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Saturday 18th January
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Premier League:
Frank Lamped hard
by Hayden header

Newcastle  1  Chelsea

Newcastle won for the first time this year with an outrageous late winner from Isaac Hayden against Frank Lampard's Chelsea at St. James' Park on Saturday evening.

A corner deep into added time looked to have provided United with a final chance to steal the points but Matt Ritchie's flag-kick was cleared as the fourth added minute approached its conclusion.

But Allan Saint-Maximin gathered the clearance, took a touch and swung over the perfect cross for Hayden to head downwards and into the Gallowgate goal to spark scenes of celebration.

Referee Chris Kavanagh allowed the visitors one last attack but once that was cleared the official blew for time and three vital Premier League points were secure.

A remarkable second period had seen the visitors camped in United's half, although they hadn't created many clear openings to worry Steve Bruce's side which defended resolutely.

Jamaal Lascelles was back at the heart of the defence and also returning were Jonjo Shelvey and Saint-Maximin as the injury crisis started to subside.

But incredibly Jetro Willems was strwtchered from the pitch in just the 12th minute as what seemed to be an innocuous collision with Tammy Abrahams had him immediately signalling to the bench.

That early setback didn't curb the home side's initial enthusiasm and in the 22nd minute Federico Fernandez supplied the perfect cross for Joelinton who guided an almost-perfect header against the bar.

Twelve minutes later Abraham struck Martin Dubravka's crossbar, although he had been flagged offside but N'Golo Kante should have scored when clear on the right of the box, only to be denied by the 'keeper's left leg.

At the other end Fernandez got the end of a Shelvey free-kick and seemed certain to head home but got ahead of the ball and his effort went high.

After the break there was almost non threat from the black and whites who retreated further and further back. But for all the Chelsea possession, there were only half chances for Willian and Abraham but Dubravka had few saves to make.

Then with two minutes to go, Almiron played a fine ball to the far post which was nodded back to Joelinton by Saint-Maximin. But the Brazilian swung wildly and sliced his effort wide as the chance to be a hero was wasted.

That seemed to be our moment gone but Joelinton managed to win a corner in the final minute of four added and Ritchie was roared into the Strawberry Corner as he prepared to delivered it.

It was headed clear but then came Saint-Maximin's glorious curling ball into the box and Hayden got his connection spot-on to beat Arribazalaga who could only get an ineffective hand to his header.

At that stage Hayden had filled in at right back, with Emile Krafth being replaced by Sean Longstaff, meaning United were once again grateful to a defender for winning the points.

But it mattered not one jot who got the contact, the timing was perfect and the win could ultimately be crucial.

With results elsewhere also going our way, United ended the day 12th in the league but just a couple of points behind eighth-placed Spurs and seven points clear of 18th-placed Aston Villa.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Dubravka, Krafth (S.Longstaff 71), Lascelles, Clark, Fernandez, Willems (Ritchie 12), Hayden, Shelvey (M.Longstaff 85), Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Schar, Lejeune, Atsu.

Booked: Hayden.

Goal: Hayden. 

CFC: Arrizabalaga, James (Emerson 75), Kristensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Mount (Barkley 68), Hudson-Odoi, Abraham (Batshuayi 80), Willian.
Subs n/u: Caballero, Zouma, Kovacic, Pedro.

Booked: Emerson.

Crowd: 52,217.


Chelsea came into the game with s
even wins from 11 away games in the PL - equal to that of Leicester City and bettered only by Liverpool's tally of nine.

Blues @ SJP - Premier League era:

2019/20 Won 1-0 Hayden
2018/19 Lost 1-2 Joselu
2017/18 Won 3-0 Gayle, Perez 2
2015/16 Drew 2-2 Perez, Wijnaldum
2014/15 Won 2-1 Cisse 2
2013/14 Won 2-0 Gouffran, Remy
2012/13 Won 3-2 Gutierrez, Sissoko 2
2011/12 Lost 0-3
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll
2008/09 Lost 0-2
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2006/07 Lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 Won 1-0 Bramble
2004/05 Drew 1-1 og(Geremi)
2004/05 Won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2003/04 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Shearer
2002/03 Won 2-1 og(Hasselbaink) Bernard
2001/02 Lost 1-2 Shearer
2000/01 Drew 0-0
1999/00 Lost 0-1
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Won 3-1 Dabizas, Lee, Speed
1996/97 Won 3-1 Shearer 2, Asprilla
1995/96 Won 2-0 Ferdinand 2
1995/96 Drew 2-2 Albert, Beardsley (FAC) 
(lost 2-4 on pens)
1994/95 Won 4-2 Cole 2, Fox, Lee
1993/94 Drew 0-0

Opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West, The Dog and Parrot are now showing Sky PL live games. Get a Meat:Stack burger, fries & a craft can for just £10 every day including matchdays.

