3 mins Paul
Dummett's throw-in on the United left was collected by Aleksandar Mitrovic,
who had time to turn and move towards goal before laying the ball off to Ayoze Perez
- who promptly pinged it back to him in the box at the Leazes End.
The Serbian was seemingly intent on emulating his solo effort against
Preston in the EFL Cup, leaving Sean Morrison and Joe Bennett on their
backsides as he jinked forward, before unselfishly laying the ball off to Atsu
rather than shooting. The Ghanaian promptly slotted home from eight yards
via the upright.
45 mins United
doubled their advantage from Dummett's quickly-taken
throw-in down the left flank which found Gouffran heading infield. He pinged
a pass out to DeAndre Yedlin in acres of space on the opposite flank and as
Christian Atsu overlapped, the Newcastle full back knocked a smart pass into the
path of Gouffran as he gained a yard on Junior Hoilett in the box and gave
himself a routine low finish across the keeper. 2-0
Toon 2 City 0
77 mins Aron
Gunnarsson's energetic throw into the United box was headed back through a
cluster of bodies by Ciaran Clark, dropping to Marouane Chamakh inside the
box. The former Arsenal man controlled the ball by letting it run down his
arm onto his body before knocking it sideways as a number of home players
began to claim the handball.
Undeterred, Peter Whittingham's drive from a central point on the edge of
the box was low and true, nestling in the corner of Karl Darlow's goal.
Full time: Toon 2 City 1
After the game Rafa said:
"It was a Championship game. We started
well, had chances and scored two, and started the second half well ... but
we didn't do it.
"Then they started with the long balls, throw-ins and free kicks. The ref
allows too much contact. They were complaining and we were not happy with
"We have to work hard even if we concede a goal that is not correct. I was
not happy that we had to defend so much. But if a ref allows this situation
you have to defend.
"I would rather play passing football, getting goals. In football if you
play well you will have chances to win games. Sometimes you can't because
the opposition is aggressive and the ref allows this contact.
"If you can it means you are strong as well. Sometimes you play passing
football, sometimes you have to be strong and defend and stand up.
second half sticks in the memory more, but in the first half, we played well and
we had the control and the chances. We started the second half the same way and
had one or two chances where we could finish the game.
"The game could have been finished before their goal, but we didnít play
at the level we wanted to play in the second half. Sometimes you have to give
credit to the other team. They were a physical team, with long throw-ins and
"They had big lads and you have to defend well and show character.
"Could it be better? Yes. But when youíre winning and show the mentality
that you need in the Championship, thatís good.Ē
"In the Premier League now, you have more passing football and players with
more quality on the ball. Games in the Championship sometimes are just long
throw-ins and free-kicks, because you now you can challenge and the ball will be
there and itís 50-50.
ďWhen you have towering centre-backs you have to have players strong enough
and as big as them and still sometimes you canít win those challenges.
"The coach has to adapt like the players do. Iíve had it for a while,
playing against Bolton and Blackburn, all these, although I never played against
Wimbledon. Itís a challenge we face more often, for sure.
ďWe donít win games against Preston or Bristol City without competing. We
know we have to defend well.
"Everyone knows when youíre 2-0 up you need to score that third goal to
kill a team off. We tried. We did really well, but just couldnít do it. In the
end, you have to ensure we have the quality and mentality to defend and get the
"Itís better that you can learn your lessons in a winning situation. Itís
always easier to learn when youíre winning.Ē
The eyebrow-less Neil Warnock whinged
and wailed in trademark fashion:
"He gets kicked in the face. I am so gutted at the penalty. Mitrovic
mauls him down. At this level the officials should be educated better and
know about the pull.
"To add salt the linesman gives the free-kick to them. They will go home and
see it with their coaches next week and say 'oh yeah, I made a mistake'.
"It's an absolutely nailed-on penalty and I'm so disappointed. The
linesman is 20 yards away, the referee is quite close and we're all waiting
for him to point to the spot and the linesman gives a free-kick the other
There were a few contentious decisions that
didn't go for us but all credit to the players, I thought they were super. When
you see the effort that my team put in and to be let down by people who should
"I thought we looked a good decent side
in the second half. They (Newcastle) started to panic and we had some
good chances. You could tell the relief when the whistle goes because they knew
only one team was going to score in the second half. We deserved better.
"We have not got enough goals in the squad at the moment. We have to work on
that. There were some pluses though. The lads at the back especially. At
half time they might have got five or six. The second goal killed us."
United how have 37 points from a possible 48; beating Spurs 5-1 here in the 38th
and final game of last season saw them reach the same total (from a possible
Our unbeaten run in all competitions now stretches to ten games* and eight
wins+ in a row.
