Newcastle 0 Manchester United 0 – Magpies Fight For Great Point


Newcastle United came away with an excellent point tonight, and although they looked the better side in the first half, the Red Devils came back in the second half, but the Magpies were resilient tonight in defense, and cheered on by a capacity crowd, they fully deserved a well earned point.

Like the game of two years ago, this game got off to a roaring start in front of a sold-out capacity crowd at St. James’ Park, with the atmosphere electric and the Newcastle fans roaring on their side.

Newcastle started like the proverbial steam train, as both sides made it clear they would attack each other, and the game got off to an ebb and flow with both sides keen on attacking.

And it was after only 2 minutes that Rooney got free on the left wing and crossed to Hernandez who seemed to only have to tap the ball into the net, but Tim Krul dived brilliantly to his left to make a phenomenal save – a great start by the 23 year old Dutchman – a wonderful save.

And then after 5 minutes Barton was clear on the right, but he was left between shooting and centering, and he did neither and the chance was lost.

Newcastle were attacking the Red Devils like in the days of old with  Kevin Keegan, and were roaring forward at every opportunity, but Manchester were dangerous on the break, and Wayne Rooney should really have scored when he was clear through in the inside left channel but shot over the bar.

It was after 19 minutes that Rooney found himself clear in the inside left position, and seemed to hit the ball over the bar but on TV replays showed  the ball had hit Tim Krul on the head and gone over, so it was another excellent save from the Dutchman. Two great saves from Tim in the first 20 minutes.

Even though Newcastle were attacking all the time, the Red Devils were dangerous on the beak, and there was a danger Newcastle would get caught short at the back, as they moved forward looking for a goal.

Gutierrez made several excellent runs down the left wing,  and seemed to be able to beat John O’Shea for both skill and pace, and Jonas was having a fine game.

As the half came to an end Manchester United were showing more up front, and Hernandez had a decent chance just before the half time whistle blew, with the score still tied at 0-0.

It had been an excellent first half display by the Magpies, who were up for this game, but it would still take Newcastle to give another top 45 minutes performance in the second half to get anything out of this game.

Newcastle had most of the play in the first half, but the better, more clear cut chances still fell to the Red Devils.

In the second half  Manchester United came back into the game, although  Peter Lovenkrands could have had a penalty early in the second half, when he seemed to be brought down, but referee Probert waved play on – as he would do on several penalty appeals in this game.

And then Rooney had a shot that Tiote seemed to try to protect himself, and the ball hit his arm but again Lee Probert waved play on. That would have been harsh penalty against the Magpies.

And after 69 minutes Ryan Giggs should definitely have scored, but with the goal at his mercy, he missed an excellent opportunity.

Stephen Ireland finally made his debut for Newcastle, and the Geordie fans were pleased to see this lad finally on the pitch after 69 minutes, and within a couple of minutes Stephen had a sneaky shot that just went past Edwin van ver Sar’s right hand post.

Ireland had replaced a hard working Peter Lovenkrands.

Then on 78 minutes Nani went very close with a snap shot that just went wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post, with the Newcastle defense sleeping, and then Nile Ranger was brought on for Shola Ameobi after 73 minutes.

The Red Devils pressed a lot more in the second half but it was an excellent performance from the Newcastle team, and an excellent point that takes the side to 40 points, and back above Villa and into 9th place on goal difference.

Michael Owen was brought on after 80 minutes, and was booed to high heaven by the home fans – with a few showing pound notes to signify he was only on Tyneside for the money.

And Michael would have seen the Newcastle team grind out this result with commitment and passion – which the side didn’t have two years ago.

The referee got a bit sick of Hernandez diving all the time in the penalty area trying to get a penalty – it was all rather pathetic really – and Lee Probert rightly booked him towards the end of the game – and the referees should do this a lot more often with these players who are basically trying to cheat.

