In a game which seems to reflect the frustrations going on at Newcastle off the field Newcastle found themselves one down to Hull City this afternoon at St. James’ Park, against the run of play.
The game is being played at half speed but Newcastle should have been on top if they had taken just a few of their chances.
After 18 minutes Guthrie somehow managed to miss from just 6 yards out, when it looked easier to score than miss. That should have put Newcastle one goal up.
Then after 30 minutes Michael Owen almost scored again, when Michael Owen headed on a free kick but goalkeeper Myhill made a great save low to his right.
But then after 34 minutes Butt was adjudged to have fouled Halmosi, on the left of the penalty area, but in slow motion Butt didn’t touch him. And the Marlon King’s kick low to Shay Given’s right was almost saved by the goalkeeper as he touched the ball onto the pose but into the net. It was hard luck for the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Then after 42 minutes, Geremi had a decent chance but shot wide of Myhill’s right hand post.
But there was no way Newcastle should be behind in the game, and it seems the confusions off the filed are having some effect on the players.
Xisco has looked decent but should have done better with a couple of chances that went his way in the first 30 minutes.
But let’s be very clear, Hull City are a mediocre side at best, and will have difficulty surviving in the Premier League this season, but it does seem that some of the Newcastle players are having a hard time concentrating on the game with all the stupidity going on off the field.
Anything but a Newcastle win today will be points lost, and the game is not over by any means, but Newcastle need a goal to give them the momentum to go on and win this game, which they must do.
Hull City are lucky, to say the least, to find themselves ahead at the half.
Also it looks like Mike Ashley hasn’t had the guts to turn up for the game and Managing Director Derek Llambias is sitting by himself – all alone – in the Director’s box, which just about illustrates how the current Board at Newcastle are so out of touch with their fans.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Charles N’Zogbia, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Claudio Cacapa, Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Nacho Gonzalez, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson
Hull City: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Ian Ashbee (c), Michael Turner, Craig Fagan, Bernard Mendy, Peter Halmosi, Paul McShane, Dean Marney, Marlon King, Anthony Gardner
Subs: Dean Windass, Geovanni, Matthew Duke, Bryan Hughes, Sam Ricketts, Caleb Folan, Kamil Zayatte
Referee: Andre Marriner