FT: Newcastle 3 Reading 0 – Newcastle Coast Home

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Newcastle coasted to an easy 3-0 win over Reading at St. James’ Park this afternoon with three expertly taken goals by each one of their three top strikers.

This was Newcastle’s third win a a row, and 10 points from the last 12 available, to start to complete the turnaround they have gone through under maestro Kevin Keegan.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at half time after Martins scored another good individual goal after 18 minutes, and then on 43 minutes Habib Beye, who had another excellent game today, put Michael Owen through and Michael made no mistake for another excellent individual goal.

Reading were quite a good side and give it everything they had but they had absolutely no threat in front of goal, which was the huge difference between the two sides. Newcastle oozed class and Reading none of it, but you cannot fault their players who as usual give it 100%.

Newcastle continued to carve out chances and play beautiful passing football, and they were 3-0 up, with a greatly crafted goal.  Habib Beye, who was getting forward a lot, again laying on the chance, this time for big Mark Viduka, who fired home with aplomb, with his second goal in as many games.

After that goal Newcastle took the foot of the accelerator a little and brought on some of their substitutes.

Damien Duff got a run out for Mark Viduka and then Nicky Butt, who again was Newcastle’s outstanding man in midfield, got a standing ovation as he was replaced by Alan Smith. Nicky is playing his best football ever at Newcastle now, and is the key cog in Newcastle’s excellent looking midfield.

Lamine Diatta was then brought on for the last 8 minutes, and Lamine got a good reception, as he made his first team debut for the club, and replaced his Senegal team mate Abdoulaye Faye, and partnered David Edgar for the last few minutes of the game.

This game was over at half time and the only disappointment we had was that Newcastle could maybe have got more goals if they had pressed a little bit more in the second half.

Near the end Barton almost scored and they could so easily have had a couple more goals to make the win even more emphatic.

But make no mistake, Reading were completely outplayed by this classy Newcastle side and near the end Damien Duff went close, as it was all Newcastle.

Reading ended the game a well beaten side, just like Tottenham were last week at White Hart Lane.

Joey Barton, who had another great game, was voted man of the match today, and probably just edged out the in-form Nicky Butt, who for us was the best player on the field, as he stroked the ball about with real class.

But Newcastle now are starting to show their true class and the three upfront of Martins, Owen and Viduka gain looked a classy threesome playing together, and that was the big difference between these two sides.

Both full backs looked good, and Enrique is playing better and better with every game, and again for the third game running, not one single player let the side down, that was really good to see, these boys are playing for each other. David Edgar had a solid game at center-back and surely the 20 year-old Canadian has a good career ahead of him at St. James’ Park.

Another wonderful team performance from the lads.

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40 comments so far

  • smc894

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1


  • wsq

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    damn the mackems keep on winning too

  • looney_toons

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    i cnt wait to get bac to school i have a go at da ppl show said keegan is rubbish


  • sean

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    my only concern is that harper is playing so well that can given get his place backin teh squad !!!

  • AlexW

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    wer defo safe now, no doubt about it. bring on next season

  • Andreas

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Great to see Oba taking his chances with some composure, pre-KK he would have just blasted a left foot shot, nowadays he calmly tuck it away. Great to see Owen score yet again. Great to see the entire attack that ended with Vidukas goal. Beye was outstanding in my opinion, Enrique was also class. Once again a damn good team effort (albeit not as good as versus Tottenham but certainly good enough).

  • wsq

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    one more thing to secure, not losing against the mackems. 10th spot still possible. c’mon magpies!

  • Toon Al

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    great game, really good performance, we looked realy comfortable

  • shirts

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Great win–three in a row–who could have believed!?

    Nice to see Duff get some play. I think he’s still class and has been unlucky. I would like to see him stay next season.

    With the midfield looking solid like that, it takes so much pressure off the defense they actually look decent!

    what a change…

  • cloudstrife

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #10

    good one lads. congratulations to the whole team.

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s the only downside. Well, we’ll fix that in 2 weeks…

  • Obafan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    AlexW – I also think that we are safe, but let us hope that we keep this run going as long as possible.

    Really looking forward to see how KK will handle in the transfer window and if it will take long to hear who will come to Tyneside.

  • wsq

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    next two games are tough games, portsmouth – fa cup finalist and the mackems

  • Obafan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Who does pick the MOTM anyway???

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Great win. Looks like we picked up 2 points on spurs today. Now for Hammers to lose to Pompey (when is that match?) and we might have a chance at crackin’ the top half. Great to see Edgar get his chance and to come through well.

  • Elliott

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Beye was MOM IMO!!

    The football before Viduka’s goal was class, you could tell Beye thought about the Spuds game cos he was always gonna pass it.

  • Elliott

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    The sponsors is it not?

