FT: Newcastle 1 Portsmouth 4 – Newcastle Smashed



The wheels really came off for Newcastle United at St. James’ Park today when they were outplayed and outclassed by a good looking Portsmouth team and on the wrong side of a 4-1 hiding.

This was Newcastle’s first home defeat of the season and Portsmouth’s first win on Tyneside for 58 years.  Yes, it’s a really sad day for Newcastle United, but they were completely outplayed by a much better side on the day, that’s the truth.
Newcastle were 3-0 down after just 11 minutes with Claudio Cacapa being responsible for at least two of the goals. The Newcastle defense just didn’t seem ready for this game at all and the game was lost in the first 11 minutes – that’s just unacceptable to Newcastle fans.

After just 8 minutes and following a corner, the ball rolled out to Pamarot, and from 30 yards out, he hit an unstoppable shot into Harper’s top left hand corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.  A goal of the season contender.

Then within a minute, Benjani went straight through the middle and Cacapa should have stopped him, but was on the wrong side of the Pompey forward. Benjani kept going through, brushing by Cacapa, and curled the ball past Harper. Portsmouth were 2-0 up.

Then after just 11 minutes, the left winger got around Taylor easily, and Cacapa was beaten to the ball easily as Utaka easily took the ball around Harper, and put the ball calmly into the back of the net. Portsmouth were 3-0 up after just 11 minutes – incredible.

Cacapa was taken off shortly after Portsmouth’s 3rd goal and was replaced by David Rozehnal who added good defensive strength to the Newcastle team and had a good game. To say it was a terrible performance from Cacapa is to be kind, and it must have been a big embarrassment for the proud Brazilian. Whether Cacapa is good enough for the Premiership must now be a cause for concern for Big Sam.

Newcastle did get a goal back after 16 minutes when Owen pounced on a mistake by David James, who could only parry the ball. Owen stabbed the ball in off Sol Campbell and the goal was awarded to Campbell as an own goal.

Newcastle were then 3-1 down after 16 minutes.

A second goal by Newcastle could have got them back into the game but it never came. In fact Portsmouth got a 4th goal in the second half when Kranjcar took a free kick on the left and with no Portsmouth player anywhere near the ball, his shot went straight into the goal off  Steven Taylor. Questions have to be asked of Steve Harper for this goal.

Sam tried to turn the game around when he brought on Oba Martins for Enrique in the second half, with Zog switching to left back. But Newcastle were just not good enough on the day.

Time was played out during the second half and fans streamed out of St. James’ Park very disappointed at another Newcastle non-performance. The team was completely outclassed on the day. If this is how Newcastle are to play against the better teams things may get even worse before they get any better.

The next two home games are against Liverpool and Arsenal. As we said earlier, the wheels have come off the wagon today, especially in defense where more schoolboy defending put Newcastle 3-0 down and essentially out of the game after just 11 minutes.

This was Newcastle’s first home defeat of the season and Big Sam certainly has a lot of work to do with this team. As we mentioned earlier this is the first win at St. James’ Park by Portsmouth in 58 years.

The next game is at our rivals Sunderland next Saturday and if the defense plays anything like this, then we can kiss goodbye to any points next week at the Stadium of Light. But we are expecting a vast improvement next Saturday – but Sam and his staff will just have to get busy on the training field next week. It’s back to basics – that’s for sure.


Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye, James Milner, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Michael Owen, Alan Smith

Subs: Fraser Forster, David Rozehnal, Emre, Geremi, Oba Martins

Portsmouth: David James, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, John Utaka, Niko Kranjcar, Papa Bouba Diop, Glen Johnson, Sulley Muntari, Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis, Benjani

85 comments so far

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    OOO lets talk about exploiting spaces against a team playing 4-5-1 hahaha Big Sam your a JOKE!

  • Coolsmurf

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #2

    After the euphoria of the Arsenal-Man Utd game, I sat down hoping to see a good showing and what do i get? Absolute crap! There wasn’t enough quality, teamwork, effort, anything else you can name it!

