Newcastle 0 Arsenal 0 – Newcastle Draw And Barton Erupts


Newcastle gained a valuable point this afternoon, after being outplayed in the first half, but Newcastle roared on by 46,894 fans, did a lot better in the second half, and then Gervinho was sent off after 75 minutes following a skirmish in the penalty box with Joey Barton.

That will be all the news after this game, and Gervinho basically dived after about 75 minutes, to try to simulate a foul,  as Joey took the ball away away from him on the left hand side of the penalty box.

But then  Joey went back and confronted Gervinho, and then in the melee that followed, Gervinho was seen to punch Joey Barton, who went down like a felled tree.

After a few minutes of mayhem, Gervinho was sent off on his debut for Arsenal, and Barton got a yellow card, although he was lucky not to see red.

Newcastle  then tried to take advantage of their extra man in the last 15 minutes or so, but couldn’t make the vital breakthrough.

That was basically the game, and with just a little luck in the last five minutes or so the Magpies could have snatched a win.

The game got off under overcast conditions at St. James’  Park this afternoon and before we go any further,  compliments to the Newcastle ground staff as the pitch looked simply magnificent.

The game and season kicked off and Arsenal immediately took possession of the play, and the ball.  It was typical Arsenal, and although they were passing the ball about nicely they didn’t really penetrate the Newcastle defense much at all.

The defense was playing carefully with Coloccini again cutting out the attacks but somehow the defense didn’t seem to be too steady.  But after 26 minutes it was still 0-0 so the lads had done a lot better than they had defended in February when they were 4-0 down at the same point in that game.

It was after 30 minutes that a corner from Tomas Rosicky on the left, had Krul going for the cross, but Koscielny beat Krul to the ball and the ball was kicked off the line by Danny Simpson.  It seemed that Krul had been fouled but the TV replays of the play showed that Krul was to easily brushed off the ball,  that was an escape for Newcastle.

In the first 30 minutes Yohan Cabaye hadn’t shown at all, and Arsenal were completely dominating the midfield, with Gervinho looking threatening and switching wings constantly.  There were some nice touches from Demba  Ba, but the Newcastle attack looked fairly toothless as the Magpies were concentrating fully  on trying to contain the slick passing London team.

And then on 34 minutes Ryan Taylor tried a shot from all of 35 yards and it almost caught goalkeeper Szczesny napping but the ball was just over the crossbar and only slightly wide.

The commentators mentioned that since Arsene Wenger had been at Arsenal Newcastle had had 12 different managers,  and what’s that about Newcastle needing some stability?

Newcastle held out in the first half,  but Alan Pardew would need to make some changes in the second half, , as Newcastle hadn’t looked much of an attacking force at all, and Arsenal had the vast majority of play in those first 45 minutes.

Alan Pardew replaced Ba with Gabriel Obertan in the second half for the winger’s debut, to try to get more attacking play out of the Newcastle side.

Newcastle were doing better in the second half,  and the game seemed more evenly matched in the first 15 minutes or so, and then a Van Persie free kick whistled just over the cross-bar.

Gabriel Obertan was showing some good skills, and on the right hand side of the penalty area he brilliantly back-heeled the ball to Cabaye, who had a chance but couldn’t  connect properly and the goalkeeper saved – but it was great play from the two new lads.

Obertan again made a good run and went past two Arsenal players, but it came to nothing – however the former Man  United winger was playing well on his debut.

On 64 minutes Tim Krul was down quickly to his left and made a good save from Theo Walcott, as the shot went through Danny Simpson’s legs.  And then Cheick Tiote fouled Ramsey and picked up his traditional yellow card, with a rather obvious booking offense.

Then Cabaye, who was showing through more in the second half only just failed to reach Ameobi with a good through ball.  On 73 minutes  Leon Best came on for Shola Ameobi and both players were warmly applauded.

But on 75 minutes all hell broke loose as Gervinho seemed to attack Barton, after the Arsenal winger went crashing down in the penalty area, trying to simulate a foul and get a penalty, after Barton had cleanly taken the ball from him.

The referee waved play on and Barton should have just kept playing, but of course he didn’t, and went back to chastise  Gervinho, and then Joey had him by the collar as he lifted him from the ground – that anger again got the better of  Barton.

Oh my – not again.

The Sunday papers will have a field day with this, and that’s unfortunate for Barton and for the Newcastle club too – and it’s the last thing we wanted to see from Barton in this game – after everything that’s gone on over the last two weeks since the Leeds game..

There was a melee and Joey again lost his temper, and it appeared that Gervinho hit Barton in the face, and Joey fell like he had been felled by a Joe Frazier left hook of old.

Gervinho was sent off after a few minutes as the referee and officials sorted things out, and we were expecting Joey to get the same treatment as Gervinho, but he only got a yellow card.

This game will now be all about how Joey Barton lost his temper again, and it will do nothing for the player, and nothing for the Newcastle club, and Barton seems out of control again, quite honestly.

Lovenkrands was then brought on for YOhan Cabaye, who showed through well in the second half as he moved forward more,  as Alan Pardew attempted to get the winning goal.

