time: Magpies 0 Blues 0
won a corner that Matt Ritchie took from the Strawberry
Corner, only to fail to clear the first man and be headed clear It reached Allan
Saint-Maximin, who sent over a glorious curling ball into
the box from the left side of the box.
Isaac Hayden got his connection spot-on to beat Arribazalaga, who could
only get an ineffective hand to his header. The scorer ran towards the South
East Corner, followed by Matt Ritchie - who leathered the corner flag in typical
style, sending it spinning into the front row of seats, where it connected
fairly and squarely with one fan's midriff. The cock of the North! 1-0
Full time: Magpies 1 Blues 0
Steve Bruce said:
"I can't fault my
players for the way we defended. The big thing we need to do better is look
after the ball and cause more of a threat. They worked so hard. Today we
didn't seem to carry a threat, but one great ball or delivery - you may call
it smash and grab but it is good to see.
"Of course, we have nicked it and sneaked it or whatever you want to call it
but when you are playing against the big boysÖ Yes, we have to take care of
the ball better for sure but you can't fault them to a man with their effort
"We can't press from the front like Chelsea do. If we did that we would
come a cropper. We have to do it our way, a way that suits the squad we have
got. We can get better but we have had results against the top teams. They
find it difficult to play against us and that's what we try to do.
"The support here is the envy of most and they're unique for their loyalty
and the way they support their club. This club is everything here so when we score in the last minute with all
the work that we've done, then of course it's great and it takes the roof
"There's a couple of times we've done it against the big teams, which is
"Itís football - thatís why we enjoy it. Letís be fair, itís
not often the big boys get turned over. It was our day, even changing Isaac (Hayden)
to wing back, and he scores the winner. Weíll take it."
On Allan Saint-Maximin:
that was the big one as well, could I leave him on? Heís OK. Thank the Lord.Ē
On Andy Carroll:
"Heís got a bit of a sore hip. Itís been niggling away. Typical Andy,
he wants to play but, at the minute, heís struggling with it."
On the goal:
"A few of them were thinking Ďshall we go up?í and then Matt Ritchie
hits the first man!
"It comes out to Allan, and thereís three of them ready to come at him,
and Iím thinking Ďplease donít dribble past them!í but, then itís a
wonderful cross - a bit of quality."
"Weíve got one or two things spinning. Iíll go and have a conversation
now with Lee Charnley concerning the left back situation because (Paul) Dummettís
not very good and, Jetro (Willems) - the signs arenít good. Maybe
weíll revise our plans a bit."
Goalscorer Isaac Hayden
"I can't remember which body part it hit - face, shoulder, chest -
whatever - and it went in the back of the next, and it's just elation,
really, after that.
"To score a goal in the last minute, to win a game at SJP, in the
Gallowgate End@ it doesn't get much better than that playing for
"It's football so you have to get your head around it very quickly.
I am not a big one for stats but the feel of the game was domination.
"They had three headers in the game and one of them they scored with.
Other than that, in the second half I don't really remember them
endangering our box.
"We camped around their box, created chances. You won't always create
clear-cut chances against Newcastle because they have so many bodies
back behind the ball and fair play to them because they defend with
every aspect of the game. They hit the bar in the first half but the rest of the
game was ours, except scoring.
"Newcastle defend their box, you won't
make too many clear-cut chances against them. We controlled the game, we were at
the end of their box. If we want to go to the next level we have to take chances
and score in these kind of games.
"The lads have got their heads down in
there. But the brutal reality of football is if you don't score, teams stay in
the game and something like that happens at the end.
"At 0-0 I was going to say to them that they gave everything, because
they pushed and pushed.
"If we are looking for people
to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring
goals. It's clear from what I'm saying we know where we need to strengthen.
"We know we have problems at the top of
the pitch in terms of we don't get enough goals. If you don't score you are
always liable for a sucker punch and they got it.
"We can't work any more in training on
finishing. You need to have that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to
score more goals from front-line areas if we are going to get to where we want
Isaac Hayden's first goal of the season took him up to five in
all competitions for United:
Aug 2016 Reading (h) won 4-1 (Ch) Leazes, shot
Apr 2017 Cardiff (a) won 2-0 (Ch) n/a, shot
Oct 2017 Southampton (a) drew (PL) n/a, shot
Feb 2019 Wolves (a) drew 1-1 (PL) n/a, shot
Jan 2020 Chelsea (h) won 1-0 (PL) Gallowgate, header
Scoring our 22nd PL goal this season,
he's the 12th different player to contribute to that tally.
Hayden's 94th minute goal was the latest scored by United in all
competitions so far this season, exceeding Jonjo Shelvey's 93rd minute
effort away to Norwich City back in August.
