September 2009 Archives
NEWCASTLE United drew 1-1 at St James's park and there was no doubt who was happiest with the draw.
Newcastle's 100% home record came to an end and a first half penalty miss was certainly not lost on Toon fans from Danny Guthrie.
Newcastle created a few chances in the second half but Marlon Harewood's late equaliser ensure their unbeaten record is still in tact.
However, the positives for Newcastle are that they have a three point cushion over West Brom in second place.
They can extend that even further on Saturday against Bristol City before they sign off for the international break too.
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The last time Newcastle United played Queens Park Rangers there was a different type of intensity in the air that some of us may wonder if we will ever feel again.
Indeed the Magpies were still going for the title back in the 1995/96 season and while everybody infamously talks about the 4-3 loss at Anfield and the Graham Fenton game against Blackburn, which United lost 2-1, this was the game that was sandwiched in between it.
Different fans have different views on where the 1996 Premier League title was lost but it was perhaps in the QPR game that we started to see it was slipping away.
A HAT-TRICK from Kevin Nolan helped Newcastle United blitz Ipswich Town 4-0 to go top of the Championship on an emotional night at Portman Road.
Tributes were paid to Sir Bobby Robson as two teams he led with great distinction faced off for the first time since his sad passing.
There was the full fanfare of balloons, an opera singer, the parading of the UEFA and FA Cup that Robson won during his time in charge at Ipswich and the naming of the North Stand to the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.
But as the Magpies went top of the Championship quietly, there was nothing quiet about the away fans from Tyneside who celebrated three points and the life of Robson in wonderful fashion.
Newcastle snatched the lead on 29 minutes when R Taylor curled in a free-kick from the right hand side and Nolan rose high to plant a firm header beyond Richard Wright from the edge of the six yard box.
And less than two minutes later Nolan added his second.
The midfielder latched on to a ball over the top down the left channel, cut inside, and calmly applied the finish with his right foot between Wright and the post.
Then it was 3-0 to Newcastle on 33 minutes when Ryan Taylor curled home a free-kick past Wright with a dipping effort.
Newcastle were starting to make it look easy and Ipswich were blown away by the three-goal salvo.
Half-time saw a poignant rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way which was sang along with gusto by both the Toon and Ipswich fans as the stadium rose to pay tribute to Sir Bobby.
Newcastle though looked in rampant mood as the second half started after scoring three goals on the road for the first time since Pompey last season.
And they made it four when Nolan headed home on 49 minutes.
This time Khizanishvili made a great run down the right and did well to keep the ball in before playing in Ryan Taylor, Ranger knocked it down and Nolan bundled home his hat-trick.
Marlon Harewood came on late on and made a good impression as he bundled his way through two defenders and struck a firm shot on target that Wright palmed away.
And with that United played out the rest of the match in relative comfort and took to the summit of the Championship with a performance Sir Bobby would have been proud of.
I was at Portman Road, and you can read my live blog by clicking below.
Well that was a complete waste of everybody's time and money at London Road wasn't it?
Unless of course you are a Peterborough fan that is after a performance they believed was so good they produced a DVD the morning after the night before.
The loyal 2,500 fans who made the journey to London Road probably deserve a refund from Mike Ashley after this one.
And not because some of the Toon kids suffered stage fright on a tough evening against one of Newcastle's Championship counterparts.
A DISMAL match for the Toon saw them crash out of the Carling Cup at the hands of Peterborough.
Newcastle started the game with a 4-5-1 formation with Haris Vuckic playing in an advanced role supporting Nile Ranger.
Posh threatened early on with two minutes gone as Lee Frecklington stormed past Tozer but Ryan Taylor won the ball back and hooked clear for a corner, which Newcastle cleared.
No matter what camp you're in when it comes to prioritising your hopes and dreams for the season there can't be a Toon fan out there who would find losing to Peterborough United an easy one to stomach.
The debate over whether getting promoted or doing something unheard of to most of us - winning a trophy - will rumble on.
Of course getting promoted has to be the main aim this season but success in the Carling Cup wouldn't go a miss either.
Newcastle United fans still have plenty of reasons to be cheerful despite the 2-1 loss at Blackpool.
The real beauty of the Coca-Cola Championship is the proximity of the games and in this case with Plymouth making the 818 round mile trip to St James's Park, this not only represents the chance to bounce back but also record one of the biggest wins of the season with the Pilgrims really struggling under Paul Sturrock.
With new boy Zurab Khizanishvili also in the squad after completing his loan move, Chirs Hughton's squad has been bolstered with a new face.
NEWCASTLE United's unbeaten run ended tonight at Bloomfield Road with a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool.
Striker Andy Carroll, newly recovered from a groin injury, put the Toon in front just before the break but the home side pressed their advantage as Newcastle threw away their lead in the second half.
The defeat has come as a reality check to Chris Hughton's men and they face a real test of nerve at home against Plymouth on Saturday.
As usual I was at the ground to bring you regular updates on the action and let you get involved in all the drama.
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We're not even out of September and some of us are already sick of hearing about all of Newcastle United's games being a "cup final".
It's been an easy tag for many people to slap on our latest fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
But I can see why some Blackpool fans see that as an insult to be honest, especially the ones who are old enough to remember 1951 and all that went with it an FA Cup victory for the Toon with two goals from Wor Jackie at Wembley!
Obviously it was way before my time but I can still recall my late grandad talking about the match at Wembley in '51 during his time.
And how one of his favourite players was one of the opposition in Stan Mortensen, a couple of years later Mortensen bagged a hat-trick in the "Matthews" final in a seven-goal thriller against Bolton Wanderers.