Final Reflections On Newcastle Sunderland

Newcastle played only just above half their capabilities yesterday, but it was enough to get a 2-0 win against Sunderland.


Michael Owen – two goals won the game yesterday

  • Newcastle had won the game by half time when Michael’s lucky penalty put the Magpies 2-0 up. Quite honestly we thought the penalty was a harsh decision and thought the handball was accidental
  • Newcastle looked much better than Sunderland in the first half, they were more organized and just looked better as a team than Sunderland
  • It looked like the Sunderland players were more affected than the Newcastle boys by the occasion and looked a bit nervous especially the two central defenders who looked too susceptible throughout
  • The first goal by Michael Owen was a classic text book goal. Michael was 10 yards outside the penalty area when he started to run in, and Geremi sent in the rigth wing cross that Michael met about 12 yards out and powered his header brilliantly past Craig Gordon. A first class goal by Michael Owen
  • As Roy Keane said – it was a good goal for Newcastle but a bad one for Sunderland to concede as Paul McShane had no idea where Owen was. We don’t think Paul even knew Owen was coming in and that was poor defending
  • Newcastle showed much more class than Sunderland in the first half and they seemed able to just contain Sunderland after the break, when the Wearsiders tried to get back in the game
  • But even with their possession in the second half Sunderland had only one clear-cut chance when a bullet header from Jones was brilliantly saved by Steve Harper going full length to his right
  • It’s the sign of a first class goalkeeper when he has little to do but then produces a great save to keep a clean sheet, his 4th in the last 5 games by the way
  • The Newcastle defense played as good as they have all season and looked extremely solid. Taylor and Faye took no chances whatsoever
  • We did notice again that Jose Enrique tends to do too much on the ball, and this is something he’ll have to fix, otherwise he will be caught in possession too much. He does have lots and lots of potential though, and still looked good yesterday
  • Newcastle did give the ball away too much, especially in the first half and Geremi was guilty at least twice of presenting the ball to a Sunderland player.
  • However, as Kevin pointed out the mental approach of the Newcastle players was just first class – and they were determined to get the result from the first kick of the game. And as it turned out that’s exactly what they did, as some had even promised
  • Next up is West Ham and another 3 points there would be great

46 comments so far

  • tdt

    Apr 21, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    why dont we go for eto’o? he says he wants to leave barca, and he will go to the highest bidder! that could easily be us…?,19528,11945_3454180,00.html

  • Gordon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Errrrr – cos we’ve got NO CHANCE of getting him!

    Hate daft pie-in-the-sky comments like this!

    PS – I thought it was a penalty, his arm was lifted making himself bigger and that blocked the ball.

  • Kash2

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Chillout Gordon eh!!!!!!! People are allowed opinions!

    Andy Reid is the new Fat Mick Quinn. Did anyone see the size of his man-boobs? How is he a footballer?!

  • ScottyT

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    was a pen as the ball would have gone through to owen if his hand wasnt in the way.

    apart from that agree with ur summary ed .. midfield did gave the ball away too much yesterday and i agree jose does tend to try to much sometimes but still think hes going to be a gr8 player for us.

    final reflection: we beet tha SMB’s!! get tha f… in!!!

    ps .. hv 1 mackem m8 who says he will personally hang mcshane afta yesterday lmao luv hearing comments like that afta we beet them .. the look on his and their away fans faces priceless .. also thought sunderland fans were pretty shite tbh much quieter than i thought they would be but who gives a sh1t! lol

  • valle

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Well my mother died when i was only 2 years old, father ran off to sea with a broken toe!. Me sister is a prostitude, me brother is doing life in jail… Still… Could have been worse, i could have been born a mackem!

    Enjoy 😉

  • tdt

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6


    its not total “pie-in-the-sky” IMO, he actually stated he would go to “whoever pays the most”, and if you look at our wage-bill, i’am sure you’ll agree we arent shy to splash the cash… also see what Owen said earlier, KK well look at big names… dont write such ideas off so quitely without authority…

  • Gordon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    tdf – I’m 100% prepared to write it off. Think we can match Chelsea, Milan, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Man U, etc in wages? We can’t even off European football just yet!

    Would love him and didn’t mean to come off as arsey but it’s just not realistic.

