|Season 2007-08 Result|
|Newcastle United||4-1||Stoke City|
| M.Owen 8,
| Lawrence 89.
|Date: 16/01/2008 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: FA Cup|
|Match Report||Submitted on 22/01/2008 by ?|
|Michael Owen scored his first goal since 7TH October and, with it, Newcastle's first of 2008. That was followed by three more, including Damien Duff's first as a Newcastle player at St James' Park. Stoke City could not cope with Newcastle's movement, even with 10 men.
Claudio Cacapa and James Milner also scored and a clean sheet was spoilt only by Liam Lawrence's (filthy mackem) late strike. Emre's dismissal for a lunge at Stoke's captain John Eustace was retribution for an earlier lusty challenge by Eustace. It left Emre nursing a golf ball-sized injury and his attempt at revenge was nothing like as physical. But the referee, Uriah Rennie, did not like the intent and Emre was off. Playing seemingly with their shackles removed and taking advantage of the wide-open spaces left by the Championship side, the dismissal of Emre seemed hardly to matter.
The original tie 10 days earlier had turned out to be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge. Many felt it was far from a disaster despite the reliance on second-half goal-line clearances. However, Last night Newcastle were ahead after only eight minutes. Duff swung in a deep cross from the left, Milner won the header with a brave jump. The ball dropped in the six-yard area and Owen pounced from three yards out.
A Stoke consolation couldn't dampen the euphoric atmosphere as Keegan & Co danced their way back into the bowels of the Milburn stand to start planning a brand new era. For the fans, smiles on faces were the order of the day as "Keegan Wonderland" and a few other old favourites were dusted down and given an airing. Funny, familiar, forgotten feelings.
Despite our squad limitations, everyone on the field contributed to a positive and enjoyable performance that at least partially banished thoughts of Saturday's horror show. Quite simply, for lifting the gloom around the place (not to mention selling a few thousand extra seats for tonight and Saturday) the appointment has already been worthwhile.