Damien Duff’s Electric Legs Won It For Us

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has rightly said that his side were overdue a change in fortune after Damien Duff’s 90th minute goal gave the Magpies a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park yesterday in front of 48,000 screaming Geordies, who stayed to applaud both sides off the field at the end of a terrific and close game.


Charles N’Zogbia – MOM  for Newcastle yesterday – sizzling performance

Substitute Damien Duff who came on after 88 minutes for Jose Enrique, who had another good game at left-back, and two minutes later played a superb one-two with Mark Viduka, before slotting the ball past Gomes, before the goalkeeper quite knew what was happening.

Joe told BBC Sport today:

“In our last two home games (Wigan and Stoke) we’ve conceded late goals,”

“We deserved our luck. It was a terrifically well-taken goal.”

Newcastle have now gone 11 games under Joe Kinnear and have 18 points, with four wins, two defeats and six draws. When Joe arrived on Tyneside in late September, Newcastle had 4 points from their first 7 games, and had suffered 5 defeats on the trot.

Kinnear added:

“The build-up to the goal displayed the type of skilful player Viduka is and then Duff showed his electric legs.”

Newcastle took the lead through Charles N’Zogbia, with goalkeeper Shay Given praised by Kinnear for the way he found the Frenchman with a long punt downfield. N’Zogbia has a terrific game yesterday on Newcastle’s left wing.

Joe added:

“It was a wonderful assist for the first goal from Shay,” “But he works hard on all aspects of his game, day in, day out.”

Spurs had equalized through Luka Modric on 28 minutes, in a goal that initially look yards offside, but the linesman was not in line with play and did not make the call, because he couldn’t. Joe Kinnear did well to keep control and say nothing to the officials.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was understandably disappointed that his team got nothing out of the game, as he told BBC Sport:

“The game was there for us to win at half-time and I certainly would have taken a point,”

“To get beaten like we did in injury time was a big blow. We had the chances and kept the ball well but we were hit by a sucker punch. In our position you have to pick up points.”

“We were the better team in the first half and had we taken the game by the scruff of the neck we could have killed them off.”

It’s got to be disappointing for a manager like Harry, who sees his team play so well away from home and come away with nothing, and Spurs could well have taken a point yesterday – and that was probably the fairest result.

But Newcastle have had their fair share of heartbreak with last minute goals conceded at St. James’ Park, so it was nice to have the shoe on the other foot yesterday, although that will come as absolutely no comfort to Spurs fans.

One last point, N’Zogbia is currently ahead with 52% of the vote as yesterday’s MOM – so if you haven’t voted you can do so here .

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • k k forever

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1


  • wsq

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    i beg to differ, spurs don’t deserve any points. i wasn’t anxious one little bit, even without possession we were comfortable, and i’ve not been able to say that about newcastle for ages

  • Mark D

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    This is way to play with Zog starting on the wing and Duff off the bench.

    Lucky for us Ameobi got an injury as his first touch led to Spurs goal and he was looking like he was going to have a stinker- got to play Viduka if Martins not available!

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Regardless of who we sign I hope shola, smith and capaca can be unloaded in january. It will free up some wages and give some kids a chance to get closer to the first team

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    People on here turn on Ameobi far too easily imo. He has 2 assists and 2 goals so far this season(i think), not bad considering he doesn’t start often. Give the lad a chance, he has earned it so far this season.

  • k k forever

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6


  • k k forever

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7


  • The optimist

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    As well as Shola has been playing I really do feel we should let him leave at the end of the season. He simply isnt good enough for a team chasing Europe. He can easily be replaced and I would prefer Carrol to get a chance. Did anyone see Martins and Carrol play together against Juve a while back. They really complimented one another.

  • Macas

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Some of the stick Shola got for their goal on here was totally out of order. The lad came in and got a foot in from behind, big deal. Its up to the defence to deal with it (or the linesman to flag offside in this case). He’s not my favourite player but he only gets stick because of who he is.

  • James King

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    The BBC and you have mis heard waht Harry said. He actually said he WOULDN’T have taken a point because he wanted all three at half time! But ended with none!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    get off Shola’s back, he made a mistake, who doesn’t?..Big wow!..
    …We won!..

