Newcastle United FC FA Carling Premiership
Game 26: Sunday 22 February 1998

Newcastle United 1 - 1 Leeds United

(Half-time: 0 - 0)

Crowd: 36511
Referee: G Willard (Worthing)
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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds Martyn, Maybury, Wetherall, Molenaar, Halle, Kelly, Haaland, Ribeiro, Wallace, Kewell, Hasselbaink Beeney, Jones, McPhail, Harte, Hopkin
Newcastle United Given, Hughes (Ketsbaia, 86), Pistone, Batty, Howey, Pearce, Lee, Gillespie (Albert, 86), Speed, Andersson, Shearer Hislop, Barnes, Tomasson
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds Wallace 82  
Newcastle United Ketsbaia 87  
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds Haaland, Kewell, Ribeiro, Halle, Wallace  
Newcastle United Batty  
Match Statistics
  Leeds Newcastle United
Corners won 7 6
Fouls committed 19 13
Hit woodwork 1 1
Offsides committed 0 3
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 8 ?
Yellow cards 5 1
Red cards 0 0
Match Reports
Fans' Reports
AdieT Newcastle Blues
Newspaper/Newswire Reports
The Guardian Martyn falls from saving grace
The Times Martyn's mistake gives Newcastle respite
The Electronic Telegraph Martyn's blunder is cruel reward for Leeds
Links to Reports on the net
Soccernet Soccernet match report
Carlingnet Carlingnet match report

Newcastle Blues - Adie T

Got up early following the Lards defeat (more on that i another post) and got the train to Newcastle, was joined by a hobbling Gav at Leeds station and we preceded on our way north. Passed to imposing(?) Angel of the North, and were first in the pub at around 12.20

Soon after a stage crowd piled in including naked bloke, there left after around 10 minutes in which time most only managed 1/2 a pint.

The others arrived and Gav told his tale again and again and also had a snarnie thta he moaned about for the rest of the day. We left and walked/limped to the ground got some food and went in.

First Half

Newcastle started the game the better though didn't really make that many clear chances, Bruno set Plonker up with a good cut back but the chabce was wasted. Jimmy was strong up front and kept getting grief off of Shearer at set pieces. Nigel made a top save from a Shearer shot and the midfield battled well, though all(?) were booked.

Second Half

The crowd really started to get behind the team and we started to play a lot of neat passing football for once, the gloves came out to my left and the team went forward making a number of chances. Newcastle looked dangerous when going forward if only because Shearer was diving whenever he wasn't moaning at the linesman.

The goal from what i remember was from a neat bit of passing Bruno into Jimmy(?) who slotted back for Plonker to finish well. They made a couple of changes and the rest as they say is history, long shot under Nigels body 1-1. You could see how gutted he was at the end of the game.

Scores Etc

Nigel-soft goal but some good saves as well 7
Maybury-Looked better than last week links well with Kelly going forward 7
Halle-coped well in defence little going forward 6.5
Wetherall-Solid as always 7
Molenaar-good return form the big man. 7
Kelly-still not sure about him in midfield though better than anyone else 6.5
Daft Alfie-quiet start though got into it more later on stuck to the task well 6.5
Bruno-getting the hang of the central role now, plently of tackles on Batty buy of the season? 7
H-nice touches helped out in defence though at times trys one fancy trick to many when the simple things would work 6.5
Wallace-good finish for the goal should have had another linking well with
Jimmy-handful up front caused problems all game long 8

Ref-dressed in black and white lets Shearer get away with too much 6

Crowd-loads of noise in the second half 8


Martyn falls from saving grace - Michael Walker

Copy from Football Guardian of 23/02/1998.
Read the full report in The Football Guardian

Men called Nigel make unlikely heroes and villains. But one of that name, Mr Nigel Martyn, goalkeeper of Leeds United and England, was both at St James' Park yesterday.

Having kept Newcastle United and Alan Shearer in particular at bay with two superb, acrobatic saves - the second only a minute before Rod Wallace's magnificent volley looked as if it would bring Leeds all three points - Martyn dived to collect what he later described as a "routine" shot from the substitute Temuri Ketsbaia.

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Jon Abbott ( Last modified $Date: 2003/07/20 11:09:23 $.