HT: Middlesbrough 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Look Good


In an absorbing and evenly matched first half at The Riverside, the teams went in at half time all square at 0-0.

Newcastle started out brightly, and a facet of their game with Kinnear in charge has been some good passing and the Newcastle side looked up for the game. But Middlesbrough gave as good as they got with the play going from end to end with no clear cut chances.

Oba Martins for Newcastle came closest to scoring on 35 minutes when he turned nicely on the edge of the
box to hit the cross-bar with Ross Turnbull well beaten.

Middlesbrough attacked throughout the half, with Stewart Downing prominent on the left wing, and was giving Beye a difficult game, but Coloccini, Bassong and Given all looked in top form for the Magpies.

Jose Enrique at left back looked a little sluggish at times, and gave the ball away four times in the first 20 minutes – Joe has to work with Jose on this obvious weakness the Spaniard has.

Bassong in particular on at least five occasions was one-on-one with striker Alfonso Alves, and he beat the Brazilian every time, and Alfonso didn’t seem to like the physical play of the Frenchman too much. Bassong and Coloccini have again looked Newcastle’s best players so far this afternoon.

Guthrie and Butt are playing well in midfield but we haven’t seen too much of Michael Owen up front, and Newcastle need to be more clinical and sharp in their attacks, if they are going to make the important breakthrough this afternoon.

It looks like the first goal will again be crucial, but the first hjalf has been very evenly matched between two good looking sides.

TEAMS

Middlesbrough:
Ross Turnbull, Justin Hoyte, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Emanuel Pogatetz, Jeremie Aliadiere, Julio Arca, Didier Digard, Stewart Downing, Tuncay Sunli, Alfonso Alves
Subs: Adam Johnson, Marvin Emnes, Mido, Jonathan Grounds, Seb Hines, Josh Walker, Brad Jones

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Mark Viduka, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Geremi

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: tbc



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120 comments so far

  • King-Habib

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Bassonggggggggggggggg

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  • Laszlo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m wondering if Viduka should be brought on for Owen, he might stand a better chance against the rough Boro defenders.

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  • toonarmyapg

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3
  • The Entertainers

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Been an entertaining game .

    Would love to see Jonas have a go at their LB.
    Oba is relishing in this strike when on at goal and he could be our best outlet.

    Bassong once agin has been outstanding, Colocinni isnt far behind him!

    Enrique….aaggghhhhh. Play the simple ball and stick to defending. Can see why JFK wants another LB!

    Come on boys

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  • nimo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    check on the smog on the tees lol

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  • King-Habib

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Great run Zog.

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  • nimo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #7

    cant fault jonas for work rate but the guy has no bottle

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  • Pan

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #8
  • Laszlo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    We all know this: we need someone who can control the ball and create in the final third.

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  • King-Habib

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I could have sworn the foreign commentator just compared Jose Enrique to Asafa Powell…

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  • Laszlo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I love how Oba takes a shot every time he has a sight of goal!

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Laszlo – 100% mate, we’ve been saying this for the past 3/4 years!

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  • toon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    come on vidukaaa

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  • Spyro

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Get Owen off, he is not contributing at all

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  • toon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    taking of martins is madness! should have been owen, martins ahs done everything

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  • Laszlo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I really felt for Martins watching him come off. What was Joe thinking? I think Owen would’ve been the better choice to bring off.

    I’m getting bad feeling now.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Why is he taking Martins off?? Our only threat!

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  • Macas

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Dreadful defending by Coloccini, and Owen should have come off not Martins

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  • Graham

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    JFK has bottled it – Owen should have been off, he’s done jack shit all game.

    Greggs must be losing money big style. Viduka looks as if he’s gave up on the pasties!

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  • Jon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    JK is stupid taking Martins of….I haven’t hardly seen Owen on the pitch today. JK is stupid indeed.

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  • Toon toon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Next Newcastle rumor-
    Martins riff with JK
    To leave in January

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  • azim

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22

    b*****d u JK…why on earth u take off martin instead of owen?????????/

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  • obamagic

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #23

    oba looked pissed when he was taken off…should have maybe reverted back to a 4-3-3…

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Must be Joes thing, subbing the player playing well over the shit players. Normally its Jonas instead of Duff, now oba instead of owen. What a manager. Oh wait, he told the team to play with 10 men behind the ball at all times against chelsea, he must be awesome.

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  • DanToon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Martins off!!!!! Viduka on. Kinnear is a prick, owen has been so quiet today take him off the whimp!

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  • Kris

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Why has Martins come off and not Owen?

    This is not a great perfomance against a bad side.

    Just hope we nick one

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  • The Entertainers

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Barton ?

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  • Frankie Wilde

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Bad decision there goes our fire power. I was looking forward to have all 3 up front again too

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  • Frankie Wilde

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #29

    One stupid decsionto turn a match against you

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  • steve

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    thank f*** for given

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    I think it’s because Owen can always nick one despite playing $h1t all match…I remember Shearer saying it at half time when he was playing for England and all the other commentators were slagging him – low and behold Owen scored in the 89th minute!

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  • Laszlo

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32

    1 point would be fair, I guess, but the second half has really not been pretty for Newcastle.

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  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s hard to believe that this is the same team that spanked villa a few weeks back

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  • steve

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #34

    can’t see us scoring today – other than the back four we look pretty much second best

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m disappointed we’re not going for the win….Boro have 3 strikers on the pitch…We truly seem to be the draw specialists this season…

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Bassong MOTM again.

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  • Frankie Wilde

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Why did he not take of Jonas or Nzogbia

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Enrique has been terrible today.

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  • King-Habib

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Bassong gets booked due to a ridiculous Alves dive…

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  • toon

    Nov 29, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40

    thank god it was offsideee

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