Wednesday January 4, 2012 Day 20 Finished Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle United 3 - 0 Manchester United

  • Ba 33’
  • Cabaye 47’
  • Jones 90’ (o.g.)

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    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 3-0 win for Newcastle. A fine performance from the home side, and little more than they deserved from this one. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added, but this match is well over.
    • 88' Long clearance by Krul. No danger really, but for some reason Jones headed it back to his own goal with the keeper well off his line. Sums up the night for the visitors.
    • 87' GOAL! Disaster for the visiting side as they ship another goal. An own goal by Jones, who heads past his own keeper Lindegaard.
    • 86' Obertan arrives to replace Ba. Ba gets a well earned pat on the head by Pardew.
    • 85' Tiote bundled over by Welbeck. All over surely as the home side prepare to make their final change of the night.
    • 84' Nani cracks an attempt at goal, but all too easy for Krul. Great run by Giggs, but all too late surely for United.
    • 83' Carrick catches Best with a late one, and Newcastle will be in no rush to get this up the park.
    • 82' Krul out quickly to save at the feet of Hernandez after Welbeck had got a touch. Excellent stuff from the home goalkeeper.
    • 81' Ferdinand trying to get forward, but Newcastle show no signs of buckling. Pardew is enjoying his evening. No doubt about that.
    • 80' Ferguson sitting back in the technical arean. Not showing too much emotion, but will realise this one is slipping away from his side.
    • 79' Best tries to close down space, but Lindegaard does just enough to clear the ball from his area.
    • 78' Tiote is booked for a late pull on Carrick as he broke. Maybe worth taking one for the team there.
    • 77' More superb work by Ba to drag the ball up the park. Intelligent stuff by him.
    • 76' Williamson wins the ball from Welbeck before clearing. Real heart and soul in that home defence tonight.
    • 75' Cabaye departs to be replaced by Perch for the home side moments after Hernandez is caught offside.
    • 74' The home fans in full voice. Sensing a famous win. Not quite a Kevin Keegan epic sort of evening, but not far off it.
    • 73' A change for Newcastle too. Ameobi has ran his race for the night. He is replaced by Leon Best.
    • 72' Anderson is thrown on for United to take over from Rooney. Just not been his night as Fergie gives him a handshake.
    • 71' Where is the goal coming from for United? Not from Hernandez this time as he is deemed to be offside.
    • 70' Man Utd with 58% of possession in this half, but really struggling to break Newcastle down.
    • 69' Fine cross by Ryan Taylor. Met by Ba, but he nods wide of the goal. Another decent move by the home team.
    • 68' Ameobi and Jones tussle for the ball. Jones complaining to the referee. Has to watch his step having already been booked.
    • 67' Ferdinand almost makes an error under pressure from Ba, but the England defender just does enough to clear the danger. Good turn of pace by the stopper.
    • 66' Sir Alex Ferguson chewing frantically on his gum. He has not sampled back-to-back defeats in a while. His side need a goal, and they need one soon.
    • 65' Another change then for United as Park departs to be replaced by Hernandez.
    • 64' A bit of a delay in the match as Tiote goes to ground clutching his hamstring. Not sure that will be good news for the Ivory Coast with the African Nations Cup looming.
    • 63' Williamson heads out the cross from Park. Ba is just oozing confidence out there.
    • 62' Rooney and Krul collide in the area. 50-50 ball, but Webb gives the decision to the home side.
    • 61' Lovely ball across the face of the goal by Giggs, but no takers in the middle. Super play by the Welshman.
    • 60' Valencia is booked for persistent fouling after a late one on Gutierrez.
    • 59' Giggs plays in Park, but his cross is cleared by Newcastle. Man Utd suddenly finding so much space in the home defence. Best spell of the match for them.
    • 58' Simpson celebrating like he has won the Premier League. That may be a major turning point in this match. Plenty of time yet for the visitors.
