FT: Hull 1 Newcastle 1 – Newcastle Survive

This was not a performance to inspire confidence in the huge Newcastle fan base that the Newcastle UNited side can actually stay up this season, but at least it was a point.

What’s good about that ? It was at least better than losing again, but hardly an inspiring display from the lads, given the difficulties we are in.

In a game that was vital to the Newcastle survival effort, you certainly wouldn’t have thought it at the start with Hull City dominating the game, and they went ahead after only 9 minutes.

Geremi lost the ball to Zayate midway inside Hull’s half, and the ball was worked quickly and well to Craig Fagan out on the left, and his far post cross was headed into the back of the net by Geovanni to give the home side a well deserved lead.

Hull City were surprisingly the better side in the first 35 minutes, but then after 38 minutes Newcastle equalized, and it was Steven Taylor who put the ball in the back of the net.

Gutierrez on the right rolled the ball to Nicky Butt, who then curled a nice cross to the edge of the six-yard area. It was met by Steven Taylor who turned nicely to hit a terrific right-foot volley into the back of the net.

What a goal by the right back! Steven of course started out as a striker and he just loves to score goals, and this was a brilliant effort.

In the second half Newcastle were better, and probably felt they should have taken all 3 points , which were desperately needed.

Near the end of the game Newcastle came close twice to grabbing the winner through both Jonas Gutierrez and Oba Martins, but in the end they had to be satisfied with a single point.

However, this performance just wasn’t good enough on the day, and if they had played anywhere near the form they showed against Manchester United ten days ago, they could and should have won this game.

It’s looking like this will go down to the wire, in what has been a completely awful season for Newcastle fans.



Hull City: Matt Duke, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayate, Bernard Mendy, Anthony Gardner, Ian Ashbee, Geovanni, Kevin Kilbane, Craig Fagan Daniel Couin
Subs: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Nick Barmby, Bryan Hughes, Richard Garcia, Peter Halmosi, Manucho


Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Fraser Forster, Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar, Andy Carroll

26 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Bad result against a poor side.

  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Hughton has done us here.


    To make space for butt ????

    What the hell is wrong with you !!!!!1

    Ameobi instead of lovenkrands ??


    Complete disgrace.

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Hull have replaced Derby for us this season.

    Still all is not lost, but even greater significance is now placed on the Stoke game. A win there and victory in two of the home games against Fulham, Pompey and Boro (preferably the latter 2) and drawing the other means we only need one draw in one of the remaining games (we haven’t lost to Spurs that often in recent years)to reach the magic marker of 40 points.

    By the way Ed, you’ve got Ryan Taylor starting the game and on the subs bench above. He’s not THAT versatile 😀

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Look at the points since JK and Houghton…makes me sick.
    No offence to JK but both him and Houghton Stink.

  • coyote

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    as soon as bambi came on I feared the worst
    at this stage of the season we need players that will stand up and be counted and show some commitment
    sadly lacking in his case

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Inept in most areas we are.

    Part from a few players these guys don’t give a hoot!

  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    So depressing that this lot represent my team.

    Whats depressing is that there isnt any light at the end of the tunnel this time.

    They look clueless, all over.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8


  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Having a a lie down my heed is mushed-gutted today.

  • Darling27

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Yet again another poor performance against a so called weaker side. Poor tactics all round!!!

    If we’d have won the game i would have said the same thing.

    No balance in midfield what so ever. Sqaure pegs in round holes and playing players just because of their names.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 14, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Another disappointing result! This is the worst season I have experienced in my life! On a good note Sunderland, Blackburn, Bolton and Stoke all lost and Middlesbrough and Portsmouth drew thank god. And Houghton? Chris Houghton, what were you thinking starting with that complete waste of space Geremi, Leaving the in form Lovenkrands out and starting an unfit Michael Owen. WE ARE GOING DOWN, BIG TIME. The players go on and on about how they’re going to come out fighting and its a must win game then they go and produce a diabolical performance like that. My theory is that Mike Ashley wants us relegated, get rid of megabucks geriatrics like Owen, Smith, Duff, Geremi, Viduka, Oba etc and start again?. Duff, Nolan, Guthrie, Beye and a fitter Owen will be back for Arsenal next week and I can imagine Arsenal will be in for a torrid time because all of our players will come out fighting like you have never seen it before and they will have to because our fans will make sure of it! Arsenal, Chelsea, Stoke, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Villa are our remaining fixtures and to be honest at the most I think we will only get 3 points and it won’t even be a win! And if we survive (VERY UNLIKLEY) Mike Ashley needs to 1. Appoint a younger, better, passionate manager 2. Make sure that manager gets rid of crap like Geremi, Cacapa, Ameobi, Butt etc 3. Give us at least 30million pounds to spend 4. Buy quality players preferably a CB, LB, RM, DM, AM and ST and ensure us safety next season and for many seasons after that and gets us challenging for Europe because it just cannot go on like this, its disrespectful how us fans have been treated these past years and it needs to be stopped immediately.

  • DJG

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Another raft of clueless tactics by the chuckle brothers.

  • Alex

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #13

    The 1 bright side is we play crap and move a place up the table even though its on goal difference . We now need a small miracle 🙁

  • DJG

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    I trully believe that were it not for Seb Bassong we would already be relegated. I cringed when he went down holding his ankle.

