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Observations on Newcastle’s Win

6:17 pm, Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

It took 14 games and over 3 months, but we finally got a win at home against fellow strugglers Fulham this afternoon.


Michael Owen – another goal for Newcastle Captain

  • As we expect the Newcastle side attacked form the start, and kept attacking throughout the game. We can get used to this style of play
  • Mark Viduka scored that vital first goal after just 8 minutes and what a goal it was. Pure class from Mark as he took it on his right foot, switched to his left side, and banged the ball into corner of the net, with that left foot. We hope we’ll see more from Mark in the future. This is his 6th goal for the club.
  • The defense played well, but still looked a littler fragile at times, so hopefully they will improve after this game. Harper didn’t have a shot to save.
  • It was until we scored the second goal that the game was won, because at 1-0 we envisaged Fulham coming back and scoring a sloppy goal in the 3td minute of stoppage time.
  • Michael Owen scored again and it’s his 4th goal under Keegan and it was a well worked free kick, and a great delivery from Geremi, who played very well. A goal when it counts.
    That’s what we pay him for so he earned his wages again today and gores to the top of the charts with 8 goals this season.
    And he can now have a nice weekend with wife Louise and their three small kids. 😀
  • There were some good performances today. Faye, Taylor, Geremi, Butt, Barton and our front three all played well. Credit where credit is due. There were no really poor individual performances today, and it was a good team effort that got the job done.
  • Newcastle played some attractive football today and in the second half seemed to contain Fulham fairly easily but at 1-0 the game was still balanced delicately.
    The class was all on the Newcastle side today – although Jimmy Bullard tried valiantly to get Fulham back into the game.
  • We again missed chances galore, like we did in our last home game against Blackburn, and we just must start putting these chances away. If we can do that we can win a few more games before the end of the season.
  • This is our first clean sheet since the Bolton 0-0 draw at St. James’ Park, which was Kevin’s first game in charge. It is only the second clean sheet under Kevin Keegan
  • We mustn’t get too carried away with this win since this was the 32nd game that Fulham have failed to win on their travels. The last team they beat away from home – Newcastle United.
  • We are still not out of the woods yet, but must build on this win, and hopefully pick up a point at White Hart Lane next weekend. That’s our next step.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News

106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Since KK did the masterstroke of making Owen captain, he’s just got better and better for the Toon.

    When you are in a situation like this you need your Captain to set the standards, and Owen has done exactly that.

    Owen initiated a circle get together at the start of the game to get everyone in the right frame of mind. As soon as I saw that I knew we would win.

    To see him in the 91st minute running 30 yards to chase down a lost ball said it all.

    He’s worked his ass off to make sure we all had a good weekend.

  • 2 jeffk // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    We looked like a different side today – confident and creative (at times) and committed to the cause. Taylor and Faye in particular were strong in defense, and the front three (Owen, Viduka, Martins) should keep playing together as much as possible, because they could be a real force in the league. The crowd sounded fantastic, and hopefully we can get a little more faith in ourselves get back up into the top ten before the end of the season. This is the first game in months that I’m going to re-watch during the week. I miss doing that!

  • 3 gonufc // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Can’t comment too much as i haven’t seen any of the game yet, all i can say is: thank FU*ck for that!!

  • 4 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Geremi was dodgy today like.

    It was a bit scrappy in the first half but Fullam never even looked like scoring which was good.

    The one thing that REALY bugs me is the few sections of our crowd who booed when KK took Martins off. You should all hang your heeds in shame.

    Martins had a good game, but KK made a tactical decision and went to 4-4-2, and it worked

    Martins had done his job well and he deserved his applause, but KK did NOT deserve the boos that rang out when Martins number came up on the board

    3 points tho and that is all that matters 🙂

  • 5 gonufc // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    To everyone that watched the full Birmingham game, were Geremi’s set pieces as consistently awful as they were then? I know Owen scored from his free kick, but over the course of the game were they good?