    • 57' Simpson somehow gets the ball off the line from Rooney's effort with Krul beaten. How did that stay out? Lovely play by Nani out wide.
    • 56' Welbeck is wheeled on with Berbatov given the hook despite scoring six goals in three games.
    • 55' All a bit shapeless from Man Utd..and right on cue the change is coming for the visitors with Danny Welbeck getting ready for action.
    • 54' Williamson nods over the bar from Taylor's corner. Berbatov doing enough to make sure the home player did not get a free header at goal. Lindegaard all over the place there.
    • 53' Valencia getting the ball behind after a lovely ball by Taylor. Another corner for Newcastle. Another goal now would surely kill it.
    • 52' Ryan Taylor's cross hits off Evra and flies behind for a corner to Newcastle.
    • 51' A first win in 10 years for Newcastle over Man Utd beckons unless the visitors can find some magic. Valencia overhits a cross, and the home side have a goalkick.
    • 50' Nani drills a shot at goal from distance. Never really had the pace to beat Krul. Meanwhile, Ryan Taylor is in need of some treatment.
    • 49' That was some effort. Newcastle threatening to cut loose here. Man Utd feeling the heat in a cold Newcastle. Just to confirm Jones has been booked. Lindegaard could not be faulted for that goal.
    • 48' GOAL! Cabaye thumps home a free-kick from 30 yards. In off the bar. What a goal after Jones had been booked for fouling Ba. A glorious start to the second half by the home side. A 2-0 lead now.
    • 47' United have only twice lost matches back-to-back twice in the past seven seasons in the Premier League. Looking down the barrel in this one.
    • 46' United get the second half off and running.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! Newcaslte lead 1-0 thanks to that Ba goal. Should be an interesting second period.
    • 45+1' Ba shows his class by hammering in a shot from 30 yards out. Terrific appetite for the game, but this time Lindegaard is well positioned to hold the effort.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 43' Move between Ameobi and Ba breaks down, and the opportunity is lost, much to the relief of the visiting defence.
    • 42' United also remain the only side in the division without an away league defeat this campaign, taking 23 points from a possible 27, but here come the home team again on the break.
    • 41' United going to have to do more in the second period. Remember the visiting side are three points behind leaders Manchester City while they are one goal short of scoring 50 goals in the Premier League this season.
    • 40' Delay in the match before Ryan Taylor sticks a swerving free-kick inches over the visiting bar. A fine effort as we speed towards the break.
    • 39' Giggs brings down Ba with a late challenge. Ba's 25-yard shot was saved by Lindegaard, but Webb hauls the action back. Free-kick chance for the home side.
    • 38' Newcastle chasing their first win over Man Utd since that 4-3 victory a decade ago.
    • 37' Nani tries to open his box of tricks, but the impressive figure of Coloccini comes across to deal with the danger.
    • 36' Berbatov tries to play in Giggs, but the ball flies beyond the Welsh winger before running through to Krul in the home goal.
    • 34' Fine tackle by Coloccini to win the ball from Rooney. All very frantic, but Man Utd have yet to enjoy any real sustained spell of pressure.
    • 33' Game being played at a furious pace. The visitors win a corner after the home side get caught too far up the park.
    • 32' Real party time around St James' Park with Ba kissing the home turf. Man Utd have to find a way back into this match.
    • 31' Real route one stuff. Krul's long ball from just outside his box. Ameobi with the headed flick on for his strike partner to finish. A 15th goal for Ba this term.
    • 30' GOAL! Ba scores with a cracking volley from just inside the box. Superb finish and Newcastle have the lead.
    • 29' An offside flag goes up against Berbatov. Newcastle gaffer Pardew unhappy with a few of Webb's calls in this opening half hour.
    • 28' Nani hangs the ball up to the back post. Newcastle break, but Ferdinand is well positioned to mop up at the back in his own box. Game raging from end to end.
    • 27' Game suddenly coming to life as a few hefty challenges fly in. Ryan Taylor with the ball out wide, but manages to overhit the cross by miles. Goalkick to Man Utd.
