Carroll’s cracker! Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool.

Posted on December 11th, 2010 | 142 Comments |

Carroll and company demonstrate togetherness.
Carroll and company demonstrate togetherness.
Newcastle put a week of off-field turmoil behind them in the best way possible this evening – by beating Liverpool.

I have to doff my cap to all the players as they showed remarkable professionalism at a time which couldn’t have been easy for them. They dug in, displayed the togetherness that Chris Hughton has instilled in them, and got the result that they deserved.

In truth, 3-1 probably flattered the home side a little, but I still feel we were good enough for the win. A number of exceptional individual performances combined to help Newcastle to a first win in six games. Cheick Tiote was outstanding, as was Andy Carroll, who never let the Liverpool defence settle, but the best player on the park for me was Joey Barton.

Barton returned to first-team action today having sat out the last four matches through suspension then injury, and he gave us all a show of what we had been missing as he pulled all the strings from the right side of midfield and even grabbed himself an assist and a goal against his hometown club.

In truth, I feared the worst before kick-off. I felt that perhaps the unrest that had been caused by the sacking of Chris Hughton would be a bridge to far. That unrest will probably resurface at some point, but there was none of it on show from the players today as they went about the business of trying to get the three points on offer.

Liverpool had the first real chance of the game when Sotiris Kyriakos forced a fine reaction save from Tim Krul after Newcastle failed to clear a corner on 10 minutes. Carroll could have put the home side one-up just a few minutes later after being fed in by Jonas Gutierrez. Unfortunately the strikers control let him down at the vital moment, but he was to be influential just a few minutes later.

Joey Barton flighted a free-kick into the box from around 35 yards which found the head of Andy Carroll who nodded the ball into the path of Kevin Nolan who swept the ball home past Jose Reina in the Liverpool goal. It was a textbook set-piece move that paid dividends.

Liverpool probably had the best chance of the rest of the first-half, but fortunately Jose Enrique was on hand to clear a deflected Raul Meireles shot off the line which meant that the home side went in at half-time 1-0 up.

The away side equalised shortly after the break, but it was goal that had more than a hint of fortune about it. Sol Campbell allowed the ball to bounce and mistimed his challenge allowing Dirk Kuyt to get in a shot at goal. Unfortunately the shot took a deflection off of Steven Taylor, and with Tim Krul wrong-footed there wasn’t a lot that could have been done to stop the ball trickling into the back of the net.

The equaliser seemed to spur the away side on and they could have took the lead shortly after had it not been for a smart save from Krul to deny Fernando Torres after the entire Newcastle defence switched off. Liverpool continued to assert themselves and it looked like they would go on and grab the next goal.

That was until the introduction of Nile Ranger on 63 minutes. The pace and energy of the 19-year-old combined with his willingness to chase and hassle defenders arguably turned the game in the favour of the home side. In fact it was very nearly a dream introduction after Ranger lost his marker and found himself through on goal only to fire wide of the right post.

The home side continued to press and got their reward ten minutes from time. Tim Krul pumped a long ball up front which Andy Carroll flicked on. The Liverpool defence allowed the ball to bounce twice giving Joey Barton the opportunity to sneak in and prod the ball past the onrushing Pepe Reina.

The icing on the cake came in injury time though when Andy Carroll was invited to shoot from 25 yards in the absence of any form of pressure from the Liverpool defence. He didn’t waste the opportunity and smashed the ball into the back of The Gallowgate net.

I’m heartened by what I saw today. As I said earlier, I though that perhaps the pressure could have got to the players, but I’m happy to be proved wrong on that front. Newcastle currently sit in 8th place in the Premir League table, and they will only be displaced if Blackburn beat Bolton tomorrow lunchtime.

A positive end to a tough week then, and hopefully we can kick on from here.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Sol Campbell, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll.

Subs: Steve Harper, James Perch, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger.

Liverpool: Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Sotiris Kyrgiakos, Paul Konchesky, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles, Maxi Rodriguez, Fernando Torres, David Ngog.

Subs: Brad Jones, Martin Kelly, Fabio Aurelio, Christian Poulsen, Joe Cole, Ryan Babel, Milan Jovanovic.

Attendance: 50,137.

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142 Responses

  1. thank you thank you

    Callm down! caallm down caaaalllm down!! (harry enfield)

    Are people gonna calm down now then and support the team?

  2. Really, a fantastic performance on the day. I’m chuffed to bits cos my best mate is a Liverpool fan. He did nowt but talk sh!te ALL WEEK. What better way to rub his nose in it like?!

    HAHA, hwtl!

  3. Ranger appears to the perfect foil or Carroll- his speed and power allows him to do something with Carroll’s flip ons that he wins time and again. Those two would be a complete handful or and CB partnership in the league. Makes me excited for the future

  4. We deserved nothing but the win tonight. Totally outoplayed an awful Liverpool side but I have to be honest when that shocker of an equaliser crept in I thought “Oh s**t, here we go again”.

    The lads were fantastic tonight (except Campbell who had a shocker mind).

    Carroll’s goal at the end sent us into Geordie heaven and you knew as soon as he hit it that it was screaming all the way into the top corner, what a player this lad is now!

