FT: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2 – Magpies Deperate


Newcastle United went down to a poor Spurs side tonight, in a dismal, disappointing and depressing display that lacked heart, skill, passion and just about everything else you may want to see in a football game.

Two second half goals on 62 minutes from impressive Pavlyuchenko with a great header (where was Coloccini or Taylor) and then a terrible giveaway goal from Coloccini was enough to give Tottenham a two goal cushion, before Owen fired home on 90 minutes when Spurs goalkeeper Gomes could also push away a cross straight into Michael’s path.

The killer punch was after 66 minutes when Coloccini had the ball in the left back position and passed inside to Taylor, who made less than a determined effort to get the ball and Jamie O’Hara dispossessed him and was clean through on goal and gave poor Shay Given no chance. It’s the type of goal you give away when you are not concentrating on the game.

The Newcastle side have some good players, there’s no doubt about that, but their heads are just not in these games, and it’s obvious what the reason is.

But they are professionals who get paid huge wages so it’s difficult to feel sorry for them.

The first half was quite even with very few chances but the game was being played very slowly by two sides determined not to give any silly goals away, but it was a dreary and dead match for the fans, who didn’t turn out in big numbers.

Probably the best way to sum up the first half was when the TC commentator, right at the beginning of the second half said:

“If you’ve just got in and missed the first half – congratulations”

The second half was better, but only because it was hard to get any worse, and it was anybody’s game to win. Then an innocuous cross on 62 minutes saw the Russian Pavlyuchenko lose his markers and head beautifully home – to make it look so easy.

Then four minutes later the mistake by Coloccini sealed Newcastle fate, and their fourth defeat in a row.

Damien Duff had had a good chance to put Newcastle ahead after 48 minutes, when he was brilliantly put through by Martins, but his right foot shot was just cleared off the line by Jonathan Woodgate.
But the first goal in this game was always going to be crucial and Newcastle tonight looked like a team in dire danger of relegation, if somebody doesn’t come to the rescue.

And where was owner Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board of Directors while this shambles was taking place?

Nowhere to be seen – once again.


Newcastle United: Shay Given, Fabricio Coloccini, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger

Tottenham Hotspur: THFC: Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Vedran Corluka, Jamie O’Hara, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate
Subs: David Bentley, Darren Bent, Gilberto, Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Fraizer Campbell, Ceasr Sanchez

52 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #1

    It was a mistake by Taylor imo for their second not Colo’s, I’m sure he’s made them balls so many times but Taylor dithered to it and lost it.

    Game was terrible to say the least.

  • Red Rooster

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone heard bout gazza , been told he died.
    hope it isn’t true

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #3

    gazza rumours not true according to sky sports

  • ziad

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #4

    LOOsing to spuds has got to be a make up call Taylor to the bench son !!! Colo is not much better though …terrible stuff !MO should get better service our mid is HORRIBLE (BUTT) i think owen will leave in jan

  • IrishMan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Depressing, but it will change, but it must be soon. This puts Booby Robson’s sacking in perspective – total lunacy at the time.


    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #6

    utter shit thats all iv got to say do they do refunds on season tickets ?

  • steve

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Okay can everyone stop with the gazza rumours – they aren’t correct.

    gazzas daughter is in the daily star with a publicity seeking story saying he is dead mentally and has booked into priory indef – the Daily Star in thier wisdom decided to run with the headline “Gazza is Dead”!!

    Whoever buys that paper should be ashamed of themselves!

    Gazza is not dead

  • Greg P

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #8

    No excuses – the players didn’t look like they wanted to be there. We would have been better off putting out some kids who wanted to prove something rather than Butt, Cacapa, Geremi, Duff and Nzogbia. Bassong, Taylor and Colo had nightmares and Owen and Martins had nothing to work with. Disgrace – El Tel won’t put up with that sort of poor attitude.

  • Murph

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #9

    it was a shambles, I’m so annoyed.

    Taylor and collo were a shambles! I’m honestly beginning to wonder about collocini he looked good in the first few games but he’s made some terrible error’s recently and certainly doesn’t look like a 10m rated international.

    With spurs using us to find their form I think they’ll creep up the table and leave us stuck to the bottom. We need a manager and the club sold as soon as possible with some reinforcements come January to cover defense and a creative midfielder.

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #10

    How much more credit is Taylor going to get? His mistakes are getting worse and worse. Colo is not much better but it has to be very hard to play alongside such a terrible defender.

    Cacapa played a good game at CDM, but he and Butt together is just useless, no creativity and no support upfront.

    I really hope that this mess gets sorted next week, cause it is going from bad to worse and it looks like everything is going downhill in a very high speed.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Bassong looked neat and deserves taylors spot 4 now.good signing wise.as 4 butt he needs a free transfer 2 bolton.

  • tom tomb

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Steven Taylor shown up for what he is. If Grobellar was guilty of match fixing v us. Then Taylor was with that, he did not even try to get the ball back after he dummied to their player. Don’t dare slag me off until you watch it again, he is crap. Butt was responsible for their 1st, he should be in a nursing home he is that slow.

