HT: Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0 – All To Play For


In a fairly even first half, the defenses generally held the upper hand, as Newcastle and Aston Villa were 0-0 at St. James’ Park tonight at the break.

But if anything Villa looked slightly the more threatening side as Martin Laursen hit the bar with a header after 11 minutes. But then immediately Martins raced through the center and got around Cuellar to hit the ball way over the bar.

The game was evenly contested with Newcastle playing some nice football, but very aware of the quick breakaway from Villa.

Then after 22 minutes somehow Agbonlahor somehow construed a miss from just 7 yards our when he tried to poke the ball home with his left foot and embarrassingly mishit his shot – a big let off for the Magpies.

Then Barton ran though and had a good ground shot from 30 years that goalkeeper Brad Friedel saved well down to his right, with Martins looking for any rebound.

On 32 minutes Martins, who was looking very lively broke on the right but then again blazed his shot over the bar, but we think Oba’s on orders to shoot if he gets anywhere near the goal.

Then after 36 minutes Young had a chance from just 6 yards out but Shay Given, making his 450th appearance for the Magpies blocked his shot brilliantly to concede a corner.

Then Newcastle had a good spell just before half time with Jonas doing good work on the left and he could be the match winner if Newcastle can just get a break-through.

But Newcastle are aware of the speed of the Villa counter-attacks and often the midfield seems unwilling to support the front two very often. The lads are playing well but this Villa side are no slouches and will be difficult to beat on the night, but we’ll have to go for it.

This game is very even, and it’s clear Newcastle will need to raise their game a notch or two to get 3 points from this game, which we desperately need.

Potential match winners for Newcastle are Martins, Jonas and Barton in midfield.

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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114 comments so far

  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #1

    ed i hope your next headline is a good one

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Somebody tell Martins he’s allowed to make runs.

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  • Rob

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #3

    our midfiled is piss poor

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Nicky Butt should only be used in a 4 – 5 – 1 to sit in front of the back four.

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #5

    rob its because barton is there. no technique – no hope

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  • Griff

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    If ameobi does not come off for Owen i will be fuming, Martins is much better.

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #7

    adam – Shut up you ponce, he’s our best central midfielder

    AND HOLY SH*T MARTINS!

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Gedddddiiiiiiiiiiiin Martins

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    OBAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
    great goal

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  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yesssssssssssss im oba the moon

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Griff – What the…Ameobi has done fine, leave him be you prejudiced tosser.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I was quite concern about Oba landing. Hopefully he is alright. Ah, wth….OBAAAAAAAAA~!!!!

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  • Stevo

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Ameobi has played quality man – been a total nighmare for villa

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Duff isn’t very good…cross the ball ffs.

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  • reillers

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh God lads don’t do what ye always do, keep yere concentration and DON’T CONCEDE.
    And please God don’t let Barton do anything stupid and get sent off because I can see the result being 2-1/1-1 to Villa with Barton after getting red carded for something so stupid.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Come on lads keep us this excellent positional play, the less they have the ball the less they can build up a head of steam

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  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #17

    shola has beem class. pleaaaaaassssse score this free kick

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Bloody hell, where has Butt been hiding that?

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  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #19

    sooooo close

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha. I have not been too impressed with Butt’s passing today, but that was actually a decent free-kick. 🙂

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  • Stevo

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #21

    F**k me this is awesome

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  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #22

    close again nicky butt

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #23

    We are playing really really good football right now

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    51times – been waiting for something like that to come from Butt for some time, shame it didn’t go in, need to not start panicking with last 20 to go, if we can hang on in there we’re above the unwashed in 14th place [I think]

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  • O'Hurley

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #25

    please god please god please god please god let the mags win today!!

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah if we win we go 14th. Villa are really dangerous…you’re right though, we need to stay calm.

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  • matt(the original)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #27

    ahhhh yess!! keep it up lads. i cant watch right now. got off work too late to go catch the game (in the states). keep me posted boys!!!!!

    oba one obafemi!!!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #28

    I just saw the replay. Ameobi almost ripped out Oba’s balls…Oba didn’t feel anything when he was high on adrenaline.

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #29

    time goes so slowly when u need the win

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #30

    matt – we’ve played ok tonight, defended where necessary, good possessional play up front, however we still lack the final imaginative blow when on the attack, we’re happy to run into the corners and the 18 yard line, but after that we’re always looking to cut the ball back.

    We need some inspirational ball delivery into the box for someone like Bambi to knock down and Owen to slot home, we just lack that player tonight.

    Barton [for all his sins, and by God he’s has a few] has played like a rock tonight as has Jonas

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  • adam

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #31

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #32

    jonas and oba you beaaaaaaauuuttts

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  • dubsea

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #33

    yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! this is brilliant by jonas and oba

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Geddin Martins, fab move by Jonas down the LHS, nice one bonny lad

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  • 51times

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #35

    YES, LET’S GET THE 3RD NOW 😀

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #36

    One more request for tonight lads, clean sheet for Given

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  • dubsea

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #37

    up to 14th!!!!!!!

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  • Jamesnufc

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #38

    2-0!!!!!!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Well done Jonas! Well done Oba!

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  • dubsea

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #40

    damn its great to have jonas back…and oba too!

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