    Great stuff. Can’t wait for MOTD so I can see it again!

  5. Toonsy>

    3-1 flattered us a little? Did you not see Carroll’s flying header chance and Ranger’s chance amongst others? If anything it should have been an even bigger win, but am certainly not knocking a great team performance. Thought we were far better for most of the game.

    Just my opinion lyk. :oD

  6. Dan – But Liverpool had more possession, more shots etc. They also had the Torres and Ngog attempts, both of which could very easily have been goals on a different day.

  7. I agree with tons’, this was by and large a pretty average game and performance by both teams. At times it seemed to be more a case of “who’ll f**k it up the most” and there was scant skill on display. Mind you, with that said, this was still more a toon win than anything else. 2-1 probably would have been the fairest result on reflection but I’m not gonna complain. Tim did well, Campbell was shocking at times, Taylor ok but looks a bit beefy to me, Jose did pretty well, Simpson ok but nothing too special, tiote started a bit nervously like he tends to do but after that was excellent (tho I wonder how long it’ll take teams to get used to his parker-esque spinning circles), Barton was great tho he lost his rag with Torres when he’d have been better of shutting up, Nolan decent enough but faded second half and well done to AP for not being scared in subbing him, ranger was just wha we and team needed (tho I thought he should have started), shola was back to his usual awful self, and Carroll – well, he was brilliant. One of his best all-round displays for me. What a number 9 we have on out hands!

    Great result. Happy birthday hoots, this one’s for you!

  8. toonsy

    they didnt though :)

    I though that one second before half time was deffo in, it wassnt :0

    Then it was just one of those games we won in the end. Im not gonna be a #### and go back but what did I say they have been rubbish away, torres might have a stinker and we need a performance. We got lucky in the end but who cares we just beat Liverpool and im happy

  9. toonsy thanks for telling the truth m8

    am nit far off being – puggled ploatted & biggigerd .

  10. True enough Toonsy, I thought the Torres 1 on 1 with Krul was a certain goal so it balanced out the joke of an equaliser before it.

    Liverpool started playing a bit better once they got the equaliser but up until then it was all us I reckon. Never mind though, great result and great news after a week of utter crap news thanks to our (insert your own expletive) owner.

    Makes you wonder how well we could be doing with an owner who actually gave a shit doesn’t it!

  11. I enjoyed Torres apparently gesturing to Barton that he’d see him in the tunnel.
    Way out your depth there little lad. I can see him now, hiding behind Skrtel shouting “you’re in for it now bully Barton!”
    I also found it amusing that they put two men on Carroll..The second being Torres, i’m sure he’ll give a 6’3 monster plenty of problems in the air..

  12. Stuart-I was shocked at how impressive Ranger was. I dunno whether other people would think i’m maybe going a bit far, but for me he turned the game on it’s head. We were under the kosh a bit and the moment he came on not only did he give us an outlet, but he made chances at the other end of the field and forced mistakes. Almost as if he hasnt had long enough to make that much of an impression in the past but tonight he had long enough to show exactly what he’s capable of.

  13. 2 great interviews with Pardew and Nolan on the BBC website.

    On Pardew: Have to say at least he doesnt talk crap in the interviews and his decision to bring on Ranger at the time he did was great to see

  14. pardew done f/all spew & you know it – this game was for hooters & that’s exactlty what the players werre up for.

    by the way did you thnk cheryls hair looked a bit dark the night ?

  15. Ranger the game changer. You can not say that carroll had a good game today, not one of his best performances. Ameobi was woeful, jonas was useless, nolan was invisible, back three looked dodgey part from super jose and barton was O.K. Great result though! Need to start the super Power Ranger!

  16. Didn’t see the full game today due to other commitments, but I am absolutely ecstatic about the result. Liverpool are not the team they used to be, but we still turned them over big time.
    Did manage to catch the Carroll goal in a boozer full of scouse fans, and boy were they quiet. Talk about a club falling from grace…
    It only goes to show, football is a game of 11 against 11, at the end of the day, how much money have Liverpool spent on players comapared to our team. We have Caroll, they have Torres..hmm..
    Get the team right, get the motivation right, and we can beat anybody….hic too many weissbiers tonight I’m afraid…but its just brill..!!

    Keep the faith, howay the lads !!!!

  17. Ross – Ranger did change the game, but the problem is that when he is starting he won’t be able to do what he was doing for the entire 90 minutes.

  18. Power Ranger>

    Wtf are u on mate?

    Aye ranger was fantastic when he came on but:

    #1 Carroll didn’t play well? (He scored a screamer and had a hand in both the other goals as well as running his arse off the whole game as per usual)

    #2 Nolan was invisible (was that except for his goal and hand in another plus goal link up play, especially considering he’s just back from an injury)

    #3 Ameobi was at his dogdy worst but he is blatantly injured so what do you expect?

    Were u at the game or just listening to the bits on the radio? ;O)

  19. toonsy…the answer to that conundrum is easy mate. Let Ranger play for 70 minutes and run round like a linty, tire the opposing back four out, cause havoc and openings for other players. Then sub him…
    He’s only a bairn, he needs to learn to channel his aggression and effort, but hopefully not too much as that’s an important part of his game. He’s also gonna get stronger in years to come when he gets some stotty cake sandwiches down him and some meat on his bones….

