Portsmouth Demolish Newcastle

It must have been a wonderful win for Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday, although he did look like he was having a heart attack when Rozehnal clearly handled in the penalty box in the first half and the referee didn’t see it.

At that time Portsmouth were 3-1 up, but you wouldn’t have thought it, the way Harry was reacting.

But Harry’s a very good manager and yesterday’s win, the first for Portsmouth in 58 years at Newcastle, had to be so satisfying for the manager.


Harry Redknapp – has put together a great side at Pompey

In truth Portsmouth looked a very good side and really took Newcastle to the cleaners in the first 11 minutes to go an amazing 3-0 up. Noe Pamarot scored the first after 8 minutes with a wonderful strike from 30 yards which will be played again and again and has a chance for the goal of the season. There was no danger as he hit the ball with rocket speed into Harper’s top left hand corner.  Newcastle’s Brazilian center back Claudio Cacapa had a nightmare game as he was hustled off the ball first by Benjani Mwaruwari and then John Utaka as Pompey went up 3-0.

Cacapa was finally put out of his misery when he was taken off by Big Sam with just 18 minutes gone, and by that time, Newcastle had grabbed a lifeline when Sol Campbell deflected the ball into his own net. Owen had earlier pounced on a loose ball as James could only parry the ball.

But another terrible goal, direct from a Niko Kranjcar’s free kick after 70 minutes put the game out of reach for the home side, who lost their first game of the season at St. James’ Park.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp said after the game:

“It was a terrific performance and great goals. The first three goals were fantastic.”

“You come to St James’ Park and it is a difficult place to come – they get great support – and I just felt it was important we did not give anything away early on.”

“The system we play, we have got an extra man in the middle of the park and they were going to get out-numbered in there, so I felt it was important we passed the ball and made them change their system or drag a wide man in.

“That was something we spoke about all week, and we did it to perfection – and the goals were absolutely fantastic.”

Well it was certainly a good performance from Portsmouth, and they showed just how mediocre Newcastle are against a good side. Big Sam has some major problems to address before we have 8 games in 33 days starting December 1st. We just have to pick up points during that period – so we keep in touch with the top 6 and still qualify for Europe next season.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • George

    Nov 4, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Demolished is putting it mildly, we were humiliated and crucified.

  • wsq

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    not even derby plays like this. no other team in the world makes stupid effin no brain mistakes. why does it keep happening to us. It’s time to change the 52000 number i believe it’s unlucky now. anything to make this thing go away.. it might give us a label from the entertainers to something else.. calamity newcastle perhaps.. u get what i mean

  • iain

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    its not like we had loads of possesion and they spawned a win, we were outplayed by a team playing good football.

    did they play there left footed winger on the right and there right footed winger on the left ??? no.

    again as some peope might have finally noticed our mf is non existent at times and offers zero protection to the back four, and gives away possesion when under no pressure never mind when being closed down.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Im not thrilled with losing but the thing that makes me most annoyed is that BSa has double standards for Capaca, played shite against reading and wasnt dropped unlike rozehnal and taylor.

  • Geordie joe

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Other teams DO make mistakes just as bad. only they hardly get a mention. The only teams that dont is the top 4 and thats why they are the top 4. every other team makes basic defending errors like us.

  • adam

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    i havnt seen the game and by the looks of it i be better not to. anyone see what mike ashleys reaction was sitting in the stand. was big sam sitting there long of did he come down to the pitch.

    id give a proper manager time but not big sam, hes out of his league

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    utter shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    sick of big sam already.
    we havent performed all season wtf is going on? smith is crap, hes teating oba like dirt,plays either 4 centre midfielders or wingers on wrong wings.why is it always us? i dont see sven or o neil having these problems.i dont believe sams got the experience with top players to succeed, hes good for what he does which is put together a cheap team he never has had the oppertunity to go to the next level in management and he doesnt know what to do.

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    adam – agree. sam is way out of his league.

  • StevieA

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    It takes time to build a side and have them playing consistently. You will soon be jumping back on the Big Sam bandwagon come March or April trust me.

    Taylor made a big mistake yesterday it wasn’t just Cacapa. Although I admit Sam playing Smith upfront sounded good on paper in reality it wasn’t the best idea. Mainly because Smith has played in midfield all season we should have started with Martins and Owen. Portsmouth won the game in the 1st half and this is what we need to do more of at home.

    Have patience though!

  • Hammy

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Sam seems so intent on bamboozling the opposition manager with his line up and tactics that it’s also bamboozling the 11 who start………I’m sorry but you don’t see Fergie and Arsene chopping and changing as much………it’s o.k trying to be canny and catch opponents out but doesn’t look like it’s working at the mo…….
    Let’s have the best players in the right positions and a formation that works.
    How hard can that be???

