Emre Looks Good In Newcastle Reserves’ Draw

Turkish midfielder Emre came through 45 minutes of his comeback match for the Reserves last night at St. James’ Park, under the watching eyes of Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan and a crowd of over 2,800.


Emre – can be important player under Keegan

And Kevin would have liked what he saw of Emre, who showed his undoubted class with a fine individual goal after just 25 minutes, as Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at St. James’ Park, in what turned out to be an exciting end to end game.

Emre received a pass from striker Andy Carroll outside the box, and he then worked a one-two with Wesley Ngo Baheng, then somehow went past two defenders in the penalty box, before striking home a low left footed shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards out.

A wonderful goal from the Turk, and we think Kevin will be keen to see what Emre can do for the first team before the end of the season.

It wouldn’t surprise us if Emre makes the subs bench for our game against Reading on Saturday.

The game last night was watched by a season-high home attendance of 2,839 – an excellent crowd – and Keegan, Terry McDermott, Chairman Chris Mort and first-team players Habib Beye, Alan Smith and Charles N’Zogbia were all in attendance.

That’s really nice to see, and it just shows what a good team spirit Kevin has created at the club already.

Newcastle United: Forster, Ramage, Kadar, Edgar, Diatta, Tozer, Troisi, Emre (sub Marwood 45), Carroll, Ngo Baheng, LuaLua.
Subs not used: Danquah, Soderberg, Morris, Zamblera.

Manchester United: Zieler, Neville, Eckersley, Chester, Cathcart, Jones, Gray, Possebon, Macheda, Cleverley, S Evans.
Subs not used: C Evans, Amos, Eikrem, Brady.

Referee: Ross Joyce (Middlesbrough)
Attendance: 2,839.

18 comments so far

  • true

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed its time to change the banner and show KK with a smile on his face 🙂

  • Trevor Flanel

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Also if your making a new banner:

    Milner, Duff, N’Zogbia, Emre, Given

    Geremi, Barton, Butt, Viduka, Harper

  • Leo

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    anyone know of a clip of the match? i would like to see the first goal by them because i missed it.

    it seems suspect that emre is fit now that we are doing well. but is absent during the time when we are faultering

    i think its all a coincidence but i also think that he is too injury prone and could do to play in a last combative league

  • scott 9

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    emre certainly woudnt be in my first 11 the midfiled works really well and allow the front 3 to get forward i couldnt see it working as well with emre in midfiled however i do rate him theres just no need in changing the team as is is doing really well.


    Apr 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t be too unhappy if we sell EMRE in summer…yes, he can be a good player, but he wasn’t that really in the last year. and the risk that he does something stupid is to dangourours in my mind!!

    Sell him and fund CARRICK + another playmaking midfielder.

  • Matt Lacey

    Apr 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve always been a big fan of Emre… even if niggling injuries continue to be a problem for him, I think he could still be a massively valuable player in the side if Keegan can get him playing with the team and with the same sort of confidence we saw from the rest of the team on Saturday.

    Even this season, he came on in the last 20 mins when we were 2-1 down against Everton, scored one and set up the winner! I’d be gutted if he left in the summer…

  • Leo

    Apr 1, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    we werent 2-1 down to everton it was 1-1 when he came on. to be fair though he did do the business. but for me he doesnt do it often enough


    Apr 1, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree Geremi has had two good games get him on the banner, sod milner with his fantastic play for the last season and a half.

    And where have your memories gone Given pisses on Harper and you will remember it when harper slices his clearances and lets shots go under his body, I like Harper but Given is better Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder all said it, KK virtually said it ” a 100% fit Steve Harper is better than an 80% fit Shay Given”
    Not Steve Harper will play when Given is 100% fit, As Shay is far superior and when he is back saving us as he has for the last 11 years i will remind you of that.

    Emre is still our best midfielder and let me remind most of you that the banner was changed as most of you were moaning at the fact that butt, Geremi and Barton were on it in the first place!

    The southern press just have to read this blog to see the fickle nature of the newcastle fan, unbelievable.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 1, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    say what we want but then it was past. Same with Butt, Barton, Geremi were that bad as many games in the past but now they come good. Thanks to KK the truly genius in getting the best out of many of his players. Just wait what he’d do with Emre, N’Zogbia, Duff, Miner even the worst Alan Smith (for me) could soon be a good striker he relishes he is. But atm. we’d just keep starting with the winning system/team with timely tactical substitutions at end of each coming game.


    Apr 1, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont doubt kk and neither do i doubt Butt as i have stuck up for him in the past but i still fail to acknowledge Geremis Contribution, He has been a waste of money and has had a couple of decent games recently, He wasnt great against fulham and yes he played well against Spurs but is that really what we judge a player off ?

    As for Barton i think he is a terrific player but i cant really say im chuffed to nor do i want to fund his Thuggish life style.

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Craigg you fail to aknowledge Geremi’s contribution…try 3 assists and one goal in the last couple of games mate

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Geremi wasn’t great against fulham, lol, he set up TWO GOALS! lol

  • Swede1891

    Apr 1, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    I truly hope that Emre wont be sold…or i will most likely kill myself! Have watched him in every game possible..not only in Newcastle..but in Inter and most of the games with the turkish national side..and i think he´s one in a million..By far the most creative player we´ve got..and a “touch” thats just brilliant. To compare him with Butt or Barton is a joke to me…I simply love this guy!


    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I fail to see why there is this over the top reaction yes he has set up a few and scored one but what before that in his 15-20 matches, He shouldnt be here next season end of

    And watch the Fulham game, He set up the goals but was poor throughout and dont start me on his set pieces.

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #15

    He wasnt poor throughout the fulham game, only his set pieces were


    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    He didnt play particularly well though and im not taken in by a couple of decent contributions, Is he the answer really when we could give ourselves an injection of Pace like Lennon to add proper competition for Milner.
    The reason we are in such a position as we are now is because we have brought decent players like Geremi to replace outstanding players like Dyer and Solano.

    Dont be fooled by this, KK will not play 433 next season we will play a strict attacking 442 with pace down the wings and creativity in the middle does Geremi give us either no, will he be a nufc player next season no.

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Craigg i see your point, Geremi is not the answer long term, however he gives us a good option if we want to play 4-3-3 and we need a RM capable of holding up the ball and being good defensively.

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #18

    the best teams have players that allow them to switch up their style of play


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