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Football: Sunderland-Linked Kinnear Leads Newcastle To Victory

Posted on: December 22, 2008

NEWCASTLE : Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, who has been linked with an unlikely move to Sunderland, led his team to a 2-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur here on Sunday.

The Magpies’ boss stretched his unbeaten run to six games with the thrilling last-gasp win at St James’s Park.

Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia opened the scoring in the 12th minute of a frantic first half but Spurs’ Luka Modric scored his second goal in as many games to level 16 minutes before half-time.

And just as it appeared as if the fixture was going to end in a stalemate, United substitutes Damien Duff and Mark Viduka combined in the 90th minute with the former sealing a famous win for the home team.

Newcastle went into the clash with five successive league victories to their name against Tottenham. However, the Nigerian international forward, Obafemi Martins, was missing from the United line-up with a groin injury after scoring against Spurs in four of those wins.

Shola Ameobi, the former England Under 21 international, replaced Martins in attack alongside leading scorer Michael Owen – an obvious target for a number of clubs in England and across Europe ahead of next month’s transfer window.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward is out of contract at St James’s Park in the summer and will talk to interested parties in January.

Tottenham were able to recall the Croatian midfielder Modric and the Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko after the cup tied duo missed Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow.

And injury doubts Aaron Lennon and Ledley King both recovered from minor knocks to take their place in a strong Spurs’ team.

It was Englishman Lennon who inadvertently handed Newcastle the opportunity to break the deadlock after just 11 minutes as United scored a classic breakaway goal.

The right winger was fouled by Spain Under 21 international defender Luis Enrique but a free kick by the England midfielder, David Bentley, was easily gathered by the Magpies’ goalkeeper, Shay Given.

The Irishman launched a long kick deep into Tottenham territory where Newcastle’s French midfielder, Charles N’Zogbia, was racing into space.

The White Hart Lane target rode an illegal challenge from the defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto before slotting the ball coolly beyond Spurs’ Brazil international goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes.

After committing his future to Newcastle last week this was a perfectly-timed strike by one of Sir Bobby Robson’s final and most astute signings as United manager.

The home side’s lead lasted just 17 minutes but a well-taken goal by former Magpies’ target Luka Modric, on target for his new club for the first time against Spartak, was steeped in controversy.

The Tottenham defender, Richard Dawson, challenged Ameobi just inside the Spurs’ half and the ball broke beyond Newcastle’s back four.

With Pavlyuchenko clearly offside, Modric stayed on to stride clear of Sebastian Bassong and hit a right-footed shot beyond Given and inside the far post.

Ameobi, in obvious pain and complaining he had been fouled, was immediately withdrawn and replaced by the experienced Australian international Viduka.

In truth Tottenham should have taken a lead into half-time but the Londoners failed to profit from numerous corners and free kicks with Bentley’s wayward delivery at fault.

And Newcastle continued to look dangerous on the break with N’Zogbia getting the better of Croatia international Vedran Corluka five minutes after the restart only to see a dangerous low cross well-cleared.

Tottenham withdrew Pavlyuchenko 25 minutes from time, introducing the on-loan Manchester United forward Farzier Campbell in a bid to freshen up an increasingly laboured attack.

But it was Newcastle who claimed the victory when Viduka teed up Duff at the death.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Sunderland-Linked Kinnear Leads Newcastle To Victory

Posted on: December 22, 2008

NEWCASTLE : Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, who has been linked with an unlikely move to Sunderland, led his team to a 2-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur here on Sunday.

The Magpies’ boss stretched his unbeaten run to six games with the thrilling last-gasp win at St James’s Park.

Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia opened the scoring in the 12th minute of a frantic first half but Spurs’ Luka Modric scored his second goal in as many games to level 16 minutes before half-time.

And just as it appeared as if the fixture was going to end in a stalemate, United substitutes Damien Duff and Mark Viduka combined in the 90th minute with the former sealing a famous win for the home team.

Newcastle went into the clash with five successive league victories to their name against Tottenham. However, the Nigerian international forward, Obafemi Martins, was missing from the United line-up with a groin injury after scoring against Spurs in four of those wins.

Shola Ameobi, the former England Under 21 international, replaced Martins in attack alongside leading scorer Michael Owen – an obvious target for a number of clubs in England and across Europe ahead of next month’s transfer window.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward is out of contract at St James’s Park in the summer and will talk to interested parties in January.

Tottenham were able to recall the Croatian midfielder Modric and the Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko after the cup tied duo missed Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow.

And injury doubts Aaron Lennon and Ledley King both recovered from minor knocks to take their place in a strong Spurs’ team.

It was Englishman Lennon who inadvertently handed Newcastle the opportunity to break the deadlock after just 11 minutes as United scored a classic breakaway goal.

The right winger was fouled by Spain Under 21 international defender Luis Enrique but a free kick by the England midfielder, David Bentley, was easily gathered by the Magpies’ goalkeeper, Shay Given.