    • 26' Ameobi rising in the box. Jumps highest, but can only send the header spinning well over the visitors' bar.
    • 25' Referee Howard Webb under huge pressure to give that decision, but decides Ferdinand made a fair tackle. Looked like a spot kick. Newcastle won't be happy with that.
    • 23' Appeals for a penalty as Ferdinand and Ba battle for the same ball. Looked to be a foul, but the referee decides to wave play on.
    • 22' Gutiérrez wins the ball from Valencia, but is penalised for the use of a high boot. The visitors immediatly keep the ball on the deck.
    • 21' Giggs continues to excel at the age of 38. The visitors slowly growing into this match it must be said.
    • 20' Giggs picks out Rooney with a delightful ball. Superb through ball, but Krul scampers from his line to clasp the ball.
    • 19' Rooney whacks the ball straight at Tiote, and the visiting side have a corner, but Berbatov can't get on the end of the cross. Newcastle survive that moment.
    • 18' Cabaye penalised for a handling offence, and Man Utd have a free-kick from around 35-40 yards out. Will this tempt a red shirt? Rooney is over it.
    • 17' Neat delivery from Ryan Taylor, but Lindegaard is out to punch clear the corner. Solid goalkeeping.
    • 16' Cabaye slams a shot at goal, but it deflects wide of the target for a Newcastle corner.
    • 15' Newcastle have won just two of the last 13 Premier League home games against Man Utd (W2 D3 L8) and in both wins the Red Devils picked up a red card.
    • 14' Coloccini well positioned to clear Valencia's cross. Poor delivery from a lovely pass by Nani. Was a chance for the visitors to test that home rearguard.
    • 13' Berbatov's header hits off a post and spins wide via the chest of Santon. So close to the opening goal for Man Utd. Great cross from Evra. Nearest we have come to a goal so far tonight.
    • 12' Coloccini back to hammer the ball clear from Giggs's cutback in the home box. Both teams chasing the three points this evening. Newcastle fans urging their team to get forward.
    • 11' Krul forced to make his first save of the night to make the save from Nani's shot. Had to keep his eye on that one. Better by United with Rooney waiting to tuck home the rebound if Krul spilled it.
    • 10' Webb wanting a word with Simpson after he fouled Park. United keen to keep the ball on the deck as much as possible.
    • 9' Manchester United are the only team to have scored in every Premier League match so far this season, but have yet to make their intentions clear tonight.
    • 8' Tiote lets fly from 30 yards out. Gets hold of the shot, but straight down the throat of Lindegaard. Decent effort this early in the match.
    • 7' Jones makes a fine tackle to deny Ameobi space. Newcastle back on the attack seconds after that Cabaye shot.
    • 6' Tiote fouls Rooney before Cabaye sees a long ranger well held by Lindegaard. Good diving stop low down to his left to prevent that effort from hitting the net.
    • 5' Ba miskicks in front of the visiting goal from Simpson's cross. Fine ball into the middle, but Ba completely missed the ball from 10 yards out. Golden chance gone.
    • 4' After losing just one of 15 at St James' Park in 2011, Newcastle have lost two of three (one draw) since changing the name to Sports Direct Arena.
    • 3' Gutierrez back in his own half to win the ball from Berbatov before clobbering it up the park. Newcastle have plenty of energy, but do they have the quality?
    • 2' Giggs trying to pick out Rooney in the opening moments, but Newcastle clear the danger. Visitors starting this game with some relish.
    • 1' Newcastle get the action off and running on a windy sort of night for football. Let us hope it doesn't spoil the match.
    • 19.57 Teams coming out on the park. Newcastle in traditional black and white, Man Utd in traditional red. Let battle commence. This should be a bit tasty.
    • 19.55 Odds for this evening's match: Newcastle 4/1, Man Utd 4/5, Draw 12/5. Who is your money on?
