HT: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 1: Newcastle Fight Back


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Birmingham started well and had a lot of territorial advantage early in the game and there seemed to be some tension with the St. James’ Park faithful, because they know this is a must win game.

Then after 9 minutes and a good start by Birmingham they went surprisingly ahead with a terrible goal conceded by Newcastle. Rafael Schmitz placed a long ball forward which David Rozehnal defends badly, as he somehow allows the ball to roll across him and he is then out-paced by Cameron Jerome who rounds Shay Given to score. A terrible goal for Newcastle to concede.

Newcastle up front seem to be lacking in ideas and the Birmingham back four far are far too comfortable in the first 20 minutes. Nicky Butt has started well but takes a ball in the face and after 31 minutes Mark Viduka is brought on to replace Nicky Butt.

Then after 36 minutes Newcastle get a penalty when referee Rob Styles adjudged Mathew Sadler to have brought down Martins. Martins takes the kick himself but Mathew Taylor gets a hand to the ball and is a little unlucky not to have saved it.

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Oba Martin’s penalty is his 7th goal of the season

This is a good goal for Newcastle because it brings them right back into the game. We thought Geremi was the penalty taker but that’s Martins 7th goal of the season – good for him.

Towards the end of the half Newcastle are pressing hard, and seem to have Birmingham rocked and a corner is saved well by Taylor but then Milner crashes the ball against the cross-bar as Birmingham are hanging on.

The half time whistle goes after just one minute of added time.

The teams go in level at 1-1. After a rather slow start Newcastle have done well to come back into the game after giving away another terrible goal after just 9 minutes. But towards the end of the half Newcastle seemed to be playing a lot better and had the Birmingham goal under a lot of pressure with Milner rattling the cross bar just before the break.

In the second half Newcastle must drive home their advantage with goals. After giving away an early goal Newcastle can now win this game with an up tempo performance in the second half.



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79 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #1

    come on the TOON

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    omg they nearly scored again

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    great tackle Beye

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Great were just as flat as we were at the start of the first half, Jerome could have done better. Larsson and Jerome combined, it started in midfield. Jerome hit a snap shot but it only manages to hit the side netting, but it was all too easy. Lads I know it’s a bit much to ask for but how about some defending??

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  • JJ

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashton are you retarded, Milner and Geremi both had great games againt Arsenal.
    The only disappointment has been Viduka up front instead of Smith who was incredible against the gooners.
    At the moment Viduka is a skillfull but unfortunately lazy fat piece of s$%t. And I’ll stick by that even if he scores today, which I doubt he will.
    Having said that would like to see Zog on LM and Enrique at LD.
    Come on boys 2-1 will do….

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  • Andy H

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Why did Viduka come on? We should have kept Smith up top and brought on Emre or Enrique – pushing Zog to the left and Milner onto his natural side. I think that 4-4-2 would have a good balance

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s frustrating , we”ll be playing catch up again if we’re not careful

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    how are we playing? are we playing the unreliable % football or big sam’s football?

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Brummies playing keep-ball again and we are losing the ball to easily at the minute but trying hard

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    by the sound of it,, u guys aren’t impressed.guess the tactics not working for the big guy today

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    this “notify me of followup comments via email” thingy is annoying me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why does it tick itself everytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #12

    main thing is we’re still level and when we have our time you never know we might score. Looking a little more organised but still prone to odd mistakes

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #13

    The weather is just horrible.

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    idd wsq but I finnaly got it to stop !!!!! it’s obviously been changed recently

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    The games still there for either side to win it, at the moment, it looks like Birmingham might just do it if we don’t wake up.

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  • Steve_48

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Unlucky there Smudger, good show of skill

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    man we sound pathetic.. tottenham are more lethal than us, but more vulnerable.

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    On comes Emre for Geremi.

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    mid week game might come as an excuse if we lose this

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Emre at last

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Great an excuse.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    We simply lack quality…we are putting the effort in but we just dont have players good enough. look at tottenhams squad compared to ours. They have much better technical players.

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23

    haha derby just scored.. any1 care?

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    i agree dragoner.. i think that’s part of the problem

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  • Steve_48

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #25

    mackems getting beat too, 2-0

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #26

    urgh no wonder big sam made a comment about i wont be afraid of giving the axe just to keep things fresh.. urgh an excuse is coming up

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  • Steve_48

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    WTF is Barton doing – that shoulda been a red card – sorry mate but you’re a bloody thug and got off lightly there – he was outpaced and it smacked of desperation

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  • Steve_48

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #28

    $64000 question guys – last 10, are we gonna self destruct? I think we’re tiring since Wednesday’s game badly here.

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #29

    sigh … any signs of scoring another goal ?

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #30

    ur right he’s lucky to be on the pitch…… professional foulf if ever i seen 1

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #31

    we dont make triangles, Switch sides enough, or do first time passing. On top of that our players need at least 2 or 3 touches everytime. At this level its just NOT good enough. We need to spend money in January. Arshavin, Brown and Matt Taylor would be good signings

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    not yet toonH we had best chances at the end of the 1st half

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    blah .. 2 points dropped :@

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    well he played the same team from the outset.. if we are complaining about fatigue.. he should’ve started with fresh players. too much respect for a birmingham team playing the same team against arsenal

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Also, Look at our midfield players, which of them can you rely on to do a decent cross?? NONE

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    respect all teams

    BUT DONT FECKING MISS SITTERS :@

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #37

    ul Oba

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  • wsq

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #38

    why isn’t emre good enough to start the game, he’s fresh, hasn’t he got the tech ability to deal with a birmingham team..? it’s not arsenal and we’re playing at home

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #39

    a draw with birmingham is as good as a loss !

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  • Eve

    Dec 8, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #40

    We’re getting frustrated at the moment and a few of our em, firey players..ie..Barton and Smith are just flying in to needless tackles.

    Who’s going to get sent off first..my moneys on Barton, he’s got a yellow allready, which really should have been a red.

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