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Kinnear So Pleased With His Wingers

12:40 am, Monday, December 22nd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

After watching the game again last night, what was clear was that it was played by two sides, approaching their best form and with players brimming with confidence, after both teams have dragged themselves away from the bottom of the league, and gone on good runs.


Damien Duff – cameo appearance but he got the winner!

But Harry’s comment at the end to Sky Sports ,that he didn’t know how Tottenham lost, was just a little bit exaggerated, as for once Newcastle scored the late goal to take all 3 points.

But neither side really deserved to lose yesterday, and it was a game that both teams could be proud of, and it was all action for the full 90 minutes – some entertainment, that’s for sure.

It was hard to pick a player on the Newcastle side who didn’t have a good game, much like last weekend, and again it was another superb team performance, and Joe is starting to make a huge difference at St. James’ Park – that’s one thing that became clear yesterday.

We had worried a little in case it was a bit of a flash in the pan, but it seems like Joe has drummed into his players that they cannot get carried way with things, unlike the fans.  😀

Resilience and consistency is starting to be the way this Newcastle side plays, and just how good can young Sebastien Bassong become?

He looks the star of  the Newcastle defense in nearly every game these days, at just 22 years old.

It was great to see Kinnear at the end of the game smiling, and just soaking up the electric atmosphere, which is St. James’ Park on a winning day, as the fans stayed to cheer both teams off the park.

Kinnear took time out to praise the wide men:

“Duffers was ever present when I came here,”

“I put him in and he picked up an injury which knocked him back for a couple of weeks and to be fair to Charles, he has come in and done very well.”

“I feel I’m getting the best out of all three wide players. Jonas has come in and done well, he was exceptional – man of the match – at Portsmouth.”

“Charles has got the first goal, even though it was an incredible pass by Shay Given.”

“So all three wide players are making it difficult. There’s a case to play any two from the three.”

“Whichever two from the three, you know you’re going to get a good response.”

Charles was probably the Man Of The Match yesterday, with an energetic and  sterling performance, which was one of his best displays of the season for us, and he showed that left wing is definitely his best position.

Zog scored the first goal brilliantly, and set up Owen after 70 minutes with a chance that Michael will score from 9 times out of 10, but yesterday he blazed over the top from just 8 yards out.  Oh well.

The only negative point from Newcastle’s viewpoint, was the Spurs goal, but it was a strange goal to concede, and in studying the replay several times, Modric came back from an offside position, and was just offside.

However, it was very close, and the linesmen was at least 5 yards behind the play, and in no position to see whether Modric was off-side or not. So he let the play go on, probably rightly so, and Modric took his chance very well for his first goal for Spurs.

But we had that bit of a luck, right at the end to grab all 3 points, when a great one-two between Duff and Viduka, opened up the Spurs defense, and Duff poked the ball home and then went into orbit – as did the Newcastle crowd.

It was an excellent  game, and some advertisement for the Premier League, and a great result for us yesterday.

Now for Wigan on Friday afternoon, when we need to do it all over again.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Charles N'Zogbia · Damien Duff · Jonas Gutierrez · Newcastle News

57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rich // Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54 AM


  • 2 Rob // Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Spurs Goal came from Ameboi’s inability to hold the ball up effectively. He is not good enough, needs to be replaced….and not just substituted after his mistakes..

  • 3 zico martin // Dec 22, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    it’s good to have someone on the bench now who can come on and make a difference it’s been a while since we’ve had that luxury and the whole back four looked solid with bassong the star man again what a find this young un is.
    and final point harry what planet are you on son that london smog must have messed your vision up

  • 4 Tom_Toon // Dec 22, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    N’Zogbia cannot lose his place, he has played too well of late, especially yesterday.

    Jonas need to attack more IMO, but you cant leave him out cos he adds so much to the team, his work rate is immense.

    Im not Duff’s biggest fan, but he always seems a better impact player than a starter, not sure if he’d be too happy with that in the long term, but at the moment that is what he should be.

  • 5 vincent // Dec 22, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    you’ve made my day 😀

    merry Christmas!