  • ed_speed

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    how do you know when the cabage is boiled?

  • ed_speed

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    the wheel chair floats to the top.


    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • steve

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    ameobi was about to be subbed before he gave the ball away – board was already up, you lot jump on anybody at the first opportunity, it was only last week when half of you where saying sell duff, viduka etc – numpties!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15


  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #16

    @ 13, not 14…

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said steve!..

  • tino97

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    We have seen recently that when someone gets injured! Taylor and Duff! The person who has come in, as done really well and kept their place. Bassong and N’zogbia. Thats a good sign!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Spyro – I agree, he is a good bench player and it 3 goals and 3 assists, even better 🙂

    Hope N’Zogbia keeps his place!

    Duff is better off the bench anywho.

  • nightfall

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #20

    i agree..shola was not interested in match yesterday…he passed the ball, but wasn’t looking who was standing in the way… like we were playing 11-year olds…

  • Whumpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Spyro and others – well said. Shola’s been excellent for us apart from yesterday, and it was clear that he wasn’t fit and coming off before that goal. His only mistake was failing to tell JFK that before the start, but perhaps he twanged it early on in the match?

    Either way, he’s played some crackers for us this term and doesn’t deserve all this rubbish from people who should support him.

    Those lucky enough to still live in the North East should realise how much p**s-take us outcasts suffer in places where Toon are a minority. A lot of it centres around the fickleness of the Toon Army, and this Shola-bashing based on one dodgy match is exactly the sort of thing they base it on.

    (And the soap-box goes back in the cupboard…)

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I said in an earlier blog blog that I missed the first half of the game and only saw Shola’s slight error on MOTD. From the flak he was getting I thought it was much worse. I mean how many players give the ball away in games, Collo did worse last week but got away with. Shola aint a great player and I reckon if a decent offer came in Joe might take it but he has done ok lately so lets not castigate him too much. His heart is in the right place.

  • Ben_BKK

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and Harry, it wasn’t in injury time, it was after 89 minutes and about 40 seconds 😛

  • chuck

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #24

    So much for those who criticised Shea for hoofing it upfield and those who constantly go on about Duff.
    It`s obvious to any knowledgable fan these are two veterans who know what the game is about.
    Given has kept us in many games and Duff is getting his goalscoring touch back.
    Lovely give and go between Viduka and Duff, looked like a clinic.
    Would love to see Viduka Fit and at his best, he has such a great touch.
    Both wingers had decent games, but would have liked to see them stretch teams as opposed to cutting to the inside and into a crowd.
    In all was an entertaining game with both teams stroking the ball around well.
    I think the toon were deserving winners.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    skunk-i dunno if it was you, if not i apologise..but if it was you who had a gripe regarding Givens delivery..you cant really fault him for that long ball yesterday could you! 😛 haha

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    How glum did the ‘pundits’ look on motd while talkin’ about our game…No real mention of the match itself, just ‘will Owen stay’, hansen? etc…
    …I thought dixon woulda been glad we beat the spuds, bein’ ex-gonner n’all…Ah well, it just goes to show how much they want us to fail…

    …Strangely, no mention of igor hunchback’s bubble burstin’ yet…Or how well JK’s been doin…Shitehawks!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #27

    yea, i have had a go at Shay for hoofin’ mate…But generally & towards the end of games, when we need to keep the ball & not just launch it back to the oppo…Yesterday was a classic example of when TO hoof long & well spotted by him to see Zog get the jump on the spud…Still wanna see him roll/throw the ball out more…But defo hoof a quick attack now & then…I think Shays been steadier recently & i’ve even noticed him gettin’ in the defenses face more, which i like!..
    …Keep it up Shay, that’s more like y’old self!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    & hopefully,
    if anyone wants to go back & check, they’ll find that i’ve never ‘slagged’ Shay off…Just a bit of ‘constructive critisism’, which i don’t mind takin’ me self either!..

    …There’s a time & place to hoof!..
    …Yesterday early on, to Zog at SJP!..

  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    viduka to start next match and if not play duff to support owen….

    as long as ameobi not playing, we will be fine. and yeah when we r winning, play geremi to replace jonas. just to rest those key players


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