Newcastle 2 Stoke 1 – Saturday 16 September 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Davey Hat-Trick:

“I was so sure we’d struggle this year that I continually fear the worst.

“So when we got to half time only 1-0 ahead after dominating proceedings, I thought it might be ‘one of those games’ where it slips away.

“When Stoke got to 1-1 I was sure it was.

“But this team is made of the right stuff, and are making me eat my early season words. It was a really good performance.

“As with the West Ham game, it seems unfair to pick out individuals. Everyone contributed. But I’ll give Perez a mention. He’s been flat for a long time, but today I remembered why I liked him when he joined.”

Jamie Smith:

“Great result and a quality match in spite of some shoddy officiating that would be well at home in the Championship season.

“Stoke couldn’t get near us first half and when they inevitably snuck back into the game, United had the gumption to bounce back for the win, Lascelles the man for the second week in a row.

“Slight concern about Joselu missing two absolute sitters and a third decent chance. At least he’s getting into these positions and hopefully it won’t prove a confidence knocker against his old club.

“Very good from NUFC though, Merino seemed to be at the heart of everything, an astounding addition that could be a huge difference.”

Ben Cooper:

“Well earned 3 points and another organised and committed performance.

“They were rubbish apart from Shaqiri and I always thought we would win once we went ahead.

“The last 10 minutes tho, nail-biting, especially when that lanky streek Crouch came on.

“Final word about Joselu.

“If he could score goals he would be playing for someone else, a Champions League team.

“He brings a lot to the team but he will never score goals, he never has. Better that we accept that now and applaud his contribution elsewhere.”

Jamie Swan:

“Atmosphere great, performance was fantastic. Hungry, made things happen, worked for every ball.

“Happy Saturday! One in the pipe hole for the Sky pundits – we are here to stay!

“This is Rafa’s playground – he is king of the castle!


David Punton:

“Three wins on the bounce and all of sudden we look up, not down. The fine lines in football eh!

“A day where the manager returned from on the sick, and a game that was just the tonic for Rafa.

“We were all over them in that first half and there were chances to to put the game to bed. Profligacy can cost though and inevitably they hit back.

“Stoke are a well run, established Premier League side. It’s never easy, but our skipper found a way through.

“Another goal from a set piece in his locker. I hope Pardew was watching.

“A club that seems to exists in perma state of crisis sits fourth in the table tonight.

“We want more, Rafa, we want more.”

Toon Bano:

“Get in there!!

“I was very worried first 15 to 20 minutes as we were being completely outplayed on our own pitch. But since Atsu strike we were easily the better team.

“Our performance, added to our previous two, makes a total mockery of the lazy opinions on our team being Championship standard. It isn’t.

“We had best squad the Championship has ever seen last year and we have added to it. It’s Premier League and maybe people will start to believe it.

“We sit in the Top 4 as of 5 o clock today….oh my.


Paul Patterson:

“Captain Fantastic does it again.

“Welcome back Rafa.

“Champions League, we’re having a laugh! HTL.”

Paul Lyon:

“Thought we were gonna be made to pay for Joselu’s missed chances, especially when pegged back to 1-1.

“The ref not giving us a penalty at the Gallowgate End could almost be seen as a favour to us as it spurred the home crowd on.

“Great result that has us looking up the table rather than down, champion!

“It also has to said that the lads played extremely well and played some decent stuff at times.”

Nat Seaton:

“Get in!

“Should have had the game sewn up by half time and that would have meant a less anxious last 20 minutes!!

“We looked confident and organised if a little lacking in seeing the game out ability, hopefully that will improve as they get more premier league games under their belts.

“A great feeling at the final whistle, another 3 points and another improved performance.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Stoke 1


Newcastle: Atsu 19, Lascelles 68

Stoke: Shaqiri 57

Possession was Stoke 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Stoke 10 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Stoke  13 Newcastle 14

Corners were  Stoke 5 Newcastle 7

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Murphy, Lejeune

Crowd: 51,795 (approx 1,500 Stoke)

(Alan Shearer a very happy man after Newcastle went top four – Read it Here)

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    the players today once again put in a team performance & that won us the match,
    like a few others i`m concerned about the striker options we have & obviously so is Rafa when he was willing to sell Mitrovich & Gayle. Lascelles has been top class in the last 2 games, maybe we should start him up front

  • Grahame Johnson

    Our fans deserve huge credit, we made a choice at West Ham support our squad,manager and backroom staff and that continued, I loved my mam (died in February) she took me to matches in the 70s and 80s as did my Grandma, I sit in block u next to block v, the young lad in front and the 2 behind me had their man’s with them today,they sang etc and reminded me of my mam and gran,may I say the singing section and those around sang non stop 3 mams and 3 bairns did TOON-UNITED

  • Biggs Darklighter

    Can’t wait to hear what the Stoke supporters thought of it! 😂

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Should be a laugh, they`ll say they were robbed

      • Rich Lawson

        Nah ! They must have known before or surely more of them (with FREE coach) would have turned up ?

