FT: Portsmouth 0 Newcastle 3 – Magpies Get Job Done

Goals change games and a goal by Michael Owen changed this game dramatically and Newcastle ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the end, and kept their 3rd away clean sheet in a row for the first time in 11 years.

This is exactly what the fans wanted to see after a rather deliberate first half in which Portsmouth did most of the attacking.

And but for fabulous reaction save from Shay Given after 30 minutes Newcastle could have been down at the break, but the Irishman somehow maneged to turn the ball around the post from the impressive Kranjcar.

We called for more enterprise after the break in our first half report, and after 52 minutes and for the second week running, Jonas put a beautiful defense splitting ball though for Michael Owen, who chipped it brilliantly over James and into the net. 1-0 up and against the run of play.

This is why Michael Owen is so sought after – he scores goals, and will continue to do so, as long as he keeps fit.

That seemed to give the Newcastle team confidence and as the second half went on the Portsmouth fans were getting agitated at their sides inability to get a goal, and then Jose Enrique went through and put a great short ball through to Martins who stuck it home with his right foot to make it 2-0.

But we still weren’t sure at that point if we could get the 3 points, after what happened last week at home.

Then after 89 minutes, Danny Guthrie scored a stunning third goal for the Magpies, as he raced onto Shola Ameobi’s cut-back from the right, to hit an unstoppable right-foot shot across the diving James into the left corner of the net.

What a great goal from the 21 year-old.

3-0, and the first away win of the season, and only the second this year, following our 4-1 demolition of Tottenham in March.

Goals do change games, and Michael got us that all important goal, but this was a team effort, and exactly what the fabulous Newcastle fans had wanted.

And in the 91 st minute Shay Given pulled off another brilliant save from Sean Davis to have the Newcastle fans roaring their heads off – again.

Well done lads – great effort.

Oh, and we are now 15th position in the league, and just 4 points out of 8th place.


Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Mvuemba, Davis, Hughes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.
Substitutes: Ashdown, Lauren, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Kanu, Armand Traore, Wilson.

Newcastle United:
Given, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Butt, Guthrie, N’Zogbia, Martins, Owen.
Substitutes: Harper, Cacapa, Duff, Geremi, Ameobi, Taylor, Viduka.

52 comments so far

  • TJ

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    @beyethegreat who do u think was MOTM.

  • Desmond - DesmondBlog.com

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    YES! We can do it.

    That’s why I have been saying we must pin Owen at all cost to our team.

    No one….I repeat…no one can plays like him.

    Just 2 more wins and we will be in a good position.

  • Desmond - DesmondBlog.com

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Man of the match is definitely Owen. No doubt.

  • Chris C.

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    that’s number 8,9 and 10
    duff and bassong may be next

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Delighted !

  • Champion

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Enrique MOM!


    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    my man of the match was enrique!!!! top performance by the lad

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #8

    just looked at the league actually, its mad isnt it, so many teams so close to each other!! Great performance today lads, Bassong, absolute find, really starting to like him and along side Collo, who dont forget is still adjusting to the league, both really starting to look assured. More of the same pleeeeease!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9


    not sure owens goal gave the rest of the team confidence

    but enrique played well

    gutierrez was good going forward and blocked some crosses coming in to the box

    given as per usual made a few world class saves

  • azim

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Jonas was Sky’s motm but my moth was Beye


    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Summed up brilliantly ED, as always 😉

    We need to built on this, all played their part and it was a good game! More of that second half please!

    Maybe MO gives us a special birthday present on tuesday? You never know 😉


    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Champion- enrique was immense! I always big the lad up… top performance by the young lad !!

  • Piers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    MOTHM – was definitely not Owen. It was a nice goal but other than that he didn’t do much. Jonas, Guthrie, and even Enrique played well enough to get MOTHM. It doesn’t matter though, all around great victory for Newcastle!

  • Louai

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Please God do not tell me martins has seriously injured himself. what a blow that would be.

    But great performance from the lads though!!!!!!

    Howay the lads!!!!!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Watched the game here in Spain with some Chelsea fans, they loved the game, they all thought Newcastle were THE team !
    Is that not wnderful ?

  • kukubird

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    enrique really caught me by surprise. Play like this everyweek and the LB spot is his for the taking.

