It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again At Newcastle

Newcastle United participated last night in one of the most entertaining games of football seen in a long time – and as we said last night – a game for the ages.

Kevin Keegan – looked decidedly unhappy in extra time

While they should have won the game 2-1, if the referee had bothered to look at his watch, the lads still came out on top, when most teams would have folded with lady luck so against them.

But the Newcastle lads participated in a game in which they played wonderful attacking football and let’s credit Coventry too, with an amazing comeback, which just fell short at the end, but it took the cross-bar and another brilliant save low to his right by Shay Given to stop the Light Blues scoring a third goal.

Every player on the field seemed to give it their all – and credit to both teams for an amazing game, that was entertaining to say the very least.

The winner last night was the game of football, as the game was beamed live on TV to the US and many other countries around the world.

It was exciting, but if you are a Newcastle United supporter, a little hard on the old heart, for some of us.

And don’t tell us the referee added the time on for an injury that happened just before the full 90 minutes was up – the extra time is added for the delay of the game in the first 90 minutes, by definition.

So the commentator’s confident explanation that the referee had every right to add on more than a minute in a two minute injury period, because of an injury that happened before 90 minutes was up, was a load of rubbish – and that’s being polite about it. The referee screwed up – period.

And after the goal, Kevin was seen to hold up 3 fingers to the official, indicating rightly, they had allowed the game to go another 3 minutes when it was supposed to end after 2 minutes. Most managers in Kevin’s situation would have held two fingers up to the official, let’s be honest. 😀

There were no stoppages for anything in injury time – and when 2 minutes was up Nicky Butt had the ball in the Coventry right hand corner of the field, and tried to get a corner kick, but a goal kick was awarded – the game should have ended then with Newcastle leading 2-1.

And once Coventry scored, and everybody lined up to kick off again the referee had by then woken up – and blew the final whistle, and it was over 4 minutes of added time on the clock. Not good, and we’re not the first team to suffer because referees don’t, or won’t, blow for time when they should.

Kevin showed his displeasure with his stone face in extra time, because he knew his team should not have to play the extra 30 minutes – but being professional like our lads are – they still won the game. 😀

The extra time may have an adverse effect on us against Arsenal on Saturday, but with the spirit this side has shown already this season, we seriously doubt it.

There’s no doubt the Newcastle United boss is starting to work his miracles again, and you would hardly have recognized this team from say early March, when we couldn’t buy a win.

The team goes forward all the time and sprays the ball about the park beautifully, and watch for Newcastle soon becoming the TV darlings because of the entertainment they serve up.

In fact they are so entertaining why wouldn’t we call them the entertainers – oh sorry that’s already been done hasn’t it – oh well – it does seem like déjà vu all over again.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • moe

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1

    plz we need a left back and a striker, lets get them plz,

  • Yeomsta

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Martin O’Neil was in the crowd according to SSN, 5 days left. We need to shackle and gag Milner in an empty room and take all phones off the hook at St.James’.

  • Tore Torell

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Very entertaining encounter last night, credit to the lads for nice freeflowing football!

    Bassong looks very promising, and Milner was great. Howay the lads!

  • Drago

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Jose Enrique should be in our starting XI, and Zog should be on the left midfield.
    And in what position yesterday Jonas played ?

  • DH7 Mags

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #5

    we are so so desperate for some players. we need more than i actually thought we would after watching that last night. we need 2 strikers, 2 attacking centre midfield players, centre half as cover for taylor, coloccini and bassong, a left back, right back and a right winger. geremi is absolute useless, although i no he set up owen for the winner on saturday, how many times did he give the ball away for when under no pressure at all. cant do that in this league as you get punished for mistakes, like we did for the 1st goal. mistake by beye cost us a goal. it should have been cleared first time when it came over the top, then there was a big ding dong, before it fell to their lad who buried it with a good finish. so for me, i would get wright phillips in forthe right side, milner, get him moved inside alot more, thats the most effective game that he has had for newcastle in a long while, guthrie gave the ball away too many times last night for me, although he did well. i just hope this meeting today goes well and kk is backed with the money it needs and is giving the opportunity to get the players that HE wants and not muphet head wise or the jiminez suggest.

  • The Left Corner

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Classic game of football that was. We should have settled it earlier, though, given the amount of goal oppurtunities and ball possesion we had. But that’s football for you. Milners work rate was as always, top notch.

    And if Clinton Morrison had scored more goals like the one he put behind Given through his career, he wouldn’t play for Coventry, thats for sure.

  • WesToon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Well Played Lads,showed true character 🙂

    BUT its squeeky bumb time Lads,we are horribly shy on players 🙁

    We need at least 3 or 4 players LB AM STR

    Pls NUFC dnt let us down AGAIN

  • WesToon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #8

    AHHHHH where are my posts???

  • DH7 Mags

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    we need 2 attacking midfielders, right winger, 2 forwards, right back, left back, centre half for me. geremi is rubbish, get rid, gave the ball away under no pressure at all. I was going be-serk with him. guthrie gave the ball away too much as well last night, although he did play well. milner was best player last night. just shows when u play him inside what he can actually do. bassong played well, the first goal was a comedy of errors, firstly beye should of cleared it when it first was knocked long, it then bounced around the box, opportunities were there to get rid but did not, fell to their lad and bang, good finish mind i must say, but was dissapointed with the way it went in. lets hope this meeting goes in favour of kk today so he gets the chance to bring in the players that HE WANTS and not monkey heed wise and that jiminez suggest. come on ashley, time to wake up and back your manager.