  20. Btw did anyone else notice just how quiet the Liverpool fans were in the away end?

    They’re normally great banter and never shut up but they were almost silent the whole game, which we all enjoyed letting them know!:o)

    A fall from grace for fans as well as players then.

  21. GeordieDan…you need to be sorry for Liverpool fans, because I remember the great teams of Keegan, Dalglish, Souness, Ian Rush, Sammy Lee, etc…great teams, well respected throughout the country…winning Champs Leagues etc…
    Now they are …….down with the dead men…and also have naff owners…
    In 2 seaons once the true scousers disappear…Carragher and Gerrard…where is the backbone of the club…?….
    The Liverpool fans know it too…

  22. Agreed Munich mate, Liverpool are on the edge of free-fall right now but you’re dead right, once Gerrard etc goes what will they do then? they can’t compete for the top players anymore and they’re not in the Champions league (remind you of another team we all know very well?).

    I love it when we beat them because its such a rarity these days but I’d hate to see them get relegated and do a Leeds which could easily happen. They’re a team who belong in the Premier league just like us.

  23. Don’t know how much of the result was down to Pardew, team is still playing Hughton’s tactics, i was very pessimistic of Pardew but NUFC fans have been messed around for a long time and i guess, strangely, it has just made us even more loyal.

    Hope Fat ass gives Pardew some dough this Jan.

  24. GeordieDan…don’t think there’s any chance of Liverpool getting relegated, but they are not even anywhere near the top 6 Prem League clubs at the moment…fall from grac big time…
    Hanson and Lawro…two great players, Hanson ok as pundit, but Lawro talks nonesense… MOTD old boys club…

  25. Tevez has handed in a transfer request. Balotelli throwing tantrums every game. Just goes to show that money can’t buy you quick success.

  26. Tevez handing in a written transfer request is HUGE news. He’s scored almost half of City’s goals this season, they might have all that cash but they’ll be potentially lost without him.
    Pardew to sign Tevez again? Perfect foil for Wor Andy. Come on Ashley you fat b@stard, show us how close you and Pardew really are, in the form of your chequebook ;) haha

  27. well half way mark for us with points for survival and in all honesty yes it was pardew in charge but the spirit of the team was hughtons

    what are some reactions of barton saying after the game interview “the king is dead long live the king” of course directed to hughton

  28. Once again barton shows what he means rot this squad. When he plays well, the toon plays well. He is our engine and indispensable. Of corse that being said, cashley wants to get rid of him…

  29. Liverpool fan ‘ere. I must say first well done to Newcastle tonight and all season if you ask me. Was a shock to see Hughton go, but your boys played well tonight, great to see you back in The Prem. Like most Reds I cannot have any complaints 3-1 did not flatter you, good luck for rest of season.

  30. firstly, glad to see that the lads were prepared to pull the pluck out with AP in charge. It was obviosly for Hoots but could have been very different.Just hope the dressing room stay on side.A teriffic performance and 3 magic points. Wasn,t it good to see Hodgson squirming . He really lost it. Joey was man of the match for me. Never say die attitude was obvious and welcome back. Great goal and total commitment to the cause. For me, ranger should be a starter at the expense of Shola who just does,nt show enough vitality to the team cause. Gutieres looks like he,s all effort and no end product which is a shame cos he does work hard when he,s in the mood. Tim Krul unfortunately (for me) is flattering to deceive as his positional sense seems to be good, his shot stopping is good along with his distribution, but why oh why does he not come off his line. So much for the duff stuff. I thought tonight we showed enough to give us a lot of hope for the future. With a Scouser on my shoulder, even he was happy to say we were the better side tonight. I think there was enough there tonight to prove that there is enough in the tank to not only stay in this division, but to move forward at a pace so long as we show total commitment in every game. The rest is down to the lads and the ability of AP to keep the pressure on without harming the lads confidence. All in all, a great show tonight which bodes well for the future. Onwards and upwards. HWTL.

  31. jonski cheers liverpool fans are a good sort ,whats it feel like too have 2 scousers score againt you :lol:

  32. so very chuffed! Glad the protests happened and kept anger about CH separate fro support of the team. Once the players had made their position clear it was right to handle it like that.
    Such a great game and what a brilliant time to bag 3 points! Lots of good performances. Shame Joey showed his best and worst today tho. Great play but what a total cock when that alter ation started. Will he ever learn??
    Anyway nowt can diminish a great day – when I had been expecting the opposite.

  33. Aye to be fair all he did was have a bit of a shouting match with Torres. I dunno how good old el nino’s English is but he probably knows enough not to try anything serious with the likes of Joey Barton, lol. He see’s red when he’s provoked yes but when i actually looked at the situation, he didn’t really do anything wrong

  34. Ivw said this before n it was scoffed at but barton is the best english midfielder in the premiership. He is a box o box player , he can pass , he can tackle , he gets forward , he tracks back , he can create. He is just the pefect midfield player.

