Newcastle Could So Easily Have Won The Game


The Newcastle team gave a good display in the second half yesterday, and with any luck at all could have won this game, and that was after being 2-0 down after only 37 minutes.

Sebastien Bassong – had another good game – first choice left back?

Here are some observations on yesterday’s game at Everton:

  • Newcastle started this game poorly, and dug themselves in a deep hole for the second week running when we went two goals down in the first half. Both goals were preventable and if we are to start winning again the defense still needs to tighten up, and we need to stop giving these loose goals away.
  • Not sure why Enrique was taken off in the first half after about 38 minutes, since he didn’t appear to be injured, but Sebastien Bassong looked good yesterday as his replacement. Bassong linked up well with the impressive Charles N’Zogbia, and we think he could well be the number one choice at left back soon.
    And we also saw a nice long throw in from him in the second half – something Joe has obviously had him working on last week.
  • We looked dead and buried just before half time, and then a great cross from Geremi on the right, saw a wonderful headed goal from Taylor that brought us right back into the game just 35 seconds before added time completed in the first half.
  • Danny Guthrie had another efficient game in central midfield and this boy is a lot better than most people realize, and we’ve missed him these last 3 games. It will be interesting when Joey Barton comes back if Danny will need to make way for Barton – we think not and both will be needed by Newcastle.
  • Taylor had a good game – a goal and an assist isn’t too bad for a right back, and he coolly played in Duff within a minute of the second half kick-off.  Duff had it in the net first time, and with his right foot – so a great finish from Damien. It was a good day’s work for the right back.
    And it was interesting that Everton left back Leighton Baines had a part in both Everton goals and also cleared off the line twice.
  • Newcastle were the better side in the second half and were really pushing Everton. With any luck N’Zogbia would have got us that vital third goal after 78 minutes, but Leighton Baines made an amazing goal line clearance.
    But we still should have scored, and may have gone on to win the game.
  • But Everton can claim they could have won it too, as Osman forced Given into a great save on 65 minutes, and then substitute Anichebe thought he should have had a penalty when tackled by Steven Taylor on 84 minutes in the penalty box. Then on 87 minutes Anichebe just missed with a shot inches wide of Given’s left hand post.
  • With 5 minutes to go Joe Kinnear left the Director’s box and was seen in the tunnel, but the 4th official had a policeman escort Joe away.
    Joe knew the game was there for the taking near the end, and one of his strengths in his touchline presence, and that will be an asset from now on, since he’s now served his two match ban.
  • Newcastle were great in the second half, and kept their shape very well and started to look like the team Kevin Keegan had left in early September.

The lads did us proud yesterday, coming back strongly from two goals down, and they deserve the fans’ support on October 20th, when we are at home to Manchester City.

We hope we can have a full house that night, for both Joe Kinnear and the players – they deserve it after today.

Comments welcome.



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71 comments so far

  • Ashton

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Butt was shit as usual

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, Barton and Guthrie will probably play together, they should and I hope they do.

    Cant stand Butt any longer, sometimes he saves us, others he is a complete liability.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #3

    tom_toon-agreed, there are times butt does something and you say to yourself “thats why he starts”. 5 minutes later he’ll give the ball away in some horrendous position on the field and you’ll be cursing the fact he’s on the field for the next 15.
    definitly give barton and guthrie a shot together, really looking forward to barton coming back.
    As for LB, i like enrique alot but i think bassong is showing real promise, he could be a talent for us in that positon. Anyone see enrique’s reaction to being subbed today? kinnear had said he only had 45 in him due to fitness but he looked less than impressed when he walked off. Bassong obviously said something along the lines of well played ( i imagine) as they passed each other and he just sorta shrugged.

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  • Rob

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree Butt is passed his best for sure, hi spassing is slow and in accurate, any rarely plays it forward. needs to be dropped, Bassong looked good again today

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #5

    guthrie again impressed today. hopefully jonas will be back against man city coz he will give us that extra dimention

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #6

    can’t believe ameobi actually did something decent today when he set up n’zogbia.
    I think collocini needs a no nonsense defender with leadership to play along side him coz collocini does like to takea risk or 2 in possesion

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Best back 4:

    Beye-Bassong-Coloccini-Enrique

    Taylor played RB and all his good attacking work just masked the fact that he is poor defensively, although i thank him for his contributions today but Everton scored their goals down our right because Taylor is most definitely our weak spot defensively.

    Didn’t think much of Coloccini today either but he kinda redeemed himself in the second half.

    Enrique obviously wasn’t fully fit but to be honest i though he played well for the tme he was on, I like him.

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  • garyfret

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #8

    got to admit i was plesently suprised with the second half. maybe we can build on it

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  • dubsea

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #9

    yep like this player… seems consistant and level headed in the beye mold…also like the fact he’s hoping to bring in Gerry Francis in as a helping hand over this short period…we need all the experience we can get to get us over this troublesome period in NUFC history…

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #10

    collocini is good in general but he will always have a mistake in him. a commanding centre back along side him n that would work well. lyk rio n vidic at manu

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #11

    i think our performance tday, in particular 2nd half showed that chris hougton is a coach and nothing more. we were playing with absolutley zero confidence or spirit in the games he was in charge

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  • brutooooon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Bassong should START from now own.