* ten unbeaten last achieved in 2011 (last three of 2010/11, first 11 of
* All-time record is nineteen games from Apr to Oct 1992
+ eight in a row last achieved during Feb/Mar 2005 (sequence ended at
+ All-time record is nine games in 1994 (last one of 1993/94, first eight
In league fixtures only, we're unbeaten in eight^ with seven wins~
in a row:
^ eight unbeaten last achieved in 2011 (last three of 2010/11, first 11
^ All-time record is seventeen games from Feb to May 2010
~ seven in a row last achieved in 1995/96 (sequence ended at seven)
~ All-time record is thirteen games from Apr to Oct 1992
United went ahead after just 135 seconds - a quick start but not as
speedy as the 59 seconds that they netted in against Ipswich Town
Yoan Gouffran netted his sixteenth goal for the club and fourth of the
season. Breaking those goals down by season brings the following return:
2012/13 3 in 15 games
2013/14 7 in 39 games
2014/15 2 in 33 games
2015/16 0 in 9 games
2016/17 4 in 15 games
This was Neil Warnock's sixth time at Gallowgate as a visiting manager:
NUFC v Colin's* teams @ SJP:
2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-1
2014/15 Crystal Palace drew 3-3
2009/10 Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United lost 0-1
1999/00 Sheffield United won 4-1 (FAC)
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-2
*From a 442 Magazine interview with Warnock in 2006:
Q: Be honest now, your nickname ĎColin Wankerí (an anagram of Neil
Warnock) is funny, right?
A: Well if the person think itís funny then so be it Ė Iím not
against anything that makes people laugh. Iím all for that. And Iíve
certainly been called a lot worse. Put that bit in, will you? Iíve been
called far worse [laughs].
Bluebirds in Toon -all
2016/17 won 2-1 Atsu, Gouffran
2013/14 won 3-0 Sh.Ameobi, Remy,
2013/14 lost 1-2 Cisse (FAC)
2009/10 won 5-1 Carroll 2, og, Lovenkrands 2
1983/84 won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan 2
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Trewick
1980/81 won 2-1 Clarke, Shoulder
1979/80 won 1-0 Shoulder
1978/79 won 3-0 Connolly, Withe, Robinson
1964/65 won 2-0 Hilley, Anderson
1963/64 lost 0-4
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell 2
1960/61 won 5-0 Luke 2, White 2, Mitchell
1956/57 won 1-0 Keeble
1955/56 won 4-0 Milburn 2, Keeble, Crowe
1954/55 won 3-0 Hannah 2, McMichael
1953/54 won 4-0 Broadis 2, Hannah, Milburn
1952/53 won 3-0 Foulkes 2, Mitchell
1947/48 won 4-1 Milburn 2, Shackleton, Stobbart
1938/39 won 4-1 Clifton, Gordon, Mooney, Park (FAC)
1928/29 drew 1-1 Gallacher
1927/28 won 2-0 McKay, Wilkinson
1926/27 won 5-0 McDonald 3, Gallacher 2
1925/26 lost 0-1
1924/25 lost 1-2 Cowan
1923/24 drew 1-1 McDonald
1922/23 won 3-1 Harris, McDonald, Seymour
1921/22 drew 0-0
Newcastle's winning run continued with two
first half goals seeing off Neil Warnock's Bluebirds at another full house
at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.
Christian Atsu and Yoan Gouffran struck the vital blows and
although Peter Whittingham replied late on, Rafa's side held
out for three more points to move eight clear of third placed Huddersfield.
An eighth straight victory in league and cup represents our best run of form in over a decade and no less than eight different players
have netted in the last six games; refuting claims we're a one man team
reliant on the goalscoring prowess of Dwight Gayle.
Returning from a hamstring problem, Dwight had to be content with a bench
spot while the suspended Matt Ritchie was replaced by Christian Atsu - the
only other change from the starting line-up at Deepdale seeing Ayoze Perez
preferred to Momo Diame.
The game got off to another lightning start with Atsu's strike coming inside
three minutes and Gouffran's effort just before half-time book-ending what
had been a
relatively quiet but very one-sided first period.
Just 135 seconds had passed when Aleksandar Mitrovic and Perez combined for
Atsu to register his first goal at Gallowgate.
Further chances followed, Paul Dummett breaking into the area and testing
Ben Amos at his near post and Gouffran fizzing a grass-cutter wide after a
Inevitably abused by the small away contingent for his previous Swansea
affiliation, Jonjo Shelvey saw one shot blocked by Sol Bamba in the six yard
box and a sequence of corner kicks defended by the visitors. A second goal seemed almost inevitable and it duly arrived in the closing
seconds of the half when DeAndre Yedlin played in Yoan Gouffran to round off
a well-worked move.
Had either Atsu or Mitrovic then taken the gilt-edged opportunities presented to
them early in the second half, a repeat of the 5-1 beating of the Bluebirds
here in our last Championship season may well have unfolded.
However Cardiff gradually came back into the contest as the second half wore
on, creating a trio of chances without troubling Karl Darlow as the bulky
form of Ricky Lambert began to exert some influence and United surrendered
possession in crucial areas - Atsu too casual in the centre circle and
Shelvey inviting pressure by taking the ball off his keeper.
Substitute Whittingham had appeared for the visitors at Gallowgate back in
2010 and within three minutes of his return had netted - although his low
effort followed an obvious handball in the build-up, with further attempts
led by Dummett to claim offside against another City player.
Although the final 15 minutes or so were uncomfortable (including a
than expected four minutes of additional time), City failed to cause the
level of mayhem in
our own box that Preston had a week earlier - a late penalty claim contested
more by Warnock than his players.
A slightly subdued and obviously relieved SJP celebrated at full-time,
Jamaal Lascelles seemingly urging Gallowgate Enders to be more animated -
perhaps a reflection on the work done in keeping the visitors at arm's
length in the final half hour and the pride the captain took from that.
There's certainly no lack of appreciation though from fans for the job that
is currently being done in our name, pleasure at being top of the table
matched by pride in the manner it's being achieved.