  • Legs

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #13

    I just can’t wait for jonas to get back. He’s the heart of the team as far as I can see. We’re always crap without him.

    Bartons ban needs to be over to replace butt and I hope we see more of Nacho.

  • jettson

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Taylor to blame for 2nd goal, he tried to be cocky, and was found wanting, he aint good enough!! 3 points needed sat tho!! lets hope we have some additional resources, and i dont mean terry venables!! surely it cant be that hard to pick an 11 that can play in position and create a threat??MA go back south, make a small profir and let us geordies get on with what we love, supporting our club! well said phil Thompson 2nite on skysports!, geordies and scousers unite against poor non-footy owners!!

  • Mac

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Owen will be gone IN Jan. He is our only good player. Fact. Our midfield in my opinion could be the worst in the history of the Prem.Capaca and Butt what is that about where are the forwards going to get any service????????????????? Taylor is terrible. Yes he’s a local lad. So what so am I. Look all u people that love him. Try watching him. He’s crap,if he was a Cockney people would be calling for his head.

    We need a manager and a new owner. No blame pointed at Ashley tonight,he has stayed away and is trying to sell the club. Thanks. KK where are you. You walked out on us. So what i have had bad day,weeks,months at work and never quit, The state of our club rests firmly at your door.

  • VanToon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Well done to Given, Owen, and occasionally Butt and Martins did something useful…other than that, the rest of ’em shouldn’t get their paychqs this week!!!
    Is anyone else sick of N’Zogbia wasting run after run after run????? He’s got Martins and Owen making intelligent cross-defence runs, pulling holes between Woodgate and King, and N’Zogbia insists on beating everyone and shooting from distance…it’s called BAD DECISION-MAKING, and the lad is NOT growing out of it…
    I could bring my Sunday afternoon team out against this Newcastle side right now and get a result…no heart + no head = relegation…this is killin’ me.
    Surely it can’t get any worse than this…?

  • marcus owen

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #17

    i always think KK tactical knowlede sucks, but now i see CH worst. As i said before, what on earth make he think that cacapa can play in midfield?

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Q: What can a fat guy and his 2 monkeys do?

    A: Destroy a fantastic football club within 6 months.

  • JJ

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Wow, what a sad sad sight that ground was tonight… it just wasnt Newcastle and watching the game was like a bad dream.

    We have no defense and no midfield.
    Hard to blamethe players for lacking confidence in this situation but….

    Taylor needs a wake up call (bench).
    Butt is not good enough to start (bench).
    Geremi has a decent delivery but is far to slow (bench).
    N’Zogbia needs to play out wide left and practice deliveries.
    Xisco doesnt look like he’ll cut it.

    Owen, Martins, Given the only ones who impress.

    We need to get back Viduka, Beye, Enrique, Barton and Guthrie and they all have to start.






    I feel with the limited players we have even if all fit this is the best we could do.

    Bench: Harper, Taylor, Butt, Nacho, Xisco, Geremi, Lua Lua.

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #20

    never mind luck mite change next game i mean next year

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed the first goal was nicky butt’s fault. we’d been starting to look alot more lively and the fullbacks were pushing forward. Q nicky butt to give the ball away in the middle of the field with our back four pushed up high, they jogged down to the other end of the field, stuck a cross in, and pavlyuchenko nodded it in.
    Second goal for me was colo and taylor combined. colo played a dubious ball across the back four to taylor, who seemed to be asleep on his feet, no sooner than he realised the ball was actually coming towards him, o’hare nicked it, found himself 1-1 with given, and it was all too easy. really pathetic.
    Owen makes the scoreline look slightly more acceptable again, but im sure he’ll soon get sick of scoring irrelevant goals for us. God knows he probably already is sick of it.
    Really dont know where we’re going from here, the fact is spurs looked crap tonight, we just looked that little bit worse. Commentator in the first half came out with something like

    “this is two premiership teams playing here…” and it has to be said, he was right in hinting that we both looked like relegation fodder. the game had no pace, no skill, no nothing. We were unlucky with the Duff chance, and owen forced a good save but at the end of the day we lost and things keep getting worse and worse.

    An owner that (apparently) doesnt want us, no manager, no spirit or heart throughout a team that looks like a deer in the headlights every time they step onto a field, second bottom in the league, and nothing looking like improving anytime soon.
    Surely the most depressing time Newcastle United has seen in many, many years.

  • Spyro

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    “and then a terrible giveaway goal from Coloccini was enough to give Tottenham a two goal cushion”

    Let me fix that.

    “and then a terrible giveaway goal from TAYLOR was enough to give Tottenham a two goal cushion

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #23


    Indeed N’Zogbia thinks he can dribble a whole team, but in fact he has got limited technical skills; he reminds me more and more of a guy called Milner.
    I was so angry when he choosed to shoot to goal when Owen or Oba was unmarked at the far post.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #24

    My father passes the ball better than zog and butt.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Lets put it into perspective – we were not the only prem team to get spanked tonight!!!