  • 6 JEFF // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM


  • 7 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Great result.
    Lots of fans think Martins is our best striker and should always play. WRONG. He is not a natural goal scorer like Owen. Martins scores great goals every now and again but is not e regular scorer. He has not scored in the last 10 games hes played. The best pairing is Owen and Viduka and if there is a plce for Martins he should be grateful. The 3 upfront works well in the right games where our midfield can cope against the weaker teams.

  • 8 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    to get a point at white hart lane we will need to attack from the outset, we will not be able to keep a clean sheet against them as they have goalscorers everywhere, we need to outscore them, maybe Ramos will rest a few players…doubt it though, damn you PSV fo knocking them out of the UEFA Cup

  • 9 James // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    gonufc – no Geremi was terrible on Monday too. He constantly crossed to the first defender same as today. He only delivered that cross at the end. At the moment he is the only weakness in the first 11.

    Mourinho said he was glad to get rid of him because he has the legs of a 40 year old and can’t cross. Another one of Fat Sam’s terrible additions. He will be gone in the summer hopefully.

  • 10 Ashton // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    when Emre gets fit KK should play him instead of geremi

  • 11 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Geremi thinks the ball is his. he takes all the throw ins and corners and a lot of free kicks and is useless at them. has anyone ever seen him deliver a corner and beat the first man,. A total waste. What does the management see in his corner kicks? Surely somebody must be able to take a better corner than Geremi.

  • 12 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Geremi is lazy, only a couple of his deliveries were ok today but the rest were crap. Evry corner he took was a waste of time aswell

  • 13 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    I agree Daiv, his corners were very poor and the bloke is the lazyest player we have. He will be the first out of the door in the summer

  • 14 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Daiv shut up complaining, your a moaner and it is really irritating. You are NEVER happy. James you aint got a clue mate, Geremi was awful at set pieces today your right, but he was good everywhere else, especially defensively. There is more to being a midfielder than set pieces.

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:00 PM


    Just a thought, i saw Adriano play for Sao Paulo tother day and he looed ike hes getting back to his old self, worth a cheeky bid. We need 6 good strkers now if we are going to play 3 up top.

  • 16 Ed the Duck // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Having watched the game I would say most of the comments posted so far are fair… Owen was terrific at running back and linking midfield and attack, Viduka held up well and his goal was well taken…. albeit he is still lazy re tracking back… Beye and Enrique were very solid indeed and looked good going forward and Faye was commanding although he gave away 2 silly free kicks… which brings me to Geremi…

    Watching on TV (am in USA) I thought he was OK… he has no pace but then neither do Barton and Butt and he gave a few passes away… but… he created both goals, he also, according to Opta, created 6 other shooting chances and he made the largest number of successful passes as well as winning 3/3 tackles and had 2/2 shots on target… so until/if Emre is ever fit again he might actually be our only reasonable choice for a creative midfielder… just a thought..

  • 17 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    I’m saying that geremi is useless at corners and should not take them. What is your opinion about his quality of corners generally. That is my only moan. Otherwise good performance and good team effort. I’ve already said that but Ill repeat it for you.

  • 18 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    He was by far the worst player on the pitch today.

    Did anyone see his ‘shot’ right at the end when he toe poked it then fell down?

    Geremi is a clown

  • 19 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Ronaldeano you aint got a clue, you base his whole performance on what you saw/heard at the end and set pieces, your the clown

  • 20 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Ed the Ducks stats prove my point

  • 21 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Seems like you are on your own when you think geremi is a class act. We can’t all be wrong and you are right all on your lonesome.

  • 22 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Answer the question… should Geremi be NUFCs corner taker?

  • 23 m. // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Tom_Toon – Adriano is playing against lower league teams, like Brazilian 2nd or 3rd, at the São Paulo State Championship – teams which ain’t parameters for anything, and he’s being just regular against them, nothing exceptional

  • 24 Ed the Duck // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    on the plus side isn’t it nice we’re debating about the performance of a winning team… yes it was edgy at 1-0 but we created plenty of chances and kept a clean sheet… this formation may not work against a team with better width but with other results today gave us great breathing space… and we’ve got some good home games to come plus I fancy 3 points at West Ham and 1 at Portsmouth…

  • 25 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    When did i say he was a class act you twat! i simply said he played well today apart from his poor set pieces, but you never mind, get back to moanin.

