HT: Doncaster 0 Newcastle 0 – Bassong Very Impressive


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Newcastle got the game underway defending the end where the Toon Army was housed, and the game started slowly with the temperature around 76 degrees F.

Newcastle’s French Trialist Sebastien Bassong made two good clearances in the first few minutes, and gets his game off to a good start.

Smith then passed the ball wide to Geremi out on the right wing with stacks of space and the Newcastle captain controlled well with his chest, before delivering one of his excellent crosses which Smith just didn’t get close enough to.

The game is evenly matched, much like the game last week at Hartelpool in the first half, and after 25 minutes Bassong again does well, and even gets a pat on the back from goalkeeper Steve Harper, for his beautifully timed clearance inside the six-yard area from a testing Woods’ ball.

The young Frenchman has started very well, and is certainly looking the part in the early stages of the game.

Well it doesn’t surprise us as the Toon Army, who are providing most of the entertainment with their songs, are chanting “46, give us a wave” and that echoes around the Keepmoat Stadium.

They have obviously taken an immediate liking to Bassong, the French defender playing at center-back, who is wearing number 46.

On 35 minutes Doncaster come close to scoring, following a good corner from Woods. It’s met by the head of Gareth Taylor, who looks to have scored but Harper claws the ball away from his top corner, and somehow stops the ball from entering the net.

The ball is still loose and falls to the unmarked Guy on the corner of the six-yard area, but he badly slices his shot into the Newcastle crowd behind the goal, much to their delight.

But it was a good chance for Doncaster, and Guy should have done a lot better with the opportunity.

The game seems to be following the pattern of last week’s game at Hartlepool, and Newcastle are starting to get on top in the sweltering heat.

As half time approaches, Newcastle almost score when Geremi’s beautiful delivery is turned on to his own crossbar by a Doncaster defender from inside the six-yard box.

Luckily for Doncaster it bounces behind for a corner, which Geremi takes but former Wimbledon and Scottish International goalkeeper, Neil Sullivan, who is now 38, dashes from his line to collect the ball nicely.

Most of the entertainment has been the singing of the Toon Army, and their latest chant before half time was “If 46 scores we’re on the pitch” and they are obviously impressed with the young Frenchman, on trial at Newcastle, who has looked impressive in the first 45 minutes.

The half time whistle finally blows, and the best entertainment has come from the Toon Army – and Sebastien Bassong, who has done himself a lot of good in the first 45 minutes.

Impressive for Newcastle has also been Danny Guthrie, who has hardly wasted a ball in the first half, and looks more than good in the middle of the park. This boy looks like a winner.

We look for Newcastle to increase the tempo of the game in the second half.


Teams:

Doncaster Rovers: Neil Sullivan; Robbie Hall, Trialist, Trialist, Gareth Roberts; James Coppinger, Richie Wellens, James Hayter, Martin Woods; Gareth Taylor, Lewis Guy,
Subs: James O’Connor, Adam Lockwood, Mark Wilson, Stuart Elliott, Paul Heffernan, Craig Nelthorpe,John Spicer;

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Sebastien Bassong, Jose Enrique, Damien Duff, Danny Guthrie, Geremi (c), Charles N’Zogbia, Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith
Subs: David Edgar, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Tim Krul, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark



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59 comments so far

  • Stephen

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully no Injuries today thats the main thing.

    Hopefully Bassong is the new toure 🙂

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Just hope the players get a well deserved match practice.

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  • xfer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Looking at the teamsheet, it doesnt make good reading. Too many youngsters in the team, especially on the bench. Is there anyone above the age of 20 on the bench?

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  • dan_from_france

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    ed how do u know is it on tv or on the web or have u got some a the game? if its on the web can some one tell me please!!!!!

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  • davey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    go on young bassong!!!!!!

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  • Tom1664

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Krul’s on.

    C’mon lad!

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  • ToonSg

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Tim Krul on for harper

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  • Tehab

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s just ripped this straight from the nufc.co.uk website. If you’re going to blatantly steal from the official site, at least cite the thing so people know you’re not actually watching the game. Better yet, paste a link so people can read the reports in real time. Poor IMO.

