HT: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Fight Back


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After an entertaining first half of good attacking football from both teams Newcastle are on level terms after Nicky Butt equalized just before half time.

Newcastle almost made a terrific start to the game after just 3 minutes when a Newcastle flowing move ended in Habib Beye bursting into the penalty area from the right, and following a mistake by Jonathan Woodgate, the Senegal star smashed the ball against the cross-bar and the ball rebounded to safety.

That would have been a great start to the game for a Newcastle side who looked confident in the first half of this game against a good looking Spurs side.

As expected the game was very open and both sides were willing to attack the other.

Then on 26 minutes Steed Malbranque put in a good left wing cross and Darren Bent, around the penalty spot, surprisingly beat Abdoulaye Faye in the air to head beyond the despairing dive of goalkeeper Steve Harper. The ball went into the net off the inside of the post, and that about sums up our luck in the last several games.  🙁

It was an unfortunate goal to give away, and Newcastle hardly deserved to be behind after a very bright and attacking start to the game.

Newcastle, after conceding the goal started to come back into the game, and you would hardly believe the side were struggling against relegation, as they were playing some nice flowing football against a good Tottneham side.

Then Newcastle were rewarded just before the break when Jose Enrique put in a good cross from the left and Jonathan Woodgate could only clear to Geremi, who rolled the ball in for Nicky Butt, on the edge of the penalty area, and Butt drove home the equalizer.

It was a vital goal for Newcastle and was scored with just seconds remaining of the one minute added for extra time in the first half.

Newcastle must now continue to attack Spurs in a well fought and delicately balanced balanced game.

The good news is that Newcastle’s good form of late has been continued in the first half of this game and they deserve to be all square at the break and with any luck at all, could have had their noses in front.

They must keep attacking in the second half and take the game fully to Tottenham if we are to get the win we so desperately need.



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153 comments so far

  • rlw

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    28′ Malbranque with a neat through ball for Bent, he takes it round his defender but also runs wide, Beye manages to scrape it clear but only as far as Berbatov who shoots…but lashes it over the crossbar!
    25′ Darren Bent opens the scoring for Spurs!!!! A towering header!!! Malbranque flighted a high ball into the centre of the area, and Bent rose well above Abdoulaye Faye to direct his header inside the far post!!!!
    12′ O’Hara whips in a corner from the right…and Woodgate’s header is saved well on the line by Harper!! What an eventful start to the game! 10′ It falls to Barton totally unmarked on the edge of the area….and Robinson pulls off a vital save low to his left!!! Newcastle could be 2-0 up by now!
    5′ Habib Beye has just rattled the crossbar in front of a stunned Spurs crowd. A mistake from Woodgate presented the left back with the ball in the area, and he smashed his shot straight onto the bar from 12 yards. He should really have scored.

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  • MattyDread

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Soppy 3608 is still working great for me.

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #3

    What a chance Barton

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  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    We shouldn’t have conceded that goal, the defence and maybe even Harper should have done better.

    Off topic, I’ve heard from a source of mine (not the most reliable but still) that Shay is leaving (not because of him not playing) in the summer. It’s nothing, apparently to do with the challenge for no.1 spot but him just wanting a change or something like that. But I wouldn’t take to much out of that till you hear it from someone else. It’ll be sad if it’s true. Hopefully it’s not.

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  • toonfan1

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    yes!!!! 2-1 geremi beautiful goal

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Geremi’s got to stop doin them set-pieces lol

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  • MattyDread

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • rlw

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    macca f***k off you talk about shay given on every topic leave it for the ones on shay given not on steve harper eather you prick

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  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

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  • Andreas

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Well, was a nice goal wasn’t it Obafan ?

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  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GEREMI!!!

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  • Andreas

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Poor corner though :=)

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  • Bob

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    YEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  • rlw

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Stop talking about given on every topic macca leave it for the shay given ones let harper have his moment it was fayes fault for the goal

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha great goal, was a little sarcasm in previous post 😀

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    should a been red there !!!!

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  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #17

    rlw ..Every topic? Ok. Just saying what I heard. That he was home today, home Donegal home and that he’s leaving in the summer or at least thinking about it.

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Wow a confident team in black n white 🙂 First time this season?

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  • m.

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • obamagic

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    omg…. we nid to keep attacking plz dont crawl bak into our shells after we have the lead. Ramos and his subs always score.

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  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Geremi tries for a brace lol

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  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Taarabt and Lennon on, Ramos clearly trying to bring some pace and width into the Spurs team – have to press on for another goal because I wouldn’t put it past Spurs to score again!

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  • reillers

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Macca, he was home you say, I swore I saw the wee lad today but I thought I was seeing things, maybe not after all.

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  • Pete

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Given is going to Arsenal apparantly

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  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Pete..I heard Spurs wanted him, but again not the most reliable source I have but they’re usually right about this kinda thing.

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  • m.

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    “Given is going to Arsenal apparantly”

    bollocks. arsenal should give up trying to get other teams’ legendary keepers, like they did with Palmeiras’ Marcos in 2002, and he refused to go to play the brazilian 2nd division with his beloved team 😀

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #27

    We’re looking more likely to score

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  • MattyDread

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Class save from Robbo. The git.

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  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Good chance for Duke

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Where’s this team been hiding all season…… What a great great goal.

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  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #31

    3-1 :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  • scott9

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #32

    owen get in ahahahahaha were staying upo get in there owen is world class

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  • obamagic

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    jadsfklhas;ldj fklasjklJLDSKHFLA;SJFKLD;AJ !!! wat a set up by martins and duke and then owen… scores!!! Yipppeee lol

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  • MattyDread

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #34

    YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Pure class

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  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Ohhhhh, that was soooo sweet !!!! Great run by Oba! Great finish!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #36

    All 3 forwards involved.. Martins to Duke to Owen fantastic.

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  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Obafan2: This team was playing under Fat Sam too long. That’s where they were…

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  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Fantastic work from the forwards, lets up we don’t fall asleep and give away a good lead..again.

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  • obamagic

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #39

    as much as we want to see more attacking football… i tink we might need to switch to a 4-4-2 and bring on n’zog.

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  • Todd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Sopcast down again. Anyone who can watch, please keep us updated!

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