FT: Coventry 2 Newcastle 3 – Owen Hits Winner in ET

In what turned out to be an amazing game of football tonight, in which Coventry scored both their goals in added time – one in the first half and the second, a full 70 seconds after the 2 minutes maximum allotted time, after 90 minutes – Newcastle kept their nerve and Michael Owen hit the winner after 13 minutes of extra time.

This was a game for the ages.

But the scares for Newcastle were not over and Coventry managed to hit the cross bar after 16 minutes of extra time, and Given also made a great save down to his left, to keep Newcastle ahead.

But Newcastle deserved this win, basically because they had the extra class that matters in games like this – but with any luck we could have been 4-0 up at half time.

After 45 minutes Newcastle looked to be cruising, and had a 2-0 lead with goals from Charles N’Zigbia – which was made by James Milner, and then James himself scored when he shot home from the left wing, when Geremi worried the goalkeeper, so we were 2-0 up after 41 minutes and looking for a third goal.

Then out of nowhere, a ball into the center of Newcastle’s box wasn’t cleared, and fell nicely to Clinton Morrison, who shot home with a wonderful shot.

That brought Coventry back into the game and the second half was just as exciting, but it looked like Newcastle had the game won after two minutes of injury time – which was the alloted time by referee Bates.

But then after 93 minutes and 10 seconds Coventry equalized again, when captain Scott Dann beat Coloccini in the air from a throw in, and headed down into Shay’s bottom left hand corner.

Referee Bates will need to explain how he managed to add an extra 70 seconds of injury time onto the maximum two minutes allotted.   🙁

But not only did Newcastle play very well tonight, and will probably not get the credit for it, because of the unbelievable two comebacks by Coventry, the lads also showed everybody they are made of stern stuff.

Most teams would have crumbled with the unbelievable bad luck, but not this group of fighters.

They picked themselves up, and Michael Owen showed again why Mike Ashley needs to sign him onto an extended contract, by again playing a captains part, and scoring another poacher’s goal.

After the game Kevin said the referee didn’t tell him why he didn’t blow for time after 92 minutes, and then he joked that the referee was enjoying the game too much.

But then he said he thought Newcastle had won the game tonight 3 times tonight.

Man of the match was James Milner, and Kevin wasa full of praise for his player after the game. Kevin believes James is way under-rated, and thinks he has played too many England Under-21 games, and should step up to full honors.

This tough game may hurt us against Arsenal on Saturday, since the lads may have taken a lot out of themselves.

But let’s give the lads full credit, they got the job done under unbelievable difficult circumstances.

In one of these games we are going to wallop some team by scoring with the many chances we create, and we’ll score 8 goals.

The lads did us proud again tonight, and we can hardly ask for anything more – they were great tonight in many  ways, and remember good teams always find a way to win.

Well that was round 2 of the Carling Cuip – phew – now for round 3.    😀

142 comments so far

  • rob

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #1

    k good match but we should beat lower leauge teams in the 90 mins anyway well played

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Say what you like about particular players. The facts are simple:

    – COLOCCINI is sheer class, and he hasn’t even had a chance to get match sharpness yet. Will be immense this season.

    – MILNER is far more effective as a central player.

    – GUTHRIE is simply excellent.

    – OWEN without him we’d be out of the cup and still looking for our first league win. That’s 9 goals in his last 11 games. How on earth do you replace that.

    – As a team we worked so hard during the game. The fitness levels of the lads is way above anything I’ve seen at Newcastle for years.

    – It was an away cup game, don’t read too much into it for the Arsenal match. We see it every season with the underdog playing long balls into the box. Yes we got caught out twice, but so many times Coloccini dealt with it.

  • micknufc

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #3

    done it the hard way as usual,but played some cracking stuff at times i thought.

  • G

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #4

    We battered them, ref was a twat. Impressed by Milner and N’Zogbia.

    Hope we get a easy draw for once in the next round, not any of the top 4 away ffs.

  • Marguerite

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #5

    What a great game and the boys played so well. It is a shame to pick out certain players but Colo is absolute class, Milner was immense and Zog put in a huge shift too. I was also impressed with Enrique’s first performance this season. What would we do without Owen?
    One moan – I am not a violent person but I would love to smack Alan Parry around the face, his commentary was shameful and he was desperate for us to get beaten.

  • iain

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #6

    just shows a little but more quality goes a long way and a few more quality players we will be fine, also shows up how pointless it is keeping duff/smith/shola.

    these are games as sqaud players they should be winning for us.

    i think keegans earned himself a new players for every good performance this season, or at least he should have, ashley better have his cheque book ready…

  • Ben K

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    N’Zogbia is delightful, and I am so glad we’ve been able to keep him at the club, regardless of his attitude. I think Guthrie did well today, although it would be nice if someone could show him how to shoot (not that anyone in this squad outside of Oba could do so)

  • t-g-w

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong also deserves a mention I think. Looked very safe at the back.

