Blog on the Tyne at the Portsmouth match

By Lee Ryder on Apr 27, 09 01:00 PM

I was reporting live from St James's Park for the visit of Portsmouth on what turned out to be a disappointing evening for the Toon Army.

Shearer and the players knew the weekend's results meant a win was vital to stay in touch with the teams outside the bottom three.

But despite a battling performance and a good start in the first half, United could only manage a 0-0 draw with the side from the south coast.

It means there are just two home games left for the Magpies to secure their Premier League safety, with tricky trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa on the agenda as well.

Click below to watch a replay of my coverage from St James's Park.


stevep said:

The day may come when the toons premiership status comes crashing down
but it is not this day!
Bodies shall be shaken, lungs shall be burst; as we stand like men!
For today is the day to be counted and to stand brave!
Today is the day for us to give our all
and on Shearers command, unleash our hell!

Andrew Grundy said:

feeling extremely nervous and worried, mainly because when I think of why we wont win tonight there are many more reasons than why we will. In fact, the only reason I can think of for winning is that we need to...but have needed to win all season. Yes, now it is vital but does this mean we will suddenly create chances, and suddenly take chances, and suddenly defend properly? Well, lets hope so. I'm sure we'll all take one going in off teh backside tonight, not least cos it means we've actually had someone's backside near the goal line!

I will be there making as much noise as possible (whilst silently praying like mad)

Come on lads

Dave Robson said:

its got to be 3pts tonight nothin less will do, i think tonight we will get the result we need, really hope we start with Oba, Viduka or (carroll), Owen, and we have to go for the throat from the off, hull and mackems doing thier best to help us, so we have to take full advantage tonight, rest of defence have got to come upto habib's class level tonight, row z everything if in any doubt,
3 - 1 tonight, lets hope they show some belated passion. THEY OWE US BIG TIME.
COME ON!!!!!

Tad Caster said:

That was awful. Harper, Duff and Coloccini (and maybe Viduka) - easily our best men. Central midfield were poor. Guthrie was awful, as was (whisper it) Carroll when he came on. Martins was poor. Owen was dreadful.

We have too many players, accrued under a range of managers, who just aren't good enough and on the evidence of tonight, sorry to say, we deserve to go down.

Coloccini and both Taylors have made some very visible errors this season and have cost us goals, but there are other players, equally culpable, week in, week out, who are almost consistently weak, especially those in midfield who neither back up the defence enough nor support the attack.

nufc 4 life said:

that is done for us it was a must win game and we stuffed up big time, sorry to say it but we have drawn the last straw, no chane of staying up what a shame!!

stan said:

id like to say we will survive this season but i cant see it happening. i really do believe we would be better off back in our native country Scotland. what does everyone else think? x

gloriagaynor said:


Horrified Fan said:

I agree that display was awful. It was crying out for some width but we have got rid of those who could provide it.
Give the youngsters a chance Al. Nothing to lose now. The so called senior players just don't cut the dirft.


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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