In the final 15 minutes or so Newcastle  tried hard to press their advantage home, and in the four minutes of added time they went close a couple of times, but the game ended and Newcastle had earned a good point.

As we said this game will again be all about Joey Barton, and that will be  a pity because Newcastle almost turned this game around in the second  half.

Gabriel Obertan looked impressive and very quick, and maybe he will  be inspired by the Newcastle crowd to become a really good buy on Tyneside. The lad looked very good and full of skills.

It was a very good point for the lads and a very decent performance,  especially in the second half, but it was obvious the boys  need more time playing together.

But all in all, a point is a very good point for Newcastle, and the new lads need time to settle into the Premier League, and we probably need to be a little patient over the first several games of the season as they bed in.

Bottom line – a very good point.

Comments welcome.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Subs: Fraser Forster, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey; Gervinho, Tomas Rosicky, Andrei Arshavin; Robin van Persie (c)
Subs: Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Johan Djourou, Emmanuel Frimpong, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marouane Chamakh



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173 comments so far

  • hainesy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Obertan to start against Scum.
    They don’t have any way to keep up with him.
    Hope I am not first.

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  • Thump

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #2

    OMG HAINSEY IS FIRST LET’S HAVE A PARTY! 😀

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  • SAKA

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton sud starts against the Sunderland

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Obertan to start his pace was inpressive today when he open up the engine and he has some nice touches think he’s gonna be a decent player for us.

    Now come on – get a LB and top class CF in ASAP!!!!! Can’t wait to see what Arfa and Marveaux can do when they’re back.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Next match:
    Simpson-Collo-Saylor-Pieters/Raylor
    Gutti-Cabaye-Tiote-Marveux
    Obertan
    Best/Ba/New striker

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Barton <3!

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Why did Barton continue to play the dead balls when we had Cabaye and R Taylor??? Don’t get that, he couldn’t hit a barn door today. He blows hot n cold like that with his dead balls.

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  • lekech

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Barton is a disgrace to the club.

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  • Thump

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #9

    From the last thread:

    Right, time to move on – Sunderland.

    Krul;
    Simmo, Saylor, Colo, Pieters/Raylor;
    Barton, Cabaye, Tioté, Jonas;
    Obertan;
    Best

    Subs: Harps, Willo, Gosling, Shola, Vuckic, Lovenkrands, Marveaux

    Shola come on for Best or Ober depending on how we’re playing around the hour mark – he can only score against Sunderland and Chelsea after all.

    We just need to get out of the gates – we always seem to start games slowly. If we pick ourselves up straight away and play from the second the ball is kicked, we’ll be sorted.

    Sunderland, again, played bloody well today against Liverpool. We need all 11 men giving 100% from the whistle blown – I just hope we can pull it off.

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  • boater

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Pi$$ed – but here’s what I got…

    jonas gutierrez is the best newcastle player by about a country mile- it;s not even funny.
    joey barton is a star.. captain and should be offered a new deal forthwith.
    the new signings all underwhelmed today… cabaye is tidy but not a match winner … ba is currently our third best striker at the club on todays’ performance…that may change

    Excellent point nonetheless! I just hope our midfield can learn how to distribute better,,,

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    He blows hot and cold in life, Spuggy……..

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope da f*** we have a new striker in by next week.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #13

    A point gained against a top four club, good results. Performance wasnt great which is worrying, barton needs a talking to about keeping his cool or he will be off against the makems. I want him to be in the team though. I dont think the formation quite worked today with the players we started. Id change it myself but heyho Pards picks the team

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  • brettsinsa

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #14

    obers pace was very impressive if cabaye had of connected with his sweet backheel …..

    SAGEORDIE OUT

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  • jammylambo

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    i thought it was a farce myself , i geniunly though the game was a comedy , but frankly i think it sdhows the weakness arsenal have this season , before the game any nufc supporter would be happy with a point , yet after watching that performance i feel almost disapointed that we came a way with just a point ,

    pardew wasnt wrong when he said obertan had pace , he ran , and succeded in several balls that were not his to gain by right , overall , the new players looked good , i saw ba running round the piutch more than shola did all last season , id definatly take promise from this point , and i think fairs fair , after smb stole a point against liverfool that frankly after watching the first half , did not see happening

    that is all .

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  • Thump

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Just so I know it’s not just me: without Jose, did it look like Jonas enjoyed his game more?

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Boater i would say Colo is by far the best newcastle player he was quality not only in def but probably our main threat going forward lol.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #18

    No evidence of a new style of play.

    I guess after a poor pre-season a point is good.

    Tiote and Ba aren’t match fit.

    Gosling and Vuckic must be wondering what is going on.
    They should have been on the pitch at some point.

    I didn’t want to see Ameobi start or Lovenkrands come on …

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  • shearermania

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    was it just me or did our players never really looked match fit….
    i thought tiote and cabaye really looked rusty…

    again though we were afraid of having the ball…
    our defense was immense though -hats off…especially simpson cause he has been receiving a lot of flak

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Gervinho will not ever think to dive in PRM again.