  • Andy Mac

    What a difference a year makes ?

    Last season after watching home games where we let the opposition have the ball and we only played on the break, there were calls (including me) for a more attacking formation and gameplan.

    Fast forward 12 months and who cares if we have less possession at home as long as we do something with the ball when we have it.

    Rafa is a bloody magician !

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      1st 20 mins Stoke had 76% possession got them nowhere

  • Jezza

    Very happy tonight. Great result, three wins on the trot and top four after five games is beyond anything I could have imagined after our disastrous transfer window and poor start to the season. Rafa is doing a fantastic job. At the same time I have to say I’m very concerned about our lack of fire power up front and that our greatest goal threat comes from a centre half.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Good post & spot on

    • Vodkamagpie

      Maybe we had fantastic transfer window, depends on how you look at it. Negative or positive. Merino could be the signing of the season. Maybe we will finish higher than Everton who spent 120Mil more than us.

      • Jezza

        Well we signed a bargain basement striker who missed three sitters today.

        • Rich Lawson

          Maybe ”Murphy’s Law” and he wasn’t meant to score against his old club ? I’d be inclined to give him another couple of games ?

          • Jezza

            I agree, let’s not give up on him just yet but in the transfer market as in life, you generally get what you pay for and £5 million does not get you much of a striker at Premiership level these days.

          • Danimal

            I’m inclined to give him until the next transfer window. Because we’ve got no bloody choice. Just to qualify that, I like the guy for his work rate etc and wish him every success. Just pointing out the obvious, i.e. we have limited options due to our peculiar approach to the transfer window.

          • Rich Lawson

            I like him.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      In all honesty if we had a top striker could have been seven two never seen us miss five nailed on chances in a game before plus lots of half chances.
      They missed one. We need a top finisher and will be up there with the best.

      • Jezza

        What a pity Fatso didn’t allow Rafa to sign a top finisher in the summer.

      • Danimal

        Remember vs West Ham and the late Les Sealey in 1996? We had something like 40 goal attempts. Won 3-0 so no problem. Funnily enough we did have some top strikers then, so maybe Fatty’s onto something (or on something) in making us play a whole Premier League season without one. 3 in 40 wouldn’t satisfy him. Unless it was 3 bottles of vodka in 40 minutes.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    it all makes you wonder how long before Lescelles is sold on…

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      3 Pairs of trainer socks £2.99, 2 Lonsdale T shirts for £10
      Jamaal Lascelles, offers over £25m

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Get over it we won could have been seven two see a councillor and take the usual suspects with you know it must be hard be we are fourth top.
      If we win at Brighton next week I fear for most people on this site.

      • Danimal

        Speaking again as one of your “suspects” I will be delighted if we win at Brighton. I’ll still have my own opinions on the way the club is/should be run, thanks very much. Hope that’s ok with you. Cheers.

      • Jezza

        Who are the usual suspects and why do they need to see a local elected representative?

        • Leazes Ender

          You do know that is Mongo/Clarko/Kev Lee don’t you….. I would ignore it completely and see what name its comes up with next.

  • Leazes Ender

    Weren’t Stoke without two center backs?
    hey but though like…..31 more points and we’re safe…… plenty of stuff for MOTD to analysis.

  • nufcslf

    Good win and credit to all involved. Should have been a comfortable win and not waiting for Crouch to score a sickening second equalizer. Glad that never came about and won it after being pegged back at 1-1. Hoping now Rafa can get on with the job at hand and no more fatty interference until the next WTF transfer window.

  • Alreet

    What a fine result against a stubborn team. Seeing alot of early fabregas in Merino long may it continue.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Stoke were a good team which had beaten Arsenal and drawn against Man Utd if we had finished our chances could have been seven two. The people on this site who had us relegated with record points might have to think again. What we need is a striker to put the ball in the net and it’s top six not bottom three sorry the usual suspects.

    • Danimal

      Usual suspects? We all want the same thing and we all love days like today. And hope it continues. But we didn’t get that striker you’re talking about, did we? That’s what we usual suspects have been banging on about for the last three months. Pleased to hear you now agree with us, maybe we’ll be allowed to get one next time….Onwards and upwards.

    • Jezza

      A decent striker can make the difference between bottom three and top six. The point is we didn’t get that striker in the summer because Fatso wouldn’t release the funds from the club’s transfer profits to purchase such a striker. Like you say we need a striker and there is only one person to blame for us not having that striker.

      • Mike Adam

        Maybe we already have him!

        • Jezza

          Who would that be? Dwight Gayle, one of the young lads out on loan or Jamelle Lascelles.

  • HarryHype59

    Rafa has created a well organised side that has good team spirit! Three wins in row is a great achievement! I just wish the fat lad had sanctioned the purchase of an EPL quality centre forward in the summer window!

  • Tom Page

    Jamie Smith
    Please let me know how to “snuck”?
    That was a superb team performance, as was the West Ham and Swansea games. The Newcastle players are all now truly United. Well done Rafa. That is exactly how it should be.