  • 6 Dannufc // Dec 22, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    someone naming themselves Archie earlier stated that Guitierrez was shite….. Can i just say i live in Liverpool my best mates, at work colleagues and my family are LFC FANS. Yes there alot of things to be said about NUFC but one thing they say is how on earth did NUFC end up with Guittierez. He is by far the signing of the summer how on earth can people possibly slate him coparing him to the likes of Kuyt , Malouda, Nasri, Riera…… You just cannot everyone sings his praises here and i cant stand Newcastle fans who can critisize a player when he doesnt play outstanding for One Game. So what who on the knobing earth would you replace him with????
    Certainly none of SPURS PLAYERS PORTMOUTHS PLAYERS ARSENALS WINGERS LIVERPOOLS WINGERS …. go figure!!! Enrique was class, Zog class , Butt class, Guthrie class(thats nearly the whole midfield) and the Defence will lead us to Europe next season if not theis one …. calm down Howay the lads!!!!

  • 7 Chris F // Dec 22, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    i think yesterday Jonas had a quiet game by his own good standards, he never really seemed to get going in the first half, possible because of that challenge from their left back (how he didn’t get booked is beyond me, especially as he did the exact same thing later on to Guthrie i think it was – jumping in with a high foot, studs up, but i digress…)

    have to agree, Zogs was good yesterday, but he still too often tries to take on one too many players, resulting in us losing possession, which worried me slightly in the second half.

    Still, an all round decent performance, we weren’t great, but then nor were spurs. I honestly think Harry needs to get his eyesight checked, because Spurs may have had a lot of possession, but they hardly crafted any good chances and on the balance we probably made just as many good opportunities than they did.

    3 points off Wigan next please boys, and maybe a draw with Liverpool if we can keep gerrard quiet next sunday.

  • 8 Spyro // Dec 22, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Considering our recent record against Wigan at their ground is not the best, i would be happy with two draws from our next two games.

  • 9 Grae_NZ // Dec 22, 2008 at 2:32 AM

    Great result.
    Nice one Joe, diplomatic as ever.
    “he didn’t know how Tottenham lost, was just a little bit exaggerated, as for once Newcastle scored the late goal to take all 3 points”
    So Wigan it is and lets have a great set of holiday results.

  • 10 Tom_Toon // Dec 22, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    I know we are 12th and WERE in turmoil, but this season is on the verge of being a success.

    Lets face it, we had little chance of europe, so mid table it was going to be and is going to be.

    It has been fairly successful for the following IMO:

    1. We seem to have dispelled the belief that a fair few had that one man is bigger than the club and we seem to have stopped living in the past ie. Keegan and we have realised that we are a decent midtable side who can go either way, to europe or to the lower echelons of the prem.

    2. We have become a much more solid outfit, you feel the squad pulling in the same direction. There is unity.

    3. We have shown we dont need trophy signings, contrary to what some want.

    4. The emergence of future stars like Bassong is always great.

    5. We have a fairly young, balanced and decent squad.

    6. We now have a youth system set up in the right way to flourish.

    Maybe these were jus my late night ramblings 🙂 but despite our league position I still feel this season can be a success and it has already been a relative success.


  • 11 GOERDIE IN NORWAY // Dec 22, 2008 at 2:58 AM


    5… i feel we are going to become a feeder clb for the biger clubs

  • 12 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 3:25 AM

    becareful in dishing out praise.

    what the? we had the better chances, tottenham should have lost.

    we had better possession


    INJURY OR no injury if so he should have come off earlier and cause no problem. without that we could have got a clean sheet, regardless whether it was offside or not.

    could we have scored damien’s goal without viduka’s brilliance. you can definitely be sure ameobi couldn’t have done that or even thought about that.

    you can jsut see how smart viduka is. ameobi no where near the old man. at any age viduka is better than ameobi.

    carrol can do a better job than ameobi, no more selection headaches ameobi out.

  • 13 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    winning unbeaten doesn’t change the fact that keegan vs mike ashley & dennis wise could have been avoided with proper structure at the club. and it doesn’t change the fact mike ashley is an idiot. we would further up the table if it wasn’t for that. keegan is also an idiot for leaving newcastle united, if he had our interest first above all things he wouldn[t have left no matter what.

  • 14 Kowloontoon // Dec 22, 2008 at 3:39 AM

    I was laughing my head off when Duff scored, it was 1 a.m. here in Hong Kong mind you. Anyway, I am so happy we get all 3 points.

    Have a very merry Chirstmas Lads and Lasses! Especially you, Ed (you did a great job.)

    Again, howay the lads!!!

