Newcastle Prove A Point At Chelsea

In a display which was stamped with passion and a never-say-die attitude from the Newcastle players, the Magpies held on at Stanford Bridge, for a vital point this afternoon.

Seb Bassong – youngster was outstanding against Chelsea

Following the last two games where the defense has been culpable in letting in two goals apiece in each game, this was an unlikely good defensive performance from the Magpies.

But Joe Kinnear before the game had promised a fighting performance in London, and he calmly said we would do a lot better than Sunderland had done, when the Blues ripped them a part 5-0 a couple of weeks back.  Confidence indeed.

Newcastle were on the back foot for most of this game, and the first goal was always going to be important, and at times the pressure on Newcastle was great, to say the very least, but the lads kept their cool, and played well for each other.

There were times when the Newcastle side just couldn’t seem to retain any possession, which put even more pressure on the defense.

But for all the pressure the defense was put under, surprisingly Shay Given in the Newcastle goal only had to make a couple of great saves all afternoon – and that’s just par for the course for a goalkeeper of Given’s standing.

Shay showed the way well, but also our two central defenders in Bassong and Coloccini both had outstanding games, especially 22 year-old stand-in Sebastien Bassong, who looked a tower of strength all afternoon.

This boy can become a a fixture in Newcastle team in the future, and he is looking a better and better buy as the season goes on.

It will be looked on as two points lost by the Londoners, as they had so much territorial advantage they will no doubt bemoan not having wrapped up all 3 points.

But accolades to the Newcastle players this afternoon – because they just never gave up.

38 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #1

    all i said is that as long as we didnt get hammered then it would be a good result but we went 1 step further

    woo hoo

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Wow !
    Great result, considerng we were really battered from start to finish.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3


  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #4

    hugh jordan i think you got it right the 1 time

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we were just lucky. I’m sure pleased with the result, but with all the passion and effort, we could have lost 3-0.

    Let’s hope this result is an inspiration for the players so we can get that elusive win at smoggies.

    Howay The Lads!

  • daydeburt

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    just heard kinnear interviewed, hes been given another months contract.
    class result today.
    i still want ashley out.
    and joe kinnear.
    hes done ok ,but hes not my cup of tea.
    hes just ashleys bumboy.
    Guthrie was fantastic today aswell as beye and bassong!!

  • toonoholic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree. we were lucky. but i did take this point considering how the season looks like ahead!

    now lets beat the smugs

  • Dan13

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone on here going to boro match,
    my first away game with toon, so it better be good:)

  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t we were lucky. We limited Chelsea to only a few good chances, and the rest were all hopeful crosses or shots form distance.

  • steve

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    How can you call a defensive display lucky – we restricted them to a couple of chances by closing them down and packing defence – not pretty but very effective today

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11


    i agree yeah chelsea dominated posession but didnt create to many clear cut chances and those they did create given was equal to we worked hard and chelsea struggled to break us down

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    agreed, i dont understand how we could have been lucky. Its not like they had a million chances that should have went in, hit both posts and the bar.
    We played a defensive game, limited them to a few clear cut chances and they couldnt take them. There’s an element of luck involved in every game of football played, nothing goes your way without a little luck, but today was very much about determination, effort, and an excellent performance from our back four.

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    We were bullied like kids.good result.owen is not required and shola should start next time.duff butt and jose are shit

  • daniel...

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    dan im going mate, it will be my 4th of the season behind man u arsenal and *cough*the makems*cough*

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Been a pretty good weekend so far,
    An unlikely draw for us against Chelsea, the league leaders, and a twanking for the smoggies.
    A thorough thrashing of the great unwashed scumberland by the ‘ammers would round things off quite nicely.
    All I would need then, is a jackpot lottery win !

  • daydeburt

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #16

    kinnears got another months contract

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #17

    also i think we deserve a bit of luck considering last year there goal was 4 yards off side

  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    lol, quite the picture of bassong ……. he looks..erm, unwell.

    quality player, quality day. we could have lost this one by quite few, but we didnt, it shows we arent like before, we are picking up our game slowly.

    im a happy man, but still a man who wants ashley out!

  • ToonKing

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Bassong and Colo is the way to go this season at the back. Taylor has no right to get back i the team right now.

    Also about time we drop Duff for Zog and later drop Butt for Barton.

    If Joe would make these changes we would be a really really good team.

  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    well happy with joe in the games his done, give him the job!

