Newcastle United (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 23rd December 2006

Christmas and work commitments have prevented me doing a match preview very early, but I would imagine we would be better prepared for this after last week's win at Manchester City although the midweek extra time win will have taken something out of the players.  As Newcastle are doing a bit better at home now, I think it will be honours shared ...

PREDICTION : -  Newcastle United  1   Tottenham Hotspur   1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


NEWCASTLE UNITED :  Shola Ameobi (hip); Stephen Carr (foot); Craig Moore (hamstring); Michael Owen (knee); Olivier Bernard (hip); Charles N'Zogbia (knee); Titus Bramble (calf); Tim Krul (knee); Steve Harper (groin)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Teemu Tainio (ankle); Robbie Keane (knee); Jermaine Jenas (ankle); Aaron Lennon (knee); Edgar Davids (illness); Paul Stalteri (knee)


Match of the Day  (BBC 2) - 22.30 (highlights) [repeated 07.45 Sunday]
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here

Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :   Live webcast  - subscribers only
Planet football - (free - only available when match is on.)
BBC London - click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Newcastle United   3   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 3-1)

Premier League
Venue : -  St. James' Park
Saturday 23rd December 2006
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   52,079
Referee :  Alan Wiley (Burntwood)
Weather :  -   Dry, but very cold
Teams : - 
Newcastle United :


S. Taylor



Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :


King (c)
YP Lee



Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Newcastle United

Dyer 3
Martins 7
Parker 34

Tottenham Hotspur

S. Taylor (own goal) 15

Cards : -  
Newcastle United

Milner (foul) 87  


Tottenham Hotspur 

Huddlestone (foul) 57  


Match Report : -  
Just when you think a corner is turned, there is another one that pops up in front of you to make you take the wrong turn.  Spurs rarely get anything from their trips t the North-East and this pre-Christmas trek brought little to cheer and garnered little goodwill from the officials.

In a way, it was much like the game at Highbury recently, with the decisions going against us, but not really making a lot of difference, as we deserved to lose anyway.  The suspicion over the second Newcastle goal might have proved that Scott Parker was beyond the last defender when he received the ball, but the defending once play went on was approaching abysmal.

The loss of Jermain Defoe with a knee injury in the warm-up left Spurs with just one man up front, with Malbranque playing in the hole behind him, but the longer the game went on the deeper he dropped.  He did have the first chance to score in the match, when he headed Chimbonda's cross straight into Given's hands and as has happened so often this season, it lead to a goal at the other end of the pitch.  Dyer got the ball and ran at Ledley King, who backed off giving the Newcastle midfielder the opportunity to bend the ball around him and past Robinson with just three minutes on the clock.

When James Milner mis-kicked horribly, the ball flew to Parker, who was standing well offside.  How the linesman didn't see it, who knows, but play went on and Spurs failed to pick up Obafemi Martins, who had a free header from close range to make it 2-0 with seven minutes having elapsed.

Spurs tried to gat back into the match and Berba looked offside as he ran through and hit the side netting with Given coming out to meet him.  Tottenham grabbed a slice of luck themselves when Chimbonda made a good run on the right wing, put in a cross, which Malbranque tried to bicycle kick in, but missed and it fell kindly to Danny Murphy.  The player drafted into the side shot at goal and the ball hit Taylor's face on it's way past Given and into the net.  Three goals in fifteen minutes signalled a frenetic start for the players, but the fans were stunned by the open-ness of the game.

The Spurs goal had rocked Newcastle and their fans, who were silenced by the fact Tottenham had pulled one back.  Possession became more often found in a white shirt and it was only some last ditch tackles and touches by the Newcastle defence that prevented them being opened up for an equaliser.  Chimbonda had the best opening, when he forced a save from the Toon keeper with a header on Huddlestone's free-kick.

But it was the Spurs keeper who had a hand in the next goal of the game.  Emre's free-kick was fumbled by Robinson and when it dropped, both Taylor and Martins tried to score, but were denied by brave saves by the Tottenham goalie, but he was helpless when the ball popped up for Parker to head in to make it 3-1 to the home side.

It was an uphill task then for Tottenham to get back into it, with a reorganised line-up.  However, they didn't give up and although the score remained unchanged until the end of the game, they did have a go in the second half.

Berbatov raced clear at the start of the second period and slipped a shot past the advancing Given only to see it roll agonisingly past the wrong side of the post and when Ramage cleared a cross to Dawson, the Spurs defender could not get a clean strike on goal.  Jol decided to replace Zokora with Mido to make it 4-4-2, but it didn't improve things for Tottenham.  Apart from Ledley King hitting a shot wide there was little more to show for the long trip North.

On days like this, when another slow start and a dodgy call cost us, you wonder whether the FA would allow us just to give these teams the three points and not have to bother to travel to the ends of the earth to see them lose.  It is a disappointing way to go into Christmas, but there is always another game and it comes on Tuesday with the opportunity to show they can bounce back, although it will be hard against Martin O'Neill's well drilled Aston Villa side.




Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 6 Blackburn Rovers 2 Saturday
Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 3 Saturday
Fulham 0 West Ham United 0 Saturday
Liverpool 2 Watford 0 Saturday
Manchester City 0 Bolton Wanderers 2 Saturday
Middlesbrough 2 Charlton Athletic 0 Saturday
Portsmouth 3 Sheffield United 1 Saturday
Reading 0 Everton 1 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 2 Chelsea 3 Saturday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 19 15 2 2 41 10 47 +31
2 Chelsea 19 14 3 2 33 13 45 +20
3 Liverpool 19 10 4 5 28 15 34 +13
4 Arsenal 19 9 6 4 35 17 33 +18
5 Bolton Wanderers 19 10 3 6 22 15 33 +7
6 Portsmouth 19 9 5 5 28 17 32 +11
7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 19 8 4 7 23 25 28 -2
8 Everton 19 7 6 6 23 20 27 +3
9 Reading 19 8 2 9 20 24 26 -4
10 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 21 21 25 0
11 Newcastle United 19 7 4 8 20 21 25 -1
12 Fulham 19 6 6 7 18 28 24 -10
13 Wigan Athletic 19 6 4 9 22 26 22 -4
14 Middlesbrough 19 5 5 9 17 24 20 -7
15 Manchester City 19 5 5 9 15 24 20 -9
16 Sheffield United 19 5 5 9 15 25 20 -10
17 Blackburn Rovers 18 5 4 9 18 28 19 -10
18 West Ham United 19 5 3 11 11 24 18 -13
19 Charlton Athletic 19 3 3 13 13 33 12 -20
20 Watford 18 1 8 9 11 24 11 -13



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