Kevin Nolan holds off a challenge from Derby's James McEveley
28th December 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Derby County 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 5.20pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, R Taylor (Pancrate 70), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands (Ranger 78), Carroll (Ameobi 65) - Subs not used: Krul, Guthrie, Butt, Kadar.
Attendance: 47,505
Chris Hughton: "We are disappointed and frustrated. We have certainly, even here at St James', had performances where we haven't played as well as that and won games. It's about both ends. We have managed to keep another clean sheet, which is again very pleasing, but of course, we didn't put one of our good chances away. We had the bulk of possession and certainly the better chances. I always felt if one had gone in, that we would have gone on and perhaps got the second and possibly the third. There is more right here than there is wrong. We’re disappointed again, but only by the result."
28th December 2009 - Heading into the New Year
Managing Director, Derek Llambias: "Our position gives us a real edge ahead of what will be a crucial few months as the club attempts to win promotion and return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Both on and off the pitch there is no room for complacency and everyone at Newcastle United is fully aware that only half the job has been done so far. But make no mistake about it, our primary goal in 2010 is promotion back to the Premier League and we will be doing everything we can in the coming months to make that ambition a reality."
Manager, Chris Hughton: "We head into 2010 in a great position but the one thing we have to guard against is complacency. We are there to be shot at and caught up but we have to make sure we win enough games and get enough points to maintain our position. We trust our players and while 2009 was a year that people will remember for all the wrong reasons it's up to us to make sure 2010 goes down in history as the year we regained our place in the top flight."
26th December 2009 - Heading back to Aston Villa
Following our draw at Sheffield Wednesday it was confirmed by Chris Hughton that on loan striker Marlon Harewood has now returned to Aston Villa. He said: "This was Marlon’s last game, so for the time being at least he has reverted to being an Aston Villa player."
Celebrating Kevin Nolan's headed strike at Sheffield
26th December 2009 - Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Hillsborough, Sheffield - 12.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie, Butt, Nolan, Gutierrez (Pancrate 64), Ameobi (Carroll 73), Harewood (Lovenkrands 84) - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Kadar, Ranger.
Scorers: Nolan 19, Ameobi 22 - Attendance: 30,030
Chris Hughton: "We didn't start the game well and gave away a poor goal. I think it's disappointing, whenever you lead in a game, if you don't go on and finish the job off. There have been games where we have played well and ones where we have not played so well. This falls into the latter category, but you have got to give credit to a very spirited Wednesday side. We have no divine right to go out and win matches, although it was disappointing not to get all three points after recovering from a goal down."
21st December 2009 - Tranquil Management Style
Newcastle now have a ten point lead at the top of the Championship and harmony has been restored to a club beset by instability since Mike Ashley bought it two and a half years ago. First Team Coach Colin Calderwood has no doubts it is down to Chris Hughton and his tranquil management style.
He said: "In what were choppy waters, I think Chris has been the essence of calm. The players here are honest and well principled and Chris doesn't ask them to do anything other than commit themselves and play football."
The two men have worked together previously: "We had a two and a half year spell at Spurs where he was coaching the first team and I was looking after the reserves. We forged a familiarity and a friendship. Those were important times and I think it was that period that led to him making the call to me last year about coming to Newcastle."
The side have lost just three times this season and Calderwood believes the players will now raise their targets as the season reaches the half way point at Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day: "There is always room for improvement. We shouldn't be content with what we have got. There is nothing wrong with us aiming to be at the top of the league. What we want to do is be there and deserve to be there."
Shola Ameobi rises to head home versus Middlesbrough
20th December 2009 - Newcastle United 2 Middlesbrough 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie, Nolan, Smith (Butt 49), Gutierrez, Harewood (Ranger 66), Ameobi (Pancrate 83) - Subs not used: Krul, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Kadar.
Scorers: Harewood 16, Ameobi 59 - Attendance: 49,644
Chris Hughton: "Shola is a goalscorer. A fit Shola is somebody who can and will score goals. It was a magnificent ball from Danny Guthrie and Shola would probably admit it wasn't too difficult a goal to score providing he was in the right place at the right time. I thought Colo was outstanding. He was composed, strong and at times showed real quality on the ball. Avoiding complacency is our biggest challenge. We have to continue to do the things that have got us here.”
15th December 2009 - Cardiff City Fixture Switch
Our home Championship fixture against Cardiff City originally scheduled for Saturday 6th February has been moved to Friday 5th February with a 7.45pm kick-off. The match is not being televised live.
15th December 2009 - Zurab Heading Back To Blackburn
Zurab Khizanishvili is returning to Blackburn Rovers. His loan deal expires this week leaving the Georgian ineligible for Sunday’s match against Middlesbrough. Zurab has been unable to force his way back into the Magpies starting eleven since being sent off in October. Manager Chris Hughton has suggested that he may still consider signing the player on loan until the end of the season when the transfer window opens in January but for the time being has opted not to extend his stay at St James’ Park.
14th December 2009 - Barnsley Invasion
Newcastle were backed by almost 7,000 supporters at Barnsley on Saturday and despite conceding a late equaliser the players were cheered off the field.
