FT: Newcastle 4 Stoke 1: Rejuvenated Newcastle Demolish Stoke

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Newcastle gave their best performance of the season, when they easily beat Stoke City 4-1 for a fairy tale ending to a wonderful day for Geordie supporters as they welcomed messiah Kevin Keegan back to manage the club.

After just 8 minutes Newcastle were a goal up as Michael Owen got a deflection in the six yard box and poked home from close range. A typical Michael Owen goal and the crowd erupted.

After 29 minutes Newcastle were reduced to 10 men when Emre was shown a straight red card. Eustace broke from defense and was taken out by Emre midway inside Stoke’s half. Uriah Rennie showed no hesitation in giving the Turkish midfielder a straight card .

Replays showed Rennie had no real choice but to send Emre off. Now we will really be short of midfielders for the visit of Bolton on Saturday since Emre, Smith, Butt, Faye and Smith are all unavailable.

However, following Emre’s dismissal Newcastle continued to attack and from a beautiful N’Zogbia corner after 31 minutes Claudio Cacapa got nicely into space and headed the ball powerfully past Simonsen for his second goal for the club. A great time to get a second goal.

For the remainder of the half Newcastle didn’t seem to be affected by the loss of Emre and continued to attack right up to half time and looked a yard quicker than Stoke City.

Newcastle continued to attack in the second half seemingly not too worried by being a man down. After 68 minutes Viduka flicked a long ball downfield to his left and into the path of Milner, and the youngster drove a low right-footed drive into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area. A great goal by the 22 year-old.

After 76 minutes Newcastle make a quick break from a Stoke free-kick and suddenly it’s three-on-one in favor of the Geordies and Milner released N’Zogbia to his right, Shawcross was drawn to the Frenchman and he slipped through the ball to Duff who was clean through on goal.  Duff coolly slotted the ball low past Simonsen for his first goal of the season. A nice goal by Damien who looked sharp all night.

But after 89 minutes the clean sheet that we had hoped for wasn’t to be, and Liam Lawrence scored a nice goal as he curled the ball past Given just before the end of the game. That’s a little warning that Newcastle still have great difficulty keeping clean sheets and their defense is still not good enough.

But it meant nothing to the game and Newcastle finished off the 2 minutes of injury time with the crowd of 35,000 making a tremendous noise of excitement and relief – that King Kev is back.

Charles N’Zogbia, who played central midfield, as many supporters had wanted under Sam Allardcye, had a great game and was voted man of the match. Maybe this is Charles’ best position – he looked a real little dynamo and poetry in motion tonight.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #1

    well, bolton u mucked us over by giving us big sam, now feel our vengance on saturday

    good game, n’zogbia for president

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Well played and roll on Saturday 😀
    KK manager right away anyone know?

  • Mat

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Only one game, I know, but still… how damning is this result of that clown’s tactics for half a season?

  • adam

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #4


    i predict 8-3!!!

  • Mac

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #5

    So so happy. When he was in the running for the job i never in a million years expected him to be back,but now he is i just can’t believe it i really can’t. Come on Kev bring back the magic

  • Stu

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    anyone know where i can watch the highlights? bbc didnt show them after the man city game

  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #7

    same team on saturday then lua lua to replace emre zog for centre mid i like the idea

  • tdt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #8


  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #9

    What a goal by Milner.

  • tdt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #10

    anywhere 2 c the goals highlights??

  • George

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #11

    That was Kevin sent.

  • Tripp

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Wow. This is exactly what we needed today. The clean sheet woulda been great, but considering how sterile we were in last saturday’s game this is an outfookin’ standing result. We got some confidence back and got a new manager, all in one day. Too bad about Emre. That’s gonna be a tough loss. Who do we have available? Lua lua? We don’t really have any CDM types available, but who cares? Let’s get stuck in on saturday and we won’t need any.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13

    That was a Peter Pan (Beardsley)goal by Milner, great finnish, why has it taken so much for them to play that good????

  • iluvnufc

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    I luv NUFC. I luv Kevin Keegan. The Messiah has returned to lead us to the Promised Land!
    Praise the Lord! Thanks Mr Ashley. Nice one!

  • Marty

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Gr8 stuff….smiles on all geordie faces tonight.Just love the feeling of winning,something we didnt get much of with that other “TODGER”.
    Zoggers is the man,just brilliant.
    Think that Fat Ass used him at left back…what a DICK

  • Griff

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #16

    SOOOO happy i was thinking last night would be great to see N’Zogbia in the middle and he proved it tonight with a top top display.

