fa cup

08.02.2017… Leics v Derby…

Leicester City 3 Derby County 1

King Power… February 8th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,648

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £3.50

A 3-1 victory in extra time for Leicester City. Two cracking goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray, clinching it…

More words to follow…

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Pre-Match: Outside the King Power Stadium…

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Second Half: Leicester Attack…

Leicester City; Zieler, Amartey, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, King, Mendy (Ndidi 91), Albrighton, Kapustka (Mahrez 81), Gray, Musa (Slimani 91)

Not Used; Drinkwater, Hamer, Okazaki, Fuchs

Goals; King (46), Ndidi (94), Gray (114)

Derby County; Mitchell, Christie, Shackell, Keogh, Lowe, Butterfield, Johnson (Vydra 53), De Sart, Camara (Russell 74), Blackman (Nugent 82), Anya

Not Used; Carson, Ince, Baird, Pearce

Goals; Camara (61)

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…

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07.01.2017… Birmingham (a)…

Birmingham City 1 Newcastle United 1

St. Andrew’s… Saturday January 7th… 3pm

Attendance: 13,171 (4,671 away fans)

Ticket: £18 – Programme: £2

A barely deserved draw, and a replay to follow at St. James’ next week…

We started well, with Daryl Murphy giving us an early lead, Mitrovic being injured during the goalmouth scramble in the build up. Mitro was subsequently stretchered off in obvious discomfort, with what (fortunately) turned out to be a very deep cut, rather than a break. We never really seemed to recover…

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First Half: An Early Chance for Newcastle…

Birmingham gradually imposed themselves on the game, and Lukas Jutkiewicz deservedly equalised just before half time. It was a goal that came about as we slept following a a quickly taken free kick…

The second half was pretty much a non-event, although Birmingham missed two gilt edged chances to win it in the dying minutes…

As a result of the replay, Brentford away reverts to (next) Saturday, Brighton away to be rearranged following their win over MK Dons…

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Second Half: There was a Second Half, Not a Lot Happened…

At least we have the rare novelty of a place in the fourth round draw…

Birmingham City; Legzdins, Spector (Cogley 44), Shotton, Robinson, Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Davis, Che Adams, Fabbrini (Stewart 79), Jutkiewicz

Not Used; Tesche, Cotterill, Brown, Dacres-Morrison, Kuszczak

Goals; Jutkiewicz (42)

Newcastle United: Sels, Yedlin, Lascelles, Hanley, Haidara (Ritchie 69), Anita, Colback, Tiote (Hayden 65 (YC)), Lazaar, Murphy, Mitrovic (Gouffran 10)

Not Used; Clark, Dummett, Gayle, Darlow.

Goals; Murphy (5)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

09.01.2016… Watford (a)…

Watford 1 Newcastle United 0

Vicarage Road… Saturday January 9th… 3pm

Attendance: 18,259

Ticket: £18 – Programme: £3

So that’s it then… Yet again, our season is over in January, it’s going to be at least a 62 year wait for a domestic trophy. All we have to look forward to over the second half of the season is the very real prospect of relegation…

Was it ten games that McClaren wanted or twelve? And after we beat Liverpool and Spurs unconvincingly weren’t we supposed to have turned the corner? Well now it’s another four defeats on the trot but not to worry, apparently we’re playing really well, we’re just not getting the breaks in front of goal…

We’ve all got stick together through this? Well I didn’t see Steve and the lads on the walk back to Watford Junction Station in the torrential rain. I don’t imagine that they had to negotiate three trains home in a considerably damp state, and I was lucky, I only had to travel as far as Leicester…

We mustn’t show our disaffection though, it’s not fair, we mustn’t boo, we’ve got to get behind the team…

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Pre-Match: Outside Vicarage Road…

Well I didn’t boo, I’m too old for that, I’ve seen it all before. But what does McClaren expect…?

The general booing ‘was harsh’…? Really? We could have played till midnight and we wouldn’t have scored a goal, that’s what happens when you play in slow motion…

‘We’ve had 25 crosses’… So what, exactly how many goals resulted from those crosses…?

