FT: Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0 – Brilliant Oba Wins It


In a game in which Newcastle seemed to come of age, two second half goals by the great Oba Martins was enough to give Newcastle all 3 points against a good Aston Villa side.

Newcastle are now in 14 th position in the league, up a cool 6 places, and just ahead of old foe – Sunderland.  😀

Things had been all square in the first half with Villa having the better chances and Agbonlahor missing the proverbial sitter after 22 minutes but it was a very well balanced game, and the first goal was going to be crucial.

It was all square at the break and 0-0 seemed a fair half time score.

Villa came out strong in the second half, but for once our defense looked tighter than of late.

But then Oba Martins, who was on obvious instructions from Kinnear, to shoot if he got any kind of opportunity to have a go, did just that.

On 60 minutes Oba got the ball just outside and turned to his right around Laursen and brilliantly drilled a left foot shot just inside Friedel’s left hand post – a wonderful opportunist goal by the Nigerian, and the fans, as well as Oba, went wild.

The goal seemed to give Newcastle that extra bit of confidence, and to be fair, the team had played very well to take the lead in a very tight game, but now with the extra confidence, they looked even better.

But then some slack marking around 75 minutes was cause for concern for the Newcastle faithful. The crowd was a disappointing 44,567 – not good enough – but the fans who went had a night to remember.

But those in the ground made up for those fans missing with some tremendous noise and roared on their team, following Oba’s great goal.

And then that man Oba Martins did it again as Jonas, who had another good game, beat the challenge of Reo-Coker and raced into the penalty area before setting it up on a plate for Oba.  Martins made no mistake to get his second goal of the night and his 5th of the season, to tie a certain Michael Owen.

That was all the goals, but we also got a clean sheet, which will delight Joe Kinnear. It’s the first clean sheet since we beat Bolton Wanderers at home in August by 1-0.

In a good piece of man management from Kinnear Oba was replaced by Claudio Cacapa to see out time, and Oba, our match winner, got a very well deserved ovation from the crowd, no wonder this boy is loved so much on Tyneside.

Then Michael Owen came on near the end for big Shola Ameobi, but not before Habib Beye almost made it three, when he tested Friedel with an explosive shot from a narrow angle.

A wonderful gutsy performance from the lads, and we hope the fans will start returning, because staying away is only hurting Joe Kinnear, the players and our club – whatever the state of things right now.

A great win tonight – and the lads looked good doing it too.

Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt (c), Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Danny Guthrie, Michael Owen, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Geremi

Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Carlos Cuellar, Martin Laursen, Nicky Shorey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Gareth Barry, John Carew, Gabriel Agbonlahor, James Milner, Ashley Young
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Marlon Harewood, Curtis Davies, Zat Knight, Moustapha Salifou, Bradley Guzan, Craig Gardner

Referee: Steve Bennett
Attendance: tbc



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157 comments so far

  • Gordon

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Best we’ve played all season. Worthy winners.

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  • IrishMan

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Yippee!!! Brilliant win and first clean sheet since Bolton win in August. If Obama wins tomorrow, and we win against Fulham on Sunday, it will have been a great week!

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  • IrishMan

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Oba and obama – what a pair.

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  • neeraj

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    probably best we have played so far….

    hoping for even more

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  • tripp

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Irishman, you ain’t shittin’ mate. I’m going from one nail biter to the next.

    Oba ’08!!

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  • jack who is new to nufc blog

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #6

    oba oba oba!!!!!!
    ive never jumped around my front room more!
    i am only 16 mind you

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  • VanToon

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    While MotM should probably go to Oba for his superb brace, let’s not forget Mr. Duff. He provided brilliant pressure release, moving the ball around like there was no one marking him…what a great performance upon which the team could build!!!
    Well done lads!!!

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  • Baaldy

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Obamafemi Martins! Fantastic much needed win. Great day to be a Geordie in New Zealand. Me Villa mates are gunna have a tough week!

    HOWAY THE LADS

    Forever Black n White

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #9

    duff was great tonight

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  • toonmania1

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #10

    what was the attendance? cmon joe!!!!!!!!

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  • tripp

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s great to hear that Duff is having a resurgence. He’s proving a lot of doubters wrong (me included) and that’s excellent. It’s like we had another signing. Even Strolla is giving off that impression of late. Given the amount of stick he’s gotten, it’s shown real courage to come in and play to the level he has.

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  • tripp

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Attendance was around 44K

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Excellent 2nd half and OBA, what a match winner and he n Spidey ran the second half. Credit to Shola too. Defence looked better and coped well for most of the game.

    JFK, what can you say but a big pat on the back for you and especially for not changing things and playing negative after we scored.

    Down side, I think we were very narrow for most of the game and played a few long balls, the ref didn’t help by stopping the game every time there was contact. When we did use a bit of width we created better chances.

    Didn’t think we’d get a result but a win and a fine win against a good team.

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  • jettson

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #14

    great result & great play! well done the lads! got to follow that up with a win at fulham tho, top half by sunday nite maybe??the league is that tight. how poor were some of the yellow cards tho? worst foul by milner in the opening minutes yet he gots off with it, and ameobi’s is a poor one when laursen does him 5 mins later? consistancy? refs dont know the meaning of the word!!

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  • Tore Torell

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #15

    My MOM was Joey Barton by a mile. Great game by the troubled midfielder, when he gets a decent partner he’ll be flying.

    Great performance, Coloccini was brilliant as well.

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  • JJ

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #16

    So so happy we won, but I just hope we dont play to many long balls. Other than that was great….