    No he shouldnt be taking corners, but we haven’t got many people in the squad who are good at set pieces do we?! nonse

  • 26 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Thanks for that. We agree that he should not take corners. That was my point all along. That was the only critical thing I said about Geremi and nothing critical about other players or the team. So what is your beef? You agree with me.

  • 27 James // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    daiv – no. he’s crap.

    But lets face it Milner would be playing instead if he was fit, and his crossing is just as bad. So not really a problem I guess.

    One thing of note, both at Birmingham and again today, Nzogbia looked so UNHAPPY about coming on. He’s been acting like a Sunderland fan for us. A good talent, but I’d fine his wages for his attitude in the last 2 games. Terrible stuff from a lad who should know better. We all know he wants to leave but he could at least put in some effort to help us.

  • 28 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:15 PM


    You say i havent got a clue!

    YOU are the one biging Geremi up when he is clearly the most pathetic player on the pitch today.

    We all have to keep our language down and refrain from swearing from now on, so i am stopping here with this, but i will say one thing….

    Dragoner, you are a sad, pathetic mackem that has no clue whatsoever about football


  • 29 apan // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Dragoner got a point there lookin at TODAY’S GAME OF COURSE! Geremi SUPRISINGLY played well today esp in defence, goin forward he was OK, set pieces, he was poor, but since solano left this have been our prob, a good set pieces taker, we need a new one soon, milner and zogbia is crap as well in set pieces, i reckon KK should try Barton but he shouldnt be wasted cos we know what he capable off, just like just now, a rocket shot

  • 30 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    @Daiv, dont rise to Dragoners bait, he is a clown, just like his mate Geremi

  • 31 Ben // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    We get our first win under king kev but yet were arguing over who was the worst player!Come on guys,who cares!

  • 32 daiv // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Whats happened to Duff. If he cannot get on bench, I reckon he must be on his way. Along with Nzog who does not want to play for us.

  • 33 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    all ronaldeano ever says is “your a mackem”, your a twat and you have no clue, apart from set pieces and a shot at the end of the game, what did Geremi do wrong today? you nonse shut up and go learn about football,


  • 34 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    @ apan

    again someone who judges a players performance on MORE THAN ONE ELEMENT OF HIS GAME.

  • 35 Macca // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Ya a wins a win and it’s great but lets not get carried away with ourselves yet. The teams around us won as well today and they were pretty impressive. We won, fine but we missed a lot of chances. We can’t afford to do that against other teams.

    Reading were good scored off the training field really. 2 set up goals, had a good few chances, hit the post at once stage. Hunt was rampant, their keeper was good Shane Long was good, they got the job done, they grinded it out.

    But Sunderland are my main worry, they won away from home, they finally got that monkey off their back final and they’ve got Fulham I think, away and they’ve got us away as well. Looking at their preformance today, they worked their socks off, they swarmed the ball, chased it down like their lived depended on it because football wise, it did and the ref didn’t help them at all. He’d a horrible game, and eh Carson wasn’t to impressive either, should have been sent off for handling outside his box the ref was just too blind to see it. Sunderland should have been about 3 up in the first half Roy O Donovan had a good few chances, he’s really impressing me, he was like a man possessed, gave 110%, that partnership he had up front with Murphy worked well, they seem like 2 honest hardworking boys but they just couldn’t find the back of the net, which is good for us, but with Reid pulling the strings so well in the midfield it’s only a matter of time before they start scoring. They could do some serious damage against us if we don’t tighten up.

    I can’t get over their workrate. It was, unfortunately, really good. They showed a lot of heart and I just hope when it comes down to it we can as well. I don’t think the derby will be a relegation decider for either team but I would love more then anything is to destroy them and were not going to do that if we keep missing chances like we did today.