    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #10

    we need 4 top players or we are going to struggle trough the long way in the premier league.



  • ko_p

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    kevin keegan=The entertainer

  • nick

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    ENRIQUE was absolutely outstanding. We don’t need any more expensive left backs to coe and sit on the bench – let Edgar, Kadar or Tozer cover.

    Our finishing side was pretty much the best we can put out at the moment with injuries and if no more signings.


    Beye Collocini Bassong Enrique

    Jonas Guthrie Butt ??? N’Zogbia



  • dick

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13

    looks like KK has come up with new system of play 4-6-0, but its the best we’ve played for some time, enriquue showed why he should be first choice LB

  • nando

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    coloccini looked quality again.

  • maltese geordie

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #15

    hi darren of malta ,im maltese who lives in tyne and wear uk newcastle ,where you from in malta . good to know that there’s lot of maltese support newcastle . yesterdays game was anice to watch and threatning due the lack of mf ,cf ,lb all we need to put the ball in the net .and still we havent that prolific goal scorer , but MA are you for REAL ! CAINT YOU SEE WE ARE BLOOMING SHORT UPFRONT! HOWAY MAN GER US SUMICK WHO CAN SCORE MATE

  • Paul141726

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    That’s the kind of performance we need from Milner this weekend against Arsenal. At Coventry we saw his class and why MON at Villa wants to pick our pocket for him. Can’t happen!!

  • Nick K.

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17

    woohoo the entertainers =)

  • Bosck

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    calm down everyone we need 1 attacking mid not 2. 1 dm would be good another target man is needed and a lb, not the 8 players some people suddenly think we need!!!!

    yesterday was a simple case of not putting the many chances we created away, mainly cos we had 2 midfielders playing upfront. its was just won of those games where on another day we’d have won 4 – 0.

  • dick

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    reading KK comments in journal this morning looks like we wont be getting any more new players in this week, pleased we’ve got n’zogbia, his versatility is going to needed, but when he is playing striker he will have to learn how to fall over more theatrically and he would have got that penalty

  • GeordieJayne

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    You are spot on Ed…..let the good times roll, and the feel factor back. GET INNNNNNNNNNN lol

  • ian

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    I do not see the positives that some see from last night, that was Coventry!

    We need a striker and we are desperate, if we cant sign a top striker before the window closes we need a boring reliable old striker who can provide cover better than a midfield stand in, if we dont we are in trouble. Sometimes a club has to ‘park’ a player if they have little other choice.

    Owen scored the winning goal, but Milner and Nzogbia won the game, scoring the same amount of goals as a £100K plus per week striker, not brilliant at all, in my opinion.

    I potentially see the same type of season again, Owen on and off the field like a yo-yo, everytime he is on everyone singing his praises, meanwhile the team is being shuffled about and the other players struggle to find their form due to the constant team position changes caused by Owen and Viduka brought on and off the field.

    I think KK is doing a brilliant job but Owen is his nemesis, if Owen remains fit all season or at least 95% of it, then it will all work, if he doesnt then we will struggle, the other players cannot be expected to hit top form and have good stats if they are accomodating Owen on and off the pitch especially Martins who is moved from wide to central depending upon who else is on the pitch.

    All it would take to solve this is the signing of one decent striker to give Owen, Martins and Viduka competition and to stop piling all of the pressure on Martins every time the others are injured, I am convinced Martins is playing sometimes with knocks etc because we have no-one else and Martins is never rested for the following game.

    It would be a better team if we could make other midfield signings, but the team has improved anyhow, it is just this striker injury problem keeps holding the team back.

    If we cant get a top striker we need someone anyhow, how about Matt Derbyshire or someone similar?

  • t-g-w

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Why are people saying that we should buy wingers?! We’ve already got 4 (Gutierrez, Milner, N’Zog and Duff) and 3 of them played excellently last night so fitting them all on the pitch is going to be a (good) problem as it is. We don’t need another winger.

    And DH7 Mags, going a bit over the top on the number of players we need don’t you think? If we can bring in the quality we need to LB, ACM and ST then that will do me fine this transfer window. In the not too distant future we will need to add decent backup to make up the numbers. We will also need a top class DM soon but not too bothered if that’s in January or next summer.

  • Bill F

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #23

    You have to play to the whistle, I thought the team got a bit lax defensively thinking the game was over. Still right result in the end.

  • bailey

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    While yes my heart was in my mouth during the added time I can never understand the furore when this happens. What if we had scored in that time. That would have been ok then???
    More annoying for me was the total bias toward Coventry by the SKY commentators and I had turned the sound off at the time Owen scored (sharp put it back on mind).

  • hertz

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    any highlight?

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Think this a little too much Ed. It was a great game, a proper cup tie and we did play well in places but it wasn’t the cavalier stuff of the last Keegan reign…not yet. Lots of promise and class on the pitch but there’s still work to be done.

    Heading the right way though. And nice to see us battle in the league cup for a change.

  • Ganiyu

    Aug 27, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Greater than arsenal dis season

  • neeraj

    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    is smith part of keegan’s plan??????????????

  • tripp

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #29

    It would seem not. He wasn’t even on the bench last night, was he? Perhaps he’s being sold, and thus not being risked.


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