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Our panel give their views on the victory over Plymouth Argyle GRAHAM BREWIS WE got there in the end, but not very convincingly. It took their equaliser and our two substitutions to shake us out of our lethargy. We really should be finishing these games well before we did on Saturday. I thought Guthrie should have been on from the start, and Ranger suddenly energised Carroll into action. What a handful they were towards the end. Barton sometimes thinks he's the best player on the field and sometimes, like Saturday, he's not. It's a win though.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Andy Carroll OMAR MIRZA IT was a case of job done in this encounter. A fairly unspectacular game brought the right result as we clinched three precious points. Plymouth gave it their all, but in the end Andy Carroll's superb finish put the seal on things. We still look disjointed in midfield, but at the back we held firm and after all the warranted stick he's taken, Coloccini deserves credit for a fine shift. So next up it's a chance for the kids to shine at Peterborough before we meet our old friend Keano.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Fabricio Coloccini LEN JONES I WAS bemused by Chris Hughton's team selection. To start with Geremi and Barton when you have Guthrie and Taylor on the bench does not make any sense to me. With 30 minutes left, Hughton made a brave decision by making a double substitution, and Guthrie and Ranger changed the course of a game. This was another game where United were not fantastic yet managed to win fairly comfortably.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Andy Carroll IAIN KNOX AS expected, we're back on track with a deserved and comfortable win. An early lead courtesy of Steven Taylor led to a slow first half, however Plymouth capitalised on a lapse in concentration soon after the break. Subs prompted by a poor start to the second half changed the game completely, and proved that Danny Guthrie and Nile Ranger should have started. It was reassuring to see Andy Carroll score again, and I thought he was unlucky not to get more.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Andy Carroll CHRIS DICKSON A 3-1 win suggests a comfortable afternoon, but in reality United struggled after taking an early lead. Despite playing with a more attacking formation, it was a poor first half with few goalscoring opportunities. Once Barton and Lovenkrands had been replaced, United improved considerably and Nile Ranger added much to the Newcastle attack. Hughton deserves credit for making substitutions that changed the game.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2009
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