HT: Portsmouth 0 Newcastle 0 – No Magpies Penetration


The break came with Portsmouth and Newcastle still in a stalemate but with the home side having done more of the attacking and having the better chances, although a great left-foot swerving shot from Martins from 30 yards out, hit James’ left hand post after 20 minutes.

The Newcastle side were playing quite well but there was too much containment being done by Butt and Guthrie in midfield, and when they got the ball there was very little penetration from the Magpies, as they continually passed the ball backwards or sideways.

We are lacking a good creative central midfielder to set up the attacks – maybe one will come in during January.

Newcastle did have their moments with Beye heading over a free kick when he may have done better with the opportunity.  Then on 38 minutes Jose Enrique, blazed through on the left and hit a great shot that James did well to turn around the post.

But in general there were problems coming down the Portsmouth left wing with Kranjcar and Belhadj giving Newcastle all they could handle. Kinnear will have to fix this problem at half-time since they are looking far too dangerous with Kranjcar very prominent.

An attack down their left wing produced a great chance for Kranjcar after 30  minutes, who brought a brilliant reaction save from Given to his left, as he somehow scooped the ball away for a corner.

That could prove a great save from the Irish goalkeeper, but Newcastle will need to be more adventurous in the second half if they are to get the 3 points we badly need.

They need to go for it.

Teams:

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.



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129 comments so far

  • Roby

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    bring Geremi in !!!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought it was quite an enjoyable first half….when we attacked. Unfortunately as the commentary says been passing it backwards far too much, and enrique is giving the ball away too much again, which is annoying me because he clearly has talent when he applies it with a good shot, some good balls into the box and a good block off from crouch. Martins shot was fantastic and he seems to have posed quite a threat, this surely can’t end 0-0? get the ball to gutierrez, n’zogbia and martins more!

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    butt out,duff left,n`zogbia amf…
    and,don`t change martins,change owen…

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  • clinta

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4

    really need an attacking midfield player, someone who can actually drive forward with the ball giving room to the strikers and time for the lads to get up the wings.

    all we get from our current crop is slow side passing which holds up the play and forces us to constantly pass backwards due to pompey having way too much time to get defensively set.

    we need the win, i’d put viduka on in a 433 as we need someone on who can hold the ball up well and turn on the odd defender. don’t think we’d really miss one of either guthrie or butt either myself, though i’d chose butt to sacrifice for viduka.

    my mum can hit a ball harder than crouchy… and she’s got a metal hip!!

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  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Butt Guthrie same player?

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    what the hell is joans doing ? just stopping dead on the halfway line , not even attempting to move when we have the ball in their half !!

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    get in !

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    thanks god!

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  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    owen

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    lol , well done jonas 😛

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  • wsq

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    yeay yeay.. oh no.. eff kinnear dun efff this up

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    owen shuts the haters up every game , and were gonna lose him cos of fat ash .

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  • TheGreatOba

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    bout time that jacka$$ owen did something in this game

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  • obamagic

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    what a finish by micky owen….he needs to stay

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Not bad at all this Owen fella hey guys!!!!!!!
    Who wanted him substituted????????

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #16

    now we need more attack than before goal…

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  • wsq

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #17

    happy bday micky owain!

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  • wsq

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #18

    nicky butt can’t run

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    i still think that if viduka comes in,jfk have to leave martins…maybe,butt out,viduka in..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Come on Toon…attack attack attack..if we sit back we will crumble need a martins belter Now!!

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  • reillers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s only a matter of time, we’ll concede..we always do.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Seems a very negative take on the game – especially from you Ed.

    I think we looked the better team by the time the whistle went and had penetrated on a number of occasions.

    Deserve our lead now – thank you Mickey Owen!!! 🙂

    What an idiot that saffer who comes on here is though – stick to the rugger – yee know nowt about footy. Owen offers nothing but goals (what a tool).

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #23

    before we concede,we can score one or two more…

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  • MICHAEL OWEN

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #24

    GET IN YOU LEGEND

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  • toon solja in london

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #25

    i just hope he dont bring on cacapa or we can say bi bi to not only the 3 points but the 1 aswell

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  • clinta

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #26

    reillers- we haven’t conceded a goal in the past 2 away fixtures so I’d hardly say we ‘always do’!?

    that said I wouldn’t be surprised if we do, feels theres a coupe more goals in this game, just hope the majority of them are scored by us..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    The duke is warming up…huffin and puffin haha

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  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28

    We cant hold out under this pressure for 30 mins we need another goal, then keep the formation tight.

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  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    ffs i feel sick

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #30

    as you can see,we don`t attack any more…

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    thats not good…

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Keep givin corners away not good

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    What the f is Oba deeing?

    Chase it man – otherwise you’ll be off for the Duke!

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #34

    WHY THE HELL ARE THEY JUST WACKIN THE BALL UP ALL THE TIME AND LOSING IT.

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  • Timmers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    I literally love Martins

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #36

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!

    Good job – he should have passed to Owen before.

    Think we’ll let him off tho 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #37

    comment 20

    I am psychic : )

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  • wsq

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #38

    ray hooray hooray he was just play acting.. hahah

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  • Danny

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #39

    but,martins is goooooood!!!!

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  • toon solja in london

    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #40

    because thats probably what JFK told them wot to do 🙁

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