FT: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0 – Magnificent Magpies Hold On


In an unlikely result for Newcastle United this afternoon, they held the Chelsea team to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, with a gallant and brave defensive display against the League leaders this afternoon.

The team refused to give up the game, even though they were under tremendous pressure at times, and it was a great point for Newcastle.

Chelsea had their chances but were unable to put them away and probably the closest they came was on 54 minutes when Joe Cole had the ball in the back of the net, but on TV replays, he was clearly seen to be in an offside position.

Then after 61 minutes a free kick almost caught Shay Given out when he took the ball high on his goal line, and he just managed to keep the ball in play as he extended his arms to keep the ball from going across the line. It was close but it was not a goal.

Then after 89 minutes Ballack had maybe the best chance, when he was through on the left, but put the ball wide of Given’s right hand post, to the goalkeeper’s relief.

Newcastle looked well organized throughout in defense, and absorbed terrific pressure from the Chelsea side but were unwilling to wilt at any time. A tremendously courageous effort from the black and whites, that rightly made their fans very proud.

Whether you like Joe Kinnear or not, you have to give it to the manager for getting his players never to accept defeat, and this was his very first clean sheet, away from home, of his brief reign at Newcastle. And away to Chelsea isn’t too bad. We also had a clean sheet against another very good side, Aston Vlla.

We had to have some heroes at the back for Newcastle and nobody played better than 22 year-old Seb Bassong, who had an outstanding game, against one of the best teams in Europe. This has to give the young lad some confidence, and alongside the Frenchman Coloccini was again this solid self.

An unlikely point for Newcastle, but we’ll take it and it takes the lads up to 15th position in the league.

After the defense has missed Steven Taylor in the last couple of games, and poor defensive play has cost us two potential wins, this has to be a wonderful performance for Joe Kinnear from his players, and the Newcastle coaching staff have done their work to have Newcastle playing so much tighter in defense.

If we can play as well as this in defense, then there’s no reason whatsoever why we cannot beat a lot of teams away from home – but this has to give Joe and the lads – not to mention the fans – a lot of confidence.

Let’s give the lads some credit today, because they deserve the accolades, as they fought all the way against a more talented Chelsea side.

But if we can fight like this, and get a result against a side like Chelsea, and can get some new players in during January, we may not be in too bad a shape.

Comments very welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Awesome stuff 🙂

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  • charlie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    take a point def., now lets get three at the smoggies !!!!

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  • Desmond - DesmondBlog.com

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    you should see how everyone fights to defend the goal.

    totally amazing… and i kinda pity owen being alone up there. lol JOIN IN THE ACTION!

    We could’ve play 4-5-1 🙂

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  • stuart

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Great result however, the BBC have said it’s been confirmed that Joe is staying for another month. FFS! Why doesn’t he just take the club of the market and we can all get on with it. He ain’t sellin at the price he wants!

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    what the f**k is ashley doing,is he just stringing us along or what.
    howay mike do what is right by the club,make your mind up what you are doing staying or going,either stay or go so we can plan ahead.

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  • belfast toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    great job
    why was Redknap their who do yous think he was watching owen or given

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  • ohmelads

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Great result for the lads – over the moon!

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  • GeordieJayne

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Good result that I did not see coming – Cashley is deffo playing games with us – he should SOD OFF

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  • xfer

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Duff was the last man when Ballack shot into the side netting! Talk about hardwork.

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  • Shanghaitoon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Not our first clean sheet, Ed. We had clean sheet against Villa also.

    Great game from the boys tonight. I saw the whole thing on Star Sports here in Shanghai and it was a great defensive display. Bassong MOTM for me.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    utterly sick of this ashley situation,what is he trying to do create a siege and sit tight until the fans crack?

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  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    lol, belfast toon, perhaps he was just their to watch a nice entertaining match of football, between one great club (newcaslte) and an average to good club (chelsea).

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  • Cypriot TOON

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    GREAT performance which came from the whole backline and butt with guthrie,
    btw Ed this is our 2nd clean sheet we had one against aston villa.

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  • Erlend

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Bassong was sensational!!! I hope we never see the muppet Cacapa in our team again.

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Wow, concede 2 at fulham, 2 at sjp against a weakened 10 man wigan, then hold out for the 0-0 at chelsea. Story of newcastle i guess, we need to start gathering some consistency though otherwise hard fought results against manure and chelsea will mean nothing.

    Collo for MOTM, Bassong to replace taylor permanently. Give Shay a new contact, he deserves it and itl keep those horrible cockneys from spurs away.

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  • GM

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Makes a change to see a defence !! why they cant do that week in week out, great team spirit very good result, now bring on the smoggies who were humped today as well 🙂

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    think he means first away clean sheet

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    howay pedro what you got to say for yourself.

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  • Obafan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    A fantastic point today; let us all hope that we start to take 3 points against the teams that are in the same region in the league.