    I don’t know about the other clubs but I think today was a turning point in Reading, ours and Sunderland’s season, I don’t think any of us will go down.

    I think today was definitely a season decider for some of us.
    It’s a great win for us but lets not get too ahead of ourselves, we’ve a bit to go yet but I can breathe a lot easier now then I could last week. This team is a good team, grant it we haven’t been shown that yet really this season but hopefully we’ll see some real heart from now on in, we’ve got our first win and hopefully it’ll be our turning point. Just lets not get carried away.

  • 36 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Do you know what a nonse is Dragoner?

    I am tryin to tone my language down and you are calling me a nonse?


  • 37 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Calling me a name like that is below the belt Dragoner

  • 38 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    making threats over the internet is just pathetic and proves to me you aint nothing but a pussy trying to act hard. please just shut up, i called you a nonse because you are one, your an idiotic child who constantly chats shit, you have no clue, really you dont

  • 39 geordie_rob // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    does no one other than me think butt was immence today…i said in an earlier post i aint his biggest fan but he was massive today

  • 40 hanzemre // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Geremi was good defensively very composed & covered well the centre & right side with Butt & Beye. But during attack most of his crosses were very low never passed the 1st defender in the box but one did found MO unmarked but he headed it soft & straight to the keeper. His short passes was better & did found Mark Viduka for the 1st goal. His corners were all wasteful luckily just one setpiece found Owen to score. Overall he really gave his all & nice to see he did contributed in attack though we’re still short of creativity & pace from the midfield. He is useful now just keep it going please.

  • 41 gonufc // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Lol, ‘below the belt’ good pun even tho i’m sure it wasn’t meant.

  • 42 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    You are the pussy hiding behind your computer calling me a nonse over the internet. A nonse is a paedofile.

    You have no idea of how much i would kick the living shit out of you if i ever find you

    Im sure everyone elce on this blog would want to do the same to you if you called any of them a nonse.

  • 43 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    exactly hanzemre, when judging a player you have to judge on their whole performance and not just one part, its just common sense

  • 44 ScottyT // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    calm down ppl this is a football discussion blog remember..

  • 45 gonufc // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Ronaldeano, why r u so insulted? R u actually a paedo? If not then stop goin on about it.

  • 46 Dragoner // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    “You have no idea of how much i would kick the living shit out of you if i ever find you”

    you have no idea who i am, what i look like, or my history…yet you could kick the shit out of me??

    Again you prove how stupid you are. Cant even be bothered to continue arguing with you “tough guy”. Just do yourself a favour and develop a better understanding of football.

  • 47 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    I know scottyT, how would you react to being called a nonse?

  • 48 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Thats why i will never find you Dragoner, lucky you.

  • 49 gonufc // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Ronaldeano, the only people that continue dead arguments are those that were looking for an argument in the first place, so stop pretending to be insulted and talk about football.

    And i know what you’ll say “but he called me a nonce!”, so what? Maybe you can establish for yourself whether you are/ are not one and stop desperately trying to keep this argument going.

  • 50 ronaldeano // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    I stopped the argument with my last comment

  • 51 Whitt // Mar 22, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    everybody cool down. Geremi’s set pieces were terrible, save for Owen’s goal. his all around play was up and down, really. he was quite poor in the first half, and i was expecting him to be subbed around 60 minutes. in the 2nd half he was very good (not at set pieces, mind), especially defensively. all in all, can’t complain. 2-0 Toon, and Geremi finishes w/ both assists…

  • 52 the northern monkey // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    hey lads come on we just won and itwas agood team performance, understandably his (Geremi) delivery fromset plays needs some work but come on fella’s wor team won as a team not as individuals. Great to see Own leadig the team out and performing like we know he can. Up the Toon.

  • 53 vEn`SG // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    We are the toon army, and the army doesnt fight among itself. We only fight on the green for 90mins!