The Irishman launched a long kick deep into Tottenham territory where Newcastle’s French midfielder, Charles N’Zogbia, was racing into space.

The White Hart Lane target rode an illegal challenge from the defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto before slotting the ball coolly beyond Spurs’ Brazil international goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes.

After committing his future to Newcastle last week this was a perfectly-timed strike by one of Sir Bobby Robson’s final and most astute signings as United manager.

The home side’s lead lasted just 17 minutes but a well-taken goal by former Magpies’ target Luka Modric, on target for his new club for the first time against Spartak, was steeped in controversy.

The Tottenham defender, Richard Dawson, challenged Ameobi just inside the Spurs’ half and the ball broke beyond Newcastle’s back four.

With Pavlyuchenko clearly offside, Modric stayed on to stride clear of Sebastian Bassong and hit a right-footed shot beyond Given and inside the far post.

Ameobi, in obvious pain and complaining he had been fouled, was immediately withdrawn and replaced by the experienced Australian international Viduka.

In truth Tottenham should have taken a lead into half-time but the Londoners failed to profit from numerous corners and free kicks with Bentley’s wayward delivery at fault.

And Newcastle continued to look dangerous on the break with N’Zogbia getting the better of Croatia international Vedran Corluka five minutes after the restart only to see a dangerous low cross well-cleared.

Tottenham withdrew Pavlyuchenko 25 minutes from time, introducing the on-loan Manchester United forward Farzier Campbell in a bid to freshen up an increasingly laboured attack.

But it was Newcastle who claimed the victory when Viduka teed up Duff at the death.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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Football: Sunderland-Linked Kinnear Leads Newcastle To Victory

Posted on: December 22, 2008

NEWCASTLE : Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, who has been linked with an unlikely move to Sunderland, led his team to a 2-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur here on Sunday.

The Magpies’ boss stretched his unbeaten run to six games with the thrilling last-gasp win at St James’s Park.

Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia opened the scoring in the 12th minute of a frantic first half but Spurs’ Luka Modric scored his second goal in as many games to level 16 minutes before half-time.

And just as it appeared as if the fixture was going to end in a stalemate, United substitutes Damien Duff and Mark Viduka combined in the 90th minute with the former sealing a famous win for the home team.

Newcastle went into the clash with five successive league victories to their name against Tottenham. However, the Nigerian international forward, Obafemi Martins, was missing from the United line-up with a groin injury after scoring against Spurs in four of those wins.

Shola Ameobi, the former England Under 21 international, replaced Martins in attack alongside leading scorer Michael Owen – an obvious target for a number of clubs in England and across Europe ahead of next month’s transfer window.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward is out of contract at St James’s Park in the summer and will talk to interested parties in January.

Tottenham were able to recall the Croatian midfielder Modric and the Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko after the cup tied duo missed Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow.

And injury doubts Aaron Lennon and Ledley King both recovered from minor knocks to take their place in a strong Spurs’ team.

It was Englishman Lennon who inadvertently handed Newcastle the opportunity to break the deadlock after just 11 minutes as United scored a classic breakaway goal.

The right winger was fouled by Spain Under 21 international defender Luis Enrique but a free kick by the England midfielder, David Bentley, was easily gathered by the Magpies’ goalkeeper, Shay Given.

The Irishman launched a long kick deep into Tottenham territory where Newcastle’s French midfielder, Charles N’Zogbia, was racing into space.

The White Hart Lane target rode an illegal challenge from the defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto before slotting the ball coolly beyond Spurs’ Brazil international goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes.

After committing his future to Newcastle last week this was a perfectly-timed strike by one of Sir Bobby Robson’s final and most astute signings as United manager.

The home side’s lead lasted just 17 minutes but a well-taken goal by former Magpies’ target Luka Modric, on target for his new club for the first time against Spartak, was steeped in controversy.

The Tottenham defender, Richard Dawson, challenged Ameobi just inside the Spurs’ half and the ball broke beyond Newcastle’s back four.

With Pavlyuchenko clearly offside, Modric stayed on to stride clear of Sebastian Bassong and hit a right-footed shot beyond Given and inside the far post.

Ameobi, in obvious pain and complaining he had been fouled, was immediately withdrawn and replaced by the experienced Australian international Viduka.

In truth Tottenham should have taken a lead into half-time but the Londoners failed to profit from numerous corners and free kicks with Bentley’s wayward delivery at fault.

And Newcastle continued to look dangerous on the break with N’Zogbia getting the better of Croatia international Vedran Corluka five minutes after the restart only to see a dangerous low cross well-cleared.

Tottenham withdrew Pavlyuchenko 25 minutes from time, introducing the on-loan Manchester United forward Farzier Campbell in a bid to freshen up an increasingly laboured attack.

But it was Newcastle who claimed the victory when Viduka teed up Duff at the death.

– AFP/vm

Channel News Asia

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