FT: Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Go Down Fighting

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Newcastle United gave an excellent account of themselves in this tie in the first half but as the second half proegresseds Arsena; started to control and the class of Togo’s Adbeyor was the difference this afternoon.

Adebayor scored two good goals to put his team 2-0 up by the 82nd minute and then Nicky Butt headed a free kick into his own net to give Arsenal what looked to be an easy 3-0 win, but the score-line was flattering to Arsenal.

But it meant there will be no trophies for Newcastle this season and it will now be at least 40 years between trophies since we last won the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969.

Newcastle looked full of promise and enterprise in the first half, and deserved to go ahead when Smith had a good chance but Clichy headed off the line to deny the former Leeds United star. Newcastle’s passing was first class and it was amazing to see the difference in the team since Keegan has taken over.

Michael Owen went close but Newcastle just couldn’t put the ball in the net and dominated the game in the 10 minutes just before the break. But just before half time Shay Given made a tremendous save from Abou Diaby’s 25 yard dipping shot, which he brilliantly turned over the cross-bar.

However, as the second half progressed Arsenal started to assume control of the game as their midfield was finally starting to get a grip, particularly Spanish International Fabregas.

The first goal came after 51 minutes when Adebayor drove home a crisp left foot shot from 12 yards into the top left of Given’s goal to put the Gunners 1-0 ahead.

Then after 83 minutes Adebayor made it two. The Togo International went straight past Rozehnal 25 yards from goal and then the goal opened up for Adebayor as he skilfully played himself through, then easily put the ball past Given for Arsenal’s second vital goal. That was with just 7 minutes remaining and Adebayor is fast becoming a real star in the Premier League – where does Wenger find all these top players?

Newcastle, after conceding the first goal had tried to fight themselves back into the game, but couldn’t break through the Arsenal rearguard.

Then, just before the end Milner fouled Fabregas, and the Arsenal free kick from 25 yards was floated into the goalmouth by the Spaniard. Nicky Butt got his head to the ball, but put it past Shay Given into the bottom corner of the net, to give Arsenal their third goal of the game. The scoreline was hardly a fair reflection of the game.

With just seconds of the game remaining Adebayor was bustled off the ball by Claudio Cacapa, and denied a hat-trick – but Adebayor was the star player today, and but for his class, Newcastle may have fared a lot better.

Rozehnal was introduced for Enrique after 77 minutes and Kazenga Lua Lua, our 17 year-old promising midfielder, was brought on for Damien Duff after 83 minutes.

Newcastle gave Arsenal a good game for about the first 75 minutes but the two late goals really killed them off. However there were some good things to take from the game. The defense looked good with Cacapa having an excellent game and Enrique again looking solid. Duff is returning to his old Chelsea form and will probably be great playing for Kevin Keegan. 😀

N’Zogbia looked good but his corners and free kicks were not at their best today.

But it was a gallant performance from Newcastle, especially in the first half, and if they were to go out of the cup – this was the style to do it in – by having a real go.

Newcastle now only have the Premier League games left to play and are back at the Emirates on Tuesday evening in a 7:45 pm kick off.

But the rest of the season is still very important for Newcastle as the team tries to get back to winning ways and maybe even put a winning streak together before the end of the season.

Then with some good players brought in during the summer, and maybe some other players leaving, we can give it a real go next year.

Good promising display from the lads today, which wasn’t good enough to win the game, but augers well for the future.

NEWCASTLE: Given, Carr, Enrique (Rozehnal 77), Cacapa, Taylor, Milner, N’Zogbia, Butt, Smith, Owen, Duff (LuaLua 83).

Subs: Rozehnal, Harper, Edgar, Carroll.

ARSENAL: Lehmann, Diaby (Gilberto 77), Fabregas, Senderos, Rosicky (Eduardo 10), Gallas, Flamini, Clichy, Adebayor, Hoyte, Walcott (Hleb 77)

Subs: Fabianski, Bendtner.

Ref: M Atkinson

Comments welcome.

132 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Cameroon just scored 1-0 via GEREMI. Fantastic goal BTW.