    Chill folks!~

  • 54 Leo // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    no matter how much i dislike butt, in recent games he has really impressed me, and when i see his name on the team sheet i dont frown i smile because i know he is going to be committed…

    viduka was amazing today, his goal came from nowhere, i couldnt believe his ability to turn two defenders at the same time haha…

    enrique has the ability to do it too but i wish he wouldnt in the dangerous positions that he does although i still think he is a good defender

  • 55 Leo // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    just read the comments, wow i expected anger and swearing on here after a loss but after a win, i am very suprised.

    the language is not acceptable, we need to set an example to the younger readers not show them bad language and vice.

    its easter for goodness sake hope everyone has a good one, celebrate responsibly cheers everyone

  • 56 Gary Holliday // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Was at the match today. 3 points well deserved. However I am getting really p***** off with the tactical geniuses in the crowd that boo and hiss every time their darling Oba Martins gets taken off. Lets face it Martins had a poor game and lost the ball more times than he kept it. The decision to replace him and go 4-4-2 was spot on. I have never understood why the masses have taken Oba to their hearts and are often short of praise for Michael Owen. The difference between the two as everyone inside football will tell you is frightening. Keep the Faith.

  • 57 KEEGAN7 // Mar 22, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Lets go to Spurs and get something there.

  • 58 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Tom_Toon do you watch that Goal something world football review programme on channel 4 on saturday morning, because i saw adriano as well and he still looks overweight, and i saw chermiti last week and although it only shows short clips he didnt look much different to what we have.

    Huntelaar looks great as always but whether he would do it over here is another question Kezman, Kuyt and now Alves done cut it.

    Trochowski looks the real deal from set pieces and Mutu looks back to his best but i doubt he would come back to england after what happened at chelsea.

  • 59 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    I did, haha, not much to judge him but he looks like hes got his touch back, bit more pace to him now, he has lost a fair bit of weight, still a bit fat though.

    Trochowski is a good player, i’ve mentioned him before. Hes a replacement for Ballack in the german team but Trochowski is more attacking.

  • 60 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Cavenaghi looks good every time i see bordeaux what about him ?

  • 61 ende // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    More and more I’m glad I got #10 on my new home kit 😀

  • 62 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Cavenaghi hasnt lived up to his potential, he was meant to be the new Batistuta or something and its about time he hit some form because he was dire for Bordeaux earlier in the season and last season, hes quite a good player. I like Chamakh who i’ve suggested a few times, he always looks a threat but he doesnt score enough goals.

  • 63 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    I always watch things like that to try and see a top quality centre back playing for a mediocre side, Who could come and play long term with Taylor and Edgar as Faye is 30, Diatta is 32 and Ramage is a utility man squad player.

  • 64 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Yes ive seen Chamakh a couple of times and he is what we lack in the box a classy target man with great airial ability looks a class act

  • 65 Rodney Trotter // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Geremi wasn’t that bad he nearly had 2 assists!All the team played well so just enjoy it!

  • 66 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:17 PM


    ‘top quality centre back for a mediocre side’ – Barzagli of Palermo.

  • 67 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    iv always supported owen and can u imagine how many goals he could get next season in a better team………….

    i really want barton to come good

  • 68 KEEGAN7 // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Barton will come good richie. all the off field stuff this season must affect him on the field. Barton playing like he did for Man City is the sort of player we need.

  • 69 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Yep thats one option but i would have thought that Juve or the milan sides would want him.

    I mean they’re not a mediocre side but Gonzalo Rodriguez from Villareal looks great to me i saw him play against Man Utd a couple of years back and he was immense but he got an injury and was out for about a year i think but he is still only 22 – 23 he is more of a sweeper plays deeper, perfect foil for Taylor who loves to attack the ball, and who pushes up a bit and leaves a few gaps behind him. What do you think of him because im sure Jiminez and Vetere with their knowledge and contacts in spain will know all about him.

  • 70 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    In all honesty i cant remember seeing him. I have watched villareal, but not when he has played.

  • 71 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    There arent many top notch centre backs in the world, Thats why i was gutted when we didnt get Woodgate back.