    The whole we’ve-won-some-games-Owen’s-suddenly-perfect-sign-Eto’o-over-the-summer-win-the-league-next -year mentality drives me nuts. It’s why fans are so hard on players the moment things go wrong.

    A month ago and many on here considered us certainties for the Championship and clashes with Barnsley next season!

    Trust me, we aren’t even likely to get David Bentley!

    But I do trust in KK – he’s been brilliant in the transfer market over the years and I’m sure he’ll find us some gems.

  • Bill F

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    I reckon the way Michael is playing he is making Oba and Viduka look better players than perhaps they are. If he had some real class around him our forwards would be awesome.

    I didn’t see whole match and would like to hear how Duff and Carroll played and how long they got on the pitch.

    KK jokingly said that MA had earmarked 250m for the Summer, have we got a touch of many a true word said in jest.

    Given that he is offloading a lot of his shops I would be surprised if that amount is available but there might still be a big kitty for the Summer sales.

  • Bill F

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Valle, who’s broken toe was it?

  • aaron d

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #10

    any know whats up with N’Zogbia? Emre?

  • tdt

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes Gordon i understand your view, and maybe it seems impossible, but we got Owen when he wasnt enjoying spain, and like i said eto’o would go to whoever offers the cash, which we most definately could compete. Martins prefers the toon 2 teh top4, and he came from Inter. I think we are aiming higher this summer because KK has the boards support, as he was appointed by them. And he has already proven that he is a better tactian then Fat Sam. the futures bright, expect the unexpected 🙂

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Bill F your comment about making Viduka and Martins look better than they are is ridiculous

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 21, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Bill F, Duff didn’t seem to get into the game really and Carroll looked a little laboured/slow but is strong.
    Maybe Dukes is a bad example to the young striker 🙂

  • howway geordies

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Geremi had the team’s worst passing stats yesterday (28 out of 44 attempted passes, or 64%, were accurate).

  • Bill F

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro, I really do feel that if they played without Owen they wouldn’t look as good. I just hope that situation doesn’t arise to prove me right however.

    From what I have read and heard Viduka hardly got into the game and Oba wasted opportunities to lay the ball off to give his team mates better scoring chances. I realise a top forward has to be a little selfish but he also has to know when not to be.
    OK you can say that I am being a bit picky but if we want to be top four these are the type of players we need and I am not sure if Oba and Viduka are quite there (yet)

  • Viper

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I had to watch in 2 different pubs in Birmingham, double audible joy for me to spread!

    Other half’s a brum city fan, which didn’t do a lot for her mood when she joined me at half time! She gutted, me near pig-in-poop!

    Game-wise, typical derby really, but dirty fkin twts. 5-0 yellow cards isn’t really a fair reflection. But hey. WE WON!!!!!

  • Tripp

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    We’ve been “awarded” far fewer cards under KK and SA. Butt hasn’t had one in ages. Under SA he was getting one about every game it seemed like.

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    sebastian larsson is a realistic target if brum get relegated

  • ScottyT

    Apr 21, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    haha its class in a much much better mood than for a while afta yesterday .. going through listening to class toon songs like the 1 from valle and more. mint

  • valle

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Bill F… Im pretty sure his father was the one with a broken toe 😉

  • apan

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21 understands Newcastle and West Ham are eyeing Toulouse midfielder Achille Emana.

    Emana is a target for a host of clubs across Europe after impressing for Toulouse over the last few seasons.

    The 25-year-old is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

    Newcastle and West Ham have been keeping tabs on the Cameroon international for some time and scouts from both clubs are believed to have watched Emana in action against Bordeaux over the weekend.

    Toulouse are unlikely to be able to resist any big-money offers for Emana and their valuation of €8million (£6.3million) would be no problem for either Newcastle or West Ham.

    Well its from skysports, kinda reliable right?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Emana is just a decent player, nothing more, nothing less.

  • keegan

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    youre all so boring

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Bill F, Viduka held the ball up very well, and Martins, although a bit selfish, was a hassle for their defenders the whole time he was on. I can see your point, but you have to understand that because Viduka and Martins are such a handful it allows Owen to make those killer runs without being tracked. They all contribute to each others game, Which is why i believe that if you remove any one of our three forwards from the equation we will suffer a fair bit.