    Given: outstanding; world class keeper

    Beye; fantastic defending and went forward at the right times

    Bassong: what a future he has got (hope that he keeps his spot there, cause I hold my breath when Taylor will return)

    Colo: master of the defence, esp in the 2nd half

    Enrique: good defending, but needs to learn how to pass

    Jonas: good performance and runs. Had a yellow and that is the reason JK took him off. Good decision by the manager

    Butt: too old and gave away possession too easy

    Guthrie: worked very hard and did not have lots of support from a certain mr. Butt.

    Duff: defended very well, was not so lucky going forward, but he worked very hard

    Owen: very difficult cause he didn’t get descent balls

    Martins: same as Owen, not enough descent balls to do something with it

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  • Matt

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #20

    All hail Bassong. Absolute legend in the making there. I really hope he gets an extended run in the first team.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    As far as Owen goes, i dont think anyone can really knock him. When your controlling a game, and you win it comfortably by 3, maybe even 4 goals, pundits will focus on and compliment your attacking football, and your attackers, obviously.
    When we’re defending like we were today, backs against the wall for 90 minutes, obviously the spotlight is going to be on your defenders.
    Had we had any decent chances, owen or martins would have been there to take them, fact was we didnt, and owen was quiet. either way, we’ve still drawn and thats all that matters!
    Great performance from the lads, 0-0 at the bridge when we’re in the state we are is priceless.

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Great Point, but this Ashley farce is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #23

    cudnt agree more with oba fans comments….in fact, i really have nothing more to say on performances, he summed it up for me….

    oh, guthries challenge at the end was a bit nasty….LOVE IT 😛 jk

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    so called d-day comes and goes without anything happening typical where ashley is concerned completley underwhelmed.

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  • Timmers

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Wheres Pedro? lol

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  • Waddle's mullet

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #26

    TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING // Nov 22, 2008 at 17:32

    Great Point, but this Ashley farce is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Hate to say it but this ashley farce brought in bassong.

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  • malaysia magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    great defensive play apart beye,coloccini,bassong n enrique..but enrique still needs to improve..not good enough…but,still little bad defending…should have played 5-3-2..more defensive will be better..cloccini is my man of the match!

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  • geordie bulldog

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    top performance
    why people still knock the team after a result like this is beyond me
    what do people expect we were playing the champion league finalist and prem league champs elect we were never going to out play chelsea but we could always out fight them and thats what we done
    this was a TEAM performance to be proud of everyone played there part

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    wow butt slaggers. cant believe he stills get the same criticism day in day out.
    that guy runs his ass off trying to cover back 4 and the slagging he gets is old legs old legs.

    why not play nacho in his position eh ?

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Get in , the Smoggies have lost 3-1 to Bolton.

    If we beat them by just 1 goal at the riverside, we will go above them!!

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    well happy with todays result, fabricio was imense!

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Waddle’s Mullet.
    Point taken,but then again they brought in Xisco and Gonzalez and have managed to knock about 4500 off the average home gate.They have also sullied the name of Nufc during their time at SJP-sorry but,Ashley and his cohorts must go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Waddle's mullet

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    with out a doubt terry.

    Bassong was outstanding, but enrique is crap.

    Collocini is the man, worth every penny.

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  • Tore Torell

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    We need a holding mf like Mikel, a solid guy who don’t give the ball away so easily. Butt is just too poor, he was not good enough 3 years ago when we sent him away on loan, how come he’s suddenly good enough now…

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35

    toonoholic

    i agree but isnt nacho injured

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #36

    We have the Smoggies next and then Stoke at home. Two teams just above us in the table. Hope we can take some points off them and manouver ourselves above them.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Shut up knocking Enrique, he played well today against Joe Cole and Bosingwa. He even got Joe Cole subbed because he was outstrengthing him time and time again, keeping him out of the game.

    Also, Xisco hasn’t been given a run yet. Don’t judge players until they have had at least a season in the prem.

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  • geordie jock

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    ok everybody gets carried away, yes some good displays but all the defence did was boot the ball straight back to chelsea who put us back under pressure. We were under constant pressure the whole match because nobody up front kept the ball, Owen ran about like a headless chicken, Ameobi when he came on did nothing. It is a great result though but i fear big time for the rest of the season we are just not good enough.

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  • Kevin

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Something must be done about LB. Colo looked quite frightened at times when pressed as well. But Enrique is NOT good enough for this league – end of. Every time he took posession of the ball, he immediately gave it away.
    Great play by the midfield today, barring a few typical awful passes from Butt.
    Couldn’t believe JFK took off Oba and left Owen out there. I know he’s just coming back but he hasn’t got the killer instinct and passion that Oba has. Maybe he knows something about his remaining time that I dont…
    But clearly Given was the man of the match. Had a fantastic game. Get in lads – but as said above – WE NEED SOME CONSISTENCY – When it comes from the board, it’ll come from the lads. Lets get this sorted!!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #40

    what impressed me the most was that Guthrie and Butt, two “rejects” from the top four, managed to match Chelsea’s midfield of Mikel, Lampard and Deco. Guthrie was fantastic at times, he wasn’t scared of Chelsea at all and was very composed in the middle. Working his way out of danger almost everytime.

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