SENSATIONAL SEPTEMBER, GOOD FORM CONTINUES
After their great start to the season last month, the form of Newcastle United hasn't deteriorated in September, in a month where they scored 14 goals and conceded 1, and played Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Portsmouth. The Magpies still sit at the top of the table, still continuing their 100% record.
Newcastle United 4 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
As main goalkeeper Bernd Leno went on leave to Germany due to homesickness, Sergio Romero took his place between the posts, with Jeronimo Rulli appearing on the bench. In this game, Mayke, Natxo Monreal, Samuel Umtiti and Ross Barkley failed to impress with their average games, although the rest of the team played relatively well. Sergio Romero was solid in goal, while Lucas Romero and Julian Draxler played a part in their team's victory at St James' Park. Kevin Volland, Luciano Vietto, Sam Byram, Nicolas Nkoulou, Alen Halilovic and Rodrigo Gomez all came close to becoming the player of the match, all playing fantastic games for the club, but it was defender Kurt Zouma who picked up the award for the Magpies this match with an outstanding display of football.
Despite nothing happening goalwise in the first half, Newcastle dominated but were unable to turn their shots into goals, something rare from the team this season. After the hour mark, it was still 0-0, but it wasn't for long. Kevin Volland
grabbed a goal just after Tottenham's Gael Clichy was booked, although neither had anything to do with each other. Defender and player of the match Kurt Zouma
got the second goal of the game, and the Tottenham fans were distraught. The scoring didn't stop, as Rodrigo Gomez
made it 3 for the Magpies, before Luciano Vietto
completed the rout to make the final score 4-0.
Newcastle United 3 - 0 Swansea City
In another impressive display from the Toon Army, Newcastle stormed to a victory against Swansea City, with every player playing a productive part in the success. Rodrigo Gomez played a solid game, as did Mario Mandzukic, Lucas Romero, Sergio Romero and Kurt Zouma. Natxo Monreal, Mayke, Ross Barkley and Kevin Volland all played very well, but failed to win the player of the match at St James' Park, the award instead going to German winger Julian Draxler, who was unstoppable throughout the game, making assists and becoming a creative force across the match.
Unlike the Tottenham game, the match kicked off with a bang, as Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic
supplied the Magpies with a fantastic early goal just 3 minutes into the game. Twelve minutes later, fellow striker Kevin Volland
doubled his club's lead to make the score 2-0 before the match had properly begun - the Swansea fans held their heads in their hands as they watched. However, the game got worse in the first half when the Swans gave away a penalty that was converted into a goal by Ross Barkley.
The scoreline of 3-0 made both sets of fans feel very different moods - one was distraught and angry, the other was delighted with the current form.
Portsmouth 0 - 2 Newcastle United
For an underdog club like Newcastle, the Capital One Cup is arguably the best chance they have at silverware. We would've agreed with that statement at the start of the season too, but now, it seems like a very achievable yet slightly worthless trophy to win. Nonetheless, manager Alex Heardman fielded a rather strong side to play against Portsmouth, with fitness being the main worry at Fratton Park. Unfortunately, the likes of Ross Barkley, Christian Benteke, Luciano Vietto, Angel Correa, Sergio Romero and Kurt Zouma all played average games, and it seemed like Newcastle were having an off day. However, Lucas Silva, Alex Grimaldo, Samuel Umtiti, Mayke and Agustin Allione made up for the bad play of the rest of the team by playing great games. The player of the match was unarguably Julian Draxler again, who was brilliant throughout.
The match was even in the first ten minutes, with both sides getting enough shots to grab a potential win that early on, but nothing came from any of them. The scoring was finally opened, however, through Agustin Allione
for Newcastle 20 minutes into the match, but Pompey didn't give up. They may as well have, because Julian Draxler
doubled the Magpies' lead at the end of the first half, and that was enough to seal the win. Portsmouth had a range of chances, but none of them troubled keeper Sergio Romero one bit.
Aston Villa 1 - 5 Newcastle United
In what was Newcastle's last game of the month, the Magpies travelled to Villa Park to play Aston Villa (if that wasn't clear), with a win fully expected for the visiting club. Ross Barkley and Gabriel Iancu were the stand-out players for the wrong reasons, although the latter didn't get much of a chance to prove himself in the match, coming on for Barkley late in the game. However, the rest of the team contributed heavily to the team's result - with Sergio Romero, Natxo Monreal, Lucas Romero, Rodrigo Gomez, Mario Mandzukic and Kevin Volland all playing solid games for the Magpies. Julian Draxler, Sam Byram and Nicolas Nkoulou all played veyr well for the club, but debutant Daniele Rugani snatched the player of the match award from the rest of the team with an incredible display of football for a debut.
Player of the match Daniele Rugani
opened the scoring for Newcastle fourteen minutes into the game, and Aston Villa were yet another team to have the fans hold their heads in their hands after Kevin Volland
doubled the scoring. However, Villa's Adam Durkin
provided his club with some hope for a comeback, which were possibly obliterated by a later goal by Newcastle captain Nicolas Nkoulou
making it 3-1 and an own goal from Mark Halstead
digging an even bigger grave for Villa. The rout was eventually completed by defender Rugani
halfway through the second half to make the score 5-1.
1. KEVIN VOLLAND - 7 goals
2. RODRIGO GOMEZ - 4 goals
3. JULIAN DRAXLER - 3 goals
= ROSS BARKLEY - 3 goals
5. DANIELE RUGANI - 2 goals
1. NEWCASTLE UNITED
2. MANCHESTER UNITED
4. STOKE CITY
5. MANCHESTER CITY
8. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
9. ASTON VILLA
10. WEST HAM UNITED
11. CARDIFF CITY
12. SWANSEA CITY
13. WEST BROMWICH ALBION
16. NORWICH CITY
17. HULL CITY
20. CRYSTAL PALACE
Yeah, there's young and there's for the future in my squad - which I like. You'll find out if I get Messi in the next update.
Chalobah is a great player for the future, as I have so many great midfielders it'd be hard for him to get in now.
Thanks, Messi may or may not be signing for us within the coming updates.