  • 15 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 4:18 AM

    it’s so pleasing that our defence don’t panic when they have the ball. finally we have a solid back four no more shambles

  • 16 4thWinger4Toon // Dec 22, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    at the moment we hv 3 decent wingers. i hope Zog / Jonas wont be picked up by “bigger” clubs if they continue their good forms, and Duff can stay injury free n play w/ more vision n brain, like Giggs, to make up the loss of pace. but we definitely need the 4th, primarily on the right, as cover / alternative. he should inject pace and creativity in our attack, such that the middle duo can be a bit more defensive when needed. personally i like Benayoun, n McGeady will be nice of coz. there should be more affordable n viable options in la liga, the dutch or french leagues. but with no doubt our first priority is a CM to replace Butt, who’s a good servant but there’s not much left in him …

  • 17 CHUCK // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:02 AM

    Why not, he`s got three decent wingers.
    Niether Ameobi or Viduka contributed much, though Viduka`s not yet up to par, the rest did an excellent job.
    Amazed to see Enrique keep apace with Lennon, guess he faster than i gave him credit for.
    It was a very entertaining game, fairly even`ly matched, but Newcastle deserved the outcome.
    Guess most of us should give JFK a bit of credit
    for taking a team in chaos and installing some disciplin and confidence.
    They looked pretty confident the way they stroked the ball around to-day.
    Like to see it become a habit.

  • 18 Dan // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:14 AM

    I agree with everything Tom toon has said..

    it is time to forget about Keegan and move on..

    You dont need to splash out on Big name players, and most of the time they turn out shi*te anyway and paid way to much..

    A winning team is a team that is balanced and works to their strengths and works on their weaknesses.

  • 19 peter watson // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:35 AM

    Viduka is superb at receiving holding up the ball and laying off for players following up, couple that to his ball skill ability and his first touch control,(9 out of 10 strikers loose the ball on that first touch)watch the likes of ameobi,heskey,martins etc the defender steps in and they have lost it.Pity Viduka spends his time injured and rarely gets up to match fitness.We also need a midfield attacking playmaker.

  • 20 SG_Toon // Dec 22, 2008 at 5:39 AM

    Watched the game last night. Saw the celebration Zoggy made after his goal. He went straight to Beye and they did the street fighter thingy and BEye looked super happy to see Zoggy scored….I think Beye have been mentoring Zoggy and that brought a change in his attitude and play….don’t you guys think?

  • 21 JonnyNUFC // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:10 AM

    People have such short memorys on here. A player has 1 bad game and he should never play for us again.

    Ameobi has something like 3 assists and 3/4 goals in his last 5/6 games doesnt he. If he was injured give him a break…Viduka did nothing either until that last min.

    And please stop saying WE were LUCKY or had ANY luck. There was no luck about that goal, we played good footie and put it in. Luck is a clearance going over the defence and putting a striker through to score.

  • 22 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:06 AM

    we never wanted trophy big name signings, kevin keegan disagreement wasn’t that. you get your best player sold and got what in return. ppl going behind your back signing who? less than mediocre players he had no knowledge of. if you remember right he was exepecting a few more players to make up a better squad, he knew well newcastle was not going to attract any big players. so anyone accusing keegan of wanting trophy signings can f off.

    keegan is guilty of abandoning us and that’s it full stop.

  • 23 AO // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    bollocks! Well done.

    Have a merry christmas and a happy new year everyone. see you in 09!

  • 24 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    ameobi is shite full stop. albert scored against sunderland but still shite.

  • 25 HeronMag // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    God I’m hung over…

    Cracking result against an in-form team

  • 26 51times // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    AO – Taking defeat in good grace? You disappoint me, my good chum.

  • 27 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    bramble had his moments but still shite. i rest my case on
    ameobi haha

    ameobi = bramble
    luque = bramble = ameobi

    nufc has no space and time for shite players

  • 28 The Entertainers // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    I thought ‘Arry was very ungratious in defeat. After watching the game i thought Spurs did look more comfortable in possession and had a lot of it, but rarely troubled Given!

    That said Campbell prehaps should have put away one of his chances. But you could have a strong argument that Owen would score his chance every other time!

    I do agree a draw was prehaps a fairer result, but thats football. Its swings and roundabouts, like JFK mentioned Stoke and Wigan, i remember the Spurs Liverpool game where Pool dominated and lost!

