The biggest game of the season for both sides and an amazing result for the Toon Army. Who could have seen this, and despite the disappointment of conceding a late goal, it couldn’t take away the joy at such a victory. Days like this really don’t come around often.
Newcastle started with a positive line-up, Carroll and Ameobi starting up front together for only the second time this season, while sunderland left Gyan on the bench, with Bent playing the lone striker role.
The game started fairly even, with young in-form scum midfielder Henderson shooting over in the 8th minute, while Williamson made a brilliant tackle on Bent when he was through on goal.
Nolan shot wide, and Carroll had a header saved by Mignolet as the Toon started to take a hold of the match.
The opener soon arrived, coming from a Barton corner in the 26th minute. His ball into the box was headed down by Williamson, with Nolan on hand to score a brilliantly creative overhead kick into the net.
Cattermole and Nolan both shot wide in the next 5 minutes, before the the Newcastle Captain grabbed his second goal in the 34th, this time as a result of some shocking defending from sunderland. Carroll wacked a volley into the box, and despite Ameobi being in an offside position and preventing Turner from clearing, Nolan was on hand to finish with ease one-on-one.
Newcastle continued to control the game, sunderland offering little in attack, with Henderson again forced to shoot from outside the box in the 36th minute.
Stevie Bruce made a change soon after, Asamoah Gyan coming on for the ineffective Elmo, yet it couldn’t prevent a third goal for the Toon before half-time.
Onuoha brought down Gutierrez in the box late in injury time, in what was a clear penalty. Despite Nolan being on his hattrick, Ameobi grabbed the ball and smashed an emphatic shot from the penalty spot to give the Toon a 3-0 lead at the break. Un-fucking-believable.
sunderland came out in the second half seemingly devoid of motivation and their fortunes were given a fresh blow when Bramble was shown a straight red after bringing down Carroll when he was through on goal.
Carroll then hit the bar with a fierce header in the 70th minute, but Ameobi was on hand to finish with a classy volley to take the score to 4-0.
Five minutes later and the fifth arrived, Ameobi brilliantly flicking on a Barton corner for Nolan to then head in his hat trick from point blank range. Wow. 5-0. Couldn’t get better.
sunderland managed a consolation in the 90th minute, with Bent finishing after latching onto a loose ball, yet it couldn’t dampen the mood in what will be marked down as a historic victory.
Chris Hughton deserved the victory more than anyone else, as rumours surrounding his future at the club, despite his admirable job in charge of the side, as well as his players loyalty towards him.
He has to stay, he brought stability to this club, something which can be said to have been lacking since Bobby Robson left, and it is imperative for him to sign a new contract. Ameobi played a blinder, as did young Andy Carrol and Kevin Nolan.
Yet my man of the match by far would have to be Joey Barton, who is doing no harms to his chances of an unlikely call-up to the England side. He is definitely the best English player based on form at the moment. Tiote also had a solid game as usual.
Brilliant victory, great for the fans and if only I could have been there. FUCK YOU CHAD (he was at the game). Five goals and a red card to great big bumbler Bramble. Shit yea. This needs to continue though, St James’ must become a fortress this season and will be essential for survival this season. Arsenal again next week and hopefully we can pay them back for an unjust scoreline in the Carling Cup last Wednesday…