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HT: Newcastle 0 Barnsley 0 – Newcastle Held

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 12 Comments



It’s all change for the Newcastle side against Barnsley tonight as full debuts are given to Cacapa and Enrique in this second round Carling Cup tie. Nobby Solano also comes in for his first start at right back in place of the injured Stephen Carr. This is a good chance for Nobby to show Big Sam what he can do at right-back having played a number of outstanding games in that position last season.

Emre also has his first start of the along with Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi up front. David Edgar and Paul Huntington are among the subs which also include Nicky Butt, Oba Martins and Steve Harper.


Newcastle United: Shay Given, Nobby Solano, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Cacapa, Charles N’Zogbia, Geremi, Alan Smith, Emre, Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi

Subs: Steve Harper, Oba Martins, Nicky Butt, David Edgar, Paul Huntington

Barnsley: Heinz Muller, Lewin Nyatanga, Robert Kozluk, Sam Togwell, Miguel Mostto, Grant McCann, Rohan Ricketts, Dennis Souza, Martin Devaney, Dwayne Mattis, Dominik Werling

Subs: Nick Colgan, Robert Atkinson, Kim Christensen, Michael Coulson, Jacob Butterfield

Referre: G Salisbury

Mike Ashley is again at the game wearing his number 17 Smith shirt – which he also wore last Sunday. It’s good to see the owner in attendance again.

5min – Geremi takes a corner and it looks certain that Michael Owen will score as the ball gets through to him six yards from goal, but Michael seems surprised and the ball just hits him and is cleared. It was a half chance for Owen.

10min – Barnsley attack down the right and they win a corner as his cross deflects off the side of Enrique. The corner is headed clear by Taylor.

16min – Geremi finds N’Zogbia and the Frenchman puts Owen clear with a good through ball, and Owen is onto the ball but lacks the pace to get clear and shoots too early. The shot is gathered by keeper Muller at the second attempt.

Owen usually would have taken the ball closer to the goal but seemed a little short of pace on this occasion.

21min – N’Zogbia runs hard at the Barnsley defense and shoots but the shot is blocked for a corner. From the Geremi corner the ball gets to Solano and Nobby shoots from 22 yards but the shot is deflected just wide for a corner.

Newcastle are playing 4-4-2 and although N’Zogbia is wide out left Smith is not hugging the touchline and is drifting inside too much. The best player on the field after 30 minutes was Claudio Cacapa who was reading the game brilliantly and looked very competent with lots of class. We think Cacapa will need to start in central defense from now on so maybe Sam will switch Taylor to right back on Saturday.

24min – Devaney is booked for a stupid foul on Emre. Geremi sends in the free kick and it needs just the slightest of touches to open the scoring but keeper Muller gets the ball eight yards from goal.

36min – N’Zogbia is busy as usual and in most Newcastle moves and he finds Ameobi at the far post with a nice chip from the left-wing.

The game is very low tempo which of course suits Barnsley. Newcastle haven’t created any real chances and they seem to be playing too narrow and Smith will need to hug the touchline more in the second half. After one minute of added time the whistle blows for half time.

In the second half Newcastle will need to up the tempo to get the result they need. Barnsley have looked quite comfortable in the first half. The last thing we need is extra time or penalties to win this tie.

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Major Newcastle News Stories – 29th August – 2007

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 24 Comments

The news today is that Sam Allardyce wants to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Friday.

Sam has two players he is now pursuing and two others he can switch to if the first two don’t pan out. We really have no idea who Sam will be after in the next three days – apart from Faye – so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

Any news of a signing will come on the Official Newcastle United web-site.

We have the second round of the Carling cup tonight at St. James’ Park against Barnsley in a game that we must win – and we don’t think it will be as easy as it may appear.

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Sam Working Hard To Bring In Two Players

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 23 Comments

Sam Allardyce is hoping the transfer of Abdoulaye Faye will finally go through in the next couple of days but his goal is now to bring in two players before the transfer window slams shut on Friday at midnight.

It probably doesn’t help that Newcastle are also preparing for a game tonight against Barnsley and one on Saturday against Wigan Athletic.

But there seems little choice with both Ramage and Carr injured on Sunday and Ramage looking to be on the sidelines for at least a few months.


Sam Allardyce – wants two more players in before Friday night’s transfer deadline
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Sad Times For Kieron Dyer

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 32 Comments

We were very sad to hear Kieron Dyer will now miss most of the season after presumably breaking his leg in last night’s West Ham vs Bristol Rovers game. Craig Bellamy scored a brace to take the Hammers through.

It’s only 10 days since Kieron’s move to West Ham to be near his family in Ipswich, and this injury has nothing to do with his previous hamstring problems – it’s just the worst of luck for the player, who has been plagued with injuries throughout his career.


Kieron Dyer – suffered broken leg against Bristol Rovers last night
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Newcastle-Barnsley Match Preview – Newcastle Win

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 21 Comments



Newcastle take on Barnsley tonight in the second round of the Carling Cup, in what is probably Newcastle’s best chance to win something in Sam Allardyce’s first season in charge of the club.

It looks if we get through this tie we’ll be in the last 32 teams in the competition – so there’s still quite a way to go to get to Wembley, which has to be our goal in this competition.

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Michael Owen Ready To Start Firing Again

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 16 Comments

It’s taking a little while for Michael Owen to rediscover his sharpness after almost two years in the football wilderness.

His two serious injuries, the metatarsal and ACL knee problems, have  restricted him to just a few first class-games for Newcastle United since he signed almost exactly two years ago.

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has been talking to Paul Gilder of the Newcastle Journal – so we’ll take a look at what he says about Michael.


Michael Owen - everybody hoping he can make the breakthrough with goals
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Great To See Mike Ashley At The Game

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 · 10 Comments

We thought it was a nice touch that Mike Ashley turned up unannounced at the Middlesbrough game on Sunday. Just a pity we didn’t win so he may have been persuaded to give Big Sam more transfer funds to bring in a couple more players.

That was the first Newcastle game Mike has seen in person since he bought the club. But he still hasn’t been seen at St. James’ Park, and we wonder if he’s staying in the area and may take in the Barnsley game tonight.

Hope so – it will be good for him to taste the atmosphere at St. James’ Park although a league game will have St. James’ Park packed full.


Mike Ashley – seemed to enjoy the game and got involved
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Big Sam Targets Carling Cup Trophy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 · 19 Comments

Sam Allardyce would love to bring a trophy to St James’ Park in this his first year in charge of the club.

Newcastle’s best chance this season will be in the Carling Cup and the Magpies start their campaign tomorrow evening when they play Barnsley at St. James’ Park in the second round.

While it would be easy to think Newcastle should get through the tie easily, strange things can happen in these encounters and Sam will not take any chances.


Big Sam – will not take Barnsley lightly tomorrow night
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Major Newcastle News Stories – 28th August – 2007

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 · 31 Comments

The good news today for Newcastle fans is that Sammy Lee has said that he will no longer stand in the way of letting Abdoulaye Faye leave for Newcastle, and the transfer is expected to go through imminently.

A fee was agreed over the weekend between the two clubs and the other items that were holding up the transfer – whatever they were – have been ironed out. We’ll wait to hear a confirmation of Faye’s signing on the Official Newcastle United web-site.

Big Sam is also looking for a new right-back after losing both Stephen Carr (hamstring strain) and Peter Ramage (knee ligaments) to injuries against Middlesbrough. Carr will be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on the severity of the strain, but Peter may be sidelined for months – the knee is too sore to assess the damage at the moment.

We really have no idea who Sam will be after for right-back in the next three days – so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

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