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    9 goals scored to 1 conceded in 3 games! Much, much better. This is by far the best run of the season for us and it just goes to show that it’s better to work the talents that you’ve got then to try to shoe horn them into something that they’re not.

  • Andrew Malarkey

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    come on the toon – toon toon malarkey!

  • Obafan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Elliot – Completely agree Beye was MOTM; I don’t think he did something wrong. He was outstanding!!!

    At BBC player rater Martins was MOTM with 8.77 points out of 10.

  • Marty

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Hard to believe that we would be smiling 3weeks in a row now,who would have believed this was the way we would start to play again.
    WELL DONE KK,truly a gr8 motivator n this team are loving playing together now.
    GR8 stuff all-round the park……….
    YEE-HA :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • oioi

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    does anyone else look at the remaining fixtures and see win,win,win,win,win?
    how times change.
    long live the king

  • scott9

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    qaulity get in away the lads great result europe here we come next season

  • Obafan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Indeed Marty, 3 weeks ago most of the fans were having very stressy moments because relegation came closer and closer, now we are safe and we look like a good footballing team. The players are full of confidence and it keeps groing.

    We can make a very good run for the last couple of games. Perhaps the 10 spot is still in our reach, but it will be very difficult.

  • Shaz

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    There’s only one michael owen!okay there is two, but who cares about welsh rugby.

  • Howie

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Habib Beye= Legend

  • nufctj

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    We are safe!

    That’s all that matters. Where we finish is meaningless really. There is no European spot to fight for at this point. Portsmouth should be a good test, but honestly I think Spurs are a better side than they are. I also hope that when Chelsea comes in that the match is meaningful for them. Wouldn’t it be great to dump on the Blues title dreams? As for Everton, they are not the same side without Cahill. I look for 3 points against Moyes’ boys. We will win 2-1 at West Ham on a Nobby Solano own goal.

    It will be an interesting ride the rest of the way, and much more enjoyable without the big “R” worry hangin over our heads.

    So off to Portsmouth we go, 3 points will do nicely, thanks you ‘ol Harry. Then bring on the mackems! NUFC 4 Forces of Darkness 0

  • nufctj

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Shaz, yes there is only one Michael Owen, but my 5 year old son’s name is Owen Micheal, of course his twin brother’s name is Alan.

  • Spyro

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I too think Beye was MOM, however Barton & Butt were also excellent. The possession football we saw today was really something special. Everyone was calm and composed under pressure

  • Whitt

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Beye was OUTSTANDING today. MOTM for me.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #31

    its all abou Beye today MOTM

    all eleven were top

    but beye stood out just a little over Mr. Butt who
    again had an immense game

    Edgar looked very good, more composed than Taylor id say- but lets let players battle for positions- hope this gives Nzogs more desire to perform and step up hs game, which we all know has great potential

    perhaps in realtin to injuries or circumstances

    Geremi Butt Barton

    Martins Owen Nzogs

  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32


  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Congrats to all the men (yea some are still boys who’re doing a man’s job)! on the pitch & oh yes KK too. Thanks God! Pompey, West Ham & Everton games are winnable these days. I can’t believe i’d say this a few weeks ago. Just can’t wait for the next game. Bring on the Scumderland! We must win that game too to make our days 🙂

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #34

    loved it how our players basically mocked their team with the masses of passes…

    then the fans singing-

    geordie boys taking the p1ss

    my lil sister asked me what they were saying lmao, i just replaced it with mick good stuff though the things keegan has been able to do with someone elses squad imagine what he will do when he gets some of his players

  • Oga

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Where we finnish is not meaningless. It affects the calibre of players we attract and our morale next season. We also need to play for pride. Finnishing above the Pikeys and the Spuds would be so sweet!!

  • Spyro

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Our match against Portsmouth is really important as we are now safe and the season is basically over. I hope the players are professionals and keep giving 100% and dont do a spurs. However, if some players decide to go back to their poor performances at least everyone will know who the real dead weight is.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #37

    This is the new Kevin Keegan era!

    Its like going back in time!!!

    I think that this 3 game winning streak and the fantastic performances we have put in will continue as long as the king is at the helm!!!


    H is going to finish the job that he was destined to acheve!!!

    And i WILL enjoy every last minute of it!!!!

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!! 🙂

  • marcus owen

    Apr 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Man u, Liverpool and Arsenal are so lucky to faced us before KK found this team formation.

  • totsy

    Apr 6, 2008 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #39

    marty…spot on man…. not long ago i was gonna hand my self…but now thanks to kk im finally starting to believe in this club

  • TooooooN

    Apr 6, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #40

    i still believe the last 4 games we are unbeatable are because we DROP ALAN SMITH….he’s been the jinx from the start of the season


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