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HT: Birmingham 1 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Look Fragile


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The game was fairly even in the first half, and Birmingham City went closest to scoring several times in the first 30 minutes, before going ahead.

Then in the 33rd minute James McFadden put Birmingham ahead and yes – it was terrible defending again from Newcastle United.

It was appropriate that Birmingham’s most dangerous striker James McFadden scored, and he made it look so easy.

A fairly innocuous cross came in from the left to McFadden, and the Scot then beat Faye far too easily and put the ball casually past Steve Harper, giving the Newcastle goalkeeper no chance. It was clear that Harper was furious with the goal, another bad one to give away by Newcastle’s defense.

And so we were down again in a game through a defensive error. Having scored only 3 goals in 8 games we’ll have to score two now to win. After the goal Keegan continued to look grim in the dugout.

One goal down away from home (again), and we’ll have to see how we can fight back in a game we just can’t lose. But it will take a lot more than Newcastle showed in the first half to get anything out of this game and a defeat will put Birmingham above us in the league. It’s not looking too good for us at half time.

In the first half it’s been fairly even but Birmingham have not given us any chances through mistakes, which cannot be said for the Newcastle defense. But the Birmingham side shaded the first half and created a lot more chances than Newcastle. In fact we can’t remember a chance Newcastle created in the first 45 minutes.

The midlands side have looked a lot more dangerous in attack too, which is a little worrying.

Another disturbing aspect in the first half is that Birmingham are much sharper than Newcastle, and the Magpies have had only one shot at goal, and that was a 30 yard speculative shot over the bar from Owen.

The final 45 minutes will be a test of Newcastle’s character and courage, but we have to say things are not looking good for Newcastle.

We need some men in black and white stripes to stand up and be counted in the second half, otherwise this will be yet another defeat. 🙁

Where’s the fight?  Where’s the passion?  Where’s the guts?  Where’s the pride?  Where’s the goals?   We look a very sterile team and we have to wonder what’s going on at the club, because this is turning into a disaster – a real disaster for Tyneside.

If we lose this game relegation will start to look a probability rather than a possibility, but we still have 45 minutes to turn this game around.


171 comments so far

  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #41

    0nly messin with ya boss

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  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #42

    lol dunno what happend there-guess i got excited…

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  • Jack

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #43

    Bit excited cooldj 😉

    Come on the Toon!

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #44

    F****N GET IN!!! 1 – 1

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #45

    Oba gave the ball away needlessly just before, he should have turned and ran at goal. We need to stop thinking we’re Barcelona and just be a bit more direct.

    Come on Keegan just because we’ve got a goal doesn’t mean we’re playing that well – we need Barton and Geremi off.

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  • Dave Hill

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #46

    Nzog for JOEY BARTON come on Keagan

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #47

    We have been MUCH better since half time, COME ON TOON!!!

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  • GrantosUK

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #48

    excellent news, just scared the beejesus out of my girlfreind shouting at the news

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #49

    Jose Enrique – what a shot, got us a corner!

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  • milnerfan

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #50

    does any 1 no if there are any highlights on 2nite?

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  • Soren

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #51

    We are playing much better and actually getting up field!!

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #52

    Martins – another good shot but we NEED Geremi off, he’s sh!t

    And Barton still thinks he’s Messi.

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  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #53

    Come onnnnnnnnnnn… COMEONNNNNNNNN!!!

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #54

    i love martins!

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  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #55

    how good a chance was that martins shot – a good save or should he have scored?

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #56

    We’ve come alive

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #57

    COME ON!!!

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  • Jack

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #58

    ANy highlights at all guys?

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #59

    Every one of Geremi’s corners have been horrible.

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  • Soren

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #60

    Martins really makes a difference when involved in the game! Great to have him back. Owen finding space too

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #61

    Geremi’s wated every corner!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #62

    wasted

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #63

    Its true, geremi jus keeps wasting chances

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #64

    we can win this. Viduka’s played welll but he looks tired. not fully fit. get Zoggy on and switch to 442.

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  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #65

    we want zog… even if he doesn’t want to play better corner than geremi

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  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #66

    now is the time for fresh legs. zoggy zoggy zoggy zoggy.

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #67

    Just show’s what a muppet keegan is – barton and geremi are still on the pitch. Barton’s looked like costing us a goal more than once. To be fair to Taylor apart from the 2 early mistakes he’s not been too bad. No worse than faye anyway,

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #68

    Barton, Geremi and Viduka off, bring on N’zogbia, Caroll and Smith. No other choice now.

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  • Toon! Toon!

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #69

    setanta sopcasr link, for those that want to catch last 20 mins… this is a gd quality stream

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/43343

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  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #70

    Toon!toon!
    link dontt work

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  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #71

    what bout highlights tonight?

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #72

    geremie and viduka should come off now

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #73

    for f**k sake butt givin away possession yet again!!!

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #74

    Martins to come off? Keegan, I hate you, I hope you have a heart attack or something you strange haired moron.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #75

    wdf, martins ckming off!!!?

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  • Soren

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #76

    Hmm. What could the odds be for Beye to score a last minute goal again today? 🙂 hope he will

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  • Toon! Toon!

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #77

    @Dave

    did you install sopcast first ?
    http://cnc1.sopcast.cn/download/SopCast.zip
    Install, then copy/paste the link into IE
    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/43343

    Rgds, the toon!

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #78

    Martins is off for N’Zogbia. I’m with michael the others now – Keegan Out.

    Martins just tried to walk past Keegan and he grabbed him – I’d have knocked the c*nt out.

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  • Soren

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #79

    Nooo not Martins??? makes no sense

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #80

    yes, N’zogbia wil play soon…

    but why Martin????? No Martin no goal for us just now!!! Stupid move by KK!!!

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