FT: Newcastle 2 Tottenham 1: Merry Xmas!


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Newcastle had dropped 4 points in their last two home games by conceding 90th minute equalizers on both occasions. But these things have a tendency to level themselves out over a season, and today Damien Duff came on as a sub and just two minutes later engineered and scored the last minute winner to send the Newcastle fans away ecstatic for Xmas.

If anything this match did not live up to its expectations as both teams tended to snuff each other out.

Again the Newcastle defense was steady but were unable to keep a clean sheet, and after 11 minutes Charles N’Zogbia, who was the star man today latched on and beat the Tottenham defender, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, on a through ball from goalkeeper and swiveled well before slotting past Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes.

But after 28 minutes Luka Modric scampered free to beat the offside trap and then put the ball under Shay Given for the equalizer. It was a disappointing goal to give away but TV replays showed that Modric was probably level and therefore onside.

The second half was not very exciting and captain Michael Owen, who is expected to sign a new contract at the club (hopefully) had a poor game.

On 71 minutes Owen should have done better when N’Zogbia, who was terrific all afternoon, delivered a low ball to the near post and Mark Viduka did well to guide the ball into the path of Owen.

But unlike Michael, his left-footed shot went well over the crossbar from just eight yards out. Oh well you score some and you  miss some, but Michael should have done better and he knew it.

It looked like the game was going to play out as a draw until Kinnear, who was desperate for the win,  brought on Damien Duff after 88 minutes for Jose Enrique in an attacking move.

And it turned out to be an inspired  substitution, as just two minutes later Damien slipped the ball to the feet of Mark Viduka, who had replaced the injured Shola Ameobi on 30 minutes.

Mark back-heeled the ball into the path of the Irishman, before Duff slotted low past Gomes from eight yards out to put Newcastle ahead.

And indeed that was the winner, following 3 minutes of added time, and we now have two league wins in a row, and 6 games undefeated with 10 points from those games.

Joe has been in charge for 12 games at Newcastle and we have 18 points from those games (4 wins 2 defeats and 6 draws), and we are now 12th in the league, and just 3 points out of 7th position.

Roll on Wigan Athletic on Friday – we just cannot wait.
Merry Xmas to all!!



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135 comments so far

  • Charles Ma

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1

    We really need to keep it up!

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  • WarwickHunt

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Merry Xmas Indeed.
    Didn’t see the game ,s o can’t comment on it but a merry Xmas to one and all and a happy new year.

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  • jordi

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Awesome result. Over the moon doesn’t get close..

    Couldn’t believe Owens miss though, nearly launched the tv out the window!

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  • Gunnar NUFC-fan from Iceland

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I screamed so loudly when Duff scored that I almost vomited. F-ing brilliant.

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  • Ally

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    happy days three point

    cant wait till we go to SHITE HART LANE and do them down there

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  • Robert

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    so happy about the win,the best Christmas prezent.Howay the lads!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #7

    We’re up to 12th now, Wigan next, then Liverpool at home – Wigan away we can get something from, Liverpool are playing very well at the minute so I’d take a draw.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    is it me or is enrique not just playin at his best but he also seems to be improving

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  • nathanb

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone know of any highlights yet?

    Get in the toon!! Keep it up boys

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  • Rob Lee

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Just wondered, remember reading on here somewhere about a website that is like an online scouting system, tells you all the best players in the world at the mo, etc….does anyone know what it is? fancy a look.

    Excellent result today, is anyone else thinking joe kinnear could potentially become a legend here? Depends for me how he does in transfer windows, but things are certainly looking good.

    Also, i want mike ashley to sell up, but imagine if it happened this week or next? anyone else think it cud ruin this good run and form and totally disrupt our season? Can’t believe man city, wud b brilliant if they went down. imagine robinho in thechampionship?? hahaha, wud serve them right but aint gunna happen…

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  • jordi

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    @Rob Lee

    http://www.imscouting.com/

    I think you’re after that site.

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Merry X’mas!!
    Great win! Great 3 points!

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  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Viduka makes such a difference to our team, he has such a great touch and holds th ball up well bringing all our other attacking players into the game. He rarely loses posession in critical areas, which Ameobi unfortunately managed to do. Great result from a tough match.

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  • damo

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #14

    fckin lovin it

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    I thought it was a pretty good game actually. Very end to end, just not many clear cut chances. Shola was crap, and i was hoping duff would come on for Viduka becouse he had a poor showing until the assist. Hopefully xisco might get a run out against wigan if sholas injured.

    Very impressed by Jose again, showed hes as strong as any full back, but suprised me with his pace. Over a short distance hes a bullet.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Perfect early Christmas present from the players, I’m overjoyed with this result. Let’s keep it up against Wigan in our next game, but for now let’s celebrate another great 3 points 😀

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  • 51times

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Rob Lee – Calm down lad, he’s got us into midtable, not won us the European Cup.

