FT: Newcastle 0 Everton 0 – Magpies Hold On


After having Kevin Nolan sent off after 44 minutes for a terrible challenge on Victor Anichebe, Newcastle held on well, with a fantastic gutsy performance from our back four this afternoon.

Newcastle really wanted all 3 points this afternoon, but with 10 men, this has to go down as a good result for the lads, although there will be arguments that we could have gone on to get all 3 points with 11 men on the field in the second half.

But it was good to get a clean sheet at home, and it would appear that the starting line-up may not have been the strongest available, although Gutierrez was brought on for Duff at the start of the second half, after Duff had a very disappointing first half.

Oba Martins was then brought on for an ineffective Ameobi after 59 minutes to great applause from the Toon Army, who of course just love the guy.

There was some bad news for Everton after just 7 minutes this afternoon when star midfielder Mikel Arteta, had to receive treatment after he landed awkwardly following a challenge from Peter Lovenkrands.

And after receiving some treatment Everton’s top midfielder left the field on a stretcher, to be replaced by Segundo Castill, and it didn’t look good for the 26 year-old Spaniard.

Everton were the better side in the first half although Shola Amoebi, had the ball in the net after 42 minutes. But the goal was disallowed as he was penalized for challenging the goalkeeper for a high cross. We’d remind the referee that this is a contact sport.


Kevin Nolan – sent off  after 44 minutes

Then after 44 minutes Nolan was sent off, rightly so, for a terrible two footed challenge on Anichebe.

After another 5 minutes of  limping around the field,  Anichebe was unable to continue and was replaced by Belgium International Marouane Fellaini, who was a Newcastle target last summer.

In the second half Newcastle played well, especially in defense, and it was good to see every one of the Newcastle back four have very good games, and this is where we earned the point today, which in the circumstances was a good hard earned point.

We are now in 14th place on 28 points but that’s now 5 points from our last 3 games, and we are now 5 points clear of the drop zone, one point more than when we started today.

A clean sheet was very good to get on a day when the lads had to battle with just 10 men, and the other good news is that Oba Martins looked good once he came on, and he will most likely start at Bolton next week, where we must once again go all out for 3 points.

This was a satisfying point for the Magpies, given we were down to 10 men for half the game, and it’s hard to fault the fighting spirit of the team.

And maybe next week at Bolton, Alan Smith may get a chance to start in midfield, and let us see if he is worth keeping at the club past the summer.

Nolan will now be missing for the next 3 games, and we’re not sure exactly when Danny Guthrie will be fit, but probably not for next Sunday at Bolton.

Certainly Smith will be more than motivated to do well if he starts at Bolton, and we’ve never doubted the lad’s character or fighting spirit.

Bottom line – a great defensive performance and another point to safety.

Comments welcome.


Newcastle United:
Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Damien Duff, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Tim Krul, Claudio Cacapa, Jonas Gutierrez, Alan Smith, Mark Viduka, Oba Martins, Geremi

Everton: Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Joseph Yobo, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta, Jo, Phil Neville (c), Jack Rodwell, Victor Anichebe, Dan Gosling
Subs: Carlo Nash, Andy Van Der Meyde, Segundo Castillo, Louis Saha, Lars Jacobsen, Marouane Fellaini, James Wallace

Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 47,683

88 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    iam going bolton next week and and havent recieved my tickets, haveYOU recieved yours yet???
    i ordered them on thursday 19th!

  • nufc_houlty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #2

    yeah i got mine ages ago, got it like 2 weeks ago or sommit

  • Girth

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    that match = blurg!
    awful, just awful! Did Tim Howard actually make a save?

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    We need to win at Bolton !! Martins needs to start as well as Viduka or Smith instead of Shola….

    Our midfield is a huge problem though…..our every CM besides Butt is out…….i have no idea who will play alongside him….

  • nufc_houlty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    naaa was canny pants tbh, but atmosphere was canny good though

  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    We didnt have a single shot on goal.

    Lovens should have got us the winner….missed a real sitter. Big let down there.

    Fair enough when we went down to 10 men…..but it was one of our own screwing us again. Not like its some random act of badluck against us.

    Our team has wasted points here today, we had a real chance to win against this everton side i think. Lets hope we dont regret it with arsenal, man u & chelsea coming up.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7


    Smith may of been out for long time and your obviously an old man who forgets things ALAN SMITH IS ABSOLUTLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Martins- Viduka/Ameobi/ Lovenkrands

  • Alex

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Will Guthrie be back for the Bolton game ? i thought i read last week that he could be . ameobi needs to be dropped and either viduka or carroll picked ahead of him . He is sh!te

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    alreet lads, yeah, sh1te game to watch – but it’s a point others would’ve written off.