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  • xfer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Dan, you can get more info from our site :

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1351722,00.html

    Thats about all we can get atm i believe. Match highlights should be available later in the day or tomorrow.

    Danny boy seems to be doing great too with possession on the ball.

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    out of interest, why give us the temperature in Fahrenheit???

    Smith just missed from 10 yards out, poor header…..SIGH!

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  • seetow

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    why am i not surprised it’s 0-0 when smith and shola’s playing..

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  • beye the great

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    lol it should be a good chance for the lads to warm up for majorca its absolutely scorching how any one can p,lay football in tis weather is a true athlete

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  • figsdad

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    we should snap that bassong up sounds like a good player..

    we need more players..

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    i went out to get an ice cream from co-op earlier, ALMOST didnt make it….too hot.

    now ameobi just missed from too close..

    and im fed up of geremi taking all the free kicks….let the zog take one!

    just a quick edit: where’s andrew carrol ???

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  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #15

    somebody needs to just snatch the ball out of geremi’s hands every time he picks it up at a set piece..

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  • joe

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    If Godsmark doesn’t get a run out then it’s shocking. He is lightning quick and always comes up with something.

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  • Blue Drag00n

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Zoggy sounds like our biggest threat at the mo, we need to hold on to this guy

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  • Chris

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Tozer on for Geremi, no more dead ball specials from him then!

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    yer, but he needs to either assit a bit more, or shoot on target for a change…

    horay for geremi coming off for tozer, lets hope for another Free kick…

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  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    nah chris, he’ll probably pass those duties onto shola or smith 😀

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  • dick

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #21

    I said several times last season geremi is the worst corner and free kick taker in the premiership, the mind boggles that no one in the toon coaching staff has noticed this and not done anything about it, theres only one conclusion we must have the worst coaches in the country

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  • GraemeR

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Guess the strikes Competition – From todays game who’s this?

    “but the striker’s header bounces wide of Sullivans target.”

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  • Kevin

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Doncaster goal. FFS.

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  • Martin

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Jesus…1:0!

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  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Hopefully this match will all but right off the use of Ameobi and Smith
    They’ve had plenty of chances and mucked them all up.

    Zoggers shots seem to of been wayward today as well

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  • GraemeR

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    1-0 WTF

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  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #27

    1-0 doncaster. enrique went to sleep.

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #28

    he is pretty bad….but sometimes milner cant cross at all really, and the zog randomly has absolubtly appauling corners….and free kicks

    meh, let tim krul take free kicks…

    btw, ameobi missed AGAIN from a guthrie cross

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Damn it Jose Enrique

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  • Mark

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #30

    OMG WE ARE LOSING A FRIENDLY!! -_-

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #31

    OMG, we are losing to Doncaster? Moment of truth?

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    That’s absolutely what I’m saying.

    We need another left-back asap!

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  • neozero

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #33

    1-0 down :((

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #34

    friendly or not, its a chance to impress…but we havent done tht really…

    up front its like having two 40 year old has beens…..

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  • joe

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #35

    except it’s two 20 something never were’s!!!!

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  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36

    its not a huge deal we’ve lost to doncaster, because its not as if its important.
    regardless of whats at stake however, we should be winning games like this and its not encouraging to see enrique fall asleep in the final 5 of a pre season game. switch on son.

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  • Chris

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Should have been a stroll in the park, but Doncaster probably deserve the win. We need to get rid of Smith and Shola.

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  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    rofl, so true joe…..

    anyone watching channel 5? man city vs hamburg…..

    they just braught on mohammed zidan….i kinda rate this player, lets see how he goes….

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  • Stephen

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Why dont we buy sinclaire from chelsea

    I think he will become a great player and with chelsea spending spending spending they might offload.

    I think he could be a steal

    anyone is better than smith and ameobi anyways

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  • 51times

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Just a friendly…but at the same time, surely Ashley must see we need money to improve the squad?

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