HT: Sunderland 0 Newcastle 0: Faye Stars


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Abdoulaye Faye – has been a rock in the first half, at the heart of the Newcastle defense

In a very keenly fought first half the scores were level at 0-0 at half time in the Tyne-Wear derby. Sunderland had the better chances in the first half and Steve Harper has made two wonderful saves to keep Newcastle in the game.

Newcastle are relying on the quick counter-attack to try to get Sunderland short at the back and 3-4 good quick attacks from Newcastle hasn’t produced anything, although Owen did have a half chance at the right hand post.

Newcastle will need to up the tempo in the second half if they are going to get a win out of this game. The defense has looked solid and defended well so far against the threat of the Sunderland attack, especially against the dangerous Jones.

It’s all to play for in the second half but Sunderland just shaded the first half in terms of play and chances.

But this is a game Newcastle can still win – but they need to up the tempo – and come out in another gear in the second half.

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It was a scrappy and tentative start start to the game with a few mistimed tackles early on .

15 mins – the first chance for Sunderland as Chopra puts a nice cross into the box but Ross Wallace on the left, puts the ball high over the bar – a half chance.

18 mins – a beautiful tacke by Faye as he takes the ball out of play on the right – Faye looks very strong at the back today

25 mins Norsworthy pulls a hamstring and Danny Collins, the Welshman, replaces him.

27 mins No team is on top since each seems to be nullifying the other right now

28 mins N’Zogbia put a beautiful cross over and Owen at the right hand post almost puts it home, but the ball is played out for a corner

31 mins – Newcastle pull out of defense quickly and Barton moves the ball through for Viduka, whose shot is blocked for a corner

33 mins – Harper makes a wonderful save from Chopra when he half blocks what looks like a certain goal, and from the follow-up Smith beautifully blocks the shot. Newcastle defended well but were lucky.

35 mins Faye is having a great game as he again cuts out a through ball from Sunderland, he’s exactly what Newcastle need today

37 mins Faye goes into the referee’s book for a foul on Jones – he was unlucky to get booked since it looked accidental

40 mins Newcastle need to get to half time with a clean sheet as Sunderland are coming forward

44 mins Harper makes a wonderful diving save to his left from a right foot shot from Michael Chopra, who has looked good for Sunderland


Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Nyron Nosworthy, Ian Harte, Danny Higginbottom, Paul McShane, Grant Leadbitter, Ross Wallace, Dickson Etuhu, Carlos Edwards, Michael Chopra, Kenwyne Jones

Subs: Anthony Stokes, Liam Miller, Darren Ward, Danny Collins, David Connolly

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Charles N’Zogbia, Abdoulaye Faye, David Rozehnal, James Milner, Alan Smith, Emre, Joey Barton, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka

Subs: Jose Enrique, Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye, Fraser Forster

Referee: M Atkinson
Attendance: 48.000 sell out



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89 comments so far

  • Stantos

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re lucky to be nil nil, I think sam’s plan was to get in at half time with a clean sheet. we should see some football in the second half.

    Barton is having a mare and i fear a red card if he stays on

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    i have a bad fealing about this game… :/

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  • Pete

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Smith is the best player on the pitch

    Is Emre even playing?

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s been a difficult first half 🙁

    The team as a whole is not playing bad, Faye is outstanding so far, he’s quickly becoming one of my favourite players.

    We need to keep possesion more in the second half and the goal will come!

    HOWAY!!

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  • Pete

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Loved Barton at half time – that was a great challenge….

    Lump on red card 3.75 on betfair

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  • Pete

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Here we go again….

    Howay the lads !

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  • joshi

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    AAHHHH they seem to be getting closer and closer.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Emre off for me @ HT, Oba on, 3 up front, do some damage

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  • joshi

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Viduka footwork is the best:D

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah thought we were in for another og ……lol

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Excellent cross from Viduka, come on Owen you should be putting those away like bread n butter

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Any reason why Harper fell backwards?

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #13

    f*ck

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  • Dinko

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    WHERE IS MARTINS?????????????????

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    yep,same old Newcastle,always loosing !!! 🙁

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Penalty!!!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    sad part is were not even playing bad……..

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    idd TK we are passing the ball around for a change

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #19

    no penalty ;/

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Disaster Faye off 🙁

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #21

    f*&*k Faye down ………………he was our best player………..

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  • Dinko

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #22

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #23

    come on…..where do my post’s dissapear ????

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  • Stantos

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Get in there come on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #25

    I THNK IF I WAS MANAGER I WOULDN”T BE THIS STUPID!

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  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #26

    YES A GOAL A FLUKE GOAL ALL THE TIME!!! ALL THE TIME IT HAS TO BE A FLUKE GOAL!! MILNER I TOLD U He CAN”T CROSS!!!

    HE CAN”T CROSS!

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #27

    what a goal…….. go on the TOON

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #28

    MILNEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #29

    WHO IS CAMERON JONES??!!! WHAT THE F*&*K WHY CAN”T U DEFEND AGAINST HIM!!! BULL SHIT!! BUY F*&*(ING

    JOHN TERRY!

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #30

    GEEEEDDDDDDDIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNN YOU BONNY LAD

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #31

    YEAAAAAAAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh god,we almost concede one more 😛

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  • Arthur Prince

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Is Andy Gray of Sky commentating a Sunderland supporter ??

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  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #33

    WHY IS EMRE SO STUPID HAS HE GOT NO BRAINS! HE”S BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL ALL HIS LIFE AND HE CAN”T JOCKEY GOAL SIDE!!! STAY GOAL SIDE!!

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  • Eve

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #34

    It was a lucky goal, Sunderland deserve to win this match so far and if we’re not carefull they’ll score again.

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Barton gettin stuck in for a change

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #36

    come on Big Sam,Owen OUT,Martins IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Eve

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #37

    It doesn’t make sense why Owen is playing. But Sam loves him as much as he loves Harper. The better player is sitting on the bench and it’s a joke, all Owen does is live off scraps from other peoples work and if he’s on form he MIGHT convert one. Martins atleast works and creates his own.

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Eve go back to cooking and feeding the kids cause u suck at footy 😉 .

    PS: Were gonna win this one!!! and Owen will score the goal !!!

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #39

    come on Toon,we can win this one !

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  • Dinko

    Nov 10, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #40

    ToonKing are you blind? Open your eyes and you will see that Owen is steril, unless he plays for England. Martin is much better and he is our best scorer i think.

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