Spurs (1) vs Newcastle United (4) Post Match Review

March 30 13:47 2008 Print This Article

Magpies Zone welcoming Citizen Vain, my new Toon friend from the internet and his first article for my blog. I meet this lad from one of social networking site and I was very glad to have meet a fellow Toon Army from blogging.

This is the beauty of making a Blog about something that you really love and not just following someone else success in blogging about making money. My new mate from Vainzine is writting the first ever guest post in my blog with his great post match review. Thanks for your time to write for the Magpies Zone mate, Howay the Lads!!!

Below is his review of our last game at White Hart Lane.


What turned out to be a must win game for King Kev’s boys was, at least on Paper, never going to be an easy away day at North East London’s second biggest club.

The home support was weak from the kick off and it wasn’t long before Newcastle started to take control of the game from midfield.

The Toon started with a 4-3-3 formation, as did the opposition but Spurs central midfield players Huddlestone, Zakora and Malbranque did not look up for the fight from the start, a stark contrast to Butt, Barton and Geremi who seemed to know that this was an all or nothing fixture.

They weren’t the only ones. Habib Beye had his early strike in the 6th minute come back off the underside of the bar, before Barton missed a glorious chance to put the Toon 1-0 up after 15 minutes.

Inevitable the deadlock was broken in the 26th Minute, by Spurs. Steed Malbranque provided a sublime cross in to the box that was met by the head of the grateful Darren Bent. This was by no means an easy chance and he had to direct the ball into the corner to beat the unfortunate Steve Harper. Had the ball been anywhere else Harper would have probably saved it.

The travelling faithful’s heads did not drop and it was refreshing to see the players respond positively to the early set back. After a jittery five minutes proceeding Bent’s opener, when had Bent or Berbatov been more will to chase seemingly lost causes Spurs might have added to their advantage.

Newcastle were not being dominated though and had plenty of possession, but were unable to gain a breakthrough in the final third until on the stroke of half time Nicky Butt steered the ball in the bottom corner and past the helpless Robinson.

This was a pivotal moment in the game to strike the equalising goal. Referee Steve Bennet blew for half time straight from the re-start and as the players jogged from the pitch it was obvious that their confidence was brimming and that they could smell a victory.

Too many times in the past the supporters have been left dissapointed, but today was never going to end in dispair.

Spurs were woeful in the second half, bar a goal line clearnce from a header by Bent and it was the geordies who were making all of the noise both on and off the pitch. Barton should have scored again afetr the re-start but saw his shot scrape the outside of the post and go out for a goal kick.

The tension in the away stand was starting to build. The fans were starting to become restless and the belief was starting to wane. Too many fans had seen too many past opportunities to take victory squandered by the often hapless players, including Barton, and it looked as though if Spurs got one clear chance they would take it and kill the game off.

It wasn’t to be their day though and when Geremi stepped forward to take a free kick after 50 minutes few supporters would have though that they would be in rapturous delight moments later when his sweetly struck strike hit the back of the net.

This was the pivotal moment in the game. There was no going back after the Toon gained the lead and it wasn’t long before Owen curled a third past Robinson from 12 yards out.

Newcastle killed the match off in the 83rd minute when Oba Martins got the goal he had been wanting so desperatley all game with a nice run, beating the defender before slotting past Robinson.

This must go down as Newcastle’s greatest victory of the season. It should secure their position in the Premier league, and if the do stay up and play the pass and move football – remeniscnet of the first Keegan Era – the did today, then we can all look forward with optimism – provided some much need flair players and a winger or two make their way to St James’ Park in the transfer window. Well done lads!

Citizen Vain

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