  • 72 Hadji // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Tom Toon….What are the chances we pinch Simao from Atletiko cause Benfica’s planning to make a bid for him.Can you imagine a player like Simao playing for 30 000 pounds a week in Atletiko.They want 15mil euros for the transfer fee which is around 11 mil pounds i believe.By selling Smith we’ll save 60 000 which should be offered to Simao.

  • 73 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Hadji, for me that would be a dream, hes my favourite player from our national team.

    I dont know why atletico would get rid of him?

  • 74 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Hadji – Thoughts on Razvan Cocis, seeing your in acedonia i assume you get to watch more of the russian, romanian and moldovan leagues than us?

  • 75 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    wat position..wat type of player?? similar to?

  • 76 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    who richie?

  • 77 CRAIGG // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Rodriguez is 24 on April 10th

    He is only 178cm tall about 5″10 but Cordoba is tiny for a centre half but positionally is amazing plus he has a great leap.

    Rodriguez has played a few times for the Argentine national side as well which is no minor feat considering theyve had over the last few years Samuel, Ayala, Heinze, Milito, Cufre, Burdisso all could play CB.

    We should Get him as Villareal arent the richest club and would take a £10m offer in my opinion.

  • 78 Hadji // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Tom i wouldn’t waste my time watching those league but i wouldn’t mind betting on them.
    The reason i don’t watch those leagues is cause they’re too much corrupted and most of the talents are wasted due to political reasons.
    So many managers were fired cause of the following sentence”If you wanna be a starter you give me 50% of your salary,take it or leave it.Honestly,i don’t know about Razvan Cocis but at the moment Romanian league has some good talents.

  • 79 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Hes plays for Lokomotiv Moscow now, he did play for Cluj and after that Sheriff Tiraspoll. Id say he is quite similar to Tim Cahill – a goalscoring midfielder.

    Who do you think are the talents in the romanian league?

    Pulhac, Pantalmilion (the giant goalkeeper) Nicolita, Torje, Stancu, Bicfalvi?

  • 80 Ivan // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Found match highlights:

    I think its in Korean tho

  • 81 Hadji // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    For me Bicfalvi is my number 1 choice.My 1st cousin plays for Gloria Bistrita,from 2 Serbian divizion straight in the first team of Gloria.
    He scored 2 goals so far but considering that he plays 10 min per game and atacking midfielder i think he’s very solid.
    His name is Sead Hadzibulic

  • 82 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM


  • 83 Hadji // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    This is a good link

  • 84 apan // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:45 PM


    dont get me wrong, Geremi played poorly before so seeing him played so well today of course i would say suprisingly,he never had a good game for newcastle btw (well prob one or two bust mostly) not as best as he could like the spell he had at chelsea or boro, i know he got the skills and yes his better at RB IMO then goin forward as a right midfielder eventhough i know he was good at BORO before but time catches up i guess,defensively his very good but needs to improve more on going forward esp on distributing and passes (his corners are crap its always the near post & end up cleared) hopefully he can keep up with his good performance today aka CONSISTENT! thats what make up a good player in the end right? if i judge a player solely on one day performance i would reckon we buy NEIL MELLOR from liverpool, & people who criticize Owen should see what he can do when his back on form!

  • 85 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    geremi was ok today he played better against brum,, i thought joey barton played well and have a feelin bout him bein part of a good team next yr,,,,,

    wat does everyone think on joey
    and give him a break wit the whole scumbag go to jail shit, lets jus talk about his football

  • 86 ToonKing // Mar 22, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    haha Tom_Toon here we go again with the Burger League…. I rarely watch the Romanian league, so i’m by no means an expert in this.

    Pulhac is a very good player, Pantalmilion i’ve never heard of, Nicolita is shite, he scores more own goals then regular ones, Torje again good, Stancu, there are a lot by that name i don’t know who you mean, and Bicfalvi was considered a huge talent but settled down now.

