Season 2007-08 Result
Newcastle United 1-4 Portsmouth
 S.Campbell 16 (og).
 Pamarot 8,
 Mwaruwari 9,
 Utaka 11,
 Kranjcar 71.
Date: 03/11/2007  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 51,490
Match Report Submitted on 06/11/2007 by ?

There’s a bloke goes into the pub with a rabbit.

“Two pints of Guinness and two cheese and ham toasties please” he says to the barman. He gives the rabbit one of the pints and a toastie.

Next night, same again. “Two pints of Guinness and two cheese and ham toasties please”. He gives the rabbit one of the pints and a toastie.

This goes on all week. Then on Friday night the barman says apologetically, “Sorry there’s no ham left”. “Ok” replies the man, ”We’ll have cheese and onion instead”.

Next night the man comes into the pub alone, “One pint of Guinness and one cheese and ham toastie please”.

The barman enquires, “Where’s the rabbit?”
“It’s dead” replies the bloke.
“Oh dear, what happened?” says the barman sympathetically.

One of Greeny’s, I hasten to add.

A lot was made of the fact that Portsmouth hadn’t won on Tyneside for 58 years prior to today’s game. It took all of eleven minutes for Pompey made a mockery of that statistic.

Today’s performance was very poor. Another spectacular set back. What’s gone wrong with the centre halves? Up until two weeks ago they seemed to be striking up a good partnership. Cacapa looked the business, strong, agile and athletic… he looked more like Boomsong. Big Sam was totally justified in replacing him after only 18 mins, but once again his starting line up was totally baffling. We’ve cried out for a starting eleven that includes both Milner and N’Zogbia. So Allardyce starts with Milner on the left and N’Zogbia on the right…and keeps them there all game!!! Stubboness? Tactical ineptness? I’m not sure but it just doesn’t make sense.

Steve Harper kept goal as Shay Given was ruled out with a groin injury. But his joy at selection quickly turned to agony as Pompey started the game like a house on fire as they searched for their first win on Tyneside since 1949. Just eight minutes had elapsed when Noe Pamarot smashed home at Gallowgate. His long range screamer opened the scores and left Harper helpless. Then less than 60 seconds later it was 2-0 when Cacapa was easily muscled of the ball and Benjani took his tally for the season to eight when he found the net to curl beyond the Toon keeper. Amazingly it was 3-0 on 11 minutes when a long ball forward exposed our defensive frailties and John Utaka rounded the keeper and slotted home into the empty net.

With St James's Park fans furious United responded when Charles N'Zogbia shot from long range only for David James to save well, Owen fired it goalwards and it deflected off Sol Campbell to make it 3-1 and give Newcastle a lifeline. We then had our best spell of the game. The game may have swung our way had we managed to grab another, yet Pompey were still dangerous on the break and looked like they could score every time they went forward.

Amazingly the second half began at a canter. I fully expected The Toon to come out with all guns blazing after a rollocking from the management. It was Pompey who, once again looked more like scoring. Just when you need your captain to steady the ship and inspire the players into a dramatic comeback, he goes and gets himself booked and now misses next weeks game…very clever!! Martins replaced Enrique and lifted spirits slightly. Characteristically he put himself about but without any end product. Kranjcar scored the fourth for Pompey after Emre had conceded a free kick for shirt pulling on the right. Kranjcar whipped in the free kick which managed to evade defence and keeper, ending up the far corner without a touch from anyone.

Allerdyce has precious little time to steady the ship before Saturday, I just hope he appreciates how important the next three points are. I hope Viduka is back.