HT: Newcastle 2 Reading 0 – Magpies Show Cutting Edge


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Newcastle haven’t been at their best in the first half but they are two goals up thanks to two beautifully taken goals by Martins and Owen.

Newcastle got off to a bit of a shaky start this afternoon, when Harper was late to a cross in the first minute but the ball was headed over the bar.

Edgar fouled Hunt twice out on the right wing and gave away two dangerous free kicks but after that David settled down and looked good.  The ever impressive Abdoulaye Faye, who was having another fine and solid game at the heart of Newcastle’s defense, was working well with Edgar after the first 10 minutes or so.

Reading had a lot of position in the first 30 minutes but they didn’t look to have any cutting edge.

But after 18 minutes Oba Martins showed them how to score when he went through on his own on the left and cleverly avoided goalkeeper Hahnemann, and then coolly put the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. A great goal by the confident Martins.

Newcastle were starting to play more of their smooth play as Butt started to get a grip in the center of midfield and then after 36 minutes Owen missed a good chance when Viduka stepped over the ball but Owen put the ball over the bar from just 8 yards. It was a chance Owen would usually take.

But Michael Owen was not to be denied and he scored after 43 minutes following a great through ball by the impressive Habib Beye and he beautifully slotted the ball home to put Newcastle 2-0 up.

There wasn’t much between the two teams other than the Newcastle strikers know how to put the ball in the net.

We look for Newcastle to put on the pressure even more in the second half. Reading are a good looking and hard working side, but they don’t have the cutting edge that Newcastle have.

We feel more goals are there for the taking in the second half, and we look to the Magpies to continued to press forward. What else would you expect from a Kevin Keegan side?

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47 comments so far

  • Amorn

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Well Done. Keep it up lads

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  • ToonKing

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    those 3 up front are unstoppable

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  • Gilly

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on, listening in Baghdad!!
    Ed, you need to calm down your typing in going mad!!
    Another 4-1 me thinks

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    yes there’s defo something in those three up front, it’s a joy after such a painful season to date

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  • milnerfan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Hi, ive installed sop cast on to my pc. What channel do i find the newcastle game on?

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  • sean

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    me thinks 3-0 not any 4-1 a clean sheet is better !!
    im listenin in portugal nd am very happy lol keep it up 3-0 2 the toon
    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • milnerfan

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    cheers steve

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Reading look like they’ve already given up………

    sop://202.190.75.149:3912/3610

    for sopcast link to game.

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah you’re right ObaFan – they’ve not been in our half this half, with any credible threat that is

    Might be a boring second half but I’ll settle for boring as long as we take this game

    Can’t see it though with Martins, Owen and The Duke to prove a point

    I see the unwashed are 0-2 up away from the stadium of Sh*te

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  • AlexW

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    viduuuuuuuuuka

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  • cloudstrife

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    BEAUTY!

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Get in 1 each lmao more more more 😀

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    What a fantastic and well worked goal, bloody superb build up

    OMG am I watching Newcastle?

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  • steve

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    fantastic goal

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  • Todd

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Just beautiful. Nice to see the Duke get one!

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  • obamagic

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    boy oh boy…. Beye for man of the match…. very nice big duke!!! time to put on carroll

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  • Toonlad

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    The Duke gets the third. Who else would like a goal? Orders taken and put you name down with KK. I said last week that colonic cleansing works wonders. They must be having weekly treatment! Seems like a different team. Wonderful to watch at the moment.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Just can’t believe how good this team is !

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  • Geordie Joe

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    thats 9 goals in 3 games. conceded 1. i’m certainly not complaining.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #21

    10 points from 12 too so far………..

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Time for a sub or 2, some tired legs out there. Carroll n Duff on? for Barton n Duke?

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  • sean

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    all looks good can u keep me posted on the game plz cuz im in portugal on holiday and i cant grt any sopcast
    🙁

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  • cloudstrife

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    This has been a good game to get Edgar’s confidence up. we should get Carrol on now. give him a run-out. maybe Lua Lua too if he’s on the bench.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #25

    We’re getting sloppy/tired.

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  • JJ

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    What a wonderful feeling to be watching a side play such terrific football.
    Apart from Man U they are the form side in the league, a far cry from relegation battlers.
    What is even better is that they could really be even more goal up and they are making scoring look so easy.
    KK Man of the Match!!!
    Beye has been outstanding, as as Martins.

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  • obamagic

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #27

    looks like the mackems have a little streak of their own going…. anyways c’mon put in big Andy!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28

    No Zog or LuaLua on the bench I think.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Ok Duff good n Duke looked tired.

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #30

    @ obamagic: streak of p*ss more like 😉

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Carroll for Owen maybe, give him a run out.

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  • obamagic

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #32

    @Steve- Agreed!

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    OHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO

    SMITH

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #34

    I only hope KK hasn’t pressed the self destruct button by bringing on AS

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  • sean

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    so much 4 gettin more goals smith is now on nd its goin 2 disrupt the whole style of play btw who went off 4 smith

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  • obamagic

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36

    hmmm big Diatta is on… lets see if he deserves a new deal…. lets see if smithy can score hehe..i hope reading survives relegation, their a descent team.

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  • Todd

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Would Fat Sam have had them keep the ball on the carpet like that? Don’t think so…

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Not likely

    Hard lines Barton, it’s only a matter of time before you hit the net

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  • Gloryhunter

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #39

    He’s been made man of the match

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  • cloudstrife

    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #40

    good win lads! lets keep it going.

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