Month: March 2016

20.03.2016… Sunderland (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 1

St. James’ Park… Sunday March 20th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 52,311

Ticket: £55 – Programme: £3

Only a point, and still in a desperate position, but the alternative would have been unthinkable…

An odd derby too, certainly the quietest that I’ve ever experienced, the pressure of the situation I guess…

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Second Half: Sunderland Attack…

Looking for positives, at least we put an end to the six game losing streak…

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Second Half: Newcastle Equalise…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat (YC) (Anita 71), Colback (YC) (De Jong 62), Shelvey (YC), Mbemba, Lascelles, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Mitrovic (YC), Perez, Townsend (Cisse 76)

Not Used; Darlow, Saivet, Taylor, Riviere

Goals; Mitrovic (83)

Sunderland; Mannone (YC), Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul (O’Shea 73), van Aanholt, Kirchhoff (Cattermole 84), M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri (N’Doye 75), Borini, Defoe

Not Used; Pickford, Jones, Lens, Toivonen

Goals; Defoe (44)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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19.03.2016… Wycombe (h)…

Carlisle United 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1wwfc-1

Brunton Park… Saturday March 19th… 3pm

Attendance: 4,532

Ticket: £19 – Programme: £2

My first and possibly only trip to Brunton Park this season, floods and Newcastle United being the major culprits. Wycombe were the visitors, another side with play-off aspirations…

Evidence of the recent floods on the walk to the ground, pavements littered with skips, windows filled with advertisements for builders. The offices at Brunton Park relocated to a set of large metal Portakabins in the main car park…

Accidentally bought a seat in the main stand, which was all very confusing. No turnstiles at the entrance either, just a set of stairs, at the top of which were two stewards with a clipboard. Mistaken for press (my bag apparently) which only increased my levels of puzzled…

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First Half Action…

A largely forgettable match…

Wycombe scored early, a Carlisle equaliser closely followed. Carlisle pressed for the remainder of the half but it was Wycombe who squandered the best opportunity to go in ahead, missing a penalty just before half time…

The second half drifted by with very little incident, although Carlisle hopes were raised in the final ten minutes after Wycombe were reduced to ten men. Marcus Bean received a straight red card following a rash challenge on Mark Ellis. Few meaningful chances resulted though…

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Leaving Brunton Park…

So, another draw, one of far too many over the last few weeks. The play-offs are starting to look a little out of reach…

Carlisle United; Gillespie, Miller, Raynes (YC), Ellis, Atkinson (Smith 68), Gillead (Asamoah 65), Joyce (Ibehre 77), Kennedy (YC), Grainger, Hope, Wyke

Not Used; Héry, Hanford, Archibald-Henville, McQueen

Goals; Wyke (26)

Wycombe Wanderers; Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart (YC), Pierre, Jacobson, McGinn, Bean (RC), O’Nien, Wood (Bloomfield 90+3), Ugwu (Harriman 81), Thompson (Liburd 69)

Not Used; Jombati, Hayes, Sellers, Siegrist

Goals; Wood (12)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

16.03.2016… Birmingham (h)…

Nuneaton Town 0 Birmingham City 1

A1 Gas Force Arena… Wednesday March 16th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 219

Ticket: £7 – Programme: Teamsheet

My fortieth game of the season, on a very cold night in Nuneaton, and a repeat of last season’s final…

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First Half Action…

Only a very late goal, following a defensive mistake, separated the sides at the finish. On the plus side, it saved the evening from being prolonged. Did I mention how cold it was…?

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Second Half Action…

Nuneaton Town; La Paz, Clifton, C Keane, Scott, Maguire, Lane, Elliott, Byrne, Harewood (Matthews 90) Whitehouse, Ironside (Waite 11)

Not Used; Duffy, Keane, Smith

Goals; None

Birmingham City; Weaver, O’Keeffe, Bernard, Baba, Martin, Seddon, McFarlane, Cooper, Pop (Jones 63), McDonald (Maxwell 59) O’Neill (Harding 72)

Not Used; Mbende, Trueman

Goals; O’Keeffe (85)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

14.03.2016… Leicester (a)…

Leicester City 1 Newcastle United 0

King Power Stadium… Monday March 14th… 8pm

Attendance: 31,824

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3.50

Leicester City, everyone’s second favourite team apparently. Not mine, too much baggage…

It felt refreshing to be approaching a game (particularly away from home) with a cautious amount of optimism, that’s the Rafa Benitez effect I suppose. I still can’t believe he said ‘Yes’, although I don’t expect him to be here beyond the end of the season, even if we do stay up. We’ve been here before…

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Pre-Match: Outside The Stadium Formerly Known As The Walkers…

Not a great game, and certainly not a game that either side deserved to win. Leicester did though, through an Okazoki overhead kick following a cut back from an offside Jamie Vardy. We had a pretty good penalty appeal turned down too. A much improved performance from our lot though, in other words, we didn’t fold once we conceded…

I appreciate that the nerves must be getting to Leicester, and sneaking games 1-0 is a good habit to get into, but surely this isn’t the best side in the Premier League…?

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First Half: An Offside Jamie Vardy About To Set Up The Only Goal…

A much more positive feeling amongst the away contingent on the night though, just how long it lasts though is very much dependent upon the outcome on Sunday…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgn, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Ulloa 75), Okazaki (Schlupp 65), Vardy

Not Used; Amartey, Gray, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler

Goals; Okazaki (25)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback, Anita (Townsend 56), Shelvey (Doumbia 87), Pérez (de Jong 71), Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Mitrovic

Not Used; Saivet, Darlow, Riviere, Sterry

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

13.03.2016… Villa v Spurs…

Aston Villa 0  Tottenham Hotspur 2

Villa Park… Sunday March 13th… 4pm

Attendance: 32,393

Ticket: £42 – Programme: £3.50

Another Premier League game as a neutral, well as neutral as I can be when Villa are involved. A Sunday morning trip to Birmingham, Anomalisa (good but bleak) followed by the football (similar from a Villa perspective)…

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Pre-Match: The Approach to Villa Park…

Anyway, an easy victory for Spurs against a Villa side that appear to have already accepted their fate. Two goals from Harry Kane did the trick, one either side of half-time, and made for a very comfortable afternoon…

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First Half Action: Spurs Mount an Attack…

The opposition may not have been up to much but Spurs certainly impressed, a perfect example of the standards we should expect from Newcastle. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to compete with the Tottenham Hotspur’s of the league. Deep breaths, I’m displaying those unrealistic expectations again…

Aston Villa; Guzan, Huttton, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Veretout (Green 62), Westwood, Gueye, Gil (Sinclair 70), Gestede, J Ayew

Not Used; Richards, Clark, Bacuna, Green, Lyden

Goals; None

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela (Chadliat 90), Eriksen (Carroll 78), Alli (Mason 87), Kane

Not Used; Son Heung-min, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli

Goals; Kane (45,48)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…