    • 19.50 Wayne Rooney has scored nine goals in 13 Premier League games against Newcastle for Manchester United. Man Utd have won 13 and lost none of the last 18 matches against Newcastle in the Premier League.
    • 19.45 Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on dropping David de Gea for this one. "Young David had a couple of mistakes the other day. Anders has more experience coming to Newcastle," says Ferguson. "Wayne Rooney will be available of course. We had a few training sessions which he missed. You've got to be fit to play in this league..you can't miss training sessions."
    • 19.40 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: “For our fans, it is important we put in a proper performance. It is a game under the floodlights and we know our fans will be roaring us on. We feel we have not had any luck against the big teams. We are just a bit frustrated, really. Against Chelsea, we were looking like finding the equaliser at 1-0 down. We could have taken the lead against Manchester City. At Liverpool, we just got that free-kick wrong, which is not something we normally do."
    • 19.35 FULL TEAMS AND SUBSTITUTES: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Ba..subs: Harper, Ben Arfa, Perch, Best, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Vucki////Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney..subs: De Gea, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Pogba, Lingard////Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
    • 19.30 Wayne Rooney returns after being disciplined by Sir Alex Ferguson last week. It is believed Rooney and midfielder Darron Gibson both missed the New Year's Eve defeat to Blackburn after angering their manager by their performance in training after a Boxing Day night out. United go with Anders Lindegaard in goal after David de Gea's struggles in the defeat to Blackburn. Rio Ferdinand also returns for United.
    • 19.25 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is without the crocked Gabriel Obertan. The former United midfielder has an infected toe. Shola Ameobi is handed a start for Newcastle up front. Pardew otherwise has no fresh injury problems. Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sylvain Marveaux remain on the long-term casualty list.
    • 19.20 TEAMS: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, R.Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi////Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Berbatov.
    • 19.15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Newcastle United against Manchester United from St James' Park - or the SportsDirect Arena depending on how much of a traditionalist you are. We get this one off and running at 8pm. Another key night in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL! Disaster for the visiting side as they ship another goal. An own goal by Jones, who heads past his own keeper Lindegaard.
    • 69' Fine cross by Ryan Taylor. Met by Ba, but he nods wide of the goal. Another decent move by the home team.
    • 57' Simpson somehow gets the ball off the line from Rooney's effort with Krul beaten. How did that stay out? Lovely play by Nani out wide.
    • 48' GOAL! Cabaye thumps home a free-kick from 30 yards. In off the bar. What a goal after Jones had been booked for fouling Ba. A glorious start to the second half by the home side. A 2-0 lead now.
    • 45+1' Ba shows his class by hammering in a shot from 30 yards out. Terrific appetite for the game, but this time Lindegaard is well positioned to hold the effort.
    • 30' GOAL! Ba scores with a cracking volley from just inside the box. Superb finish and Newcastle have the lead.
    • 13' Berbatov's header hits off a post and spins wide via the chest of Santon. So close to the opening goal for Man Utd. Great cross from Evra. Nearest we have come to a goal so far tonight.
    • 11' Krul forced to make his first save of the night to make the save from Nani's shot. Had to keep his eye on that one. Better by United with Rooney waiting to tuck home the rebound if Krul spilled it.
    • 8' Tiote lets fly from 30 yards out. Gets hold of the shot, but straight down the throat of Lindegaard. Decent effort this early in the match.
    • 6' Tiote fouls Rooney before Cabaye sees a long ranger well held by Lindegaard. Good diving stop low down to his left to prevent that effort from hitting the net.
    • 5' Ba miskicks in front of the visiting goal from Simpson's cross. Fine ball into the middle, but Ba completely missed the ball from 10 yards out. Golden chance gone.
    • 19.35 FULL TEAMS AND SUBSTITUTES: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Ba..subs: Harper, Ben Arfa, Perch, Best, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Vucki////Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney..subs: De Gea, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Pogba, Lingard////Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
    • 19.20 TEAMS: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, R.Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi////Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Berbatov.

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