FT: Newcastle 1 Manchester United 2: Magpies Go Down Fighting


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This was a spirited performance from Newcastle United tonight against Manchester United, but after going 1-0 ahead in just 9 minutes from a goal from Peter Lovenkrands due to an Edwin van der Sar error, the Red Devils came back with goals from Rooney and Berbatov, to take all 3 points.

Two of the goals tonight were poor goals, on a water-logged pitch.

The first one was from Danish International Peter Lovenkrands, who was in the right place at the right time, as he stabbed the ball home from close range, after Edwin van der Sar had failed to hold Jonas Gutierrez’s bouncing shot from just 20 yards out.

It was a bad mistake by the Dutchman, and his hopes of setting a new European record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal was gone in 9 minutes of the game, and it was just what Newcastle needed. And Peter Lovenkrands needs to be played in the run-in, because he was again in the right place at the right time, to make it look so easy to score against the Red Devils.

But then after 20 minutes a really good goal from Wayne Rooney leveled the scores. Rooney received a pass 20 yards out, and the England International made room for himself before rifling the ball into the back of the net past a helpless Steve Harper. The ball seemed to take a deflection off Steven Taylor to make it 1-1.

But with the half time whistle coming Newcastle were doing well and still in this game, but then on 56 minutes a terrible defensive error let Manchester United in.

Oba Martins had an effort cleared off the line and Nemanja Vidic headed over from just four yards out, before the Red Devils scored what proved to be the winning goal, and it was another poor one to concede by Newcastle.

Steven Taylor attempted to chest the ball back to goalkeeper Steve Harper, from a long cross into the area, but the local Newcastle lad failed to get enough weight onto the ball and that allowed Park to get in. The South Korean tapped the ball past Harper, who seemed to pull out of the challenge, for the arriving Berbatov to slot into an unguarded net.

That was just a terrible goal to concede, and another bad mistake from Steven Taylor, that cost Newcastle a goal, and this is hardly the type of goal you can give away to the world’s best team, and it cost Newcastle at least a point, tonight.

But Newcastle failed to let up, once they went behind,  and went after the equalizer, but it wasn’t to be, and this is the second defeat in a row, and just a single point now from the last 3 games. However, it was a much improved performance from the Bolton game on Sunday.

But we must play at out best against teams like Bolton and Hull City, and not keep the top performances for the top teams, like the Red . Newcastle have to find some way of playing at our best against teams we have to beat, otherwise we will be in big trouble this season.

Other results didn’t exactly go Newcastle’s way either tonight, as Stoke beat Bolton 2-0, to go one point above Newcastle, and Spurs, fresh from their Carling Cup loss to the Red Devils, just hammered Middlesbrough 4-0 at White Hart Lane, to go 3 points clear of Newcastle with a game in hand.

And Hull City got their first win in a number of games when Manucho scored in the very last minute for them to win the game 1-0, at Craven Cottage against Fulham, and gain 3 points on Newcastle. So they will presumably now be full of confidence for Newcastle’s trip there a week on Saturday.

Blackburn drew 0-0 with Everton at Ewood Park to gain a point on the Magpies, so everything now awaits our game at Hull City a week come Saturday, which is a MUST WIN game.

We cannot keep putting in good performances against top teams and losing, and then putting in poor performances against teams we should beat, and lose to them too. 🙁

Anything other than a win in the Hull City game, will see us in some serious trouble, but we should at least have Michael Owen and Nicky Butt back from injury for that game, and maybe even Danny Guthrie.

Newcastle are now 5th bottom and just one point above the drop zone.

Newcastle have just 6 points from the last 30 points played for, in our last 10 league games – which is hardly good – and relegation form, unfortunately.

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110 comments so far

  • Girth

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    wheres the confusion coming from??? it was steven taylor who made the mistake!!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    wud anyone take a draw at hull???

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  • brownrob

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #4

    We have loads of guys back soon!

    Duff, Owen, Guthrie, Nacho – Hull
    Beye & Nolan – Arsenal

    4 1st teamers back soon. Im confident for 4 points anyway… which would take us to 32

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  • Girth

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #5

    what a load of crap that article on vital football is!! a responsible journalist? i know steven taylor is bad like but howay, calm down n lay off the lad man!! and to say lua lua had an ‘exceptional game’ after only 9 mins on the pitch and touching the ball about 4 times screams of utter irresponsibility!!
    Be the same bloke screaming for him to be dropped if he made a mistake!! Looser, who needs enemies ehh!

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  • eamonn

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought that was Stephen Taylor at right full who made the clanger for the Berbatov goal? I was watching on the web so it was a bit blurred. But the camera focused on him after the goal and he looked sick. It was classic Titus Bramble defending. I was encouraged by the display tonight, nothing Harper could have done for both goals. I guess it’s all down to the the home games V Portsmouth, Boro & Fulham. I don’t expect much from the away games, we’ve already had our two away wins for the season! A draw at Hull would be a fantastic result all things considered. Have to say I LOVED it when Van der Sar messed up and lost his record!! JUST LOVED IT as KK would say!! Also enjoyed Stephen Taylor dishing out some punishment to the great poser that is Ronaldo, and Oba Martins (5’7″) outjumping Vidic (6’2”) and leaving his mark!!

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Despite the loss, I think we should all feel optimistic.
    Newcastle were UNITED tonight.
    Who of us expected this result ?
    We all forecast a thrashing, but it certainly was not.
    The lads will certainly take heart from their performance, and will and should fear no -one.
    Onwards and upwards !

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #8

    West Brom are surely doomed, as it would seem with Boro we must show some resilience and pull ourselves clear of relegation, leaving Pompey, Blackburn and Stoke to fight it out.

