Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3.00pm
Venue: St. James' Park
3 - 0
59 secs The
quickest goal we've scored since 2004 saw all eleven Magpies including
goalkeeper Karl Darlow touch the ball
and none of the opposition make contact with it - until Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski fished the
ball out of the Leazes End net.
Jonjo Shelvey's diagonal crossfield ball out to the left flank was the
nineteenth pass of the sequence, allowing Paul Dummett
to centre with the twentieth, Yoan Gouffran to flick the ball
on and Ayoze Perez to hit a controlled volley into the net from just
outside the six yard box.
1 Town 0
73 mins Jonjo
Shelvey was involved again, spraying a pass out to Matt Ritchie on the United right and when the ball was clipped across,
stylishly smashed it home on the full from level with the penalty spot.
78 mins Ritchie
intercepted a clearance and played it to Perez on the left side of the box.
The Spaniard then set up
Ritchie who had continued his run to strike the goal of the game with the
outside of his left foot. 3-0
Full time: Toon 3 Town 0
"It's another good win, because it's not easy to win in this competition. We
played really well in the first half, we had chances and could have scored
more goals but we didn't do it so we had to work hard in the second half.
"It's important to keep confidence high and the only way is working hard. We
know every game is difficult and we have to be ready.
"After the second goal we had more control. It was easy at the end but you
could see the difficulty we had at the start of the second half.
"When you are top of the
table and you are doing well, you have to be careful and make sure that you
don't have over-confidence or complacency.
"You can tell the players though, and
still sometimes you cannot control everything. They need to be on their toes
and they know that if they don't perform well, someone else will be there.
"So I think this positive competition
is the key to keep the momentum and keep the team winning.
"Sometimes you have managers that
have a good squad, But they try to play the same players all the time - 13 or
14 players - and then little by little you lose the other players.
"So we try to keep everybody as fit
and keen as possible. We know keeping 25 to 27 players happy is impossible
but, as much as we can, we must keep them all thinking that they could play
and they could perform and they could give something."
"It's important for him, he
did well and worked hard. I didn't play him in the last game, but he did a
"It's good for him but also good for the team because it means we can change
players and they can perform."
"We were beaten by the better
team, beaten by the champions. If I see a better team than that this year Iíll
be surprised. Iíve just spoken to the players, That was one of those days
where we couldnít do a lot about it. We tried everything to stop them and to
get a foothold in the game.
"To be fair, the one pleasing thing was
we kept it at 1-0 for 70 minutes. We gave the ball away from a throw for the
second goal, but nevertheless the finish was fabulous. All three of the finishes
"I wonder if weíd have had those
chances, or anybody else, would they have scored them? I donít know. They were
better than us, they are better than us and theyíll be champions in my view.Ē
"I was the prophet of doom - I didnít
want them to have the ball, I wanted us to press, we didnít do that
particularly well, we didnít get enough tackles in. If somebody could have put
a tackle in and upset their fans it might have been different, but we didnít
get anywhere near them.
"I donít know how many passes they
had before it ended up in our net. It was difficult to stop.Ē
"The players are all knackered, theyíve
all tried their nuts off, theyíve worked really, really hard and put a shift
in like they do every week for me. I canít really say anymore. They are a very
good team, they played very well and they deserved to win and we got what we
deserved, which was nothing.
"I think we got in their half a couple
of times didnít we? Itís not a consolation. I know my lads have worked hard
and, having kept it at 1-0 in the first half, in the second half we got to 70
minutes and the crowd are just getting a little bit fractious with them.
"Everybody knows you can then nick one
from a corner kick a free-kick, a mistake. The disappointing thing is that we
didnít keep it at 1-0 a bit longer an give ourselves that chance of nicking
"Leon (Best) dislocated his
finger, but I wanted Didzy (David McGoldrick) on the pitch and I wasnít
going to have the two of them on. I didnít think I was going to lose anything
by having him on, only gain something by giving him 45 minutes. I thought he did
alright and will be a lot better for it."
NUFC's quick starts - modern era:
two minutes or less:
Aug 1997 Sheff Wednesday (h) Tino Asprilla
Sep 2002 mackems (h) Craig Bellamy
Feb 2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi
Apr 2006 Spurs (h) Lee Bowyer
Sep 2007 West Ham (h) Mark Viduka
Feb 2009 West Brom (a) Damien Duff
Aug 2009 Crystal Palace (a) Kevin Nolan
Feb 2011 Birmingham City (a) Peter Lovenkrands
Jan 2013 Everton (h) Papiss Cisse
Nov 2013 Norwich (h) Loic Remy
Scoring in one minute or less:
Jan 1996 Arsenal (h) David Ginola
Jan 2003 Manchester City (h) Alan Shearer
Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic (h) Alan Shearer
Oct 2016 Ipswich Town (h) Ayoze Perez
Ayoze's 17th goal for the club was the fastest scored by a Newcastle player
since Alan Shearer's 57 second effort against Charlton Athletic in March 2004.
