Butt – We Were Focused On Massive Task On Saturday


Captain Nicky Butt enjoyed another good day at the office on Saturday, and worked well to completely control midfield against WBA, alongside Kevin Nolan, that formed the basis of the vital win for the Magpies.

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Nicky Butt – completely controlled midfield on Saturday

Saturday was also the first double we’ve achieved this year, and the first double for Joe in his 21 games in charge of the team.

And captain Nicky Butt admitted it was good to give Kinnear a lift with the win, and even dismissed any notion the manager’s illness had taken away from the team’s focus before the game on Saturday, which was huge for the club.

Nicky said:

“Not really, no. We were focused on a massive task, which was to get three points, anyway,”

“I think he’s just been taken for tests and the like. It’s nice to win it and give him a bit of lift.”

“But it wasn’t a case of added motivation because we were really focused on the game anyway.”

It seems the players were really ready for the game last Saturday, but you wouldn’t have believed it from the way the defense looked in the first half. They seemed all at sea at times, and it was again another poor first goal we conceded.

Defense is still our biggest concern and with 42 goals now conceded so far this season we are the 3rd worst defense in the league in terms of  goals conceded, behind only Hull City (46) and WBA (47).

The Newcastle defense even looked good compared to that of WBA, as the two center-backs conspired to give Newcastle all 3 goals, and Tony Mowbray has a job on his hands to save the team from relegation this season.

In fact it could be that promoted sides, WBA, Stoke and Hull City could all see the drop this year, because even Hull have been on a terrible run since their first 10 league games of the season.

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60 comments so far

  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Good result on saturday considerind west broms form at home. I dont think it will be enough to beat the drop though with some very tricky games coming up at home

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    At times Butt still looks for what i call the “hollywood pass”, instead of laying it off 5 or 10 yards! When he keeps it simple i still think he is capable of doing a good job!

    I think Barton & Nolan will be a strong pairing for us in the middle when he returns.

    I thought lovenkrands was exceptional on saturday; looked a real hungry player with ability. He really showed shola how to drop deep and lay off simple balls for us to keep possession.

    Vital 3 points! That was a MASSIVE win for us on saturday! We can now look forward to building on that against everton; a game which i think we are capable of winning and putting some real daylight between us and the bottom three!

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  • Kash

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I still believe that if we can get a string of results together, then we will motor up that league. But the next 6 games are Everton, Bolton, Man Utd, Hull, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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  • neil

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Hey Ed,

    Whilst I normally agree with your articles I can’t with this one. Nicky Butt surely didn’t enjoy a day at the office on Saturday – He gave away the 1st goal for a start and his legs have totally gone. He is one of the reasons our defence has conceded so many goals this season as the level of protection he gives them is zero! Great result though.

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  • beatski

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Butt is passed it like, he shouldnt be playing week in week out anymore.

    and the gam shouldnt have been such a “massive task” really, the win should have been expected

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  • WesToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    bennytoon FFS MAN P!SS OFF,why dont you go back to your OWN F@CKING BLOG & discuss between you & your cockney Twunt mates about just how piss poor keane was or the fact that you couldnt beat 10 man arsenal

    You are pathetic & beyond son
    For the last time,THIS IS AN NUFC BLOG,in other words,ITS NOT a blog for fans who call themselves Spud fans only to change their minds & over night proclaim their love for Arsenal you idiot!!!!

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Please concentrate on his form too. He’s the one of the weakest area in our team. Don’t forget who lead the first goal conceded? Not you ? try to help the team and don’t show many poor pass again.

    I’m so bore and don’t understand why he always be starting line-up . He should be on the bench and sub when we want to close the game.

    EXPERIENCE don’t help if you don’t good enough.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    wetoon- cheers for that. bet its not the last time you type that though.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    @ beatski…..

    Mate,no win is certainty in this league ,a win against any team AWAY FROM HOME is a MASSIVE result end of.

