems. But being 3-0 up before the half hour mark has left me a little dissapointed to be honest. Dont get me wrong, im chuffed we won, but then you see the amount of goals West Brom are scoring and realise that maybe goal difference may come into the equation at the business end of the season.

  3. 3
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Canny win for the Toon today.
    Toonsy, fair comment mate, but they have to match our points first, & they let more in, so even after all their goals scored, they’re still only 5 ahead.
    If we continue to keep clean sheets, it’s like scoring goals.
     

  4. 4
    avatar toonie says:

    Totally agree with Toonsy. 3 – 0 at half time  you would expected 5 – 0 at least, but pleased we got the 3 points to stay top.

  5. 5
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Nice to see Harewood & Lovenkrands get the goals today.
    That should(but probably won’t) keep a few off their ass for a day or so.
     

  6. 6
    avatar hitman says:

    wtf,3 0 not good enough for the muppets like

  7. 7
    avatar hitman says:

    clint you know nowt jog on.

  8. 8
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    clippity clop clippity clop.
    ;)

  9. 9
    avatar hitman says:

    this blog is ment to take the place of eds,its failed

  10. 10
    avatar Mark-o says:

    Canny first half but poor second half. Harewood was pants. a centre forward is expected to score those chances, he put nee graft in and when Ranger came on covered more in 10 mins than Harewood did in 70!  Nolans passing was terrible and second half he left smudger on his tod half the time.
    Apart from that good 3 points!

  11. 11
    avatar hitman says:

    clint where you from and whats your connection to nufc

  12. 12
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Is it?
    What’s wrong with it?

  13. 13
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Am from the NorthEast mate.
    My connection with the NUFC?
    Same as everyone else here, decades of support.

  14. 14
    avatar batty says:

    clint    hitmans a sand dancer m8

  15. 15
    avatar hitman says:

    wheres abouts clint

  16. 16
  17. 17
    avatar hitman says:

    batty i live in shields, clint were you from

  18. 18
    avatar batty says:

    :lol: hitman

  19. 19
    avatar komfort says:

    titmans is sand dancer and  he aint been to a toon game since KK played for us … thats reet aint it titbrain….

  20. 20
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Well, i don’t go giving out to much personal info on the web like.
    But, i’m of Reiver descent, families from Jarra, but dragged up all ower the north east, scotland, & various other places.
     

  21. 21
    avatar hitman says:

    komshot, you shot but nee cigar,kom some where else,but not in battys mouth.

  22. 22
    avatar hitman says:

    clint is a jarra arra

  23. 23
    avatar batty says:

    hitman is a mackem hes just had bent put on his scum shirt havent y ronnie

  24. 24
    avatar hitman says:

    spot on batty,im a makem just like stardust

  25. 25
    avatar batty says:

    are u sure ur not stardust cos u both come oot with a load of shite

  26. 26
    avatar hitman says:

    nar hitman is hitman and stardust is well you know

  27. 27
    avatar batty says:

    hitman eds blog was shite full of mackems like u

  28. 28
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Whey i don’t really feel like  i have a hometown.
    That’s why i say the North East.
    & i’m happy with that.
     

  29. 29
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Yea, so hitman,
    what’s wrong with this site?

  30. 30
    avatar batty says:

    ed harrison turn oot to be a right traitor to the too the toon ledgends

  31. 31
    avatar hitman says:

    clint comment 28,dosnt make sense
    batty you know you love a makem

  32. 32
    avatar batty says:

    clint     hitman only gives it the large when hes had a drink m8 mind u if i was 5ft 4 i think ide be the same hes a ronnie barker look a like

  33. 33
    avatar hitman says:

    batty i have a drink foir you, can you handle it

  34. 34
    avatar batty says:

    nite lads and u hitman me little mackem m8 :lol:

  35. 35
    avatar batty says:

    aye hes defo p:ssed agen on 3 shandys

  36. 36
    avatar hitman says:

    batty is a joke we all knew that anyway……his mate komshot only likes it when batty is up close and ready.

  37. 37
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    How batty, alright.
    i’m not gonna bite at hitman.
    He’s alright, & allowed to say what the hell he feels like.
    Everyone’s got an opinion.
    hitman, i’m a bit worse for wear meself like, so f*** knows what 28 was in reply to, i got side tracked by a tex message.
    :)
     

  38. 38
    avatar hitman says:

    nite wor kid batty.keep ya chin up

  39. 39
    avatar hitman says:

    ok clint….where you from coz  it isnt jarra

  40. 40
    avatar hitman says:

    loves yous,but have to leaves yous,worky keep the blog sorted.

  41. 41
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Na, me families from Jarra.
    i’m from neewhere/anywhere.

  42. 42
    avatar komfort says:

    hitman…..stop trying to be a prickman….it comes naturally…..man.

  43. 43
    avatar henock says:

    can any one tell me where i can see the highligts

  44. 44
    avatar Raghav says:

    pleased to see the team doing well.wishing yor wife a very happy birthday.

  45. 45
    avatar Serene Singapore says:

    I’m so happy that Newcastle United has won the game! 3-0. Great games.

  46. 46
    avatar Serene Singapore says:

    Any links to see the goals?

  47. 47
    avatar Uchiha Itachi says:

    I havent seen them yet i assume you dont have access to sky sports news? They are playing it pretty much every half an hour. Happy with the result today really provides a good headache up front with Strolla coming back too. At home we are just too strong and I can’t help feeling we are well on our way to promotion. Great result against a very tough side, $%^& all the complainers.

  48. 48
    avatar African Geordie says:

    I think Harewood and Loverkrands play well together I remember at Bristol City we were jst unlucky not to score.

  49. 49
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    bbc red button is running the championship show, over & over.
    Check it out.

  50. 50
    avatar chuck says:

    From what i have been reading appears Bruce is in the hunt for our Joe Henry and is willing to throw in (never lived up to expectations) winger Richardson and we are supposedly looking at the youngster Cleverly (could have fun with a name like that) presently @ Man. U.
    If in fact he is as good as his press clippings  Cleverly combined with Kilgallon, could be the way to go in the rebuilding of the side.
    A couple of youngsters like those  each season,  combined with bringing in a couple of promising kids to the minors seems a sensible business model for the future.
    Would`nt want to lose Enrique, certainly not for Richardson, also doubt if Ferguson would let Cleverly leave.
    There are however opportunities of acquiring promising youngsters, either on loan or on a permanent basis,   from most of the  well stocked top sides,  players who have approached a point in their career where they may be willing to leave a  top side in order to play first team football elsewhere.
    Believe that`s where we should be looking,  the other hotbeds of talent seem to be, the Balkans (never understood why the former Jugoslavia never won anything with the talent available, possibly political selections) also France (Bassong , N`Zog)
    Be nice to see Kilgallon and Cleverly come in  during the Jan. window with a couple more during the summer and perhaps a couple of loans.
    Rumors of Collo heading back to Spain if we capture Kilgallon, any comments.
     
     

  51. 51
    avatar chuck says:

    Great game Chelsea vs Arsenal, later !

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