Observations on Newcastle’s Win


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

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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.


106 comments so far

  • James

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

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  • jeffk

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    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!

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  • gonufc

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    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!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #4

    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 🙂

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  • gonufc

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    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?

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  • JEFF

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #6

    THIS WIN SHOULD DO WONDERS FOR THE PLAYERS CONFIDENCE….AND WE COULD JUST PINCH A WIN AT TOTTENHAM ….SUNDERLAND PULLED ONE OUT OF THE HAT TODAY – SO WHY CANT WE NEXT WEEK.

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8

    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

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  • James

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • Ashton

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    when Emre gets fit KK should play him instead of geremi

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    James
    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.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    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

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!

    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.

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  • Ed the Duck

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #16

    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..

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Dragoner,
    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.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #18

    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

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #19

    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

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed the Ducks stats prove my point

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Dragoner
    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.

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Dragoner
    Answer the question… should Geremi be NUFCs corner taker?

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  • m.

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    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

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  • Ed the Duck

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #24

    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…

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #25

    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

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Dragoner,
    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.

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  • James

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28

    @Dragoner

    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

    bellend

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  • apan

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #29

    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

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Ben

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #33

    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,

    there…is…more…to…midfielders…than…set…pieces……….understaaand??

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    @ apan

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

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  • Macca

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Do you know what a nonse is Dragoner?

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

    IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF ME I WOULD SMASH YOUR FOOKIN FACE IN

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Calling me a name like that is below the belt Dragoner

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #38

    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

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  • geordie_rob

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #39

    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

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  • hanzemre

    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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