Newcastle United (Away)
League Cup - Round 3

Wednesday 24th September 2008


I haven't had a lot of time to prepare a preview for this cup tie at St. James Park, but it has disaster written all over it.

No manager, fans in uproar, chairman wanting to sell the club, players wanting to leave the club, injury crisis ... what else is going to happen outside of a Newcastle win ??  We never do well up there when we are playing well, so at the moment, even though both clubs are in the depths of despair, I hold out little hope for a successful defence of our Carling Cup win of last season.

PREDICTION : -  Newcastle United  2     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 :  -  Danny Guthrie (suspended); Joey Barton (suspended); Jose Enrique (hamstring); Habib Beye (achilles); Alan Smith (achilles); Mark Viduka (achilles); Andy Carroll (foot); Jonas Guttierez (shoulder); Wesley Ngo Behang (knee); Kazenga Lua Lua (ankle);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Alan Hutton (foot); Luka Modric (knee); - (-); 


Sky Sports 1 - (live coverage)
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
BBC London -
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Newcastle United   1   Tottenham Hotspur    2      (Half-time score : 0-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  St. James Park
Wednesday 24th September 2008
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   19,473
Referee :  Chris Foy (St. Helens)
Weather :  -  Mild, dry
Teams : - 
Newcastle United :

  1  Given

20  Geremi
27  Taylor
  2  Coloccini
12  Bassong

  6  Cacapa (30  Edgar 72)
22  Butt     
14  N'Zogbia
10  Owen (c) 

11  Duff (19  Xisco 72)
  9  Martins

Unused subs: 
23  Ameobi
35  Tozer
41  Doninger
42  Donaldson

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

22  Corluka     
26  King (c)
39  Woodgate
32  Assou-Ekotto

  7  Lennon (18  Campbell 62)
  8  Jenas
  4  Zokora     
24  O'Hara      
  3  Bale (17  Giovani 53)

  9  Pavlyuchenko    (14  Modric 75)

Unused subs: 
21  Cesar
  5  Bentley
10  Bent
11  Gilberto


Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Newcastle United

Owen 90

Tottenham Hotspur

Pavlyuchenko 62
O'Hara 66

Cards : -  
Newcastle United

Butt (foul) 22



Tottenham Hotspur 

Corluka (foul) 35
O'Hara (foul) 45
Zokora (foul) 63 


Match Report : -  
While it was a confidence boosting win in terms of it being a victory, it did come against a poor Newcastle United side, who looked like they ought to be outside the Premier League, but are, in fact, sitting just above Tottenham in the league table.  If only we could play them while they are in such a slough of despair rather than having to settle for this 2-1 win in the League Cup.

It was two teams who looked way out of form and lacking confidence who played out a first half which was as bad as you might have seen in this competition or any other.

The only thing that woke any of the players up was the kick in the balls that Pavlyuchenko got from Collocini, but he got his revenge later in the half when he elbowed the Argentine in the nose and drew blood.  Pav looked keen to shoot on sight, but was too far away from the goal and usually only succeeded in hitting a defender.  The closest they came to scoring wasn't that close.  Bale bent in a free-kick from the left hand side, with Woodgate getting across his marker, but could not get the ball to go in the direction of the goal and it went about ten yards wide.  Newcastle matched Tottenham's ability to give the ball away and too often Spurs players had the ball taken off them without much resistance. 

N'Zogbia tried from distance and made Gomes react to hold the effort, but the biggest hits were on the Spurs players, as Butt took the ball and the player from behind and saw yellow.  This was after Taylor got his arm into Gomes' chest in the air to try to put him off his game, but the keeper came for crosses and in the second half, he rushed from goal to intercept a through ball outside his area and also made a good low save from Martins.

Pavlyuchenko hinted at future threats when he managed to get away from Collocini to head O'Hara's corner just over the angle of crossbar and post on the half hour, but that was really the last bit of decent action as the third full stadium echoed to Spurs fans' chants and the home side were reduced to booing Jermaine Jenas and the referee's decision.  