    Lets see what Kazenga can do in place of Emre against Bolton.

  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #17

    i apolagise to mike ashley for slagging him off i week ago.
    tom toon just youtubed Chikhaoui as i had to see why you kept going on about him he does look quality exackly what we could do with in cm cant see us going in for him though

  • Edd Case

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #18

    It may have only been Stoke City – but by crikey that win felt good, very, very good.

    Under Big Sam, we might have just sneaked a dull 1-0 win, or even worse.
    Now, with King Kev back in Toon, we hammer Stoke, with 10 men 4-1.

    BTW That tosspot Eustace or whatever his name is should have been sent off for his tackle on Emre, then Emre would never have seen red.

    Yet again, Rennie (who is clearly anti-NUFC) wanted to be in the limelight.
    He’s a disgraceful referee and a complete wanker full stop.

    Still, nothing stopped us winning and feeling great ’cause King Kev is back with us, so fu@k you Rennie, fu@k you Fergie and Wenger and fu@k you to everyone else who’s had their 10p worth out of ouor club recently.

  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #19

    kazenga lua lua and zog in the middle we have no choice but to attack attack attack

  • scott9

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #20

    wonder who the messiah will bring in in january he likes his flair players thats for sure

  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Century Radio had N’Zogbia as Man of the Match the match sponsers had Duff as man of the match, Milner scored a class goal.
    Just goes to show what we all knew, we have some good Players, just the right Man to lead them.
    I think shearer will be the next Man to come in, as No2 or something.
    Happy days are here again.LALALALALLALALALALALALLLLALAL happy days are here again.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #22


    i dont wana…..

    nice to see that we attacked – attack is the best form of defence!! so says the king!

    if he can get a two midfielders of quality i believe were set!!

    our defence is not as bad as popular opinion i thnk Faye and Taylor are our best combination in the centre and Rozy and Cacapa replacements

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique

    Milner Nzogbia -new midfielder- Duff

    Owen/Martin Viduka

    or even better our jack knife formation

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique

    Milner Nzogbia Duff

    Owen Martins

    I ask you if Milner was on the left would he have scored that goal today?

    C’Mon the toon- the best thing about it i can see Nzogbia loving Keegan

  • adam

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #23


    king kev is back to lead us to glory.


  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Keegan picked that team for sure.

  • hadrian

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #25

    wonder if he had a word with them before the match , some of the lads were on fire .

  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Oba Martins will shine under Keegan, mark my words.

  • scotty

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #27

    The Second coming has happened…………….
    down to 10 men and we still attacked and won the game easily!!!

    Lets hope this is the start of things to come. Watch out you big guns we’re coming for you!!!

    Very very excited. Few good signings with 2 weeks left and a european place would still be realistic.

  • Latex

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #28

    But still you have to wonder wot BS was think ing with his formations. I suspect he wanted to get fired all along so he could retire early.

  • Keep Oba

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #29

    SO heres what I think…IF Shearer is reallly interested in coaching Newcastle in the future then dont you think he should start working on his coaching rather than his TV commentating skills? Since we all know just how much Keegan loves to work with reserve teams, IF Shearer were really concerned about becoming a good coach I would become the reserve team coach and try to hone my skills and produce some talent that Shearer could then inherit when Keegan steps down, sacked, or flees in the night.

    Anyways…I am excited…and I still believe strongly that our best young asset is N’Zogbia…he will soon be a regular for France as well I believe.

  • toon sooth

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #30

    what a great evening, I havn’t felt this good after a game for ages.king kev is back in toon and the mags were firing on all cylinders. yahoo!
    Bring on Bolton,
    oh Did I say I was happy?

    kevin keegans black and white army.

  • adaaaam

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #31

    lets be realistic like, im so happy i could fookin cry but i think a european place is a bit too far out of reach this year, i reckon we ll use the rest of this season to build our momentum and that and then come out all guns blazin in august with a couple fresh faces

  • Iain

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I thought Ashley would go for Keegan and won decent money on it (got 15-1 with Betfair – yipee!!) but that is nothing compared to the joyous feeling that we can now look forward to some real excitement!