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  • DPS

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #17

    how to joey barton get on tonight, him and butt look good on paper!

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  • Toon 85

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought Enrique had an excellent game, defended well and distribution was good, a big improvement! Really good performance tonight

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s not get silly here, Duff hasn’t been THAT great. Still can’t beat his man and cross it, and he doesn’t play the killer pass when it’s on.

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  • Andy Boy

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #20

    A Canadian Geordie is enjoying the beers after a great match!!! Stay positive lads.. onwards & upwards.

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  • jettson

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #21

    is that 6 points from 6 with barton in the side???? and he nearly scored again tonite, just hope he puts proves doubters wrong! well done JB!!

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  • Warwickhunt

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #22

    We’re gonna win the league,
    We’re gonna win the league,
    ………………………………….

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  • Gooner

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Hahaha. You saved our fourth spot. kinnear done his neighbour a favour :p

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  • WarwickHunt

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #24

    The whole team played well, as a team for a change.
    It’s just as difficult for me to pick the best player for us as it is to pick the worst, I don’t think any of them had an off day and how long has it been since you could say that?

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #25

    we can beat fulham and then wigan at home. and then we will have great confidence going into the chelski game.

    AND tottenham are bottom. couldnt get any better

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  • Crimecall Newcastle

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #26

    this is the best win we have in had in a long time newcastle looked very solid at the back for once and they totaly deserved the 3 points.Now another win at fulham

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  • ziad

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Great game ! for me this midfield four were fantastic i wouldnt change a thing (exept maybe guthrie in for butt if he disappoints..) . Defense was much better still not 100% . A good offensive partnership should be discussed : OBA owen does noy work for me and Ameobi was not bad at all 2nite

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  • toonmania1

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #28

    MAKE BARTON CAPTAIN IT HAS TO BE DONE HE WILL SHINE MORE

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  • silverwear this year

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #29

    great performances from enrique barton strolla oba , beye and duff. really ran the show for us and we looked solid at the back for once.
    for a minute i thought taylor was going to score from that cross in the first half – what a run.
    cant remember the last time i was this pleased after a newcastle match. i think we should have no trouble following this up against fulham.
    Howay. regards

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  • ACD

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Was milner playing? haha

    Wonder if he’s crawled out of enrique/beyes pocket yet!

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #31

    YIPPEE BLoody excellent stuff……………..
    Delighted,no one expected a win and we got it.
    Now to get into the Top Half

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #32

    It was a brilliant game and we more than deserved the win.

    Joey Barton was immense today, he was all over the place, he single handedly dominated the middle.

    All in all it was a superb performace, everybody did great. Unsung heroes were Joey, Colo and Beye who closed down everything including Ashley Young by Beye.

    However the old habbits were still there and we must iron those out. Taylor again went missing for Agbonlahor’s sitter chance and Butt again failed to deliver an accurate long ball and lost the ball in a few crucial moments.

    Still i couldn’t be happier. Onwards and Upwards. HOWAY.

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  • scotty

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #33

    According to MO villa should have been out of sight by half time, and a draw would have been a fair result!?!?

    I must have been watching a different game then….

    Jonas was man of the match by miles – but all players deserve at least an 8.

    Super result, lets hope we can take this to fulham and wigan………

    up the toon!!!

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  • JIMBOB

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #34

    44 and a half thousand! not bad considerin we were bottom-Duff ran and ran all nite again-i think hes gona burn himself out at this rate! lol-hey feels good tho-Barton was great again aswell-as was Jonas-in fact all of them worked really hard to keep villa out of the game-hey lads we shouldnt fear chelsea u know-weve matched them a few times and with this new found confidence i predict a point or 3 against them-thats after we beat fulham and wigan of course lol-now we need to strengthen with 2 on loan to cover for duff/jonas, martins/owen- one fast winger on loan(bellamy style) and one goalpoacher, god forbid anyone gets injured-ide still say bring Nile Ranger into the frame tho-and Sameobi-things are looking up! cmaannn! SMB, s!

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  • Whitt

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #35

    a moment of shear brilliance by a oba, and a good game overall, but Barton was easily my MOTM. he completely controlled the game. Barton, Martins, Ameobi, Duff, and Jonas all had very good games. obviously the defense did well enough too keeping a clean sheet.

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  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #36

    That was well worth getting up at 5am to watch.. I was expecting a lose against a strong Villa side.. The second half performance was the best I had seen from the boy’s in a long long time.. They played Villa off the park… One other note…. Surely the new owner of the club (if it ever get’s sold) will surely have to look at keeping Joe on for the rest of the year… Not even KK had the boy’s playing with this much belief!!.. Very happy indeed!!..

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  • Kevin nichol

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Just got back home! What a result…i cant remember the last time i felt this good…well done lads…well done jk…now all you negative tw@ts who said we would take a hammering go f@ck yourself because we are the might geordies…Cmon x

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  • JIMBOB

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #38

    aye il second that- BARTON FOR CAPTAIN! HE WAS A CLASS ACT TONIGHT!

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Aussie Magpie Fan – KK didn’t get many games in charge though.

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  • toony soprano

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Sholas is this, Taylor is that, should have sold Milner, Sell Duff???

    None of that shite tonight boys – and you know who you are – shame on you – bet you were shouting their names tonight you sinners
    MOM Duff very clever wing play, Spidey is not even match fit yet and he still had a good game

    All good tonight going for a JD and coke 3 more point and we are a 7th place side -stop you worring about spurs!!!!

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