    Roll on sat. If we loose – the gap widens and if the spuds win against pompey and we are officially bottom!

  • Toony

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed ….Colo looked pretty good first half in my opinion and it was Taylor without doubt who gave the ball away!!!!

    Butt had no one to give the ball so he looked worse than he actually was half the time but at least he was trying to get involved.

    Btw Nzogbia has always been shite and gets even shitter every game. Runs head down up his own arse..loses the ball..every time then fouls who ever just took the ball off him. I know he is no left back but he is nt even a decent player ffs!!

    Did Xisco even touch the ball???

    Oh my god when will the pain go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick C

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #27

    ross has it cock on

  • Spyro

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #28

    This is what i don’t get. How are people writing off Xisco when he came on late as a sub and had little to no service whilst he was on the pitch?
    As i have said already, Xisco thinks like a proper striker and makes the runs in to the box that Martins and Viduka don’t. He came awfully close to scoring from Geremi’s cross and probably would have if it weren’t for a good save from Gomes to force the ball out to Owen. Get off the kids back.

  • robertsa

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #29

    gazza dead?

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m going to try to sleep. If I can’t fall into sleep, I will watch tonight’s game again and I will be sleeping within the first 3 minutes.

    Good night to all of you and tomorrow is another day (full of hope that something might chance in the next couple of days at St James).

  • Big Dave

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #31

    lads i think the only + tonight was the attendence. i would think that MA wont want to be loseing money. we are just sh1t* at the moment and the players look lost.

  • geordie bulldog

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #32

    mac you knobbbbbb
    keegan not to blame ashley and his cronies to blame keegan should have been giving the nod over wise but ashley took wise side
    where were the cockney mafia today no leadership at this club
    what a joke venables to be manager he has been out of the game longer then kk
    we only played with passion and commitment when kk was in charge
    so get him back
    why not get him back now if ashley is going to sell the club then bring back the main asset get rid of wise at least in the mean time the club would be stable and the price of the club would go up meaning more money in fat ash pocket he needs it afterlosing 300 mil on hbos shares what a shame

  • Danish_Magpie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Nicky Butt is absolutely terrible. Just awful.

    We look clueless. Martins tries, Bassong still looks good to me, and you can tell N’Zogbia has potential. That’s about it for positives. I don’t carw about your rallying cries Geremi, you can’t control the ball for the life of you. We look like a reserve team out there and Tottenham weren’t even very good.

    So frustrated

  • Toony

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Setanta interview with that Nathaniel fella says Nigerian syndicate on Tyneside within the next 48 hours.

  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Lads I know that everything seems so horrible and depressing and dark at the minute, but something has to give, it has to get better. It was a dark day for the club, but they say that..

    “The darkest hour is just before the dawn”

    And we have to believe that, we have to stand up and fight like hell. We have to convince the players that they are not alone in this. Their confidence is so, so low at the minute, they are convinced that they’re all alone. The stand in manager is doing his best, but he doesn’t want to be there, the media are criticising them like hell, the board hasn’t even got the curtisy to talk to the squad face to face, the players are more clueless then we are, and then what the fans don’t turn up, seeing less then 20000 at a match can’t of helped. They know we think that they can’t get out of this situation and that the majority of them are all useless. At the minute they think know one believes in them and that they are all alone. We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to make them see that we are fully behind them, no matter what.

    This gloom and doom has to end. We need a new manager and we need one now, there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not the end of the world, we can pull out of this, we can climb the table, we’ve only had 5 games, look at Man U, they’re 15th and are still favs to win the league, we can get out of this but we need to work together.

    We need a manager. If we don’t get one soon, then that light at the end of the tunnel could well be an on coming train.

    Believe in the lads, and they will stand up and fight like hell. If we go down, then we’ll go down fighting together.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #36

    ToonGraeme- other premiership teams may be out the CC, but they are teams that will say

    “ok, we’re out, we can now focus purely on a good premiership season” (/the fa cup when it comes round)

    -West ham are out, yet they spanked us last weekend.
    -Pompey out tonight, they lost to Chelsea, thats to be expected.
    -Villa are out, but end of the day they’re the best team outside the top four.
    -Everton are out, yet they’re playing European football and will be looking for a top 6-8 finish this season.

    Keep in mind, all of the above actually have a decent set up behind the scenes, a manager (as pathetic as that sounds, we dont even have a bloody manager), and high hopes for the prem.

    We’re in serious trouble!!

  • Big Dave

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Spyro i agree 100% re Xisco, i honestly think that in the right circumstances he could be a real cracker there is just something about the lad. and i feel sorry for him he is wrongly taking the blame for lots of sh1t. according to most of the rags him comeing was the final nail in the coffin so KK walked. but i know that Xisco was excited after talking to KK why would KK have talked to him if he was irate over him comeing.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Hughton is not really ok.he used the right formation in the 2nd half.duff and butt should quietly leave by january.zog is so indisciplined lack of team work.may be he plays ps3 alot thats y he tries individual effort

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #39


  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #40



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