    He is the closest player to Roy Keane that i have seen esp when at man city , unfortuntly he is an idiot off field and prob wont get the reconigtion international. Excuse the spelling or any of my ramblings , its xfactor night n i cant watch it without a truck load of beer :)

  35. batty-You see him grab his balls and say something to him? No idea what but that’s when Torres started mouthing off properly and Joey turned his back. Whatever he said, he was happy with it because he walked off and Torres was having a right little radgie. It was funny like.

  36. The commentators said Torres had gestured that he’d see him in the tunnel? Can’t pay too much attention to the news if he’s looking to scrap him like, haha.

  37. Well if he’s grabbing his balls and telling Torres to smoke something then its quite clear what he said batty! haha

  38. Liverpool are not the team they used to be, but we still turned them over.
    ‘Did manage to catch the Carroll goal in a boozer full of scouse fans, and boy were they quiet. Talk about a club falling from grace…’

    :) ;) :)

    Thats what I am loving right now.

    All those ‘taking a stand’ and ‘pardew will do f all’

    We just beat Scouser scum nd im WELL pleased. GET OVER IT!. Can’t remember the name excuse me but someone posted last night,,,

    We were first on MOTD, Makems last 0-0!

    Someone posted, ‘went to 10-12 game and apart from one or two’ (I havent got any) ‘they were totally sh!t!’ depends if you were lucky enough to be at the 6-0 or 5-1 I suppose.

    get behind the team!!!

  39. Heard some people talking today saying we’re exactly halfway through the season and we’re half way to safety points wise. Not sure I quite see it like that. We have played supposedly easy games at home. I would have liked to have seen us with 30 points after our fixture list.

  40. Im off to watch motd and hansean and lawro again!

    Im sorry like but forget the arse, everton. this is a prowd moment for me beating these frigs. :)

  41. :)
    What a result, what a reaction from the players, what a turn out from the Geordie public 50K+.
    Well deserved win, had liverpool’s no. & only fretted for the 10/15 mins after their lucky, og goal.
    Krul 7.5, bit indecisive, but really kept us in it with a great save @ 1-1 from torres.
    Simpson 7.5, did nowt wrong, got stuck in, solid to the point of lfc not seeing him as a weak link & trying to over run him. Pick of the defense, consistent.
    Saylor 6.5, not bad, but still doing that ‘getting in the way instead of being in the right place’ thing. & got a touch to put it past Krul for the og.
    Campbell 6, not a good day, unlucky that the ball hit the back of his heed. Him & Jose were at odds a bit often. Did get some tackles in though.
    Enrique 6.5, again, not his best display, 2 in a row now, him & Sol got tangled a couple of times.
    Fank thuck Colo & Willo are back.
    Nolan 7.5, great goal, & some great MF work with JB & CT, we missed him last week.
    Jonas 7, decent outlet, pulls the oppo’s shape about, marked out of it mostly, but put a shift in.
    BARTON (MOM) 9, What a game from the guy. Skill, great FK for the 1st. Excellent goal, knew he was gonna take one in the mush, but didn’t give a f***. Commitment, got stuck in, would not be denied. Great work with KN & CT. Future capt.
    Tiote 8.5, great stuff again, what a player, took one for the team again, pure footballer, skill, intelligence, nous, love the guy.
    Ameobi 6.5, did ok, came close, shoulda been slotted in a couple of times for a tap in.
    Carroll 8, Mega goal, great assist for Nolan, won most headers, even heavily marked. Shoulda had a couple more like & coulda slipped SA in but shot with bad odds. Needs to pressure the final man/keeper kicking more & attack the f***ing front stick sometimes, but great.
    Ranger 7.5, excellent 25/30 mins, this is what he should be getting for a few games, he’s nearly ready for the big time. Still a bit raggy round the edges, needs to get his first/second touch tighter. Brought a new dimension to the game & changed it, upsetting them at the back.
    Smith N/A not enough time to judge.
    Nice for him. He seems to have a hex on lfc. Obviously, didn’t have too much pull, this was for CH. But didn’t upset the lads & allowed them to play last weeks crap out of their system.
    Made the decisive swap Shola for Ranger, in good time. Also, had the sense & style to take JB off just before the end, for a well deserved cheer & before lfc dragged him into something.
    Ref=another f***ing joke ‘awayer’, premiership ref, just another detractor to overcome, which we did. :)

    The TEAM: 11/10 Apart from the stupid & unlucky goal & the 10/15 mins following, played some decent stuff, wanted it, & ultimately, would not be denied.
    More of the same please!


    Nothing to see ’round here.

    Howay the Lads!

  42. Hodgsen looked like he completely lost his mind in the second half.

    He was good at Fulham but I think he’s out of his depth at L’pool.

    I agree woth whoever said we are only as good as Barton plays- he really is our engine and delivers pitch perfect crosses to Big Andy….we are so much more dangerous with him in the squad.

  43. CLiNT

    ‘Fank thuck Colo & Willo are back.’

    At the end of the week and comments, who looks out his depth and who looks like the boss.

    (and who getting fired in summer)

    After the first 10 mins of second half, liverpool goal and nearly second liverpool goal I would have brought on Kadar personally like.

