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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

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #81

    Oba off you are joking!

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #82

    ok, the zog’s on. let’s see what he can do. WHY MARTINS???!!!! Keegan’s a bloody f£$£%ing muppet!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #83

    Geremi,Barton and Duke been so bad but oBa’s subbed.

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #84

    martins is class

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  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #85

    wtf kev………..lost ur plot a little

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #86

    what is kk doing taking martins off!? oh for gods sake

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  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #87

    Oba OBAFEM…

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  • Soren

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #88

    Nice to hear the fans still chanting for Martins!

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  • JJ

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #89

    SUBS OBAFEMI INSTEAD OF BARTON OR OWEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHAT A DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!
    OBA BY FAR THE BETTER PLAYER ON THE PITCH.
    OWEN ONLY SCORED BECAUSE OF OBA AND MISSED A SITTER>
    MICHAEL OWEN ISNT SUBABLE IS HE. HES WHAT BULL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BARTON LOOKS OUT ON HIS FEET.
    WHY DO WE TREAT OBA WITH NO RESPECT WHY????????????????????????????

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #90

    We should get Carroll on for Viduka and Smith on for Barton. Smith will throw himself in front of any shots they get.

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  • Dave

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #91

    thanks toon! toon!

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  • JJ

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #92

    DEAR ED

    GET THE NUFC STAFF TO READ THIS PAGE AND ASK FOR AN EXPLAINATION.
    JUST MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Momo

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #93

    PLEASE BEYE DO WHAT U DONE LAST TIME

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  • Jack

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #94

    Agree with Momo! Lets pray for Beye 😀

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #95

    too true JJ. i’ll be shocked if Martins doesnt leave in the summer. yet he has the potential to be an AMAZING player. shame he’ll be that player at a different club.

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  • JJ

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #96

    The answer is simple, it was to change to 442 and it was between Owen or Martins.
    Guess who gerts the short end again because of bloody EMO (stupid twat). He and Butt have giving the ball away all night!!!!!!!!!!
    Why do the English think OWen is a ‘god”
    he is so ordinary.

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  • Alan

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #97

    writing in capitals all the time makes no sense to me , lol. are you yelling everything, lol
    just messing

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  • Momo

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #98

    3 mins (Bites fingers)

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  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #99

    Stupid KK, take Martin off, he is the best player in the match… Maybe he happy with the point! KK shld not be NUFC manager next season… Stupid !!!

    i rather we lose it and sack useless KK. i am so angry to the Stupid KK. if he cant do the job well, don accept this job when Ashely offer. F**K

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  • Dave Hill

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #100

    God biting my nails now !!!

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  • Jack

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #101

    Surely not a late goal for either side?

    People watching the match, do we deserve the win? or is a draw fair?

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  • AlexW

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #102

    f***ing hell, y bring oba off? stupid decision

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  • GP

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #103

    Well done Keegan – we could have got 3 points if you weren’t so useless. Proper waste of space.

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  • Momo

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #104

    i think we deserved the win in the 2nd half, shuda kept martins on though

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  • NUFC

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #105

    JJ,
    substituting Martins was stupid decision, yes.
    But because of that calling Owen (who scored and playing well btw) bloody stupid twat is stupid either

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #106

    A point away from homes a point, wp and lets hope for 3 more come Saturday.

    We were much the better team second half untill Oba was subbed!

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  • Jack

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #107

    FUll Time – Brummy 1 Toon 1.

    Personally very pleased with the result, we could not lose, but anything else was fine. Thank Christ.

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  • cloudstrife

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #108

    well that’s that. we got a point inspite of KKs best efforts. he really isnt a good manager.

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  • sonizc

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #109

    keegan Idiot……………..

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  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #110

    shoulda left oba on. stupid.

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #111

    as soon as martins came off we wernt as threatening, martins and zoggy normally team up quite well, he should have taken off geremie or viduka, dumb substitution. oh well i am so happy and pleased at how the lads performed second half i dont mind, a draw is a decent result away to birmingham. At least we now know our players are awake to the relegation battle we are in

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #112

    how can u call keegan 🙁 he had to go for the point . it was 80 od mins ffs not 10 u arseholes !
    pretty confident we can pick a win up v fulham after watching that .

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  • azvael

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #113

    Martins substitution cost us the game!!! But a draw away is a great result!!!!

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  • ScottyT

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #114

    much better second half shame we cudnt nick it but where were we in the first half man..

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  • kelvin

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #115

    very pleased that we ground out a result and we only let one in against a team scoring 8 in 3 games so very pleasing. we looked crap first half but really improved second. it’s certainly a good sign and we got some points on the board! i agree martins shouldnt have been subbed, our most dangerous player. if anything barton should have gone.

    btw someone tell geremi how to take corners!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #116

    Sigh, KK got a point despite the players attempts imo.

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  • thelongshanks

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #117

    Il take the point thats what i put down on the bbc predictor and we finished 14th.

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  • Spyro a.k.a Dragoner

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #118

    Owen is getting better i suppose, against blackburn he put away none, today he put away one of the chances he had, next time hopefully he wil bag two against fulham. COME ON THE TOON!!!

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  • Alan

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #119

    I SERIOUSLY doubt martins would have made much difference.

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #120

    cost us the game …
    there you go, thats the mentality of the people we are dealing with , who seem to have unlimited time tobe so vocal.

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