    I was embarassed just watching that and I feel so sorry for all the fans that were at St. James Park. Was there a day that felt so humilating as today!

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #3

    this feels like two fingers up the $*#@.. turning up 52000 per week. the fans are being cheated!

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    good team spirit my foot!

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    owen to start firing goals my foot!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 3, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    i hope people do not feel getting rid of sam is the answer because it really isn’t this aint the first time we have been shit this season and im sure it wont be the last Sam needs time. Look at Sir alex 20 yrs ago he was one defeat away from gettin the sack but he won the match and now look at him !!

  • Jinal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Watching Newcastle United play on the weekend is what I go through my week for, and its always ending in bitter dissapointment. I don’t mind loosing – I just want us to play some good football!

    We’re so horrible that the only time we win is when the opposition makes an error or if luck is on our side! Even though we were loosing under Roeder, at least he never filled up with high expectations like Big Sam

    Sam, if you’re reading this, i highly suggest to communicate with the fans by doing the talking on the pitch rather than through the papers!

  • Soren

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8


  • Jinal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t even sigh……

  • Arthur Prince

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    How long does Sam need Cockney Magpie . We seemed to have gone backwards recently which is not good news at all . I just dont know if the players are going to be good enough to compete fro Europe UEFA cup this year . I will be watching the Team from the Pearly gates at this rate although ive been doing it for 40years already so perhaps I should be patient . BUT FOR HOW LONG???????????

  • Big Sam Fan

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    good comment Cockney. we played badly Barton missing match fitness and no service as defence all over the place and midfield pulling back to help. You cant expect Owen or Smith or Martins to bang um in when they aint getting any service!!!

  • Jinal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    This is analogous to how I feel


  • Eve

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Cockney Magpie getting rid of Sam, isn’t the answer yet, but that might change quickly pending on what happens against Sunderland, if Newcasltle loose to Sunderland and loose badly the fans will turn. When that happens, then USUALLY it’s only a matter of time before the manager’s sacked. It’s sad, cruel but true.

    As for the Fergie comparison, well like ya he was that close to getting fired and words can’t describe the success he’s brought to Man U. But it takes certain type of characters to do that, Sam IMO isn’t one of them.

  • Jinal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    “But it takes certain type of characters to do that, Sam IMO isn’t one of them.”

    I agree. I know I might get annihilated for this comment but I don’t and never did think that Sam can make us a club to compete with the top 4. No disrespect to the man, he’s a great manager but he lacks the edge that the likes of Ferguson,Morihno and Hitzfeld have.

  • Jamie

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #15

    simple – we aint big enough! portsmouth are massive, well organised and determined. What is big Sam doing? crap!

  • Rich

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #16

    People keep on about Sam being succesful, where exactly was this succes ???? He never won anything as a player or manager. I don’t think Ashley will put up with to many performances like today !!!

  • Shane

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Well guys i fell like shite. We were totally outclassed and outmuscled. If this is how we’re gonna play against the mackems i reckon another lashing. C’mon BSA start playing Martins! Owen can play in the 2nd half..

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Sam is the right man for us, you lot can’t be calling for he’s head after 11 games.
    Everything is new in Newcastle this season, time is needed.

    That said i have a comment on todays game :


    After watching Arses vs Man Who this was like getting a date with that chick from the quotes and turning out she’s a man.
    (i have no idea what’s that supposed to mean O.O )

    Our worst game yet, something needs to be done, we look like amateurs from the Regional Division.
    Sam knock some sense into those lads.

  • Ross

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #19

    i’m always first to defend the lads, but not today.
    i walked into the bookies, asked for the score, i was told it was 3-1.
    “what time did we kick off?” i asked confusingly.
    “3 oclock mate” was the reply from the lad behind the desk
    “but its only 3:25…”
    “you were 3-0 down after ten minutes lad”

    ..i’m disgusted to be honest. not many back four’s have the ability to give away 3 goals in 3 minutes, its a task in itself. absolutly horrible.
    like many others have said, the only thing i can think of to stop myself from crying is to laugh. everyone else will be, all my flatmates are having a right good chuckle about it. might aswell join them.
    i’m actually gutted about the fact that im genuinly nervous about our trip down the road to the scum next weekend, this could all go horribly wrong.