Then there was the booing and chanting specifically directed at Florian Thauvin. A little unnecessary but my feeling is that it was aimed more at our current transfer policy than the Frenchman, although it certainly wasn’t a coincidence that the abuse started following a ridiculous bout of play acting on his part. Anyway, through no fault of his own, he symbolises the typical current Newcastle signing. He wasn’t bought out of necessity or as part of any over arching plan (unless it’s the  plan that results in Mike Ashley making a tidy profit), he pretty much epitomises  the ‘under 26 with a resale value’ model. In fact, I’m sure that Thauvin (or more likely his agent) was told as much during the transfer, we’re very much intended to be his stepping stone. The money which brought him to the club could have been used to buy the centre forward that we’ve needed for at least two seasons or the left back that we’ve been crying out for since Jose Enrique left the club in 2011, on Saturday he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…

What McClaren should also realise is that we haven’t got past the third round of the FA Cup for four consecutive seasons. Brighton, Cardiff, Leicester and now Watford, is that really acceptable for a club of our size? Or is that just our ‘unrealistic expectations’ coming to the fore again…?

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Second Half: Watford Take a Throw In…

Anyway, somewhere in the middle of all of this there was a football match, a bloody awful one but a football match nonetheless. I’ll keep it brief. We had a lot of possession without creating that many chances.  The chances we did get, we didn’t take because we don’t have a centre forward because we didn’t buy one in the summer. Watford got one chance, it fell to Troy Deeney, a centre forward, who buried it because he’s a centre forward…

So that’s it, no trophies to play for so let’s all look forward to the relegation battle instead. Safe in the knowledge that, even if we do stay up, we’ll just have to endure the same joyless experience again next season…

Watford; Gomes,  Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Holebas, Jurado (Ighalo 73), Guédioura (YC), Watson, Berghuis (Abdi 63), Deeney, Oularé (Anya 45)

Not Used; Britos, Ibarbo, Capoue, Arlauskis

Goals; Deeney (44)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Mbemba, Coloccini (Lascelles 45), Dummett, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tioté (YC) (de Jong 82), Wijnaldum, Mbabu (Thauvin 52), Pérez, Mitrovic

Not Used; Gouffran, Darlow, Toney, Sterry

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

24.10.2015… Worcester (h)…

Gateshead 1 Worcester City 2

Gateshead International Stadium… Saturday October 24th… 3pm

Attendance: 782

Ticket: £10 – Programme: £2

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round… A woeful performance from Gateshead, one that saw them exit the F.A. Cup at the first time of asking…

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Pre Match: The Programme…

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First Half Action…

Gateshead; MacDonald, Ramsden, Curtis, Clark, Cranston, Chandler, Mafuta, Phillips (Pattison 20), McLaughlin (Wrightson 68), Johnson (Shaw 80), Bowman

Not Used; MacDonald, Buddle

Goals: Bowman (55)

Worcester City: Vaughan, Minihan, Gudger, Thomas, Sharpe, Gater, Nti, Deeney, Burton, Geddes (Waldron 87), Vincent (Dunkley 68)

Not Used; Harrad, Ross, Morris, Jackman, Smith

Goals: Burton (24, 70)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

10.10.2015… Hed’ford v Alf’ton

Hednesford Town 2 Alfreton Town 4htfc

Keys Park… Saturday October 10th… 3pm

Attendance: 569

Ticket: £12 – Programme: £2.50

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, and Non League Day…

A relatively short trip to Hednesford, on a pleasant early October day…

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Forthcoming Attractions…

Although Hednesford took an early lead, the game was over as a contest by half time. Three quick fire goals by Alfreton, the last of which (from the penalty spot) resulting in a straight red card for Hednesford goalkeeper Dave Parton…

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Second Half Action…

It’s not very often that I mention the programme but in this instance it really deserves one; clean, unfussy design and great content…

Hednesford Town; Parton (RC), Disney, Regan, Bailey, Todd (Thomas 71), Trainer, Williams, Thorley, Modest (Ransome 27), Obeng, James

Not Used; Perry, Digie, Ennis, McQuilkin, Patterson

Goals; Obeng (13), Disney (75)

Alfreton Town; Duke, Moyo (Jackson 46), Galinski, Allan, Heaton, Jordan, Wilson, Thanoj, Bradley, Jones, Robertson (Ironside 79)

Not Used; Draper

Goals; Robertson (19, 27 pen, 62), Bradley (21)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…