That looked familiar

Last updated : 25 September 2003 By FootyMad

Newcastle finally grabbed their first home win of the season and they did so with style when they rattled five goals past Dutch outfit NAC Breda in the UEFA Cup.

Manager Sir Bobby Robson said that this crucial first win could act as the springboard for the rest of the season and now he can't wait for the trip to Arsenal on Friday night.

Breda arrived at St James' Park with a big reputation having finished fourth in the Dutch League last season and on the back of a 4-2 weekend win over Ajax.

However, they were outclassed by a slick Newcastle side which destroyed the visitors and both pace and quality finishing.

Craig Bellamy, desperate for a goal, finally hit the back of the net for the first time in 11 starts to ease any Newcastle fears.

Indeed for Bellamy it was like waiting for a bus, you wait long enough and two come along together.

He first struck after 31 minutes when he latched on to a flicked header from Alan Shearer and coolly lobbed the ball over Hungarian keeper Gabor Babos.

Five minutes later the Welsh international was celebrating again when a magnificent run from Kieron Dyer set up Laurent Robert to pick out the diminutive striker and he made no mistake from close range.

But it was not all Newcastle and Shay Given twice pulled off outstanding saves to keep Newcastle in control and 2-0 up at the interval.

Robert was once again involved when Newcastle increased their lead to 3-0 just before the hour mark. The French winger, who was at his best, picked out Titus Bramble from a left-wing corner and the big central defender headed his first goal in Newcastle colours.

Bellamy was only denied a hat-trick by the woodwork as Newcastle upped the tempo against the shell-shocked Dutch side.

Shearer got in on the scoring act after 77 minutes after the referee had stopped him from taking a quick free-kick. This time, Robert played the ball to his skipper who advanced forward and from 25 yards gave Babos no chance low to his right.

The icing on the cake then came in the final minute when the creative skills of Robert were once more apparent when he skipped down the left and crossed for substitute Darren Ambrose to score his first goal for the club.

Manager Robson was understandably delighted with the victory though he admits: "It's not over yet because we have to go over there, but it would be a catastrophe if we went and lost 6-0.

"We needed to win and we needed to win well and that's what we've done. It was important to win at home and give our fans something to shout about.

"I impressed upon the players before the game to go into the match as if we were playing Barcelona or Inter Milan."