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  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #9

    hugh jorgon : its going down to the last game of the season with us included , simple as

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  • dougnufc

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #10

    I was watching on TV and saw it was Ryan Taylor’s mistake. Stevie Taylor was not involved in the mis-chest-pass

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Komfort
    Show some optimism please !

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  • pubcat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #12

    One thing – it’s pointless hoping for Spurs to lose as they’ll be alright anyway. Much better that Boro lose!

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  • Dulcinera

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Haven’t posted in a few days, because i felt bad for making insulting remarks to a blogger who i don’t remember, regarding Ameobi. I apologise. My drink was spiked on Saturday Night and i was pissed off and agressive the whole of Sunday when the comments were made.

    Anyway, The performance tonight from the lads was Fantastic regardless of the scoreline. Man United essentially won due to some luck and a Terrible Error by RYAN Taylor. That Article about Steven Taylor made me sick. What a load of irrational, self – righteous tripe.

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  • nimo

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #14

    defenatly ryan taylors mistake. steve had an exceptional game to say he was up against ronaldo in a position that doesnt suite him so vital football .. agreeng wi dulce here. it is total tripe

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  • dougnufc

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #15

    We looked really sharp in going forward. Jonas once again proved why he is a potential signing of the year along with Bassong. Enrique looked solid at going forward but needs to work on his positioning. Ryan Taylor didn’t have a good game as he did a major mistake which lead to a goal. I am also expecting more from him though. Martins first touch has been poor but caused a big threat to the Man Utd defence. Lovenkrands looked good at times but he still have room to improve.

    The game against Hull will be exciting as we have first-teamers returning (Owen, Guthrie, Butt, Duff) All of these players would hopefully grab 3 points for against Hull!

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  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #16

    hugh jorgan : i’m optimistic we wont go down thats asfar as i can stretch.

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  • nimo

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #17

    i would drop collocini when beye is fit

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  • batty

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #18

    just got in and gutted we played quite well tonite and still lose. think we need owen back quick

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  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #19

    nimo: you will get yourself in trouble with stardust typing those sort of comments !

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  • hitman

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #20

    if ashley had of put his hand in his pocket we wouldnt be in this mess

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #21

    well ive watched our game on motd and we look really good first half. and ronaldo is pathetic. steven taylor hardly touched him. yellow and no more, ronaldo got strait up when he realised taylor got booked cheating grrr

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #22

    at the end of the day, injuries have done us BIGTIME this season, when everyones fit our squad is top 8 material but it never is and never will be

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article2293860.ece

    the sun say man utd outclassed us in every department??? what i saw of the highlights we battered them!

    anti newcastle press again

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  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #24

    hitman: unlike the wife ashlely is a saver not a spender

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  • hitman

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #25

    how long can newcastle last on ashleys penny pinchen

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  • simon376

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #26

    From where I was in the East Stand it looked like Ryan Taylor who made the mistake, Steve Taylor was running into the box.

    Great game really by the whole team and were very unlucky. I’ve been a big critic of Enrique, but I’ve got to say, he was my man of the match tonight, was outstanding.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #27

    the sun even say it was steven taylor,

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  • Flan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #28

    The Daily Mail are at it again fu(kin knackers picking out Martins elbow on Vidic its the only pics they have of the match. They are a disgrace all they seem to print is anti toon sh1te

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #29

    it was ryan. i just saw motd steven wears the number 21 shirt and he was next to the guy who made the mistake

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  • IrishMan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #30

    “Newcastle have to find some way of playing at our best against teams we have to beat, otherwise we will be in big trouble this season”.

    Ed, 10 games to go. We ARE in big trouble.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #31

    steven is number 27

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  • Daniel Petersen

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I sure it was Ryan not Steven who made the mistake that caused the Berba goal.

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #33

    ryantonn what number is ryan taylor?

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Gaffe of the match – Ryan Taylor’s ill-advised back-pass on 56 minutes allowed Park Ji-sung to steal in and lay on what proved to be the winner for Dimitar Berbatov.

    thats off sky

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  • Daniel Petersen

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #35

    If NUFC keep playing like they did tonight we will survive this relegation battle. West Brom, Boro & Portsmouth to go down.

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  • simon376

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #36

    The thing that pleased me was their heads didn’t drop after the goals went in, still battled on. If we can play like that against Hull, we will get a win and if we can do the same with Arsenal, I can see either a draw or nicking it

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  • Davy Craig

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #37

    It was Ryan Taylor and not Steven Taylor. What was he thinking of. I thought we more than deserved a point and at times looked really dangerous. Vidic has been probably the best defender in the Premiership this season and he couldn’t handle Martins and Lovenkrands who I thought had a great game.

    We must carry this form and fight into our remaining games. If we do then I think we’ll be ok. Full marks to Hughton for the selection – I for one wouldn’t have picked that team. Why was Viduka not on the bench? Anyone know?

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #38

    16

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #39

    HAHAHA

    Fk Me RyanToon, this is getting beyond the ridiculous.

    IT WAS DEFINATELY RYAN TAYLOR

    ………the debate goes on.

    😀

    ….I’ll clear up the confusion. Half the reporters and commentators think it was Steven Taylor coz AS SOON as Ryan fkd up the camera went onto Steven Taylor’s face, who was standing within 10ft of Ryan when he chested it down.

    You coild clearly see Steven Taylor’s no 27 shirt back watching Ryan Taylor try to t1t the ball back to Harper.

    …anyway, it’s all by the by now. I’m off.

    😀

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  • tommy boi

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #40

    This is from the daily telegraph ”Ozzy Mark Viduka pulled out 2 hours before the game with flu-symptons and Diarohea”

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