    …that’s 1.

    Showed enough balls for me not to fear relegation. Build a fkn team of battlers and strong spirit until May. Only way is up (as much as I can’t fkn stand Yazz and the Plastic Population). Safe.

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon_Factor // Feb 22, 2009 at 7:07 PM Post 7

    …..I ain’t an old man, nor am I a Smith-lover – although I really would struggle pitting Shola’s good points against Alan Smith’s potential.

    Ameobi ia a fkn piece of furniture. At least Smith moves!

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Smith is not worse then Ameobi what ever you say…….

  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #12

    A good point today in what was a typically British performance – plenty of guts and effort but no real ideas when we did have the ball.

    We desperately need a foreign influence (Sir Bobby had that string to his bow) so that the whole team plays in a way more familiar to our classier players ie Colo and Jonas. Do that and we’ll spend less time defending and chasing the ball and so there’ll be less temptation or opportunity to create our own problems and getting injuries/suspensions.

    This can be done by getting either a better manager with that know-how (Martinez/Ketsbaia?) or coaches that can work on that part of the game.

    But in the short term view of things, it must be Smith partnering Butt next week as Geremi and Butt can never work unless we play a team of corpses.

  • nufc_houlty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13

    ameobi ws shocking today, the best part of today was oba martins coming off bench over wise nothin happened lol

  • buddy

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    sending off aside we reli needed to win today. in light of the upcoming games it was a huge chance missed as everton hardly had half a team out today and we shud have been well capable of beating them. remember WE were at home and we hardly had a shot on target. pretty disapointin as 3 points would have been very valuable. BUT after the sending off 1 point was gd and it was a gd defensive display too which was encouraging. stil irks me that we didn get all 3

  • Steve R

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

    We could say that LOVENKRANDS miss lost us the game and rightfully say that NOLAN is a tw@t but the truth is that we cannot string together enough passes to make a goal. The problems we have are basic ones, shouldn’t they be easy to fix?

    One thing i can say is that Jose Enrique is starting to play increasingly well but overall our passing is way toooo messy.

  • buddy

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #16

    gd point prince bassong!! guys does anyone know how the nusc rally went?? not heard anythin

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #17

    …fk Smith partnering Butt.

    S Taylor—-Col—Bassong—Jose
    R Taylor—Guthrie—Smith—Jonas

    (if Guthrie’s back, admittedly I ain’t done my research)

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Well what can you say. 1 point is better than 0 and there was no way we were gonna get 3.

    The atmosphere wasnt the best in my view and the game was at time quite lack-lustre.

    Thank god everton were down some major players. But that aside – 1 point is 1 point so Im happy with that. I did write this game off so thats a bonus.

    Ive watched the replays on the old Sky+ when I got back and Nolan cant escape that 3 match ban. Geoff Shreeves did say that he apologised after which was accepted. Not what we need but never mind – keep on keepin on as they say.

    Ameobi ala Bambi – 3 more years!!! Christ – he was getting major verbals up on the leazes that didnt come accross on the tele at all. Absolute sh*te. We are in a relegation battle and he couldnt look more un-ar$ed.

    I think the fact we were all singing for oba since 20 mins or so is a hint eh?!

    Is butt knacked?

    Im more concerned about Bolton away that manure – which I have written off completely.

    Well for all those who were gannin on about the NUSC – SJP was a good turn out and all in fine voice so all that rot about damaging etc – wasnt worth the effort on the keyboard was it.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Back 4 did well, particularly Bassong, Taylor and Enrique.
    Ameobi was bloody terrible……………
    Jonas does not do enough in the opposition’s half,he seems happy to be an extra LB.
    The team selection was crap once again.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #20


    I wasnt talking to you

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #21

    TG, glad to hear it.

    Yeah Shola looked like a kid withoot his Mam in the Metro Centre on telly anarl

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    all the butt bashers out there should be eating humblie pie today, without him we would have lost end of. he marshalled the defence and midfield, made some great tackels in the middle and only slightly spoiled it by giving away a stupid free kick. like it or not – we need him.

    other positives, ryan taylor was good and i think enrique is getting better and better. loving steven taylors runs as well, knock it 4o yards ahead of you then just leg it like an idiot after it and hope you get there. worked though!

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon_Factor // Feb 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM 20

    ….I know you weren’t mate! I just bust in on the conversation. 😀

    ….no offence meant, or taken

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Enrique had a good game in my view. Colo as much improved on last match. Bassong consistantly a rock. Stephen Taylor had some good moments and bad one’s too but thats our Taylor. Ryan Taylor – not bad for a debut performance. Lovenrandz – what a sitter he missed. Reminded me of MO when he did that. Who was in sjp – txting someone (SS).

