Newcastle A Little Lucky – But We’ll Take It

In our last two home games Newcastle United have thrown away a win each time, by letting in the equalizer in the 90th minute – in the games against Wigan and Stoke City, two games we should have won.


Duff – ecstatic after scoring Newcastle winner this afternoon

It was all a little different this afternoon, in that Tottenham were worth a draw today, and indeed they were the side going for the win towards the end.

But an inspired substitution by Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, when he brought on fellow Irishman Damien Duff for left-back Jose Enrique in the 88th minute, paid off when the Irishman pinched the winner in the 90th minute.

Were Newcastle a little lucky to win the game this afternoon? Yes, we probably were, but we’ll take it.

The way to look at these last minute goals, both for and against, is that the luck does seem to even out over a full season, and Tottenham will feel they at least deserved a point from the game today. And they are probably right, if we were to be really honest.

But something tells us that neither of these  sides will be struggling in the league come May, as both sides are on an up-tick in form and confidence, with their new managers Redknapp and Kinnear.

Both managers have have known each other since they were 15 years old – a long long time ago – that’s for sure.    😀

Yes, we may have been a little lucky today – it must be Xmas or something.

32 comments so far

  • always keegan

    Dec 21, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    how good was enrique if you consider the form lennon has been in. I was impressed by his pace in particular and colo and bassong were imense for once as a newcastle supporter i did not shiver when a ball was whipped in our box.
    all we need now is a world class creative mid and a good defensive mid butt has no legs left

  • Michael12

    Dec 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Lucky and unlucky, Lucky to win the game so late on as this was a tight game, very hard game and Spurs had an equally good chance of winning it as we had. That is how competitive the league is this season.

    Unlucky to have conceded that questionable goal. The rules change week in and out. the same linesman on another day and another linesman on the same day would have flagged that as offside.

  • steve

    Dec 21, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    don’t think we were lucky at all, shay hardly had anything to do – spurs huffed and puffed without effect. there may have been a couple of spells when they attacked a lot but the back four did thier jobs perfectly.
    Thier goal could have easily been disallowed on another day as the linesman was yards off the play and couldn’t have actually seen if he was offside or not

    Good entertaining game that was fairly even in my opinion

  • hitman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #4

    i think its time ed checked into to the betty ford.

  • Ben_BKK

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Although Spurs had a lot of attacking possession, they didn’t really do anything with it. Apart from their goal I can’t really think of any chances that were a big threat to Given’s goal.
    So it probably wasn’t that lucky really. Maybe they didn’t deserve to lose, but we certainly didn’t.

  • Dannufc

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    This was the result id of expected. They caused little and to be honest imo own should have burried them. Spurs have no one remarkable in their team and wouldnt shake a shit at any of their players. Howay the lads!

  • kevin Nichol

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7

    I think you are doing the boys a dis-service there Ed! “Lucky”????? The only other real chance of the second half fell to owen who should have done better; spurs never really looked like scoring to me! There was nothing lucky about our goal; a great bit of play between duffer and big dukes!

    Not at all lucky in any way; in my opinion!

  • Alex

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    our defence stood up to the plate yet again today , spurs apart from the goal and 1 chance that Campbell should of got his heed on never caused us that many problems . I don’t know about any one else but i am still finding it hard to believe that we have such a brilliant defence that will only improve . Its frightening 🙂

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Seems like we never just score one goal these days, no? Our offense seems to be firing well now, defense has solidified. I just think we need a little more spark in the central midfield and we could really climb the table.

    Anybody have thoughts on playing Duff as a central midfielder ahead of Butt or Guthrie? I think he could do a decent job of it.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Couldnt care less if we were lucky or not. we’ve deserved a bit of luck recently and we’ve finally got it, and at the best time aswell.
    We have AGAIN beaten spurs, the team that claim we’re fickle and unrealistic. fact of the matter is, they’re not half as good as they claim.
    Loved the 3 points today, up into 12th and confidence is high. howay the lads!

  • kevin Nichol

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Duff isnt strong enough to play in the middle…A great piece of play for the winning goal; i’m happy for duffer as he has been having a decent season for us and a lot of people have come on here and knocked him! For me i would start with charlie ahead of duff on the left; but it’s refreshing to know have options on the bench! The two subs combining for the goal; a couple of new players in january and we will be looking strong!

    JK has done a tremendous job! We were going down until he took over; its as simple as that! That first half at st. james against blackburn was as bad as ive ever seen; since then we have had ups and downs but he has completely changed my opinion on him and im excited to see how he deals with the january window!!!!

    Get in boys…i’m buzzing 🙂 Still no sign of AO lol

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 21, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    We were NOT lucky Ed. We deserved to win ! 🙂

  • Archie

    Dec 21, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Ed – we were lucky.
    A couple of years ago the ball would go into our box, there would be what appeared to be a pinball game and it would end up in the back of the net.
    Now the same thing happens and it gets cleared. Still a bit dodgy if you ask me.
    I’m obviously not drinking the same stuff as you lot.
    Ameobi is, always has been and always will be crap. Maybe he impresses on the training ground, but on the park his first touch is dodgy and his second a tackle.
    Collocini goes missing more than Gazza, and he couldnt win a header in a raffle.
    Butt is a different player this year, and I think that player is Bramble. He’s an accident waiting to happen.
    Sorry – I know you all want to marry him, but Guiterrez is basically, well, theres no other word for it – shite!
    Lots of arms and legs but the touch of a hippo and the pace of Viduka.
    Bassong is making the difference, along with Beye. Guthrie is a tryer, Duff is going to find form and Zoggie is our future.
    Ed is right – we’ve been lucky.
    Question is – How long can it last?

