Newcastle 2-0 Livepool
Team: Krul (7.5), R. Taylor (7.1), Coloccini (7.3), S. Taylor (7.7), Santon (7.6), Cabaye (6.9), Tiote (7.1), Obertan (7.9), Ben Arfa (7.0), Konoplyanka (8.8), Cisse (7.0)
Goals: Konoplyanka (20), Obertan (27)
MOTM: Konoplyanka (Newcastle)
Liverpool promised a stern test for my Newcastle team, and it was a very entertaining game for the neutral, and although Krul was called upon in spectacular fashion several times, we never really looked like losing. The quickfire double we scored was something Liverpool never recovered from. This was a vital win, as our next three league games include Chelsea and City, both away.
Chelsea 1-3 Newcastle
Team: Krul (7.7), R. Taylor (7.0), Coloccini (7.9), S. Taylor (7.8), Santon (7.1), Cabaye (7.7), Tiote (7.7), Obertan (8.8), Ben Arfa (7.1), Konoplyanka (7.2), Cisse (6.9)
Subs used: Marveaux (N/A) for Obertan (80), Gosling (N/A) for Cabaye 90, Gonul (N/A) for Konoplyanka 90
Goals: Hazard (68); Obertan (11), Cabaye (45), Ben Arfa (63)
MOTM: Obertan (Newcastle)
In a very tough month for Newcastle, we pulled off a stunning result, when no-one gave us a chance, away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Several players put in very good performances, but I am getting slightly concerned about the form of Papiss Cisse. His form has declined over the last couple of games, although to play upfront on your own against Liverpool and Chelsea can’t be easy, and we will hopefully see a better performance in the European game in mid-week.
Atromitos 0-2 Newcastle (Europa League Group Stages)
Team: Krul (7.0), Gonul (7.1), Coloccini (7.4), S. Taylor (7.9), R. Taylor (7.5), Cabaye (7.4), Tiote (7.0), Obertan (7.0), Vuckic (7.0), Konoplyanka (8.0), Cisse (7.4)
Goals: Cisse (9), Cabaye (pen, 43)
MOTM: Konoplyanka (Newcastle)
We took a break from the tough Premier League games, and went to Greece for what was an easy game in the end. We got the early goal, which Atromitos never managed to recover from, and I am glad to say it was Cisse who scored and broke his two-game drought. I would have liked to have scored more, but a win’s a win, and we’re top of the group, although with four tough fixtures ahead.
Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham
Team: Krul (6.2), Gonul (6.8), Coloccini (7.0), S. Taylor (6.8), Santon (6.7), Cabaye (6.7), Tiote (6.9), Obertan (7.5), Ben Arfa (7.0), Konoplyanka (5.7), Cisse (6.7)
Goals: Obertan (56); Defoe (15, 60, 68)
Injuries: Gonul (damaged elbow, 12 days – two weeks)
MOTM: Defoe (Tottenham)
It was going to happen eventually, and thankfully our first loss was against the league leaders, and not Norwich. The performance doesn’t fully reflect the result, we were playing well for long periods, but three lapses in concentration resulted in three point-blank range goals, and we were unlucky not to score more at the other end, although certain players such as Cabaye and Obertan did take multiple long-range shots. I am annoyed by the performance of Konoplyanka, especially as he was so impressive in Athens in mid-week. I have given him a fine of one week’s wages.
Stoke 4-4 Newcastle (Newcastle win 4-3 on pens)(Capital One Cup, Round Three)
Team: Krul (8.5), Simpson (6.4), Coloccini (7.1), S. Taylor (6.7), Santon (6.9), Cabaye (8.0), Tiote (7.6), Obertan (6.9), Ben Arfa (7.0), Konoplyanka (6.9), Cisse (8.8)
Subs used: Marveaux (6.9) for Obertan 61, Malouda (6.6) for Ben Arfa 61, Williamson (6.7) for Santon 71
Goals: Owen (20), Crouch (61), Shawcross (79), Huth (103); Cisse (31, 90+1), Coloccini (51), Tiote (119)
MOTM: Cisse (Newcastle)
Well, a neutral couldn’t really have asked for more. An eight-goal thriller, two late equalisers for Newcastle, and a penalty shootout as well, this game had everything football fans dream about. I felt this is a winnable competition so I played a strong team, but now I have some concerns about the defence. Seven goals conceded in two games is unacceptable for a team that wants to be in the Champions League, but we won in the end. I am glad we also showed resilience, scoring in the dying minutes of normal and extra time, and then a dramatic penalty shootout win.
Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle
Team: Krul (6.3), R. Taylor (6.5), Coloccini (5.9), S. Taylor (6.9), Santon (6.0), Cabaye (6.6), Tiote (6.6), Obertan (6.6), Ben Arfa (6.8), Konoplyanka (6.8), Cisse (5.7)
Subs used: Williamson (6.9) for S. Taylor 62, Malouda (7.0) for Obertan 67, Perch (7.0) for Tiote 73
Goals: Tevez (19), Silva (25, 72)
MOTM: Silva (City)
After our dramatic victory at the Brittannia in the week, we headed for Manchester with everyone, including me, expecting us to get battered, and in truth we could have played a lot worse in this match, which doesn’t reflect the result. There were some very disappointing performances from players who need to set a good example, which is why Coloccini, Cisse, and also Santon have been fined a week’s wages each. Even though we didn’t play awful, we should have put some fight into it, instead of just taking it.
With four very tough league games in this month, we can be thankful to have won two of them, and also got two cup victories as well. There were also 5 matches in the last half of the month, so thankfully October will be a lot less stressful.
Dropped down to sixth in the table, although with the fixtures we had, it's to be expected.