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #25

    point to raise, is anyone aware that if we win or draw at West Ham with Owen scoring a goal or two, KK is in a strong position to recieve Manager of the Month, and Owen is in a strong position to recieve Player of the Month. We can hope eh

  • Leo

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #26

    beating the mackam scum is all that matters

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Wouldnt mind Emana as he can pass good and is strong, but he is another player that would leave us in January and we cannot build our team up only to see it crumble after the xmas period like Redknapps team does. He was lucky Zimbabwe didnt make it, otherwise Benjani would have gone and he would have been stuffed

  • polak

    Apr 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #28

    MAGPIES jersey – £30
    Michael Owen – £16 million
    Newcastle United Football Club – £134 million
    Happy billionaire sitting among fanatique fans – priceless!
    There are things u just can’t buy, for all rest you can pay sponsors and owners money.
    Polish supporters love MA!

  • belfast toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #29

    got this quote off one of the lesser toon site’s a quote from keegan “Terry McDermott just turned to me with five minutes to go when they were singing and he said, ‘It’s like the old days, Gaffer'”. that give me shivers. For the first time in years I’m starting to believe again.

    In current form (last 6 games) we are level top with the scum just wish the season wasn’t ending so soon

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t often agree with you Spyro but I think you are spot on there, it‘s Martins running and Vidukas hold up play that is attracting the attention of the defences that’s giving Owen more space to operate.

    I think Bill F is talking through an orifice that is usually used for an altogether different purpose, I suspect he may have a case of bad breath at the moment. 😉 😉 😉

    Just remember the performance from Martins last season and that was not a full season, he is a quality goal getter given the time on the park.

  • valle

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Oba is just so frustrating i wanna scream at him!!!… THe guy has NO football intelligence and is so selfish it makes him a really bad partner for the other attackers.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Both tdt & Gordon have a point!..
    …As does Spyro about Viduka & Martins!..
    …Sometimes players just pull holes in the opposion defense for others to take advantage of!..Hence 433 works for us!..
    …Just like Shearer used to have at least 2 defenders on him all game, therefore a hole somewhere else on the pitch!..
    …But teams can’t put 2 players on Owen, Martins & Viduka, but the more they use, the less their attack & midfield have to play with…
    …Therefore, better for our defense…Q.E.D!..

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #33

    exactly punk skunk

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey Spyro, u know what i’m talkin’ about…
    Sometimes we want too much from players, or rather we forget the big picture!..
    …We beat the ‘unwashed’ 2-0 in a typically tough, raggy game, where everyone did what they had to!..
    …Another win, another clean sheet!..
    …It won’t always be ‘perfect’, but it’s nice to keep winnin’ & have a few ‘perfect’ games shot in!..i.e. spuds game!..

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #35


    haha yes i seen his moobs
    you fat bastard haha

    final words on the game

    we won


    done us proud lads

  • Johann

    Apr 21, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Stop worshipping Owen come on. When all goes well he´s the best player in the world otherwise he´s not good at all. Be consistent in your opinions will you! Owen is an okay player in my mind. I´m not over the moon when he scores a double in a game against sunderland. I expect him to score. If he can provide the same performance against the top teams(didn´t do anything against portsmouth which aint even a top team in my mind, while agbonlahor and young didn´t have such a tough time) then my opinion would finally change. Of our three forwards I´d say Viduka slightly edges Owen in ability. Oba only has his pace and hasn´t shown anything else but his fluke goals. He goes hiding in big games.

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Yeah Johann, Martins goes hiding in the big games, just like he did when he shot from about 35 yards against liverpool and hit the cross bar, or when he put the nail in the coffin against spurs by skinning a player and then calmly placing it into the corner with his weaker foot. Shut up you fool you talk nonsense

  • Spyro

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #38

    What is a “top team” then Johann?

  • ScottyT

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #39

    srry johann but with a comment like this ..

    ‘I´m not over the moon when he scores a double in a game against sunderland’

    wat the hell is going on wit that?! 1st of all its sunderland, secondly 2 goals ahead of them. if u arent over the moon then there is a problem im afraid.

  • Bill F

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Well I didn’t see all of the game so I won’t get too hung up on the point and lets face it we all talk through our A*ces at times. Guilty M’Lud. 🙂

    One player I have seen recently and would like to see in BW is Bakhary Kone looks like a better version of SWP


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