    Defensively Bassong and Colo looked solid. There goal (a fair / on side one for me) was at the fault of Enrique who did not keep the line. Enrique had a very indifferent game and look his improved self at times, but was shown up on others.

    I love the fact we’re playing with exiting wingers again. Due to this we do NOT need a creative midfielder.

    Arsenal played with very ceative wingers in Ljunberg and Pieres with defensive midfielders Viera and Petit and they didnt do too badly!

    Someone off the bench creative would be nice, but that wouldnt mean a multi million pound signing. An up and coming championship player would do for me or even Lua Lua!

    I’m delighted with Kinnears team and method of playing. Its clear not all fans are, but once again thats football!

  • 29 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    i cannot forgive someone who plays football day in day out week in week out a premiership player who can’t pass to team mate 5 yards away a straight one i tell you. ameobi out.

    i don’t care if he made an assist the week before when we were leading 2-0 up or scores a hat trick next week
    or scores 20 goals for a championship team or premeirship team next year! i don’t care.

  • 30 xisco biscuits // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    cheers AO, same to you!!

  • 31 HeronMag // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    The Entertainers – I’ve got to disagree with you made regarding the need for a creative midfielder. Vieira was immense when going forward for Arsenal.

    Guthrie doesn’t offer enough for me. He;s a good young player with loads of potential and is learning all the time. But he needs to drive forward more often. I’d still be looking for a forward thinking midfielder in Jan.

  • 32 xisco biscuits // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    must admit a draw was probably fair, but then again a home win was fair against stoke. and an away win was fair in spurs-liverpool a few weeks ago, so just shows u dont always get what u deserve, it’s a cruel game and as JFK said we deserved a bit of luck this time

    really pleased for duffers aswell, he’s worked really hard for us this season and he still gets stick from a lot of us (me included at times)

    before pompey i’d have been content with 4 points from our next 4 games but the lads have given us every reason to have a very happy christmas. cheers lads!!!

  • 33 HeronMag // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Sorry – that should say ‘mate’ not made 🙂

  • 34 Toon Graeme // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    I said this last night but after watching highlights on both SKY and MOTD2 it was clear that Harry was in a right mood during both post match interviews. Up his own arse saying that his team were going to win. Well the results show that one. Im £15 up on me bet, we are 3 points on the table and AO has not made an appearence.

    Bragging rights our ours boys if that plonka shows up.

    Watching the Dukes – what ball control he has!

    Anyway lets continue on Friday as there is a score to settle and lets hope Bramble has a right Bramble!!!!

    Me thinks another 2 -1. But Christmas turkey first and hopefully news of MO signing on the line for pudding.

    All the best lads and lasses of the Blog and again to you Ed (Harrison).

  • 35 HeronMag // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Toon Graeme – to be fair to AO he has made an appearance – comment 20

  • 36 Toon Graeme // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Whoops – sorry Heronmag – speed reading and eating cornflakes at work doesnt match.

    Ah humble pie.

  • 37 Born Again Geordie // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Lets hope AO does not choke on his humble pie !


  • 38 neeraj // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    grt work by whole team.
    4 points in next two….
    c’mon nufc
    merry xmas and happy new yr

  • 39 Born Again Geordie // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    By the way I thought the atmosphere was good again in the ground yesterday, I think it helped the team and give them the belief the could go on and win it !!!!

    Well done lads !!! Wigan next and a score to settle with Tightarse Bramble me thinks !

  • 40 wsq // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:36 AM


  • 41 Born Again Geordie // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:38 AM


    lol – funny that ! 😀

  • 42 Toon Graeme // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Aye, Hughesy looks worried at citey. So would I after the way they played. Terrible.

  • 43 HeronMag // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    With the squad that City have got they should be flying.

    Looks like not all is well at the Eastlands

  • 44 xiscore // Dec 22, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Never clip the Wings of an Eagle
    But Eagles Never Fly Alone
    they always need

  • 45 ron burgandy // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    i thought ao was never going to come on this sight if they lost yesterday. go away and dont come back go play with your dad

  • 46 Colombus // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    What about getting Elano on loan!? The brilliant playmaker with the silkysmooth foot is appearantly very available. We’re talking about one of the hotshots from last year, He’d fit right in and would be a fantastic asset for us. What do you guys think?

