FT: Hartlepool 1 Newcastle 4 – Detailed Report

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Here is a detailed report of Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Hartlepool United this afternoon, in which Irishman Damien Duff was the star with 3 well taken goals.


In a lively first half that had both teams playing attacking football, the first half ended with the teams level at 1-1.

Both sides started well with Hartlepool having more of the play in the first 5 minutes but then Newcastle started to get into their stride.

But then, after just 16 minutes Hartlepool took the lead, when Joel Porter sprung Matty Robson clear with a ball that went behind the Newcastle back four, and the winger shot nicely past the oncoming Shay Given.

It looked to be some poor positional play by Newcastle, and no doubt they will go thro-1ugh this goal next week with the coaching staff.

The game was to and fro and both sides could have scored as Newcastle looked to come back in the game, and on 40 minutes Newcastle finally drew level.

They broke quickly out of defense with James Milner with the ball and Damien Duff in support of the 22 year-old.

Milner then waited and then put the ball through to Duff, and the Irishman placed the ball nicely past the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net, from just inside the penalty area. A nice goal from the Irishman – and maybe Damien can start to score more goals for us.

But it’s a nicely worked goal from the Magpies and very well put away by Duff. This will be a big confidence booster for the Irishman, who hasn’t scored many goals in his two years on Tyneside.

A minute later and Newcastle were almost ahead after Oba Martins rounded goalkeeper Lee-Barrett – and had tried to tap the ball home, but he missed but it was a difficult chance for the Nigerian, and he was alert enough to almost get the ball in the net.

Just before half time Charles N’Zogbia hit a terrific shot from distance and the goalkeeper could only parry the ball, and it was cleared for a corner – a great effort from the Frenchman.

The half time whistle came, and we would expect some changes to be made for the second half, with presumably 21 year-old Danny Guthrie coming in for his Newcastle United debut.

When the team came back out for the second period, Danny Guthrie and Shola Ameobi replaced Oba Martins and Jose Enrique, with Charles N’Zogbia moving back to play in the left-back spot, with Guthrie playing in midfield.

Shola is a straight swap for Oba Martins.

After 51 minutes Duff is away down the left and he puts in a tantalizing cross, but nobody is there to tap the ball into the net.

Then after 52 minutes Newcastle go ahead, when young Danny Guthrie picks out the run of Damien Duff, who is having a sparkling game, and finds the winger with a great through ball. Yje Irishman has has two defenders in close attendance, but he still puts a right-footed shot past Lee-Barrett for his second goal of the game.

Who said we want to sell Duff? 😀

And this must be a Kevin Keegan coached side because a minute later Newcastle have gone 3- 1 up and it’s Danny Guthrie who scores just 7 minutes into his debut, as he adds to his assist with a goal>

His low drive form just outside of the penalty area took a slight deflection before curling past the dive of goalkeeper Lee-Barret and into the bottom corner. What a great start in his first game for the former Liverpool midfielder.

A couple of minutes later and Shola Ameobi should have made it four with the goalkeeper Lee-Barrett on the ground, the striker had the whole goal to aim at but then gets his feet all in a tangle and misses an excellent chance.

This will not help his move away from Newcastle, that’s for sure, and it was a simple chance the striker should have taken easily.

After 62 minutes 18 year-old Ben Tozer, so highly regarded at the club, came on for his debut, replacing David Edgar at right back.

Then on 66 minutes 20 year-old Hexham born goalkeeper Fraser Forster gets his first taste of first team action as he replaces Shay Given in goal.

Keegan is giving some playing time to some of his top youngsters, who may be able to do a job for him next season.

On 70 minutes Fraser Forster deals with a good James Brown strike, which he handles with no problems, and then just two minutes later the giant goalkeeper this time denies Foley, after the winger had got himself free in the penalty area to unleash a shot. Confident goalkeeping from the youngster.

And the next youngster to get an appearance for the Magpies, was Callum Morris who replaces Claudio Cacapa on 71 minutes.

Damien Duff played impressively, particularly in the second-half and again he raced away from Boland on the left after 78 minutes, and covered all of 40 yards before he put in a nice low cross across the goal, but again nobody is there to put the ball home, and Smith was unable to get to the fast paced ball.

Looks like Duff is out to prove he can be a player for Kevin Keegan, and the Irishman seems to be giving the game all he has, which is really nice to see.

