HT: Newcastle 0 Bolton 0 – Magpies Struggling


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The fact that Newcastle have 6 central midfielders missing today with Faye, Geremi, Butt, Barton, Emre and Smith all missing for different reasons, tells the story of the first half.

Bolton are winning the midfield battle and are seeing far too much possession, from a Magpies viewpoint.

David Rozehnal and and Charles N’Zogbia are not dominant in midfield, and Bolton ate getting the better of them. Also, Newcastle are giving the ball away when they do get possession, which hasn’t helped things.

Newcastle are not moving the ball quickly enough, and there have been no real chances for either team in the first half.

Keegan will probably want to change things around at half time, and perhaps Duff’s greater experience would see him employed better in central midfield. The Zog could then switch to the left wing. But Bolton Wanderers have to had far too much possession in the first half for Newcastle’s liking.

Bolton are working very hard, and playing well as they crowd Newcastle when the Magpies do get the ball. The back four for Newcastle are playing very solidly, with Enrique again catching the eye. Jose looks confident and strong on the ball. This boy looks a good future prospect.

Charles N’Zogbia is not having a very good game so far, but Newcastle can still win this game but need to shake things up in the second half.  We also seem to have no penetration up front, and the fact we have scored just one goal in our last 4 league games, which we have lost, is also showing though in the first half. A  goal for the Magpies would lighten things up, and electrify the capacity crowd, who have been very patient in the first 45 minutes.

Gaining control of central midfield, somehow, in the second half will be the key to winning this game.
Comments welcome.


67 comments so far

  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Get Shola off and put big Andy on.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The commentator on star sports channel is a complete prat, every chance he gets he’s calling the team and the fans!

    Duff aint on his game yet but Megson has got his team well organised and working hard.

    Defense looking better !

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  • thelongshanks

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree with ameobi/carroll switch id say intro of lua lua on 60/70min will be good.

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  • Howie

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    shola looks like he couldnt care. a shame emre is susoended perfect game for him

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Who thinks we should of had a penalty?

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  • Howie

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #6

    not a peno for me on either occassion

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  • trojan615

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    roza is out of his depth . . . . shola looks terrible . . bring on carrol / lua lua

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  • smc894

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Someone put the ball at Owens feet.

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  • Latex

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    We’re really struggling, I don’t even know where I’d start from. The midfield needs to come alive, it’ll be a shame not to take all 3 points on KK’s first match back, a real shame and the players have only themselves to blame (at least so far).
    Rozenhal seems to have found his true calling.

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  • smc894

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Roz is playing well for mine.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola’s big chance and he’s blown it but our midfield is working hard but creating little and giving the ball away too easy but hey we’re still in it and we’ve got major problems with people missing.

    Let’s see what effect the team talk has !

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  • smc894

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    PS Nolan is a twat

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  • JJ

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Ameobi has looked better than Owen.

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  • Pete

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Deffo not a pen on owen, and the handball would be harsh. So no, no real pen calls so far.

    Performance is rusty, but slowly you can tell that they might be getting into gear.

    Enrique is best player atm in my opinion, with ameobi slower than a sloth at starting something alongside owen. However, we should all know by now that ameobi has a knack of scoring goals from nothing randomly.

    Im sure second half will pick up. 2-0 to the toon is my prediction

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m sure KK’s half time team talk will motivate the players for the second half! But honestly I do think we’ll come good this half.

    BTW JJ- I really can’t agree with that. Ameobi hasn’t looked better than anyone on the pitch. Including the ref.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Promising period of attack, looks like the hair-dryer might have been out at half time…

    Agree with all comments above lads, just seem to lack the cutting thrust we’d all like to see.

    Crowd sounds awesome tonight

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  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    i can hear KING KEV ranting off in the dressing room. the team just lacked ideas and cant seem to make ONE decent attack move, let alone the flowing attacking football that KING KEV wants newcastle to play..

    KING KEV will have much to do, after the team was left in turmoil by the Souless Souness, and from then onwards its ‘down’..

    hope to see a better 2nd half.

    HOWAY the LADS

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  • Kevin

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Seems like N’Zogbia is realizing he’s got to be the stimulus for a win tonight. Hope he keeps pressing – he’s one of the few who’s looking fantastic.

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  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    but oh well, just not KING KEV’s luck to lose so many players in Beye, Faye, Martins, Geremi, Butt, Smith, Viduka and Emre..

    Howay the Lads!!!

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  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Carr’s doing well. decent performance. just take off Ameobi and put on either Caroll or Lua Lua..

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  • Nev

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #21

    bring on lualua and troisi … both are attacking players who will both be making prem debuts and want to make an impact !!

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #22

    This ref is a joke

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  • Pete

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Dirty by nolan there. Also, i have changed my mind, ameobi is poo. Slow and doesnt seem to want to score today.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Ref should be wearing white too fgs !!!!!

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  • Pete

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    btw i thought mike ashley said he was gonna stop wearing the toon shirt and start getting down to business?

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Pete I think he just meant he wasn’t going to sit amongst the fans.

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Bloody Ameobi. Take him off.

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  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Ameobi’s SHIT!!!

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  • Stevey

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Nolan is dirty as hell

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #30

    THAT WAS BLOODY BRILLIANT, SOULDA HAD A PENALTY

    Attacking football on the ground through the middle

    Brilliant!

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  • Pete

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #31

    oh right, makes sense matty. and yer, someone else wudda finished that….darned ameobi.

    Edit : nah that wasnt a pen steve lol, good tackle actually

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Stece_48 I hope you’re not referring to the Ameobi chance.. he played for the penalty, it was a great tackle and never a penalty! But the build up was good…

    Lol yeah Pete

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  • Stevey

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    I like how Given has been playing the ball to feet

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Curl him Campo?

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  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Rozehnal is really playing a good game as CDM. Come on guys break that wall down.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #36

    The dodgiest perm in the Prem,

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  • Die hard toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Rozenhal look good in the middle of the park way better than Smith

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  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #38

    He needs to make a change I reckon

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  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Ameobi, SHIT and DIRTY!!!! Owen is soon disappearing.. or did he even turn up? Roz is doing VERY well and N’Zogbia is getting more involved now..

    Newcastle finally starts to PLAY football

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  • Pete

    Jan 19, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #40

    lol, ameobi is battering mitchelik…

    Seriously tho, sub him KK

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