MATCH REPORT: Bristol City 0 Newcastle United 1, Ashton Gate, 20/Aug/16, KO: 3pm. Att: 22,512

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Eighteenth of January 2014. The best part of three years ago. What’s happened in your life since then? Lots? Loads? Very little? This special day Yohan Cabaye score twice for NUFC on his final appearance. Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy played for NUFC. It was the last time I saw Newcastle Unted win an away league game away from home. Since then I’ve been at Fulham, Stoke, Liverpool. Vile, West Ham, Burnley, Man utd, Everton, sunderland, Swansea, Man Utd, sunderland, West Brom, Everton, Stoke, Leicester, Norwich, Liverpool, Vile, Fulham. All without three points. Until now.

Massive three points, at that. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t nice. It was essential .
Rafa confounded expectation again by making several changes from Wednesday with Dummet, Shelvey and Perez all making way for Lascelles, Colback and Diame. More attacking than we thought. Bristol had started the season well with two wins out of three. Rafa had a plan.
The changes worked a treat as United served up 30 minutes of superb attacking football which Bristol struggled to live Bristol2with. Colback and Hayden were aggressive and with Ritchie and Goufrann providing bundles of width, it was a matter of when, not if, United would take the lead.

It happened with a bit of majesty from our new front two in Diame and Gayle. Brilliantly weighted ball from Diame and lethal finish from Gayle. Gayle is a player. He has got a bit of everything. Fast enough but doesn’t rely on pace as his ‘attribute’, clinical enough but not a ‘finisher.’ It’ll be interesting to see how Gayle fits into the side when Mitrovic returns. Diame though. He’s clearly not fit. He faded badly after ’35. For those ’35 though. Head and shoulders above the rest. He’ll win us this league is he stays fit.
So a great goal after some close calls from set pieces (yes, we’re dangerous from corners these days) and I was thinking more to come. Wrong. United shut up shop. They realised what they were up against and fancied their odds. A much needed clean sheet followed. Welcome back, Jamal Lascelles. Confident and assured – he was superb The player who we fell in love with.
Second half it was all Bristol, to a degree. They played it short. They played it long. No clear cut chances created. A lot of gallowgate_flags_adteams at the level who have a dead fast, dead tricky winger who can and will embarrass full backs. These players are playing for Bristol City and Fulham and they look good. They play for Bristol and Fulham as they can’t shoot, pass or cross. United at the back were imperious. Clarke was good. Dead solid. So is Paul Dummet at left back but Clarke felt a little more assured on the ball. Mbemba shouldn’t be at this level. Anita all effort and quality. Very good.
The rest of the lads grafted. I think back to a stinking wet evening at Everton in February watching McClaren’s United expire. This was so different. Every player grafted. The subs know what they’re doing. The lads play for each other. No shirkers. Just graft. Three points for the Mags.

We’re up to 7th after a stinking start.

Matt Selz looks really poor. That’s me being negative but he’s not made a save in 4 games and he looks shocking off his line. I hope the clean sheet gives him confidence as there must be a good keeper in there somewhere.

Three games in a week. 6 points. The big one next weekend against Brighton. Massive game. Win that then it’s well and truly on. This United time have so many likeable players and qualities I don’t know where to start. Apart from winning away from home. A feeling I’d forgotten existed.

Work to be done, but we’re on our way.

Alex Hurst – You can follow Alex on @tfalex1892 


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10 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Bristol City 0 Newcastle United 1, Ashton Gate, 20/Aug/16, KO: 3pm. Att: 22,512

  1. Jarra mick says:

    Alex you’re gushing. Scrapping a 1-0 win away from home against Bristol big deal ffs. Brighton, the big one again ffs how low have we fallen that a fluked wins against Bristol and a game against Brighton is getting you wetting your knickers. I think we should keep our collective heads down and just hope we can scrap our way out of this shit league beating enough shit teams along the way. As. I have said before we shouldn’t be giving any teams in this league any respect. Unfortunately I think Rafa think’s the same as some of the fans like you, respect the opposition and end up drawing or losing to the like of Villa, Fulham and Huddesfield.

    • What does not giving any teams in this division any respect actually mean?

    • Rob says:

      You talk as if we have a team full of world-beaters.

    • Mark says:

      Is there something in the watter owa Jarra? That report didn’t read the way you’ve put it mate. It read like a solid performance away from home against an in-form team in the same division.

    • Hoglan says:

      He’s been to 20 away games in 2 and a bit years without a win, give him a break man!

    • Ed Bell says:

      Hopefully we’ll be scraping a lot more 1-0 wins away from home this season, just like we did at the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and Sheffield United last time around…

      It’s a tough league to get out of, regardless of what the bookies may have thought pre-season; being able to win ugly is vital…

  2. Mark says:

    Good result and nice report Alex, and I don’t think you’re alone in your concerns with Sels – looks like a bit of a flapper at present. Could still come good of course, but I suppose it has to be accepted that not every player Rafa signs is going to work – no manager has a perfect track record in the transfer market

  3. Wallace Wilson says:

    I still think Krul is the best keeper in the club so can only imagine that Rafa has other reasons for letting him go. I wonder what he would have done if Krul had been fit to start the season. I’m guessing that he wants a more powerful keeper who can get to high balls in the box but Selz isn’t showing that yet. Far too early to write him off though, coming into a different style of football. People say give Mitrovic time to adapt. Selz is from the same league and deserves the same leeway

  4. Mick says:

    I’m from Jarra and called Mick but I haven’t got a scooby what he’s on about either.

    It can’t be the water though, we drink it straight from the tyne

  5. GUY HW says:

    Getting out of this division isn’t going to be pretty, esp away from home. It’s going to mean getting wins when we probably should draw and drawing when we should lose. This is a great result in that context. Even a point v Brighton shows decent progress from the first 2 matches (7 from 9). Something like the start we had in 92/93 was always going to be mighty hard to match. Gayle is now notching when without Mitrovic and Perez off form is critical. Making good progress.