HT: Derby 1 Newcastle 0 – Newcastle Need to Wake Up


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Teams:

Derby County: Stephen Bywater, Tyrone Mears, Dean Leacock, Claude Davis, Andy Griffin, Gary Teale, Stephen Pearson, Eddie Lewis, Kenny Miller, Steve Howard, Matt Oakley
Subs: Jay McEveley, David Jones, Robert Earnshaw, Andy Todd, Benny Feilhaber

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Cacapa, David Rozehnal, Charles N’Zogbia, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Geremi, James MIlner, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen
Subs: Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins, Matty Pattison, Shay Given

Referee: Peter Walton

The game started very slowly and the initial exchanges were very start stop. After 11 minutes N’Zogbia got a shot in for Newcastle but it was way over the bar.

Newcastle were not looking too good in the opening exchanges and it was obvious that Derby were going to give their all in this game – and were starting to win the 50-50 balls. But after 18 minutes Newcastle should have been ahead when a Milner run picked out Owen on the left of the penalty area and Michael gets it back across goal only for Rozehnal to hit it wide in front of an open goal. It was harder to miss than score. Newcastle should have scored.

In the early exchanges Eddie Lewis on the left wing is giving Steven Taylor some trouble wit6h his speed. The game is very start stop in the first 30 minutes and Newcastle are looking lethargic – they need to wake up.

A couple of times Derby County are getting through on the Newcastle defense who are backing off too much. After 27 minutes Miller is allowed to progress too far and should have done better as his shot is blocked.

Then after 39 minutes Derby get a sloppy goal. Newcastle had been pushing at the other end at a corner but the ball went out of play for a Derby free kick. Goalkeeper Bywater sent a long free kick into the Newcastle half and from 35 yards out, with no challenge from either of Newcastle’s center-backs, Kenny Miller, making his debut from Celtic, hits a wonderful shot into the top corner and over Harper’s head. A good goal for Derby but a poor one to concede for Newcastle.

Questions have to be asked if Cacapa, Rozehnal and Harper were fully awake. It didn’t look like it. The worrying thing is Newcastle look very lethargic against a poor Derby team. They should get a rollicking at half time from Sam – and this is why you have a big squad. Some of the Newcastle players don’t seem to have turned up for the match and it’s deja vu all over again.

The defense doesn’t look as sharp as it’s been in the past with Cacapa and Rozehnal looking too hesitant at times.

The first half is reminiscent of Newcastle of old – not good – and they will need to improve significantly in the second half to get anything out of this game.



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99 comments so far

  • Howie

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #1

    GET SHOLA OFF

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  • Ivan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #2

    come on!

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  • Ivan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #3

    put martins on

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  • JoshI

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Is BSA an inside agent or something?? WHY NO MARTINS??

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  • JoshI

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    WTF??? Owen OFF??

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  • t-g-w

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Wtf is going on? On BBC updates it says we have 55% possession… Are we not using it?

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    FAYE ON FOR GEREMI NOW

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  • Magjp

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont get this. Am I the only one who thinks our problem IS NOT the strikers, IT IS THE MIDFIELD thats crap!!!!!!

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  • Dalston

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    ed, agree with you our defence not as sharp, but i believe today’s problem lies with midfield.

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    THATS DEFINITLY THE CASE TONIGHT…..WE ARE LOSING ALL THE 50/50 BALLS

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  • Dalston

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #11

    the field is very slippery…looks

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  • AlexW

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    i come on expecting to see newcasltle 2-3 goals up to the good, but then i see this………………f*&^ck canada

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    BEYE COMING ON FOR TAYLOR

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  • Ashton

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #14

    our first lose this season will be against derby 😮 funny

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  • Magjp

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #15

    A.S needs to LEARN that,
    NUFC is a 4-4-2 team
    Smith is NOT a midfielder,
    OWEN does not create, he is a poacher…
    Nzogbia is ACTUALY a midfielder far better than Smith…

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #16

    FINAL WHISTLE AND WE LOOK SO GOOD ON PAPER….BUT TOTAL RUBBISH TONIGHT – GOOD WAKE UP CALL FOR US- WE AINT THAT GOOD REALLY !

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  • Sinead

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Well Derby deserve it. It was a good goal, I’m still kinda curious about what exactly Harper was doing like, he could have atleast made an attempt to stop it. It’ll be cruel on Derby if they loose tonight. Changes for Arsenal. That’s it. Newcastle’s first loss of the season….to Derby.

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  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #18

    sack of s***e!!!!!

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  • Keep Oba

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #19

    I heard Ameobi’s name once in the second half…I had forgot he was still on. Sell him.

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  • apan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #20

    wtf faye for geremi, faye is slow like hell,

    WTF IS AMEOBI DOING?!?!?!??!!?!??!??!?!?! HIS TOTAL CRAP!

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  • Sinead

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Sam got it wrong. He’ll have to change it for the Arsenal match. In fairness to Derby they faught like hell they showed real spirit and deserved to win. If Newcastle play like that against Arsenal well lets just say it wont be pretty. THe result tonight basically shows why the likes of Liverpool will finish probally in the top half and Newcastle wont. Changes for Arsenal or ye’ll get ripped apart.

    Also there are rumours (yet again) that Wenger wants to have a chat to a certain keeper especially if he’s on the bench.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #22

    we look like bolton , why play high balls to head of a target man ?, when there is someone twice his size marking him ,knocking him all over the pitch …… this was obvious from the fist 10 mins .
    same old story in midfield aswell , to many so called ‘battlers’ who never won the ball tonight .

