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17/07/07

Attendance: 6030

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After the turmoil, trials and tribulations of the past few months it was nice to see the lads finally back in action and doing their talking on the pitch. Big Sam sent out a total mixed bag of a team, switching in both halves, and gave debuts to Joey Barton and David Rozenhal. Up front for the first half Andy Carroll and Oba played the 'big man-little man` combo we can expect to see next season, whilst the right and left sides of midfield were packed with pace with Dyer and N`Zogbia.

Whilst the first half ended goalless it can`t be said it wasn`t entertaining. Carroll went close a couple of times and Joey showed he is going to be an all action player by bursting into the box and missing with a diving header.

The second half began with a raft of substitutions, as the front two were switched as Shola and Owen came on with Given and Rozenhal also being withdrawn for Harper and Solano. Harps quickly picked the ball out the back of the net however as James Brown definitely felt good by leathering the ball in on the volley.

However after that the Pools got a bit of a battering, as Shola netted twice and Owen scored his first goal in Newcastle colours for about a year and a half. Barton again showed a tremendous amount of energy before being given a rest in the 74th minute.

As Sam said however, he doesn`t care about the friendlies. Whilst happy at Shola and Owen warming up it was only a little more strenuous than what they normally do up at Benton. Still a promising start and some good bows for Barton and Rozy and some blooding of the young guns. Let`s hope for more of the same at Brunton Park on Saturday.

Star Player

Joey Barton - all action.


Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Wednesday July 18 2007
Time: 9:20AM

Comments

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Ross, If it werent for kieron dyer we wouldnt of had that two goal lead.. he terrorised whilst running at defences setting up two of our goals. WHO WANTS HIM GONE NOW. some of u fans are t0sserz. Dyer was quality and one of the STAR players on that pitch. R glad he's stayin.
Toon4LiFe
18/07/2007 12:01:00
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I'll admit he had a good game. Can he keep it up for 30 - 40 like Lampard or Gerrard to merit the sort of money he's on?
SirLes
18/07/2007 12:40:00
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So!? were not payin his wages are we?. He's been out for how long? but since hes been back hes maybe had one bad game? He constantly opens oppositions defences with pace and dribbling accuracy other wise why else would he be in the england team. Pure quality that man. If i had my way it lampard would be out! i'd have joe cole, gerrard, hargrieves and dyer on the right.
Toon4LiFe
18/07/2007 13:05:00
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