  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Cameroon is going fast; 2-0 via Job. Seems like Geremi will be longer in Ghana than Oba.


    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #3

    thought this for a while and wanted other opinion is milner just not good enough?

    He has no pace, no delivery to compensate for his speed, as doesnt do much.

    i know he’s young but i just dont see him getting better – thats why he ended up being the most capped under 21 player ever as he will never progress to the full set up.

    Good news about woody – at least the back five will be able to communicate in the same language just about!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    ah well always next years cup

  • Dan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #5

    eh can i mention here BUTT is CRAP!
    Thanks… i like forums..

  • Nick C

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think its totally out of order that Adebayor wasn’t banned today?
    Our cup final is against the Beasts next Sunday!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed i cannot believe you feel zoggy was good today, aswell as his poor set pieces i thought his short passing was poor and his first touch terrible, he needs to learn to keep the ball closer to his feet, then he will really be a handful.

    Enrique looked really good going forward today, he is getting more confident and i think he is going to be a hit at the toon.

  • Grunde Axelsen

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I cannot belive we have Nicky Butt on the field. Not the worst game he`s had, but still, what a terrible footballer. We need someone who can drive forward. Someone who can take control on the midfield. Like Michael Carrick! i dont care if we have to pay 20mill pounds. we need quality!

  • Jamie

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Please drop Butt!

  • Whitey

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    In Kevin Keegan’s post match interview on century fm (black and white phone in), kevin keegan has ruled out the signing of Jonathan Woodgate.

    I am absoulty gutted!

  • millepede

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    first half – keegan, second half – sam allardyce

  • toon1978

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Woody aint coming dissapointed.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Im glad he aint coming, We do not need any more centre backs, we have enough, and our defence aint that bad, we need to concentrate on getting our current defence to gel together even better.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Tottenham can have him, Dawson probably gonna get dropped

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    we still sufer from Allardyce factor….give KK time…at least he will bring in some good players…look at the players we were linkind with….Ashton,Elmander,Pandev,Woodgate,Richards….all good players…and look at the players we’ve been linked in Sam Allardyce era: Brown,Nolan,Gudjonsen,Edmilson…..like junk…in the summer,we will bring in some very good players…i feel it !:D

  • Murvar

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Alan Green on 5 Live has just reported KK saying in the post match press conference that Woodgate looks like he’s going to Spurs. Bad day all round, then.

  • Whitey

    Jan 26, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Dragoner- Are defence was supposildy good today and we still lost 3-0. With someone like woodgate at the back there will be a better sense of security for the attacking players.

    Stupid move by Newcastle United to not go forward with it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Thank fook we aint getting a another centre back, get two decent cm’s, a defensive one and a an attacking one, then we will have less pressure applied to our defence.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Whitey, the goals we conceded today didn’t really come from bad defending, it was more class on Adebayors part, and the fact that if we go behind in the second half then the whole team seem to just give up and start getting really sloppy. However, i do see you point, but i feel the security needs to come from buying a PROPER DM, Butt aint good enough, he cant pass and he makes too many idiotic mistakes

  • Latex

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Faye coming back, Taylor not so bad, Cacapa with prayers will get better or at worst stay same with no more stupid mistakes. If that’s the case i agree with dragoner, no need for cb till summer, midfielder needed and this time we need one that’s not liable to be jailed. And maybe another “big man” striker to help the 2 little men, someone like adebayor, berbatov, crouch ……………………….

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #21

    I actually have a mixed feeling about Woody not coming. He is certainly a very very good centre back, but we might just have a better alternative (less injury prone)at 8 million.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #22

    We need a Gattuso like figure to shield our defence, Butt was this but not anymore. People like Cana, Vukojevic or maybe even Gattuso himself, you never know.

  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Come on Woodgate never got his old level after leaving us for Real. Why do you feel bad that he ain’t coming??? High price for someone who is injured 75% of the time.

    Today’s game was one of 2 faces;
    1st half was good and we were equal to Arsenal
    2nd half was bad, we again did not reach their back line.

