2010/11 Season Review

First season back into Premier League (where we belong, I must add) and obviously at the start of the season we were very much tipped to go straight back down. We did not really make many signings or at least proven in the Premiership players. We brought in James Perch who became quite the scapegoat amongst the fans. Dan Gosling on a free transfer, but would be out until at least Christmas due to injury. Sol Campbell who was already clearly past his best, and would just cost us money. But then an exciting new player would be signed on loan (but then permanent in January) Hatem Ben Arfa who looked fantastic but suffered a horrible injury when he had his leg broken after a Nigel de Jong tackle. So those being the new players brought in not really much was placed on them. We had to rely on the team who done so well making the Championship look easy the year before. Not forgetting of course our signing and possibly player of the season Cheik Tiote.

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Newcastle 5 – 1 Sunderland

I spent the whole weekend in the build up to the Derby game feeling both nervous and excited. In all honesty I thought the game would be a draw after a very close and tight affair – but that could not be further from what happened! The lads went goal crazy and outplayed Sunderland all over the pitch!

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We Are the Champions!!!

The final home game of the championship season was yesterday afternoon at St James Park. No one really cared about the game, we wanted the trophy at 5pm after the game. Just a shame the game was very dull and we drew 2-2 which kinda took the edge of it all a little, especially the long wait we had for the set up and presentation of the trophy and medals (or at least it felt like a long wait). So I won’t dwell on the match too much and just be happy it was the last home game of championship football and hopefully it will be a long time (if ever) that championship football returns to St James Park!

Newcastle 4-1 Blackpool

The second last home game of the season saw Blackpool come to St James Park, with a lot of support in the bright orange shirts. Taking at least 3,000 tickets. With a chance of still making the play-offs we were half expecting this to be a slightly more difficult game but in the end that wasn’t meant to be. Again the pressure of playing at St James Park got to the away team who couldn’t really do much.

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We are Premier League!!!

Monday night saw Sheffield United come to St James Park for a 7:45pm kick off on Easter Monday . . . but promotion was already clinched at about 7pm thanks to a boring goal less draw between Forest and Cardiff. Which I watched with many other Toon fans in Shearer’s Bar. When the final whistle went everyone cheered and chants of “we are premier league” started as everyone began to pile out into the street. The promotion party had well and truly started before we even kicked a ball.

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Newcastle 6 – 1 Barnsley

Back to St James Park after a 2-1 away victory over Watford last weekend. So before the game I decided to put some daft bets on . . . or what seemed daft before the eventual score line. I went for 4-0 to the Toon. I even took Jose Enrique as the first goal scorer and he actually had a couple of chances before he went off, lets hope he’s not injured again and it was more cramp/strain instead of something going again.

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Newcastle 3 – 0 Preston North End

Three days after the impressive second half against Coventry we were back at St James Park for the visit of Preston. Unfortunately the best player from Wednesday’s game was out injured for this game, Wayne Routledge and boy did we miss him. Danny Guthrie was given the task of playing right midfield and pretty much played everywhere on the park but wide on the right. Which was very frustrating to watch.

We got off to a great start when Lovenkrands scored in the first few minutes which was more a cross than a shot after viewing at half time. He went off injured about 10 minutes into the game and Leon Best came onto replace him. Nothing else really happened in the first half. It was pretty obvious that Preston could not create anything really and were very poor. This also had an effect on the Newcastle team who seemed to drop to their level.

10 minutes into the second half things started to look up when a good move put Kevin Nolan in to score his first goal in quite a lot of games. This would have to silence the critics he has built up quite recently for not getting on the score sheet. However the game pretty much went back to what it was like in the first half with nothing really exciting to report.

All in all it was a poor game and Ryan Taylor is continuing to become a super sub scoring in the 90th minute yesterday. Is he the new secret weapon for the end of a game? Preston were very poor and it had to be on of the worst performances from a team coming to St James Park this season! Leon Best was again very disappointing and I really don’t get the point of him at all. I would much rather see Nile Ranger coming off the bench at least he would make some type of effort.