FT: Newcastle 2 Valencia 1 – Magpies Brilliant


In a tremendously fast paced game today, Newcastle got the win they thoroughly deserved when James Milner hit home from just 6 yards, after a Steven Taylor header came off the bar from a Jonas Gutierrez cross.

And there was just 60 seconds of added time left.

Now we understand what Keegan means when he says we may not be the most gifted but we’ll be the fittest as this game was played at tremendous speed by the home side.

And watching from the stands was Fabricio Coloccini, who is expected to sign for the club soon, and the Argentine must have been impressed with what he saw from the Newcastle side.

It was a typical display from a Keegan side as they surged forward all the time, particularly in the second half after surprisingly going down to a Joaquin goal after 38 minutes, after they had been on top in the first half.

The goal came from nothing and had to ask questions about the center of Newcastle’s defense as Joaquin found himself one on one with Given, following a cross from the right that was headed over Cacapa.

Joaquin made no mistake and rifled home expertly.

But in that first 45 minutes Newcastle had played some good attacking football and we thought at half time it may be some second half.

And what a final 45 minutes from this Newcastle side.

Not only did they come back to finally win the game, but they surged forward at every attempt and each player seemingly playing as though their very lives depended on it.

And this was a pre-season game!

Not sure what Kevin is feeding the team, but keep it up.

This was a wonderful game to watch for the home fans, and maybe the nufcTV display speeded up the game but it was played at a fast pace, with Newcastle no doubt hoping to wear out this talented Valencia side, in the second half.

The first goal came from a Gutierrez corner from the right and Duff, who had another terrific game, headed the ball firmly past a statuesque goalkeeper.

It was a great goal by Duff after 76 minutes.

And if you though Newcastle would relax, think again, because if anything Newcastle increased their pace and rhythm, and continued to surge forward at every opportunity.

Then they got exactly what they deserved and they’ll be called lucky because they scored another good goal with just 60 seconds on added time left. But they made their luck by always looking to attack, and if they play like this this season, we should be able to get a bucketful of points.

Again it was the energetic Gutierrez on the right and he got in a cross that Taylor hit against the bar, but it came out to James Milner who made no mistake and rifled the ball into the net to give the Magpies a deserved win.

A fitting finish to a tremendously energetic and exciting game.

We were surprised at how good the lads looked, and it’s certainly true this team is fit.

It’s exactly what the Newcastle fans needed to see, before our tough game at Old Trafford next Sunday.

But with a superb fighting performance like this under their belts, against a good looking Valencia side we might add, there will be no lack of confidence in the side – that’s a certainty.

Comments welcome.

100 comments so far

  • smc894

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #1


  • toonarmy1

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #2

    we played class, jonas looks like a great player

    come on the toon

  • Chris H

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Excellent result. Good to see Coloccini at the ground and Ashley with his name on his back.

    Great day all round!

  • Jinal

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I am very happy with today’s performance. Last season we looked slow, devoid of form, we lacked motivation and couldn’t maintain possession. Today, we finally looked like a team!

  • shearer4pm

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #5

    we are newcastle!!!!!!!!!

  • DanToon

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t get carried away lads, mean’s nowt!

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #7

    did mike ashley have a number on his back aswel or jus the name?

  • rlw

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #8

    player ratings please.

  • aqmin

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    its not fabricio gutierrez ed, its fab coloccini.. haha.. guess you’re too anxious n excited after the win huh?>

  • Nenad

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #10

    The last 20 or so minutes were absolutley frantic! You couldn’t tell it was a friendly. Great stuff in terms of the mood set up for this next week, which I hope will be good for the Toon.

    Howay The Lads!

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Dantoon – lets jus enjoy the moment mate. I know it was only a pre-season friendly but its jus been so long since we have been proud of a performance and of course we will get carried away because thats what we do!

  • Tripp

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Are there any highlights? Dyin’ to see the lads in action.

  • Birdy Toon 4 Life

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Jonas was amazing,hes gunna be a class buy for us!!was so funny cuz wen Smith came on he got booed!!!!best match ive been to!!
    Toon 4 Life

  • hj

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #14

    typo there ed.

    “And watching from the stands was Fabricio Gutierrez”.. lol

  • Danny G

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah we were brilliant today but lets not get carried away boys…

    Coloccini still to play for us and Owen and Viduka to get fit…Another good midfielder brought in the squad and we could have a pretty good season!!

  • Deepak

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Fabricio Gutierrez?got carried away Ed?Anyway am so happy for nufc.was refreshing the live score centre on nufc website every 2 secs sitting here in India even though its well past midnigt.think I can have a good nights sleep.Also Coloccini was there.Yeh.Come on toon

  • micknufc

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #17

    has anybody been on the chat room on here during the match,the crack’s hillarious


    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone know where to see the highlights

  • micknufc

    Aug 9, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #19

    well played today lads by the way keegan was right about them battling to the end of games,we deserved that win today

  • simon376

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Great result!!!

