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Newcastle United (Ameobi 44′, Dunne o.g. 63′) 2-2 Manchester City (Robinho pen. 14′, Ireland 86′)
Stadium: St. James Park, England
English Premier League
Date: 20 October 2008
Kickoff: 20:00 BST, 15:00 ET

Manchester City escaped St. James Park with a 2-2 draw against 10-man Newcastle United! Soccerlens brought you the action live! Click below for the live blog and feel free to leave your comments!

Match Preview:

Things could hardly have gone worse for Newcastle in this still-young season. Kevin Keegan, who had been charged with turning around the culture of losing that has seemed to take hold at the club, resigned after a prolonged power struggle with the board. Interim manager Joe Kinnear didn’t do himself any favors by pretending to be in a Scorsese movie during his very first press conference. With the recent revelation that the club is up for sale, things have become even more unstable at St. James Park.

The turmoil surrounding the club has taken a toll on the on-field product. Newcastle United sit second from bottom and desperately need a good result here. Michael Owen, who has been one of the few pillars of stability this year with 5 goals in all competitions, has been a casualty of the chaos at Newcastle as evidenced by his continuing snubbing at the hands of Fabio Capello and the English National Team. Still things could be worse. They could be Tottenham.

Still, as Manchester City showed, all it takes is for a billionaire to come in and throw some cash around in order to change the culture of a club. Indeed, things could have been a lot different had the Abu Dhabi group decided to buy Newcastle instead of City, which was a possibility at the time. Who knows? Maybe Owen would be paired up with Berbatov (remember, Newcastle was his favorite team as a child) and getting passes from Robinho.

While things haven’t been roses for City so far, they are much more formidable than in previous years. Still, they are coming off two straight losses, including a heartbreaking loss to Liverpool two weekends ago, and they need a win to get back on track.

Who will win? The team looking for a billionaire owner or the one that already has one?

UPDATE: Michael Owen is out of the match as a result of a groin strain. Robinho took a knock while on international duty, but is expected to play. Martin Petrov is out after hurting his knee while playing for Bulgaria. Newcastle has announced that Jonas (the midfielder, not the long-lost brother of Kevin, Joe, and Nick) will not feature against Manchester City, so no Spiderman mask for us.


Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Guthrie, Butt (c), Geremi, Duff, Martins, Ameobi
Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Edgar, Jose Enrique, N’Zogbia, Xisco, Carroll

Newcastle will make a couple of changes from the side that drew with Everton a weekend ago. Cacapa and Jose Enrique will head to the bench to make way for Beye and Bassong. Martins will come in for Xisco while Ameobi will try and replace Owen.

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Dunne (c), Ben Haim, Garrido, Kompany, Hamman, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Ireland, Jo.
Subs: Onuoha, Elano, Schmeichel, Fernandes, Evans, Sturridge, Berti.

Zabaleta will miss out after his red-card against Liverpool and will be replaced by Ben-Haim. Elano will head to the bench as Hamman will make the start. As expected, Robinho will start despite taking a knock while on international duty.


Thanks to all who followed along. I apologize for the internet issues. Join me tomorrow for Champions League action as Manchester United take on Celtic!

90′ + 4 Freekick for Newcastle in the attacking half. Butt sends the free kick towards N’Zogbia, who is deep down the left flank. Carroll tries to waste time, but loses it out of bounds. Robinho tries to send the long-range pass towards Ireland, but there’s the whistle and we’re done!

90′ + 3 Robinho tees one up from long-range and he’s well off target. That shot reeked of desperation more than anything else.

90′ + 2 SWP whips the cross to Robinho, who tries to head it on goal. He’s too far out, though, and it goes out for a goal kick. Given then takes his sweet time putting it back into play.

90′ + 1 Four minutes will be added on, much to the chagrin of the fans. SWP wins a corner after Carrol and Bassong fumble the cross attempt and it goes out past the end-line.

90′ Kompany gets it on the edge of the box, but he sloppily turns it over. I know he’s good, but Kompany hasn’t impressed today.

89′ Golden chance for City as Ireland gets it again deep down the right flank. He goes for the far post, and it’s just wide of the mark. Jo was upset that he didn’t get the cross, but you can’t blame Ireland for going for the shot.

88′ Kompany tries one from looong range, and Given saves it easily.

86′ GOAL! Great through-ball from Robinho to Ireland, who beats Coloccini and Bassong and pokes it past Given for the equalizer. Looks like Hughes’ gamble paid off.

