FT: Newcastle 0 Chelsea 2 – Blues Too Good


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Newcastle fans got a dose of reality in the second half of today’s game against title-chasing Chelsea, after the Blues moved to a higher gear after half time, and ended up comfortable 2-0 winners, after a very even first half, in which Newcastle were slightly the better side.

Chelsea showed just how better a team they are than Newcastle, when they moved to another gear after half time and scored their go ahead goal after 15 minutes of sustained pressure.

Ballack scored another great header and such an important goal, after being picked out from a free kick by Didier Drogba. Yes, the Ivory Coast International makes goals as well.

Ballack seems to make a habit of scoring important goals in his career, and has come good for Chelsea in the second half of the season.

The Newcastle defense was under intense pressure for 15 minutes after half time, but some good defending from the home side, and excellent blocks, particularly from young Steven Taylor has the Magpies hanging on.

Just before Chelsea got their goal John Terry had thundered a header against the cross-bar following a Malouda corner.

Newcastle as usual didn’t give up after going a goal down, and continued to attack Chelsea, but today they only could create half chances, which they didn’t take.

Then Owen just missed getting on the end of a cross, when he seemed to have a gaping goal in which to slot the ball home.

In fact Owen had two half chances in the first half, but Newcastle never had a clean cut chance today, only about 3 half chances, which they failed to take.

While they were the better team in the first half Chelsea woke up after half time and showed the Newcastle crowd just how good they are, and illustrated what Kevin Keegan has been saying for a while – it will take some time to be on the same level as the top four teams.

Oba Martins had a great game and there’s just no way this boy cannot be a prime striker at the club next season. He had an excellent game, and was always a threat to Chelsea, and will have impressed many onlooking managers.

At half time Viduka was withdrawn and Smith came on in Mark’s place, but we badly missed the hold-up play of Viduka, and it’s important that we get someone else this summer who can play the hold up game.

Another forward is needed, to back up Viduka, , who is so important for the team, but is often injured. We wonder whether Smith is good enough for Newcastle next season.

After 82 minutes Chelsea scored a wonderful goal as they passed the ball through midfield and Malouda was sprung clear to push the ball past Steven Harper, who had no chance.

Newcastle played very well today, and can hold their heads high. Steven Taylor was excellent at the back as was big Abdoulaye Faye, and up front Oba Martins was the star man of this Newcastle side.

There’s no way we should let Martins leave Newcastle.

As far as new signings in the summer we suggest we make that at least 6 top-class players, if we are to stand any chance against these top four teams next season.

And we need at least one point against Everton next week, as we are still on 43 points, which is our worst ever points total (last season) in the Premier League.

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96 comments so far

  • Ant

    May 5, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Oba…I will lose a leg for your signature!

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  • ToonKing

    May 5, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Smithy and Duff are useless, we need to get rid fast…

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    May 5, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Some changes to the side, but I see a very bright side.

    N’Zogbia is good, Martins, wondering if he is playing midfield in the second half. But he passes and holding the ball well.

    Duff is still recovering, still lack a bit of pace.

    Overall, a performance to be proud of. We are not the best attacking team, but certainly Chelsea has one of the best defence.

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  • toonoholic

    May 5, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Smith is shite .

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  • Taiwantoon

    May 5, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Oba was superb in the first half. His pace was our biggest weapon today IMO.

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  • Midjew

    May 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Well,

    WHAT CAN I SAY!!

    For the FIRST time in a long time, I Enjoyed watching the whole game, regardless of us lossing.

    We played SO well for our ability, everyone seemed to work hard, even though there was some slack/dangerous Passing in 2nd half.

    There was Some GREAT CHANCES, made by great players, Martins, Owen.

    Duff and N’zogbia both on left looked great and it would be a shame to loose n’zogbia.

    I think from watching that ALL we need is…

    DM – Butt getting on a bit and passing bit slack when he gets tired which is quick.

    AM/Playmaker – WE HAVENT GOT ONE!!!! (owen is a striker)

    Striker – We need a STRONG Striker, like Gomis, a Fitter younger Viduka.

    CB – A New PL Defender (Like Dunne)

    and

    Maybe a new winger and LB

    Then we could have… (Maybe???)

