Observations On Newcastle Bolton Game

Here are some observations on the Newcastle Bolton game yesterday:

  • We thought the defense again looked good with Coloccini taking to the Premier League like a duck to water – the boy oozed class – and could be a winner for Newcastle.
  • Charles N’Zogbia was good on the attack, but we really need to an experienced left back to come in – Warnock would be fine is we can get him, It cannot be looking too good for Jose Enrique, who hasn’t appeared at all this season as yet.
  • Shay Given was great and a fabulous penalty save and the groin trouble he’s had for almost two seasons seems now repaired, and he looks great. Really hard lines on Steve Harper, who we know also is an excellent goalkeeper.
  • The goal was one that deserved to win the game and another great ball by Geremi and an expert finish by Owen, who made it look a lot easier than it really was. His reaction said everything as he celebrated with Nicky Butt –and did you see the hug he gave Coloccini? The team spirit is just great with the lads.
  • Duff had a fairly quiet game, and was replaced at half time after a hard (though not vicious) tackle by his Irish team-mate and former Newcastle center-back Andy O’Brien – we don’t know how bad the injury is at the moment.
  • Oba Martins was also injured and replaced by Michael Owen, earlier than Kevin had planned. Kevin was going to give Owen the last 10—15 minutes depending on the state of the game.
  • Nicky Butt was Nicky Butt again, and gave another solid performance in the middle of the park, and we thought young Danny Guthrie showed up well. Guthrie was again very efficient in his play, but we do need another central midfielder and playmaker – if we can get some in before a week tomorrow.
  • We’ll probably look a better team and more menacing if we can get Mark Viduka back fully fit, fairly quickly, but that’s never been easy.
    We believe Mark is not too far away, and if we can play Oba, Michael and Mark up front in a 4-3-3 formation, we’ll give quite a few teams a lot of problems.
  • This was a harder game in a way than last week, because Bolton hadn’t really come to play, and just wanted to tie Newcastle down. Bolton were good at what they wanted to do, but boy, they’re not a good team to watch, that’s for sure.
  • Kevin Keegan gave an exhibition of passion on the line again, as he was watching and moving his body around as the chances were spurned, and then clasping he head in anguish at some of the missed chances.  😀
    You can never say Kevin doesn’t give his all for this club, and no doubt we’ll become a popular team to watch again, as Kevin Keegan fans around the world just love to watch the maestro during a game.
    We are lucky to have him back at the club.

This is the week for Mike Ashley to come through for Kevin, the fans and the club, by furnishing the money needed, if we can line up the talent that Kevin wants and needs.

We can still end up with a better squad than we thought we could assemble this summer, and it will take 3-4 good new players in during the next 8 days.

You can either look at the glass half full or half empty at Newcastle – we continue to see the glass half full potentially rising to overflow proportions – and we will not apologize for that positive outlook on our club.  😀
Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • irish

    Aug 24, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #1

    bolton are shite

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2

    It was very much a Jackel and Hyde performance for me in many ways:

    Taylor was superb, then let himself down with a daft penalty.

    Geremi put in a great cross and still manages to bewilder the fans by hitting the first man on other corners / freekicks

    Duff grafted and got injured

    Oba – see above

    One other point is lesser teams WILL come to SJP and park the team bus. We DO NOT!! have that ceative spark in centre midfield to open up defenses.

    And we DO NEED another striker, Oba injured, Owen is like china and Viduka is injured more often than fit, Shola…well you know! Smith cant hit a barn door at the moment.

    Come on Ashley spend, spend, spend…..the ManU game showed many of our strengths and Bolton some of our weaknesses.

  • Spyro

    Aug 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #3

    good article

  • Dan13

    Aug 24, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    N’zogbia left me so frustrated yesterday, he did great to get past the defenders but he dwelled on the ball until there were at least 2 defender on him.
    Duff, what can i say!
    He ruined any rythm we had by giving away daft balls.
    I was also a little disappointed with Oba, he also kept giving away the ball. Needless to say, I’m not bothered about Oba, in many geordie’s eyes he can’t do anything wrong :D:)

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #5




  • Toon92

    Aug 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle To Reignite Star Duo Chase?

    Newcastle United are reportedly considering bidding for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda and Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola.



    Aug 24, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Malouda & Saviola would be really good additions to our squad hope it’s true.

  • JC

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Where are we going to fit these two in the team Jonas is left wing and MO and Oba upfront???