  • 47 steve // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Columbus – Elano is one of the reasons Man City are down where they are – he’s forever going missing in games, afraid he wouldnt fit in at toon as he’s def not a team player

  • 48 steve // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    AO – and happy xmas to you – see you at white hart lane (hopefully you’ll be gutted again 🙂

  • 49 xiscore // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    My money is on Bullard looks’ a Wise thought.

  • 50 theformerentertainers // Dec 22, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    what happened to XISCO…..he must be really shite if he cant even make the bench and worse than Strolla…..must be real shite.
    ENRIQUE impressed me the most with his pace – normally he would buckle under especially early after he received the booking, but credit is due to him – hes very hot and cold though (do i dare compare to SHAMBles bramble|)…..BUTT best ever game in my humble opinion – his passing was zidane like.

  • 51 Colombus // Dec 22, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Steve, I don’t agree with you. Elano had a fantastic performance last year and I believe that Kinnear can create that form again. Let’s face it, we can’t go for international superstars. Whats good in this case is that we know he has a great top level and that he is proven in the PL. I think he just doesn’t fit in with a manager that just doesn’t know how to use him. I think he could be a real bargain!

  • 52 clinta // Dec 22, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Whether Modric was off side or not, and I don’t really think he was. He still shouldn’t of been unmarked by the CB’s.

    okay we had the ball, and no one thought Shola would give it up so easily and early, but you have to be cautious when defending or you get burnt.

    That said i think the CB did great in the game apart from that little moment.

  • 53 nasher // Dec 22, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    POST 22,


  • 54 Sav // Dec 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    On the subject of ‘arry’s bad luck, the fact is we have been pretty clinical in taking whatever chances we’ve had this year. It has been the difference in a few games, especially with Owen having a good return to the side. And the Duke and Duffer did not mess about at all when they had barely a sniff. Contrast that with Frazier Campbell’s 2 great chances missed, Bent didn’t get on, Pavlyochenko(?)’s wayward shooting. Same last week against Crouch and Defoe. Both sides had chances to win it. But we took ours. That’s not luck, its quality.
    On the subject of celebrations, I was a bit disconcerted to see Guthrie, first to congratulate him, being stonewalled by N’Zog as he went to do his carry-on with Beye. It looked a bit of a French clique thing goin’ on.
    On the other hand, Duffer was a snorting merry-go-ground horse, full of snot and saliva as he dived into the crowd, bare-bellied for his deserved applause.

  • 55 The Entertainers // Dec 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    I understand fans not agreeing with my comments about 2 defensive midfielders and 2 flying wingers.

    After all were all NUFC fans and we do expect a certain way of football.

    But apart from the Man U and Arsenal the other top side know how to grind out results.
    Even Chelsea and Liverpool dont play with flair game in game out. ManU won the European cup final with one of the best defensive displays i’ve seen!

    Succesful teams in the past like Bolton and Everton are / were real workman type teams.

    I just think we need that hard edge about us, something in my opinion we have lacked for a while and have midfielders such as Guthrie and Barton, would give us 100% and could chip in with the odd goal.

    Hey dont get me wrong i dont want to see long ball and 10 men behind the ball. But with 2 stopppers and 2 flying / creative wingers we can have the best of both worlds.

  • 56 It Could Be Worse... We Could Be Spurs(DC) // Dec 22, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Guys Elano is a total waster…would his cracking free-kick goal against us be swaying your opinion? I think so, other than these flashes of Brazilian brilliance he is very quiet. No more free-loaders, we need people like Jonas who will work their socks off for the cause.

    Defo hard to give out MOM, can’t argue with Charlie as he scored, set-up Duffers with his long ball, created numerous chances after beating the impressive Corluka. But Enrique looked amazing (great pace against Lennon) gonna love watching him score his first goal. I recon with some motivational performances he could become our own Risse. Colo, Bass looked awesome again, Beye is simply world class (how he isnt playing for Real Madrid, Barca, Manu U or some1?) Butt and Guthrie were immense! Butt had one of his best games ever and besides a few wayward moments from Guthrie he looked very Gerrard-like. Up the TOON and bring on Wigan!

  • 57 Blassen // Dec 22, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Enrique was decent but also responsible for the goal. He fell asleep and wasn’t holding the line. Guthrie was decent again, but when Nicky Butt wins balls and passes like he does today, he really makes the system work. That being said, he needs to come off after about 70 minutes as he’s always toast by then.

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