James Milner – Always Gives His Best

James Milner had to make do with a place on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night after Sam decided to start Emre to add creativity to the center of the Newcastle midfield.

But the 21-year-old came off the bench to score his first goal of the season for the Magpies, and what a strike it was, and with his left foot.


James Milner – being assaulted by Oba Martins after scoring on Monday night 😀

That goes with his first goal of the season for England Under-21s against Ireland last week. James had been an ever present in the league this season starting every one of Newcastle’s previous 8 league games. Milner said:

“I was just the same as normal – every time you step out on to a football field you give it your best.” “It doesn’t matter whether you are on the bench or you start, you always give your all.”

“It was nice to get off the mark, but the main thing was the three points.”  “It was another tough game for us at home, but we seem to be grinding out the results.”

“When we’re going through a rough spell, we’re getting a goal and getting into that winning mentality.” “Now we want to transfer that into our away games.”

It was a solid win on Monday night because Spurs had been unbeaten in their previous 6 games and were starting to show some kind of form and were expected to test Newcastle, because they certainly needed all 3 points. But in the end Newcastle won fairly comfortably on the back of 3 good opportunist goals from Martins, Cacapa and of course Milner.

James added:

“You look down their team-sheet and you know they have a lot of quality players.” “It’s always going to be tough against them. The main thing was getting a result after the international break.”

“And we need to take this form, confidence and winning mentality into the away games now.” “It’s nice to be in the top eight. It keeps us in touch and back to back wins will hopefully move us up the table again on Saturday.”

James has been in good form again this season but quite honestly nearly all our players near the top the their game for new manager Sam Allardyce, who just seems to magically get the best out of every player in his squad. It will be good to see more of Emre and Barton in the games ahead – and we’ll be able to see if thy can provide that spark of creativity in the middle of the field for us.

That’s one thing that could do with some improvement and more clean sheets would also be good. A good time to start will be Saturday at Reading where we expect Emre to start and Barton to be introduced at some stage during the game.

You can give us your comments, teams and expected result for the Reading game on our Newcastle United Forum.

Comments also welcome here.

14 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    milner is as industrious as ever. but the lad just dribbles too much and is not too much accurate with the passes and crosses. crosses to be precise. hope sam realises that and would have planned a star right winger to give us much needed width on the right.. and ofcourse milner will learn a lot just being understudy . he’s one for the future but currently not for the first 11 , looking at the quality we hav all over the pitch.. btw we were cravng for width on the right especially with geremi in the right.

  • Aussie Geordie

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I hate to see it but Butt and Geremi seem to play well at home together. Butt made some important defesive tackles though I dont know if Geremi was as effective. Despite his throw ins he was fairly anonymous. Not having Smith didn’t do us much harm and lets hope if he gets a start next week he mauls Reading because with Joey and Emre back he will find it hard to get his place back.

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    we hav a champions league club like defence and midfield and er…strikers.. i mean WE HAV A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAM., who can beat the heck out of any top draw teams in their day.. wow.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    BSA will likely use Milner as a sub for Zog and Barton for Emre in future games.

    When Smith/Viduka return, expect Martins to sub Owen.

    Looking forward to seeing Duff fit again; back in squad and how he’ll fit in side……..

  • MattyDread

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Aussie Geordie – I think Geremi was largely anonymous on Monday because he played the first half on right wing. It’s useful having a player who can play in various positions but on the wing definitely ain’t his best. Looking at right wing, I don’t think I can fully agree with indian toon – I think Milner is much better than you’re giving him credit for and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be a first 11 player… however – we definitely need another right winger in the squad and if we did sign a better one than Milner in January I wouldn’t complain.

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    How about this selection –






  • toonfan1

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    u got beye twice on the team! i think u mean enrique and also i think the team wouldn’t play well like that. i say stick to the 4-4-2 which is winning us games. in that formation jerry talked bout zog wouldn’t benefit as he wouldn’t be wide and he would have 2 play and also wheres milner? he should be a starter and he was only rested as he was knackered so i think the team should be (4-4-2) Given, Beye, Cacapa, Faye, Enrique, Milner, Geremi, Barton, N’Zogbia, Martins and Viduka

    Subs- Harper, Rozenhal, Smith, Butt and Owen

    Thats the team that should start against Reading on saturday unless viduka isn’t fit then owen comes in and ameobi moves to the bench.

  • toonfan1

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    he would have 2 play in behind the striker*

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon fan – yes It should Enrique instead of Beye in left back. Apologies.

    Your team leaves out Emre and as much as I like Barton I do not think he can bring us that creativity Emre brings us in midfield. Emre simply has to play, and so does Rozenhal.

    Geremi am afraid does not hack it. He shouldnt be starting.

  • Kein

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton is not ready! So Emre in the lineup and Joey could sub him when 70 mins played..You can’t ignore Butt’s fine display on Monday..Definite starter!

  • leo

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    its great thatwe are having these arguements because it shows that the team is looking stronger. and with a couple additions in january, and when the ANC players come back, our squad will be really strong.

  • leo

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    rozehnal should be at least on the bench, he is too good to not be,

    also emre should defo be in the team

    when we have everyone fit, and we are playing a strong physical team, i would have barton and butt in the middle. and emre not in the team

    but for teams like chelsea where we need to use some creativity use barton and emre in the middle.

  • Dirk

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #13

    beye cacapa rozenhal enrique
    milnerbutt emre n’zogbia
    owen smith
    subs harper faye martins geremi barton

    this should be the team at the moment, geremi souldn start with the players we have he just isnt in the same class as any of them he is decent cover but should never start ahead of milner or emre or barton or even butt.

  • Tripp

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s hard to say with Faye and Roz. Both have played well. Faye has impressed. Butt has been playing better of late as well. He was solid against Spurs and Everton as well, if I recall (I didn’t see the game, so that’s based on others’ comments). I have to agree with leo. this is a much better situation to be in than last year.


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