HT: Newcastle 0 Hertha Berlin 0


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The opening half tonight was quite even with Newcastle looking well organized and playing  some good open football.

But the last ball in the final third of the field was letting the team down again and again.

Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has had a good start to his Newcastle career, and has looked extremely skillful and has linked up surprisingly well with his new team-mates.

But we have to win this game tonight, and we must be sharper with that final pass – because we should be able to win this game.

Here is a detailed report of the first half.

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1min – Milner crossed the ball and Shola Ameobi’s flick almost resulted in a goal as the ball goes across the goal and beyond the far upright .

2min – Steve Harper got his first taste of the action with an easy save from Cicero’s 22 yard shot

6min – Gutierrez and N’Zogbia work well together as Gutierrez played a nice flick that let in Charles N’Zogbia behind the full back, and he just reached the ball but his cross was blocked for a corner.

Milner took the corner which results in an injury to Bertha goalkeeper Christian Fielder,a nd he is replaced by Jaroslav Drobny.

Note: a famous name indeed – Jaroslav Drobny was the first left-handed tennis player to capture Wimbledon in 1954 by beating American Ken Rosewall for the title – now back to football.

13min – Newcastle look to be in control and very tidy and have a spell of prolonged possession after which Gutierrez won a corner. Milner’s corner was high, but keeper Drobny took the ball well.

15min – Danny Guthrie tried a 20-yard drive which went for a corner off Chahed. The Magpies took a short corner but Steven Taylor was penalized for pushing.

18min – Newcastle got a free kick 20 years out and young N’Zogbia struck the ball well, which was deflected for a corner. Milner took the corner which fell to Taylor, and his nice lob was only just over the ball – unlucky for Steven.

22min – So far so good for Argentine Gutierrez, who has looked full of skill and the Argentine won another corner but Milner’s corner is poor and blocked by Hertha Berlin’s first man – not good.

28 min – The German team are now playing better but a free kick get to Smith on the edge of the box, but Von Bergen intercepts and clears. Alan needs to start scoring badly if he is to get a games once the other strikers are fit.

35 min – Newcastle have yet another corner as Von Bergen blocked Taylor’s header on goal, but it looked like it could well have been a hand-ball by the German, but play was waved on.

40 min – The game was quite even at this stage, and then Steven Taylor took a bullet drive from Cicero’s right in his stomach. Taylor was down on the ground, but the Geordie lad is made of stern stuff – and he got up and looked OK, if in a little pain.

43 min – Newcastle were playing some nice football in the first half, but it was that last final ball that was letting the lads down. But the approach play was good in the first half and the team looked very organized and were keeping their shape well – the sign of a Kevin Keegan side.

45 min Referee Ivan Gonzalez blew the whistle for half time.

We look to Newcastle to increase the pace of the game in the second half, to get the breakthrough we need.

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Danny Guthrie, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor
Subs: Jose Enrique, Damien Duff, David Edgar, Frank WIafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Tim Krul, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark, Sebastien Bassong

Hertha Berlin: Christian Fielder, Claudiano Bezarra Kaka, Teve Von Bergen, Sofian Chahed, Santos Cicero, Marko Pantelic, Rafael Caetano, Mark Stein, Rodneo De Lima, Bryan Arguez, Fabian Lustenberger
Subs: Jaroslav Drobny, Srdjan Lakic, Valeri Domovchyski, Maximulian Nicu, Sasha Bigalke, S.Radjabali Fardi, Lennart Harrtmann

Referee: Ivan Gonzalez

Attendance: tbc



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126 comments so far

  • ksmit

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Great summary Ed! Thank you! Sounds like things might work out really well if we can get and keep a fit front line! IMO it could be an excellent season! Can’t wait!

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Gutierrez and Guthrie look good but Shola+Smith= Laurel n Hardy !