  • Mimo

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Disappointing but not the end of the season yet. Try cheering up brothers and project some positivity. Blackburn, Stoke and the Mackems defeated while the Smog monsters drew with Pompey. By my reckoning the other results couldn’t have gone better. Sure we are still knee deep in the s**te but there are going to be chances and some of or best players are filtering back. Get behind the team and thet will stay up.

  • Steve R

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Geremi was decent today, so i don’t no why ppl will complain about his performance. Coloccini was once again, dodgy as hell and I really think Jonas should be banned from taking shots. He is absolutely useless at shooting and just as bad at crossing. Yes i still think is is amazing to watch but has he really produced much for us this season? More so than most other players in the team but he wastes too many of the amazing opportunities that he creates.

    Bassong, well he has been great this season it is going to be very sad to see him leave in the summer.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #17

    i said to myself a few weeks back its to late to get someone experienced in to manage the team but im starting to think keeping hughton in cnarge is suicide some of the tactics and team selections arent giving us a chance in this battle. how can all the fans see the mistakes and not them its just lucky other results whent ok for us today are we would be defo playing in the championship next season

  • sahota

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Whatever happened, just need to forget. But how can I. Its now almost more than one and half hour and still I am feeling very down. I can not think how we can get more 9-10 points to survive. Only good thing is our goal difference, that too can change against Arsenal and Chelsea. Its same story, ONE game we play brilliant , next game looks like a school team playing in PL. I don’t want to listen all same rubbish again and again. No sorry, I won’t. For GOD sake these players should understand what we fans are going though. Please going give us false encouragement after matches, just play well on pitch like MAN.

  • jimiley

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Hughton is a suicide note. mAants the club relegated to get rid of the lazy,old high earners and to start again with young eager, cheaper players. To be fair, we all want that. We are fed up with the Owen’s of the team talking about it being a cup final and then hardly breaking sweat!!!
    Hughton will get us relegated without a doubt. Its now 2 points out of 27. He is clueless. He thinks a midfield of Smith, Geremi and Butt will get us goals. Then he brings on Ameobi. He must be doing this deliberately. He could not manage a pub team. Come back Big Sam, all is forgiven. Sam or Hughton? I know who I’d choose. MA’s decisions are pathetic.

  • Mimo

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #20

    There are three areas that are letting the team down at the moment. The biggest problem is up front with The Duke of Pork AWOL as ever and Ameobi plain useless as ever. The good news is Martins and Owen are going to deliver, of this I’m convinced. Next up is the lack of creativity or guile in the middle and we have to accept there is no clear solution to this problem. In my opinion we need something from Guthrie, Duff, Nolan or Gutierrez so I’m keeping my fingers crossed; at least they are trying to play it on the floor which should favor the front two. Last but not least we come to the ineptitude of the management. Obviously these jokers should have never been allowed near a team in the Premiership never mind one of Newcastle’s status but alas they are there. Let’s face it if the team is relegated the pathetic failure to bring in a decent manager, following the attempt to sell the club will be a damming indictment on Ashley. After one disastrous appointment following another it is driving me mad with frustration that the management of NUFC does not grasp the most simple maxim in football, you win nothing without a good manager simple as that really.

  • Mimo

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    In relation to the management I suggest a curfew on the gobsh***s who are constantly mouthing off meaningless platitudes to the media. The likes of Taylor and other rent a quotes should be made to shut up and concentrate on the very important games their club and ours is involved in. Talking up the hype has no purpose but to convince idiots and big up the fools who are mouthing it. If we had a decent manager in charge I’m convinced he would put a stop to this .

  • geordie jock

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #22


    I agree withyou there are 3 areas that are letting the team down, Defence, Midfield and strikers. Add to that Ashley, Llambias, Kinnear, Wise , Hughton and Calderwood. This club stinks.

  • harry861

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Hughton should be shot.
    I agree with most comments. Geremi lost ball in midfield & defence covering after this was terrible, the centre of the back four was responsible not only Coloccini, I do like Bassong & even his marking was at fault for the goal .

    Midfield was laughable, Jonas shooting & crossing still keeps letting him down. He’s not patch on Milner
    Then we have the Comedian Ameobi off the bench on. That alone proves coaching team must be mental. How on earth can management give this Comedian another contract unbelievable.
    playing Smith is beyond a joke
    I have been supporting my Newcastle United since 1939 & if they don’t pull their socks up will find it hard to stay up

  • Brutooon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #24

    remember guys if newcastle were relegated, the players can easily move to other clubs….and the fan will SUFFER the consequences.

    Ameobi will NEVER be a football player even if he is playing 1000 years.

    Geremi should learn the basic of crossing

    Nicky Butt should realise that he is already old

    And why would Alan Smith be an automatic first eleven? R.Taylor, Lovenkrands are 5 times better than him !!!!!

    We need a manager who got the guts to tell Ameobi, Butt, Alan Smith that they are NOT good enough

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye, right. But who’ll tell the manager and the owner that THEY aren’t good enough?

  • George Athens

    Mar 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    forunately Boro equalise Portsmouth.
    because now we have more problem in the table.
    we have 2 hard games now.
    Arsenal and Chelsea.
    we must take 3 points if we want not to relegate.
    all the players must give their hearts to keep team in the Premier League.
    i wish a good week to all of you…


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