While the Red Devils tried to get the winner in the last few minutes the lads held firm, and it was an excellent display from our boys and a great point to move Newcastle back into 9th place on 40 points.

Now we must beat Blackpool on Saturday and we should be safe for the season, which is still very important. Newcastle are 7 points above 3rd bottom Blackpool, and  with a much superior goal difference, so a win on Saturday will surely make Newcastle safe.

But tonight the lads did us all proud – well done!!

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83 comments so far

  • WELSH TOON ™

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Very pleased with the result lots of positives to take iswell.

    1. We picked up a point taking us to 40 points.
    2. We kept a clean sheet.
    3. Kruls communication with the defence was excellent.
    4. Tiote man of the match.
    5. Irland had a run out and played well.
    6. No major injuries

    Very proud of Krul 2day some important saves especially in the 2nd minute. Contender for save of the season?

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  • sammydolan

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Fantastic team performance. Performances like that get teams in Europe. Shame we don’t do that against Bolton n Stoke etc. Fair play though.. Tiote, Guti and Krul were amazing. Well done.

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  • Pica pica

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Great point, could have been three if stone-wall pen given…

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  • Flood

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the highlight today was chiek! A class act! A lot of respect for jamie redknapp who speaks a lot of sense!

    Chiek would get into any midfield in the country! He’s far more than a defensive mid! He runs the game for us!

    Keeping him barton and enrique is key to us having a good year next year!

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  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Haha. check out this fantastic pic!

    http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/engelsk/artikkel.php?artid=10092597

    It’s from a Norwegian site, so no need reading anything.

    SimmoSimmo! 🙂

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #6

    great game well pleased lets see what jose does know eh he said 40 pts and he will start talking????? well done lads

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  • jimiley

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #7

    We have to keep Simpson. His performance confirmed that he has the potential to be one of the all time Toon greats. He had the winger in his pocket and created so many of our attacks. Outstanding.

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  • archaeomag

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Great team effort; so good to have Tiote back.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I must say I really like jamie redknapp. Performances like that might make jose open talks.

    Ireland looked good to me. Remember he has been out since december and that’s a long time. He might yet earn a move to NUFC but am not sold yet.

    Tiote looked composed and solid. Simpson and jose held our sides well. Collo and willo were solid as per usual. Jonas was my MOTM personally. Barton was great but got cut out. Guthrie was on fire (for once)

    Shola and Loven did as well as could be expected. Ranger showed inexperience but won a lot of headers.

    Overall a good showing. Blackpool gonna be worried now

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  • nimo

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #10

    ireland looked really good tonight when he came on after being out for so long

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  • Weezertoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Top marks for Tim Krul. Once again showing that he’s more than enough to replace harper when he steps down. Deserves a lot of credit for keeping us in that game.
    Barton had another excellent game, give the lad a contract. 3 years? no problem!
    Tiote… i don’t have to say anything.
    Enrique looked more like his old self, it was great to see, i hope he thinks twice before selling his soul to the kop. Him, colocinni and gutierrez are the three musketeers, all for one and one for all!
    Ameobi and Loverman but a shift and a half in tonight, but if we’re going to start beating teams, they need to learn a bit more control (lovenkrands missed two great chances).
    Just wait till a team like that has Benny Boy in it, hoooway the lads!!!!

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  • applepine

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12

    AMAZING performance during the opening half hour, a deserved point in the end.. But what a SH*T performance from strolla!!! IMO he did nothing but lose challenges and give away the ball way too easy, sometimes in dangerous positions as well. To think that he is our no.1 striker is frightening to say the least..

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13

    if we play like that against blackpool i can honestly see goals goals goals. remember ireland hasnt played for a long time and things on his mind with his lass we will def be staying in premier league

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Good game to watch at 4.45am in Sydney. Much better than the Villa match 🙂

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  • roe997

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Fresh twist in Liverpool pursuit of £10m wingerGiveMeFootball 19:19

    great result and good transfer news

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Just got in from the match and i have to say Colocinni was world class.