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  • Dalston

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Magjp, totally agree with you…

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  • aaron d

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #24

    what a load of shite, why did ameobi play? he was SHIT!!!!!!! Why take geremi off when he was playing so much better than butt who couldn’t keep the ball and gave away loads of free kicks.

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  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #25

    well said Hadrian

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  • Pohlim

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #26

    I had been following this site since a long time ago, and had always been a silent reader. But staying up till 5am in da morning (i’m from malaysia) watching newcastle playing some junk clueless football, is a complete waste of my time. Am I too expectant or newcastle just not good enough, especially in midfield?
    And to be really honest, SHOLA AMEOBI just needs to leave, like immediately, because he cant do anything with the ball, cant shoot, cant hold, cant pass, cant control.. waste of space, waste of his size. Ship him to west ham maybe? Our little dumping ground..

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  • Callum

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Poor performance, deserved to lose

    Ameobi cant head the ball, cant hold the ball up and has a crap first touch, remind me why he started?

    Smith, for all his passion, he doesnt look right in the centre of midfield.

    We lack creativity and when our only creative players like Milner and N’zogbia have a bad game, aswell as keeping Martins on the bench we have no one else who can provide that spark, maybe Barton will provide it.

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  • dirk

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #28

    normal service resumed….that was absolutely awful…even worse than a Souness/Roeder performance…….judging by that performance, that will be the first defeat of MANY!

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  • Hog

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Listened to it on 5 Live………..sounded like we just couldnt be bothered. Sack of Crap.

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  • Darryl Money

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle need a right kick up the backside. They do not deserve to be on the wages theyre on, if they get beat of premiership wannabes. Same happened last season. We dropped too many points from the teams that got relegated. Sickening! Makes u sick to be a newcastle supporter.

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  • toonoholic

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #31

    WE WERE SHIT … I CAN PLAY BETTER MIDFIELD :@

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  • dirk

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Harper out……Given in
    Rozehnal out…….Taylor back in CB
    N’Zogbia to LM
    Milner to RM
    and definately no Ameobi.

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  • Darryl Money

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #33

    on the goal that Miller scored, atleast Given would try and save it. Harper stands and watches too much.

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  • nufcstats.com

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #34

    so poor tonight. yeah the referies were the same (i.e. Rozehnal against Leacock again againt at set pieces) but it doesn’t change the fact Derby deserved that win. only good thing is now Shay should be back in goal. Harper can play great at times but he is not a class keeper. we don’t have a midfield. you can’t play with one Milner and battling 3 of Smith, Butt, Geremi/Faye. any creativity. our only good chance was Rozehnal on counter attack (shame didn’t score, he was one of the few positives tonight). Shola was poor, Oba touched the ball maybe twice. Taylor awful.
    I’m affraid Smith will continue in the starting 11 because he is Ashley favourite…. we have to convert to 4-4-2 with Milner and N’Zogbia out wide and Geremi with Barton in the middle. Hope this will work.
    the worst night for a few months…

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  • dirk

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets face it…..Big Sam is what he is….nothing more

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  • Ian G

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Dismal. Big Sam reminds me of Martin Jol at the moment and he should be looking over his shoulder because he made some very very bad decisions tonight.
    Top 6? – wake up everyone – it isn’t going to happen and the way the Hammers are playing at the moment it looks like we’ll suffer the same fate on Saturday

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  • Ian G

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Or Sunday even

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  • Ashton

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #38

    it’s all big sam’s fault
    4 – 4 – 3 it’s not working
    we don’t need a big fat man up front we have owen and martins the best strikers in the EPL
    ameobi is just a waste of space and time
    he is not a good player he wasn’t a good player and he will never be a good player

    and nobady know whats smith’s position is he a striker or a DM ?

    bollocks !

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    I cant believ this

    why in gods name if you have to deadly in form strikers you dont play them together, I hate this big man little man crap, it f*cks up england and it is now doing the same to use

    If there was ever a detrimental football cliche its the big man little man theory, as ifits standard.

    any one remember Romario and Bebeto USA 94

    Martins and Owen, tell me what defender wants to face that combination?

    Ameobi, well the boy didnt win one header, offside doesnt seem to be too familiar to the boy, didnt hold the ball at all

    The midfield- Butt and Smith should not be in the team, Butt shows us why Alex Ferguson was willing to let him go, ditto for Smith. both play with there backs to the oppositions goal, and passs the ball sideways, never forward, butt wwas guilty of this on too many occassions. smith does nothing butt foul and swear, his like an parker, but without the finesse

    we have no creativity in midfield, even though we have Nzogbia- who we know if at aresnal would be playing over the shadow of the striker

    I am not calling BS head, we need continuity, but he needs to play his best strikers, not one great and one simply because he is over 6″ and he has to reslise that Smith doesnt offer much

    I am going tyo bed with a feeling of being cheated, £10 for that shit channel sententa (£19) for crap, and the game was over the internet !!!!!

    Sort it out sam Owen+Martin- the damn midfield!!!!

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #40

    NOT TOO MUCH WRONG WITH OUR DEFENCE…..FORWARDS WILL BE FINE ( EXCEPT FOR AMIOBI ) WITH GOOD SERVICE – MIDFIELD IS THE PROBLEM……. GENERAL PERFORMANCES SAY ZOG AND MILNER TO KEEP PLACES…..THE 2 CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS ARE REAL WEAKNESS – NO CRAFT / CREATIVITY TONIGHT.

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