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    on the negative, shola was utterly awful, says it all when oba won more headers than him even though hes around a foot shorter and was on the pitch less. ive been a defender of shola but his attitude today stunk, ive never seen a defender more comfortable then lescott, only when oba came on did he look shaky at all.

  • JJJ

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Just saying on the other thread what our side really lacks since the days you are talking about are goal scoring midfielders… eg: Ginola, Gillepse, Lee, Robert, Dyer, Speed… All of whom got about 8-10 goals in a season… the likes of Gerrard and Lampard get 15-20 in a season, so where do we find those players…
    Jakub B?aszczykowski would be an ideal player on the right wing, I think Nolan will score a few when he settles in… but Jonas never will, and the only defender we have who scores a few is Taylor… in those days, we had Dabizas, Albert, Howey who would score about 6 a season…
    Beresford etc…
    What our squad lacks is goal scorers in midfield and defense and a target man to bring them into play…

    I think Carew would be an ideal target man and he would be available with Heskey signing for Villa…
    I think Distin would be a great defensive signing from Portsmouth to give us two pacey and strong center backs (both french) in Distin and Bassong…
    But who can we bring in to score goals in midfield: a Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Cahill type of midfielder??? Any realistic options here???

  • GazzaToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #27

    i think shola is actually injuried they said he hadnt been training for the last few days however he was still bad and if he was injuried he shoudlnt have played

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #28

    if he was injured fair play as he sure looked it, but that makes it all the more inexcusable that smith/viduka didnt start, because no one and i mean no one was worse than shola today .

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Gazza – Im not buying that as any excuse like. That would fall on Hughton and thingys shoulders.

    He was awful – 3 more years!

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Man United
    Aston Villa

    We need at lest 11 more points to survive i think, 4 wins/ 3wins , 2 draws

    I think we will survive

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #31

    if we dont sign a top class target man in the summer ill be livid. sad thing is i think shola will start next week as well, hughton hates playing two small strikers, especially away from home, and i dont think viduka can be trusted to start anymore.

  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon Graeme – lower than 48,000 at the game today! A pretty poor turn out considering we usually pull more than 50,000 consistently.

    Still, I suppose the credit crunch might be one cause.

    Was a very poor game, and to not even have one shot on target at home is shocking really. I admit that the back four did well to shut out Everton in the second half, but come on, there was some SHOCKING marking in the first 10-15 minutes!

    Enrique is impressing more and more, and Bassong was great today. I was impressed with Steven Taylor getting forward today as well (until Nolan went off anyway).

    Shola Ameobi. What’s left to say about him? Who on earth sanctioned giving that man a new contract, because they want shot!

    I didn’t actually think that Martins did that well when he came on, but I suppose after Ameobi’s no-show, that anything would look good!

    Looks like it will have to Smith in CM with Butt next week (NO WAY do I want to see Geremi back in the team), with Martins and Lovenkrands up front from the start.

    Harper had another decent game I though – a few very good saves.

    Such a shame that we couldn’t get 3 points, but I would definitely be more disappointed as a Toffee, not having capitalised on being a man up for most of the game!

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #33

    I think Chris Hughton should choreograph a dancing on ice routine with Calderwood an Christopher Biggins.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #34

    The future is bright…………………….It’s AMEBOI lol.

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #35


  • Shot Bru

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Next week against Bolton we need to start the game with Viduka and Martins up front, even if we only get 50 mins out of viduka he must play as he holds the ball up superbly. The source of a lot of our problems comes from the current crop of attackers not being able to keep the ball and bringing our midfielders into play, the main culprit being Ameobi. Lovenkrands like someone said earlier is a good impact player from the bench, but often gets outmuscled especially against teams like everton and bolton.

  • JJJ

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37


    Viduka on a bad day is bad and lazy, but still 50x better than Shola on a good day… so would rather start Viduka and maybe even Ranger ahead of Shola… or even Smith…

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    youre right toon factor a lot of those are winnable, i can see us easily beating fulham/hopefully already relegated boro, and i can see us picking up a win from bolton/hull as well. we should also beat one of portsmouth or stoke and maybe get a couple of draws v arsenal(h) and spurs (a). i honestly think well be fine though- the bottom 3 are getting a bit detached, west brom have lost their last 2 winnable games and i think their down tbh, and boro need to win soon or they are gone too. itll all be about the final bottom 3 place.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Eh a didnt no Geremi had the most assists for us this season, we should really consider playing him, he is our most creative player

  • jonny

    Feb 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #40

    JJJ tbh id start viduka most games as i still think hes a class target man, but i dont think hughton has any faith hell stay fit any more.


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