    Sorry Campbell you have a big gob but your static and error prone on the pitch these days. Next game you will deffo be gone and if I was Tamas Kadar I would feel hard done by tbh.

  44. Stuart… I know what your saying about the home games where we’d have expected more but looking at the fixture list before the season kicked off I’d say our points are about right.We wouldn’t have expected wins at Everton and Arsenal,West Ham we prob would have expected a draw.We weren’t given much hope v Villa at home and even v 5under1and and Liverpool. 30 points would have had us 4th :shock:

  45. DJG,
    AP probably has no clue about Kadar yet, tbf.
    Saylor & Sol aren’t looking like a good mix to me, but they’ve only played 2/3 games together, but it shows like.
    I’m not sure that it isn’t Saylor upsetting the CD, he doesn’t hold his position well.
    6 & 2-3’s like.
    Either one with one of Colo/Willo maybe?

  46. Yep Campbell,,, there was a collective groan every time he got, or came near the ball today. Not great but then remember he’s our 4th choice defender,,, and soon to be 5th so he’s come in and helped us get 4 fantastic points in his 3 tough league games.

    Can I just say to all the folks demanding Ranger starts from here on in. I’m not having it. Let the lad come on and get a feel, there’s no rush on this front, and until he makes his selection irresistible due to all the goals and assists he’s coming up with, let him get some minutes when defenders are fading. Shola still puts in a mature 60-70 mins at the moment – holds the ball and gives the midfield an outlet. He’s been hopeless in front of goal but he still carries a goal threat- even when injured as he is at the mo. NAe hurries lads n lasses – Ranger will get there.

  47. richie,
    like i said last week, maybe we’re swapping our form around now?
    No loss at hyem in 4? is it? & draw v chelsea, win v lfc.
    & shite aways v bolton & wba.
    We did sorely miss JB, KN, CT,FC & MW though.

  48. Gary Speed has left Sheffield United to become the Wales manager.

    What’s the chances Chris Hughton is linked with the job? I still think West Ham is better for him with his life long links there but Sheffield United are a team with a squad good enough for at least the play-offs and they only need someone to give them confidence.

    God knows Sir Hughton has that ability more than anyone in football it seems.

  49. boater,
    exactly, about Ranger ^, my sentiments ( not that i’m sentimental, see above) too.

  50. Clint… aye we missed all 4 of them, tbh not bothered if we get the points home or away as long as we get enough to stay up then owt after that is a bonus.

  51. On the team performances today – for me it was ebb and flow between two decent enough passing, mid-table, counter-attacking sides, first they dominated – we scored against the run of play, then we started to take charge and they scored,
    The last 25 mins they just faded out of it altogether, and we got more and more hungry, and aggressive around the edge of their box.

    So aye, a game of three halves.

  52. For me Pardew proved with the change of Ranger for Ameobi that he will get more out of the current squad than CH did , that is by no means me trying to say that Chris should of been sacked .He should not of !!

    Anyone else think that unless injuries occur before January that Campbell & Ameobi have played their last games for us ? i know Shola came off for an injury but i somehow think Pardew will sell him . Sol was crap today again just like against WBA

  53. richie,
    me too mate, points are points.
    & what do points make? :)

    Like it when they come in 3’s mind, v liverpool.

  54. Clint… holes in a dartboard? ;-)

    Aye a good 3 points against one of our bogey teams.luvely jubbly :-)

  55. Axel, haven’t we just been through this!?!?

    Firstly: hughton replaced shola for ranger in the last 3 consecutive league games – so he’s hardly re-inventing the wheel tactically quite yet.

    secondly: shola has been sitting in front of the midfield, giving them an outlet, holding up the ball and committing defenders – allowing more space for others in the box.. He’s also been woeful in front of goal in the past couple weeks, but he was as you said injured, and he’s still putting in a mature shift – and I’m sure he’ll get a couple goals in the not too distant future.

    thirdly: wouldn’t pardew be more tempted to look at offloading strikers no. 4,5,6 and 7 – loven, best, xisco who are all further down the pecking order, barely play and who are all unproven in this division.. just a thought.

  56. Clint…how very true and one of the biggest is still there at the top :-(

    whey thats me, latas.

  57. After the scum and manure, I think I enjoy the rare win over liverpool next. Likeable bunch of supporters – but just something about those 4-bastard-3s that still hurts, no to mention the drubbings since then,,, very satisfied the neet.

  58. later rich,
    aye i’m off too.
    Looking forward to a canny kip after a tough week.
    Sweet dreams fellow Toon fans.

    Howay the lads!

  59. boater,
    aye mate, the scousers are good craic, got some top scouse mates.
    & we’ve got some top scouse players, probably more than them.

  60. boater one question who is more sellable to other clubs Shola or no 4 5 6 & 7 lets face it no one is going to take Xisco (wages) maybe Best could find a Championship club ? Shola proved that was his real level last season , his first touch is just not good enough for the prem . Pardew has already suggested that he will bring in new players in january but Ashley will probably tell him to sell before he can buy and i think Sol and Ameobi will be the first 2 to be shown the door . Who would you rather have Sol Or Kadar in the squad .
    As for Ranger he now has a half hour under the belt in 1 game for Pardew , how long did he get under CH in 3 games ?

