Wait for a trophy goes on for Newcastle

By Lee Ryder on Jan 26, 08 04:54 PM

NEWCASTLE UNITED were knocked out of FA Cup tonight as two second half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and a Nicky Butt own goal ended their hopes of glory in the capital.

The odds were already stacked against United after being handed the toughest draw of the round but despite a battling performance by the Magpies, Arsenal’s class shone through in the second half.

Keegan included Alan Smith and Nicky Butt in his team for the clash with the Gunners as David Rozehnal dropped down to the bench and Shola Ameobi missed out on selection all together.

Michael Owen resumed as captain of United despite the return of Smith with the England player starting the game in attack.

Arsenal fielded a strong side as they looked to bounce back from their Carling Cup drubbing against Spurs in midweek.

KK had vowed to attack Arsenal before the game and United enjoyed some early possession without threatening the goal.

Smith had a great chance for United on 15 minutes when a Milner corner was flicked into his path and Gael Clichy was forced to head the ball off the line with Jens Lehmann a beaten man.

But Arsenal always looked dangerous on the break and three minutes later Shay Given had to be at his best to punch clear after Clichy’s forward run and shot tested the black and whites.

Given had to be at his magnificent best again with 24 minutes played when he produced a superb two handed save to keep out sub Eduardo with the Croatian belting in a powerful shot from long range.

Newcastle were back on the attack seven minutes later following a free-kick.

United lost the ball but Duff regained possession and scooped it into the air for Steven Taylor who sent a looping header over Lehmann but on to the top of the net.

And although Arsenal looked the stronger side towards the end of the first period the break arrived at a good time for Newcastle with the Gunners on top.

However, six minutes into the second half Arsenal grabbed the lead after Eduardo hit the post and Taylor failed to clear to allow Emmanuel Adebayor to smash the ball past Given to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Arsenal survived two Newcastle penalty appeals after the opener but managed to hold their advantage.

But it was 2-0 with five minutes to go as Adebayor jinked his way into the box and drilled the ball between Taylor’s legs on the line as United’s hopes faded.

Arsenal added a third in the dying stages as Nicky Butt put the ball past his own keeper from a Fabregas free-kick.

NEWCASTLE: Given, Carr, Enrique (Rozehnal 77), Cacapa, Taylor, Milner, N’Zogbia, Butt, Smith, Owen, Duff (LuaLua 83).
Subs: Rozehnal, Harper, Edgar, Carroll.

ARSENAL: Lehmann, Diaby (Gilberto 77), Fabregas, Senderos, Rosicky (Eduardo 10), Gallas, Flamini, Clichy, Adebayor, Hoyte, Walcott (Hleb 77)
Subs: Fabianski, Bendtner.

Ref: M Atkinson


Paul Patterson said:

This game has been overshadowed by the great ‘Will he- won’t he’ saga of Jonathan Woodgate.

Now whilst I agree that he is, ‘The greatest defender in 30 years’ (Copyright Alan Oliver) this legal statement is only true, IF, the guy stays fit for a good run of games.

Maybe if we get him, he might just stay fit this time, but if things don’t turn out that way, then I wouldn’t be too disappointed, as he doesn’t stay fit anywhere near long enough, despite being a brilliant player.

I didn’t expect anything out of Arsenal and then fact that we did ourselves great justice in the first 45m is only more annoyance that we couldn’t go on and at least get a replay.

Still, Keegan learns more and more by the game, he surely now knows that Smith isn’t a striker (Nor a footballer for that matter) and that a striker, plus defender is needed.

Where we end up by January 2009 is anyone’s guess, but I can virtually guarantee, it will be a better position that current.


medan said:

Well, I seriously hope KK will be siging 3 players before the Jan window closes, otherwise we will be talking about relegation fight very soon.

As I said before creative midfielder, a strong/tall powerfull pacy striker and if possible a strong Central Defender.

Wow when is the second comming of Micheal Owen going to happen, after we get relagated this guy has been giving the benefit of a doubt excuses after excuses while if today Oba Martins was as ineffective as MO was he would have been blasted accused of being lazy with no football brain blalalalaba. No question the only time our attack looks close to dangerous or threathning is when Oba plays. I understand some of the fans desire to see MO succeed but come on, the guy the way he is playing would not make the bench of any top 6 team in Europe.

Anyways let's hope that stupid politics and commitement to players that are not inform like Sam did does not continue otherwise we will for sure be relegated.