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  • marcos

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #17

    I was suprised by the Newcastle United performance. The team played with determination and passion and they held out against a stronger side. Tim Krull showed that he can be the second choice. Now, we need more 3 points to be definitely safe, but I hope that the team will try to finish the competition in a better position. Well done Newcastle United.
    @marcos_nufc_rj

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  • ColdSnap

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #18

    xmindcrimex
    hilarious pic mate

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  • i Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #20

    played well great point HWTL

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes yes yes to all comments top class today in every department Ireland even looked good and wanted to prove a point keep it up lads we will end up on 47+ points

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #22

    has anyone heard about defoe?

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  • Andy

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #23

    @WWJBD totally agree about redknapp. Nice to see an unbiased pundit. That cannot be said for Yorke but he is an ex manure player. I find it hillarious how bitter Fat Sam actually is against our club. How he can deny that lovenkrands should’ve had a pen then go on to say Hernandez should have one is beyond me. He also really pisses me off when he talking about Newcastle, he never fails to mention the fact he signed Jose Enrique. Rant over at those 2 puddin’s. Great performance from the lads tonight, thought Tiote and Guthrie were tremendous tonight. Guthrie is looking a different player, probably down to the fact that he is getting a run in the side. Defence was good and Shola had one of his better things winning almost everything in the air. Lovenkrands needs to gamble a bit more though as he didn’t really get anywhere near the flick ons provided. Ireland looked decent on his debut, good link up with Barton and is a different option to what we already have. Great point tonight and had the ref had been more decisive probably a penalty but you win some you lose some. Roll on Blackpool HWTL

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  • Davy Craig

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #24

    I thought Tim Krul’s save at the start of the game set the tone for the rest of the match. He was brilliant in every department. Please keep him in!

    Jonas had a cracking game for me, he ran and ran, battled and made some great challenges and ran O’Shea ragged at least in the first half.

    Tiote was everywhere as usual!

    Great overall performance and deserved at least a point.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #25

    @applepine

    Im ameobi’s harshest critic but he’s our best striker at the minute and says more about the lack of striking quality we have.

    Lovenkrands has slipped way down imo his main asset was his speed but we hardly see it anymore and he’s too lightweight to play against PL centre backs. He looks like a winger playing up front.

    Ranger is too inconsistent, he’s like LuaLua can be brilliant at times then do very little at others.

    Ameobi is only at the club because right when a manager figures him out and starts dropping him and he looks like he could be sold he gets sacked. Then a new manager comes in says how good he is which gives him a confidence boost and he plays well for a few games. Its happened time and time again.

    But at this stage of the season we can’t do anything about our strike force or lack of one.

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  • ColdSnap

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Did anyone see joey saying something to owen?….owen looked white as a sheet when he walked away.
    Got slaughtered today, even when warming up

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #27

    good match..great performance..everybody ran their socks off today..on both sides.. chiek motm.. didnt like the communication between krull & simpson.. i expected more from shola.. i liked pardews subs.. ireland looked good..if we could get him for 6 mio i say go for it.. message to ranger: goal will come..did solid for alone striker..

    my summary.. good night 🙂

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  • ebol

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #28

    no one’s mentioned williamson. i thought he had a cracking game and made some vital interceptions. anyone who thinks colo and him shouldn’t be our long-term central defensive partnership is kidding themselves.

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  • daly141

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Fantastic team performance that for me highlighted two massive points:
    1 – Newcastle need AT LEAST 2 strikers in my opinion, have to think that had Andy Carroll been in the side tonight we could be talking about a fantastic win instead of a great draw.
    2 – A lot of talk this season has been about Tevez, Parker and Adam being vital to their teams but what about Tiote for us. We look a different side with him in and was magnificent again tonight. The guy is a machine.
    With Nolan back against Blackpool and on the back of a performance like that, we should be going there and picking up all three points

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #31

    @Andy

    Don’t worry too much you can’t exactly call Big Sam a footballing expert, the man is what you’d call successful as a manager. England job? you’re having a laugh!