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  • tino97

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Jordi…

    Like the comment about you throwing the TV out the window. I couldn’t believe Owen missed. I thought the Zog and Jose did well down the left. Bassong was great again! Thought we missed Oba’s pace.

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  • Christoon

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Good match, totenham sat back the entire match, and long ball counter attacked at any oppurtunitie. Viduka was good, his touches were amazing but needs to sort his pase out, bit too slow atm but his strength is exceptional. Given barely had a save to make and the spuds goal was off side in my opinion, if you look at the pitch design,the the grass lines across the pitch, you can see that modric is slightly closer to it than our last defender imo. great match, bring on wigan 3 on the trot!!!!!!!!

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  • jordi

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #20

    @Shola

    Your passing was crap today mate 😉

    Jose did well to match Lennon, that’s not easy!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Beye

    Enrique has been class mate, Lennon tired him out today and you could see it in the last 20mins or so, but his overall level of performance has improved with every game. So glad we stuck with him.

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  • hitman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    wheres AO

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.imscouting.com/player.aspx?id=3gMiZUvRIDjN6P3b7Gam0A||&name=Juan+Arango

    1 of my fav players

    about kinnear he is doing a good job but if i have learned anything as a toon fan is to not ge caried away

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  • WarwickHunt

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Who was MOTM, didn’t see the game but by reading some earlier comments it sounds like Bassong AGAIN!!!! How much did he cost again tupence or something wannit????????

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  • Spyro

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #25

    BTW, how s**t are the scousers!? Arsenal have ten men and are bossing it. Gerrard is back to his diving, cheating ways again though. I hate that Scouse pr**k.

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m screaming at everyone around me for 30 mins now, best game of the season for me, we were poor but managed to beat them, and again it was our defense that was shining. They scored a fluke others wise it would have been another cleen sheet.

    JUST SUPERB !!!!

    PS: Viduka reminded me today just how awesome he is, give him another years contract, he’s still got it.

    oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS.!!

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  • tino97

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Has anybody seen Redknapps interview? What a load of crap. It was a close game, he made it sound like we were dominated by them. A draw would have probably been a fairer result, but Spurs never really created a clear chance and didn’t really test Shay. Sour grapes!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Warwick

    Either Bassong or N’Zogbia

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Whoopeeeeeee !!!!!!

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  • Rob Lee

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #30

    51 times – just dead chuffed with game today i guess! but was dead chuffed with chelsea game aswell,and pompey! normally only get these kinda results 3-4 times a season n they’ve all come so quick. i dunno, just gettin carried away as always….but our defence is improving all the time, we look strong back there and whens that ever been the case? it certainly wasnt under keegan, or souness/alardyce/gullit/ even under sir bobby it was vulnerable to say the least. and a good team shud be built around a strong back line for me, another couple of midfielders, a left back and a striker and we’d be flying if we keep the injury list down. shame we dropped those points against stoke n wigan mind…

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  • jordi

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    @tino97

    When Owen missed it I had to leave the room for a bit! TV’s safe though 🙂

    It was a tight game but I expected that from a Redknapp team. Thought the game was over til Duffers popped up, then I couldn’t wait for the whistle…

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  • 51times

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    tino – Redknapp is a deceitful snake just like all other southerners.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Man of the match N’Zogbia
    Great goal and fantastic play throughout

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  • Ben_BKK

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Agreed, Enrique had a good match overall. He surprised me with his pace, he managed to match up with Aaron Lennon on all but one occasion, if I remember correctly, which is no mean feat.

    I also thought Viduka played well, he definitely offers us a lot going forward, especially compared to Ameobi, who to be honest looked all but useless when he was starting up front. Viduka’s touch is brilliant, and he can hold the ball up exceptionally well.

    It’s gonna be hard to choose our forwards when both Martins is back, and Viduka is fully fit.

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  • hitman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #35

    lets all hope ashley gives joe some cash in jan,joe has done well but lets not get carried away here

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  • Geno Toon

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Great News wish i could of seen it. We definitly need to keep this form up. Nzogs needs to stay, we need more reliable holding forwards.

    So happy that our defense is tightening up.

    Keep up the good work boys, Wigen better watch out.

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  • hitman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #37

    nice one 51times

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #38

    What the hell is up with Aaron Lennon and shaving bits out of his eyebrows ?
    What an absolute clown !

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Massive 3 points today!! Duff I love ya! haha I still can’t believe we won! The whole team is defending much better and the defense looks unbreakable. Viduka was incredibly slow but lacks match fitness but then again what a great touch he has on the ball and setup Duff beautifully. We’re up 12th and could go to 7th!! Can you believe that!..what a turnaround Joe Kinnear has made Newcastle achieve. I agree with a comment made by someone here that slowly Joe Kinnear might become a legend, lets see what players he brings in January then I’ll make my mind up.

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  • hitman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #40

    hugh,he wants to be a cockney gangsta

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