Dave Urwin said:

Kevs got his work cut out - after 2 games at least he knows the size of the task. We have a mountain to climb just to get to a stage where we can compete with the likes of Arsenal(and let them know they have been in a game.On todays game Newcastle just did not have any class at all - Not a total second half collapse as at Man utd but still worrying - Is their fittnees up to standard ? - the whole team look more knackered as games progress.

mark Blades said:

Got up in the middle of the night as you do, down in New Zealand, i wasnt dissapointed KK got his team to attack in the 1st half and if Viduka had been fit to Partner Smith i think we may have got something out of the 1st half. We were always likely to get caught on the break and as usual we had chances to clear before the 1st goal, thats always disappointing, our attcking players went out of the game in the second half, lack of ball perhaps?, overall not a bad display, at least we gave it a go.
Lets get woody back in, and someone like SWP or bentley. and build for next season
Howay the lads

bonnielad said:

same old story. went fairly well in first half and then disappeared in the second arsenal lifted a notch that united could not follow.couldn't understand why kk took of enrique and brought on rozendal.surely it was more attack needed after a brilliant display by adebayor for me the man of the match never mind there is always next year


For return of the Messiah - read the "Emporer's Clothes". Here are Keegan's tactics for dealing with Arsenal. The dream management of Keegan / McDermott / Cox = the GRAND DELUSION. Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd will be quaking in their boots at the return of Kev. Perhaps Kev's adventure into the world of business i.e. Soccer Circus is a taste of things to come - total turnover for 2007 = £250,000. Currently running at a loss. If you like gambling - go to Ladbrokes and ask for the odds - Keegan to be gone by the end of Jan 2009.

Woody Snubs Keegan
By Rob Shephard

KEVIN KEEGAN has been snubbed AGAIN as his Newcastle revolution threatens to implode after just two games.
Jonathan Woodgate has turned down a move back to St James' Park to sign for Spurs in a £7million deal.

And some players were dismayed at new Newcastle boss Keegan's farcical tactical team meeting ahead of yesterday's 3-0 FA Cup fourth round drubbing at Arsenal.

A Toon insider said: "The players were waiting for Kevin to give his instructions but all he said was: ‘Arsenal are a great passing team. We must make sure we pass the ball better than them.'

"That was it. There were no specific tactics, no work on set pieces...the players were stunned."

Ronnie Lambert said:

Now let's be realistic here, 3-0 away at the best team in the country with big sham's team is about right. Keegan deserves no flak for this as he encouraged the team to attack, and the travelling toon-army deserve medals as usual. But the quality difference told in the second half after a brave 1st. half resistance, a la Man. U. The hard work starts here, to do as well as possible with the squad he has, and to get to know his players and identify who stays and who goes in the summer. Until then, please all you flamin' moaners, stop over-reacting and judging Keegan on this batch of players, it is already better than when big sham was here.

Peter Harper said:

I watched the game yesterday and for the best part of the game we competed well with Arsenal however they always looked the superior side.Already KK has us pointing in the right direction.
We lost the game in the middle of the park where Arsenal picked up every loose ball.This was not one of N'zogbia's better games mainly due to the fact there was very little support from Nicky Butt who was a spent force early in the second half.
In the first half our movement was excellent.I would choose Damian Duff as our Man of the match.He also tired badly but had got through a prodigious amount of work.
I would also like to single out Jose Enrique who played very well and whom I feel will only get better with more games.
Overall I was very pleased to actually see us play proper football.

Paul Patterson said:

Robert, Robert, Robert dear boy.

Haven’t you learnt that the past seven days have only highlighted the utter tosh and total bias against the north-east, and in this case particularly Newcastle United.

Kevin Keegan was always going to received by the people up here as something of a God and why not after what he did last time round- For if it were not for him, with the help of a North-east businessman, Newcastle United wouldn’t be in existence today.

The fact that the southern press actually NEED Newcastle United a damn sight more than Newcastle United need them is completely lost on people like Rob Shepherd.

It must really hurt them down there when they see people up here having fun, which we undoubtedly will do the longer Keegan is in charge- Trophies are a grey area and as one punter pointed out last Wednesday ‘We up here don’t know what silverware is’ so lets just enjoy the ride and see what happens- it’s got to be a damn sight better than Allardyce and Souness?

You quoted Mr Shepherd that Woodgate has turned us down, so I presume that that means- Oh My God that’s the end of the dream, lets shut up shop and take up Darts or Fishing I presume. And as for the tactics- We must out-pass Arsenal,- compared to Allardyce, Keegan is a genius, I shudder to think what Allardyce would have come up with.

To say they were stunned at the thought of Keegan wanting to attack Arsenal and try to out-pass them, well I’m not surprised- Allardyce would have played 6-3-1 and lumped long balls up for Lehman to get some catching practice.

It’s typical of the London press and typical of some fans, yourself inclusive, to believe what the southern press are writing, here’s some advice, you should heed:- Stop reading any papers outside the NE1 postcode.

I haven’t intentionally read a national newspaper for a couple of years now (Not even Page 3)

This is something all the North-east should abide by, after all, read the nationals and- we will all have our heads warped by the football writers and go blind by everything else.