Then on 80 minutes it’s Damien Duff again and his cross shot just skimmed the cross bar, and he’s a little unlucky not to get his hat trick.

But on 87 minutes Damien gets his reward as he shot home from 6 yards out, after being nicely set up by Shola Ameobi – a great display from the Dublin born player, which hopefully will lift the spirits of not only himself, but also the Newcastle fans.


Hartlepool: Arran Lee-Barrett, Jamie McCunnie, Ritchie Humphreys, Antony Sweeney, Ben Clark, Sam Collins (c), Gary Liddle, Ritchie Jones, James Brown, Joel Porter, Matty Robson
Subs: Andy Monkhouse, Jonny Rowell, Michael Mackay, Richard Barker, Alan Power, Michael Nelson, Willie Boland, Jan Budtz, David Foley

Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Damien Duff, James Milner, Nicky Butt (c), Charles N’Zogbia, Oba Martins, Alan Smith
Subs: Fraser Forster, Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi, Frank Wiafe Danquah, BenTozer, Callum Morris, Mark Doninger, Jonny Godsmark, Darren Lough

Referee: Graham Laws

64 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1

    First post!

  • furrygiblets

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Nice start to pre season 😀

  • beye the great

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    great that duff and guthrie played well hopefully an indication for the upcoming season

  • euanpolo

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done to Duff and good to see Guthrie on the scoresheet as well. Looking forward to watching it on youtube!

  • Will

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Get in there duff son!

  • Grant

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Guthrie changed the face of the match when he came on. Could be a classy signing. Someone who finally wants to give him a chance to fully realize his potential.

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Alan Smith – goal machine!! :p

    Well done lads, a fine comebacks against the force of ‘Pool :)))

  • dick

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

    looking at the players kk put out most of them are the ones that have been reported that are leaving the club, perhaps he was looking to see what there attidude is like

  • sweendogg007

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    I bet anyone if Duff stays he will score 20 this season, he just needs to regain his fitness.
    This is why we bought duff look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY0y5IEL_pE
    Also Smith will come good again

  • T.O.Mag

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Great Duff! Now sell him.

  • micepie

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    I honestly think with 3 signings, (plus a couple more youngsters would be great) and we could be fine:

    2 creative mf -one established and one up-and-coming -, and 1 versatile defender.

    I’m pleased for/about Duff albeit a friendly!

  • Toon_Army

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    good win today. Did Beye feature?

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #13

    no he didnt toon army

  • Danny

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I though Cacapa was released… must remember it wrong…
    Well then, our pre season starts on a goalscoring high, lets keep it like that eh?
    Wonderful result, could’ve skipped Pools goal tho, we should be better than that.

  • davey

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    i just saw the goals on tv guthrie’s goal was a scruffy 1 and so was duffs 2nd
    but teh otehr two goals were good, with good assists aswell.

    also on sky sports is a interview wit KK after teh match

  • Ppg(Toon Army Poland)

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Lamine Diatta was released not Cacapa 😀

  • Mutoids

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Lets see how duff does in the next pre season games, if he does play 😛 its not like we were playing the likes of man u etc. however it is a good result to boost the players confidence. all we need now are some new additions, and im not bothered with the 1 + 2million players, danny guthrie had a good game (apparently) and kev has lots of faith in him so it seems COME ON THE TOON!!

  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, Wats wrong wit Beye? Once again Owen has started getting injured. He is our inspiration next season.

  • Lutterbach

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Any photographs or videos of the game, please.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Apart from a very pleasing game, there were 2 interesting points after the game.

    Firstly Keegan would only speak to NUFC the official mouth piece for all Newcastles offical news. They really are tightening the ship towards the press, after suffering years at the hands of The Sun and alike. I completely endorse this approach.

    Secondly Keegans comment:
    “There’s definitely got to be more signings in the pipeline”

    I am guilty of reading too much into Kevs conundrums, but this does suggest he again has very little to do with transfers!
    Not the greatest news and at least we know where the blame or credit will go when the transfer window closes.

  • ende

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Owen’s injured? I thought he was just given the day off bc it’s just a preseason friendly, Kev wants to try out others.

  • ksmit

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Sounds like a decent result anyways… Anybody know if there is anywhere online that I can watch highlights? Is Owen actually injured or is Keegan so confident in him that he doesn’t need to see him play?