  61. Batty it never feels great when anyone scores against us, but there are worst scousers to score against us like Rooney or Jeffers etc! BTW enjoy ya win boys but I think some are getting a bit too carried away. I mean we are very poor under Hodgson away from home, so it is not exactly shock of the century, as I say good christmas to all you should be safe, see you at Anfield!:-)

  62. Jonski-We have to take and enjoy them when they come along mate. You normally have the game of your season against us and have cruelly stuck it to us in the past, be it last minute winners or 5 goal pastings, it’s nice to finally get one up on you even if you are going through an awful patch! lol. That’s also a win over Villa, Arsenal, Liverpool and a draw with Chelsea for us this season, so it’s nice to the running theme of scalping the big lads is a nice one to have.
    Out of interest how long do you think Hodgson has to turn it around? Working on a shoestring with this “us against the world” attitude at Fulham was a situation he seemed to thrive on. He’s now at a far bigger club with cash and is seemingly..sort of cocking it up to be honest.

  63. Ross

    Hodgson looks a broken man. He was always so calm and collected at Fulham, yet today he was fully prepared to claw his own face off! haha! I think he will be sacked soon as the fans just don’t like him. Feel sorry for him. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Martin Jol at Anfield soon…

  64. Axel – why are you going on about Campbell for a start!? He’s in his last season of competitive football, he was brought in as an emergency stop gap player – and in the last 3 games – despite his lack of mobility has helped earn the team 4 points against 2 from the old ‘top 4’. No one doubts he is WELL past it, and was a worry today. But he will only be used very sparingly this season – and presumably will end up in a coaching role.

    It reminds me of when people were going on about selling Butt last season!?!? You can only kill someone once,, he’s going anyway.

    Shola is – and has always been – the recepticle for disgruntled fans abuse: win, lose or draw. True Faith referred to him as ‘someone fans almost want to fail’. The commentators and even the MOTD arses were saying how he was a handful today.. and YES that was one of his shaky days. I simply cannot get into the ‘he found his level last season’ argument, it drives me up the frigging wall mate. He is an established premiership player – and still has 6 goals from 10 starts this season, he’s playing with an injury and still doing a decent job for us in a period of transition.

    I almost got to the stage where I’ll be glad he’ll be sold – just so people like you will have to find a new scapegoat.. it will probably be Ranger by then – that’s the daft – but oh so bleedin predictable thing.

  65. El Toro – when I go to sleep tonight I’ll be haunted by the image of Hodgson’s demented mumbling, face-slapping ritual. Poor guy,, well out his depth. But then that squad is abysmal, and Torres the world beater has gone AWOL.

  66. There were a couple of times the cameras flicked to Hodgson and he was just slumped in his seat mumbling and moaning away to himself. When he wasn’t trying to remove his face with his bare hands that is. I feel sorry for him because I really liked him a Fulham, doesn’t look like he can hack at at one of the perceived top clubs though. Too much pressure at the moment.

  67. decent shout from Pardew – he didnt try to take any credit for todays win and has acknowledged that the teams spirit won the game, if pardew can get ashley to fork out a bit of cash and strengthen the team then great
    Sol looks finished after the last couple of games, his mistakes cost us badly as ever tiote was class as were the old uard of nolan, barton carroll – even shola out a shift in till he was injured
    I’d rather start with ranger up front with carroll, yeah his finishing aint great but he scares defenders as he has pace and chases lost causes
    bring on the brummies – tho todays win was for CH

  68. boater i dont find scapegoats , i just say it the way i see it , thats called an opinion . If you read what i posted you will see that i said Ashley will probably tell Pardew to sell before he can buy hence Sol out because he will be on a canny pay packet , just because of his status as a player . But he is past it and is standing in the way of Kadar , their comes a point in every players career when they should stop . Sol has reached that point otherwise Arsenal would have offered him another year and they didn’t .
    As for Ameobi if he was good enough he would of been an automatic choice years ago but he has no first touch , is always injured and don’t give me the argument that he had shearer , bellamy or whoever else ahead of him , if he was good enough he would have forced himself ahead off them all .

  69. I have to admit Nolan and Barton are better than Routledge and Guthrie.

    With the outfield problem we got this week, It’s unbelievable result. Credit to our players, staff, Pardew and Hughton too. We’re not our best today but we have cutting edge that we lacked for last 4-5 game.

    Just surprise with Liverpool performance today.

  70. Massive win for the club, the mood would have been very different if we had got beat. I’m so proud of the fans for backing the team and for the 50,000+ attendance. Hopefully we can kick on and put this week behind us, it’s all we can do.

    Colo needs to come back in for Sol. Not sure who I would pair him with out of Taylor and Williamson. What do you guys think is the right decision here? Williamson might get the nod for his aerial strength as Birmingham have the tall lad up front.

  71. Wow !! Didn’t expect to see such a crowd last night but credit to you all who attend the match and were there for the team. Well done guys even though a bit silly in me want to saw some protest.