    Good player’s i like: Danut Coman, Habib Habibou, Dayro Moreno, Mirel Radoi, Cristian Fabbiani is brilliant, António Semedo, Niklas Sandberg

  • 87 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    I want a romanian player at the toon fr some reasons, they give me a good vibe. Razvan Cocis seems to be the best bet.

    Stancu as in Bogdan Stancu of Urziceni.

  • 88 ToonKing // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    i don’t reallt want a romanian player tbh, they are whiners, if you watch the Romanian league, then you know what i’m talking about. They are master divers and moaners, they go down at the slightest touch and can spend long minutes complaining to the referee after that. In a recent game i saw that a striker broke off, he went one-on-one with the keeper and instead of shooting or rounding him, he just ran into him looking for the penalty and when he got a yellow card for diving the whole team assaulted the referee for 10 mins. I don’t like their attitude at all.

  • 89 Andreas // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    I normally advocate to pick players after the formation, and normally I would prefer 4-4-2 for us. However, a standard 4-4-2 would mean that one of Oba/Owen/Vid start on the bench and at the moment I wouldn’t want any of them there.

    Hence, it’s kind of a dilemma since 4-3-3 is dangerous against a team attacking with pace down the flanks (as Tottenham).

    At the moment Owen seems sharp and up for the job to score, but I do think that it’s the combo of all three strikers that have made us into a team creating stuff again. Still lacking penetration from midfield so it’s pretty much up to the front three to create chances (note: today I thought Butt was splendid, even managed to pass the ball to a NUFC target).

    I have a feeling that Oba will be sacrificed if we revert to 4-4-2 and I do think that is just about ok (based on goal scoring form, not general play). However, I also think that’ll mean less chances and hence goals from Owen.

    As said, the formation is indeed a dilemma vs Tottenham.

  • 90 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Cocis hasnt played in the ormanian league since he was 22 ish, so hes a bit different. I dont really watch too much of the romanian league, but i do their national team so thats the basis i look at them apon.

  • 91 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    realistic list of prem players we could attract in summer:

    bentley, crouch, bridge , o’ shea, hunt , bullard, nolan, sidwell, wheater, graveson, riise, noble, ashton

    id bid for bentley crouch bridge and while bentley may b unrealistic i think the other 2 could come , then match this with foreign imports to improve team /squad

  • 92 ToonKing // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    well yeah, a lot of the guys in the national team play abroad so they got a bit correction to their mentality. But if you watch a romanian league game , especially after an EPL one, you’ll be shocked. Constant interruptions, diving, whining, moaning, players act like they are dying after every tackle, assaulting the referee, players fighting players, players fighting managers, suspended games. it’s a real mess.
    Recent memories, CFR Cluj – Steaua, Cfr player got into a fight with Steaua manager, Rapid – Steaua game got suspended the other day, players almost beat the referee after that. It’s a horror show really.

  • 93 Tom_Toon // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    I wouldn’t touch Riise or Graveson with a 10ft barge pole.

    ToonKing – I saw Nicolita in the CL and for the Romanian naional team and he was quite good, but i heard from some Steaua supporters that he has been rubbish in the league or a while now or was for a while and he only gets played because their owner likes him.

    I think Ovidiu Petre is a good DM, shame about all his injuries.

  • 94 ToonKing // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    that’s 100% true Tom_Toon, as i said i don’t really watch games, but i do live in Romania so i still watch highlight show’s and such and watch the occasional game in the pub while playing darts, and every time is see him, he’s utter shite.

  • 95 richie // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    same thats why i narrowed it down to 3 quality players who would add to us

  • 96 Leo // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    yeah simao would be an awesome player to get. he is fast and can play either wing i think….

  • 97 Max // Mar 22, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Hi Ed, I would add to the positives from today’s game the impact of Jose ENRIQUe who saved us a couple of time with some cool defending. i thought he got forward well too. I was most impressed with his performance.

  • 98 Matthew Tom // Mar 23, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    I was thinking about the game today. Now all I can think about is being there when Ronaldeano and Dragoner finally do meet. Should be better than Toon v Mackems!

