FT: Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Brave Magpies So Unlucky

In an amazing all action game at St. James’ Park tonight 10 man Newcastle United were 2-1 up with just 4 minutes of normal time to play but couldn’t quite hold on for what would have been a memorable victory.

And unfortunately it was that man Rob Styles again, who seemed to get it all wrong after 14 minutes when Beye was called for a foul on Robinho in the penalty box, and since Habib was the last man he was sent off.

Robinho scored easily from the spot and gave Given no chance.

The TV replays showed that Beye had deflected the ball away from the Brazilian, but this isn’t the first time Styles has given away dodgy penalties.

But if you thought that Newcastle were going to lie down and give up then think again.  After 25 minutes of holding their own after the shock of being one man down and one goal down, Duff had a good chance after 35 minutes that he should have done much better with, but he tamely hit the ball for Hart to easily save.

But then after 43 minutes Shola Ameobi, who had his best game for Newcastle for years scored when Shola  found himself with the ball and two City players around him just 8 yards from goal.

Shola chested the ball forward and then sliced the ball powerfully into the net with his right foot, and instinctive move by Shola but a well taken goal.

It was the first goal for Ameobi for two years, and Joe Kinnear seems to have found how to get the very best out of the Nigerian-born forward.  Make no mistake that Shola’s transfer price has gone up after this strong performance, and when he was taken off in the second half for Andrew Carroll, he got a wonderful ovation from the Newcastle crowd.

Then in the second half, after no doubt a rousing half time talk from Joe Kinnear, who must have been cursing his luck, Newcastle came out fighting in the second half.

The lads must have something to drink at the break because they looked sprightly and were winning nearly every 50-50 balls. And then after 63 minutes a Geremi corner was hit high into his own net by Richard Dunne.  So amazingly ten man Newcastle were 2-1 ahead against this expensive Manchester City side.

It looked like the lads started to tire just a little near the end, but make no mistake about it they deserved some luck that they didn’t get.  when, with just 4 minutes of normal time to go, Manchester City equalized.

It was a great ball by Robinho through the middle of Newcastle’s defense, and Stephen Ireland made no mistake and had the ball in the net in an instant. But this was cruel luck against a plucky Newcastle side, who deserved the win and all 3 points tonight.

Certainly the performance tonight was a delight to the Newcastle crowd who roared on their side throughout the game.  A 2-1 win would have been one of the best results seen at St. James’ Park for many a day, and with a little bit of luck for some 5 more minutes and the win would have been ours.

It may seem strange but even with 10 men, Newcastle deserved all 3 points, and this was 2 points lost – but we’ll start getting some luck if the lads turn in performances like this regularly, that’s an absolute certainty.

Make no mistake, this was a monumental display of courage and fortitude from this Newcastle side, when many a side would have thrown in the towel after 15 minutes. Shola was probably our best player tonight, and he gave everything he had, and there were also some solid performances from Butt, Guthrie, Martins, Duff, Bassong and Coloccini at the back.

But this was a team performance more than anything else, with the lads playing for each other – it’s such a pity Kinnear couldn’t have got one of his most memorable victories tonight – so unlucky.

The lads did us proud tonight – there’s no doubt about it – great performance lads – now to beat Sunderland on Saturday.


Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Xisco, Andy Carroll

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Javier Garrido, Richard Dunne (c), Tal Ben Haim, Vincent Kompany, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Dietmar Hamman, Jo
Subs: Nedum Onuoha, Elano, Kasper Schmeichel, Gelson Fernandes, Ched Evans, Daniel Sturridge, Galuber Berti

Referee: Rob Styles
Attendance: tbc

102 comments so far

  • Rocky

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Value will soar on this one performance? Be realistic

  • Simondo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Great performance… so unlucky not to win lads.

  • IrishMan

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #3

    The lads done well in fairness. Hopefully three points on Saturday and a move up the table.

  • Jinal

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think the value will necessarily rise, but the performance tonight might help firm up the decisions of those potential investors who are sitting on the edge.

  • Cooper

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Rob styles needs shot – DISGRACEFUL refereeing – had everyone going mental

  • ziad

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #6

    good performance Butt we needed 3 pts!!

  • Batey

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    What do you mean, transfer value?

    we should keep him. hes still much better than Xisco, and after that performance hes got to be in contention for saturday.

  • tripp

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8


    It’d double from 50 quid to 100 overnight. 😉

  • Legs

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Is there any chance of beye not having to do his 3 game suspension? Hopefully we’ll appeal.

    Duff played really well like. I thought it was the wrong move but it shows what i know.

    Shame we didn’t win it.

  • Carl

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d have bet you a lot of money I’d have been gutted to lose if you’d offered it to me 12 minutes in!

  • scotty

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #11

    well happy with that point – would have taken it before the game. JFK should have tried to keep Shola and martins on – We would have won the game.