  • Jeff D

    Dec 21, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #14

    WE borsted them like we always do!!!! Lucky my arse!!!

  • Jeff D

    Dec 21, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Archie. i agree with your final comments, but i have to say im impressed with Guiterrez. OK he may not be as technically gifted as some, but his work rate is amazing.

  • Michael12

    Dec 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Archie:- No doubt we are not world class but it is about getting the best of the resources we have.

    We would all welcome Ronaldo but Ronaldos are very scarce resources in this world. We have to make do with alternatives.

  • A.L 9

    Dec 21, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Archie you were speaking a bt of sense, when you claimed Jonas is shite though is where it all went wrong. Have you actualy watched him at all?

  • ronjohno

    Dec 21, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18


    It really pees me off when after a good result this word is uttered.
    John Anderson Radio Newcastle and Bob Moncur at Century always seem to try and find an excuse why Newcastle should NOT have got a result.
    I am sorry but I want my local commenatators during matches to be totally biased. A win is a win, end of, lucky or not, whether we played crap or not. We are at present in no position to worry how we get a result. If we continue up to safety then fair enough criticise but until then lets just be thankful for the points.

  • George

    Dec 21, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #19

    My warmest greetings from Athens,Greece…
    i am a loyal fan of Newcastle 15 years so far…
    sorry for my not excellent English…
    i love our big love!!!!!!
    in England only Newcastle…nothing else…
    have a nice week

  • King Joe

    Dec 21, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Archie- Never knew that shite players played for the Argentine national squad…

  • toony soprano

    Dec 21, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #21


    i hope your telly goes on the blink on xmas day

    cheer up you miserable tw9t

    he may not be maradonna ,We are not Brazil

    3 points kid about time we had some luck

  • toonderry

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #22

    good man george come on the toon lad

  • obamagic

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #23

    luck of the irish…but i don’t care…i’ll take that 3 points anyday!

  • Sav

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Welcome, George!

    Come on lads, give Duffer a bit of deserved credit for a fabulous bit of play to get the winner. Viduka is shot but all the more pity because the big man is the best in the business, bar none, at holding off defenders and playing a delicate, precise ball under pressure. That was a great one-two worth the admittance money alone.
    Duffer has had injury problems and struggled for form and fitness a few times but that was pure class today. And although Spurs made their own chances and pressed us hard, that was the difference between the sides. Not luck.

  • Archie Brand

    Dec 22, 2008 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #25


    I’m a lifelong fan but lets be realistic and not kid ourselves – it doesnt do anyone any good.
    King Joe – as with any national team , the Argies have their good players and their bad players – and this isnt the Argentinian team of 15 – 20 years ago.
    The difference with the team now is we have a bit of depth. It says something when a knackered unfit Viduka comes on and far outshines Ameobi.

    As for Toony Soprano’s comments
    Bah Humbug!

    …and a merry b@$t@rd Christmas to you all….


    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #26

    It was to be fair a close but very entertaining game where some nice football was played.
    Amazed that Enrique was able to keep pace with
    Both wingers had good games, though they tended to run into a crowd when cutting inside.
    Both teams stroked the ball around well and looked well drilled and confident.
    Dont think Modric is as good as his transfer fee suggested.
    Is Bent injured ?

  • neeraj

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #27

    there is no such thing as luck

    we were persistent till the very end, is how i see it
    a game is played for 90 mins
    not 85 mins……
    we played well for 90 mins and spurs for 85 mins

    great job guys get another 4 points before the end of the year and it would be a happy new year


    Dec 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #28

    its about time we got a 90 min winner weve been so unlucky to draw our last 2 at home with 90 min draws so up yours to every 1 who thinks its a fluke the goal will be in contention for goal of the month easly


    Dec 22, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #29

    and as for enrique being sold in jan wot a crap deal that would be he is starting to realy bond with the rest of the back 4 they did realy well yesterday i for 1 am going to class this as a 2-0 win due to the lack of reffering ferrit face modric was well off bring in the vidieo evidence it works so well in other sports why not footy ……rant over!!!!

  • justme

    Dec 22, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #30

    we weren’t lucky!we were better than spurs except for a few moments in first half

  • Whumpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    We had:
    1. Most of the posession
    2. Most of the territory
    3. The better pass completion rate (80%)

    The best bit is, our strikers both had off days (get of Shola’s back – it’s his first poor game for months!) and we still got 2 in. That’s top-4 style.

    As for luck? Nah. Both goals down to fantastic skill from at least 2 players. They sprayed the ball around but rarely tested wor Shay.

    It was even, but we won because we were better at scoring than them. No luck in it.

  • George

    Dec 22, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #32

    toondery and Sav thanks for the welcoming…
    from nowone i will follow this blog…
    to share my heat for Newcastle!!!!
    in such a “close” championship as the present, if one team make 3 wins in a row will change everything…
    i wait the game against Liverpool…
    have a nice Tuesday…
    greetings from Athens


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