The late show: Latest recorded NUFC goals
in last decade:
(only goals later than 90+3 are recorded)
2016/17 Dwight Gayle v Norwich City (h) 90+6
2011/12 Yohan Cabaye v Blackburn Rovers (a) 90+6 (LC)
2016/17 Yoan Gouffran v Norwich City (h) 90+5 (Ch)
2013/14 Yohan Cabaye v West Ham (a) 90+5 (PL)
2019/20 Isaac Hayden v Chelsea (h) 90+4 (PL)
2018/19 Matt Ritchie v Bournemouth (a) 90+4 (PL)
2013/14 Papiss Cisse v Palace (h) 90+4 (PL)
2013/14 Sammy Ameobi v Morecambe (a) 90+4 (LC)
2012/13 Papiss Cisse v Fulham (h) 90+4 (PL)
2012/13 Papiss Cisse v Anji (h) 90+4 (EL)
2011/12 Jonas Gutierrez v Blackburn (h) 90+4 (FA)
2011/12 Papiss Cisse v Chelsea (a) 90+4 (PL)
2010/11 Fabricio Coloccini v Wigan (h) 90+4 (PL)
(Goals scored in added time were routinely
recorded as 90 minutes until the proliferation of online statistics, meaning
that it's impossible to compile accurate lists earlier than 2009).
Blues @ SJP - Premier League era:
2019/20 Won 1-0
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
A new TV programme was added to
Saturday night's schedule: Dismayed in Chelsea.
To the evident annoyance of Frank Lampard, his team of away day specialists
failed to score on the road for the first time since August. And worse
still, the Blues proved unable to guard their goal up to the final
whistle, missing out on even taking a point from St. James' Park as a
Having gained just one point from the last 12 on offer - a run that had
coincided with an epic run of injury misadventures and raised fears of
becoming embroiled in a relegation fight - Newcastle defied the odds once
again to somehow conjure up an unexpected victory that verged on the
That came despite yet another enforced early substitution; Jetro Willems
going to ground in obvious distress with a knee problem and having to be
stretchered off with just 12 minutes played.
Although a further unwanted blow, that did at least bring the energy of Matt
Ritchie to the side, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Saint-Maximin also
back in harness as the sick list shrank.
The reshuffle didn't curb United's initial enthusiasm and in the
22nd minute Federico Fernandez supplied the perfect cross for Joelinton to
ping an almost-perfect header off the Leazes crossbar.
The woodwork at the other end was then rattled by Tammy Abraham although
flagged offside, before N'Golo Kante was denied by Martin Dubravka's left
A second opportunity was then made and missed by the Magpies, Fernandez meeting a Shelvey free-kick and seemed
certain to score, only to get in front of the ball and head over.
Honours even at the interval then, but with an absence of forward options in
reserve for the home side hardly augured well, Saint-Maximin gingerly
feeling his way back after an eight match absence and Miguel Almiron kept
occupied with tracking back in his own half as the visitors pushed
Aside from the first half header and a late wayward effort, Joelinton never
had an opportunity to add to his midweek strike but did cause the visitor problems despite being continually out-numbered and routinely impeded, with
very little comeback. He at least stuck to his task though.
Chelsea at times camped in United's half, but didn't fashion many clear
openings, encountering some resolute defending. Chances fell to Willian and Abraham
(the latter cleared by Ritchie) but Dubravka wasn't as severely tested as one may have thought despite
his side having only 30% possession.
Our continual failure to retain possession always seemed likely to be our
undoing; especially at those times when we began to start playing the ball
back to our own goal - a ploy verging on the suicidal.
A trio of away replacements brought new challenges for Newcastle to reckon
with; Ross Barkley no stranger to pulling the stings against us and Michy
Batshuayi supposedly in the shop window. Neither made a telling contribution
though and the clock ran down though as the game remained goalless.
Then with two minutes of normal time remaining, Almiron's fine ball to the far post
was nodded back to Joelinton by Saint-Maximin. However the Brazilian swung
wildly and could only slice his effort wide of the target, as the chance to be a hero was
That seemed to be our moment gone but Joelinton won a corner in
the final minute of four added on and the crowd roared on Ritchie as he
trotted over to the Strawberry
Corner to take it.
That flag-kick was cleared but fell to Saint-Maximin, took a touch and swung over
the perfect cross for Hayden to head downwards and into the Gallowgate goal
to spark epic scenes. It mattered not one jot who got the contact, the timing was perfect and
the win could ultimately be crucial.
By then Hayden was filling in at right back - after the below-par Emile Krafth made way
for midfielder Sean Longstaff - adding another name to this season's stat of
defenders grabbing crucial goals.
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 secured on what may be a pivotal day in terms of our fate this season -
and looking beyond, perhaps even for the Head Coach; short on luck when it
comes to injuries but seemingly receiving regular dollops of good fortune on
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.
While the transfer window remains open with no deals done, doubts always
remain whether this club will become active and to what effect. Bruce has toed the party
line so far rather than used the media to try and challenge the owner, and
that softly-softly approach may yet pay dividends - even if our current
points tally makes it trickier to make a case for spending money.
In the more immediate future though, the pressure to get a positive result
at Goodison on Tuesday has lessened and we go there arguably more confident and
with greater selection options than when Everton visited Tyneside in the
last game of 2019. And then there's the Cup.