    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #9

    i thought we did quite well bolton have played this way for years the goalie takes ages to take goal kicks ten men behind the ball spoil spoil they will get entertainment done away with in a way its a great way to beat them 1 0 and they miss a pen rubs it in a bit

  • Sad Sack

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Milner was awful again.

  • TerryMacsPerm

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Now hang on a second. Granted Malouda and Saviola would be good additions to our squad under normal circumstances I reckon there is no point at the moment and we could spend the money more wisely (no pun intended) instead of a winger and a relatively small and lightweight forward we should be focusing on a big man up fron and a creative deco-esque midfielder who can pick a pass through stubborn defences like Boltons. That plus a left back would be great but I feel somehow like we will sign 5 players this week 2 loans 3 buys. Don’t know why……..

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #12


    Left back

    Left winger
    Attacking midfielder

  • Ross

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #13

    terrymacsperm-you’ve said literally exactly what i did earlier, so we’re on the same wavelength! haha
    why spend 12 mil on another winger in malouda (who couldnt keep jonas out the team anyway) when we could spend it on a central, attacking minded midfielder.
    commentators made a point of saying we’d have to go round bolton/down the flanks yesterday cos we couldnt break them down in the middle, if we found an intelligent AM, we could break times like that down!
    also think we desperatly need cover at LB, charlie is great coming forward but finds the defending hard by the looks of things, in saying that though he is improving.
    a target man also needed up front, but LB/AM first i feel.

  • scottish mag

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #14

    wasnt milner going to be used in the centre anyway, if he was then that would mean we would need another winger and malouda would be good but only if he gets his lyon form back and although i do like saviola i think we need a big man. a midfield of


    would be class but only if the other signing is creative and malouda plays like he did in the past

  • toon head

    Aug 24, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #15

    we need an another quality midfielder d most much more dan a striker!!!!!

  • nightfall

    Aug 24, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #16

    all i can say is..thank god there’s only one week left of this transfer speculations…’cos i’m getting mental…and it looks like i’m not the only one…even Ed could use a break 😉

  • Owen_10

    Aug 24, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17

    why the hell would you want a left winger Andy?

  • steve

    Aug 24, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    to be honest I can’t wait for transfer window to shut – I’m sick of hearing that we’re linked with this player and that and nowt ever seems to happen – pure press speculation.

    Hopefully we’ll sign an AM, LB and a big striker

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #19

    If we can get 3 players in b4 window shuts i wud love, saviola (loan) palacios (hu i think luks class) and jankalovski wud is a solid lb n jankalovski wud b 5 mill n palacios wud b 8 mill so thts 13 mill for them 3 wich wud b good deal

    P.s. plz get palacios mike n kev !

  • toon head

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #20

    beye colo taylor vargas
    guti guthrie juinho duff/zog
    owen saviola

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #21

    This is soooo slow to post comments!

  • Spyro

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone notice the types of player we are going for? Players who battle and can physically hold their own. Guti is this type of winger and so is Malouda. I would love to have Malouda on the left or just behind the striker, he is a top talent and how often are we going to be able to attract his kind of quality with our recent performances in the league? Tell you what, would have him over light weight SWP any day. Guti is very good on the right aswell so he wouldnt need to be dropped for Malouda to come in. Duff or Milner would

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #23

    What’s going on with nobody being on the blog?

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #24

    How come nobody’s on the blog??

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Tom4NUFC – it’s a bug we are looking at – hope to resume normal service soon.

  • Ashton

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #26


  • Whitt

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Nicky Butt was awful again. He just gives away possession way too cheaply.

    When Viduka is healthy:

    Viduka Martins
    Jonas Guthrie Barton
    Zog Colloccini Taylor Beye

    Subs: Harper, Milner, Enrique, Geremi, Smith, Butt, Cacapa

  • brutooooon

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #28

    2 matches and we already incur 2 injuries….thats why we need at least 3 other new signings. a big target man is a must because viduka is our only big man and he is always injured. we need a squad depth too.

    and keegan please play jose enrique next match and play zoggy to support MO

  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Dont worry about it Ed, You have explained the situation already, now its up to everyone to be a bit patient. Tell you what, this would have gotten rid of a lot of the more annoying bloggers that have been turning up in their droves lately

  • scottynine

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #30

    I still prefer 4-4-2 with two natural wingers running at defenders. I agree with the comments about butt he just can t pass also though milner was shocking. Why does kk not put jonas right zpg left then enrique LB. Zog goes missing when he’s playing LB

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Keep it up Ed – sure you’ll have it all sorted in time.

