Newcastle Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


Joe Kinnear is right when he said that if we hadn’t won last night, Tyneside would be all gloom and doom this morning.

Joey Barton – great shot of him after scoring penalty last night

Joe talked after the game last night and started with Joey Barton now wanting to take the penalties:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he does tell Michael Owen he wants to be the regular penalty-taker. He’s a chirpy lad and a very confident person.”  “We would have been back to doom and gloom again if Newcastle had failed to win.” “We definitely needed that.”

“We were just desperate to get our first win. We could’ve sneaked one at Everton, we got robbed against Man City with a player (Habib Beye) sent off and we played (almost) the whole game with 10 men.”

“It was never a penalty. It was a game we nearly won. So we’ve been threatening to do it since I came.”   “The only disappointing one was Sunderland but it was in our favour to play as quickly as possible.”  “It gives everybody a big lift, none more so than myself. I don’t know how long I’ll be here but at least I’ll be able to say I won a match. I’d like to win more.”

“I thought we started exceptionally well, we could have had two or three before we actually scored.” “We opened them up on numerous occasions and had our final ball been better it could have been done and dusted, we could have come in four or five (goals ahead). But the longer the game went on, the more nervous we got.”

“We dropped off the pace. We were caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Do you go for your third or hang on to what you’ve got? We chose the latter, to defend what we had, and thankfully it came off for us. We were determined to hang on to the three points.”

A win is a win – and that about sums up last night’s game for our fans. We didn’t play well in the second half admittedly – but hey – this will give the players the extra confidence they need, and Jonas looked so good in patches last night as did Joey. We’re getting our best players back, and looking much better because of that.

With Michael Owen back next Monday night (hopefully), Joe Kinnear will have even more choices to make, and maybe we can do well for the full 90 minutes.

We’ll have to do that to take all 3 points against a strong Aston Villa side – which is definitely what we need to do.

Howay The Lads!



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12 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I hate it when we sit back. Why not go on and try to score more goals?

    Im fully behind Kinnear, but if he uses those ‘big Sam’ tactics again, my opinion will change

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  • adam

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    the more i see taylor play the more i worry about him. get caught out of position often, dives into tackles giving away needless freekicks. i wish someone would tell him to calm down. maybe he has ADHD

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    When we lead 2-0 at the game why the man decided to use the coward tactic like this? Come one guy you can do better Joe !

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  • Spitfire

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Second half was poor but we still had a few breakaway chances to score the third goal – at least. Problem is we did not have a confident competent goalscorer. Had Owen been on it may have turned out differently. Hopefully he is back for Villa. central defence still looks iffy to me. However we need to build on this now. Please God!

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  • steve

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Good result last night although Villa will be tougher.
    Nice to hear the fans singing for Barton, looking forward to next Monday night

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  • shear_legend9

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Personally tired of everyone having sly jabs at Ste Taylor. Granted he isn’t doing great at the moment but the pressure has been on his shoulders to lead the defensive line for a while now but now we finally have a stable and solid centre half in Collocini, he has the perfect tutor to learn his skill from. Let Collocini help train him for a while and with more experience he may come good in the end. What he doesn’t need is his own supporters turning on him. And if he gets dropped in favour of Bassong (like I saw suggested in the other thread last night) it will destroy the lad.

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    i think when colo gats settled to the prem thats when we wil start to see the best from taylor

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  • p

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    re: Taylor

    Have to remember that he is still (compared to most top class defenders) a kid…. The pressure that comes from playing for HIS team makes it even harder for him! It wasn’t long ago that he was always praised and referred to as ‘one for the future’ and then suddenly he’s one of the first names on the team sheet, whether due to injuries, the small squad size or whatever….! He will come good.
    He’s not U21 captain for nowt either!

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  • UTD111

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Well 3 points it is – I couldn’t care if it had been 1-0 with the goal coming in the 93rd minute off Ameobi’s bum……
    Big test next Monday, Villa are looking the part this season, lets hope MO is fit…..

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  • Stevo

    Oct 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    We have to stop this ‘defend what we have’ tactic. We don’t have the defence to pull it off. It put us on the back foot in the second half and had it been more than 45 mins a half we would have lost. We were awesome in the first half so I don’t understand why we didn’t come out in the second half and play with the same game plan. Villa have got a good strike force and will punish us if we sit back.

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Rob Lee made a fair point. If there’s no realistic sign of a buyer at Ashley’s selling price, then he should take a leaf out of Spurs and get back to the drawing board as far as the club structure goes.
    A stitch in time saves nine. If he fails to invest something in January, he may only have a Championship side to sell next summer which nobody wants to see.

    Ashley needs to admit it hasn’t worked out for whatever reason and start from now to broker some kind of truce for the good of all concerned.
    Get rid of Wise, give JFK a contract to see the season out and lets go from there.
    Move on, Mike.

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  • Paul:D

    Oct 29, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    if hes sellin anyway, why didnt he just get rid of wise and bring kk back?? doesnt make sense, why would it matter if hes gunna sale and its out of transfer window time?? personally i think hes jus sittin back until the storm blows over…

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