    Enrique also had a solid game. He can still improve defensively but launched a great through ball from the outside of his foot for Owen’s winner (Nobby anyone?). Bringing in a new left back is key so there is competition but I’m sure once Enrique learns a bit more he will be an excellent player for us.

    We must keep Michael Owen.

    And agree with other views on the other players tonight.

    Special mention to N’Zogbia too – played great.

  • Danny

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Milner was without a doubt man of the match indeed. He was all over that pitch! Tell Martin O’Neill to up his bid to 20 mill, then say NO!
    Good to see Enrique playing, he was a bit 50/50. Made some awful attempts to go forward, and didn’t look like he had too much to do, as the game went on at the other side of the pitch 😛
    Bassong was good aswell, nothing special. But thats usually good for a defender 🙂
    We could be better at passing the ball under pressure, which (credit to Coventry) they applied allot of.
    And Owen again eh, im guessing he’ll be starting at Arsenal, he simply must! He wins our games!

    Not really awful lot we could do about the goals, Coventry worked hard for them, Morrison was lucky as it was something of a deflecting a shot/pass/clearing.

    All around, a good running match, our fitness is really good it seems, credit to the lads for fighting on, on both teams.
    Thanks again Owen!

  • Ross

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #10

    aye to be honest i never mentioned that in my last post, they never should have had a chance to score the second goal anyway!
    fair enough call 2 minutes and play 2:30, even pushing 3, but they scored in pretty much the 4th minute.
    milner, enrique, jonas, charlie and of course owen, great tonight. we played some brilliant passing stuff tonight which i was pleased with.

  • Ginkoh

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Keegan winning style !. It’s very good game and entertain for everyone who watch the game. Beye and Bassong was lack of concentration sometime. But overall It’s very good performance for us. (except extra-time conceded however that’s football)

    Also credit for Coventry, very good team play tonight and run all 90+30 minutes.

    For Owen, please Sign him UP now ! for the team, We can do it better. Hopefully we can learn something from this game. Howay The lad !

  • Jim

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #12

    The 2 minutes is a minimum, not a maximum, and they had a injury during it so the referee has every right to extend it

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #13

    What a fantastic game of football.

    We were hit at the end with succer punch goals. As soon as MO came on, i knew he would score. That little bloke is one of the best in the world at his job and his attitude is spot on. When he signs his new contract, i will be over the effing moon!

    Milner has came on leaps and bounds under the guidence of the massiah, and he was world class tonight.

    If we play like this in every game this season, we will have a much better chance of winning something.

    The media seem to think that spuds will break into the top 4? After our recent tremendous play and attitude, i think the cockney loving mongs need a rethink! 🙂

    HOWAY TOON!!!!! 🙂

  • Drain

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Getin town

  • macitect

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #15

    During the first half especially we were playing some exceptional football! Unlucky to allow those two goals, I think overall we schooled them.

    A couple unfortunate mistakes, but overall we have some real class moving forward. A little more time for everyone to get into a groove together and build a little more confidence and NUFC could really be a force. Consistency is key.

    I’m excited about this season!

    Oh and Mr Ashley – sign up St. Michael PLEASE!!!

  • natecg

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Great great win. Showed real character, although against a clearly inferior team. Milner was all over the place and excellent. I thought Bassong played very well also. And, most importantly in my view, Enrique had an excellent game. He made a couple of mistakes here and there but really showed what a good defender he is. He took the ball away from the Coventry player and then made the pass to set up Owen. Excellent! I’m sure Keegan has his reasons for playing N’Zogbia at left back — because of his obvious attacking quality I’m sure — but I really don’t see why we need to be searching for another LB.

  • Ashton

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Enrique = MOTM

  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Always thought that this would be a tough game but thought we played well in large spells.

    Heres hoping that we get a more favourable 3rd round draw than Arsenal last year

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Seriously guys… BUTT..? what do you guys think of him?? Do you rate him or not?? Start wondering if i’m totally blind…? 🙂
    His job is to protect the defence, but what I’ve seen in our matches so far is that Jonas does that job at least twice as much as Butt.. and Milner does that, and ….. etc. etc.. Everyone else does that but they shouldn’t have to.. They should consentrate on the attacking play..
    He can’t shoot, he can’t even pass a simple pass without giving me a heartattack..
    So what do you think of him??