The Spaniard now has 18 Newcastle goals from 88 appearances in all competitions (58
Matt Ritchie registered his third goal as a Magpie (two in the
Championship, one in the EFL Cup). All three have come at home (the new
Wijnaldum?) and all three have been at the Gallowgate End.
Newcastle won their tenth league game of the season from 14 played - one
more than they managed in the whole of the 38 game 2015/16 season.ick
McCarthy as manager v Magpies (@ SJP):
2016/17 NUFC 3-0 Ipswich
2010/11 NUFC 4-1 Wolves
2005/06 NUFC 3-2 mackems
1992/93 NUFC 1-1 Millwall
1991/92 NUFC 0-1 Millwall
Tractor boys in Toon
2016/17 won 3-0 Perez 2, Ritchie
2009/10 drew 2-2 Carroll, Ameobi (pen)
2001/02 drew 2-2 Shearer, Robert
2001/02 won 4-1 Shearer 2, Robert, Ameobi (LC)
2000/01 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1994/95 drew 1-1 Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Sellars, Cole
1991/92 drew 1-1 Quinn
1990/91 drew 2-2 Stimson, Quinn
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn 2
1985/86 won 3-1 Beardsley, Whitehurst. Gascoigne
1984/85 lost 1-2 Waddle (LC)
1984/85 won 3-0 OG, Heard, Waddle
1977/78 lost 0-1
1976/77 drew 1-1 Nattrass
1976/77 (won 1-0 Barrowclough)*
1975/76 drew 1-1 Nulty
1974/75 won 1-0 Howard
1973/74 won 3-1 Macdonald 2, OG
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald (TC)
1972/73 lost 1-2 Macdonald
1971/72 lost 0-1
1970/71 drew 1-1 Mitchell (FAC)
1970/71 drew 0-0
1969/70 won 4-0 Robson 2, Ford, Dyson
1968/69 won 2-1 Davies 2
1964/65 drew 2-2 Suddick, Anderson
* game was called off at half time due to an icy pitch
previously mentioned the knack of scoring early goals at home this season, while
visiting players unfamiliar with the expanse of St. James' Park are adjust to
Failing to do so against Huddersfield left us pointless, but breakthroughs
against Reading (20), Brighton (15), Norwich (24) and Brentford (11) all proved
to be the platform for ultimate success - an outcome sadly maintained when
Chancel Mbemba put through his own goal v Wolves (29).
Even by our recent standards though, today's lightning start was pretty
exceptional - meaning that an Ipswich side with just two away goals from six
games were lurching towards defeat before some latecomers had even reached their
seats. Quite literally gone in sixty seconds.
former Magpie Leon Best grazing the crossbar soon after Ayoze Perez's 59 second
opener, a fifth successive win that extended our lead at the top of the table to three
points never looked anything other than inevitable against opposition for whom
mediocrity was a lofty aspiration.
Leading at such an early stage led to an expectation of an abundance of goals,
and had referee James Adcock given a penalty when an onside Dwight Gayle was
upended by Bialkowski then an avalanche of Loftus Road proportions could have
However the whistler waved away what looked like cast-iron claims for a spot
kick and cast further doubt on his own judgment by failing to book the Newcastle
man for diving: an all-too rare example of keeping his cards in his pocket and
his whistle out of his gob.
With the Tractor Boys seemingly content to remain one goal adrift and the ground quiet,
Rafa's side struggled to build momentum after the break until belatedly
clicking and contributing quality strikes from Perez again and then Matt Ritchie
to give the scoreline some realism and send another superb attendance away with
With just a single goal dividing the sides as the final 20 minutes arrived,
Christian Atsu was stripped and ready
to come on while there was to be a late cameo for Aleksandar Mitrovic -
although he hurried down the tunnel after the final whistle as his captain urged
the players to salute the fans.
A lack of match fitness following injury had seen Daryl Murphy's league debut
for United delayed further and denied him an outing against his former club,
while it was Vurnon Anita's turn to step down from the first XI and give DeAndre
Yedlin another chance to demonstrate his turn of pace.
Such was the meekness of Ipswich though that virtually any lineup would have
collected these points. We'll have more difficult days - and a league and
cup double-header against one of the Championship's form teams in the shape of
Preston North End may prove rather more testing.
As a certain Spaniard has said in public - and doubtless in private also - the
trickiest opponent in this league may well be ourselves, believing that we have
a divine right to victory simply because we're the main attraction, with the
biggest pulling power.
The feet have been kept firmly on the ground so far, but nothing has been
achieved yet - other than a massively encouraging start, raising hopes of a
genuine renaissance round these parts. At this stage, that's enough to be going
on with - that winning feeling is a nice one though isn't it?