    ———–Given————
    Beye—Taylor—Dunne/Faye—Bridge(He’s was great today)
    SWP—Veloso—N’zogbia
    ——-Owen———–
    —-Martins—Gomis—

    BUT….. and this is a HUGE BUT…

    Just listening to keegans comments after the game and it DONT SOUND GOOD.

    DONT GET UR HOPES UP…

    He just said we will never compete with Chelsea and MIGHT GET 2 or 3 players in, if that.

    and he said he will HAVE to cope with players hes got.

    OH DEAR… Dont soung promising COME ON MORT AND ASHLEY GET YA MONEY OUT

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  • Shanghaitoon

    May 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d say Owen’s chances were more than half chances… He just had some bad misses today. We have a long way to go … 🙁

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  • warm bench

    May 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    initial impression..

    smith – waste of space

    martins – headless chicken.

    butt – poor distribution + crap marking for the 1st goal.

    faye – good performance, strong challenges

    barton – kept running.

    taylor – good performance

    geremi – ok

    owen – missed too many chances and gave the ball away too easily

    viduka – was missed when he was subbed

    discuss

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  • Ant

    May 5, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #9

    KEEGAN JUST SAID HE DOESN’T WANT ANYONE!!!!!

    What? You can’t be serious Kev?

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  • toon_mad

    May 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Alan Smith must go, if rangers decide to buy him then WHY? although he might suit the sort of football rangers play, slow and boring.
    wouldnt be surprised if n’zogbia left aswell. in terms of re-signings and signings i hope that owen and martins resign because they probably the best two forwards we have. i would like to see two new world class midfielders, a striker or two (not d.bent) maybe crouch to replace viduka. and a couple of defenders.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Second half was men against boys.
    Unbelievably KK has just said on TV that there is not much money and he will stick with this team. How depressing. MA what is going on? Cough up or ship out.

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Cheating Chelsea!!!… They dont deserve to win the league going about the game in that way… That being said, we werent THAT good in first half and we sucked big time in 2nd half. We simply didnt pass well enough when they put us under pressure and way to may passes where long balls that ended up as Chelsea attacks… Thought Butt did well, and to some extent Beye and Taylor. Enrique did well going forward but had problems defending and our entire attack looked 2nd rate with Martins the best of the Bunch today, tho he IN NO WAY deserve the blind following that some fans seems to afford him. Barton was bad, and i would like to know his passing percentage for todays game and Smith just dont take his chance… Duff looked ok, tho he tripped 1 or 2 times and Harper was good, tho he could have done better with their second chance.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    I knew we would lose when SMITH came on. We are playing with 10 men with him. To think hes on £65K a WEEK. Beggars belief. Id pay him 65 PENCE.

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  • ToonDaft

    May 5, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    he wants people ok, seemed to me like he was saying there aint going to be any money – the pessimism sounded from this club of late is scary, seriously worrying and will remain the case until we start and make waves in the transfer market – in a mere matter of weeks we have went from talk of a squad overhaul to 4-5, to 3 or 4, to now, as KK just said, 1 or 2 – he just said he aint going to have the money so will have to stick with what he has – another season of frustration then

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  • Petworth Mag

    May 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #16

    How’s about Obi Mikel from Cheski?

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Another false dawn for Newcastle United then.

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Ant (comment 7)… Where did you see/read that?

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #19

    So Mort comes out and say there is money and that people just didnt come because of londons bright lights, while KK tells us that he aint being backed?… I hope that is all a misunderstanding, because otherwise we are looking at another bunch of bull being served us like in the FF days

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  • ToonDaft

    May 5, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #20

    and to think, this comes in the same day that Morty has been making his mouth go about backing KK with lots of money – what the hell is going on at this club?
    was it just me or did KK look annoyed when he was talking about it? will Owen, Martins and Tayls sign new contracts if we aren’t going to show ambition?
    for me, if we want to compete for Euro places NEXT season we need to be spending at least 60m as Big Sam has just pointed out

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Midfield is desperately slow. You can have either Butt or Geremi there but not both. We need some box to box dynamism in midfield. Butt and Geremi just stand around and pass the ball. Chelsea’s midfield overran us 2nd half because they are fast and mobile. Butt and Geremi are old men.

