HT: Newcastle 0 Everton 0 – Nolan Sent Off


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Newcastle did not play very well in the first half at home to Everton this afternoon, but the very worst thing that could happen was to have a player sent off, and that’s exactly what happened just before half time.   🙁

The last thing you want in as important a game as this is for Newcastle, is to be at a disadvantage, and after 44 minutes midfielder Kevin Nolan was given a straight red by referee Lee Mason, following an poor challenge on Victor Anichebe.

These referees have far too much of an impact on games in the Premier League these days, and so it was again today, as we will need to play the second half with just 10 men.

We don’t really have a suitable replacement for Nolan either, since Barton and Guthrie are both unfit, and we’ll have to rely on Geremi again, but the Cameroon International has played hopeless the last two times he has played for the side. Maybe Alan Smith will get a chance this afternoon too, and maybe Alan would be a better bet – and he certainly will be motivated and he’s a real fighter, that’s for sure.

So the lads are really up against it, and they haven’t played too well in the first 45 minutes with 11 men, never mind going down to 10 men for the final 45 minutes.

But this game is not over, and with the crowd behind the lads, we need another gutsy performance like we gave against Manchester City, when we were behind with 10 man, and actually scored two goals to go ahead before City equalized with just 4 minutes to go.

But there’s no doubt this will not be a huge test of Newcastle’s guts and character, to be able to get anything out of this game.

And of course Nolan will now miss the next 3 games, including the all important next game at his old club Bolton Wanderers.   Nothing like shooting yourself  in the foot is there?

Just before half time Ameobi had the ball in the net as referee Lee Mason ruled that Shola Ameobi had impeded Tim Howard as the of them challenged for a looping high ball inside the six-yard area.

But whenever the goalkeepers don’t get the high balls these days, the referees almost automatically think they must have been fouled, so the goal was disallowed for a foul by Shola, but it’s hard to see how he fouled the American goalkeeper.

You know, sometimes, goalkeepers actually miss balls they should get, and are not fouled.

Oh well, there’s room for some Newcastle heroes in the last 45 minutes.

Howay The Lads!!



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99 comments so far

  • obamagic

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #1

    go Jonas! now just put in Martins!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    got jonas in. oba next!

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  • JJJ

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Finally Ed I get to comment after months… although I had to add another “J” to my username…
    Well after months of having to wait… I have withdrawel symtoms…
    The first comment I’d like to say is….

    AMEOBI IS TOTAL GARBAGE…. we were always playing 10 against 11 now we’re playing 9 vs 11 so a draw will be a good result…
    The lad wouldnt make my Sunday pub team, I swear on my life I wouldnt pick him… he is THAT BAD!!!!!!
    Secondly, Butt has been better but still plays badly 80% of the games… and please please replace Ameobi with Smith because we need his work rate being a man down… He cant be worse that Ameobi as a striker…

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  • pk08

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #4

    have too much of an impact!? What would you prefer him to do, just a word for attempting to break anichebes leg with a completely unneccessary challenge!?
    Not only have we now got to play the rest of this game with 10 men, Nolan will miss a minimum of 3 games, probably more.
    I personally cannot think of a worse lone striker than Shola, apart from an unfit Shola. We are in a horrible position right now. Steven Taylor still looks the most threatening on the wings and no one is attacking the excellent balls which have been put into the box, particularly by Ryan Taylor

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #5

    back pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    jonas has already made a difference

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    OBA OBA OBA OBA!!!!!!!! Take off strolla!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    OBA OBA OBA!

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    YES YES YES OBA OBA OBA

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    only Andy Gray would complain about Shola being taken off…

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  • buddy

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    fair play hughton, some balls

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  • pk08

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    considering oba is on and has the first touch of a rapist and no interest in holding it up i assume we are going to start playing kick and chase….

    couple of quid on butt giving away a silly pen in the last 15 mins….! 🙁

    hate being this pessimistic…! Make me eat my words!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    ok. lads. let’s not sit back and just watch Oba. he’s gonna need some support.

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Come on LADS…
    PLEASE!!!

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15

    c’mon Harps

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Poor mans Given

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #17

    jonas…. good effort

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Good?! Awful effort, no way he’d score like that

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  • buddy

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    size of yer man castillo,beast

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    he didn’t have much choice. and he ran his ### off

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s OK! Smithy’s back 😛

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Smudge to sneak one… get in!!

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  • buddy

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    at least hughton knows how t use d bench

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #24

    no one was in the box

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #25

    smash and grab boys!!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #26

    The back 4’s done us proud

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #27

    BORING. BORING. BORING. BORING. BORING.

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  • roscoe

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Well done back four!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Better a boring draw than a boring loss.

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 22, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    i havent seen the defence as steady as that in a long time…
    collo bassong and tayls all played their part today and were strong

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Admittedly we didn’t get a shot on target, but a point is still a point.

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  • The Original Todd

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #32

    down to 10 men for a long time. good draw…

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #33

    decent result…..all in all we played well….defended brilliantly….imo if Nolan wasn’t sent off we would have won it.

    again decent result and decent play too…..not much lost & not much gained…..

    PS: McLoven should have really scored that…… 🙁

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    who else thought butt had a decent game for a change

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  • hitman

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    nufc1818,deent forget jose,he was outstanding the day like.

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  • Joseph

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #36

    i would have said before the game that a point would be an alright result so a draw with 10 men is quite good. Defence wasn’t really troubled in the 2nd half and went about their job well

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  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    well buggery….after that team or should i say ramshackle bunch of f@@ing idiots..a point is like 3. CH who on this earth puts Shola the gangly legged prick on istead of martins. And why oh why oh why didnt Jonas start. Jonas was fit…thats a fact. And Martins has been training again for weeks. So theres no injury bollocks talk that can be used to back up team selection…. if we had started with our best events may have started and continued in our favor. Toon continues to be ran into he ground. This is MA and DL’s grand plan eh….dear oh dear. Working with these guys not suprising JK had a heart attack is it. Also goes to prove why a leading cause of death is heart disease in Newcastle…mines shot to shit, hahha

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah Butt did well today….but he can’t play this much anymore…..he was having cramps in the 80th…..sadly he weill have to play with Nolan, Barton, Guthrie all out fir a while.

    Maybe we could try this midfield :

    Duff or McLoven—Smith—R.Tylor—Jonas.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #39

    nicky butt man of the match, well deserved

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Jose was outstanding though…..MOM…and Bassong isn’t to far either…

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