Ipswich Town 0 Newcastle United 4

By Lee Ryder on Sep 25, 09 03:01 PM

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.


Ted Kane said:

Great performance by Nolan. I've laid into him in the past for looking sluggish but he was fantastic today. Let's hope the injuries to Colo and Ryan Taylor aren't too bad. he newcomers look promising.

bonnielad said:

good to see another win under our belts,got to keep going and stay focused on the job ahead to get back into the top grade.a winning team is giving everyone a different attitude and the players look a lot better for it.nolan and smith are the ones who are a 100 percent better than last season although i hope smithy doesn't give away too many fouls

relton said:

Justification for the "tosh against posh" perhaps.
I think this vindicates the caretaker manager's decision.
Look at the top of the table - Look at the goal difference - Look at the sheer amount of fixtures . . . . . . . . anything you would change about that Lee ????????
Ryder's reply: I think you still play your strongest team in all competitions - injuries can happen in any game ask Fabricio Coloccini or Ryan Taylor that one.

bob harvey said:

Great to see a dominant performance from the off, even though the opposition were poor.
I hope they all spend a few minutes before Wednesday night thinking about West Brom's last two results.
Given the occasion and accompanying hype, I think all the fans should have acted in the spirit of Sir Bobby throughout ---- i.e. not had a go at the opposition manager.

keir said:

couldnt have said it better myself Ukurish!

what a game.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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