  • Sinead

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Rich..thank you, I said that at the start at the season when everyone was singing his praises for signing a couple of new players and I was almost shot for it, I just didn’t see anything special about him, he seemed kinda, I don’t know if fakes the word, I don’t think it is but anyway, fine it might have been a bit premature but still. In fairness he deserved a shot like, and he’s a good manager, he is, but there’s no, I don’t know x factor about him, no edge that THE managers have. The thing that seperates the good from the great. He just doesn’t have it. All that said, don’t get me wrong, he’s a good manager, just not great. It’s very hard to find a great manager these days though.

  • Dirk

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #21

    The only problem sam did 2day was to keep the same defence and put taylor at rb, beye should have started and faye and rozehnal in the cb positions y sam kept them the same after that dismall performance against reading is a wonder to me, apart from that martins should have stared bu i would have kept the rest the same.

  • Shane

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #22

    I feel its time for BSA to start USING the players that really make the difference on the pitch. Where was Martins when we needed his pace? Where was Emre when its obvious that Barton isn’t anywhere near full fitness? And where the hell was Beye?

  • Alex

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Getting rid of sam would be another step backwards but what sam now has to do is realise that a new defence needs stability and a long run together to gel .This performance shows that there has already been to many changes every game so far. Sam needs to decide on his first choice back 4 and no matter the results give them at least 10 games back to back to gel together.also pick only fully fit players ,Barton is still to short of fittnes.

  • jeff

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Why does sam play Nzogbia and Milner on wrong wings??Lets get back to basics and play players in correct positions….I wasnt at the game and feel sorry for the fans who were there.Sam doesnt know his strongest 11 yet….well he is going to have to find it very soon otherwise this is going to be another crap season..
    I cant see newcastle winning next week….We are very poor away from home and to be honest The scum never give up for 90 mins….Newcastle just dont have any battle…
    Smith has the commitment but thats about it
    Geremi hasnt done nowt yet
    Cacapa they reckon at fault for 2 goals,question marks are over him now
    its a bit worrying the way the toon play..

  • Hilly

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #25

    I check this site daily, but have come to despise the all or nothing attitude of it’s writers and fans. Did we just put forth two horrible displays? Of course. But instead of placing the blame on one person, why don’t we give our manager, who everyone has touted so highly, a chance? BSA and his coaching team need to make some changes in personnel and tactics; not get lambasted by the fans each week the defense doesn’t perform.

    To me, we should expect to get into Europe. But to accomplish that, some players need to step up. Right now, only 1 player could play with the top 4 BPL teams and that’s Martins. Zog and Enrique might make the bench if they’re lucky. Sam needs to continue to tinker with formations, players, and find a starting 11 that he can count on week after week.

    With our awful defense, why don’t we play a diamond with Geremi in the CDM position, Zog and Milner on the wings, with either Barton or Smith at the point? Martins has to get a start each week and Taylor needs to be our RB of choice. Rozy and Faye look like the best of our options in the center of defense. I don’t know why Butt keeps getting a look and Owen hasn’t proved anything yet.

    In short, we’re not vying for the championship here. A couple bad results don’t ruin our season. Give Sam and the team the support they need to try new things and get used to the changes…it is only Nov 3rd.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Lol what a joke of the line up we were all calling for Roz at the back with Martins and Smith upfront. And whats with we are going to attack at home, why leave emre out and put a box to box midfielder and a defensive midfielder who can pass for shit in the team.

  • Shane

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Tom_Toon. I totally agree wit u.

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #28

    i don’t like the way big sam is treating oba martins! owen should be on the bench!

  • geordie down south

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #29

    i looked on sky sports.com to see the line up just after it kicked off..saw the score 0-0..all is okkai..took a s***..came back to the pc…3-0 nearly had a heart attack there and then..didnt want to look at the score til the end cus i wanted to live to see the end of the match at least..

