FT: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 4 – Magpies Hammer Spurs

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Newcastle are back with a scintillating display of attacking football at White Hart Lane, especially in the second half that an in-form Tottenham Hotspur had no answer to.

Tottenham went ahead after 25 minutes through a Darren Bent headed goal, and Newcastle were unlucky to be behind after a very bright opening in which Habib Beye had hit the cross-bar after just 3 minutes.

But after equalizing just before half time when Nicky Butt smashed home a lay-off from Geremi, Newcastle came out in the second half and played some of their best football of the season, and Tottenham just couldn’t live with this new Newcastle side.

In a score that was reminiscent of the old days with Kevin Keegan Newcastle played attacking football, and after 52 minutes Newcastle were ahead when a direct free kick from Geremi was smashed int o the net by the Cameroon International. There were big questions about how the Spurs wall was aligned – certainly not very well.

But Tottenham were trying to get back in the game and after 65 minutes Michael Owen seemed to make the game secure when he scored his 5th goal in just 8 games to put the result beyond doubt. Owen nicely lifted the ball over goalkeeper Paul Robinson for a beautifully taken goal.

Then Oba Martins, who was a live wire throughout the game, got Newcastle 4th goal and his first goal since December, when he raced clear from Joey Barton’s great through ball, before finishing past a despairing Paul Robinson. The Newcastle fans showed their delight at this great goal by Oba, a definite favorite with the Geordie faithful.

This was the result Newcastle fans had been waiting for, and it was the game when all the improving form over the last few games, came together for our best result of the season.

It’s hard to believe Newcastle will be in any fear of relegation now, as we are now 9 points clear of 3rd bottom Bolton Wanderers, and have a much better goal difference of -21.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Robinson; Hutton, Dawson, Woodgate, O’Hara; Huddlestone, Zokora (Tainio, 69), Malbranque (Lennon, 59); Bent, Berbatov, Keane (Taarabt, 59). Subs not used: Cerny. Chimbonda.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harper; Beye, Taylor, Faye, Enrique; Geremi, Butt, Barton; Owen (Carroll, 85), Viduka (Smith, 79), Martins. Subs not used: Forster, Duff.

Goals: Bent 26, Butt 45, Geremi 52, Barton 64, Martins 83

Bookings: O’Hara 56

Sent off: None


Referee: Steve Bennett (Orpington)

Comments very welcome.

76 comments so far

  • Marguerite

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #1



  • Vitorbarbosa

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    I have no idea what happen to Spurs in the second half but all credits to the Magpies. We played really well.

    Have no bad comment except that I think Smith is yet to adapt to the team style of play. Everyone is excellent. Well done!

  • Tripp

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Huge win. Howay the Lads! It’s great to see us whittling down that dismal GA stat. More matches like this one!

  • lee

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    howay the lads

    well done

    nicky butt was outstanding and ther rest were brill

  • Stocksy

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I am absolutely chuffed to bits……its seems like a very long time since I have been proud of my football team! Yes I know its only one result against a mid table side but I dont care….happy days! Keegan must be so happy as some of the stick in the press has been ridiculous so hopefully this will shut some of the London Press up!


  • Mson

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    must have been the youth team disguised, damn we played good today was awesome to see. that 4-3-3 really works wounder

  • Ed

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8


    haven’t felt like this after a newcastle game for some time, great result

    i reckon a win against pompey as well now…

  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Not a bad days work at all.


    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Tom_Toon, Spyro, Michael, Black Caesar eat thy words there literally is one messiah and his name aint Wankday Ramos

    Ramos Tactics: Tryed to copy Newcastles system, And gave up their advantage down the flanks, and we out fought and outplayed them in every department. KK mr no tactics (Apparently) Has found a system where all our players play to the best of their abilities.

    Ramos Motivation: What motivation, We were better and more up for it from the first minute to the last, Never doubt the Kings motivational ability no one better.


    Ramos: 0 out of 10,

    Tin pot trophys do not make you a great manager they make you a flash in pan, Anyone can win a cup Steve McClaren and Brian Little have proved this.

    Keegan: 10 out of 10

    Truly great Managers win leagues and build sides to compete with the best, KK 2 Div 1 titles, 1 Div 2 title and 2 Runners-up in the premiership.

    No comparison.


  • ToonKing

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Great game and great play by us. I’m Oba the moon with this win. Everything went well today and we played brilliantly, we had so many chances we could have won 15-1. Great Grea.t

    Midfield was great today, Butt was massive, Joey was superb and even Geremi played very good again. I even saw him run by a player, pls tell me that it did happen and i wasn’t dreaming….

  • Callum

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I think this – along with the Arsenal home game – was our best performance of the season and that scoreline should have been much worse for Tottenham that is! 😉

    I can think of a few Barton shots that were inches wide and a few good saves from Robinson aswell as Beye hitting the corssbar!