    Great result last night which down to professional , effort , determination that the players put in. so thank you to win the game to put this bad bad week behind.

    Very pleased to see Barton and Nolan back to the team cuz they’re such important player and Ranger was so lively and sooner or later he’ll be XI and again Tiote was the man who made the team played easier when he always was there to win the ball back.

    And what a goal from Carroll this guy has one hell to be great striker which confident and determination to keep improving the world is on his feet.

    Keep it going lads !!!

  72. Who was at the match last night ????
    How the atmosphere was like ???

    from what I saw on telly there were almost full house and look like really good atmosphere.

    Were you guys say thank you to CH or anything ????

    Saw a great banner before kick-off that say thank you to CH and I saw a guy with t-shirt with massage ‘Hughton is a Geordie’ that were really nice of you guys.

  73. Regarding the game…

    In my opinion we had a few players who were not hitting gear at all… Campbell stands out, and Jonas was quiet as well but i also thought our backs were shocking going forward as well. Enrique can play twice as good at least and he there is one instance that summed his game up in the first half where he gave the ball a little push under a bit of pressure straight to a liverpool player standing 2 feet away. 5 games ago he would have turned no problem and passed it back (Confidence issue?)

    Then again we had some players who really carried the performance and Barton, Tiote, Carroll and Nolan stands out… I have to say that i was one of those who couldnt see Nolan’s importance for us, but he has certainly put me to shame.

  74. Guys, please stop saying we are exactly half way through the season, we are not. We have two games left before we reach the halfway point. 24 or 25 points by 19 games will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

  75. Regarding the protests… I saw the Journal online and the comments to “Pardews promise to keep hold of Carroll” and theamount of tribe astounded me… People were actually calling for the mans head before he even had a game in charge, tell me how that is suppport?.

    It seems to me, that some “fans” are just waiting for him to feck up so they can have a go at him… is it because people believe the media that this is a personal Llambias friend? Even if he was, why the feck would MA agree to risk his investment for a pals act? he wouldnt risk a penny for anyone, not his mother or child and certainly not for a mere friend.

  76. Valle

    Hughton was sacked because as his profile grew, his demands probably did too. He would have wanted more control and MA doesn’t want to give anybody control. Hence hiring the only manager who is probably willing to let top management make the majority of decisions.

  77. did anybody feel like shouting at the t.v every time mike ashley was on the screen it was glued onto him

  78. El Toro… Mate come on… We dont know that do we? We only know what the press tells us and history shows that allot of that is bull#¤”¤.

    Even if it was like that, how the feck is that Pardews fault? The man are after success as much as we are? Dont be fooled into thinking that he wont be under pressure if he dont deliver, so lets support him and live up to our tag of great supporters.

  79. Valle

    It is just speculation, but it also makes perfect sense. MA has been successful in business by keeping costs low. He clearly doesn’t trust many men with his money and would prefer it if only a chosen few were able to decide how it were to be spent i.e Carr, Llambias.

    I don’t blame Pardew, I blame the owner. However, I have said many times that Pardew deserves a chance. He wants to succeed here as much as we do, albeit for different reasons.

  80. stuart79 says:
    December 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Heard some people talking today saying we’re exactly halfway through the season and we’re half way to safety points wise. Not sure I quite see it like that. We have played supposedly easy games at home. I would have liked to have seen us with 30 points after our fixture list.

    Totally agree, said it all along, if you look at our fixture list, our last 7 or so games are tough, we need another 10-15 points before March I reckon.

  81. Think it’s fairly obvious that we’re a totally different team without Barton. Pardew really needs to bang on Ashley’s door in January – I’ll lend him a sledge hammer if he needs one.

  82. Thank god for Man City :lol:

    They really are trying to steal our corwn of comedy club aren’t they?

  83. Do anyone have any knowledge about the backroom team being brought in, like Ray Lewington for instance?

  84. Andy Carrol was awesome yesterday and even when his touch was off he never stopped grafting unlike his strike partner who once again disappeared, his substitution gave the team and the crowd a lift and we finished worthy winners and what a strike for the third goal.
    The giving away of the ball cheaply has to stop with Jonas and Jose the main culprits and i cant see Campbell keeping his place much longer, but overall what a sickener for the media and especially the MOTD pundits.
    Special mention to Tiote, pure class.

  85. bbb

    Since Ben Arfa got injured Jonas has reverted to type. Very wasteful. He needs competition.

  86. ~ El Toro ~ says:
    December 12, 2010 at 9:14 am


    Since Ben Arfa got injured Jonas has reverted to type. Very wasteful. He needs competition.
    He needs to be sold, seriously, what has he proved in the Premiership?

    Ben Arfa showed more on his debut against Everton than he ever has. Sorry to be so harsh against one of our own players but i’ve had enough, i’m affraid he just doesn’t do it for me, hasn’t got the quality.

  87. Someone said earlier about Jose not doing much going forward, I think that was down to Jonas, almost everytime he recieved the ball he barely moved from the spot and looked to pass rather than try to take on his man that in turn stifled Jose’s attacking play imo.