Stick to the Chronicle and Journal- They may get it wrong every now and again, but they don’t print total lies or have a vicious dig at our expense.


jac mills said:


Last Friday I posted a comment stating KK's lads would lose to The Gunners by at least three goals. I hate to say "I told you so," but....

I don't see the team play regularly. I depend on what is on TV here in the US. But from what I have seen of Newcastle, the future is not bright. I said it before and I say again: KK has to get rid of deadwood like Owen, Butt, Duff and Viduka, and bring in some quality players. He can try to play attacking football with what he has but wins will not be sustainable in the PL. KK has to put on the back burner "what the fans want" and "bringing in Alan Shearer." I get the sense he is more concerned with being popular. Unless he makes some hard decisions now, he may have a nasty old season.

Phil said:

We have a fantastic manager now. For the few detractors on this blog: this new manager needs our support - this is not his team yet. Newcastle's football in the first half drew great praise from commentators (for the first time this season). Kevin will take us in the right direction - give him time to shape his own squad! He is being fair, and assessing what he has inherited. We must make a success of KK's tenure, otherwise we're a national joke. True supporters will lay off the backstabbing now - COMPLETELY! Now is our time of need, and what is needed is a "friend indeed" (in other words a true supporter).

Ryder's reply: It was great to see that KK sent the entire team back on the pitch to show their appreciation to the Toon fans.

Anonymous said:

“It would be terribly unfair to come in and say: ‘Well, Sam fetched these guys in. They’re not my guys."

An excellent quote by Mr. Keegan.


Hi lee-Lets forget the result against Arsenal -I for one am just glad we have KK back and that he sends his teams out to play football.He has his work cut out though -we deaperately need a class midfield play maker {has to be Bentley-I am talking class } also we need a quality striker who can pass a ball,hold a ball head a ball-and score goals {Berbatov is a must }I cant beleive Newcastle are not big enough or attractive enough to attract these two players.Woodgate going to Spurs is not a major set back-he is never fit any way. If we dont fill those two positions with quality -like the players mentioned-then please King Kev we dont waste money on inferior players just to fill the positions-if we dont sign any one it may turn out a blessing as the January window is never easy. In which case when the African cup players come back it might see us through-I would like to see more of Andy carroll -he seems a natural goal scorer and natural goal scorers score goals whatever level they play at. Kev will have our support all the way -his attempts to get the lads playing football are worth our support-unlike the guy who just left and had us bored out of our seats. I am so glad KK is back-AS needs to think about what he can do to help Kev -not clamour for spotlight-we and Newcastle need AS and KK to be a United force.

Ronnie Lambert said:

Oh yeah, Woodgate wouldn't come cos Shearer's not getting number 2. He waits 'til we get knocked out the cup, weighs up that he might get to uefa/Wembley with spurs etc. ( after raving about Keegan ), then gets his dad to think of an excuse for him while he's on the train. I did like the lad when he was fit, but genuinely worried about how long he'd be available to actually play games if he came back. It's still hands to the pumps for the lads and the supporters until summer. It's all we expected for this season after Sham's shenanegins, grit wa teeth lads. Oh and Lee, I'm sick to death of plonkers getting their letters posted here, this is supposed to be for toon supporters swapping their intelligent views, not idiots who would fare better collecting train numbers. This Jac Mills pretending that he knows anything about football by saying Keegan won't get anywhere unless he gets rid of....well basically the whole team. Mr. Mills in the U.S., he's just been here a fortnight and inherited everything Sham put together, how do you suppose he's gonna get rid of them all in flamin' january? Are you awake Mr. Mills? Methinks you're just a bored exile who probably writes to every geordie website, have you tried train-spotting? Give it a go man, from the middle of those paralell line thingies. GGggrrrrr!!!

Ronnie Lambert said:

...And another thing, bless his cotton socks and every cliche written about wor AL, but what exactly would he bring to the table of actual management? He's never done management, and tv punditry is always done in retrospect where we can all say what Joe Schmoe SHOULD have done with the ball. Huw man, playin' with computers and replay gizmos is little different than ' Tomb Raider ', it's before and during the game when ' experience ' tied to soccer nous is what counts as number 1 or 2. We'd love it one day for big AL to stand at the helm of wor club cos he's wor kid, and he does sound as if he knows what he's talking about on MOTD, again, in retrospect. But until then, the water is murky enough with one man's brain trying to undo big sham's mess without 2 large egos competing for the limelight which would definitely happen. Wor AL simply must go out to a smaller club and get his nose bloodied for a couple of years, like Tony Adams, who is getting a good apprentice-ship under 'arry, and beginning to look the part. If Shearer does accept a lesser profile job i.e. coaching the strikers on the enigmatic art of putting balls in nets, I bet the whole football world would bow their collective head at his humility and pragmatism....I know I would.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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