    Given: few good saves but 3 times beaten without a chance. Goor performance
    Carr: good performance; just needs to work on his passing
    Taylor: not that bad, but he needs to learn how to clear a ball. When Faye returns he needs to be dropped on the bench IMO.
    Cacapa: very solid, defended very well. One of his best performances of the season.
    Enrique: is making lots of progress. Very good ATM.

    Milner: once again crap. SELL HIP. Can’t cross the ball, doesn’t defend good, can’t dribble, has no pace, …
    Butt: he just can’t give a descent pass, worked hard and had to run for N’Zogbia as well.
    N’Zogbia: very poor, too selfish, needs to learn how to play simple; is not ready to play in central midfield (no other option ATM 🙁 )
    Duff: very good first half, in the 2nd half he went down like the whole team

    Owen: needs better passes and was all alone in front today, cause SMith just ain’t good enough.
    Smith: overrated, needs to be on the bench or to be sold asap.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #24

    I felt this was the best performance our boys put this season. The winds of change gaining momentum. I am very happy, and will go to sleep grinning from ear to ear.

    Things will improve. If we dont get the deserved result, no probs. Good times are just around the corner!

  • Whitey

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Dragoner- I agree with your point about the Defensive Midfielder because Nicky Butt is to negative and does make to many mistakes.

    Also skysports running a story saying that Jonathan Woodgate has chosen Tottenham, very suprising for me.

  • cloudstrife

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    i like reading these blogs, coz they’re always optimistic. ultimately Newcastle are still a work in progress and it will be a while till we can compare with the likes of the ‘Big Four’ again.

    a lot of teams have passed us in the pecking order, but just as we were passed, we can get back there. all we need is time. no longer will we be going into these games hoping to grap a point (or a replay) but actually having a chance to win.

    i bleed black and white, it’s time for the bleeding to stop…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    To be honest, we’ve got emre and n’zogbia who when they dont have to worry about defending and just attack are good players. If Emre didnt have to defend because we had a good defneisve midfielder and emre just played behind the front two he would be great. Defensive midfielder has go to be the priority.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    have to agree with most of what you just said Obafan, i do feel you was a bit harsh on milner (even though i do not rate him either) but you are 100% right about his defensive duties, he acts as if he doesn’t have any. He is a bench player, we need to buy a better RM, Duff was playin almost as good as his chelsea days in the first half.

    I do not understand why people always blame others for Owens failure, i do not feel a striker that can only benefit from pin-point passing is a great striker. The days of ‘Inzaghi’ style strikers are numbered, we need to move with the times.

  • cloudstrife

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #29

  • cloudstrife

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #30

    by the way, Butt is WAY past his best and a replacement needs to be gotten ASAP. Newcastle’s weakest link atm.

  • Ryan Syahril

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Players rating vs Arsenal – IMO …
    GIVEN – 7.5 = can’t blame him for the goals, 2 superb saves!
    CARR- 6 = i think we need a better player to cover Beye at the right back.
    TAYLOR – 6.5 = not one of his best game. Wrong judgement in one or two occasions. Need ‘a leader who can communicate’ with him in order to make him a betterplayer (Woody?)
    CACAPA – 7 = good reading of the game and few excellent intercepts, but no pace to compete with pacey strikers.
    ENRIQUE – 6.5 = if he learn English faster he will play better! One for the future.
    BUTT – 5.5= a game to forget! Not at his best today.
    N’ZOGBIA – 6.5 = I always believe he will play better as left midfield. Few poor freekicks!
    DUFF- 6.5 = Still far from full fitness and he should learn to cross the ball earlier. Hope he can play better from game to game.
    MILNER – 6.5 = play poorly in the last two games. Don’t know what had happen to him lately?
    OWEN – 6.5 = the captain’s armband may be too heavy for him… need to find his pace and sharpness. But, we can see he is trying hard to prove his worth.
    SMITH – 5.5 = as usual.. no impact for the team performance, as good as doing nothing!
    ROZENHAL / LUA LUA – 6 = no mistake and nothing much they can do for less than 15 minutes on the field when the most of other players already waiting for the final whistle!
    POSITIVE NOTES: Our performance in the first half can be considered as on of the best for this season.
    NEGATIVE NOTES: The players are lack of self believe and didn’t try hard enough especially in the second half. We REALLY NEED A PLAYMAKER, player who can create chances and change the game!
    IF I CAN SAY SOMETHING TO KK DURING THE MATCH: “We should throw Carrol to partner Owen in last 30 minutes and ask both wingers to provive crosses since we can’t penetrate then through the middle.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Mr Strife, i used to love Final Fantasy 7 when i was young, damn, your name really reminded me of when i was a kid