Latest PL result/fixtures:

at 18.01.2020:
Watford 0-0 Spurs
Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Aston Villa
Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace
Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth
Southampton 2-3 Wolves
West Ham 1-1 Everton
Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

Sun 19.01.2020:
Burnley v Leicester City (2pm) Sky
Liverpool v Manchester United (4.30pm) Sky

Chris Kavanagh - second appearance in charge of Newcastle this season for the whistler from Lancashire, following on from the 2-2 home draw with Manchester City back in November.

VAR duties were handled by Kevin Friend.

Incoming claims grow:
Valentino's day?

Multiple reports from Italy claim that Newcastle are in the process of concluding a deal for the transfer of Inter Milan's Valentino Lazaro.

The 23 year-old Austrian international predominantly plays a right-sided wing-back or winger but has been used on the opposite wing during his limited outings for Inter so far this season. 

A deal is reportedly in place for an initial loan deal leading to a purchase at the end of the season, Saturday bringing claims that Lazaro's agent Max Hagmyar was on Tyneside to seal the move.

Lazaro began his playing career at Red Bull Salzburg and following a spell in Germany with Hertha Berlin became an Inter player at a cost of £19m last summer, putting pen to paper on a four year deal.

Brown secures a point

Newcastle U18s  0  West Brom U18s  0

Newcastle's U18 side collected a point at Little Benton on Saturday to end a six game losing league run - but were unable to record what would have been only their second home victory this season. 

Home goalkeeper Will Brown saved a first half penalty in a poor game that saw the visitors play almost half of it with ten men due to injury.

United's Dylan Stephenson set up his side's first scoring chance midway through the opening half, but his centre from the right evaded both Josh Harrison and Josh Gilchrist, passing harmlessly across the six yard box.

Gilchrist brought a one-handed save out of Maksi Boruc with a dipping effort from the edge of the box on the half hour, signalling a brief spell of home pressure that didn't translate into goalscoring opportunities.

Albion had a great opportunity to go ahead when Fin Thorndike was blocked off in the box on 39 minutes, only for Brown to deny Alex Gilbert from the spot.

The visitors made all three of their substitutions at half-time and that bold move almost instantly backfired when newly-arrived forward Jovan Malcolm limped off with an injury leaving them a man short.

Sadly though the remainder of the game was a total non-event; neither side able to cope with the swirling wind and goalkeepers remaining untested in the main. 

An 83rd minute corner by the visitors struck the back post and deflected off Stephenson on the line, while home replacement Kain Reed shot over the crossbar deep into added time.

Team: Brown, Oliver, Scott, Gamblin, Brannen, Carlyon, Stephenson, Rounsfell, Harrison, de Bolle, Gilchrist (Reed 68).
Subs n/u: Marshall, Nicholson, Ndiweni, Miley.

This is the second of three successive home fixtures for the young Magpies, who led Manchester City 1-0 last week until the league leaders scored two late goals to claim the win. 

Thomson confirmation

Following social media posts on Monday night, formal confirmation came on Friday afternoon that Newcastle had signed teenager Reagan Thomson from Scottish side Queens Park, subject to international clearance.

The Daily Record wrote on October 29th 2019 that the central midfielder was a Toon target as follows:

Newcastle are closing in on a deal for Queen’s Park star kid Reagan Thomson.

The Premiership side have opened talks with the Spiders in a bid to strike a deal for their Scotland Under-17 cap.

The Geordies are on the verge of agreeing a substantial fee for the 16-year-old that will see him move to St James’ Park in January.

Newcastle and other top English clubs, along with Rangers and Celtic, watched the midfielder star for Scotland Under-17s in last week’s win against Iceland where he came up with two assists.