    Spyro – think yoiu’re right about the type of player. Keegan, Wise, etc are after those that can take it. The other factor also seems to be pace. Colo, Guthrie and Jonas give us some of that…and boy did we need it after the pedestrian Allardyce tactics.

  • Geordie taipei

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #32

    I dont get it, Enrique is good if you ask me, why isnt he getting in the team? – maybe its me, am i taking crazy pills? – last season he looked like he was developing well and gonna turn into a class player!

  • casper

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #33


  • OzToon

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Have to disagree with you Ed on Butt, I have noticed that he seems to have his share of clangers. 3-4 occasions he turned the ball over that put the team under the pump. Not convinced about Butt, needs to be replaced and we also need a top class Am as others have noted.
    Not sure what that means for Guthrie who looks good and works hard, maybe he will need to adjust his game if he wants to keep a spot in the midfield.

  • Nate

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #35

    I think what it is with Keegan playing N’Zogbia is that he continues to play Butt and Guthrie as defensive midfielders, so, since we have no real attacking midfielder (unless you count Duff or Milner against Bolton, which I don’t) he wants to have more attacking down the flanks. You could see it clearly in this game that the plan was to base the attack down the left with N’Zogbia overlapping and Jonas or possibly Guthrie backing up on defense. It actually seemed to work reasonably well and Jonas and Zog are perhaps developing a good understanding. Still, Zog is not a LB and I’d still like to see Enrique get some playing time.

  • Ben K

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Butt and Milner were TERRIBLE. Guthrie actually gave the ball away a few times, but was otherwise really good.

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #37

    One of those games where the result and the points outweigh the performance, although there were many positives like Shay’s goal keeping and of course our two Argentinian signings.

  • kenny g

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Spyro, yer on crack mate Malouda is one the most pathetic lightwieghts in the prem, a skillful grafter he most certainly is not

  • Azza Jones

    Aug 25, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Hey NUFC fans…..

    What the hell do we need Malouda for??? We have Jonas, Duff, N’zogbia and Milner who can or have all played on the left hand side……

    I think we desperately need an Central midfielder preferably an attacking one. I think Guthrie looked a little out of his depth on saturday, a few passes went astray. I mean he is definately one for the future, but we definately need another experienced player who has pace, power, good shot, and intelligence to unlock defences!

    I also think we need a specialist left back, as enrique looks like he has been frozen out of the side. I think Zog has been doing well there, and can be converted to a wing back as if anyone watched the Chelsea game last night he defends no worse than a certain Ashley Cole who has much more experience than young Zog.

    Im excited about Collo & Taylor in the middle as well, best partnership @ NUFC in a while. They look very tight together which is a crucial element of a good pairing like terry/calvalho & vidic/ferdinand…….

    I dont know why we cant buy arshavin. Why would he want to go to tottenham. They are the SMARTEST club, buying modric 16.5mil, Dos Santos 5mil & Arshavin 19mil (if they get) all pretty much for the same position in the hole or attacking midfielder. Lets blow 40mil + on three players who a very similar! Go spuds no wins from 2 starts and a loss on the weekend to the scum down the road!!!!

    I think the derby is going to be the best its been in years, Sunderland might actually give us a run….. Howay the lads.

  • Amos

    Aug 25, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #40

    It’s Malouda OR Saviola, isn’t it? Malouda if Chelsea sign Robinho, Saviola if Robinho stays at Madrid. So that suggests to me that Keegan is considering them both for the same role, which I would imagine as the kind of Peter Beardsley AMC role he had Owen in last season – the creative midfielder you’re all talking about. Because they’re both forwards but a little bit more creative than a straightforward Shearer-style CF.

    Whether either of them are suitable for that, I don’t know – I’ve never really studied either. But something tells me that’s what he’s thinking. Or perhaps, with Malouda, what someone said above – Malouda RW moving Milner to AMC. Certainly though it’s one or the other.

    What I’m wondering is, what is the state of Oba’s injury? Haven’t heard any mention of it, but when someone goes down without being tackled, clutches their groin and immediately signals to come off, you’re usually talking about a serious injury, right? Weeks or months. Anyone know any details? That’s worrying.


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