84′ Nothing on the free kick as Dunne gets to it. Great strike by Ireland as he traps the ball down and then volleys it towards goal in one fluid motion. Given makes the brilliant diving save to preserve the lead. The ball was curving away from the far post, which was why Given was able to save that one.

83′ N’Zogbia gets fouled in the attacking half and they’ll have another free kick. Garrido will come off for City and Sturridge will come on. Clearly, City are going for the goal here. Hold on to your seats!

80′ Ameobi is off and gets a nice ovation from the crowd. Carroll will take his place. Evans and Taylor get into it once again as Evans hits Taylor with a tackle that’s more NFL than EPL. No card, though, and Rob Styles admonishes them both.

78′ Geremi springs Duff for a run down the right flank. He makes a nifty move to keep it in bounds, but he gets taken down by Dunne. No foul and the ball goes to N’Zogbia, who tries a long-range shot. It’s deflected past the touchline for a Newcastle throw.

77′ Robinho tries another shot from distance, as he seems determined to justify his price tag, but it isn’t even close.

76′ Robinho makes a move in the box and tries a shot from the edge of the box. Guthrie and Coloccini try to close him down, but Robinho gets his shot off anyway. It doesn’t trouble Given, though, who makes the easy save.

75′ SWP whips it in and it’s knocked out to Ben-Haim outside the box. He lays it off to Garrido, but N’Zogbia knocks it away from danger. SWP then goes for a long-range shot, but he’s well off target.

74′ Duff makes a great run down the left and he whips in the cross towards Ameobi. His shot is just over the bar, otherwise it would have been game, set, match. City spring a quick attack as Jo’s cross from the right flank is deflected out for a corner.

73′ Evans and Taylor struggle for a ball into the box from SWP, but Given takes control and handles it.

72′ Good chance for City as SWP sends it into Ireland, who lays it off to Onuoha. Onuoha crosses it into the box, but Butt knocks it away for a corner. Martins is off for Newcastle and N’zogbia is on. SWP’s corner is poor and Given easily catches it.

70′ Ireland makes the run towards the box and lays it off to Evans, who’s running down the left. Evans takes the shot and it takes a big deflection of Taylor. Luckily for Newcastle, it goes out for a corner. SWP whips in the corner and Jo has a free release and heads it on target. It’s just over the cross-bar, and Newcastle escape.

69′ Evans makes a good run into the box, but the long-pass is cut out by Given.

68′ Geremi plays it short to Butt, who knocks it off the defender for a throw-in.

67′ Butt is fouled by SWP in the City half of the pitch.

66′ Jo tries to send a cross into the box for SWP, but Coloccini knocks it away. Kompany then gets it and tries another long-range shot that is well wide of the post.

64′ Evans is on for City and Hamann is off. Maybe now City will attack the way they’re capable of.

63′ GOAL! Martins wins a corner as his header is deflected out for a corner. Geremi sends it in and Dunne screws up his clearance and knocks it in past a stunned Hart. Oh boy. Big mistake by the City skipper.

62′ Ameobi makes a nice move and crosses it towards the back post. Martins can’t get there in time, though, and it’s out for a throw.

61′ Kompany tries the long-range shot, but Given is barely troubled by it.

60′ Newcastle have outplayed City and have been royally screwed by a couple of bad calls. If there’s any justice, Newcastle will take, at least, a point from this match.

59′ Poor touch from Onuoha and he gives it right to Ameobi. The ref bails him out by calling Ameobi offsides, even though he was behind Onuoha when he got the ball. Terrible call that really saved Onuoha’s blushes there. Ameobi would have had a chance if the refs hadn’t blown the whistle.

58′ Richards is off and Onuoha is on in his place.

57′ Bassong sends a great ball into Martins, who goes down from the Richards challenge. Meanwhile, Richards is down and is signaling to the bench that he needs to come off. Robinho goes down on the edge of the box on the clean challenge from Butt. Well, that seems to be their most effective tactic today.

56′ Jo goes down a little too easily in the box. Well, how does the saying go? Fool Rob Styles once…

55′ Duff makes a great move down the right flank and tries to slot in the through-ball to Ameobi. The ball is slightly behind him, though, and City escape.

54′ Butt sends the free kick into the box, but Taylor gets called for the foul.

