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Newcastle United 2 - Aston Villa 0

Premier League

St James' Park

3/11/08 - 8.03pm

Attendance: 44,567

Referee: S.Bennett

Newcastle United
2 - 0
Aston Villa
Martins (60, 83)
 
 
Venue: St James' Park
 
Attendance: 44,567
The Teams
Given
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Beye
 
 
 
L. Young
 
 
Coloccini
 
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
Taylor
 
 
 
Laursen
 
 
Enrique
 
 
 
Shorey
 
 
72
Gutierrez
 
 
 
Milner
 
 
Barton
 
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
85
Butt
 
 
 
Barry
 
 
Duff
 
 
 
A. Young
 
 
Martins
 
 
88
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
Ameobi
 
 
92
 
Carew
 
 
Substitutes
Cacapa
 
 
88
 
Salifou
 
 
Owen
 
 
92
 
Knight
 
 
Harper
 
 
 
Harewood
 
 
85
Geremi
 
 
 
Davies
 
 
Guthrie
 
 
 
Gardner
 
 
N'Zogbia
 
 
 
Guzan
 
 
Bassong
 
 
 
Sidwell
 
 
72
Game Statistics
11
Goal Attempts
6
7
On Target
1
10
Crosses
13
2
Corners
6
1
Offside
3
13
Fouls
20
4
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
55
%
45
Comments...
Still 5th but that certainly wasn't the planned result tonight.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 3 2008

Time: 10:01PM

Your Comments

WHAT THE ***** WAS THAT???!! Gutted, proper gutted. Absolute mare. Looked scrappy all game. Fair play to the geordies. Martins was *****-hot
medzy
So, why all the talk about squad use before the match??? We were awful and scraped a result against Blackburn and this was inevitable given the fact that this was the same bleedin' team! Harewood came on for the last five minutes and Sidwell played the last 18 minutes! There's absolutely no point in having strength in depth if you don't use it....
gmvillan
That was a pretty poor performance, although we weren't too bad in the first half and if we put away our chances it would have been a differant story. I felt that we struggled at the back and gave Martins too much space to move. I'm yet to be convinced with Cuellar and was happy with Davies performances before he was dropped, but it is probably too early to start getting on his back and he probably needs a bit of time to settle. MO'N is a brilliant manager but one thing that has always frustrated me about him is that that he waits so long to make changes. I would have liked to see sidwell a bit earlier.
liamo1981
only 6attempts at goal???? and just one on target.... were u playing for a draw.....what a missed opportunity to get into the top four.
ArabianKnight
Champions League contenders or Champions League pretenders? It's November, and we're looking tired. NRC just simply gave up on their second goal. As gmvillan says, if we have strength in squad - then use the bloody squad! How can the fringe players step up if they're not given a chance. Gutted!
claretandbluestu
We missed Petrov badly and Nige is not good enough. Even his passes are just hammered at teammates feet not giving them any space. He makes a good tackle but is so uncomfortable on the ball and he shouldn't be playing at this level with such low skill levels.
Villan444
Never seen so many fouls in a game and so many long balls made it a poor sight as a contest. Martins shone out and was the best man on the pitch and made our defence look shaky, probably because they haven't got anyone like him to practice against. Rather have him than Owen.
Villan444
We just didn't get enough shots on target, test Givens or his defence enough. As a couple of geordies commented to us in the pub post game, West Bromwich Albion gave them a tougher time and a rougher ride than we did. We looked clueless at times, devoid of ideas or direction.
glensider
The geordies lowest gate for a premiership encounter for quite a few seasons, or so we were told after the game by some Newcastle United fans. If only Gabby had tucked that great opportunity away, if only, if only, if only! Way below par offering, and a similar performance in Prague will see us get turned over once again.
glensider
 

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