    Keegan is a superb motivator of players and has had a stunning initial impact at every club he has managed – look at his first seasons with Fulham and Man City! He will lift the club without any doubt – could see how his arrival lifted the fans even before tonights game and you could see what effect he has already had on players. Players played tonight with a freedom and passion that they would have been scared to do under Sam (or Roeder, Souness etc. etc.).

    Forget the doubters, forget “never go back”, lets get on a Keegan wagon and see how far passion for our club can take us.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #33

    you know what…

    Keegan wants silverware… why else would he come? i think the cons are clear- if our current form persists the he will have failed, failed to revive- but some how i think there will be a at least a 5% increase in our away fans and the st james will be heard as far as high Heaton and certain parts of Jesmond!

    but he wants silverware- let us accept that the king has not won silverware in his last decade of wondering from his native soil..but he has won spurs and in my judgment has distinguished himslef… Fulham, div 2 i think, a staple of the premeiership today, in danger of receeding, kev took them to the title and brought them up and the momentum was set for Tigana when England called Kev, they asked him, he didnt ak them, he even took it opart time remeber?? then full time- with england he was honest but he did take a one steven gerrrard to the euro 2000 when he was in his maiden season….Man city took them to the title and brought them back where they belong in the premiership- he is still loved in Manchester! and he left when he felt his time was needed elsewhere, supporting the development of young talent- something the F.A are scratching their heads to come up with- yes it was a circus but it made it fun for the young and increased their love for the game..

    now fortune has brought back to tyneside… i think he knows himself anything less than a trophy will be failure for him and thats why im saying hold tighth boys its gonna be a hell of a ride!!!!!!!

  • Jeff D

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #34

    That was the ATTACK !ATTACK !ATTACK !Toon that i remember from King Kev all those years ago. Im on cloud nine. I can now take my bairn to the matches and he can see first hand what he’s only seen on the old video’s.
    PRIDE will be restored. so sod off all you Man u fans! NO more walkovers!! The King is back!!

  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Cards on the table here, my first choice was Morinhio. I thought Keegans day had gone and called him for letting the reserve go when he was in charge.
    But when I heard the news that he taken the job this afternoon the hairs all over my body have been standing up.
    Then after tonights match, well what more can I say.
    Special K, King Kev, the Messiah or whatever you want to him, is without doubt back. My God.
    He picked that team with out a shadow of doubt, boy they played and he hasn’t had time to see them properly yet.
    Some of our younger players are in for a ride of their lives and they will love it. They will learn how to win by scoring more than the opposition instead of trying to stop them scoring.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Ahh come on if KK wants Shearer he’ll give him a ring but if not then thats ok.
    Shearer will have his time.
    KK has come back to us hopefully with the enthusiasm of old and with alot more experience.

    I’ll say again
    “Anything is possible with KK” welcome home and party on Toon

  • Michael

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Let us calm down a bit, I wish I could be as optimistic about this appointment, but I must say first impressions, it is a bad selection.

    Keegan, does not know tactics, he said it himself when he quit England. Likewise when he QUIT city, he said he is just not able to do it.

    Now he is back, His tactics are outdated and he has not been in management since MacGyver was on TV.

    I think, we are still in big trouble and do not countenance this move. I would be more than happy to eat my humble pie, in fact I would love for me to have it.

    Many thanks

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #38

    No nooo he didn’t pick the team, they picked themselves for us and KK, thats the difference.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #39

    MOTD did show extended highlights of the game. You just had to press the red button and it took you to another channel with MOTD extra on it.

    For those that didn’t see it. Duff was amazing. His fourth goal was simply terrific. And better still for each goal, Ashley, Mort and Keegan were jumping around like giddy school children.

    From the highlights I saw.

    Nzogbia was mesmerizing and Keegan seemed very impressed with him.

    Duff played like he did at Blackburn.

    Owen was so impressive and lively around the 12 yard box. The defenders didn’t know where he’d run to half the time. He constantly dragged defenders away leaving the space for Milner and Duff to run into. A world class player.

    Milner’s pace caused chaos down the right. He keep making them run backwards the whole time. His goal was excellent. A knock down from Viduka and he picked it up and buried it into the bottom from 15 yards. Mort jumped about 10 feet off the ground in excitement.

    You could tell from the body language of the players that they were glad to see the back of Fat Sam.

    All in all we played with a swagger and confidence I haven’t seen for years.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #40

    James .
    Just the begining, he hasn’t had time to work with them yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He has inherited a better squad than he did the last time, expect the rest of the Prem to be sh*tting themselves when they come to SJP.


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