    Don’t want to be too negative here, but if I had a choice, I would keep Shola over Smith everytime. Smith can’t score but is supposed to play with so much heart. Shola plays with about 6 times the heart of Smith. And no, I’m not really a fan of Shola either, but given the choice for backup….

    Anyway, nuff of me being negative, lets hope with new players and players coming back, we can take this on into the new season and be on the up.

  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #21

    good display, but we were playing an unfit valencia side who were not as physically ready as we were, hence their poor start and lacklustre performance in the last 20mins. Lets not get too carried away guys. However, in terms of players gelling, KK has worked a bit of a miracle with Guthrie and Jonas, seems like they have been with us for at least a season


    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Just back from the match and a bit surprised by the comments so far. Ut was a bit like watching paint dry for 75 minutes but a very good last 15 minutes.
    Given 7
    Beye 8
    Taylor 7
    Cacapa 7
    Nzogbia – 1st 75 – 6
    last 15 – 9
    Milner 6
    Butt 6
    Guthrie 7
    Spidey 7
    Duff 8
    Martins 6

    Smith as sub 5
    others not on long enough to judge

  • normski1930z

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #23

    means nowt lets see what happens next sunday eh??? hehe do we have enough to be able to care of the mancs somehow am now sure…

  • toon 101

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s Fabricio Coloccini not Gutierrez but who cares we won and he was there and Mike Ashley loves him to hipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh

  • Shearer#1

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m just really hoping Owen stays this season coz there are worrying stories about him leaving. If he goes we’re in big trouble.

  • Fergie

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed, it was Guthrie with the corner for Duffs goal

    Match ratings:

    Given 6
    Beye 6.5
    Tayls 8
    Cacapa 6
    N’Zogbia 7
    Butt 7
    Guthrie 7
    Gutierrez 8.5
    Milner 7.5
    Duff 7.5
    Martins 6

  • Colo's Curly Locks

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #27

    just got back from the match…….was sat in the gallowgate with the ultras……they were canny loud lyk. we just kept laughing at smith by the end. u see his pathetic shot??

  • tino97

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #28

    It was a good result, but for long periods Valencia passed it around us. We still need someone creative in the centre. Jonas and Milner/Duff are playing well on the wings. But to really progress we need something a bit special in centre mid.

    I think Beye should get a special mention he never stopped working the whole time he was on the pitch. Great attitude in pre-season.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #29

    I was at the match, just got in good result but i was a little angered at the booing toward Alan Smith, way out of order the booing was behind me and i ended up in a blazing arguement with someone booing. Yes, he’s been poor for us but he’s wearing the black and white shirt and plays for us, totally out of order, i feel a little sorry for Smith he was the last one off the pitch after clapping towards the fans, i feel this was his last game for us. I did not see Colocinni to be honest has anyone anymore news or did anyone else see him Colocinni?

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    must have looked better on telly

  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Colo’s curly hair , i did see his pathetic shot, i was also in the Gallowgate, did you hear the booing mate?

  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Jonas is just the type of player we need, he tries the whole time he is on the pitch, even if it is a friendy. He looked knackered at the end of the match. As for his strength, pace and skill, they are all unquestionable. Quality signing.

    As for Guthrie, wow, this guy has really blown me away, his workrate and quality of passing is superb. He is fairly good in a tackle and he is a speedy little player aswell. That was one hell of a corner from him to set up Duff.

    Individually the defence was good today and both Taylor and Cacapa made at least one stand out tackle e.g. Taylor stayed on his feet to tackle the tricky Villa. However, there were a few occassions when they did not operate well as a unit and it looked as though there was a clear lack of communication at times.

    Milner was good apart from crossing,
    Zoggy was good for most of the second half but poor at LB.,
    Beye got better as the game went on,
    Martins looked the dangerous, speed little powerhouse he always does,
    and Butt was good defensively but shouldnt be involved in much of the build up play as his passing is still bad

  • gordond

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon1978 Coloccini WAS there

  • normski1930z

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #34

    toon78 lets have a good look here i watched in me crib…smith isnt good enough full stop. esp on 60 grand a week…you could get really good players on half that…no doubt…

  • Fergie

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #35

    normski, everyone knows he’s not that good, but thats no excuse to boo him. thats why its called SUPPORT

  • antz

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #36

    collocini was in the platinum club area with what looked like his agent, also ashley had the blue/purple away top on with ‘collocini’ on the back

  • 51times

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #37

    I was in the corner between the Leazes and Milburn stand. It was a bit sh*t where I was, nobody was singing but oh well, entertaining at times but we looked a little lost when we went forward. And Duff still can’t go past people.

  • kajman

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #38

    great game …on a different note ..is it my computer..of this site..the cpu problem..usage

  • Julio Geordio

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Is this the season the real Damian Duff stands up?

  • Toon1978

    Aug 9, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #40


    I’m not disagreeing with you on that point mate, what i am disagreeing with is the booing towards a NUFC player. I’m Sure Smith already knows that he ain’t good enough atm but when he came on he looked genually shocked at the negativity thrown at him. And i did not see Colo anywhere i was looking for him. I’m not saying he was not mind lol.


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