  • ALEX

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #33

    First match in a long time that had a big portion of a game i enjoyed.
    First half was very decent.
    But when you are playing Arsenal its easy to see what we are lacking.
    We can’t play attacking football with Butt and Milner in the team. Awful first touch and passing, this is also the worst part of Ameobi.
    we broke so much of our own attacks. Midfield is our worst area, DM who knows how to pass and good AM to create chances.

    Zog, Duff and Smith were instrumental.
    I was pleasantly surprised by Carr (i honestly thought he was a dead horse) and Enrique. Cacapa and Taylor – average but good enough for now.

  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Dragoner – thanks for sharing my opinion. As far as Milner is concerned; I feel most of the people have written too much good from him in the past. Each time he plays I feel once again a bit disappointment, cause we are a team (and KK is a specialist in that) who wants to play attacking through the wings and then you see 90 minutes a RW who can’t create a bit of danger. That really annoys me and it is every week the same old story.

    3 top priorities for new players:
    1 CDM
    1 CAM
    1 RW

    Perhaps these are the 3 we will have in January (I’m dreaming, cause I can’t see a new player in this window)

  • ToonKing

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #35

    very disappointed. I was full of confidence after the first half and then we collapsed again.

    here’s my 2 pence :

    Given – awsome

    Carr – very good, having some great performances lately, too bad that when he’s under pressure he just lobs it upfield with no accuracy at all.

    Enrique – superb today, he’s incredibly good going forward although needs to learn to cross

    Taylor – missing today, a few stupid mistakes.

    Cacapa – best performance by far this season, Faye and him for Center half’s for the rest of the season.

    Duff – great in the first half, zero in the second

    Milner – usual Milner-esque performance. decent

    Zog – terrible, completely off today, he gets lost and frustrated against better midfielders. When he doesn’t get his way he just quits. Needs a talking too.

    Butt – Horrific, terrible, idiotic, somebody pls kill him.

    Owen – worked very very hard, but he’s just not getting balls, had to come back all the time to midfield to get a few touches.

    Smithy – bad. he had good games up front but he was bad today. But he almost scored, we would have taken the lead if it wasn’t for a goal line clearence. If given a proper run upfront he will come good.

    About Woody. I have mixed feelings, i said in the past that we don’t need centre backs but he would have been a great addition. problem is that we need midfielders like oxigen and with 4 days to in the window we haven’t even been linked with them. worried i am.

  • Die hard toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Good first half but after the first goal we just stop like if we give up but i must say after 2 games in the chair Keegan got the boys looking so much better our midfield need some work

  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    second half was just an allardyce performance

  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #38

    toon king-

    n’zogbia would put in a better performance than duff on the wing and for n’zogbia giving up its the whole team who give up in the second half. nothing changes where still shit and looks as though we most likely wont be signing anyone in this window what a joke wheres all this money kk has to spend.


  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #39

    keegan – be confident. Perhaps we are not signing anyone because KK is searching to bring the right players in. I rather have no-one than someone like Onyewu last year who did not impress at all. In the past couple of years we bought to quick the players and most of them did not reach the level needed in the EPL.

    I’m sure that KK will sort this out:
    1. look which oplayers he will release in the summer
    2. scouting new players between now and the summer
    3. making contact with the players he wants
    4. in the summer he will splash the cash to bring in quality players

    For this season we just have to be patient.

  • awc88

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    if we cant convince a ex-player like woodgate to come here over spurs, i dont see how we can convince any good player to come, suppose we are just an average team who can only attrack average players


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