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #3

    We just lack something upfront again, plain and simple, Smith & Shola are really poor and should move on plain and simple

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  • Ashton

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Milner was pathetic

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  • Irish John

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Must say I had my doubts about Guthrie but he looks a real steal..He’s passing is quality..Inch perfect every time…

    Gutierrez has been quality aswell, hes been every were..I like the wayhim and milnerare switching at times..Gives a different element to our play…

    defence still looks a but shakey at times though..We really need someone comanding in there

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  • ObaforPM

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Haha Laurel and hardy, love it. We havent even got Carroll on the bench?! injured? :S might aswell be playing a 5-5 formation,better than them two up top anyways.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Wonder if KK and Tery Mac brought their boots?

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  • D.C.

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #8

    We look like we need a new striker in the door to pair with Oba when he’s fit. These two couldn’t find the Thames from Tower Bridge.

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  • steve

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Think thats a bit harsh on milner who has looked fairly good in my opinion – his crosses have let him down but when you have a front two of ameobi and smith its almost pointless crossing!

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  • Oba

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Put Zoggy up front, need some pace there.

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  • shirts

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Always thought Milner and N’zogbia were overrated–lot’s of dribbling, no production, can’t/don’t pass and in N’zogbia’s case, can’t defend… which is something of a liability… AT LEFT BACK!

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  • steve

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #12

    overrated!! you’re having a laugh – compared to Smith, Ameobi etc they’re the real deal – Zogs isn’t a left back

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Get yourself on KK!!!

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  • shirts

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #14

    true he’s out of position, but even when he plays in the midfield he just dribbles up his own crack all the time. Just like Milner.

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  • SingaporeToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Up front we are as toothless as a 90 year old granny who lost her dentures.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Milner’s final ball are woeful.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Shola limp off or wimp off? Hopefully Duff will do summit now.

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  • Irish_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola is off!!!!!! Duff replaced him now we might actually score!!! Duff shown us he has a neat finish and pace…. 2 things shola dont have

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    at the moment i would have more influence in this match that alan smith and im sat on my sofa in england

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  • Andy1

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Nice run and shot by Duff.

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  • shirts

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Exactly–Milner & Zogs can’t/don’t pass. Just dribble like headless chickens.

    I wish it weren’t the case and hope they both prove me wrong and get on the sheet today.

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Good run from Duff, nice one, a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dour game

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #23

    tim krul is on

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  • D.C.

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #24

    From the useless sub department, Duff on for Tweedle-Dee.

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  • Callum

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Great run by Duff, skipped past 3-4 players and got a shot in

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  • Cooper

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #26

    is the real duff back ??

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  • Irish_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey D.C. bet u wrote that b4 the 60th minute!!! duff looks very alert and ready 2 prove himself

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Duff’s trying atleast.

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #29

    positives
    taylor been solid
    guthrie has got a great pass on him
    guttttttterieuz is looking the real deal
    butt, milner and zog full of running

    negatives
    Ameobi
    Smith
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    Ameobi
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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #30

    is the real duff back ??

    at least shola is off!!!

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  • Alex

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Lets hope so cooper

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  • Irish_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #32

    lol yorkie dave

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  • Carlos

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Duff is looking very sharp and threatening.

    If he was a new signing, we would be talking about how great he’s been doing.

    I think this could be the season when he goes back to his Blackburn/Chealsea best.

    Fingers crossed.

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Subb smith for godssake! Bassong will play better as CF

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Lol Yorkie Dave, is Smith on the pitch?

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Well the water boy has given more to the team than ameobi and smith ever have!!!!!

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  • D.C.

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #37

    I wrote that as he made that typical run into the middle to get it on his left. That same run he made about five minutes later because that’s pretty much all he does anymore.

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  • Irish_toon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Gutierezz is off 🙁 …..

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  • neozero

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #39

    seriously this club needs a new striker… smith and ameobi should go and kill themselves

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Aug 1, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40

    no neozero that would be tooooo constructive!!!

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