    Just look at last season,i mean we gave derby 4 of their 11 points or whatever they ended on

    WBA wins at home
    West Ham
    Fulham
    Man City
    Spuds
    Boro

    Not totally shabby like
    Summary = We didnt do to badly Lads!!!

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    bennytoon your sparring partner has been falling out all weekend ryan toon

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    WesToon – please go elsewhere. Rather a Spud with something to say than a Toon with nowt but shouty garbage.

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    westoon agree m8 any away win is good

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    batty- just had a quick look over the weekend threads and it appears ryantoon is cracking up. did he threaten someone or was it just insults. Could be bothered to read through all the posts.

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  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    West Brom headlines of ‘No excuses after Albion gift Newcastle win’ and ‘Shocking win by weak Newcastle’ tell a different story, Ed.
    For me, that is closer to the truth.
    I’m a fan, but I don’t want to be blind and I’m not stupid.
    We’re about 15 games from the end of the season, 5 points above bottom, lousey goal difference and we are sure to get some tonkings in the next half dozen games. Colour it differently if you want to. I’m gone beyond trophy signings, deadline day promises, wanting to believe the owner is back onside and that Dennis Wise is just misunderstood.
    Lets all breathe deep on the air of reality, even if it does smell of the s**t we find ourselves in. Its still better than holding your breath under the pillow. As te fans said ‘we’re s**t, and we know we are’. At least that’s a starting point. Everton in 2 weeks will be a far better test.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyway – back to the subject. It is sad when we see a win over relly certs as a massive victory – but when you’ve had nowt for 7 games, it’s good news.

    I think the best bit was seeing that we may have landed 3 more valuable players.

    The worst bit is seeing that we’re still in the traditional approach of “we’re going to score more than you” while letting in goals constantly.

    As for Butt, I think you’re going a bit far, Ed – it was hardly a man-of-the-match performance – but he certainly doesn’t deserve the stick he gets.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    at bennytoon,i will never stop reminding people(TRUE FOOTBALL FANS) what a total GLORY HUNTING pig you really are

    So, Yes you are right,it wont be the last time i type it son!!

    GO BACK TO YOUR SPUD BLOG AO!!! Oh wait, i forgot,they hate your gutts on there too,i mean being an Arsenal fan,couldnt have gone down to well with them,ey Fernando???

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  • wilko

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    good news that Joe could be discharged today

    what a massive win on saturday it made my sunday lunch even more enjoyable more of the same pls lads – anyone know why oba wasn’t even on the bench – couldn’t understand that afterv all the news was that he could start etc

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    bennytoon think he got reported to ED

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    bennytoon its good reading m8

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    batty- can you remember what thread it started on so i can go back and read the lot. cheers.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    WesToon – I agree with your 2nd post (what was with that first one??) and funnily enough it does fit with what Sav is saying.

    Being realistic means accepting that we are in that group of about 10 teams for whom there is no such thing as a certain point. That means Saturday was a massive win.

    I’m also optimistic about the coming games. I’d predict:

    Everton: 1 point
    Bolton: 3 points
    Hull: 3 points.

    So even if we lose to the ‘top 4’ teams, we’re still on target to survive, which is all that matters this season.

    Longer term, we now have a much better understanding of what Ashley and co are trying to do and what they have to do it with. I think a new manager and several other key players (no huge names) and we’ll be looking sweet for next season’s squad.

    Of course, the club’s management structure and personnel will still be utterly rubbish, but hey – one thing at a time, eh.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Whumpie…

    Mate,you are not on here & havent been on here long enough to realise whats going on,im sorry Lad BUT if you dont want to stick up for NUFC against someone who is ON HERE EVERYDAY slagging the Newcastle woman off,with peverse jokes,constantly attacking Newcastle…. WELL I WILL!!

    I WILL NEVER STAND BY & LET SOME RANDOM GIT TALK TRASH ABOOT SOMETHING I LOVE MORE THAN LIFE!!!

