Month: April 2016

23.04.2016… Liverpool (a)…

Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 2

Anfield… Saturday April 23rd… 3pm

Attendance: 43,837

Ticket: £47 – Programme: £3.50

An awful first half performance, followed by a fantastic second half comeback. My legs are currently covered in bruises following a bout of over-celebrating when the the equaliser went in…

Spent the last few minutes waiting for the late Liverpool winner to arrive, as it usually does. This time, it didn’t…

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First Half Action: A Rare Newcastle Attack…

Anyway, and most importantly, that sliver of hope remains intact for at least another week…

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Second Half Action: The Away End, Post-Equaliser…

Liverpool; Mignolet, Randall (Coutinho 71), Lovren, Toure, Moreno, Stewart, Allen (Lucas 72), Milner (YC), Firmino, Lallana (Ojo 83), Sturridge

Not Used; Ibe, Skrtel, Smith, Ward

Goals; Sturridge (2), Lallana (30)

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote (Shelvey 83), Colback, Townsend, Sissoko, Perez (Wijnaldum 46), Cisse (Mitrovic 75)

Not Used; De Jong, Aarons, Woodman, Mbabu

Goals; Cisse (49), Colback (66)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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16.04.2016… Swansea (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Swansea City 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday April 16th… 3pm

Attendance: 48,949

Ticket: £33 – Programme: £3

Three goals, three points and a clean sheet. A pleasant change…

Not the greatest of games but then, who cares…? It may be a cliche, but this was definitely one of those days where the result was of far more importance than the performance…

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Outside St. James’… 2.30pm…

First half, and the atmosphere was understandably muted, nerves coupled with an underwhelming game. Things took a turn for the better as half time approached, Jamelle Lascelles heading us into the lead from a corner. Yes, a corner…

The second half was suitably nervy, Swansea had a really strong twenty minute spell where they managed to waste a number of good chances, Gomis (on as a substitute) being the main culprit. Into the last ten minutes and the stress levels were reduced, Moussa Sissoko firing a second, again (really) from a corner. Into the last couple of minutes and Andros Townsend finished it off, finishing cooly following a lovely run and pass from Mitrovic… 3-0…

Mitro could have made it four late on but pulled his shot wide. It didn’t matter though, he was obviously keeping his powder dry for when it does…

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First Half Action…

The result, coupled with Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Norwich meant that we were back in the hunt, albeit only just…

If we can only get something against Citeh on Tuesday night. Then maybe, just maybe, that dreaded ‘hope’ thing may start to return…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita (YC), Mbemba (YC), Lascelles, Dummett, Tioté (Shelvey 66), Colback, Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Pérez 73, Cissé (Mitrovic 80)

Not Used; de Jong, Obertan, Aarons, Woodman

Goals; Lascelles, Sissoko, Townsend

Swansea City; Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer (YC) (Barrow 57), Ayew (Gomis 71), Sigurdsson, Montero, Paloschi (Routledge 84)

Not Used; Amat, Britton, Nordfeldt, Naughton

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

12.04.2016… Harrogate (h)…

Nuneaton Town 0 Harrogate Town 0

A1 Gas Force Arena… Tuesday April 12th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 612

Ticket: £13 – Programme: £3

A poor game, and one which did little to help Nuneaton’s play-off hopes…

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Pre-Match: Nuneaton Warming Up…

Given their current position and form , this could possibly be my last trip to Nuneaton this season. Unless they can make a last minute dash for that final play-off place…

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First Half Action: Harrogate Prepare to Take a Free Kick…

Nuneaton Town; Smith, Clifton (Lane 20), Keane C, Keane J, Rowe-Turner, Elliott, Morgan, Byrne, Whitehouse, Duffy (Harewood 70), Sanogo (Ironside 81)

Not Used; De La Paz, Scott, Lane

Goals; None

Harrogate Town; Crook, Turner, Swain, Platt, Ellis, McGurk, Emmett (Thewlis 61) Kerry, Clayton (Beesley 86) Warren, Daniels

Not Used; Colbeck, Thirwell, Foster

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…