The second half started much livelier.  Within two minutes, Duff was put through by Martins and his shot by-passed Gomes, but former Magpie Jonathan Woodgate dashed back to turn the ball wide as it looked like it might go in at the far post.  That was an important interception, but the turning point came when Gareth Bale made way for Giovani, who took up an attacking midfield role on the right, with Lennon moving to the left.

Ten minutes into the second half, Jenas fed Benoit Assou-Ekotto and he went forward and unleashed a shot that Given had to take at the second attempt.  Then Giovani got away down the right, putting in a waist high cross and unfortunately Pav got just goal-side of it and could not get enough of a contact on the ball.  The home side then attacked, with Michael Owen going through the right hand channel, shepherded wide by Woodgate, allowing Gomes to beat away the England striker's shot from a tight angle.

With 61 minutes on the clock, Tottenham went ahead.  Jamie O'Hara, who had a hard-working game in midfield, played the ball wide to Aaron Lennon.  He cut back onto his right foot and crossed to the centre of the goal, where Pavlyuchenko again lost Collocini and powered his header past Given for his first Spurs goal.  It was a relief more than anything, as the stalemate was only helping Newcastle.

Immediately, Ramos took off Lennon and brought on Fraizer Campbell.  The loan striker failed to have a similar impact as he did on Sunday, with the home side hitting back straight away with Geremi looping a cleared free-kick goal-wards and Gomes had to dive to his right to grab the effort.  But within four minutes of the first goal, Spurs were 2-0 up as they made the most of Newcastle's sloppy play.  A free-kick deep in their own half saw the ball passed across the pitch to Steven Taylor, who was closed down by Jamie O'Hara and robbed of the ball, about ten yards outside the box.  Without anyone in front of him, O'Hara took the ball on and as Given came out, the midfielder slid the ball to the keeper's right and into the net.  It was reminiscent of Steed's goal that won it for Spurs at Manchester City in last season's competition.  It was well-deserved by O'Hara, as he worked hard and looked comfortable on the ball all game long.

Spurs were looking happy to pass the ball around.  Martins was restricted to hitting a 25 yard effort straight at Gomes and N'Zogbia tried to hit the target from wide of the penalty area, but only hit the advertising hoardings.  But Tottenham never do things the easy way.  With a minute left of normal time, a through ball on the right saw Geremi get behind Assou-Ekotto and his low cross was knocked out by Gomes, but it went to Owen, who had hung back around the penalty spot and struck the ball precisely to make sure he missed the players in front of him.

2-1 and three minutes to be added.  A free-kick was softly awarded to Newcastle and even though it was straight, the ball had to be headed out by O'Hara for a corner.  The corner kick failed to beat the first man and the ball was kept away from the penalty area long enough for Chris Foy to blow the final whistle.

Once more, it was a relief, but how this result will affect the team from now on will be put to the test by Portsmouth on Sunday.  But a win, a couple of goals and some more practice of playing this system might help the side settle to make some positive strides.





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Other scores in this round :
Arsenal 6 Sheffield United 0 Tuesday
Swansea City 1 Cardiff City 0 Tuesday
Burnley 1 Fulham 0 Tuesday
Leeds United 3 Hartlepool United 2 Tuesday
Liverpool 2 Crewe Alexandra 1 Tuesday
Rotherham United 3 SCBC 1 Tuesday
Manchester United 3 Middlesbrough 1 Tuesday
Stoke City (won 4-3 on penalties) 2 Reading 2 Tuesday
Sunderland (won 4-3 on penalties) 2 Northampton Town 2 Tuesday
Watford 1 West Ham United 0 Tuesday
Aston Villa 0 QPR 1 Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers 1 Everton 0 Wednesday
Ipswich Town 1 Wigan Athletic 4 Wednesday
Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 4 Wednesday
Second Round score
Brighton and Hove Albion (won 5-4 on pens) 2 Manchester City 2 Wednesday


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