Interim United Manager Chris
"It was a wonderful finish. Shola struck the ball very early. You can
see the confidence in him. Saturday's victory was a better
performance. But I thought we showed enough battling qualities to keep a
"It's a wonderful crowd and one we most
definitely don't want to take for granted. What we do know is we have got to
give them something to turn up in their thousands for.
"Nothing has changed, if
the club is sold at any stage, then possibly I might get a knock on the door
and be told that things will change. I have very much
enjoyed the challenge so far and I am very happy to continue until told
We're now unbeaten in our last five
competitive outings against Wednesday, home and away.
Victory saw the Magpies win their first two home league fixtures
since the 2000/01 season:
2000/01 Derby won 3-2, Spurs won 2-0
2001/02 mackems drew 1-1, Man Utd won 4-3
2002/03 West Ham won 4-0, Leeds Utd lost 0-2
2003/04 Man Utd lost 1-2, Birmingham lost 0-1
2004/05 Spurs lost 0-1, Norwich drew 2-2
2005/06 West Ham drew 0-0, Man Utd lost 0-2
2006/07 Wigan won 2-1, Fulham lost 1-2
2007/08 Aston Villa drew 0-0, Wigan won 1-0
2008/09 Bolton won 1-0, Hull lost 1-2
2009/10 Reading won 3-0, Sheffield Wednesday won 1-0
Owls in Toon -
2009/10 won 1-0 Ameobi
1999/00 won 8-0 Shearer 5, Hughes,
1998/99 drew 1-1 Dalglish
1997/98 won 2-1 Asprilla 2
1996/97 lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96 won 2-0 Ferdinand, Clark
1994/95 won 2-1 Watson, Cole
1993/94 won 4-2 Cole 2, Mathie, Allen
1990/91 won 1-0 Brock
1988/89 lost 1-3 Mirandinha
1987/88 drew 2-2 Goddard 2
1986/87 lost 2-3 Allon, Scott
1985/86 won 4-1 Stephenson, Gascoigne, Beardsley, Whitehurst
1984/85 won 2-1 Beardsley, Wharton
1983/84 lost 0-1
1982/83 won 2-1 Varadi, OG
1981/82 won 1-0 Varadi
1980/81 won 2-1 Waddle 2 (FAC)
1980/81 won 1-0 Shinton
1969/70 won 3-1 Foggon, Robson 2
1968/69 won 3-2
Arentoft, Dyson, Horsfield
Full record v Sheffield
A decade on from their last appearance in Toon, Wednesday returned to SJP
and were once again unable to find a way past Steve Harper. While the
'keeper was a virtual spectator here in 1999 though as we racked up eight
goals without reply, he played a rather more high-profile role in this
Shola Ameobi's fourth goal of the season ultimately sent United up to third in the Championship
after a second home victory in five days, but Harper's saves from ex-mackem
Michael Gray and former Toon target Francis Jeffers were pivotal in securing another
Recent loan signing Danny Simpson made his Newcastle debut at right back,
while Ryan Taylor moved to right midfield, compensating for the absence of
Boosted by Saturday's success, the home side got off to a roaring start, Kevin Nolan going
close with a long range effort. The visitors weathered early pressure, only
for United to conjure up the vital goal with a quarter of an hour gone.
was almost 2-0 just before the half hour when Shola was allowed a free
header from a Ryan Taylor corner but Grant saved well.
Carroll then had a decent penalty shout ignored by Phil Dowd in the 36th
minute but Chris Hughton's side went into the break deservedly ahead.
Birthday boy Ryan Taylor's free-kick was tipped over and Nolan almost
converted from a corner, but Wednesday threatened to level when Gray's
free-kick tested Harper in the 64th minute.
By then Xisco had replaced groin strain victim Carroll and United began to
withdraw as Wednesday made three changes of their own and went in search of
Jeffers then seemed a certain scorer late on but another save from Harper denied
the former Everton and Arsenal man.
And at the other end, substitute Nile Ranger made his presence felt up front
throughout four minutes of added time - leaving the field bleeding from a
facial cut for his trouble.
Wednesday's large and noisy following went home muttering about poor
refereeing decisions from Phil Dowd, but in truth he and his officials were
quick to halt the game at either end and called most decisions correctly.
The Owls certainly provided stiffer opposition than Reading and were more
solid in both midfield and attack, but lacked a cutting edge up front.
In a match of limited chances though, Ameobi made the most of what he was
given with the vital breakthrough - watched from the stands by his one-time
United strike partner, the equally-in-form Michael Chopra.
Unbeaten in three games, the off-field shenanigans here mean that nothing is
set in stone as regards leadership, ownership and inbound/outbound
transfers. The worry at this point though is that the current owner and his
lackies feel relaxed enough about this league to believe that we're upwardly
mobile without investment.
We said before the start of the season that picking up points from the first
whistle was essential and that our strongest line-ups would be on the field
before the transfer window closed. With at least two further departures
predicted to take the outbound total to a dozen,
The players that have gone - and remain - were the players who were either
unable to keep us up, or incapable of getting on to the field often enough
to make a difference. On that basis we're not too bothered about anyone
leaving this squad - provided that there are sensible acquisitions to
compensate for the consequent gaps in the squad.
To take a value judgment on the quality of teams in this league after 270
minutes is to ignore both our perpetual injury and suspension issues and
underestimate the strains that an additional eight league fixtures and
sundry cup matches will place on our squad.
Giving youngsters squad numbers doesn't automatically mean that they will be
capable of stepping in to the senior side - our current mob aren't of the
quality of Ossie's babes (Alan Thompson, Lee Clark etc) and they were ultimately
found wanting when the going got tough against unfashionable, but durable
We're not suggesting that we'd have been better off losing all of our games,
but it would have perhaps given
people more of a reality check, both in the stands and in the Directors' Box.