Same old Newcastle, always winning! Newcastle 2 Watford 0.

Posted on December 5th, 2009 | 15 Comments |

Pick that one out...
Pick that one out...
If you asked me at half-time if I’d be happy with a repeat of the first half after the break, we’d have walked away with three points following a 2-0 victory and I would have been bemoaning the obvious lack of quality in our side once again. As it was, the scoreline was the same and the manner in which we won was far from convincing. But following the early second half dismissal of Kevin Nolan, this result held an awful lot more satisfaction than it might have, and proved once again that winning is a good habit to be in.

Having started with the same eleven as we did against Swansea, we started brightly enough although our defence seemed less than sure of itself this week. Despite a number of scares, including a goalline clearance from Steven Taylor, we took the lead on 20 minutes after Harewood had blocked the keeper’s clearance and Lovenkrands was left with a straightforward tap-in to make it 1-0.

Watford made life difficult for us in the first half with a lively and resolute display and we were unable to get a real foothold on the game, as the score remained 1-0 into half-time. After the break, Nolan was almost immediately shown the second of two yellow cards although yours truly wasn’t back in time to see how justified it was, though people around me felt it was fair.

Watford threw literally everything but the kitchen sink at us after that and it seemed like an equaliser was inevitable. But as with previous games, it seems like this set of players have a special ingredient and with some good fortune we fought off their advances. And with time seeming to stand still, Hughton made three changes in bringing on Andy Carroll for Harewood, Butt for Lovenkrands and Fabrice Pancrate on for Guthrie.

The latter subsitute offered us legs that were badly needed in helping to run down the clock but surely none of us would have expected was to come. With ten minutes remaining and still hanging on to the 1-0 for dear life, Pancrate found himself deep in their box but facing away from goal and with two defenders in close proximity. Rolling the ball under his boot, it seemed there was no immediate danger, until he turned sharply and powered a left foot drive in off the crossbar to make it 2-0 and put the game to bed.

Another first half that was pretty forgettable and many a half-time conversation that begged the question how could we hope to compete if we get promoted? And yet, again we come away with the three points despite playing with a ten men for an entire second half. Is this the stuff of champions? Or did the ten men heroic display just mask what could have otherwise been another unconvincing performance? Results went our way today and we now sit four points ahead of second and ten ahead of third. I guess the table doesn’t lie?

Us – Harper 8, Simpson 8, Steven Taylor 8, Coloccini 8, Jose Enrique 9, Guthrie 7, Smith 7, Nolan 7, Gutierrez 7, Harewood 6, Lovenkrands 7
Subs – Krul, Khizanishvili, Butt 7, Ranger, Pancrate 8, Ryan Taylor, Carroll 8

Watford– Loach, Mariappa, Hodson, Cathcart, Doyley, Lansbury, Cleverley, Cowie, Eustace, Helguson, Graham
Subs – Harley, Henderson, DeMerit, Lee, Bennett, Severin, Ellington

Att – 43,050 (with something like 1800-2000 Watford fans, who made a bit of noise).

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15 Responses

  1. Pancrates goal was something special. We havn’t had a player that can produce moments of individual magic like that since “the good old days”

  2. Our continuing to scrape by with some seemingly lucky wins,   probably says more about the strength of the opposition,  as apposed to how good we are.
    Hope not, if promoted we would then be in for a tough time.

  3. Just before pancrate scored he faced their left back up and starting doing step overs!!!!! We could not believe it; ive never seen a step over at st. james by a newcastle player in years!!!!! Skill…..gaelic flair….loved it!!!!

    C’mon lads….lets now f’ckin whinge and moan about how we are winning; the fact is we are winning!!!!!!! Isn’t it a good feeling; the championship is a results business; no prizes for playing pretty football and getting nothing!

    Chuck…..get a grip man…..we’ll worry about how we do in the PL next season if and when we get there….just enjoy yourself man….6 out of 6 = cloud nine xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. northern jedi is right , lets just enjoy the run we are on and the fact that we are 10 points clear of 3rd place . This division is all about rolling the sleeves up and getting stuck in , teams are giving that bit extra against us because they all want our scalp and the lads are standing up to it and giving as good as they are getting . Thier was a lot of people who doubted we had the bottle to survive this division , well just look at the table . 

  5. Gotta agree, we are winning matches, albeit in a lesser league, but………these teams are used to this league, this is their domain and we are competing well, very well.
    It has been a long long time since i (and the people around me at the game ) have seen a moment of sheer brilliance like the pancake did, and boy did it give me a lift, If you remember we were under the cosh for a lot of the second half, then………….Pancake !!!!!
    If this is the quality of the players available for free ,why go into the transfer market at all?
    I realise we will need a new group next year, but this year, get behind the team, they are doing exceptionally well considering the management and owner situation ,even Hughton seems to be getting decisions right?
    I also realise the quality of the opposition is not as high, but we are beating them.and thats all we can ask.
    Come on the toon, Cov city away next, without Nolan , COME ON !!!!!

  6. We need to get promotion no matter what  have a look at the clubs in this division who have come down and stayed down,they will never get back up  so come on lads stay United  I reckon the Club will be promoted as a better United Club after this We have started getting finances sorted out,The Fancy Dan Non Producing Players have Gone (and Managers)and I see a team spirit I have not seen for Years  One dissapointing factor for Me  Lets stop the Ashley chants  lets conentrate on the pitch,the boardroom will take care of itsself you wont change it  you will see that someone will buy a United they wont buy a Hostile fan base
    Lets stay United,learn a lesson and get back where we belong

  7. Yeah, the “fancy dan”
    none producer players have gone, like Shay, N`zogbia, Milner, Beye, Jenas,  Duff, etc. and doing just fine at their various PL. clubs
    and no we probably will not be a better United club if promoted , certainly not with the present lot.
    The someone who buys will not have a hostile fan base, yeah dream on !
    It`s the nature of the beast.

  8. chuck – You mean all them players that were “comitted” and “loved the club”.

    Lets face it, the only 3 who were up front about why they wanted out were N’Zogbia, Milner and Jenas.
    Given – “comitted””loved the club and fans” yet ultimately left for money. If he had of gone to Arsenal as was said at the time i would have understood, but to go to Man City who aren’t exactly gonna win the league baffles me.

    Beye – “committed””loved the club and fans””wanted to stay an right the wrong” yet privately was angling a move away.

    Duff – Same as above.

    Dont get me wrong, we recieved good money for them imo, but ultimately players are just as fickle as fans……. its just that they can change who they play for where we cant change who we follow.

  9. Beye was gone as soon as we were relegated.. Duff hardly ever done anything for us, yeah he is doing good at Fulham, but its a new life for him, a new start! He was becoming stale with us. Jenas was too big for his boots, as was NZogbia.
    Only players i would of wanted to keep were Beye, Milner, Given and Bassong. But we have good replacements for the championship level for now, i think simpson could play in the premiership… tbh, our back 4 can benefit from this confidence. We do need to get a proper striker in though.