  • Rocky

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Great performance by the lads. Styles is a w*****. Fantastic tackle by Beye, he got the ball! He cost us 2 points. If we carry on like this, we can get out of this mess and finish quite high up. All the guys had a gr8 game but disagree with you ed about sholas valuation going sky high. I like the fellow and admit he had a good game but I also know how awful he can be, e.g Against Derby last season.

  • scotty

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #13

    a hatrick against the mackems should do it 🙂 lol……

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #14

    As they say we was robbed Styles should be sacked as a top class referee he couldn’t ref a sunday league game. Beye clearly won the ball & Robinho dived. This was a greeat performance form everyone and especially Ameobi. I seem to remember every manager since Sir Bobby sayong Ameobi had great ability maybe JFK is the one to get it out of him. High hopes for Saturday if we can stuff the Mackems at the Stadium of Sh*te we may just be on the way back.

  • Robz

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Considering we were 1 man short after 12 mins, 1 point is a great achievement! But truth be told, we were unlucky not to get them 3.

    Solid performance by the lads! In my opinion, Duff was the man of the match.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #16

    make no mistake you say “make no mistake” too much but that would be an unfair criticism when i respect this blog. I think a draw was maybe fair given the respective chances but i do feel as though we put a lot of heart into the game and its great to see ameobi trying! if he had owen off him tonight then im sure there’d have been more goals, but all in all well done the toon

  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Hats of to the lads, They fought back with pride the night. So unlucky not to get al three points. Styles is a F**king idiot and I hope they revoke that card given to Beye because we will really need him the next 3 games, especially next weekend. We lost our threat up front when Martins and Ameobi went off. Carrol?! Not gonna say nowt on him. I hope the dorty mackems sat up and took note. Reckon they are papping their duds.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Joe Kinnear did well again. And the team was, at least for me, tremendous. And that’s just the reason that I’m a bit sad now, because they didn’t deserved this result.

    But I have a thought that whether you’ll agree or not with it, it’s my opinion.

    Look, Newcastle are in relegation zone, and before the team could even think in qualifying to Europe – if it’s any possible – the team have to settle down and get this situation better. And hey, why don’t give Joe Kinnear the chance to do that? Why if the season is almost lost anyway? Oh, give him not the chance. Give him the chance and time to work, because I really think they deserve it and is doing it absolutely fantastic.

    Newcastle players are with great spirit, and let’s get credit to JK. IMO, this man is helping us a lot that you even can imagine. And I really think that sack him, even if it will be for the return of The King Kev, will be a bit unfair.

  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Robinho – was he ever been tutored by Rivaldo? They have a very similar style of cheating.

  • Newcastlefan89

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #20

    It was only the referee that cost us tonight, great team performance from the lads. Their response after the sending off was fantastic, everyone kept their heads, and the fans undoubtedly made up for the lack of the 11th man on the field.
    Styles might as well have put on a blue shirt, didn’t even check with the linesman before sending him off, he must have been absolutely certain and I don’t know how he can have been. I was sat behind the goal, and it looked like a fantastic last-ditch tackle from Beye. What’s more annoying is unless we win an appeal, he’s out for a few games and he’s only just back from injury.
    I felt Shola was a bit slow to get going, but once he did he’s the best I’ve seen him in a while.
    As usual, Given kept us in it until the end with some class teams.
    If I had to highlight one weak link in the squad it would be Bassong. Too many times he let his man lose him completely and he was left for dead. If it wasn’t for a great performance from Coloccini we may have been punished for that.
    I couldn’t help but feel we sat back too much after scoring our 2nd goal, I can see why we did but pressing City seemed to have them rattled.
    What pleased me was that Coloccini and Taylor seem to be working well together in the middle, telling everyone to hold their lines, and even Geremi did a good job after Beye’s sending off.
    Great result boys, to play for 80 minutes with 10 men against a good team and nearly come away with a win is fantastic. Roll on Saturday, if we can churn out another performance like that (with a fitter Martins and Gutierrez back in the fold) then I’m confident of a good result.

  • neeraj

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    one think i like abt joe kinnear he is showing confidence on players who have lost it completely
    and it is working so far…..
    with taylor in last two games…..
    butt- giving hm the captain’s arm band
    and ameobi he played well last time round also
    ameobi mite just get his fitness up and becomes a little more aggressive as joe kinear talked about…. he mite be turn out to be quiet useful

  • Soren

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Brazilian Geordie – Totally agree, give Kinnear that chance

  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #23

    excellent performance, shola was auwesome, done everything right, cant wait for joey, jonas and owen all back on sat.

    on another note, shearer has put himself in the running for the job, according to a few lads i was in the local with

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Robinho is ridiculous.

    I remember that, when he was in Santos’ youngs, Celso Roth, the team’s manager at that moment said to the club’s chairman: ”He’s very weak and I think we can dismisse him. He’ll not get on with football”

    But Marcelo Teixeira, the chairmen, said: ”No, keep working with him”.

    And he certainly made a bit sucess here in Brazil, but his personality is absolutely a big shit.

