Newcastle Start 2014/2015 Season With A Bang
Newcastle began their Premier League campaign off the back of a fantastic 3-2 win ocver Manchester United in the Community Shield. Their first game was against Bolton Wanderers, with their over game being against Everton. They will also compete in the prestigious European Super Cup against global giants Barcelona.
: Christian Benteke
Newcastle's first game of the new season saw them make the trip to Lancashire to face Premier League new boys, Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok Stadium. Newcastle took the lead when Alessandro Matri headed Hatem Ben Arfa's pass into the box, where new signing Christian Benteke was waiting and volleyed it in coolly. Just two minutes later, Benteke was at it again. This time, Portuguese fullback Rubén delivered a cross from out wide which Benteke nodded in. Just after half an hour had been played, Javi García played in a fantastic cross to Italian striker Alessandro Matri, who had so much space. He picked the ball up, before smashing it into the top corner past the stunned goalkeeper. Only four minutes later, Tim Ream was caught in possession at the back by Matri, who tackled him. He went through on goal with no defenders in sight before squaring to Benteke who scored for his hat-trick in his league debut for Newcastle. After half time, Bolton pulled one back when Kenny Mclean's 20 yard free-kick bent into the top corner. It was a fantastic goal which Tim Krul couldn't do anything about. Ten minutes later, Newcastle scored the final goal of the game when loanee Demba Ba poked in Benteke's cross. The final score was 1-5 and Newcastle couldn't have asked for a better start to their season.
: Davide Astori
Newcastle hosted Everton in their first home game of the season, after their impressive 5-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on the opening day. There were no goals in the first half but Newcastle looked much more likely to make something happen. Five minutes after half time, center back Alex played a lofted ball to the head of Hatem Ben Arfa, who flicked the ball on to Alessandro Matri. Matri volleyed it first time into the bottom corner, past the helpless Tim Howard. Three minutes later, Everton were level after Darren Bent headed in Gareth Barry's cross. With just over five minutes to play, Demba Ba, who was brought on at half time to replace Christian Benteke, pushed a weak header towards goal from Mathieu Debuchy's cross. However, the ball was aimed into the far post and Tim Howard couldn't get down to save it and Ba had his second of the season. Attendance: 52,405.
The Player Of The Month Award and The Young Player Of The Month Award both go to Christian Benteke, who scored four goals in all competitions as Newcastle won their first two games of the season and picked up their first piece of silverware in the Community Shield. He also created a goal.