Good Reassuring Display From Newcastle Today

Newcastle United gave a reassuring display today at Hull City, and were just a little bit unlucky not to win at the first attempt.


Michael Owen – had two chances in first half he would normally take

But it was a good open game and Hull City has their moments too, with Shay Given again saving everything that was thrown at him.

Joe Kinnear will be pleased with the display of his team this afternoon, and they delivered what Joe had promised – a good organized, hard working and attacking display.

There were several good performances from the Newcastle players with both Duff and Gutierrez doing good work on the wings, with Jonas Gutierrez putting in some terrific runs down the left wing in the second half.

Sebastien Bassong brought stability to the back and it was easy to see how he was missed last week, as his heading ability, speed of foot and general good reading of the game, made the back four look so much more solid than they did last week.

Butt picked up his 5th yellow card and will miss the game against West Ham on Saturday, but Guthrie was again in very good enterprising form, and Owen had a few chances that normally he would put away. Butt again looked a little off the pace and we expect Geremi to get the runout on Saturday, and he could do a decent job for Newcastle.

Young Andy Carroll, who turns 20 on Tuesday, had a very good first half and all this boy needs now is more games, so he can learn his trade in the Premier league – he seems to have everything it takes to be a good Premier player.

Andy’s a big lad, and can dish it out well, and he’s always a handful for any defender. A promising future striker for Newcastle, who in the first half played extremely well with Owen, who seems to like a big man next to him.

And Shay Given was Shay Given – a goalkeeper who must now be ranked as world class, after his superb displays for both Newcastle and Ireland this season.

The replay will be a week on Wednesday at St. James’ Park, but before that we’ll have the West Ham game at home, and we could certainly do with all 3 points from that game.

And if the lads play with the skill, determination and heart they did today, and with a little bit of luck, we could well get all 3 points.

But credit to the team and to Joe Kinnear and the training squad for what was a reassuring display from the lads for the Newcastle fans.

Only the win today was missing.

Maybe the Liverpool game was indeed a one off, and it was nice to get another clean sheet after conceding five in the previous game.

We’re sure Shay will be lot happer tonight than he was after the Liverpool game.

472 comments so far

  • tino97

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    It was a decent performance. Should have had a penalty. Bassong and Jonas were great. The defence looked a bit more reassured today. This game proves Butt shouldn’t really play, he was awful to be honest. Guthrie saved his skin on many occassions.I hope the Zog isn’t too badly injured. Andy Carroll did OK, but we need to get Oba fit, as Owen can’t do it on his own.

  • nu

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #2

    stop with all the prase for given please he is no better than the next guy

  • repo

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    given will be gone butt and guthrie made some blocks that could easy be goals..

    guti was man of the match least he got into the box and had shots on target….

  • benn..

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #4

    nu. well he kind of is.. he is easily the best goalkeeper in the premiership.

  • Alex

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Pleased that butt will miss the WestHam game , today proved again that he is just too slow . It was a decent performance today and the team showed pride and passion which they missed against Liverpool . One question though , Why did Kinnear not give xisco a chance in the last 15 0r 20 minutes ? Carroll had a good 1st half but seemed to fade second half . Surely it was worth trying xisco at some point .

  • tino97

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I was surprised Joe didn’t use any subs, except the forced one with Jonas. I would had like to seen Lua Lua come on, with Duff up front or given Xisco a chance. Carroll did fade. But its good that he got the game.

  • Antti

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Alex, I think It’s because they will sell Xisco this month and don’t want to get him any injuries..

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #8

    If we didnt have all the injuries, would love to see Carroll out on loan in championship or in Scotland PL.

  • Whitt

    Jan 3, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #9

    i wonder if i watched the same match…i thought it was a boring game, and we were probably lucky to get away at 0-0. once again, Given was our best player. very disappointing for me.

  • tino97

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #10

    He was out on loan to Preston but never got used really and he had some problems there too. If he goes out loan he needs to play regularly. But with our striking options. Oba, Ameobi, Viduka and Smith all injured, plus Xisco looks like leaving. Maybe we have to keep him.

  • adaaaam

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    there seems to be getting more and more times lately when we re sayin “owen would usually stick that in”

  • reillers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen extremely poor. I really don’t know why people continue to say that he is as good as he was. He’s a shadow of himself. Very, very poor today. We should have won, our missed chances, our best chances came from him. A few years ago he would have got them, sell him. He’s overrated and does not deserve the captaincy.

  • toonfan1

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #13

    That game was exciting imo. End to end stuff but some shocking decisions including the stonewall foul by Matt Puke on Michael Owen

  • simon376

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #14

    reillers, if we had a team that played to Owen’s strengths, he would be putting loads away. Normally in cases with players like Owen, they might miss 3 out of 5 and stick the others away, he’s just not getting that many chances

  • Lew Davies

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #15

    If we had been playing Liverpool again today, we still would have got thrashed.
    Its just because hull were equally as bad as us that we got away with a 0-0.
    Not creating enough in the final 3rd of the pitch. Our midfield is awful.

  • Lew Davies

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    simon. I’m with you on the Owen thing.

  • simon376

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Lew, I just think some of our players get a lot of stick that they don’t really deserve and some of the bad ones are praised. At the same time, they are our players and we should support them if they are doing their best

  • reillers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s missing more and more and more and more now a days, how many times have we said that Owen usually puts them away or Owen’s had a bad day.
    You make your own oppurtunities. He was poor. You’d see Rooney, Tevez and co. they mightn’t score but they would usually have an outstanding game. Owen does nothing all game, he does nothing. If he scores he’ll score off other peoples hard work. He’s lazy. He sulks. You’d see the likes of Rooney sweeping behind the back running up and down. They never stop. And Rooney who has been played out of position more then he’s been played in position.