  88. Can I just say as well off topic, at the time I would have hated him as a manager, thought he was an utter gob shite, but Ian Holloway for me has been a breath of fresh air in the Premiership and has handled himself admirably. As well as this, he has shown that he can get the best out of players who lets be frank, lack the quality of other teams. Seems to have built up a great team ethic and fair play to him and Blackpool.

  89. Jonas must be hanging by a thread in that team, Johnsons shite defensively and on a yellow card and not once did he run at him or try and draw a foul.

    Annoying as hell he is so lucky Ben Arfas injured, We have be looking towards new wingers guys like O’Hara and Bentley who are totally out of favour at Spuds and can actually cross a fecking ball…

  90. CC

    in my opinion, O’Hara, not really a winger, creative, attacking player that we need. Bentley, up himself and inconsistent, not to mention expensive.

    Would much rather we rely on our scouting network to get these young, up and coming, hungry players rather than spend a fortune on those above who have not done anything to justify the money their clubs would want.

  91. ILM

    I would take O’Hara because he can play wide left or in the middle and has done something to justify the fee of about £4m or £5m, terrific left foot and also is young and hungry to play.

    Plus we could shift Smith or Guthrie (or both) in january, You may be right about Bentley he is up his own arse but i hope that his experience at Sperms would be like when he left Arsenal with a point to prove and was terrific for Blackburn.

  92. hmm I see your point, I actually like O’Hara, think he is a decent player and I would expect him to move on this summer. And yeah, if we got rid of Smith, Guthrie et al, yeah he would a good replacement.

    However, my point is this, O’Hara 4-5 million or Tiote 3.5 million?

    British players are over priced and we seem to be doing the right things in the scouting department so I would be happy with us to continue getting these players in.

  93. Magic Result.
    Life after CH perhaps?

    Mike Ashley is a Geordie la la la la – la la la la

    Well done to the Players dug in and stuffed the Scousers !!

  94. How did we not notice as well, double figures in the Prem for wor Andy, in his maiden season as well, well done number 9!

  95. sirjasontoon
    i carnt beleave u just called ashley a Geordie
    that is a insult and beleave me i for 1 will never trust him , and the sooner he has gone the better

  96. Well it looks like S Taylor is on his way out in January as he has refused the latest contract offer, likely clubs to put in a bid for him Stoke or Wolves! He will be an idiot to go to either as both are relegation canditates.

    The days when a player held a club to ransom over an ‘improved contract’ (they mean more money) are over, everybody can be replaced. He keeps saying he loves NUFC so prove it and accept the offer on the table. This is NOT a defense of Ashley and his cohorts but a sensible wage structure is vital to NUFC if we are to get back in the black after the debt ridden mess Shepherd & co left us in.


  97. Hughton linked with West Ham job!!~~?? 8O

    Sacked Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton could make swift return to the Premier League at struggling West Ham United, according to the Sunday Express.

    The Hammers are rooted to the foot of the table and following a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City on Saturday the pressure has increased on boss Avram Grant.

    The financial implications of relegation would be disastrous for West Ham, who are heavily in debt, and with almost half of the season gone co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan could be forced to make a change.

    Hughton, who was surprisingly sacked by Newcastle despite guiding them to mid-table after winning promotion to the Premier League, is reportedly top of the list to replace Grant.

    The former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager has a reputation as a players’ man and is seen by the West Ham owners as someone who can galvanise a struggling squad.

    Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton dedicated his man-of the match award after a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday to the departed manager.

  98. Hughton ‘linked’


    embarrassing that football journalists actually call what they do a job isn’t it.

  99. I notice Pardew is talking about having a team full of local lads, playing exciting football. I say wake up man!

    That will take an age to achieve and in between that we will need to spend money and get up the table for these kids to even want to sign for us.

    Stories that Pardew has 10 mil to spend in Jan are encouraging, although still peanuts its an improvement on what we expected.

    I’ll wait and see though, as KK said “you just cannot trust these two”.

  100. One question why was Pedro not in the dugout yesterday ? Him and Steve stone took the training thisweek did they not. As for staylor if it’s true he has rejected the latest
    contract offer then we should offer spurs a swap for ohara

  101. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was money to spend in Jan. No big deal’s go through in the January window, it’s all about strengthening your squad for the business end of the season. Watch Ashley throw a few million at Pardew in Jan and come summer, give him the “oh, but there was money to spend in January?” Excuses.

  102. Aye Axel, It could well be a load of old tosh re S Taylor, I would’nt claim to have an inside source, read it in the north east’s Sunday Sun. From Kev Nolan’s comments on post match interviews, most of what the papers print is rubbish.

    Hope its not true.

  103. How far are we from a side that could really go places and who would we like to remain from the side we have now?

    Enrique, Tiote, Barton and Carroll are good enough for any team in the league in my humble opinion and could form a spine for many seasons to come and Colo, Nolan, Williamson, Krul and Simpson are decent players. We lack real wingers with pace, but having said that, in a 4-4-2 with a new right winger there wouldnt be space for Nolan.

    Just a bit of a mind puzzle i have been thinking about.

  104. i think Barton was sensational, playing like he did the season prior to us buying him where his OPTIMA stats were better than 3 of our midfielders put together for the season :D