Newcastle at least got over their defensive hangover from last Sunday and did well to keep a clean sheet against Hull City in a game which at the end could have either way, but Newcastle were denied an obvious penalty just after the break.
Newcastle will argue they should have had a rather obvious penalty after Michael Owen was clattered by goalkeeper Duke, after the goalkeeper hade made a bad error.
Duke had kicked the ball directly up in the air just after half time, and when Owen got to the loose ball first, the Hull City goalkeeper simply brought Owen down – an obvious penalty.
But amazingly referee Chris Foy waved play on, and you have to wonder what the referee was thinking.
In a first half where Newcastle had the better chances Andy Carroll went close after 21 minutes but was denied his first goal for the club by a good save from goalkeeper Duke.
But either side could have won it at the end with Jonas Gutierrez who started the game on the bench but was brought on in the first half for the injured N’Zogbia. Jonas had a good game down the left hand side in the second half and could have won it for the Magpies near the end.
Then on 71 minutes Geovanni had a free kick on the edge of the area and the Brazilian and brought a good save from Shay Given, who had another good game in goal for Newcastle.
Only moments later Hull City went close again when Turner’s header from a corner hit the inside of the post and appeared to cross the line before Given claimed it, but the referee ruled otherwise.
Then Newcastle went close when Gutierrez cut inside Doyle and fired towards goal, but McShane deflected the shot into the side netting. McShane is on Sunderland’s books of course, and it looks like he will be recalled to Sunderland for the rest of the season.
All in all this was a decent performance from Newcastle, following last weekend’s disaster, and the defense must be happy with another clean sheet – Bassong must be back in the team. 😀
The two teams will have to fight it out again at St. James’ Park, although we’re not sure of the replay date yet. Both teams still get to be in the pot for the 4th round draw tomorrow, and most Newcastle fans will be satisfied with that.
But Joe Kinnear will no doubt question again why these referees make such a hash of things at times
Hull City: Matt Duke, Nathan Doyle, Michael Turner, Craig Fagan, Geovanni, Paul McShane, George Boateng (c), Sam Ricketts, Dean Marney, Daniel Cousin, Stelios
Subs: Ian Ashbee, Ryan France, Peter Halmosi, Marlon King, Kamil Zayatte, Tony Warner, Nicky Featherstone
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Geremi, David Edgar, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez
Referee: Chris Foy