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Sam Substitutions Turn Game for Newcastle Win

5:53 pm, Sunday, October 7th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

It was a tough win for Newcastle United today as they played well in the first half and seemed to be strolling to victory.

But a rocket for the Everton team at half time from manager David Moyes woke up the Everton team.

They came right back at Newcastle in the second half and scored through Andrew Johnson after 52 minutes. It was just what Everton needed and the goal lifted them and they even started to gain the ascendancy. Then Sam made some substitutions.

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Two smart lads for Newcastle – subs Owen and Emre win the game for Magpies

The crowd at St. James Park has to take some credit for this win as they roared on the Newcastle team. The players were trying to lift themselves after the disappointment of giving up a poor goal. Newcastle had taken the lead through Butt after 42 minutes and seemed to have the game under control. Everton came right back at them with a good goal for them(Johnson), but a poor goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint.

After 74 minutes Sam made a magical substitution bringing on Emre and Owen on for Milner and Martins. Then with just 4 minutes remaining Emre scored a terrific goal after getting the ball from Owen. He hit a beautiful shot past Howard into the bottom corner of the net. Then after 90 minutes Emre returned the favor and took a quick free kick flighted to Owen, who headed home easily from 8 yards. The Newcastle crowd went crazy.

But it wasn’t over yet and just before the end Newcastle contrived to give away another goal. Arteta crossed strongly and it hit Smith to loop over goalkeeper Shay Given and into the net. To be fair, this back four haven’t played together before – and it showed, especially in the second half.

It was a game Newcastle looked like giving away at one point, but the substitutions turned the game. All credit to Emre and Owen and the Newcastle players for never giving up. But the defensive display left a lot to be desired. But hey, its 3 points and we’re now up to 9th place with 14 points from 8 games :D

Comments welcome.



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonKing // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    I don’t know Ed, i thought the defense was ok, apart from the 1st goal they did few mistakes. Faye and Enrique were very good imo.

    Also i’m reallt -really happy about Emre as i’ve always been a fan of his. Also loved Smudge today and Owen just proved again why he starts ahead of Oba.
    How many chances did Oba have in the first half ??? and Owen neede exactly 16 minutes set up a goal and then score one himself.

  • 2 dan // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    I hope sam now picks Emre for his starting line-up…especially at home.
    I think he’s a great little player with lots of skill.

    From what i heard (didn’t see the game), it seemed like a bit of a struggle. But a win is a win. 3 points!…and well done lads!!

  • 3 Johnny Karate // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    I’d like all of the people who boo’ed the Martins substitution to Identify themselves in the Evening Chronicle… so they can print a photo of their faces with the word “prat” underneath………..Same go’s for the numpties who started chanting for Harper when Evertons 2nd goal went in.

  • 4 Davy // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    I think you’ve got it wrong about the defence. Cacapa and Faye played really well together and Beye and Enrique both looked strong. The first goal was disappointing in that it could have been stopped before the ball into the channel was played but there wasn’t much that could be done once it was played in as Johnson’s pace was just too much. This was about all that Everton offered for most of the game and Cacapa was given man of the match with Faye a contender. Smith was brilliant in the first half but I thought Emre deserved man of the match for the way he completely changed the game when he came on. A good payback for Everton taking him to court methinks!

  • 5 MightyMilburn // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Didnt watch the game today.. but I wish I had!!! Checked the score online with app. 5 min. remaining.. mmmm… 1-1.. THought to myself.. so unfortunately the players havent been able to pick up the game from last week..

    30 minutes later I went online again.. 3-2.. are you kidding?? Why oh why did I not watch this game.. dont care how we won it.. it is 3 points on the board.. Owen scored.. Emre scored.. In the perfect world we would have kept a clean sheet but with all torment of seasons pasts still lingering in the back of my mind – I will take 3 points in any way, shape or form they presents themselves..

    In 3 years when we are (hopefully) competing for top honors – domestically and internationally – then I might care about how we win it.. but until then.. keep racking up the points boys.. get back to the part of the league tables where our great club should be..

  • 6 Callum // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    dan – first half newcastle dominated but second half they were their own worse enemy as BS says ;)

  • 7 gordon // Oct 7, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    I dont know why people are saying the defence was a lot to be desired rubbish in my opinion,we controlled the game in the first half but everton are no mugs,and i hope now the crowds booing when martins came off has stuck a rocket up the arses of fans because how many chances is this guy going to miss.

  • 8 Jamie // Oct 7, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    4-4-2 with Smith up front playing his best game for Newcastle yet!
    Our defense can only get BETTER fact! its a superb win against a very good Everton side, the win would have been 3-1 if it wasnt for some bad luck for Everton’s 2nd. A win is a win and puts is in a great frame of mind for training over the Int break! Agreed Emre is a 9 /10 or 4/10 player, today he came up trumps, good on him. Yeah Martins missed chances, but other games he will put them away and we will win without the need for Michael, today Michael came on and did the job, what a luxury to have! another positive. Looking forward to the new game against Tottenham, should be an absolute belter!

  • 9 w2 // Oct 7, 2007 at 7:45 PM

    Anyone notice we only scored goals when our balls came in from the flanks tho the goals were smashed from the middle, route 1 play that was played when martins was on the pitch is not going to help us much. I really wanted martins to score cause it’s very unfair to him, he can score goals though the service we provide him through smith not even michael owen can score those kind of chances most of the time. We didn’t use much of our flanks today, milner had a below par game nzogbia only showed glimpses, phased in and out of the game. Milner needs to use more of his brains when crossing 200 games experience still no improvement crossing. Defensive players positioning really bad, very stressful to watch. Need creativity in midfield nuff said.

  • 10 Dragoner // Oct 7, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    im impressed

  • 11 Gavin // Oct 7, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    Sounded like the fans were booing the performance of Oba to be honest

  • 12 malaysian youngster // Oct 8, 2007 at 2:58 AM

    our defence is good enough. faye did a very good job. and imo the referee is kinda one sided.but i still think faye will be better replace butt or geremi as CDM. smith is the man of the match for me. i think he is strong as viduka and got more agility than viduka.he create so many chances for martins.

  • 13 vincent // Oct 8, 2007 at 4:02 AM

    martins only converts difficult chances.. emm.. sam did mention this sometimes ago.. that means he is still not a reliable striker like owen though i see he is a great lad for us..

  • 14 apan // Oct 8, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    faye was superb, anyone who said our defenders was poor should look back at the game again…..faye should start the next game..its the best yet ive seen except for some scrambling (perhaps they didnt gel yet) but oh boy they put their body on the line…..we should have won 3-1 if not for that unfortunate lucky goal and given tapping in the goal himself but well he played well so no complaints….smith looks exceptional in holdin the ball, faye the bets of all enrique fits in & emre, love him good performance overall and one of the better performance from our lads overall not even a single dull moment in the game, keep up the good work lads

  • 15 David M // Oct 8, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Thought Smith was a revelation as an out and out striker. Nice to know we have good cover there and hope that Sam will play Smith ahead of the pillar of salt that is Ameobi if (when) Viduka is next injured. Will sam now reinstate Harper after Givens blunder? I feel that Harper has shown the better form this year and has certainly conceded less goals. That’s seven in three games for Given, Hardly Champions league qualification goalkeeping is it?




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