FT: Hartlepool 1 Newcastle 4 – Great Duff Hat Trick

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Damien Duff was the star of the show today, especially in the second half, as he scored two of his three goals to record his first ever hat-trick for Newcastle United.

Damien has not had a particularly pleasant two years on Tyneside, and he has scored only two competitive goals for the club, one in each of the last two seasons.

So today, while just a pre-season game, it shows he may already have come under the Kevin Keegan magic wand, because we’re sure Kevin has told him he needs to score more goals at the club, and that’s exactly what he did today, and all 3 goals were well taken.

Some of us (like me), who think he should be moved on in the summer, may have to think again.  😀

But it’s credit to Damien who played all out, especially in the second half, and certainly on this display he doesn’t think his career is over at Newcastle. It also would appear that Kevin Keegan is starting to extract the best form out of the experienced Irishman, which is great to see.

Danny Guthrie made his debt in the second half and within 8 minutes had made a goal for Damien Duff, and then helped himself to another for a tremendous start to his Newcastle career. Danny couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his career on Tyneside, and we know Keegan thinks the world of him.

Newcastle’s class really showed in the second half, but until then it was a closely contested game with Hartlepool going ahead after just 16 minutes, but it was a poor goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint.

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. But we think the Newcastle back-line will need to look at what happened, because they seemed to be opened up far too easily.

Newcastle introduced youngsters 20 year-old Fraser Forster, and 18 year olds Ben Tozer and Callum Morris, for some first team experience in the second half, and they all had good run-outs.

This was a good performance from the lads, and we shouldn’t forget we have some very good players already in the squad, although everybody and their uncle knows it’s a very small squad.

Yes, this was also against Hartlepool United, who are not a PL team, but we think Kevin will be pleased with a lot of the performances he saw today, and while our squad is admittedly very small, it seems packed with quality.

We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but after the trials and tribulations of the last 3 weeks, this is a promising performance from the lads, and we know Kevin has been doing his job over the last 2 weeks, that’s for sure.

Now to get those 5 new players into the club – will Arda be next?   😀

Comments welcome.

92 comments so far


    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1


  • Christoon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    first post niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee nice one duffy

  • NathanB

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #3

    A good solid start to the pre season but if we dont expand our team significantly for the start of the league we could come unstuck with injuries. fingers crossed KK has worked his magic on Duffer!!

  • Oba's Mum

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    A Great Start to the campaign, just what we needed after all of the tension around the club due to the lack of transfer movement

  • Spuggy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    GO on Duff, if he can make it back to his top form he will be like a new signing. Don’t think he was really fit last season at the end, but KK has really worked hard at fitness over the last 2 weeks and hopefully these early signs that its working, albeit against a second rate team.

    Great for Guthrie too! I think he could turn out to be the bargain of the season for us but lets see more before making a real judgement.

    Now KK – go fetch a quality creative CM, CB, LB and maybe a striker (not absolutely necessary) and we’re set to fight for a top 6 finish, and play some great football. Once again the entertainers, keep optimistic all this seasons gonna be a cracker considering we just come out of a relagation scrap.

    Howay the Toon!!!

    Ps – see Everton got thrashed 4-2 🙂 and fielded a semi decent side (arteta got a run out second half), move over 5th spot he we come!

  • ToonTex

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I need highlites!!!! Video!!!!! Where!!!!!


  • broon ale

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    now it’s important to remain grounded.,
    i remember a certain Albert luque getting amongst the goals last season. we know what happend there

  • shearer4pm

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    nufc.com website, live match updates 56 mins : shola should make it four when he does everything right to work an opening for a shot after a clever dummy in the area, lee-barret is grounded and has the whole goal to aim at…sounds good right but wait, there’s more….BUT gets his feet in a tangle and mis-ques right at the last moment, the miss prompts chants of “if shola scores were on the pitch” from the toon army behind the goal

    hahahahahahahahha oh shola, not really unfamilier is it

  • Mike

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Hope Duff doesn’t pull a Luque… by that I mean play well in the preseason only to be transfered out off the Toon

  • DanToon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Careful lads, if you have a good pre season you usually go on to have a shocker when it gets official… a la last season! Plus it wa only Hartlepool (no disrespect) see what happens when we go to old trafford, no bigger test really!

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Looking good my friends looking good 😉

  • John

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    lads any links to the highlights off the game

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone know if we can see the goals on internet??

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Time to get shot of Duff !!!! 😀

    Good start but it’s only H’pool and our first game, Suppose Cacapa was outta position for their goal? Anyone know? and I remember Smith had a good pre-season last year too.

  • shirts

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Duff had all the injury woes and I remember him complaining about low fitness levels under Allardyce. He also often said that a lack of proper pre-season really affected him. Could he be reborn? I truly hope so. He would be like a new signing, as someone said earlier.

  • Kevin

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    On a different thread site someone mentioned it was Edgar who got caught out of position.
    Well done boys – I personally agree with mighty Ed – Duff played a fantastic game but should go in the preseason – he’s definitately got talent in him but can he last a full season without getting a knock? Doubt it.

