Deportivo 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Win 5-3 On Penalties

It’s just one game for the trophy of course, but it could be said that Chris Hughton has won his second piece of silverware in the space of four months – but we’ll not say that.

Newcastle should have won the game in the 90 minutes but Joey Barton surprisingly missed from the penalty spot after 86 minutes.

But as we now know this Newcastle aside are made of steel and they went on to win the penalty shoot-out and it was Joey himself who hit the penalty that eventually gave Newcastle the victory.

Newcastle had converted their first 4 penalties through Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Ryan Taylor before Joey smashed home the winner.

Certainly it’s an impressive trophy and is awarded to the winners of the game against Deportivo each year.

The first-half was again slow for the Newcastle lads, and Ryan Taylor didn’t look too comfortable at right back and his best position we feel is further up the pitch, and in the second half young James Tavernier came on again, and this 19 year-old lad is looking very good.

Early in the game Deportivo striker Michel missed an open goal and strikers Leon Best and Andy Carroll were both with headers.

Leon Best again looked sharp and it’s good news for Newcastle that the striker is looking a lot more comfortable in pre-season and credit to Chris Hughton who said the lads just needed time to adjust.

On 63 minutes, Best just missed wide with a header following a great cross form Wayne Routledge, and Tim Krul, a half-time replacement again for Steve Harper, showed he is breathing down Harper’s neck for that goalkeeper jersey,  with an incredible save from Guardardo’s free-kick, when the Dutchman had to save full-length.

More displays like this from the young Dutchman will give Chris Hughton food for thought, and Steve’s number one position on Tyneside will come under considerable attack from the young lad, who has been at the Newcastle club since he was 17.

After 86 minutes goalkeeper Manu dropped the ball from an Andy Carroll header and brought down captain for the night, Coloccini, but he then saved saved Barton’s penalty.

There were some good performances from the Newcastle players last night,  with Coloccini and James Perch playing so well in central defense, and Fabricio in particular looked supreme.

Perch is putting in some solid performances in defense, and it looks like he can play well anywhere across the back four.

Joey Barton’s passing was excellent, especially in the first half, and Danny Guthrie had a good game, as did Jose Enrique, and young James Tavernier again shone at right back in the second half.

It was a god performance from the lads and the right result.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • baro

    Aug 4, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #1


    Agree with you mostly on Tim Krul and James Tavernier. Tim had some magnificent saves while James Tavernier and his tackles are very nice. On the other article I posted that Sol Campbell is teaching Tavernier. And that’s why Chris Hughton bought Sol Campbell to teach younger lads and hopefully bang in some headers on corners. By the way it was Jonas Gutierrez that was taken down by the goalkeeper for the penalty that Barton missed. Coloccini was outstanding, and new signing Perch has some speed. Jose Enrique was always awesome. Carroll and Best did very good. One thing why did Carroll take the penalty with the left foot?

    Highlights of penalties besides Lovenkrands dont know why.

  • Raffo

    Aug 4, 2010 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Baro – sorry to say mate but it WAS Collo that was brought down for the pen.

    Agree that Sol has been brought in for his knowledge and I for one am very happy that maybe S Taylor could benefit from this and now kick on after standing still for a couple of years

  • saroof

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #3

    yap…coloccini it was

  • callie9

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #4


    Carroll took it left footed because he is left footed, funnily enough.

    “By the way”, it wasn’t Jonas who was fouled for the penalty, it was Collocini.

  • saroof

    Aug 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #5

    well yesterdays game was a good runout for our players against good opposition………
    harper-didnt have much to do
    krul-made an outstanding save from a free kick…this boy breathes confidence….came up 4 crosses with ease….think he is lookin more sharper than harper i got to say
    r taylor-well not comfortable at rb…..
    perch-showed some pace and composure on the ball…looked solid
    tavernier- came on 2nd half…this boy could be the surprise of the season 4 us….looked damn good..awesome tackling
    coloccini-standout in defence…captained the side well…maybe giving the armband boosted his performance
    enrique-just awesome as usual…but i note that if he becomes more flexible it will add more dimension to his game….like the sliding tackle..u haven t seen him do that much have you…but that s ok as long as he has that extra yard of pace in him
    xisco-looked ok though…could see he was played out of position
    jonas-sparked up the game when he came on.missed a tap in to win the game at the death.
    guthrie-played very good in midfield better than nolan
    barton-missed penalty…but was controlling the midfield from dm…spreading the ball everywhere
    nolan-disspointing performance from impact
    routledge-showed some pace at times…put in a brilliant cross which best should have scored
    carroll-was dissapointing..should have scored from the corner
    best-was sharpish..but wasted many chances
    lovenkrands-put in a cross for jonas from which he should have scored
    overall defence was solid midfield needs creativity and need a pacy striker upfront…..

  • rknufc

    Aug 4, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    YUP definitely COLO.. ed, DEFENCE

  • baro

    Aug 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    No it was Jonas that got brought down by the keeper. you guys got confused because the commentary messed up lots of times, and he referred to Jonas as Coloccini.

  • callie9

    Aug 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Baro, you’re the confused one, it was Collocini.


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