  • Irish John

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Jim that injury happened within the 90 minutes..It should off been 2 mins, not 3 and half

  • Ben K

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #21

    I hate Nicky Butt. Old, slow, gives the ball away in really stupid positions. Almost blew the MAN U game by giving away that freekick that could easily have been given as a penalty (Given would have saved it though).

    I have to say, though, the man can tackle.


    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Good game to watch,at times our passing was excellent.Jonas never stopped running ,Milner brilliant ,Coloccini never broke sweat.Over all good performance but Coventry really battled well.As for Michael Owen produced the goods again. HOWAY THE LADS

  • Gooderz

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #23

    So in the first week of the season we got litle to no credit for our draw against Man U because of all their injuries. Now Coventry will get all the credit despite all our injuries, not playing a proper striker until the 75th minute and dominating for long periods regardless of that fact.

    At least Bolton got deservedly knocked out with their anti-football and there’s a chance of a rematch against Hartlepool as well as having an extra day to recover ahead or Arsenal.

  • Danny

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Didn’t really notice Butt so much this time, all i saw was him going bonkers over a silly and blind ref. And he was right to.
    I am afraid tho, that if we move Butt for a AM with allot flair, Guthrie will have a job ahead of him. We need Butt for the stability and expirience i think. But then again, i didn’t really notice him cause of the other world class midfielders we have 🙂

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #25

    BUTT – Makes some fantastic tackles, but often gives away dangerous free kicks. For me it’s either Guthrie or Butt in the middle, never both. Have one sit in front of the back four and get in a AMC to play alongside them.

    Having Butt and Guthrie in midfield just invites teams to attack us because they both sit in midfield as holding players.

  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #26

    i thought Butt was good, but towards the end of the game he startd neglecting his closing down duties, which was a bit disappointing. Then again he is in his mid 30’s and still playing 90+ min in top flight football.

  • Petey

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #27

    the ref was right to extend the injury time, and coventry had an attack going, u cant just blow the whislte. an injury happened during injury time, so he felt the need to push foward the clock a bit….its fair do’s, we shud never have concededed tht goal, twas the last second and we shud have had everyone back giving 100%

  • Matt

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Butt really does need to be replaced soon. My good and bad picks are as follows:

    Bassong – Solid and very calm on the ball for such a young lad.

    Geremi – Failed miserably to do anything useful and just messed up basic short passing for most of the game. I cheered when he came off.

  • Irish John

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Coventry were so lucky to get extra time it was untrue..

    They had one shot in 90 mins that flew into the top corner . not even the mighty Shay given could get to it.THATS ALL THEY HAD.. They got a throw in when the players should of been warming down and sneaked a goal (flukey bastards) . there probably all buming the ref now as we speak….

    I thought we were awsome tonight ..some off the football was brillant to watch. Must say, Bassong looked class next to Colo..for once our defence looks quality..

    Roll on Arsenal. dont forget, They play tomorrow nigth in the champ league so we have an extra days rest.


  • Bosamuelson

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #30

    My view on the game…

    From ma room on the comp, I love footydoctor…

    Given: 7/10 – Had no chance to save the two goals and to be fair the first was a very good strike and always going in. Typical Given with one excellent save to take note of.

    Beye: 6/10 – I think the boys up there are being a bit harsh, not at his best granted but got forward enough to give an acount of himself. But not up to his standards, expect him to be all guns for the Arsenal game to redeem himself.

    Enrique: 8.5/10 – What a performance, I think N’Zogbia and Jose had a little word with each other and said lets show the manager what we can do in OUR positions and they did. For me both to start on Saturday.

    Colocini: 8/10 – Another solid performance, I think/ hope he is ‘the one’. The commentators said it all he made one mistake…one mistake and that was for their 2nd goal. It was unlucky, but very well played.

    Bassong: 8/10 – I think potentially it was a make or break for another season for this guy. If he came on and had a dodgey game it could have set him back. If he had more experience in the Prem he would be pushing ST for a start. However I just hope this display from him will give young Taylor a bit of a push to the next level. Very well played from Bassong as the 8/10 reflects

    Gerimi: 7/10 – it was almost 6.5, he was a tricky one. I think the linesman called him offside several times when he was on and would/could have got into more dangerous positions. Benifit of the dought for his 7.

    N’Zogbia: 8.5/10 – I am so glad he wasnt sold. He should his skills all night right up until the last, full of running. The two young boys down the left were really out to prove themselves…and they did. Weldone!

    Guthrie: 7/10 – I read on here the other day comments about him never giving the ball away. He did today, not a lot hence the 7, but I was expecting a little more solid! However I think there is a beautiful partnership blossoming between Butt and Guthrie. I think he still has the potential to add a lot to his game playing alongside Butt. Felt he was going to score in the first half.