    And Yorke given his track record of nobbing Jordan and getting her pregnant its not like you can trust his Judgement.

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  • Weezertoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #32

    agreed, i would love to see what Barton said to Owen. As much as Barton has had his trouble, i love his passion for the club, and I love the fact he doesn’t take anyone’s shit and just tells it how it is. The fact he now keeps his fists to himself just makes him all the better. Top Class.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    First of all what a fantastic performance by the lads they have made me and Newcastle fans real proud tonight. What a brilliant save by Krul in the 2nd minute! What a game by Gutierrez and Tiote, and Barton in the first half and defensively brilliant helping Simpson in the second half. Great performance and great result.

    This is a post a made in another of Ed’s great articles, it didn’t get noticed and I think some should read this:

    just please read this: Listen as much as I am up for good solid pros that don’t have huge egos and play with the shirt on their sleeve, we can’t be ‘too’ picky. Beggars can’t be choosers right!?? Ireland is a class player and I fully understand why Pardew went for him even though he’s injured. Form is temporary and class is permanent. His class will come to show again just like it did while at Man City I have no doubt. The question is ‘when’? The answer to that question only Stephen Ireland has, it’s the amount of determination and ambition the lad has that will make his obvious class shine again. He just has to knuckle down and work hard and his amazing skills will all come back to life again. Trust me guys I am never wrong with these sort of things. His scenario is extremly similar to Barton’s and now he is indispensable when only recently while he was in jail many were calling for his head- remember that?? Some have very short memories and I have great faith in Ireland turning his life around the right way. Just be patient guys. A seasons loan next year with option to buy on a fixed price is the best deal we could do for him and us now. He will come good again – trust me.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #34

    isn’t*

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  • Weezertoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #35

    oops, apologies for language.

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  • daly141

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Also just wanted to make a point about the penalty decisions. I feel that on another day both could have been given, there was definitely contact no matter how minimal. Having said that, i agree with Jamie Redknapp that ours was more clear cut. Think it was very harsh to book Hernandez, especially when Nani got away with a blantant dive in the first half.

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  • applepine

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #37

    @ NewcastleMole

    I totally agree that we really don’t have any other options but to play him these days (ameobi), but that fact just makes me want to cry! PLEASE sign a PROPER no.9 in the summer, and then a second striker. Signing another attacking winger to play opposite Ben Arfa may be the best solution going forward next season, with a lone striker.. IMO

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  • normag

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #38

    @ xmindcrimex

    The headline says that both teams felt they had deserved a penalty, but that just Newcastle had the right to complain;)

    I have to agree with that. Think Loven should have had a pen. If he had been through, instead of heading out of the pen erea, i think it would have been a penalty.

    On the other hand, great result today, i have to say:)

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  • coopertoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #39

    no whats up with defoe?????????

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  • kilcline

    Apr 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #40

    We must keep Enrique or sell him to someone abroad. Liverpool are our rivals next season….

    We must copy Liverpool’s blue print and buy 2 class strikers with the Judas money, even if it’s 2 strikers for £20m would be a dream. None in our squad are good enough to grace a top 8 prem team and thats what we should be aiming for.

    Keep Best and Ranger but bomb out shola to brum and Loverkrands to SPL.

    I would buy Ireland, not on tonights cameo but on what he did at Man City and will do again.

    For me, 2 strikers, Ireland and a replacement for Enrique if he does go would be a very good summer for me. Then throw in 1 or 2 freebies like Larsson to bolster the squad.

    Mid looks great on paper:
    Barton
    Tiote
    Nolan
    Ben arfa
    Gosling
    Jonas
    Guthrie
    Ireland

    HWTL

    P.S i should be in charge at the Toon, i’m better than all of the tw@ts off the pitch put together and toonboy_84.

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