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    201 pts in pvt league rank 230 🙂

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Thump must be just you as Jose and Guti partnership has been the best thing at newcastle for two seasons they had a great understanding what you on about.

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  • SAKA

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #23

    All the dead ball sud take by Barton we’ve tested R.Taylor tonight.. leave it to Barton

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  • tennentsspace

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #24

    @thump
    Yes he looked happier going forward wothout jose wanting to take on half the opposition!

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Knowing that we can get a point against a much better side this season, I’m now somewhat optomistic for this season. I reckon we’ll beat Scumderland next week and also have a new LB and possibly new striker in for that match. If so, I’d be pleased with what we have.

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Tiote must have had a body snatcher controlling him today. Every pass was given away, and every tackle was shirked, feeble and mistimed…….

    Oh well, Captain Colo serenely plays his football and as usual looks a class apart.

    Good result, but we need to shape up for next week.

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  • hainesy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Raylor wasn’t bad as a cover LB today but he can’t be playing there next weekend. New LB in for Sunderland game and a striker or two in advanced talks in case one of the deals breaks down.
    Hope Barton doesn’t play next weekend. Would love to see him leave the toon to be honest.
    Next match stick Obertan on in place of Joey.
    Best to replace Ba. He was as non-existent as Ameobi usually is today and I would rather see Ameobi against the Mackems.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Why hasn’t anyone mentioned when Song DELIBERATELY stood on the back of Barton’s leg after Barton tackled him? And you guys are criticising Barton in all of this. I think that led to Barton venting his anger by grabbing Gervinho. Gervinho shouldn’t have raised his hands too.

    I’m 100% behind Barton in this, he was provoked and it backfired for Arsenal

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Thump
    Jonas had a lot more free will than he usually does because Jose always begs him to pass it to him. I reckon he’s gonna have a blinder this season

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  • corf22

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Give Joey a new contract NOW! Pure passion that lad

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Did anyone see Keegan & Savage defending us after the game?

    Anyone who thinks Keegan doesn’t still love our club should see it. Even defending Barton.

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  • shearermania

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #32

    i thought ba looked pretty good, dont know why he was taken off at half time but credit to shola i thought he battled well on his own in the second half…
    all in all a weird game but im slightly concerned about the tempo in which we are passing- we really looked slow…..´for next match we need some skills

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Guys, just wanted to say that I watched the game and thought that Obertan is like lightning for pace, iIf we can harness that we will have a good season, Joey played well but reacted badly to Gervinho’s dive, (Gervinho deserved to be sent off for that + the slap.) Glad we didn’t get him now. Cabaye is a very clever player. Ba tried hard but couldn’t get into the game. Shola had one of his bettter games but he is too lazy when off the ball. Anyway we are desperate for a LB and a decent striker but the lads did well to get a draw from the game. All in all a pretty solid start.

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  • We’re going to be in the press tomorrow for the wrong reasons again. We need a striker because dead honest I couldn’t tell the difference between Ba and Ameobi. Obertan needs and should get more playing time.

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  • tennentsspace

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Only thing that i was a bit miffed at was when simpson got the ball in Aresenals half he never continued running. Just stopped and lumped it in the box!

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  • Thump

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    @BBB: Of course he did, but like I said on the last thread – does that give him the right to grab a man, pick him up from the floor and shake and shout in his face? Thank god Saylor and Simmo was there to break it up because that was Jailbait Joey in Liverpool centre.

    I reckon Song will get a 3 match ban anyway – at least I hope he will. There’s simply no excuse for what he did.

    @nufc-83: Seems everybody agrees. Jose and Jonas were formulaic. Our left wing set fire to the CCC and then back in the EPL we were suspect and people knew exactly what we were going to do because we did it every bloody time! That’s why we were so successful with Ben Arfa (not excusing the talent the kid oozes) but because it was a different forumla.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #37

    I thought apart from our defence we were shit.
    Did we even have a shot on target??

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  • Jammydodger

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Song stamps on Barton and has hopefully just until its reviewed ,got away with it. Arsenal should have gone down to 10 after that ages before the Gervinho farce.
    Gervinho did dive which is wrong
    Barton reacted and picked him up, again ott
    handbags followed gerv wrongly hits barton which is a red card, if he didnt drop like a girl ther would have been no reaction so he “had” to dive to get gerv sent off
    Collo solid as ever and motm, cabaye and obertan look really promising cabaye for passing, obertan for speed and skill

    Need a striker, Ba wasnt impressive

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #39

    LOl ochytoon and thump i think you are very bitter and trying to find a positive of enrique leaving. Jose and guti partnership was the best thing about our team last two seasons. You say he had more free will if anything Guti was held back more to try and protect Raylor against gervinho.

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  • biilingham mag

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Ba and ameobi ??? they shouldnt ever be on the field at the same time,we need a striker asap, the midfield never looked in control, if you keep on hoofing it forward we wont get anywhere, cant wait for ben arfa to be fit again and marvaux,
    Joey did well at first, he showed some passion, but then he made himself look an arse, if he plays against the makems they will know to press his buttons and then were down to 10 men, i want the joey who`s the class footy player not the dickhead,

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