Queen’s amateur status means they don’t normally command transfer fees but because Thomson is still a youth player they would be entitled to compensation.

Reagan made his first team debut for Queens Park last August in a Scottish Challenge Cup meeting with Celtic U20s, just 24 hours after turning 16. 

A Scottish Second Division bow then followed against Stenhousemuir at Hampden Park soon after.

Points failure may be costly for Magpies

Photo courtesy of CnC Photography

Newcastle U23s  1  Hull City U23s  1

Friday afternoon saw United's second string in Premier League Cup action at Whitley Park, where a patchy display allowed their lower league visitors to leave with a point that could even have been three.

After a fairly uneventful (dull) opening period United were awarded a penalty in the 37th minute when Kelland Watts was bundled over. Tom Allan made no mistake from the spot to give the home side the lead with his tenth of the season.

The contest livened up around the hour mark when Hull's Norbert Balogh attempted to lob Jake Turner but the 'keeper got a hand to it enabling a defender to clear.

A minute later a good move between Jack Young and Allan saw the goalscorer send over a low cross that Elias Sorensen somehow managed to knock over the crossbar from inside the six yard box.

That miss proved costly when the visitors were level in the 66th minute after some hesitation in the box allowed Danny Lupano to head in from close range.

United almost responded immediately when Victor Fernandez crossed from the left but substitute Yannick Toure headed over from a great position.

Seven minutes from the end Tigers' Elliot Bonds hit the post and then United were reduced to ten men a minute from the end, defender Ludwig Francillette receiving a second yellow card.

Ben Dawson's side came under pressure during five additional minutes, but with the last kick of the ball they came close to winning it - Fernandez's cross to the back post just beyond substitute Adam Wilson.

The point leaves United second in their group - albeit having played more games than their three rivals.

Team: Turner, Cass (Barrett 84), Walters, Young, Francillette, Watts, Allan (Wilson 65), White, Sorensen (Toure 65), Anderson, Fernandez.
Subs n/u: Brown, Longelo.

Booked: White, Francillette, Cass.

Sent off: Francillette 89 (2nd yellow).

HCFC: Robson, Odunston, Jacob, Hickey, Lupano, Ritson, Salam, Bonds, Balogh (Chadwick 62), Jones, Berry.
Subs n/u: Cartwright, Wood, Leake, Hinds.

Booked: Lupano, Jones, Hickey, Odunston.

Crowd: 148.

Eight group winners and eight runners-up progress to the knockout stages, with United in Group C which currently stands as follows:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 West Brom 2 3 6
2 Newcastle 4 0 5
3 Hull City 2 -1 1
4 Scunthorpe 2 -2 1

Remaining games:
21.01.2020 West Brom v Scunthorpe
03.02.2020 Scunthorpe v Hull City
10.02.2020 Hull City v Scunthorpe
10.02.2020 West Brom v Newcastle
21.02.2020 Hull City v West Brom
21.02.2020 Newcastle v Scunthorpe
??.??.2020 West Brom v Hull City

PS: The U23s are in cup action on Wednesday (22nd) when they make the short journey to Northern League side Newcastle Benfield in the Northumberland Senior Cup. It's a 7.30pm start at Sam Smith's Park.

Oxford United (h)
date / KO set

Newcastle's FA Cup Fourth Round home tie against League One Oxford United will be a non-televised 3pm kick-off at SJP on Saturday 25th January.

ST holder and sale is now underway, with public sale (online only) from 10am on Saturday and in person/by phone from 10am on Monday.

Pricing is as per the Rochdale home tie: £10 adults and £5 concessions rising to £20 and £10 respectively on the day of the game.

No cash turnstiles will be in operation and the visiting support (allocation tbc) will be in L7.

FA Cup Third Round replay :

Thu 23.01.2020:

Tranmere Rovers v Watford (7.45pm)

FA Cup Fourth Round ties:

Fri 24.01.2020:
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday (8pm)
Northampton Town v Derby County (8pm) BT

Sat 25.01.2020:
Brentford v Leicester City (12.45pm) BBC
Southampton v Spurs (3pm)
Millwall v Sheffield United (3pm)
Reading v Cardiff City (3pm)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)