HT: Newcastle 2 Stoke 0 – Owen Hits Two


Michael Owen mightn’t have had a shot last week at Middlesbrough but he’s come back big time and slotted two goals past Stoke’s goalkeeper Sorensen, to put Newcastle United 2-0 up at half time.

Newcastle attacked from the off and it was clear their instructions was to attack Stoke City and after just 7 minutes Michael Owen had a shot on target, but it was a weak left-foot shot saved by Sorensen.

But a minute later he made no mistake and it was Jonas who put the ball into the six yard box for Michael Owen to slot the ball home.

Newcastle were attacking Stoke at every opportunity and would you believe after just 24 minutes Newcastle increased their lead. And it was out other top striker Oba Martins who provides a terrific left wing center for Owen to slide the ball home.

The spirit in the Newcastle side was shown as he raced over to Oba to congratulate him on a wonderful cross from the Nigerian.  2-0 up and with our defense looking decent we should be able to hold on, but you never know.

But after the second goal it was all Newcastle, and after 36 minutes Newcastle got two corners in quick succession, the first was cleared by Stoke for another corner, but N’Zogbia’s resulting corner is poor and center-back Faye cleared easily at the near post.

But the danger to Newcastle was shown when Abdoulaye Faye should have done better but headed Delap’s free-kick wide, when he should really have done better.

The half time whistle blew and it’s been a good first half for the home side, but we need the exact same thing again in the second half, and no holding back like we did against WBA, and nearly lost all 3 points several weeks back, after also leading 2-0.

Another early goal in the second half is what we need and may be give big Mark Viduka a run-out but we also need the goals for our goal difference.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

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

Stoke City: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Griffin, Danny Higginbotham, Richard Creswell, Mamady Sidibe, Danny Pugh, Salif Diao, Amdy Faye, Rory Delap, Abdoulaye Faye, Ibrahima Sonko
Subs: Steve Simonsen, Seyi Olofinjana, Leon Cort, Glenn Whealen, Ricardo Fuller, Andrew Davies, Michael Tongue

Referee: Mike Riley
Attendance: tbc



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221 comments so far

  • Piers

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Zogs was fantastic!!!!

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  • JONNY

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    great start, 2-0 is pretty comfotable and i hope we can go on into the second half how we left the first and see the game out.

    we are playing well, the defence looks good (touch wood!)and nzogbia , gutierrez, owen and martins have been big threats going forward.

    anyone got any links to watch the game on the internet???

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  • cordone10

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #3

    never play butt ever again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • toon solja in london :(

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    god i wona watch this so badly id rather not have watched last week, and instead watch this 🙁

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  • JONNY

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    ANYONE GOT A LINK TO WATCH THE GAME ON THE INTERNET???

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  • Piers

    Dec 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6
  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    this sopcast is great! and so are the mags!

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #8

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/48610

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  • toon solja in london :(

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    can anyone tell me how guthrie is playing? please

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  • Petey (a happy one for once :-P)

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Well, in my opinion, we got our best team out, other than geremi ofcourse, geremi out! 😛

    but cmon!!!!! 2-0

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  • Spyro

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Geremi looks comfortable in the middle…not that he has had to defend, all the balls from Stoke have been flying over his head straight to our defenders. They really are an awful side.

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  • paddyq

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #12

    bring on the dukes at 60 min mark, take off owen to be safe, he still looks like hes carrying a bit of a knock.

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  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    see the different when nicky butt is out. an old player replace with a younger geremi and we got 2-0 by halftime…

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Guthrie is he’s usual constant and reliable self….he’s playing good, everyone is .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Howay The Lads!!!!

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  • Keith

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    get in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • BT9MAG

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Soldja – he isn’t Habib Beye on the right wing? bizzare!

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Tayls coming on…

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  • obamagic

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    if we get one more…i’d give xisco a run…hmm stevie taylor’s coming in at CB??

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  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    steven taylor replace guthrie? is colo change and play as DM?

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    why taylor for guthrie ?

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Guthrie got a knock….Taylor on…damn..

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  • paddyq

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    guthrie couldnt come back out, strange change though….

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  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    hows the new formation after the sub?

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  • paddyq

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #25

    beye right mid…interesting to see how he will do

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  • Keith

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    in fairness to taylor he is good in the air, but more worryingly ( is that even a word ) another injury in midfield

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  • King-Habib

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Taylor at right back.

    Beye on the right wing.

    Jonas into the centre of midfield.

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  • Terry

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    According to Sky:

    “Change for Newcastle at the break sees Guthrie make way for Taylor. The new arrival goes in to right-back and Beye moves onto the right side of midfield.”

    “Gutierrez is now prowling around the centre of midfield, keen to get on the ball at any given opportunity. Can he provide a creative spark for the Magpies? Perhaps a new role is set to emerge for the Argentine?”

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  • reillers

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Taylor on….so how long before Stoke score??

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  • BT9MAG

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #30

    What line up are we playing with?
    from what John Anderson is saying it sounds like:

    Given,
    Enrique, Bassong, Collo, Taylor,
    Zog, Geremi, Jonas, Beye,
    Martins, Owen,

    —————————————

    I’m surprised! Sounds quite attacking still, I thought Joe would just try and lock down the game but we’re playing 5 attack minded players! Good stuff!!! Let’s get our GD difference down!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #31

    ANYONE PLEASE…can anyone give me a ‘working’ link to the game…for once we’re winning and dominating a match and I am missing it! 🙁

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Wow…What a tackle from Taylor…

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  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Taylor will be chuffed as this will be his chance to shine and gain a place in the team somehow. A priority in January is certainly either a highly creative centre mid, or a centre mid with some real steel.

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/48610

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  • BT9MAG

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #35

    JP – I know how you feel mate, and what’s worse is all the big 4 are playing today MOTD will consist of a good 8 seconds of footage…irony’s a b@st@rd!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Well done Taylor!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Poor defending by us then, well done Taylor.

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  • Petey (a happy one for once :-P)

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #38

    WHAT A TACKLE BY TAYLOR

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  • azim

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #39

    wonderful tackle from taylor

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  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #40

    play jonas on the left, zoggy at the centre.

    interesting beye playing as a winger…

    not another injury….

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