HT: Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1 – Magpies Falter


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Newcastle are 1-0 down at the interval after Sunderland’s Cisse got the all important first goal, when he beat a poor offside trap by Newcastle, and although Steve Harper blocked his first shot, the rebound was put into the net by the French striker without much trouble.

Before the game kicked off  it was interesting to see who was doing all the talking in the huddle before the game, with Kevin Nolan taking charge of the team talk – probably best to make this lad captain right now.

And a shot of manager Joe Kinnear seems to show Joe has piled on the weight, probably due to the stress he’s under right now.

The teams got off to a good start and the first period of the game was fairly level but then Sunderland missed a gilt-edged chance to go ahead.

On 20 minutes Gutierrez gave a free kick away needlessly on the right, and Kieran Richardson’s curling  free kick beat everybody, including goalkeeper Steve Harper, and rebounded off the far post and Cisse had a chance form just 7 yards out into a gaping goal but somehow Kevin Nolan amazingly kicked the ball off the line.

A huge let-off for Newcastle, whose defense looked all at sea, and didn’t look too much better during the first 45 minutes, if truth be told.

And then just 2 minutes later Enrique put in a good first time cross from the left, and Andy Carroll got in a good looping header which rebounded off the top of the cross-bar.

A great effort from Andy, who also looked so menacing in the first 45 minutes.

The onb 29 minutes Cisse had good shot from the inside right position, that keeper Harper did well to turn round the post for a corner, but Sunderland were slowly starting to get on top.

The on 33 minutes Cisse beat a poor Newcastle offside trap as he found himself clean through on goal.

Steve Harper came out and was able to block the shot, but the ball bounced kindly for the Frenchman, who rolled the ball into the empty net to put the visitors on top.

Ameobi was trying his best with Andy Carroll up front, but Shola looked a good yeard off the pace, having not played this year.

Maybe Joe should give Xisco a run-out in the second half.

Carroll was easily Newcastle’s best player in the first half with 22 year-old Bassong shoring things up continually at the back.

Then on 42 minutes Carroll had a good left foot shot, which whistled just wide of Fulop’s left hand post.

Newcastle came more into the game more after Sunderland scored but the visitors were the better side in the first half.

If the disaster of all disasters is to be avoided then Newcastle will need to play a lot better in the final 45 minutes of this game.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Xisco, Geremi, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar, Kazenga LuaLua, Tim Krul, Ryan Donaldson

Sunderland: Marton Fulop, Phil Bardsley, George McCartney, Dean Whitehead (c), Carlos Edwards, Steed Malbranque, Djibril Cisse, Kieran Richardson, Danny Collins, Kenwyne Jones, Anton Ferdinand
Subs: Daryl Murphy, Michael Chopra, Grant Leadbitter, Dwight Yorke, Andy Reid, David Healy, Nick Colgan

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: tbc



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338 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #2

    we shld be top team for being unlucky

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Have to win this…. period.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Xisco on for Showme

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #5

    get up u moron ameobi !

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    son of a bich

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    No-call on a penalty against Duff. Booked for diving.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    that was a penalty.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Nah. Objectively, that’s not a pen.

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  • oga

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    one of their danger men off!

    Well done Bassong.

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    what are the odds chopra is going to put one in ?

    luck of newcastle

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  • Kevin

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    hate to say it but that was a dive. need to be smarter, duff. you had a chance

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Come on. Shola off, HP Lovecraft on.

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    if we dont score in this part of the match i dont see us scoring any further

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #15

    piss poor cross from Butt

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  • Kevin

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    butt. worse. crosser. ever.

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Bassong = The Terminator

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    awesome

    one down 2 to go love u bassy

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  • Kevin

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    go on bassong!!!

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesus–Bassong’s a fughing wrecking crew.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Bassong has injured both Cisse and Jones.

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    terminator LOL

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  • obamagic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    you just got P@wned by bassong

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  • Toon_Ksk (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!)

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Why do we have to offer Butt a new contract. He does not even get the basics done.

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  • Bosck

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #25

    go on bassong, break all of them. and butt has got to come off!!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Lads are showing spirit and fight

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  • oga

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Bassong>>>>>>>

    He knows what he’s doing.

    WTF kind of cross was that from Butt. Brilliant work from Taylor beforehand.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #28

    actually, probably was a dive.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Carroll, Enrique, Bassong, Jonas, have been very good today.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Agreed; well done by Taylor then a waste of a cross by Butt.

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  • geoffb1830

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Sunday sun report we were after Sami Hyypia but had it blocked by Rafa. it also talks about Maybe a swap deal Jose Enrique for Garcia

    http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/sport/newcastle-utd/newcastle-utd-news/2009/02/01/united-miss-out-on-liverpool-s-sami-hyypia-79310-22827488

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  • Veliz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #32

    LOL..
    Even Owen laughs.

    Now we have young Carrol injured

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Unbelievable–Carroll’s ankle…

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  • Obafan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Butt is dramatic and one of the reasons that we struggle so much.

    And Kinnear is a blind fool.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Come on, take Shola off.

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  • Kevin

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #36

    our lack of teeth around the area is shocking. the injuries are devastating.

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #37

    get an extra striker in there ! we have to win this game

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  • Brettoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #38

    GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF! GET AMEOBI OFF!

    nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  • obamagic

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #39

    make a sub…lualua for duff…its the 60th min Joke Kinar

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Feb 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #40

    HP Lovecraft now!

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