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  • KKN39

    May 5, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Owen just forgot his boots today which is really bad. hope it’s just a one-off thing . however on the bright side we are creating a few “more than half” chances against a top team in europe. hey pick just one, anyone of the guys in blue he may cost more than the 1st 11 or 12 men of Wigan or Derby (and we did lose 4 pts to Derby this season?!). also, just hope it’s good sign that Zog starts playing for KK …

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Btw, we cant overlook our height problem… Our team is simply to small and the centre back we are after will have to be as big and strong in the air as Faye, we could also use a big defensive midfielder tho.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 5, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope we don’t turn into a selling club again. I don’t think a lot of our older supporters could take it again.

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Daiv… True. so in our 6 man attack when we go forward, 3 of them are actually stationay (Dukes, Geremi and Butt), leaving us only 3 to try and run at defenders.

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  • Taiwantoon

    May 5, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    It makes me wondering if King Kev was not too impressed by Wise’s list.

    King Kev had some short term signings in his last spells for a purpose and it seems Mort is not too aware of that.

    I have said quite a few times that I am still not convinced by Ashely, and I am really worried now.

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  • AVRAM

    May 5, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    SMITH CAN F**K OFF!!!

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  • valle

    May 5, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #28

    If Mort and Ashley dosnt show ambition over the next two seasons, the lynch mob will come for their heads for sure!!!, i dont think we can take any more underarchieving and false promises after being robbed to cruelly of the success we should have seen in the last decade.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #29

    KK is seriously worried about the signings situation. That came across on TV. No money .Hope we do not settle for expensive flops like Darren Bent. MA has to deliver or he can push off.

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  • Steve_48

    May 5, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Just back from pub so apologies if any typos

    Look, we played really well 1st half, attacked when we could defended like troopers and justified the 0-0 @ HT, but simply put we ran outa steam 2nd half, men against boys I’ve read and it about sums us up 2nd half; nevertheless remember Owen had 2 chances one off the line by an England defender [who incidentally cheated by taking Owen out in 2nd half] and the 1st one in 1st half when he coulda taken another touch to round Chec.

    Good display 1st half, ran out of ideas 2nd half; Smith did little, sorry but not good enough for our style of play, needs to be sold. Quite why Zog was left on the bench for so lolng surprises me given his quality and ability to cross which is what we lacked today down both flanks.

    Anyhoo, off for another lager and some chow

    Anyone else with a view?

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  • Nick Dryden

    May 5, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Number one priority above all else, come the final whistle of the season is to get rid of Smith. What an appallingly atrocious player and thick as they come to boot. You knew as soon as he came on, it was game over. This recent unbeaten run when he hasn’t been playing is not a coincidence!! Smith should be closely followed by Duff, Geremi, Cacapa and Carr.

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  • briss264

    May 5, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    The second Viduka went off and SMith came on we we’re absolute shite with moments from Martins that gave us any hope. I was cleching not to throw things because every fing time smith touches the ball he does something wrong. He’s never in the right areas and hes trash. Carrol would have done a mich better job if he were given the chance today! Too bad the duke had to come off that early tho.

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  • Nick Dryden

    May 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #33

    stomach turning to see ”nothing’s my fault” Allardyce again. The biggest ground emptying turn off in the game and truly a boil on the face of good football.

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  • Steve_48

    May 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Nick – you said it matey, Smith was appalling today, sell, sell, sell.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Hamas
    If we turn into a selling club, we’ll get relegated.
    If KK says he cannot attract the best players, or the club will not give him money, I expect him to resign.

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  • Slam Dunc

    May 5, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    I think all Keegan was saying is that you can’t compete against the top 4 when they have players like Schevchenko, Lampard and Joe Cole waiting to come on.
    Also that you can’t get those players at Newcastle or anywhere else without Champions League football.
    Think he’d just seen the class of Chelsea and was trying to manage everyones expectations next year.

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  • Ginkoh

    May 5, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    We can’t change our chances to scores, That’s it ! If Owen can grab his chance it may be 2-2 or 2-1. but that’s football. Now ca can play a lot better football, no doubt. Best team won but not our day too.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Nick Dryden
    Spot on with the sales. Smith is worst player I have seen in NUFC shirt for many a year.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #39

    What actually happened in the game, and what happens at Everton next week, don’t matter anymore so I don’t see the point in talking about that. What is more concerning is our apparant lack of ambition in the transfer market. What’s going on at the club I wonder?

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #40

    If KK only signs 1 or 2 players as he has stated on TV, we’ll end up 9th or 10th. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. NOT WHAT I WANT TO HEAR.

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