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    completely disagree, smith doesnt sound good on paper at all, he is SHIT! AND I BET A CERTAIN ROY KEANE IS LICKING HIS LIPS TODAY.butt is past it for a club like us,batons not fit, milner is a right winger, zog is a left winger, and cacapa should of been dropped from the off , taylor shouldnt of started.its the manager who got it all wrong.

  • Hammy

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    CARL….agree with you my friend……Rozy and Faye in the middle.

  • JP - GIB

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Awful!! Unbelievable!! Although I still have faith in Big Sam to turn it around. He is too good a manager to not get it sorted. He needs time, and we need patience, the worst we could do now is not back Big Sam and then all hell breaks loose.

  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Sam is playing milner and zog on opposite sides so that they will adapt and become fully capable of playing on both sides, and then they can swap sides on numerous occassions during the match, which all good wingers can do. Also, Sam knows that both milner and zog can strike a ball from distance and by playing them on their opposite sides it makes their play more unpredictable due to the opposition not knowing whether they are going to cut in and shoot with their stronger foot, or carry on on the wing and make a cross. He is thinking long term and i am sure he is fully aware that they will not play great on their opposite sides until they are used to it. lets have faith in him everyone, he IS a good manager, we need to give the WHOLE TEAM our support. i don’t know about you, but i was embarressed when i heard that there were toon fans shouting bad stuff to sam at st james park

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    jp-gib you are right we do need patience.but do you really believe big sams too good a manager? just what has he done?? won?? achieved?? in the top flight. yes he done a desdcent job at bolton but where are his credentials to what the geordie nation wants and deserves.if we arent in top 7 end of season we will see how much patience mike ashleys got.
    in my mind im thinking i cant wait till the january transfer window, but then i realise this is newcastle and no matter what it always goes tits up.

  • Macas

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Not so long ago everyone on these boards was saying how great Cacapa was!
    Personally thought he was unlucky for the 2nd goal as the ball span inside him when it bounced, but the third and fourth goals were bad defending.
    Apart from Taylor I didnt think the selection was that bad, until I realised that the wingers were on the wrong wings! Hopefully it was just one of those days, I mean the first goal was a wonder strike, but although people question the defence I have doubts about all our currently fit strikers.

  • carl

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17

    dragoner- thats for the training pitch mate, not a bloody very important home game where points and pride are at stake.we need to stick to basics being a relatively new team and move on from there. NOT TAKE GAMBLES IN REAL IMPROTANT GAMES!

  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    i see what you are saying carl, but whats to say they haven’t been doing this in the training ground? they might perform well in these areas on the training ground but nothing compares to a real match does it? Anyway, to tell the truth im not going to judge anybody on yesterdays performance because being punished by two great goals in the first 10 minutes can demoralise any team, and make even the best players lose a bit of heart for the rest of the match. yes cacapa was bad but he has been great for us apart from the last 2 matches, faye also. The only defender who really played acceptable yesterday was young jose.

  • Len

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #19

    And the best of luck to Lee Clark. An ideal opportunity for him. Roeder is bound to get sacked Easter 2008 latest and by then Lee will have shown what he can do and will be manager.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    This article is again full of idiotic posts, except for Stevie and Dragoner, i’m not even gonna bother to posting a reply, for a zillionth time to the other morons………………..

  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    i see what you are saying johann, but at the same time smith slowing play down with his agressive attitude could be an advantage when playing the top sides like arsenal and man united who literally rely on the football being fluid and uninterrupted

    oh how i wish i could turn back time and assassinate souness before he and shepherd teamed up destroyed all the progress Sir Bobby made with our beloved team 🙁

  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    wrong article 😀

  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashton where are you from?

  • Ashton

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24


  • Dragoner

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #25

    no seriously

  • Ashton

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #26


    ” This article is again full of idiotic posts ”

    who the f*&k you think you are !
    you stupid c*&*t
    just stop kissing fat sam ass !

    he is stupid and moron there is nothing we can do about it !

    ” The destroyer cacapa ”
    my ass he is defending like a little girl !

  • ToonKing

    Nov 4, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Ashton, i’m a supporter of Newcastle, that’s who the f*&*ck i am. Sam’s not deserving the stick he’s getting.

    And the biggest c*&*t here is you everything you write is pointing to a 2 year old, braindead, inbreed moron. I bet your a mackem and you never heard about Cacapa or seen him play before he signed. He is a world class defender, he juts had a couple of bad games, it happens.

  • Murvar

    Nov 4, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Get off the site Ashton – you lower the tone.

  • magpie boy

    Nov 5, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29

    guyz this experience to me is damn painful now its almost ashaming to say you are newcastle supporter i see caccapa just like boumsong and bramble


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