    Taylor is better playing on the Right

    Duff and zoggy are our hope to score any goals

    Guthrie is our key for last night match.

    Nicky Butt – Age seem to be a factor. we need to replace him ASAP. barton maybe?

    Owen-not much chances for him, play average last night.

    Ameobi-good substitute. we all know he is not good enough for the BPL but he can play 15 mins from the end (the best he can do). he miss two chances, firstly when he set up zoggy where he can shoot to the far post and secondly where he try to curl the ball(like what M.O always did).

    the only sad about last night is that we are the best team amongst the two – but its glad we finally bounce up

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  • toonmania1

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Tom_Toon

    i reckon you watched a different game! or i think you watched the game from a negative startpoint rather than positive. Taylor will get there – his mistakes will happen less and less as he gets older. he was man of match today.

    Enrique isnt as clever or quick as bassong, i always worry when he starts but bassong played a blinder, a must for man city.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Taylor isn’t s good as he was 2 years ago mate.

    I like Enrique and Bassong cant really cross so he is a bit one dimensional at lb.

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #15

    yea bassong isnt a LB he duznt offer much goin forward.
    think of the difference it will make if jonas comes in for geremi in the next game

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #16

    we still need a win tho. n man city have a lot of abilty in thier team.
    we can’t have another slow start to the match

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #17

    any1 know how many more games barton is out for?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #18

    If you want to fit Taylor, Colo and Bassong in and want to drop Butt hows about:

    Given
    Taylor-Beye-Bassong-Enrique
    Coloccini
    Jonas-Barton/Guthrie-N’Zogbia
    Owen-Martins/Viduka

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Just te man city game, then he is back.

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  • Sav

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t see how you can judge Taylor, Coloccini or any other centreback when we really haven’t got one decent full-back to play alongside them.
    Bassong looks canny but is very inexperienced, Enrique not much more and I think he can be clumsy, nervy on the ball, not that quick and poor positionally. Gerremi hasn’t the legs on the right. Only Beye is consistently good enough for full-back. That’s a terrible inditement of our club transfer policy. But you can’t truly assess the rest of the defence until its sorted out.

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #21

    I just love this fact:-
    sunderland’s squad has cost more to assemble than arsenal’s squad!
    lol well spent keano!

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #22

    i thought baron’s ban was for 15 games?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #23

    no, 6

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #24

    did any1 notice that in the 1st half we just lumped aimless long balls up, but in the 2nd half we kept it on the ground more often n passed it through midfield miles better

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #25

    it will take barton 2 or 3 games to get up to match fitness. would be intresting to see how he and guthrie do playing together in CM, altho i suspect kinnaer might not drop butt

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #26

    he probably wont but he needs to.

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #27

    guthrie at £2.5m looks lot better than modric at £16.5m at the moment. i was like devistated when we missed out on modric

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #28

    The way Modric is playing I think £2.5mil would have been too much for him, he is exceedingly lightweight.

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  • clever-toon-lad

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #29

    but then again every spurs player is playing shit at the moment. would love them to get relegated, but they will prob buy arshavin and others in january

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  • nate dawg

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #30

    lads was my half time vimto catching up with me or did ameobi play ok? or did we just lob bassong up front for a bit lol

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  • Aussie Dave

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Is anyone else sick of our most experienced player, diving into tackles that he is never going to win in the box and giving away stupid penalties?

    Thta is 2 already for Butt this season, and on both occasions staing on your feet was all that was needed.

    On the positive side, Shola actaully pulled his finger out and gave us a good presence up front, amazing what a little effort and commitment can result in.

    Hopefully a few more lads back by the next game

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #32

    tom toon sometimes looking from a far u seem to talk good sence excuse the spelling but how do u actualy rqate the toon i think basong was the best player when he come on

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  • Aussie Dave

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Nate

    i agree Shola was excellent when he came on, straight away he knocked a defender 2 metres off the ball and held the ball up, he seemed to really get stuck in.

    About time though

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  • nate dawg

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #34

    anyone think MO will feel he has to join a more ‘fashionable’ team to get back in the england set up?

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  • Aussie Dave

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #35

    excuse my spelling lads, late night 2am kickoff over here

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #36

    dave get a grip he knocked it on an run like a glipit i could have run faster fact he is not fit ful stop

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  • nate dawg

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #37

    o yeah forgot dunno if this has been covered but i reckon jk took enrique of for basssong for his physical strength cause saha and yakubu were killing us

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #38

    p.s his att if u meet him is shit total tos pot his sister is well worth a lenth tho

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #39

    p.s wont to be on sholas sista

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #40

    to be real tho thoughght toon played well after 35 mins till the end proves we can play

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