    PS Ronaldeano – you seem a bit oversensitive, hopefully not a case of “the lady doth protest too much” …

  • 99 Dragoner // Mar 23, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    The only players i like out of that list are Bentley, Crouch, Sidwell and Noble…and i aint even too sure about Sidwell, he snubbed us for bench football.

  • 100 Vitorbarbosa // Mar 23, 2008 at 5:37 AM

    Everyone has their own opinion and Ill state mine.

    I really like the way we played,

    A lot of balls played on the ground- So much less long ball today compared to a month ago. Even Nicky Butt manage to reduce his. Well, of course there are still plenty where our forward try to win headers, but it’s not that kind that keep owen and martins running for nothing.

    We had composure – We didn’t panic when we win the ball back. I love seeing some of the players actually faking their clearance and make passes instead. And then, they switch flank. How many times it happened? Many many times.

    Enrique’s distributions were very very good and now I realize the 6m we paid for him is well worth. Geremi make 2 assists and even though you guys don’t like his corners, but he is one of those that is famous with set pieces during his early days in English Football. Days are gone but I believe he will get back to that level. Barton First touch improved a lot compared to last match. I was very nervous every time I see him receive a ball but he prove me wrong. He battled well and even can outmuscle and outpaced some at times. Together with Barton and Geremi, nikcy butt also bossed our midfield. Win a lot of balls, short passes, and to the guy who always count how many time he lost the ball, what’s the amount in yesterday game?

    I don’t have much to comment on the 3 men strikeforce, we did produce goals but nothing worth to mentioned here except that Owen dropping deep did help the team out, even Martins dropped back some times.

    Faye gave away 2 unnecessary fouls outside the area which I think we shouldn’t have concede. Luckily, Jimmy Bullard forget to bring on his shooting boot. Back four played as a team, linking well with the midfield. I’m very satisfied with their performance and you guys already mentioned those area that we are not perfect. So, I can save a lot of time writing here.

    If you look at their faces when coming out from the tunnel in the second half, you can see that they started to have the belief and confidence. Even Owen gave a few instruction before the second half kick off. Nice to see.

    Last but not least, the way KK celebrating the second goal is quite funny. I really get the feeling this victory is for ALL of us.

    *We are not safe yet, hope all the guys keep their feet on the ground. Our worst performance yesterday was the last 10 minutes of first half. Too many nails bitting.

  • 101 JJ // Mar 23, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Gary the difference between Owen and Martins is that Martins is not English. Most non English football supporters would tell you that Oba is the better player and that even if he is not scoring he is constantly causing panic in the defense with his pace and power – he creates chances for other strikers simply by his presence. And is another option for long balls.
    TO say he had a poor games shows you know absolutely NOTHING about football in general.
    Having said that I thought Owen showed promise in his new link up role and its good to see the two can compliment each other.

  • 102 ziad // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:40 AM


  • 103 Craig // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Geremi was utter crap. Did you actually watch the game, Ed?

    Fair enough he got an assist but it took him 82 minutes to deliver a set piece past the first man.

    He is defintley a contender to be one of the first ones out this summer. Mourinho let him go and I quote beacuse ‘he now has the legs of a forty year old.’

    Keegan will buy pace in the summer.

  • 104 Punk Skunk // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    2 assists for GEREMI yesterday actually…
    …He wasn’t shit, but he didn’t make the most of corners, if that’s what ya’ mean?..

  • 105 Darryl // Mar 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Agree Geremi isn’t that good, but his ball control is good, undoubtibly. While he cant cross, or take free kicks very good ( for us anyway ), he does the job as a defensive mid, takes a little bit of pressure of Taylor, and Faye.

  • 106 KEEGAN7 // Mar 23, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    JJ. I agree with Gary. If my life depended on someone finishing a chance it would be Owen ahead of Martins any day. Oba will either take the net off or knock someones bovril and pie out of their hands! Malcolm Macdonald who knows a little about forwards doesn’t rate Martins one bit. Neither did Inter Milan where he was fifth choice when we signed him!

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