  • Timberhead Toon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah Owen picked up a niggle with Harper but no idea about Beye. But I thought they might have given Bassong a run out during his loan spell.

  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24
  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Owen’s got a slight niggle so he’s gone to Newmarket to walk it off.

  • Kevin

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #26

    I also read that Owen was injured which doesn’t bode well for the season ahead. We need that boy to score like he was at the end of last season to have any shot.
    Great to see Guthrie link up with the lads today. I have belief that the boy can do well for us. I long for the day when the summer will come and we won’t have to feel like we need to retool the ENTIRE team season after season.

    Agree with KK that we still need more signings, unfortunately. But the position we’re in is obvious – no big names will come to our club because of A) lack of European football and B) “not London” which, like it or not, will be a factor in recruiting international boys. So we’re going to need massive production from guys which haven’t proven it fully yet – i.e. Milner, N’Zogbia, Taylor, Guthrie, etc. We need a breakout player who will unexpectedly light it up. We all know the talent is there. We’ve got confidence in the boys – we just need them to repay it to us!
    I also read Beye is injured which is just as frightening as Owen being injured. A KEY player for us this season.

    With Keegan voicing his opinion about more signatures, I think we’ve still got three more signings to come. It’ll be one from each line – defense, midfield and forward. And I’m guessing since the crap London press has been proven wrong AGAIN AND AGAIN, we have no idea who they will be at this point. Just my thoughts – what do you lot say?

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #27

    agree 100% kevin

  • Kevin

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #28

    great to see King Kev looking proper! Looks like he learned a thing or two in New York this summer, eh?

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #29

    The Entertainers that’s quite an interesting thought… hope it’s not true though! I said this before, the best thing Kev can do is get the best out of what we have. ‘Do an Everton’ if you like, although i’m all for a big signing this summer. Hope to god Ashton will come, we can’t count on Smith, Ameobi, or Viduka and Owen to be fit all season… and I doubt he’ll let Carroll have that much of a run.

  • sweendogg007

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    There will only be 1 or 2 players added to the team b’cos we aren’t making enough money.
    So there is no point in buying so called star players?? until we make it into the top 6 b’cos those players are only squad players for the top4

  • Shaz

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone want to take back the words they said about Guthrie.told you he was a good player.

  • craig

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32

    good to see king kev and well done lads

  • davey

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #33

    andy nufc
    you hope to god Ashton will come, we can’t count on Smith, Ameobi, or Viduka and Owen to be fit all season?
    aston is as injury prone as the rest!

  • daiv

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Shame Smith was not able to score to give him some confidence. i feel that Viduka and Owen will be injured a lot this season so Smith will be playing more games than I would want. If he can get two or three goals from 25 games that would be a vast improvement on last season. But he needs to be scoring now against the rubbish to have any chance of scoring against the big boys. Perhaps we could let him have the next pen to set him on his way to a couple more this season.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Saying you’d settle for a stand in striker to get 3 goals in 25 games speaks volumes about his calibre.

  • davey

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #36

    i bet you that KK wont play smith as often as he has featured this season!
    he will bring in people he wants and smith may well end up warming teh bench ! unless sum mug can take him off us.
    a big striker to compliment martins would be a better option as owen n teh duke will probs be injured more than what they play.

  • daiv

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #37

    We have to be positive about Smith becaus ehe is goinh nowhere. Who is going to pay him £65K a week as we do. He’ staying and tou know that Viduka and Owen will be injured. He will play a lot and not score many goals. That unfortunately is the state of our club this year. But a couple of goals would be a lot better than none. It might get us two or three more points than last season

  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #38

    daiv telling people to be positive?!

  • daiv

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes I’ve turned over a new leaf. We have a great team and manager and owner and club toilets and club shop and lawn seeds. Shame about selling the best young prospect we have a the club..Krul. What was the youth policy supposed to be? I don’t recall the one about developing cheap youngsters into quality and then selling them to support MAs bank balance. Thought they were supposed to go into OUR team. Sorry, there I go again being negative about MA just when I had turned over my new leaf. Keep repeating Daiv ” MA is a saint, MA is a saint.”

  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #40

    One of the lads over on Newcastle-Online spoke to Krul at half time today and he said he’s planning on staying, also said he’s going to be playing next week.


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