N’Zogbia So Close To Getting Newcastle Win

Charles N’Zogbia has been one player at Newcastle who has been playing well since Kevin Keegan left the club.

Charles N’Zogbia – nearly won it for us on Sunday

We always knew Charles was a good player, and now he seems to have his head in the right place and is back to his energetic best on the left wing. In fact Duff and N’Zogbia are both playing very well on the wings right now.

And Charles got so close to scoring the winning goal on Sunday, after Ameobi had managed to put the ball to his right for Charles within the 6 yard box, but a fantastic block from left-back Leighton Baines saved the day for Everton.

Charles said today:

“I didn’t see the man come from behind, but it was a great save from him.” “When we were 2-0 down, we knew we had to do something. We had been playing badly and we had to try to come back into it.”

“Once Steven Taylor scored, we knew we had been given a second chance. Once we scored straight away, I thought, ‘Yes, we are back in this’.”

“When everybody is back from injury, we can have fun. We can win more games.” “When you have different players to pick from, we can have lots of opportunities to win games.”

Good words from Charles, and we hope the lad has now settled down at Newcastle, because there’s no doubt he’s a very good player and very dangerous when he runs at the opposition defense.

Charles has played his heart out in the last few games, and it’s always great to see that. Even though he’s just 22 years old, N’Zogbia has appeared 149 times for Newcastle (108 starts) and scored 9 goals – not too bad a record at all, since Bobby Robson brought him in from Le Havre four years ago.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • poppa

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1


  • ObaFan2

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Shola did everything right and passed to Zog and we all thought he’d score….
    Atleast with Milner gone we can now play both Zog n Duff down the wings, wonder what’ll happen when Spidey’s back, no to leftback for Zog!

  • poppa

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Good noises from a ‘potentially’ v.important part of the team, in the right position!

  • Will

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the two assists from the right flank flattered Geremi and Taylor and undermined Nzogbia’s wing play for me.

    We were exposed down the right is what i’m saying but this is overshadowed by assists.

    Did Gutiérrez return on Monday?

    we need him bad. If Beye isn’t fit, i wud use Geremi behind Jonas as a right back.

  • ObaFan2

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    What was Taylor doing running in from the left anyway? Just aswell he was though and a great well taken header.

  • tywell

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought he was our best player on the park he always looks dangerous when he gets the ball and turns and runs at defenders, he needs to be given the reign to take the ball and just have a go at the defences if he has a chance as he looks incredibly dangerous when he has the balls… was extremly happy aswell with Shola’s performance when he came on aswell he looked as if he had been giving alot of belief for Big Joe so hopefully he can prove all the negative ppl on here who just seem to come on here and whinge about everything and every player instead of getting behind them and being positive, bring back the support not the slander!!

  • Whumpie

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    What I like about Zoggas is that he’s very dangerous playing through the middle too – so if we really want to go attacking, we can play him, Jonas and Duff. Nice to have a selection problem.

  • Oba one konobi

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Team for me.


    Taylor Colo Bassong
    Beye Jonas
    Guthrie Barton Zog



  • Oba one konobi

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9


    ————Taylor Colo Bassong
    Beye ———————————-Jonas
    ————-Guthrie Barton Zog



  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton is suspended for the man city game…martins wont be fit…Jonas will be back

    My team would be

    Beye Colo taylor Bassong

    Jonas Guthrie Butt Nzogbia



    I would be very surprised if the team is anything different to this….One change that might surprise everyone is i have a feeling that Ameobi might play! Big Joe seems to think he can bring out the best in him; and for one i hope he can! Ameobi has always baffled me; he has everything; skill, pace, power, heading ability, can finish…BUT before everyone starts telling me im an idiot; i believe he has all this but he has never ever shown anything other than glimpses of this over the years and now he has no confidence; whether or not he deserves another final chance is up there for debate but if Joe can sort his head out we might have a new player on our hands! your thoughts???

  • Spitfire

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Keegan couldn’t sort Shola out though I would love it – just love it- if Joe can reinvent him. Joe has shown he is no mug so he must be able to see something in Shola. Hope they succeed but fear they won’t.

  • brownrob

    Oct 7, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    I think with Ameobi its a confidence building excercise by JK, considering the slagging he has been getting on here!

    I wonder if any players from the club read this blog or any feedback from here gets relayed back to the club?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 7, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Team for Man City:


    Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Taylor, Doninger, Geremi, Xisco, Ameobi.

    Maybe Lualua for Doninger if he is fit.

  • ToonRich

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Was it just me, or did Zog get more freedom in the 2nd half, as to me he looked like he was floating in off the wing into a more central position – which he looked far more dangerous 🙂


    I would be tempted to give Charlie a free role, and switch him with Duff?

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    @ toon rich

    bassong works really well with nzogbia!

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 7, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #16

    @ tom toon

    taylor wont be left out after his display!


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