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To all of the perfect people in the world Oba Martins storming off down the tunnel at Middlesbrough probably caused a bit of a stir in the Tyne-Tees derby.

In the heat of derby day Martins took his time to leave the arena and made his feelings known before a reluctant hand shake with Mark Viduka and stomp to the tunnel without acknowledging Joe Kinnear or the bench.

But as far as Newcastle United fans are concerned, it could be a good thing.

We all remember when Lee Clark caused uproar down at Southampton during the Entertainers era when he not only refused to take his place on the bench after being subbed at the Dell, but also had the audacity to kick over a bucket of water!

United take point from Boro clash

By Lee Ryder on Nov 29, 08 11:09 PM

NEWCASTLE United played out a 0-0 draw for the second game running in today's Tyne-Tees derby at the Riverside.

The Magpies left Teesside the happier of the two teams on a day when both sides could have picked up the three points.

United were forced to make one change to the side that drew at Chelsea last weekend with Charles N'Zogbia replacing Damien Duff.

It may not be the news that Newcastle United fans were looking for but at least the future (well until the end of the season) is a little clearer following the full-time appoinment of Joe Kinnear.

Most Newcastle fans don't blame Kinnear for what the mess that has unfolded at St James's Park this season.

And although Mike Ashley tried to get Kevin Keegan to come back just hours before the protest game against Hull City, the longer things dragged on - the less likely a return seemed to be.

Takeover hopes also appear to be fading fast and doubts whether interested parties were really that serious kicked in some time ago.

Let's get one thing straight about Charles N'Zogbia and that is that Newcastle United would be a weaker side without him.

Handing the Frenchman over to anybody else in the Premier League would be ludicrous and would surely come back to haunt the black and whites in the future just like most other former players do, I mean come on if Titus Bramble comes back to haunt you anyone can!

Charlie boy has certainly had his ups and downs in the whacky world of Newcastle United but he's also one of the most naturally talented players at Joe Kinnear's disposal at St James's Park if not the most talented player of all at Newcastle.

GEORDIE striker Andy Carroll snatched a point for Newcastle United reserves against Liverpool tonight after netting a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time for Richard Money's side.

Newcastle thought they'd been undone by Vincent Weijl's cool finish at the end of the first half in the FA Premier Reserve League clash but hard work paid off against the Reds.

Newcastle created a chance on six minutes when Carroll picked out Sammy Ameobi but the youngster screwed his shot wide from wide on the left.

So in the end it was textbook performance but not textbook as in how to win a football match and take three Premier League points from Chelsea.

No, this was how to defend, how to frustrate and how to make sure a team picks up a point when they so desperately need it.

I put my hands up, I didn't give Newcastle United a chance at Stamford Bridge and without being negative I did fear a hammering, four, five or at one point six or seven until I calmed down and had a word with myself.

NEWCASTLE United fans partied in the capital tonight after holding moneybags Chelsea to a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.

United picked up an unlikely but crucial point at Chelsea today after a superb performance in the capital.

Toon players celebrated on the pitch at the end of the 0-0 stalemate but they fully deserved their moment as they held moneybags Chelsea to a draw on a frustrating day for the title favourites.

A Bridge too far?

By Lee Ryder on Nov 20, 08 08:56 AM

Newcastle United may well be up against it in their trip to Chelsea and while some things in life aren't certain other things are pretty much nailed on.

You can make up your own mind about the result of the game which to many of us already looks ominous.

That's not just because Newcastle haven't won at the venue since 1986 in the days of Andy Thomas, Paul Stephenson and Peter Beardsley.

Recent visits to Stamford Bridge have been miserable for Toon fans.

alan-shearer.jpgNot for the first time since Newcastle United tumbled away from the Premier League's top four I experienced another "what if" moment in the game with Wigan.

They occur quite frequently for me and the thoughts of "what if Shearer had have been playing here" or "what if Shearer was manager" have been nagging away for quite a while now with Newcastle slumping to rock bottom.

The incident in question stems from the game with Wigan when Lee Cattermole was running the show at St James's Park.

The last time a pitch invader got as close to the dugout as that skinhead did at St James's Park on Saturday it was to get on his hands and knees and worship Kevin Keegan.

That day the bloke was guided away by stewards but left the ground peacefully and happy with his side cruising against Manchester United in the famous 5-0 win.

Without harping on about the good old days it was a case of how times have changed.

This time the fan was furious and let rip at Joe Kinnear, but it was clear that the Toon supporter got it wrong on this occasion even though the performance was at that stage pretty dreadful.

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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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