HT: Newcastle 0 Manchester United 2 – Manchester Too Good


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Newcastle started the game well and matched Manchester United with some decent football in the first 20 minutes. But then some poor defending again, led to the Magpies conceding a sloppy goal after 25 minutes.

Keegan had elected to keep both former Manchester United stars Butt and Smith in the team despite some some poor performances of late.

But on 25 minutes Ronaldo got the ball on the left wing, and was allowed to put in a good cross that found Rooney completely unmarked at the far post and he easily tapped the ball home. Looks like N’Zogbia went to sleep and was nowhere near Rooney when he scored. Familiar defensive problems again for Newcastle.

Newcastle were seemingly holding their own until the break, and it was important to go in at half time just one goal down, but that wasn’t to be. A superb through-pass by local boy Michael Carrick put Ronaldo clean through, and Christiano had the ball in the back of the net before most Newcastle defenders even realized there was any danger.

The Newcastle defense was completely split by a single pass from the Wallsend boy Carrick.

Referee Foy gave out 3 yellow cards to Newcastle players in the first half with N’Zogbia Faye and Michael Owen all going in the referees book. But the Red Devils were falling like flies, particularly Nani who went down if you just looked at him.

Newcastle had started well enough but just couldn’t keep it up, and the Tyne-side club’s attack lacked any potency.

We’d like to see young Andrew Carroll brought on in place of Smith, who is giving the Manchester United defense no problems at all.

We need a big tall player in there to work with Owen. The second goal was very disappointing and it’s going to be very difficult now to get anything out of this game.

In three halves this year against Manchester United we are now 8-0, and it’s important the Newcastle players come out fighting in the second half and do not give up on this game.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens – but there’s no doubt the half time score is bitterly disappointing to Newcastle supporters. We’re just not good enough on the evidence of the first 45 minutes.

Steve Harper replaced Shay Given at the break, and it looks like Shay has injured his groin again.

Comments welcome.



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90 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘Newcastle were seemingly holding their own and it was important to go in at the break just one goal down, but that wasn’t to be. A superb through pass by local boy Michael Carrick put Ronaldo clean through and Christiano had the ball in the back of the net before most Newcastle defenders even realized there was any danger.’

    Taylors fault, Ed i demand you put it down.

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #2

    why or why is Butt and Smith playing

    for f**k sake!!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #3

    well played

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  • Gordon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Their team is 5/6 goals better than us, so 8-0 over 3 halves seems about right I’m afraid…

    Bit like getting angry about a lightweight being easily knocked out by a heavyweight.

    So much money wasted at our club buying FORMERLY good players who through injury (Owen, Duff, Smith, Cacapa) or age (Butt) are nothing other than big NAMES…

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  • kris

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    poor team selection again

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  • Gordon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Another stinking ‘pirouette’ by Taylor for the third… he’s nowhere near as good as fans think he is.

    So much to learn and this isn’t a good environment for him to do that right now.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #7

    omg embarrassing

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  • stantos

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #8

    pathetic !!!!!! I just wanna cry, complete shambles, we re going down!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Carroll lol

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Smith still on omg Barton off

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  • keith

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Is any1 actually surprised by this? We haven’t competed in any of our recent games at all – I can’t understand why we didn’t notice the danger in January?? Why wasn’t a left-back brought in if Keegan doesn’t fancy Enrique?? Why did Keegan leave only Emre and Barton as our only creative CMs??

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  • bod

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Gordon spot on

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  • cooldj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    this is awful. really dire. (ladies) and gentlement we are well and truly in a relagation battle.

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  • cooldj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #14

    taylor has had a mare. n’zogbia is not a left back. HOW HAS NO-ONE REALIZED THIS? HE IS SH1T AT LB.

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  • cooldj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    oh and btw ronaldo is a twat

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Butt knows how to play but can’t, Smith just hasn’t got a clue.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    CM a little hot under the collar !

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  • drumma

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #18

    we need to go down the way we are playing there is only so much keegan can do ………….

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  • toon4lyf

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    barton was terrible today and butt is a disgrace ….smith played well in the first half

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  • rod

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #20

    SMITH IS A CLOWN..WORST PLAYER ON THE FIELD. IN 3 minutes CARROL MADE BETTER IMPACT THAN SMITH

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #21

    lol Smith played well where ? lmao he’s clueless tbh, he’s a striker where’s his goals oh he scored in a pre season game !!!!!!!

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  • Marty

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Was it not barton that gave the ball away for the second goal,pathetic passing n barely tried to get the ball back…..disgrace

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    whey hey a consolation goal…. good.

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Harper should start every game , the irish brigade cant stay on shays nuts for much longer at this rate .

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Manchester was opportunist today!!!!! great header pass by Smith for second Rooney goal!!!!

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  • nufctj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Smith is shite

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  • nufctj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #27

    why does milner take corners?

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  • drumma

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    sell the club turn st james into a car park coz we wont ever see good football played from newcastle as long as iv’e got hole in my arse

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    wow one for the collectors album a shot by Smith lol.

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  • Marty

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Gr8 to see us get a goal n 1 minute l8r there is alan smith giving the ball right to old team mate rooney to score.Man this is a bad day!!!!

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  • Momo

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Were playing AWFULLY, Sir Bobby would probably do better than all these players on the pitch. We need to get rid of a hell of a lot of players in the summer as were not working well as a team

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  • nufctj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #32

    I challenge anyone to name one time that Nicky Butt ever passed a ball forward to a player in a black and white shirt?

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #33

    omg poor keegan , these players are shite .

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  • nufctj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    5-1!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Ah well, another game gone……………

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  • rod

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    To hell with the british players policy…The team would play better with 9 players without Butt and Smith

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    shocking shocking shocking , these players are getting walked over week in week out , been like this all season lets not forget !
    god help these next few weeks , as we looked shocking away from home against the bottom teams at the start of the season .

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  • Matt Lacey

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Yet again, we give up in the 2nd half. Here I was expecting things to look up even if we did lose, but, no… apparently not.

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  • ToonKing

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #39

    this is starting to get unbearable ………………. i love KK but were going down faster then a sinking stone…..

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  • Dinko

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #40

    embarrassing

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