  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d love it, love it if we can beat Spurs next Sunday. hope Martins isnt badly injured.

  • Gunnar from Iceland

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #18

    What a wonderful performance from the lads!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Oba had a fabulous game

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    hugh jordan

    that is wonderful

    i am trying not to get to carried away i always do then it comes back to bbite me


    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Enrique deservers the credit you give him for his second half, yes – but please remember the awful passes in the first half! We still need cover!

    But if he gets more confidence, he will be excellent. But keep the concentration up lad, please please please! He’s still young and can be very fantastic, but he needs to work hard.

  • jeddy10

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I bless God for this victory and i beleive there ain’t no stopping us now in Jesus name.

    Well done lads.

  • Viper

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Occasionally good to be proven wrong (I thought defeat loomed pre KO)!

    Keep it up lads as doesn’t get any easier. 2 points and into top half!!!!!!!!

  • k k forever

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #24


  • Elliott

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I must have watched a different game to you lot, I though Enrique was dire in the first half and a bit better in the second. He may ahve had a shot but he still gives the ball away way too much. You need fullbacks who are comfortable on the ball to play any kind of passing football as they’ll see so much of the ball. Enrique gets it and doesn’t know what to do. He occasionally hits a really nice through pass or long ball but the majority of his passes, especially over 5-10 meters end up with us losing the ball.


    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Call me nuts, but I have a feeling that there’s a chance that Owen will sign that contract on tuesday 😉 Just a feeling, but a strong one!

  • mark

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    bassong and colo are looking really good together =D ..enrique is abit too flat footed at times but hes improving.

    guti got the official mom

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    I would have given man of the match to Luis Enrique rather than Jonas.
    Porque en este partido creo Luis es el mejor

  • Elliott

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #29

    We played some good football today though and looked ok at the back. Really like Bassong and the partnership’s getting better with Colo. Like Zogs on the left, he’s getting better game by game and should surely keep Duff out. I hate Duff. Jonas had a better game. I think him and Zogs could thrive if we had a more attack minded CM to feed them.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    elfer you better be right

  • A.L 9

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Had a daft pound on a scorecast on the toon to win 3-1 with owen scoring first at 100/1

    If it wasn’t for given been typicaly brilliant i’d have been up100 quid lol

    oh well

  • spenaldinho

    Dec 14, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Guthrie motm. had the legs all game enrique had 1 of his best games 4 the the club bassong looking like a rock. happy days

  • Tripp

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    we’ve conceded 2 goals now in 4 games. In true bizarro toon fashion we’ve conceded 2 homes goals and no away goals during that time. I’ll take those 3 points!! I hope the Wigan and Stoke home draws don’t bite us in the arse. What a great win. It’s about time we won at Fratton park.


    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    What a perfomence by the lad’s today
    excellent team!!
    Well Done Owen hope it continues

  • hanzowen

    Dec 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Brilliant performance. Howays Owen the captain & co.! March on~
    myMOM = Jonas

  • Steeley

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #36

    No doubt that there should be 5 MOTMs – every single one of our defence! They were BRILLIANT today with Given pulling off some important saves again, Beye getting some great tackles in on the by line, Colo and Bassong working so well together again (do we FINALLY have a good defence??), and Enrique at both ends of the pitch. Special mentions to Gutierrez who played his socks off again, and to Guthrie for getting the goal.

    I actually thought that except for the goal that Owen wasnt in the game much. I would still love him to resign a contract, although I dont think he will.

  • Steeley

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Might be controversial as well, but we all go round slating Wise…look at what he brought into the club: Bassong, Colo, Jonas, Guthrie!

    Fair enough, Xisco hasnt proved himself (YET!), but Gonzales is injured and may yet be another quality find.

    Still dont think I want the troll at the cluc, but he must quite an eye for talent!

  • toonarmy 08

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed -dont think you given us enough ,thought we really played well today ,and if owen would have burried the early chance ,and oba’s thunderbolt would have crept in,the game would have been over at ht.thought we throughly deserved the win ,pompey were poor ,and we took advantage .my motm was oba ,run his socks off again!!!

  • benn..

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #39

    tenner on that we let ourselves down next week.

  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #40

    MOM for me was Guthrie 2nd half our midfield took total control . Never expected that .
    onwards & upwards now


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