    Butt: 7/10 – Bossed the midfield with the younger Guthrie. Did what was needed and picked out the odd gem of a pass. Done well to keep his composure after getting minced in the tackle. Solid!

    I’ll leave the best till last…

    Guterez (appols for spelling): 9/10 – I did not see the run he kept promising, like in the Man U game but his tracking back and running is amazing. I could not believe it. Up and down up and down all day. Someone said he didn’t loose the ball, I have to agree and very quick feet. Nice player.

    Milner: 10/10 – again another player Im so pleased has stayed. The first two mins some played a through ball for him whilst playing in the striker role, he miss timed his run…and that was the last time he miss timed it. That combined with intellegent play excellent passing, crossing running dribbling, the 10shots someone mentioned above, I would guess 9 of them were on target but the blocking from the opposition was very good in each case. STAR MAN and deserved somewhat of a cheeky goal.

    Owen: 7.5/10 – Its Owen he does what he’s supposed to do and thats score goals…and he did. The winner. Was called ofside several times that werent possibly could have had more. Well played, expect his contract to be sorted soon :-

    Keegan: 9/10 – got the tactics spot on in my opinion stroke the ball around and be patient. If the break comes be ready. I think he really fired Enrique and N’Zogbia up and gave reasurring words to Bassong. A man managing master, aka MMM

  • Seymour Butts

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #31

    have to agree about Butt but tbh jonas saves everyones ass with his tracking back! another great performance from the spiderman. Think the whole teams playing well, it was obvious we played most of the game without a striker, i think if we’d played MO from the start we’d have walked all over them. Only concern is King Habib who really hasn’t kicked off in the same form as last season. Apart from that the teams looking good – the squad isn’t! Backups needed.

  • Irish John

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Petey still did’nt warrant an extra minute and half…if they did that for every stop we would be playing another 90 minutes every game…

    who gives a sh*t, we still won..lets not look for negatives..there were far more positives that negatives tonight

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Mint performance, 1 to cruise thro 1st half, 2nd to grind out the win ! luking gd jst get a gd draw rotherham at home wud do me haha, n any1 notice a certain nile ranger haha lol wud av liked 2 c him come on.

  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Seymour i agree Habib hasn’t been great, but lets remember he didnt really have a pre season

  • Irish John

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #35

    I’d agree about Butt also..Would be brillant as a squad player but needs replacing..He does’nt have the legs anymore…We can’t rely on him for a whole season…

  • jan_nufc

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Milner was class. Butt and Geremi shocked me. Geremi wasn´t able to get a pass to his mates. Zogbia played well. And Given saved us the lead many times.

  • Matt

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Older players generaly take longer to get going during the season as it takes them longer to get full match fitness/sharpness etc. Beye will be back to his good old self soon!

  • ende

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think Butt needs to be replaced (yet), he just needs his replacement to be lined up. Frankly, I’m in favor of Barton (if he can stay out of trouble). But imagine if we could bring in a DM with good distribution skills, someone more in the mold of Carrick? I think that’s what this team might need even more than an attacking midfielder.

    I’d like to have two alternate configurations for our central midfield:

    1) DM/AM diamond, for now Butt and Duff or Butt and Owen or something like that.

    2) Flat CM/CM with Guthrie and Milner

    These two configurations give us a lot of options depending on the opponent.

  • Petey

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #39

    anyone else hate clinton morrisons cockyness?

    and 9+1……cmon, who does tht nowadays

  • Ant

    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Given – fine when called into action
    Beye – Some excellent tackles, some poor passes and some intermittent mistakes.
    Enrique – Fantastic going forward, excellent defending, sometimes too tight but often recovered and should always be LB.
    Bassong and Coloccini – Both excellent. Barely missed a header, both well positioned, strong and quick. Played the ball out well.
    Zog – Outstanding, class apart tonight. Man of the match for me.
    Milner – Good display, some fine passes and decent vision. For me, still not the player Charlie is.
    Guthrie – Excellent, simple as. Should take over from Butt by next season.
    Butt – some great tackles but made some simply appalling passes.
    Jonas – Continues to impress. Continually fouled out of games.
    Geremi – Shocking.
    Owen – Poor touch tonight, some slow and badly timed passes. Excellent goal and some nice off-the-ball moves.

    We missed Oba tonight, but I’m sure MO can fill the gap. Proves we can beat the cr@p teams like Bolton who strangle the life out of the game.

    We drew with Man U at Old Trafford. No reason we can’t stick in a nice shock in the league this year and finish much higher than everyone has us down for.


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