    I think you don’t know but, to be transfered to Santos for Real Madrid, the little Robson stopped to play for the team. Simply like that, just stopped and the club, as brazilian national football has not too much ‘power’ on his player, didn’t make nothing. And after – or before, I don’t remember exatly – he also have his mother kidnapped.

  • IrishMan

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Out of ten for starting eleven:

    Given 9 (what a save against Ireland)
    Beye 8 (for the FAIR tackle)
    Bassong 8
    Colocinni 9
    Taylor 8
    Butt 8
    Guthrie 7 (needs to get more involved)
    Geremi 8
    Duff 9
    Martins 8 (not fully fit)
    Ameobi 8 (and a bit)

  • Piers

    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Wow Ameobi had a good game….where did that come from?

  • tom tomb

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Shola haters — hang your heads in shame!!! Do you idiots know that players read this blog?? Confidence is the biggest asset to a footballer- indeed to anyone. A lot of you( not all ) on here get on players backs. It shatters confidence it attracts other fans that laugh at us. The point is we should be SUPPORTERS, we SUPPORT. No we don’t we criticise we slag and we destroy. The fans are becoming because of the internet”! a set of people that erode the confidence of players at NUFC. Get behind the club or f-off we don’t need you. Come on all commers I expect flack, but remember I am a supporter! And always will be, I go to games not type shite.

  • The Legend Of Jonas

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #28

    That was a lot better. Glad for Shola, lacked a bit of pace but made it awkward. Everyone put everything in it tonight, and we’ll be out of trouble soon enough if we carry on like this. 30-70 posession at home, even with 10 men, is slightly worrying though..

    All credit to JFK though, he’s at least restored some pride and passion.

  • tom tomb

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #29

    By the way I am not a shola fan, but he bullied their back four like he did on his debut V Chelsea. Joe has him fired up, he needs to bully!

  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Tomb Tom – Im sure the players dont read this blog for the reason you just stated.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #31

    You know what I think?! I think even when Newcastle starts to have a bit luck on the games, the referee, the players or whoever it may be, make sure to don’t let the Toon get a result that would settle down the place. It’s just unbelievable.

    And oh, brazilian press attacks again:


  • Newcastlefan89

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Just realised I wrote class teams rather than class saves when referring to Given- oops! He barely had a save to make in the 1st half, but came into his own in the 2nd half, saving our bacon as always.
    If we hadn’t had the man sent off so Martins was playing left wing (where I felt he had little impact), I’m sure him and Ameobi would have played well off each other. Having said that the lad’s just back from injury and Ameobi’s lacking match sharpness so I think they did pretty well all things considered. I hope Joe keeps faith in Ameobi, because nothing does him more good than a run in the first team and a few goals to boost his confidence. With Viduka out the frame for the foreseeable future, if he keeps going, Shola could push his way back in, and provide us with that big target man up front that we’ve been missing.
    I also agree with Brazilian Geordie, Kinnear seems to have restored confidence, in the lads and I think at least a bit of stability could do them wonders. All hail King Kinnear! At the minute he’s providing inspiration to the lads when they’re under great pressure and scrutiny. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  • tom tomb

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Stevo- unfortunately they do ! But class comment mate you are bang on what you say, hear you.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Players read this blog…..ahahha…god one….

    If only they would….and the manager too…..and Mike Ashley toooo…..we would be in a much better state believe you me.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #35

    mark hughes has basically said we got a result because man city didnt take their chances. he said something along the lines of
    “yeah…y’know, fair play to them i suppose…they had their supporters behind them n that..” but the jist of it was
    “we have better players, we were better on the night, and we should have won. they got lucky with both goals and i thought we deserved it, not them”
    ridiculous, if anyone deserved the 3 points it was us. our lot ran themselves ragged from 14th minute to the 86th, and even then we were unlucky to switch off and let ireland in. howay the lads, fantastic performance. more of that with gutierrez, barton (and hopefully justtice will be served and beye wont be banned) and we’ll turn the corner, eventually!


    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Well happy with that point,don`t think any of us expected us play so well.
    Well done Shola and JFK for doing something with sholas confidence.
    We were unlucky but we`ll get the luck again on saturday and stuff em

  • simon376

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #37

    tom tomb, totally agree with you, I wrote something similar on an earlier thread before going to the game about people who call Taylor

  • tom tomb

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonking if you were a pro footballer would you not want to read everything about you, about the way you play? You would have to be odd not to do that , they want to read about themselves. so will grasp every op to do so, they will look at every newspaper article to see if they say they played well. Ha ha.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #39

    I told my grandfather, 75, to see Newcastle’s game today – the first entire EPL game of his life he said. After the game, he called me and said: ”Congratulations, your team did very well. I just think the team couldn’t be without those fowards (Martins and Shola), mainly the big one (Ameobi). And indeed the other big one that took part (Carroll) played badly”

    Haha, but he did sound very glad on the phone.

  • tom tomb

    Oct 20, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Thanks Simon -missed your original comment so cheers for back up.


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