HT: Stoke 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Attack From Start


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In a scintillating first half display, Newcastle played their best football since the Arsenal game, but after a lot of the play the score is still 0-0 at half time. Stoke City are still right in this game.

The game has been played at a fast pace by Newcastle and the team has looked good and has played some good flowing football at times.

But we haven’t converted our superiority into any goals although Shay Given hasn’t really had a shot to save in the first half.

Duff on the right and N’Zogbia on the left are causing plenty of trouble for the Stoke defense, and Jose Enrique looks what he is at left back – a strong committed player. We need to see a lot more of this boy starting games.

On this performance there isn’t much wrong with this Newcastle side, who have taken it to Stoke from the first whistle. Michael Owen had a great chance to open the scoring after 26 minutes when he was clean through but his lob was just stopped by goalkeeper Simonsen.

Simonsen also saved Stoke on a couple of other occasions from from Charles N’Zogbia with some of his left-foot power shots. Charles is looking very dangerous on the left wing.

Newcastle have kept the game at a very fast pace, but they have to keep up the pressure in the second half and a single goal could be enough to see Newcastle through to the next round.

They have certainly been the better side in the first half of an excellent game.

Stoke City: Steve Simonsen, Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Leon Cort, Carl Dickinson, Liam Lawrence, John Eustace (c), Danny Pugh, Richard Cresswell, Mamady Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller
Subs: Russell Hoult, Gabriel Zakuani, Anthony Pulis, Jon Parkin, Vincent Pericard

Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Rozehnal, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith (c), Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua


104 comments so far

  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Defence looking really good….Faye brilliant….Zog and Enrique looking very good down the left….Roz looking a little confused in RB position.

    Duff and Zog looking good on wings going forward but need more crosses into the box for Owen and Vid as the CMs are very poor and providing no shots at goal or through balls to run on to.

    Viduka looking OK, but not at 100% for some reason. Owen picked up as the game went on and should be good in 2nd half.

    Sub suggestions – definitely get Smith or Butt (preferably Smith) off at half time and get either Lua Lua or Edgar on. Carroll for Viduka at perhaps 60 or 70 mins. Perhaps Cacapa on for Roz with Taylor switching to RB.

    Man Of The First Half – no doubt that Faye gets it…he’s looked very strong and seems to pick up all the runs. Enrique a close second.

    Just started though and no subs at half time. Smithy needs to pick his game up…and quick!!

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Come on man Ed, just typed something in and getting : This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota

    Happening more often, thing you need to tinker with the site’s mechanics a little…

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed – I wouldnt really say it was scintillating….we had the upper hand but they held themselves well.

    Second half should be better though as they’;; be looking to sneak in on the break and we will hopefully counter.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    lualua

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #5

    OWEN WDF, SUPERBOY LUALUA WOULD HAVE SCORED THAT!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #6

    omg no luck……..

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #7

    How the hell did we not just score!!!!!!!!!!!???????????? Taylor and Owen needed the smallest of touches and it would have went in!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #8

    alan smith fk off, lualua, lualua

    so good they kind of named him twice.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Smithy and Butt getting worse and worse! Oh dear….Sam, please replace one of them!!!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Duff and Zog swapping wings now….should be interesting…hmmmm!!

    Cancel that, BBC speaking tosh!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #11

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Need “something extra” in midfield, something creative….

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13

    lualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualualua

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    yer smith gotta go off.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    ahaha their sub looks like a bear.

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #16

    bloody hell parkin looks like a caveman!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Feckin’ hell….who’s the fat chuff that Stoke are bringing on! He looks like a right yeti!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #18

    wdf

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #19

    shittin hell!!!!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Holy shite! The caveman just nearly scored!! Taylor just saved our skins!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #21

    maybe horses are the way forward, bring lualua on

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #22

    FFS

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #23

    i see an upset comming , and i hope it ends with sam;s job .

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #24

    LUA LUA ON NOW!!!! They are starting to over run us big style! Smith off….Sam, dont ruin your decent squad selection by being to stubborn to take your captain off!

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Smith is shit, why is he playing, Butts miles better.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #26

    yes lualua is coming on!

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #27

    LuaLua on! Too cool!

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #28

    LUALUA!!!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Lua Lua coming on….hopefully for Smith.

    Sam – this isnt time to be stubborn! The last thing you need now with people away at ACN is a replay especially after whinging about fixture congestion over Xmas!!!

    Aaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh…….DUFF off for Lua Lua!!! What the hell is Sam thinking!?!?!?!

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  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #30

    shite… we are fecking lucky!

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Who says SA isn’t positive! It’s as if us fans have had an effect!

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  • Callum

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #32

    lol Duff off for LuaLua.. joke

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #33

    big sam out 😀

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #34

    I swear down Sam – if we lose this because you were too stubborn to replace your crappy captain I will never forgive you….EVER!!!

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Hey, Smith is Mike Ashley’s captain – whose shirt does MA wear!?

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  • matthewjai

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #36

    why the hell is viduka still on the pitch!

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Blimey, what a cup tie!

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #38

    It was a spare one in the club shop’s bargain bin 😉

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  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Our CM is completely ineffective! As soon as they break we have no-one who is willing to challenge them! Also, when we get the ball it has to go up the wings or we get nowt!

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m going to be bidding for a seat at the replay if there is one! Anyone want to sell their ticket?!

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