  • wigaz

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Not sure about Joe gettin another months contract like? not that i have anything against him just leaves bad taste in your mouth that Ashley aint going anywhere! anybody heard owt?

  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #23

    nope, dont think anyone has. people will claim to though..

    however, im being positive, there was a delay in the press conference, so maybe somethings happening we dont know about behind the scenes, im hoping its ashley who just received perhaps more bids from other parties? i dont know, its a guess, a happy thought 🙂

  • Mark

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #24

    see krul says he may move next year if he doesnt get in the first team

  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #25
  • Kevin

    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #26

    ToonKing I see the point but Duff has been going forward quite well I think. He’s a bit more calm than Zog is and manages control very well. But completely agree about Taylor…he should certainly be dropped – unless we can field the Beye-Taylor-Colo-Bassong back four….

  • Bellletti "fine lady"

    Nov 22, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Please do not forget..Ashley Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bellletti "fine lady"

    Nov 22, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I`m a fine lady and i support Newcastle FC

  • Tom

    Nov 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    No way should Bassong be shifted out of central defence now. Keep Enrique at left back, keep Taylor out of the team.

  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Bassong is CLASS

  • Graham

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    daydeburt – exactly how is Kinnear Asleys bum boy? From what I can see he is anything but. He’s not my cup of tea either long term but…

    He seems to speak his mind (imagine if Keegan had said we are in limbo and that he doesn’t know whats going on). He is in a win win situation. Eiher he does well and he gets offered a job at the end of this (either with us or another club) or he does poorly, but at least his pockets been lined quite handsomly.

    Joe Kinnear will never be anybodys bum boy – he has too much self respect for that.

    Well done today lads, and Joe. Fantastic effort. Now for the chemical brothers down the A19…

  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #32

    From what I heard on Century’s commentry today we were certainly having a rough time and cant wait to see on football first tonight.

    I was willing the boys on and couldnt wait for the end whistle.

    From what Bob Moncur was saying Ameobi did more than Oba in one 1/4 of the time he was on the pitch than the entire time Oba was on.

    Thats what we need against the top team and a point is more than acceptable for us. Lets hope the team below we are unlucky tomorrow and we can go to smog land and continue and get some goals.

    Come on toon

  • Robz

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Excellent performance by the lads! Despite what some are saying, Jose was great today.. really put Joe Cole out of the game.. But I have to say Bassong, Guthrie and Beye was extraordinary today! Guthrie is my Man of the match.

  • mag mike

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #34

    it was great to see how the lads came together and fought. they showed a great fighting spirit. I really hope this game will give us the confidence and defensive structure we need. for me beye was the man of the match.

  • tywell

    Nov 22, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Well done guys we looked atlot more dangerous in the first half as Chelsea kinda cruised along but as soon as enrique and Duff got a hold of Bosingwa Chelsea didnt look to dangerous coming through the middle…

    Bassong and Colo were immense Taylor who i like dosen’t desreve his place back on Bassong’s performance as his marking, positional play and passing were as good as John Terry on the night, think Enrique needs to be dropped he defended well but his choice of passing really let us down and could have cost us dearly on number of occasions… Plus special mention to Butt and particulary Guthrie in the second half the really worked the whole pitch in closing them down well done guys things are looking up, bring on Boro!!!!

  • canmag

    Nov 22, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #36

    team played there hearts out today ,but reqally is there a worse left back than enrique in the league can’t tackle can’t pass aball possionally he is all at sea how many times did duff tell him to get back into his proper position on the field to defend , the money we payed for him,the nickname the bull my arse got to be one of the signings we have made rather see young KADAR play there .

  • Jon

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Taylor out of the team forever and a day.

  • Robz

    Nov 24, 2008 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Honestly, what was so wrong with Enrique at Chelsea? In my opinion it was one of his best displays ever, He had Bosingwa and Joe Cole to defend against.. Two world class players, and if Duff had the same defensive skills as Jonas, it would’ve been even easier for him to defend against them. Jonas and N’zogbia would be a better choice for wingers.

    For those who say that Butt had a good game.. Did you see the chances Chelsea had? All of them were made from a Butt mistake. Butt has alot of defensive responisbility, and looking at this game, clearly shows that Guthrie should be 1st choice instead of Butt. Bring in a great central midfielder in January, and give new contracts to zogs, owen and Given, and we’ll be good for 10th this year!


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