    ..o dear..we’ve been here before..

    in jan, sam has to concentrate on defence..maybe buy a new back four..put them in the reserve squad until the end of the season let them gel..get to know how each other on the pitch..then if all is well…next season..we might have a defence that actually work together..and that can at least go a match without conceediing!!..

    in the last two games.. weve conceded 6 and scored 2 .. all of which were done by the opposition!!!

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Owen should not be on the bench, he should be given a few decent passes.
    Martins either plays with Owen or sits on the bench. At this moment in time he’s not good enough to play ahead of Owen and there is no place for him elsewhere.

  • Dragoner

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #31

    why sam took off milner and left on barton basically confirmed that he did not know what he was doing today, for some strange reason we had the same defence as against reading apart from taylor going into rb. emre should have started…NOT BARTON! Cacapa is having a bad time at the moment but he has performed well for us for most of the games he has played so i cannot say he is a bad player. the first goal from pamarot hurt us momentarily, and then benjani finished us off, it was all over after he scored.

    however the most disappointing thing about the match wasn’t the match itself, but the fans booing our own players and manager…yes they were bad today but is booing going to make them perform!?!? some people are just idiotic, they do not realise they are hurting a euro hopes even more

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Agree that the boo boys are morons, however a little constructive criticism doesn’t hurt………………….although don’t know how constructive “BOOO” is. 🙂

  • Dragoner

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #33

    everything about today was embarressing, it felt like birmingham at home in last years FA Cup

  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #34

    why are we starting certain players who are unfit?
    why are we starting players out of their natural positions?
    why are we starting strikers who havent scored in 2 years over our top goalscorer?
    why are we not starting our top goalscorer?

    sam’s summer signings and certain high profile players of ours are picking the teams , and not who deserves tobe out on the pitch .

    everyone should be expected to play their way into the squad no?
    and players drop themselves aswell yes?

    barton & smith dropped next match , oba and emre must start over them . i dont give a rats ass what sam promised them when he signed them .

    by sam’s own admission cacapa dropped himself at reading aswell , why he was in the squad i dont know going on that basis , rules for some and not for others sam?

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Ahahah, how weak is Capaca getting shrugged off the ball so easily by Benjani of all people, seriously look at his build.

    Martins deserves to start over Owen because he is SCORING, the magic word. Martins can also create chances from anything unlike wee mickey owen who is about as weak as my little cousin who is a girl and about 12 years old.

  • Sinead

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #36

    “BOOO”ing is the only way that the fans can get a message across to the guys in charge, now a lot of it is ridiculous and idiotic and crap but then like in some cases there’s nothing else you can do. In extreme circumstances it’s what’s needed, hell that’s how we eventually got rid of Stan, in a 80000 odd stadium, Croke Park, 60,000 people showed up, drew with Cyprus, we booed and we’d every right to. In the end it was the fans turning on the manager that got him sacked, it should have been the FAI’s common sense, (if they had any) but it wasn’t, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the end. Like and we NEVER boo anyone, and we rightfully and justfully booed him, what choice did we have, they weren’t listening to us off the pitch, they weren’t listening to anyone, not the media or the fans. Frankly I was suprised to see 60,000 in Croke Park.
    But that was in extreme circumstances. It’s a little different here. I think that if it keeps going down hill from here, which I don’t know, I think everyone’s getting a little carried away, it was bad but I’ve seen worse. IF it does get worse then it’ll probally be the fans turning on him that’ll get Sam sacked. But that’s a little bit premature.

  • Jinal

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    My heart aches. I’m just lost

  • Sinead

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Tom_Toon I agree, I think that Martins should get the go ahead instead of Owen, who only lives off scraps of other peoples work and converts some in to goals.

  • wsq

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    toonking ur a moron. u don’t know anything about football.

  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    like every geordie were all raging mad today , there will still be a full house next home game singing their hearts out , and pubs packed all over the city , the rest of us shouting at the screens .
    players may get stick , but more often than not they always get the support when they need it .
    and you have to remember , the fans never called for half the managers sacked that has been . its always been sack the board chants and freddy panicing and sacking the managers to take the heat off himself .


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