Howe about them Magpies!

Huge. Absolutely huge.

A tight, nervy one nil victory over a typically dogged and awkward Burnley has never been more welcome on Tyneside, getting NUFC off the mark for league wins at the 15th attempt. The Great Escape is on! But deary me, it was never going to be easy was it? When has this club ever done anything easily! Supporting this club must takes years off us.

The atmosphere at SJP was bouncing, and the players responded in fine style. Joelinton continued his transformation from competition winner to effective Premier League performer, Jamal Lewis cemented the left back spot for the festive season, and ASM and Miggy Almiron carried such a threat, albeit without an end product.

There must be, though, a special mention for Callum Wilson, who took his winner today superbly. The man has ice in his veins when given a sniff of goal. He is our most important player by a stretch, and we simply have to keep him fit and hope he maintains his current excellent form. And isn’t it nice to have a proper ruthless bastard filling our number 9 shirt. Belter.

Eddie Howe has made a huge difference in less than a month in charge, and today was due reward for his efforts to date. The aggressive, ambitious, and positive approach of the team emanates from the manager and is so refreshing after years of anything but.

More than the points from this game though, the scenes at the end of the game reveal something greater. The connection between fans, players, coaching staff, and the club feels closer than it has been in a generation, and that could be a massive difference maker as we look to climb the table ahead of a ghastly looking run of games over Christmas. Let’s keep positive, keep backing the boys and believe. Howay the Lads!

Craig Shaw @shawzey15


What a day and what a feeling at the end

Newcastle win a game and also, for me, the first massive rush of adrenalin of a win for a very long time without the mixed messages in my head wondering if that win would keep our manager in a job or our owner in place for another year. Quite simply I haven’t enjoyed winning a game for a very long time.

What we got yesterday was a crowd, a team, and a management team all working their proverbial balls off to get what we all craved and it worked.

The noise was unbelievable, all players did their jobs, and the manager and his team showed what we haven’t had in a long time, the ability to change a side at half time and make them better after the interval.

We got what we haven’t had for a while as well, a bit of luck. It goes a long way. The decisions quite rightly went our way and a major boost was the lively Cornet going off.

I was disappointed with our performance in the first half an hour, we looked tired and didn’t do enough as Burnley made sure the game was played how they wanted it to be played, but the game turned when we scored as the keeper thought he’d be dominant by coming 16 yards to claim a difficult ball but Schär made him look like an arse as he fumbled.

Right fair enough, but what happened next was fantastic. Wilson had the presence of mind to take a touch before rifling high in the net. A brilliant finish from a very good player. Wilson led the line magnificently all afternoon.

Second half we were a different side. We did everything we hadn’t in the first and could easily have scored a few more while the defence vastly improved. Dúbravka looked less nervous and, led by a rejuvenated Lascelles, the defence looked as solid as it has been at home all season. I thought they had blown it again but it was offside, and we breathed again.

What a final whistle it was, United celebrated like we had won the World cup, but it opens up the bottom of the league. After 165 days or something , no one surely denies us that moment.

Pride is the word I’m feeling now.

Scott Robson


Points make prizes, and the prize is staying up

Whilst we basked in our glorious 1-0 victory against a Burnley side who showed far more adventure than I had expected, the joy of leaving the foot of the table was fantastic. However, as Eddie Howe shouted “come on!” during his victory March around the ground, he would have known this can only be the start. Tuesday was an opportunity missed, we would be one point from Watford had we won.

The decision to leave out Fernández disappointed me again, but the captain played better, not exceptional but better. Lewis looks to be getting some confidence back, Wilson looks likely to score whenever he gets in. The new chant for our number 7, describes him as brilliant, so he must be. I think more work needs to be done with Willock to work out what he is. All the talk (myself included) about buying Tarkowski looked misplaced. He didn’t look great whenever the ball was on the floor. Though goalkeeper isn’t in need of an immediate upgrade, I think Nick Pope is very good. I’d have him if they’re selling.

Positivity at results going for us this week needs to remain and we need to think we can get something at the King Power next weekend. The performance wasn’t great yesterday, but the win was and if we can play as we have against Brentford and Norwich offensively and Burnley defensively we have every chance of getting a result. Come on Eddie’s Mags.

Stephen Ord @smord84


Newcastle dig deep to win ugly

After a shaky start, Newcastle showed character, resilience and quality to clinch their first win of the season.

Sean Dyche might sound like he has gargled a bag of rusty nails but he knows how to get results. He has been liberally applying lipstick to a pig of a squad for years and Saturday was no different, with a dominant Burnley pumping endless diagonal balls into our box for the first 30 minutes.

At the other end, the Clarets defended well, restricting NUFC to wayward shots from distance or blocking efforts.

The goal eventually came from a howler by the otherwise impressive Pope. The keeper came flying off his line to collect the ball, only to clatter into Schar and drop it. Wilson pounced on the loose ball and took a superb touch to set up a brilliant finish.

Newcastle continued to boss the game in the second half, with Pope just getting fingers to a low drive by Miggy who was played in by an excellent through ball from Wilson. Almiron was also denied a goal in front of the Gallowgate by a Burnley block, when the ball looked destined for the top corner.

Howe will be delighted with the result but should also be pleased with a performance which saw the lads dig deep to win ugly.

Lewis continues to rediscover the form that saw us pay £16.5m to prise him away from Norwich and it feels like there is still more to come from him. Wilson was phenomenal, running the channels and always a threat. Joelinton and Lascelles both thrived in the physical, rough and tumble environment imposed by Burnley. Only Willock did not shine, and the calls for Hayden to replace him must grow louder, especially as we face a run of opponents who will have much more of the ball.

Howe is showing us just what a good manager he is, with both individual and team performances improving game on game. This offers hope of picking up some points and remaining in contention through a brutal run of December fixtures.

Dan Jenkins @PlumsGinger