Midfielder Kevin Nolan was disappointed the team couldn't hold on for an eighth successive win but was amazed by the size of the away following.
Kevin said: "It's unbelievable - they've been absolutely fantastic again. They were brilliant throughout the game, even at the end the way they stayed behind. There's nothing to describe it. Unless you're there and you see it, it's just unbelievable. We just thank them for being behind us. It's been a bit of a tricky time for them as well as us, but with them behind us, we can get back into the Premier League.”
Jonas Gutierrez turns inside his Barnsley opponent
12th December 2009 - Barnsley 2 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Oakwell, Barnsley - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique (Khizanishvili), Pancrate (Ranger), Butt, Smith, Gutierrez (Harewood 69), Nolan, Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Simpson, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.
Scorers: Nolan 6, Harewood 78 - Attendance: 20,079
Chris Hughton: "I think when you're 2-1 up with so little of the game to go, it's very disappointing when you don't get the result. What we didn't do well enough today in that last period was defend a set play, which we've been very good at doing. All the things that we have spoken about this season are around maintaining the standards that we have set. It’s about guarding the players against dropping the qualities, efforts and determination - all of those things we need to keep going.”
11th December 2009 - Happy Birthday Chris
Three Manager of the Month awards is proof that the appointment of Chris Hughton is working well for table topping Newcastle this season. Whilst celebrating his 51st birthday today he conceeds that the club cannot look beyond the prospect of promotion back to the Premier League.
Chris said: "To be where we are at this moment speaks volumes for this team and I think it gives us the confidence and strength to go on getting good results. The most important thing for us is keeping it going. Seven wins in a row is wonderful. It will be a happy birthday.”
The away victory at Coventry City on Wednesday night was the seventh in a row and equals the club record set in 1996 when Kevin Keegan was in charge.
11th December 2009 - Sold Out Backing
Newcastle will make the trip to Barnsley tomorrow backed by a massive 6,850 travelling fans who have snapped up the clubs entire allocation of tickets for this fixture. It is a similar story for the Boxing Day trip to Sheffield Wednesday with the clubs allocation of 5,300 places now sold out.
Shola Ameobi opens the scoring away to Coventry City
9th December 2009 - Coventry City 0 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Ricoh Arena, Coventry - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Pancrate (R Taylor 76), Smith, Butt, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Harewood 65), Lovenkrands (Ranger 65) - Subs not used: Guthrie, Khizanishvili, Krul, Kadar.
Scorers: Ameobi 41, Ranger 81 - Attendance: 21,688
Chris Hughton: "I'm delighted for Shola. As a striker, that's what you want to be doing. Shola's a finisher, that's what he can do. Nile Ranger's got his first goal for the club, and I'm really pleased for him. Nile's come on and really played his part. The fans were tremendous again. In any division, even in the Premier League, to take that volume of support away is outstanding."
7th December 2009 - A Magical Moment For Fabrice
Newcastle winger Fabrice Pancrate came on as a 71st minute substitute against Watford on Saturday. With Newcastle one goal ahead and down to ten men with just seven minutes remaining, a superb strike from the Frenchman settled the contest
Fabrice said: "It was my first goal at St James' Park and it was a magical moment for me. If I get on the pitch, the fans are unbelievable and when I touch the ball, they are unbelievable. When I scored the goal, they were even more unbelievable, so I am very happy."
An equally delighted Chris Hughton said: "We needed another option high up on the right side. The options we have used so far are good options but they are more midfield players in Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor. We wanted somebody who is going to have pace, who can play like a winger, and if it was a player with experience, then even better, and I think I have found that."
5th December 2009 - Newcastle United 2 Watford 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie (Pancrate 71), Smith, Nolan, Gutierrez, Harewood (Carroll 56), Lovenkrands (Butt 65) - Subs not used: Krul, Khizanishvili, Ranger, R Taylor - Sent off: Nolan.
Scorers: Lovenkrands 20, Pancrate 83 - Attendance: 43,050
Chris Hughton: "We have shown a lot of resilience and that is the mark of any side which is doing well, that resilience resulting in clean sheets. I am delighted with that. What we do know is we are going to have good days and bad days, and what we have so far shown is a resilience to cope with the bad days and, at times, get something from them. There are times when you can't speak highly enough of the group of lads you have, and that applies today."
Delight for Fabrice Pancrate after a wonder strike versus Watford
2nd December 2009 - FA Cup Date Confirmed
Our third round FA Cup fixture at Plymouth Argyle has now been confirmed for Saturday 2nd January 2010 with a 3.00pm kick-off.
1st December 2009 - Jose Enrique On The Transfer Rumours
Despite a constant stream of press stories that left back Jose Enrique was interesting our North East rivals Sunderland the 23 year old Spaniard has reiterated his desire to stay with Newcastle.
Jose says: "Some players were joking with me about what the papers said. I don't worry about other teams. I want to go back to the Premier League with Newcastle. This is a big club and it is important it gets back into the Premier League. I don't care about Sunderland. Even Chelsea, I wouldn't care."
"I worry for my team. I love the city, I love the club and I don't care about signing for another team. I am happy here, I want to make up for the mistakes we made last season. From the first moment I've been here I wanted to play here and I never thought about going anywhere else."