    So whumpie,you are free to sit back & do nothing mate

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    bennytoohttp://www.nufcblog.com/2009/02/07/official-update-on-joe-kinenars-condition/n

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #25

    westoon- to be fair though mate your not actually doing anything though. You can have your rants as much as you like but you just come across as a fool. Saying you love newcastle more than life makes you sound like a weirdo.

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  • Wallsend Will

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #26

    A win is a win however you get it. The premier league this season is tight with no obvious candidates for relegation. We had to win on Saturday, it was a must, more than a six pointer even. Yes Everton will be another test of how we measure up to survival in the premiership.

    But we’re at home, hopefully with a much improve squad of players. Remember we took a point at everton earlier in the season. We beat Villa two nil at home and I think we can beat Everton by the same score.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    WesToon – I’ve been on here for over a year, and the main problem is posts like yours and the one I’m tying right now. I just get fed up picking through pages of pointless personal slaggings-off to get to the real points about the thread.

    This one is a perfect example: you’ve put one really good point. But you’ve used twice that space slagging off some guy that’s only put one, perfectly valid post. I just get fed up with it all.

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  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Leon Barnett was our best player. If he were in black and white we’d be saying defensive howlers threw it away again.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Wallsend Will – I think you could be right. With some players back I think we could beat Everton.

    The player who could make the most difference, alas, won’t be back in time – Habib Beye. While I think Taylor’s a reasonable stand-in, Beye seems to make a huge difference when he plays.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    How about this for a team to get points..
    ‘ Harper
    Beye – Colo – Basson – Enrique
    Duff/Taylor – Guthrie – Barton – Jonas
    ‘ Lovenkrands – Martins

    Not sure about that right wing, mind.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Whumpie

    Mate,i understand where you are coming from BUT enough is enough!!!

    I wouldnt be ranting AT ALL if bennytoon wasnt such an arrogant idiot,Whumpie mate,ITS NOT ONCE A MONTH or ONCE A WEEK ITS EVERYDAY

    Calling Newcastle woman Dogs & Slags…ETC
    Im sorry Lad,BUT if he doesnt STOP coming on here CONSTANTLY talking trash about Newcastle then i will NEVER STOP Defending!!!

    Fernando,if Loving Newcastle makes me a weirdo… SO BE IT!!!

    Atleast i aint a GLORY HUNTER!!
    HAHAHAHAH,” I support Spurs” cause they won the league cup, OH SH!TE i just changed my mind Arsenal are better,OH well everyone knows im a glory hunter…lets go with the Arse then

    Ring any bells(Fernando,nando,Ao,super.trooper,bennytoon)???

    You are pathetic son!!!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    batty-ta

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  • workyticket

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    ginkoh // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    “I’m so bore and don’t understand why he always be starting line-up. ”

    Because he’s our best holding midfielder ginkoh. His job is not to impress people with only a superficial understanding of the game. His job is to get on with the ugly stuff so the more attacking players can shine, and to shield and cover the back line. It’s a thankless task.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    westoon- i picture you with all my posts printed out and stapled to the wall of your bed sit like some middle aged stalker. Please give it a rest as i fear for your health and your sanity.

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #36

    workyticket agree with you

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  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Play Milner on the right.

    Oh, no. Sorry. Forgot he’s at third-placed Villa where he was MOM again at the weekend. We swapped him for Xisco and 5 million.

    We saw 3 minutes of Xisco on Saturday, didn’t we. Anyone seen the 5 million anywhere?

    Dennis?….Dennis…..? Any one seen Wisey?

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    bennytoon you were lucky against arsenal werent you

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  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    spot on sav

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40

    batty- we dominated them for 90 minutes and just lacked that cutting edge which is shocking considering how much we have blown on strikers. We looked the much better team even when they had 11 on the pitch. Modric and palacios were awesome. Admittedly arsenal could have won it in injury time but we also had enough chances to bury them. We still havent lost to any of the top 4 in the league this season which is impressive considering our lowly position.

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