If Newcastle were 80% last week against Reading then we thought the lads upped it to 90% of our capabilities against Portsmouth, but it still wasnâ€™t good enough to get the win.
Michael Owen – cannot believe he just missed from 5 yards out
- Either team could have won the game in the last 20 minutes, but a fair result was probably a draw.
- The defense looked as good as itâ€™s looked all season. Abdoulaye Faye had another great game and Steven Taylor was also strong at the back
- Jose Enrique looks better with every game but one fault weâ€™ve noticed is that he somehow tries to do too much. Heâ€™ll have to learn not to do that because he could get caught out â€“ but heâ€™s a great player with a wonderful left foot, and we think heâ€™s going to very well at the club, now he is getting lots of playing time.
- Steven Harper gave another fine exhibition in goal of how to do a professional job with no frills. They go on about David James on Saturday, but we think Harper if anything had a better game than David. Steve is a much better goalkeeper than he’s given credit for – and Given will have to be at his very best next season to regain his place.
- All three midfielders played very well indeed with Nicky Butt probably Newcastleâ€™s best player. But Geremi is a revelation out on the right, and hardly ever gives the ball away. Keegan is also using his dead ball expertise fully and that wasnâ€™t too bad of a shot in the second half that David James saved so well to his left.
- The attacking three played well but we thought Mark Viduka looked a little unfit, as he probably was. Owen was as good as ever, and Oba Martins was a live wire throughout, and the confidence is starting to ooze out of him.
- Oba must be part of Newcastleâ€™s rebuilding plans next season, because he is a special and unique player. We would expect Kevin to keep a 4-3-3 formation so that itâ€™s not a competition again between Michael and Oba, for one of the two striker spots in a 4-4-2 formation.
- All in all another very competent performance by Newcastle and with any luck at all we could have had all 3 points.
- We need to win against Sunderland next Sunday to get back to our winning ways and try to capture 10th position in the league.
What do you think?