  • bennit3b

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounding good, eventhough its only pool, if we can get duff playing well again it will be like a new signing

  • KFroeland

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    It would be absolutely brilliant if Damien could find his old self and finally play like we hoped he would when we bought him. Would much rather have a hard working irishman in the team than some wanna-be bling boy c*ck. I think Kev’s gonna sort it out though.

    Really optimistic about Guthrie. That early positive experience he must have had today should give him some extra confidence and enthusiasm which he needs to get a good start to the season.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Could it be that 52,000 NUFC fans have got it wrong?

    I hold my hand up, i could not have cared less if we had sold Duff to another club, even the Mackems!

    But as i’ve said before we have not underachieved due to a lack of talent, its just the talent itself is underachieving and letting us all down.

    And while we shouldnt get too carried away we all know Duff can perform with the very best, he just needs to be consistant.

    Just one note of doom…..i noticed Smiths name did not get too many mentions. And yes while its only one game and we shouldnt get too carried away with Duff, i suppose i shouldnt be too hard on Smith!

    I’ll finish on a good note, well done Guthrie, this lad will play with a point to prove, no doubt!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    OK cheers Kevin

  • alex scott

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    This game means nothing.

    Duff has finally found his level of play.

    Not got the pace for PL anymore.

  • macakane

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Interesting how Milner succeeded in MC position, because in my opinion Milner could be a decent mc, he got quite good long shot, he`s good ball passer,he works hes socks off at every match, and if i aint wrong he is quite good with both feets.But as a winger he lacks pace, and quite often he lacks decent crosses.

  • Hadrian

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    his house is already on the market , we have supposedly pimped him out to most premiership clubs .
    have we burned our bridges if we wanted to keep him?
    or has keegan wanted to keep him all along .

    thought him and shola were in the shop window there if im being honest , duff just might of gave us a big problem to think over .

  • toonfan3

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #24

    hey guys im new what number did guthrie wear?

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #25

    BSA filled the team with no confidence, just his nonsense managing and we seen how long it took KK to turn it around.

    Duff I thought did ok after Xmas when he came back from injury and maybe now that he’s fully fit we’ll see a different player.

    Well done to the young Guthrie too.

    This mini-touny we’ve entered will be good competition imo, hope we get to see some of it on the internet.

  • Kevin

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Second the Entertainers – GREAT to see Guthrie come straight on and contribute. Matches like this will build the lad’s confidence and settle him with his new teamates. I can’t wait to see Jonas in a shirt ASAP!
    Lads the most pressing issue of the remainder of the offseason is who on EARTH is going to take Smith and Shola from us? Smith can shove off far as am concerned. Couldn’t care any less about him. Shola, though, has served the club well. I want to see the boy play in a first team somewhere – but let’s hope he doesn’t get greedy for wages and keep sucking our club of money. I say we find the best tea lady in the Prem, and offer a straight swap for both of these lads.

  • Toon Al

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    i think guthrie is 8

    and cacapa is a lot better than most people seem to give him credit for all it took was one bad performance while injured and now all of england and most of us seem to think he’s shite.


  • beye the great

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #28

    agree with entertainers but smith should be given a 2nd chance though a bigger squad

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Duffs third goal was cracking.

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Exactly, Cacapa apparently had a good link up with given today and played well, i know it is only Hartlepool but if he could get used to the physical side of the prem then he is a class defender.

    Guthrie played well and will shut up the “who the f**k is guthrie!? we have no ambition” lot.

    I am delighted to hear Milner is playing in the middle, i have said for ages now that he hasn’t really got the greatest pace for wings but would be good in the middle. Hopefully thats his new position

  • Albert Stigys

    Jul 19, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon Al –
    God, Guthries only 8? He looks atleast 21!

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ve always said to my mates Milner would be great in the middle as he’s not afraid to put himself about and he’s a cracking passer of the ball, He is quick though and he’s great at running at players imo. Has a lethal shot on him, would be great if he was to play in the middle next season for Newcastle United!

  • valle

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Albert… No 21 is his number, he is only 8 years old mate 😉

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon Al, the reason everyone thinks he is crap because of one game is because the media jumped on that one performance and really highlighted it, whenever people say Cacapa is crap that is all they ever bring up, ridiculous

  • valle

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Well… I agree that Milner is good to have around due to his versality… BUT… I sure dont agree with people who think that he can be the creative playmaker we need, and i dont agree about him being a cracking passser either.

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #36

    He will be dangerous in the middle because he can shoot with both feet, works hard, and he is good at pass-and-move.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #37

    yes i would defo keep milner but i still think we need at least two more midfield players…dm and creative am…

  • Jude

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    I need Video highlights guys..comeon

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    we dont need a creative AM, we just need to play two CM and two Wingers. One CM sit deep and play a more defensive role, and the other will have more freedom to go foward, This way it ensures both our CM’s can defend when its needed. Half the reason we concede so many goals is because our midfield doesn’t defend enough, or they simply keep giving away the ball. why do people on here think we need to play a diamond midfield formation?…and even if we did play that formation Barton, N’zogbia, Owen, Gutierrez and Milner can all play AM

  • Hadji

    Jul 19, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    I said in some previous posts that we should keep him,he has to rediscover his old form sooner or later.His injury last season was a major blow for his form.


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