  • m.

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    best match so far.


  • Toonlad

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope you lads can hear me cheering all the way from Down Under. What a game! Looked like a different team. Maybe they’ve all had a colonic irrigation during the week, I believe it works wonders. 🙂
    “Gannin ti bed dead chuft noo!” Mind, I might just have a swift tube of something before I do.

  • Graham

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #15

    It just goes to show you what a bit of confidence can do! Its taken a while for Keegan to instill it into the lads after it was ripped out by fat Allardyce but its starting to click.

    Butt was outstanding today and the rest of them played like a team too

    Now where’s that bottle opener….


    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #16

    I bet Jimmy Greaves is choking on his Strongbow

  • Thomas

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Loved it… Absolutely fantastic!!

    Did any1 see big sam on espn btw… He was blaming ramos for the formation but gave credit to newcastle in the end..

    I’m over the moon!!!

  • Howie

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #18

    toonking maybe the likes of geremi and barton felt restricted under sam as to what they could do whereas now its like barton,geremi,martins,owen can roam around wherever they want

  • Graham

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Lets stick it right up Woodgate and co. now and finish above them in the league!

  • lee

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #20

    what a differance 1 week makes… if they play like that there is only chelsea that will be really hard. we can at least gat draws against ppotsmouth and everton. and 9 points out of reading scumderland and westham….

  • IanG

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Just fantastic, Newcastle were awesome and remember Spuds beat Portsmouth 2-0 and drew with Chelsea 4-4.
    ……….We’re definitely back.

  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22

    The lads are not playing with fear anymore – like they did under Fat Sam. Where to start with today’s performance? Butt, Barton, Owen, Duke, Martins all brilliant. Just a great match overall. Seems like KK has things going the proper way now!

  • marc s

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Havent felt this good in a while!

    Well done lads, thats more like it!!

  • Egar

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    OM MV MO did nicely alright.

    Heck, the whole team did nicely. Did someone mentioned earlier that we couldn’t put 4 past Spurs?

    Can’t blame any NUFC fan for getting nervy early on after Spurs’spitfire start with Bent drawing first blood but what a spirited team performance by our lads. Smith too, when he came on for MV. (He only managed to give away one free kick.) Good that KK gave the youngsters some action, too.

    If this keeps up there won’t be a need for a massive summer overhaul/ KK is right; just 4 – 5 will suffice.

    Well done lads!

  • Zx

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Can someone contact Yidd the Midd and let him know the scoreline?

    Just to check if he watched the game.

  • Ross

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    havent felt this good in months.
    frustrated when we went behind cos i didnt think we deserved it, but at 1-1 it was all to play for.
    and what a second half. butt was brilliant, as was barton. the front 3 always looked dangerous.

    so proud today, what an absolute hammering.
    howay the lads!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #27

    I think we ALL needed this one, bring on Reading on 5th for another 3 points giving us 38

  • millepede

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    martins viduka & owen are our rooney, ronaldo & tevez lol

  • Luke

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #29


    my kingdom for full highlights!

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #30

    I cant believe this result.

    I’ll hold my hands up, I though KING KEV couldn’t bring back what he did for us so many years ago but i take that back 150% now…


  • michael

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Bring it on. The Keegan effect is taking hold. Can’t wait to see the bonkers signings this summer will inevitably bring. Thierry Henry will be one of them I reckon.

  • scotty

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32

    All quiet in the Yid corner……. what a fantastic result by a team who were looking nervously down at the drop – and the manner in the way we played them off the park was breath taking!!! Up the mags!!!


    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #33


    Do you now see why i am so deluded about this Man he is a god, he tactically outclassed Ramos and has had the lads so fired up in the last few games

    It looks good for next season.

    Kev has admitted interest in wayne Bridge so by my reckoning this is KKs list:


  • Egar

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Man of the match – Steve Bennett.
    That’s for making the game respectable again.

  • Bob

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Above Boro and 4 points off Spurs!

    Lovin it…. and heres why!


    The sheer arrogance… I’m delighted we not only beat them, but absolutely gubbed them.

  • spyro

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Craigg i too am happy, and Ramos was poor today, but you cannot base someones whole reputation on one game

  • carl

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37

    im chuffed to bits, i live in surrey now and all the lads at work are spurs fans, cant wait for a monday at work for once, all hail king kev, what a performance

  • Ger

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #38

    come on the toon looking forward too the summer come on cashley spend spend spend ye haa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #39


    life is good!

    Oba feels the love- he wants t be legend!! his workethic 10/10

    we needto start showing Owen some love h boy knows how to score goals!!!

    ok i was one that was on butts back, i have been impressedwith him the last three games- but that is what i expect from a man U veteran!

    Nicky Butt Man of the Match today, well done mate!


    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    OK Spyro yes youre right, But he is overrated and King Kev is hugely underrated


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