Outstanding October For Newcastle
Newcastle played a total of six games this month, with three being played in the league. Their league games were against Aston Villa, Arsenal and QPR. They also played two games in their Group K Europa League stage, against Sporting Lisbon and Racing Club Genk. The other competition they played in was the Capital One Cup 4th round where they hosted Wolves.
: Matt Lowton
Newcastle hosted bottom placed side Aston Villa as they looked to carry on their impressive start to the season. However the game was not as easy as Newcastle thought it would be. It was a quiet first half with few chances for either side, perhaps more for Newcastle. In the second half, Alessandro Matri gave Newcastle the lead when Vurnon Anita played a ball through to him. He looked up before sliding the ball under the charging goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Villa equalized when Robert Snodgrass's cross found powerful striker Christian Benteke who nodded the ball into the net. Attendance: 42,612.
: Davide Astori
Newcastle shocked Arsenal last season by beating them 2-0 at St James's Park. This year, they did it again. Newcastle took the lead when vice-captain Davide Astori headed in Nicolás Gaitán's corner. After half time, Arsenal equalized when Santi Cazorla had a shot saved by Tim Krul. Krul made a good save but the ball went straight out to Joel Campbell who poked the ball in past the floored Krul. However, two minutes later, Newcastle were back in the lead when Moussa Sissoko went on a magnificent run from inside his own half. He took the ball out wide before passing it to Vurnon Anita on the edge of the penalty area. Anita took a quick glance up before firing into the bottom right corner. From the resulting kick-off, Arsenal gave away possession cheaply and paid the price as Newcastle fired in another, just seconds after scoring. Moussa Sissoko won possession and instantly played a great through ball into in-form striker ALessandro Matri. Matri took it into the penalty area before sliding the ball under the oncoming keeper. Attendance: 44,649.
: Moussa Sissoko
Newcastle played in their only away game in the league for October when they traveled to London to play recently promoted QPR. Newcastle took the lead just before half time when Nicolás Gaitán whipped in a corner. Loïc Rémy attempted to head it clear but inly headed it into the path of Moussa Sissoko who volleyed it in. After half time, Newcastle doubled their lead when Sissoko laid the ball off to captain Fabricio Coloccini on the edge of the area, who smashed the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. They rounded off their victory when Sissoko picked up Alessandro Matri's ball and fired past the keeper for his second of the game.
Europa League Group K Results: VS Sporting Lisbon & RC Genk
: Davide Astori
Newcastle hosted group leaders Sporting Lisbon, as they looked to use their win over Dinamo Tbilisi as a platform to build on. It was always expected to be a close game. Newcastle scored the only goal of the game when Nicolás Gaitán's corner found Vurnon Anita who managed to dribble the ball into the back of the net. The game ended 1-0 and put Newcastle top of Group K. Attendance: 43,784.
: Demba Ba
Newcastle visited Belgium where they played against Racing Club Genk. Newcastle took the lead when Davide Santon was tackled. The ball went through to Alessandro Matri on the byline. He took a step inside before firing in from a tight angle. Minutes later, Genk equalized when Khaleem Hyland reacted first to a loose ball in the penalty area and smashed the ball in. Newcastle went back into the lead when Nicolás Gaitán scored a wonderful 25 yard free-kick which flew straight into the top corner and gave the keeper no chance. Demba Ba came on at half time and scored his first goal since returning to The Magpies' on loan from Chelsea when Davide Santon cleared the ball forward. Ba picked up the clearance and went on a run from the halfway line before firing into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area. Genk pulled a goal back late on when Tom De Sutter headed in a cross from Julien Gorius. However it was too late and the match ended 2-3. This left Newcastle at the top of Group K with three matches left to play. Attendance: 22,000.
Capital One Cup 4th Round Result: VS Wolverhampton Wanderers
: Mathieu Debuchy
Having beaten West Ham to reach the 4th round, Newcastle were faced with a home tie against struggling Npower Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Newcastle took the lead with not even 30 seconds on the clock when Alessandro Matri smashed in Mathieu Debuchy's cross. They went 2-0 up when Matri crossed the ball to Tom Cleverley who tapped the ball past the Wolves keeper. They got their third before half time when Davide Santon picked up Moussa Sissoko's ball and fired it in at the near post past the diving keeper. They went 4-0 up in the second half when Mathieu Debuchy scored his first ever goal for Newcastle as he picked up Vurnon Anita's pass before absolutely hammering the ball into the top right corner. All the keepr could do was stand still and watch. Wolves pulled one goal back late on as Anthony Forde was presented the ball after a ricochet and he volleyed it past substitute keeper and debutant Morgan De Sanctis. This has set up an away tie for Newcastle against Blackburn Rovers in the quarter final. Attendance: 28,475.
The Player Of The Month award goes to Davide Astori after two Man Of The Match awards and some very impressive defensive performances.[/center[
The Young Player Of The Month award goes to Davide Santon, who despite having picked up some little knocks in the league games, performed very well, scoring once with an average rating of 7.42.
Manager Alan Shearer has finished in third place in the Barclays Manager Of The Month award after leading the team to two victories out of three in the league.