HT: Newcastle 1 Fulham 0 – Magpies Miss Chances


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In an end to end game that hardly looked like a relegation scrap, Newcastle went into the break 1-0 up, but should have had the game wrapped up as goalkeeper Keller saved the London side with great saves on at least two occasions.


But Newcastle got off to the start they wanted when Mark Viduka scored a wonderful individual goal after just 8 minutes.

Mark got the ball on his right foot on the edge of the penalty area and then turned and hit it home into the corner, with his left foot, past the despairing dive of Kasey Keller.

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A wonderful goal from the Australian International.

Then Martins almost scored a great goal with his right foot when he was free down the left with a couple of Fulham players with him. He got towards the goal edge of the box and then hit a terrific low drive with his right foot that Keller just got his left hand to, and brilliantly turned around the post.

Then Faye almost put the ball home, and there were cries for an own goal, but Newcastle were creating chances galore, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

Owen had a couple of chances and should have scored when he had a free header from just eight yards out but he somehow headed the ball straight at Keller. That should have been 2-0.

The worrying aspect was that in the last 10 minutes of the half Fulham were coming back into the game, and had some chances but there finishing was very poor. Jimmy Bullard was easily their best player in the first half.

But Newcastle got to the half still 1-0 up and just must get more goals, because one will not be enough with the lack of confidence we still have,

Fulham have gone 31 games since their last away win – and yes – that was at Newcastle many moons ago.

But Newcastle cannot keep missing these chances and must put a couple of goals home to give them some confidence and keep the game safe..

Butt is playing well in midfield and the team looks alive but we need a couple of goals in the second half to seal this game, which is certainly not over.

We cannot have any let-downs int he second half because a goal by Fulham will give them all the confidence in the world.

Newcastle are playing the game at a high pace and if Fulham aren’t fit they may pay for that as the second half progresses. Hope so.

We must not let Fulham off the hook!



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87 comments so far

  • cloudstrife

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1

    butt is playing really well. a nice suprise.
    we look good going forward but a bit timid in defence. that’s just a confidence thing. i hope we can get a clean sheet to give our back 5 some confidence.

    the Duke’s been very good. Owen should have made it 2-0 but i know it wont put him down. he should be fired up in the 2nd half.

    LET’S GO!!

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully we can nick a quick goal or two and get those 3 points we so badly need!

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope the streams settle down for 2nd half, was in no man’s land after about 15 minutes for the rest of the 1st half

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  • James

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I had about three heart attacks in that first half and when Owen missed the header i nearly fainted!

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  • m.

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    i’d pay some bottles of whiskey to vodka for that strike.

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  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    please oh please take geremi off kev

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    they shld work their def. in second half. they make some mistake in first half and score more gaol. come on!!!

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  • Andreas

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Good that we kept the lead until the break. I am a bit nervous for our left flank, not cause Enrique is bad but due to the downside of 4-3-3 – i.e. our full backs are often left to defend without support. The upside is ofc that we have created quite a few chances, albeit not playing great.

    Let’s hope we score early on so we can close this game. Will be extremely nervous if we can’t finish Fulham off early on.

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    2 more goals and were done. Oba has gotta score. Keller cant be Fulham hero forever. Owen should take his chances otherwise it might cost us. Viduka has just been brilliant. kept the ball, scored, passing well, what more could u want. Lets just hope for a better half

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    whey hey SBR 🙂

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  • Andreas

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    One more thing, that damn Bullard will eventially nail one of his long shots, so please close him down damn it!

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Hard lines Viduka, nice build up play from Martins though

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Is it me or is our defence actually starting to get better. Chris Hughton must be doing something good in training.

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  • Todd

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    great sopcast is down again =(

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    unlucky Oba, good shot though, shame it had to be just over

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    channel 21500 on tvu working great

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    BARTON, HOW CLOSE COULD YOU GET, WHAT A STUNNING SHOT, SHAME IT WAS JUST WIDE

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Has there been an update to TVU? I have upgraded a la prompt but 21500 just does not start streaming for me – anyone got any tips?

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Steve_48 – what version of tvu are you running? I have v.2.3.4beta1 and its working fine

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  • YankFanInNZ

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    This Sopcast is working somewhat. Not in English, though.

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/47287

    Of course, now it’s crap.

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21

    i am watching channel FSC at TVU.
    i just om the TVU then try go to the P2P website, then click at the tvu channel (FSC) then they wil auto go to the channel, if dispaly not working, click cancel, wait for a minute, then it wil work i think, cos just now i also like that.

    other link about TVants and sopcost cant work well for me.

    Geremi shld sub by N’zogbia… he didnt play well
    today. a bit lazy.

    and sorry for my poor english. ^^

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  • Tom

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #22

    cant get tvu working, just cant find that channel, any tips?

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Goal disallowed from Viduka

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #24

    http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.3/Newcastle_Fulham.html
    or
    http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.3/Newcastle_Fulham2.html

    if you can’t get tvu working, then try either of these links.
    NOTE: the first link requires sopcast and the second requires tvu

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  • arnie

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Get Geremi off and N’Zogbia on! Were two players short in midfield as long as Geremi is on. Butt and Barton cant cover everything, even though theyre doing their best

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Martins off again???

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Martins off again. what u up to Keegs?

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  • arnie

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    I cant believe this! Oba off? Is big fat sam managing this team? We should attack Fulham now, everyone knows we cant defend.

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  • Momo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Owens been rubbish so KK keeps him on
    Martins has been awesome so KK takes him off

    How stupid can you get

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Soren: 2.3.5 Beta 4: it made me upgrade. The channels start to stream but freeze after about 25% level achieved then nothing. Am using TVANTS LIVE3 channel ATM and while it’s choppy it’s better than nowt – thanks

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Come on Toon! Michael has NOT been clinical today

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    why martin again, it shld be take geremi off… another tactic reason!!!

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Owen’s unsubstitutable. it’s sad that we have untouchables in our club. shame.

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  • Andreas

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Damn, would actually prefer to get Smith on the field for Geremi, and then play Barton out on the right.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #35

    How many more chances are we going to waste this afternoon? I just can’t watch it anymore, these next 15 minutes are going to undo us if we’re not careful

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  • wsq

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #36

    how some ppl got channel 21500 baffles me..

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  • arnie

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #37

    This looks like being Boro again. Hopefully im wrong…

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  • obamagic

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #38

    time to take out the duke and put in carroll

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  • Andreas

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Btw, don’t agree with ppl slating Owen for today. He did miss the sitter but imo he has dropped down into the pocket and played good link-up play from there. Note: I do think Oba has been good as well, same goes for Vid.

    Nice goal from Owen btw.

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    OWEN!!!!!!!!!1

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