    Owen, if things aren’t going his way. If we’re not playing his game. His type of style then ah well, not his fault. FFS. People make their opportunities.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Little off topic lads but would you be happy with these players and do you think we could get them????

    2.Insua (loan)
    5. Youngster-Sakho or Sissoko.







    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I think it’s time we started being really HONEST about this. We all knew how disappointingly LACKLUSTRE the Newcastle display was today. Our attack was toothless and we hardly really threatened at all.

    There is a huge problem that I don’t see abating anytime soon. Unless there is a change in management of the team. Whether the problem lies with Kinnear’s tactics and gameplan or the players we have at our disposal, something needs to change. NOW. Or we will just continue to be mediocre at best.

    Imo, I think it’s the former. Kinnear just has little or no idea what to do with our players. SCREW injury complaints and all that. I feel that we have a decent squad (far more quality than Hull’s or Wigan’s any day). And if we could have a manager that KNOWS his stuff, and is able to GET THE BEST OUT OF our current crop of players and their unique qualities, we could really have a very decent season.

    Having said that, Jonas Gutierrez was our most outstanding and effective offensive player by far in the Hull game.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    I have left our youngster out for the Sakho or Sissoko to give him time in the reserves to get used to the english game just in case you were wondering and Enrique is injured lets just say hehehehe.

  • Lew Davies

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon1978 – wont get any of those 5 in. Not even on loan. You are barking up the wrong tree mate.
    By the end of Jan we will be getting that desperate that we will be plundering mid table championship players……..on loan.
    God I hope I’m wrong on this, but I fear I’m not. Things are going to have to get worse before they get better.
    OK, Bullard is a poss. Thats all.

  • Legs

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #23

    The answer is martins!

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Lew Davies

    I can only agree with you wish i could disagree but not to be.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Wise up ED we are shocking..end of story.
    We can’t even beat teams like hull and Wigan these days.

    Let’s get real another abysmal display.

  • Ross

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #26

    i dont even think bullard is a possibility. They’ll want an over inflated price and we wont pay it

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #27


    I think in the last 15 minutes Newcastle were all over Hull But we couldn’t convert the chances. Jonas was giving their right back a torrid time and Duff was his old best IN PATCHES. Owen is not interested one bit. Bassong was top dog again nothing gets passed him and he is one thing we aint got in the rest of the team..CONSISTANCY.

  • tb

    Jan 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Owen is still our top goal scorer, so no point selling him unless we got someone of his quality back. And to be honest, we have much bigger needs than replacing owen. We have owen, martins, duke and ranger… We can deal with that until summertime.

    However we do have good backups at gk, so it would be good business to replace given, as great as he is, with bale. Harper/krul and bale/jose is better than given and jose with no backup left back.

    Then we grab naughton like tt said to learn from beye for a couple years.

    Then grab a defensive mid to replace butt

    That would be the perfect January.

    That all being said, the guy that I want the most would be blazczykowsky to replace nzogbia/butt on the right and let jonas move to the left.

  • happy toon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #29


  • reillers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    TB..please. Owen’s scored how many goals this season.

    ..Sell Owen, and tbh if we buy a player like Doyle we’d be saving a lot of money, we could give the captacincy to someone who deserved it, not just as a bribe to say and a player who could actually score us goals.
    Just because Owen has scored a handful of goals does not mean that we should keep him. Stats don’t mean everything.


    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Too small, hoofs it up the pitch, does`nt command his area, Harper is better so is Krul,
    Sell him now!
    Truth is he`s the best goalie we have had since Ronny Simpson, Who?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    We should be murdering Teams like Hull end of story.
    If anyone at newcastle had a grain of sense we would have fielded a team of kids today.
    Now we currently have another game in a cup we have no chance of winning..Lunacy in my opinion considering our current plight.

  • reillers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Why do people think Krul is so great we’ve seen him play for us once.
    He’s been playing down in the league where the standard is very poor.
    Will someone please, please tell me why people think that Krul is the next coming??

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34


    Yeah blazczykowsky is a cracking player i have seen him play on numerous occasions and he has impressed me. But i’m afraid he’s another long shot. He has a tidy pass and alot of flair.

  • murphy

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Hull had 7 changes to their team and we put out pretty much our full squad and we couldn’t beat them, it was ours for the taking as the Hull manager even said he wanted to concentrate on the prem and wasn’t bothered with any cups.

    I think Joe sees our defense as the main area to improve but from today showing we need mid-fielders more than anything, Butt was awful and just seemed to get in the way. At one point Geovani ran straight through the midfield and ended up nearly scoring simply because our midfield suck!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Krul although unproven and very young has attracted the attention of some big teams last window including chelsea.
    Not the finished article by any stretch but as a number two he would pi55 on players like hart at man city even now.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #37


    I have seen Krul playing for the Dutch under 21s granted its not the PL but from what i have seen he is a good keeper and will get better through time but he needs a chance which he aint been givin as yet.


    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #38

    To be honest, I’m not too bothered about Owen leaving. We can’t seem to work well with him in the team, simple as that. I’m not bothered about anyone leaving as long as we f*ckin get our act together and bring back the fluid and enterprising passing game we know we are capable of.

  • happy toon

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #39



    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #40

    happy toon


    What does everyone think of Barry Ferguson?

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