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Date: Sat 12th January 2002, 3.00pm.
Please note: Those lovely people
at the FA sent us yet another snotty letter (we're building up a fair
collection now) threatening us with legal proceedings for linking to MPEG
clips of the goals. Unfortunately, we have had to remove the links but we
spoke to the FA and they are happy for you to shut down your browser, open
it again and type the address. (How ridiculous is that...?)
We would like to fully acknowledge the
part played by PremiumTV and/or Newcastle United Football Club in keeping
the FA fully informed of possible copyright infringements on NUFC.com,
our gratitude knows no bounds. However, can we respectfully suggest that
their time would be better served by attending the craphole laughingly
called the official site, rather than hounding us....
27 seconds Almost before anyone
had drawn breath, Leeds had kicked off, lost and regained possession and
seen Viduka head the ball forward for Smith to run on to. Leaving
Dabizas trailing in his wake, he headed into the box and blasted a strong
shot past the helpless Given. 0-1
(An MPEG clip of the goal may be
available at this web address: http://macauslot.hkcix.com/video/0112/56k/0112_5.mpeg)
mins After a period of Newcastle pressure had
brought no reward, a cross from the right flank by Bellamy got the merest
of touches from the head of Solano and fell perfectly for Duberry to
power a straight header into his own goal, under no pressure from a
Newcastle attacker. 1-1
(An MPEG clip of the goal may be
available at this web address: http://macauslot.hkcix.com/video/0112/56k/0112_6.mpeg)
Half time: Newcastle 1 Leeds
60 mins The Magpies scored another
classically simple but devastatingly effective goal against Leeds when Dyer
brought the ball upfield before laying it off and continuing his forward
run. When the ball was played by Solano in to Bellamy on the edge of the
Leeds box with his back to goal, he simply chested it into the path of
Dyer, who converted with a low shot into the bottom right of the goal. his
celebration consisted of uprooting the same corner flag that Tino had
seized against Metz, only instead of sticking his shirt on it, wor Kieron
mimed a golf chip into the crowd. Showing some common sense for once, the
referee refrained from booking the player but sent him back to replace the
corner flag before the game resumed. 2-1
(An MPEG clip of the goal may be
available at this web address: http://macauslot.hkcix.com/video/0112/56k/0112_7.mpeg)
87 mins A strong header out of
defence from Distin dropped for Bellamy, who found the advancing
Dyer on the United right before haring off in the direction of the
Gallowgate goal. Dyer supplied a perfectly-weighted pass for the Welshman,
who shot low to Martyn's left and buried the ball in the same corner of
the goal as Dyer. 3-1
(An MPEG clip of the goal may be
available at this web address: http://macauslot.hkcix.com/video/0112/56k/0112_8.mpeg)
Full time: Newcastle 3 Leeds
"It has been a hell of a week for
"He didn't need to come here,
after losing a dramatic FA Cup tie at Cardiff, and play this sort of game.
"He lost Rio Ferdinand to injury
and then Robbie Fowler, so with respect, he could have done with a much
more simpler game rather than facing a side challenging for the
"It was a high-quality,
high-temper match but there were too many fouls littered through it,"
"There was a lot of persistent
fouling and the referee must have thought 'It will be handy to take some
Dyer was sent home felling unwell on Friday. We did not know whether he
would be fit to play but he gave a great performance. I don't know where
he gets his energy. Nobody can stay with him. Sven will know he has
another brilliant player to add to his squad. There's another 20% to come
on what was seen there.
About Bellamy's booking:
"It wasn't a dive."
"Referees have to get this right.
I appreciate he may have been looking at it from a different angle, but
they have to make an honest decision for an honest player and a good
decision for a dishonest player.
"It wasn't a foul. It wasn't a
dive, It wasn't a penalty, so play on.
"But they are under so much
pressure sometimes from the media and sometimes from the match assessor in
the stand, that every time a player goes down they have to decide whether
it's a dive or not. On this occasion it wasn't."
On the title:
I still feel we cannot win it. We are close to Arsenal and Manchester
United but I still think those two head the field. We'll keep quiet about
it and just try to keep going.
David O'Leary said
"The lads playing have done marvelously but we seem to be losing
big players every week."
"Newcastle deserved to
win today and good luck to them.
"We got a good start thanks to
Alan Smith's goal, but then lost our way and although we were a bit
unlucky with the own goal for their equaliser and we gave away a poor
"We had a good little spell after
we went down to ten men and Mark Viduka could have grabbed a second goal
for us, but then we let in another poor goal which finished the game.
"I know we are now going to be
without key players and we must get some of injured stars back.
"But I am still happy at where we
are in the league and if we can get our class players back I'm still
confident we can go on and push for a top four finish."
about Danny Mills:
"I will deal with him internally."
[We hope this refers to some medical procedure....]
"We have a former referee in
Steve Lodge to help us out and does well for us, but players when they go
out onto the pitch, despite all the talking to them, have to look after
"Danny Mills did not do that. I
cannot condone what he did. The referee was spot on.
"I am getting worried about the
suspensions, and now we have got a right-back who is going to be out for a
few games, someone you would want playing in your team.
"It is no good having him miss
games for stupidity like that. In a game of football you don't want
Four times we've beaten Leeds in
succession now, and in all four games we've come from behind - that's damn
Our second league double of the season, after having done the trick
against the smogs.