53′ Newcastle on the attack Martins tries to get through two defenders, and he ends up drawing the foul. Newcastle will have a free kick in their attacking half.

52′ Nothing doing on the corner. City get it and try to spring the counter-attack. Kompany’s through-ball to SWP is taken away Butt. That would have been a great chance for City as SWP had nothing but Green (the color of the pitch and the goalie) in front of him.

51′ Newcastle get a corner as Geremi releases Duff down the right flank. His cross into the box is deflected out for a corner. Let’s see what they can do here.

50′ SWP draws the foul on the edge of the touchline in the attacking half. Garrido swings it into the box, but Butt knocks it away. SWP gets it back and tries to get around Duff, but Butt comes over to help out and SWP loses it out of bounds. Goal-kick for Newcastle.

49′ Coloccini makes a good defensive play to cut out the pass to Ireland, who’s deep inside the Newcastle box.

48′ Richards goes down from the challenge from Martins, and he’s limping. He stays on, though, and play will continue.

47′ Ameobi draws a foul from Dunne in the attacking half of the pitch. This will be an interesting chance for Newcastle. Geremi looks for Coloccini at the far post, but it’s long and out of play for a goal-kick.

46′ Newcastle kick off and we’re underway! Ireland picks Martins’ pocket and tries a long range shot, but Given easily takes it.

46′ Graham Poll says that it was still a penalty, even though Beye got the ball first. I’m not sure about that. Anyway, Rob Styles (as you would expect) gets booed when he comes back onto the pitch.

Hopefully, I won’t have any more internet issues. Anyway, it looked like Newcastle were dead and buried after losing Beye in the 14th minute. But they scrapped and clawed their way back against a City team that seemed to take their feet off the gas. I’m sure Mark Hughes will let his team have it at halftime. There’s no reason why they should be 1-1 right now.

44′ I’m watching the replay. Martins takes the shot from long range and it bounced off two or three City defenders like a pinball before bouncing, fortunately, to Ameobi. He then breaks his two-year scoreless drought by poking it in past Hart.

I’m back and apparently, I missed the equalizer. Just my luck!

41′ Sorry folks. My internet went down so I had to relocate.

40′ Joey Barton is sitting on the bench, serving the last game of his 6 match suspension. I can’t tell if he’s wearing a monitoring device on his ankle or not. Kompany is called for a foul in the City half. Geremi sends in the free kick and Ameobi gets his head on it and tries to flick it to Martins. It’s taken by Hart, though.

39′ Ireland springs Richards for a run down the right flank. It’s just a little long, though, and Richards can’t handle it. It’s out for a goal-kick.

37′ Nice attack from City as Garrido finds Ireland with the long cross from the left wing to the right wing. Ireland sends it to Robinho, but Coloccini is there to make the great defensive stop.

36′ Yellow for Garrido as he fouls Duff in the Newcastle half of the field.

35′ Golden chance for Newcastle as Ameobi makes a nice chest trap with his back to the box and taps it to Martins. Martins then finds an unmarked Duff streaking towards goal down the right wing. Duff has a good chance, but his shot is right at Hart. Should have done better with that shot.

34′ We’re ready to resume as Dunne is off the pitch, holding his nose. Maybe he’s commenting on Newcastle’s season, thus far.

32′ Another free kick for Newcastle in the City half. Good ball in from Geremi that forces Hart to come off his line. Hart runs into Dunne and Dunne is on the ground. Nevertheless, the important thing for City is that they keep the ball out of the net.

31′ Free kick for Newcastle as City get whistled for a foul (don’t know who committed it since my connection froze for a minute). Geremi whips it into the box towards Butt, but his header is off target.

30′ Ben Haim makes a mistake on a back-pass and ends up heading it out past the end-line. Geremi whips in the cross, but it’s knocked out by Newcastle for a goal kick.

25′ Ben-Haim tries to find Robinho with a long cross from the left flank towards the far post, but it’s knocked out for a corner. Newcastle clear away the corner from danger.

24′ Newcastle play the long-ball to Martins once again. Once again, City are there to knock it away. As Yogi Berra used to say, it’s getting late early.

23′ Sorry folks. I’m having internet issues today. Not sure what’s going on. If I miss anything, please don’t hold it against me.

22′ Pace has slowed considerably as City knock it around the pitch. Not hard to see why. Newcastle were already short of attacking prowess coming into this match. Now they’re down a man. Hard to see them mounting much of a comeback here.

