HT: Man City 1 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Inept


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Newcastle are 1-0 down at the break through a goal from Shaun Wright Phillips, which was set up by Robinho.

Newcastle have a strange line-up tonight with 22 year-olds Bassong and Taylor at the center of the Newcastle defense, and Coloccini playing in front of them in defensive midfield.

After just 17 minutes Newcastle’s patched up side found themselves 1-0 down, when Robinho pulled away from the marking of Bassong, just on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian slotted Shaun Wright Phillips through and in behind left-back Enrique.

The England International then fired through the legs of goalkeeper Steve Harper, who was making his season debut tonight, in place of Shay Given, whop presumably has already played his last game for the club.

And then shortly after the goal, Michael Owen received a knock and was replaced by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, and the Newcastle  side looks even weaker than it did at the start of this game.

But in this first half Man City were having all the possession and it will take a big improvement in the second half if Newcastle are to get anything out of this game.

Shawn Wright Phillips was booked for a foul on Enrique right before half time, and the referee added a couple of minutes of injury time and then that was it for the first half.

This has been a poor performance from the Newcastle side so far tonight, and they just cannot seem to get going at all.

We desperately need to pick up league points as we have just a single point from our last 4 league games, and a defeat tonight will probably see us back in the bottom 3 again.

Add to that the fact that two of our better players, Given and N’Zopgbia are on their way out of the club, and  defeat tonight will surely bring more doom and gloom to Tyneside.

Newcastle have an awful lot to do in the second half and have looked second best in the first 45 minutes.

And it could be that all the upsets at the club and the complete ineptitude of the Newcastle Board, as well as players wanting to leave the club, are starting to get to the squad, and that could signal disaster for Newcastle, if this downward spiral is not corrected soon.

The next 45 minutes of this game would be a good place to start, if we are not going to go down to our 7th game without a win.

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Nedum Onuoha, Wayne Bridge, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Nigel de Jong, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Bellamy, Robinho
Subs: Kasper Schmeichel, Darius Vassell, Jo, Elano, Javier Garrido, Gelson Fernandes, Felipe Caicedo

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Damien Duff, Geremi, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Fraser Forster, Peter Lovenkrands, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson, Brad Inman, Jonas Gutierrez

Referee: Michael Jones
Attendance: tbc



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301 comments so far

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Say what you want but we have to win this game and nobody will convince me we don’t. If it’s to lose like that then just don’t come to the field. We have to trust the players wearing our colours, and be brave more than ever, no matter the difficulties.

    Keep supporting, and remember this is still our beloved club.

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  • Girth

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #2

    sounds like we are doing well…..

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #3

    how was that not a pen? ffsits like the refs have a secret pact to relegate us this season

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  • ObafemiMelinswe

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Any link to the game that works?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #5

    We’ve been robbed of 2 penalties. The referee is about as shocking as Geremi’s freekicks.

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  • nufctoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #6

    even given could not have saved that from 6 yards out our back line are in fking london

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  • Ross

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #7

    two blatant penalties denied. Fair enough the referee has made some poor decisions in our favour-a nothing foul from enrique on bellamy, and he gave a gk when the deflection came of colo. however, we have had both taylor and carroll just pushed off the ball in the air. richards wasnt even on the right side of the ball when he just threw his shoulder into taylors back, had he not, taylor would have nodded it into an empty net. ridiculous.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #8

    BG

    good attitude

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #9

    cant believe the refreeing.

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    CrazyJoe.. time for some subs…

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #11

    great joeys injured

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  • Ross

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #12

    christ, barton off injured. this is disasterous.

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  • sparko

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    refs have it in for jfk not newcastle i think

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #14

    gutierrez misses the mackems

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #15

    great no jonas against mackems

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #16

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    THE REFEREE IS A F*CKING JOKE, HOW CAN GOING FOR A 50-50 BALL IN THE AIR BE A BOOKING?! WRIGHT PHILLIPS MADE A MEAL OF IT. A DISGRACE.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    wats wrong with the refree ?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    how was that a booking?! It was a 50-50!!!!

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #20

    its never geremi who gets suspended/injured is it? lifes not fair

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #21

    he dont

    It’s not within a week i think he misses WBA

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  • BT9MAG

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #22

    this is getting worse!

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  • Ross

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Jonas, Barton and owen all out for the mackems

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #24

    aaaaaaaaaghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    almost scored we are cockeyed tho

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  • Spyro

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Hope your right Turkish. Would hate to be going into the derby Given, Zog, Owen, Barton and Jonas down.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Duff is looking great up front!

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #28

    whaaaaaaaat?!!?!?!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #29

    hopefully Martins back for Makems

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  • tino97

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Bloody Hell.

    2 Penalties surely????

    Barton, Jonas and Owen set to miss the Derby. Life is a shitter!!!

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #31

    duff should have shot… too unselfish… nice run tho..

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Hoorah finnally an injury to the oposition!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Lovenkrands has been quiet

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #34

    proud of the magpies !

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  • DanOx

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #35

    hahaha big bad bass 53 – bellamy 0

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  • BT9MAG

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #36

    bassong down now aswell!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #37

    bassong injured?!?!

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  • Ross

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #38

    this is looking disasterous. i was so ready for the mackems but im starting to dread it. If we’re missing Jonas, Barton and Owen we’re in serious trouble. our two best midfielders in barton and jonas..and irellevant of what you say about owen-our only goal scorer.

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  • Geordie_Craig

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #39

    well it looks like we are knackered for the derby with jonas owen barton missing it. Plus the fact that zoggy prolly will be gone along with given, we defo need new faces before the makem game, otherwise we will be fielding an under 18 side lol. This just cannot get any worse from now on in can they?????

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    we are screwed

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