One day short of a year since Kieron Dyer scored his last
goal - also in a 3-1 win at St.James' Park (against Coventry.)
Alan Shearer was unable to mark his 150th league start for
Newcastle by scoring in a seventh successive game, but didn't seem overly
bothered. Nearest he came was a close-range far post header in the first
half that struck the woodwork - however he was adjudged to have impeded an
opponent when moving toward the cross.
Robbie Elliott almost scored on
his 100th league game.
We extended our record of scoring in every league game to a run of 13
league matches - previous best under Robson was 6.
While the Premier League continue to dream up
ever-more ludicrous ways of separating fans from their hard-earned cash, along
comes yet another game that reminds those present and watching all over the
planet what a bloody marvellous product they have to exploit.
Teams of scriptwriters, choreographers and the most eminent Hollywood directors
couldn't have come up with a more irresistible plotline than that which unfolded
at St.James' Park on Saturday, and bucking the celluloid tradition, this sequel
to the first Clash of the Northern United's was even more rip-roaring than the
first version had been in December.
While Bobby's heroes once again overcame all the odds and ended up with the
plaudits, for the sinister bad guy and his wild bunch, recriminations and
infighting were the order of the day - like the Borgias with bovver boots, you
wouldn't want to live next door to this family.
After seeing the miserable whinger Trevor Francis endure a fruitless afternoon
before sliding back to his latest bolt hole the previous Saturday, it was the
turn of David O'Bleary to stand in front of the post-match cameras and struggle
to invent more instances of the perceived vendetta against him and his side. At
least he didn't have to worry about meeting Freddy Shepherd in the car park for
a dust up though, and rather than 20,000 Welshman making his life uncomfortable,
it was just two this time - Speed and Bellamy.
The day had started with the veteran toon boss receiving his award for steering us
through a December which will live long in the memory, and then presiding over a
demolition job par excellence, save for the inevitable slapstick opening 30
seconds - this is Newcastle of course, where the phrase operation own goal was
Quite simply Newcastle were stunning - encouragingly positive and driven during
the first half and single-mindedly intent after the break on dismantling their
supposed rivals. It's to their considerable credit that they triumphed through
sheer force of will and superior footballing ability, against an opposition who
appeared to be auditioning for places in the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League side.
Quite simply they were a disgrace, and were it not for the competent and
fair-minded performances put in by Woodgate and Bowyer, things would be been
very grim indeed for them. An afternoon of lunges, kicks, elbows, tantrums and
time-wasting was only punctuated by a tremendous goal in the opening seconds,
and industrious work from the afore-mentioned notorious duo.
As has been the case on previous momentous occasions in this unfolding season of
delight, the three points were secured thanks to graft and commitment from the
whole side. Given didn't have much to do, but saved us at 2-1 with a remarkable
smothering of the ball, while his defence recovered from earlier difficulties to
look more competent as the game went on. Dabizas laboured manfully to compensate
for his lack of pace, while O'Brien looked clearly shattered when he was
replaced late on. Hughes benefited from a solid shift put in by Solano, who
didn't languish on the halfway line when not in possession, but was continually
tracking backward and forward. Even the perceived weak link Elliott had a good day,
with some enterprising forward runs and a series of probing and accurate passes
on his 100th league appearance.
He also galloped forward to try his luck with a shot, but it fell to his right
foot and passed harmlessly wide of the goal.
Midfield was as keenly contested as expected, with Speed once again excelling in
a central role, while Dyer defied an apparent illness to cruise up and down the
mud heap of a pitch and stay away from the boots of Batty (time for him to pack
in, nothing positive about him at all now, just spitefulness) while playing
killer balls. Out on the left Robert certainly looked as if he was trying to
bring himself into the play, rather than stranded forlornly waiting for a pass
out on the left, and after an early smack in the mouth from Mills that had him
spitting blood on the turf, he did well to keep going as he did. However,
there must be more to come from him, and he shared the Bellamy trait of getting
to the byline and being unable to find a black and white shirt.
And as for our Welsh dragon, another typical day at work for him. An early
booking for what the referee saw as a dive to claim a penalty, some frustrating
work in front of goal (another 1:1 ballsed up) and the usual running commentary.
Oh, and some devastating forward running and dribbling, an assist for Dyer's
goal and a tremendous finish for a deserved goal to seal the win.
Finally there was the record-chasing Shearer, who didn't score but hit a post
and had an afternoon of toil against Duberry and Woodgate with some reward - one
great leap took him beyond two defenders to nod down a perfect ball for Speed,
who should have scored but screwed his shot wide to his obvious anguish. While
his name didn't appear on the scoresheet for a 7th consecutive game, his
presence was vital and allowed the younger lads with good engines to do their
stuff around him while he won free-kicks and diverted the attention of the Leeds
So, regardless of what else is to come and where we end up, a team and a manager
to be proud of, playing an irresistible brand of football and prospering as a
result. As long as we can maintain our standards and be as motivated against
"smaller" teams the future looks bright, whether we're top or not.
PS - The home crowd at last found their voices
and provided a fitting backdrop, while the Leeds fans gave up singing as the
afternoon progressed and some devoted their attentions to racially abusing
Duberry or throwing missiles down on the toon fans below. Not much different to
the team then - bad losers.
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