HT: Newcastle 0 Middlesbrough 0 – Magpies Impotent


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Newcastle United were level with Middlesbrough at half time this afternoon 0-0, after having most of the play but showing no bite in attack whatsoever.

But after 5 minutes Newcastle scored a perfectly good goal which the referee amazingly disallowed. Emre floated in a corner and goalkeeper Schwarzer dropped the ball, and Owen poked the ball home, but the referee amazingly disallowed the goal – a clear mistake.

TV replays showed the Middlesbrough goalkeeper wasn’t even touched, never mind being shoved. A very poor decision by referee Mike Dean which cost Newcastle dearly.

But we are showing absolutely no cut and thrust up front and it becomes even more amazing that we haven’t improved the squad in the January transfer window. There were no more clear cut chances in a game very reminiscent of the Bolton game, unfortunately.

Newcastle are having all the play but Middlesbrough are finding it very easy to contain Newcastle’s attacks, which are very slow building up. Duff, Emre and N’Zogbia are showing up quite well for Newcastle, but we really have to raise our game to a much faster pace in the second half.

We’re not sure what Smith is supposed to be doing up front because he is not winning any headers in the air at all, and not doing much at all quite honestly, and just keeps giving free kicks away.

Hopefully Keagan will bring on Mark Viduka so we have a bit of aerial power up front.

If Middlesbrough decide to attack, rather than hold out for a draw, in the second half, they have a chance of collecting all 3 points this afternoon.

Newcastle must raise their game significantly to get the 3 points we so badly need.

Teams:

Newcastle United: Given, Carr, Taylor, Cacapa, N’Zogbia, Duff, Barton, Butt, Emre, Owen, Smith.
Subs: Forster, Milner, Ameobi, Edgar, Viduka.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Young, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, O’Neil, Rochemback, Cattermole, Arca, Downing, Aliadiere.
Subs: Turnbull, Boateng, Lee, Johnson, Grounds.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)



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109 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Team lacks pace and a smart passer of the ball , we need tobe quicker here , cant wait for martins back .

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  • tommyy

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Why is everybody out to get us?

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Come, let’s win this. We haven’t get a win since I bought the jersey. Show them who is boss here.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal last week showed with ease and composure how to take the ball from defence to attack.

    We unfortunately let the Smoggies into the game ( with the help of the ref!) after 20 mins or so.

    More pressure on the Smogs in the second half.

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  • Griff

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    We need some taller players 😀

    I wonder who has the shortest squad in the prem, bet we are’nt far off

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    wtf is going on? u know the nervousness of the fans is getting to the players, so i have a theory, would they play better in an empty SJP? something to chew on…

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  • Eve

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    This is a quote from one of the live text site things,

    “Shay Given played superbly in the thrashing Newcastle took at Old Trafford recently and he is doing the basics well again today”

    Does anyone else find something a wee bit wrong with that statement. Almost a paradox.

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  • Eve

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Griff..we’ve the smallest keeper anyway, I know that. He’s a wee fella, lol!!

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    OWEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    goooaaaalllllllll get in

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    MICKY OWEN !!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Emre great cross

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  • Todd

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #13

    YES!

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    hey , what a smart goal that was , he’s a crafty bugger i tell ya .

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  • briss

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    this has really lifted the mood!

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  • micepie

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s such a relief, I want to cry! Still got to hold out or improve on that though with, what, 20 minutes to go?!

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  • Eve

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    One wee message for the players..DO NOT CONCEDE!!!!

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  • micepie

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Shoooooooooooot…..30 minutes to go. For gawd’s sake bring on Viduka for Smith, though, especially after that booking!

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #20

    need one more goal and ill cry. butt’s gotta come off

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    THERE’S ONLY ONE MICHAEL OWEN!!!

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #22

    onside !! duff was onside !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    it should be fkin 3-0

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Cacapa’s gotta go.

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  • briss

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #25

    aye, we need faye back man

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    is N’zogbia really playing lb? we got two left wingers out there!! masterful keegan tactics? i wonder…

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  • goalcentre.com

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #27

    You all know the score? 🙂 Or anybody wants to know? ^^

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #28

    omg what a chance

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  • briss

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #29

    looks more of a LWB/forgets to get back to defend! but as long as they dont score it works!

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  • goalcentre.com

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey you guys know any good Newcastle United Forum?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    cloudstrife // Feb 3, 2008 at 14:59

    Cacapa’s gotta go.

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    you what lol

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  • gloryhunter

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Given’s communications! are sh*t, He’s totally confusing his defenders

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  • briss

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #33

    great play by cacapa, he’s good for something!

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #34

    thank you Cacapa. that tackle was like scoring a goal.

    i humbly, and quite happily, eat my words! 🙂

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  • stantos

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #35

    we gotta hold on. cacapa has just shown what a good defender he is. we look a different team after the goal.

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  • milnerfan

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Butt out in summer, gives it away all the time!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #37

    lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #38

    we should be 3-0 up and after the frst goal we are playing very well!

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    NO!!!

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #40

    well offside

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