20′ Butt with the poor giveaway and City will have a throw-in in Newcastle territory.

16′ Newcastle fans are still stunned over what happened, and you can’t blame them. They’ll have a huge uphill climb if they want to get a good result here.

14′ GOAL! Robinho, does the little stutter-step that Cristiano Ronaldo loves so much, and it’s 1-0 City. Rob Styles will come under fire for this penalty as it looks like Beye got the ball first. Well, there goes my clean sheet.

12′ OK, this match just got REALLY bad for Newcastle. SWP sends a nifty pass to Robinho, who looks like he’s beaten Beye into the box. Beye takes him down and he gets the red card for the professional foul. Penalty kick for City and Newcastle are a man down. Ouch.

11′ Geremi is standing over it and it looks like he’ll be taking it. It’s a good strike from Geremi, but it’s just over the cross-bar. In the end, it barely troubled Hart.

10′ Geremi sends it in, but he’l have to do it again. Good for Newcastle since there was nothing doing on that corner. Nothing doing on this one, either. City clear it away easily. Martins gets fouled on the edge of the box by Ben-Haim and Newcastle will have a good opportunity here.

9′ Michael Owen looks dapper in his suit while sitting in the luxury box. Ameobi wins a corner for his side after his cross is deflected out.

8′ Guthrie tries the long pass to Martins, but he’s offsides.

5′ SWP lifts a dangerous cross towards the far post. Jo tries to head it in past Given, but the ball is ruled out and Newcastle have a goal kick.

4′ SWP whips in the corner and it’s out to Robinho. Robinho is open, but chooses to send it back across the pitch to SWP. His shot is blocked, as is Ireland’s follow-up shot. Good defense from Newcastle.

3′ Richards makes a great run down the right and threads a great through-ball to Wright-Phillips. SWP beats his man, but Coloccini is there and concedes the corner.

2′ Early foul from Ameobi on Dunne. Clearly, the Toon man is chomping at the bit. Nice cross into the box for Geremi, who tries to split his two defenders, but Ben-Haim gets to it first and heads it away.

1′ City kick off and here we go! Rob Styles is our ref. Feel free to curse, Bolton fans. Wow. Apparently, there have been six managerial changes since Ameobi scored in the Premiership. I guess he’s due for a goal, right?

0′ They’re lining up in the tunnel and exchanging pleasantries. All those egos cooped up in that small space. I’m surprised fights don’t happen more often. Like the one between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

0′ Seriously, Newcastle must be thanking their lucky stars that Tottenham continue to get the lion’s share of the attention/criticism for their start to this Premiership season. I can’t see how Newcastle are going to pull out a victory here, especially without Owen in the lineup. They’ll be lucky to escape with a point, but I doubt even that will happen.

0′ By the way, the last two matches I’ve live-blogged have ended up scoreless draws. Portugal/Sweden and Aston Villa/Portsmouth. Throw in the second half of the Villa/Chelsea match, and I’m on a 225 minute-plus scoreless streak. Now I know how it feels to be a Spur.

0′ Hello everyone and welcome to the UK’s version of “Monday Night Football.” I’m Victor and I’ll be your liveblogger today as Manchester City look to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Liverpool against Newcastle United, who may be coming under new management sooner rather than later.

Match Review:

What a gutsy performance from Newcastle United as they salvage a point despite a disastrous start. Newcastle weren’t able to hold on to the lead, but they can take heart in the fact that they outplayed City for most of the match and probably deserved to win. Hopefully, they can build on this and turn their season around.

As for City, they may have avoided the loss, but there’s not much to be happy about if you’re Mark Hughes. They were gifted a penalty shot and played with a man advantage for most of the match. Despite that, they didn’t generate too many scoring chances and only managed to equalize once they got desperate and brought in two forwards. City have big names but seem to lack chemistry. They had trouble generating any kind of consistent attack and Robinho has, at times, been more style than substance. They have a lot of work to do if they wish to become a legitimate title threat.

Man of the Match:

Nicky Butt

He hasn’t had too many great days since leaving Old Trafford, but today was one of them. Butt played a great all-around game, cutting out numerous City attacks and working very well with his defenders, particularly Coloccini who, aside from getting beaten by Ireland for the equalizer, had a great game. As for City, Ireland continues to be underrated and underappreciated, and he showed his worth today with a great strike to salvage the point.

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