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Newcastle United

Premier League
Game 20: Wednesday 7 January 2004

Newcastle United 1 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
Crowd: 52130
Referee: P Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Newcastle United Team Leeds United
Shay Given   Paul Robinson
Aaron Hughes   Gary Kelly Booked - 45 minutes
Olivier Bernard   Ian Harte
Jonathan Woodgate   Michael Duberry
Titus Bramble   Dominic Matteo
Subbed - 80 minutes Laurent Robert   Matthew Kilgallon
Jermaine Jenas   Seth Johnson Subbed - 70 minutes
Subbed - 81 minutes Nolberto Solano   James Milner Subbed - 89 minutes
Kieron Dyer   Jermaine Pennant
Gary Speed   David Batty Subbed - 30 minutes
Goal - 4 minutes Alan Shearer   Mark Viduka
Stephen Harper   Scott Carson
Andy O'Brien   Frazer Richardson
Sub - 81 minutes Darren Ambrose   Salomon Olembe Sub - 30 minutes
Sub - 80 minutes Hugo Viana   Lamine Sakho Sub - 89 minutes
Lomana Lua Lua   Michael Bridges Sub - 70 minutes
Match Reports
Richard Walker Newcastle
BBC Newcastle 1 - 0 Leeds
The Guardian Shearer leads as Leeds flounder
The Independent Shearer strike punctures Leeds' survival balloon Leeds sunk by Shearer strike
The Sporting Life Newcastle 1 - 0 Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Shearer is Leeds tormentor again
The Times Leeds fall in familiar fashion to Shearer
Yorkshire Evening Post Second best is no consolation

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Newcastle - Richard Walker

Guys and gals on this demising list. We had a game last night and we lost 1-0. Either I'm not getting the mails or nobody can be arsed writing a report or even commenting on the result. Am I really the only f'cker that goes to the games ? Or just the only sad c'nt who writes match reports ? If it doesn't get better I'll pack it in. Maybe I'l write a book of match reports. Can't be any worse than TOm Palmer's effort. What a joke. He didn't even go to half the games. "I was with my girlfriend at their parents listening to the match .... ". Unbelievable !

You lot think you can help Leeds out with your long winded mails summing up the financial position of Leeds and what we should be doing. What a joke ? The best thing you lot can do is get to a few f'cking matches ! Support for Leeds ? Most of you haven't got the first f'cking clue what that means. The list means NOTHING !

Anyway,now I've got that off my chest - blustery weather, vertigo in the stands, Alan Shearer, sh*t Leeds team and great away support. That sums it up really. For the final 5 minutes the Leeds support , on their feet sang their hearts out. The Geordies just went home. Quiet as mice for 90 minutes and we thought we had our problems with atmosphere at home. Geordies were a disgrace.

Team sheet. Still 5-4-1 but I must admit to being quite optimistic when I saw Batty, Johnson, Milner , Matteo and Pennant line up. Sounds good. I thought Richardson was very unlucky not to keep his place and seeing Kelly last night I think Richardson should be given a run. Kelly could play at left back. My God we need one.I also don't rate Newcastle that much. Few minutes in and its all gone to sh*t. Solano dribbling around us as if we weren't there and Shearer doing what he does best, score against us. What a c*nt Shearer is !

Did things improve - no ! In fact we were very lucky not to in 4 or 5 - 0 down at half time. We lost Batty , looked serious to me. Looked like he just went over on his ankle. Worrying. On came Olembe but nothing changed.

Second half, we came out a bit livlier with Matteo having a decent chance but Matteo aint a midfielder who is going to create and score you chances from midfield. Maybe bag a few from set pieces but that's it. Matteo showed yet agin last night that he can run round, cover the ground, put inthe tackles but when it comes to passing and shooting he just looks like the central defender that he is.

Eddie decided to bring the hapless Johnson (what is wrong with this kid !?) off and bring on Bridges. I've been saying for weeks that we should give Bridges a run alongside the pie man. Well f'ck me it was a different game. Viduka, who again worked hard on his own suddenly had someone to do a bit of running off him. Suddenly Pennant and Milner came into the game and we looked like a team. We still didn't make Given make a decent save but we had them on the run. The best chance fell to Bridges and on any other day he would have buried it but the bloke is lacking match practice. This second half showed me that 5-4-1 might have succeeded in steadying the ship and getting us a few points but now we have to be positive , especially at home and go 4-4-2. Bridges showed enough good touches and energy to start on Saturday. The biggest blow is Batty and I do blieve that this injury could be massive for us. Who can replace him ? Nobody ! A few other comments :-

Harte - f'cking pathetic. Disgraceful performance all round. Distribution was shocking.

Duberry - ball watching ! I can't see him doing a job for us.

Killgallon - against Shearer I thought he did ok.

Viduka - f'cking disgrace. The Leeds players acknowledged the brilliant support. Viduka was straight down the tunnel. COme on Scum get your bid in ! Bridges and Smith up front for the remainder. 5 goals - we wont miss that !

Shearer leads as Leeds flounder - Michael Walker

Copy from Football Unlimited of 08/01/2004.

Newcastle United's up and down, in and out season in which Alan Shearer has led from the front was encapsulated in a strange 90 minutes last night. Playing like men liberated for 45 minutes, during which Shearer scored another beauty, his 16th Premiership goal and 17th overall, Newcastle tore Leeds United apart in a vibrant first half.

As at Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday Kieron Dyer partnered Shearer and Newcastle were a much sharper team for it. Chance after chance was created by fluid, confident football - arguably Newcastle's best here this season - but aside from one full-length save from Jermaine Jenas after 18 minutes, Leeds's goalkeeper Paul Robinson watched shots and lobs fly past him and his woodwork.

A second would have led to an avalanche but this profligacy meant that only Shearer's fourth minute strike separated the teams at half-time. Newcastle then grew more anxious as the second half and more opportunities slid away.

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